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Junior Tennis for all Ages and Abilities

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Register OnlineAt the Cities Academy, we provide excellent on-court coaching and programs for every age and every ability, from the youngest first-time beginners to our seasoned tournament players. A player can enter at any stage along the ICT “Player Pathway” and find a place to learn, improve, and have tons of fun. Whatever your age or skill level, we have a program that fits you!
 


Cities Academy BrochureCities Academy is divided up into 6 different groups, based on age and ability. Click a link below to learn more.  


RED ROCKETS 
6U (ages 4-6) • Register for Spring
8U (ages 7-8) • Register for Spring
Only players ages 4-8 throughout the entire session may register for Red Ball courses. Recommended racket size: 19"-23" (aluminum frame).

Red Ball courses are for young hitters with little or no tennis experience. Super nice instructors use ICT’s patented Kidspeed learning tools and stations to teach their players the ABC’s (agility, balance, and coordination) of athletic skill and tennis development. To assure early fun and success, kid-friendly foam (6U) and felt (8U) balls with shorter rackets are used on small scale 36-foot courts. 
 


ORANGE CRUSHERS 10U (ages 9-10) • Register for Spring

Only players ages 9-10 throughout the entire session may register for Orange Ball courses without prior director approval. Recommended racket size: 23" - 25" (aluminum frame).

Orange Ball courses are for 10U kids who learn a scaled down version of full court tennis. Enthusiastic instructors teach tennis fundamentals while directing their players through a variety of fun, age-appropriate games and drills. For this level, lightweight orange balls and shorter rackets are used on a 60’ scaled version of a standard tennis court. The goal is to help each player to rally with a partner, hit consistent serves, play singles and doubles, and keep accurate score. 

Invitation Only Advanced Orange Classes Directed by Kathy Alex Register for Spring
Classes available for aspiring tournament players. Free evaluations available. Additional cost and multiple days required. For more information, email juniors@innercitytennis.org.
 


GREEN MACHINES 12U (ages 10-12) • Register for Spring
Only players ages 11-12 throughout the entire session may register for Green Ball classes without prior director approval. Recommended racket size: 25"-26" (graphite frame under 10 ounces).

Green Ball courses are for 12U kids who are just starting out to advanced players who aspire to get on the competitive tennis track. Using the slightly lighter weight green ball, enthusiastic instructors teach the tennis fundamentals while directing their players through a variety of fun games and drills that focus on all the strokes and strategies: forehand, backhand, serve, return, volley, overhead, rules, tactics, and singles and doubles match play. As players age and progress, they are challenged to move up to a higher skill level and more competitive play. Those who regularly play 12U USTA tournaments may be invited to join Advanced Green Ball classes. As players age and progress, they are encouraged to set new goals and move up to a higher skill level and more competitive play. 

Invitation Only Advanced Green Classes Directed by Kathy Alex Register for Spring
< Classes for aspiring tournament players. Free evaluations available. Additional cost and multiple days required.
For more information, email juniors@innercitytennis.org.
Interested in an evaluation?: Sign Up Here


FAST TRACK 18U (ages 13-18)
Step 1 (New Players) • Register for Spring
Step 2 (Some Experience) • Register for Spring

Fast Track Courses are available for players ages 13-18 with little or no tennis experience. Classes teach fundamentals and get kids playing the game quickly!


JUNIOR VARSITY 14U (ages 13-14) • Register for Spring
Only players ages 13-14 throughout the entire session may register for Junior Varsity classes without prior director approval. Recommended racket size: 25"-27" (graphite frame of 9-10.6 ounces).

Junior Varsity classes are for intermediate level 16U players who enjoy the game and may aspire to play middle school or high school tennis. Beginners at this age level should take a Fast Track course (see above). Workouts are designed to be challenging and fun for this skill level. During drills, coaches focus on a specific stroke or tactic, emphasizing proper technique, consistency, and footwork. During in-house match play and Team Tennis competition (when in season), coaches help players understand singles and doubles strategies with a focus on early ball recognition and the proper use of power and placement.


VARSITY 18U (ages 15-18) • Register for Spring
Only players ages 15-18 throughout the entire session may register for Varsity classes without prior director approval. Recommended racket size: 25"-27" (graphite frame of 9 - 10.6 ounces).

Varsity classes are for intermediate to advanced level 18U players who have experience competing on JV, Varsity, or USTA teams or in entry level tournaments (Beginners at this age level should take a Fast Track course; see above). Drills are fast-paced and designed to give players the physical, technical, and tactical skills they need to improve their competitive performance with the goal of moving up a level or two in high school or USTA competition. During in-house match play and Team Tennis competition (when in season), coaches help players develop winning strategies and encourage them to try more advanced shot making.
 


HIGH PERFORMANCE 12U - 18U (ages 10-18) • Register for Spring
Questions? Email: juniors@innercitytennis.org

Ongoing tournament participation is required, and only players who have competed in at least six tournaments over the past six months (including one Level 4 or higher) may register for High Performance training without prior director approval.

High Performance training is for committed, year-round tournament players who compete regularly in upper level USTA competition and aspire to play college tennis someday. This is a comprehensive program designed to give players the tactical training and weapons they need to compete at the highest levels of the game. Each week includes hours of intense drilling, tennis-specific conditioning, competitive point and match play, and mental toughness and strategy sessions. Private coaching is highly recommended; discounted packages available.