Fitness, Character & Tennis
Delivered at No Charge to Hundreds Weekly
Youth ages 3-18 welcome. Same day, on-site registration!
Frequently Asked Questions • 2019-20 Super Saturdays (PDF)
InnerCity Tennis’ Super Saturdays Program is an amazing opportunity for Twin Cities families to bring their children, starting at age three, to engage in fast-paced physical activity and learn tennis fundamentals. Each week, staff deliver the program alongside over 50 volunteers. Older teen players volunteer to help the younger children, alongside dozens of adults and seniors.
We devote our entire 12 court facility to youth – at no charge – from 3:30 to 6:30 pm each Saturday between the end of September and April. Each week, in addition to physical activity and tennis, students learn about life skills such as commitment, teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance and responsibility. The Super Saturdays program also offers a chance to teach nutrition; we serve healthy snacks and engage in conversations about choices to fuel our bodies for sports and life.
2019-20 SUPER SATURDAYS PROGRAM DATES
Our Super Saturdays program runs 20 Saturday afternoons from September 2019 - April 2020. Youth are welcome to come for as many dates as possible - there is no limit to how many sessions can be attended.
|February||1, 8, 22, 29|
|March||7, 21, 28|
The program is divided up into 4 different groups, based on age and ability. Scroll down to learn more about a specific level you are interested in.
- Red Runners (ages 3-6)
- Orange Crushers (ages 7-10)
- Green Spinners (ages 11-13)
- Yellow Acers (ages 14-18)
*One of ICT's 7 core values is SERVICE
We strongly encourage all Green Spinner and Yellow Acer players to demonstrate this value by volunteering with the younger players from 3:00-5:00 pm. Please contact Dilcia Pederson with any questions.
Red Runners (ages 3-6) • 3:30-5:00 pm • Same day, on-site registration • Kidspeed®
Coaches use an array of ICT’s patented Kidspeed learning tools and stations to teach kids the ABC’s (agility, balance, coordination) of athletic development.
Orange Crushers (ages 7-10) • 3:30-5:00 pm • Same day, on-site registration • Kidspeed®
Smaller kid-sized courts and lighter kid-friendly balls and rackets are used to assure proper development of tennis fundamentals.
Green Spinners* (ages 11-13) • 5:00-6:30 pm • Same day, on-site registration
Tennis fundamentals are practiced on the full court through a variety of fun games and drills that focus on all the strokes and strategy.
Yellow Acers* (ages 14-18) • 5:00-6:30 pm • Same day, on-site registration
Drills are designed to be challenging yet fun for this skill level. Coaches focus on a specific shot or strategy, emphasizing consistency, footwork, and fitness.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Where do I park? Parking in the tennis center lot is tight and limited. Additional spaces are available on the north and south side streets that intersect 40th street. No parking is allowed on the south side of 40th street.
- When should I arrive? Red Runners and Orange Crushers begin at 3:30pm. Green Spinners and Yellow Acers begin immediately after the younger children finish at 5:00pm. Please make every effort to arrive 15 minutes before the start of your child’s session.
- Can I drop my child off and leave the facility? Please do not drop off any children ages 10 and under without an adult present the entire session. Parents/Guardians are expected to stay in the facility during Red Runner & Orange Crusher programs and are welcome to be on court as an observer.
- What is the bathroom procedure? If a child needs to use the bathroom, a volunteer/staff will escort them to the lobby, where they alert parents/guardians. If no one is present, volunteers/staff - in pairs - will escort the child to the bathroom.
- What shoes are recommended? Any closed toe tennis shoe is recommended. If you do not have access to quality sport shoes, please let the ICT staff know.
- Why does everyone wear name tags? All of our volunteer coaches call children by their first name. The use of names is crucial to building confidence and affirming kids’ value. We use the informality of names with the hope that kids will preface with the title coach - “Coach Sally”.
- Can I walk out on the courts? If your child is uneasy or shy about participating, we encourage you to accompany them to the stations until they feel comfortable.
- How is the program funded? This program is provided free of charge to all participants. This is made possible through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, foundation grants,and fees generated from our tennis facility.
- Do I need a tennis racket? All equipment is provided, free of charge, to participants.