Belton Tennis 10 and Under Program
With Coach Chuck Waldron at the Belton Tennis Center
To teach young children in our area to play tennis, and more importantly to offer them an opportunity to HAVE FUN! Tennis is a sport for a lifetime. Many people in their 80's and 90's are active tennis players. Most sports (such as baseball, soccer, football, basketball and cheerleading) are played by many children when they are young (under 12), by much fewer during junior high and high school, much less during college and almost none after that. Once someone learns to play tennis they can enjoy it for a lifetime! Tennis is also a very inexpensive sport to play, especially in Belton where the Belton Tennis Center is offered to everyone at no charge.
What is QuickStart?
It is the new way to expose younger children to tennis and teach children under 10 how to play and have fun. Drills to help hand-eye coordination, footwork and develop athletic skills along with tennis activities are used for children 6 and under. Short nets, foam or low compression red felt balls and cross court (36') play are used for children under 8. Beginning instruction involves hand/eye coordination and drills before advancing into actual hitting and eventually matches. Children 9 to 10 play on a short court (60') with a low compression orange felt ball. Appropriate size racquets are important. The QuickStart format is to prepare children for a full size 78' court green dot or yellow balls when their coach feels they can progress to this. QuickStart short courts or green balls on a 78' court may be used for older children who are just starting.
Children must be between 5 and 10. The child must turn 5 before or during the session offered. If they turn 11 during a session, they can participate in that session. Other lessons and clinics are offered for children 11 and older.
When and where will the sessions be held?
During the fall Coach Chuck Waldron is providing two 10U clinics every week at the Belton Tennis Center:
- Mondays 6:00 to 7:00
- Wednesdays 3:30 to 4:30
What is the cost and what does it include?
- $10 per session
- No signup or long term commitment required. You pay Coach Waldron as you do
- Scholarships are available....contact Rex Maynard at 338-7751 or email@example.com
What will each session include?
Each child will receive instruction on the basics of tennis which will include drills, games and fun. Children who can serve, rally and keep score will participate in match play.
Who will provide the instruction?
Chuck Waldron, the Belton Director of Tennis, will supervise each season and be assisted by volunteers and parents to instruct the players and assist with matches. Coach Waldron has been a tennis instructor for over 40 years and has coached over 100 junior players who have received college scholarships
Can My Child Participate If They Can't Make Every Session?
Yes, but they should attend as often as they can if they hope to progress. Practice between sessions is also important for the child to improve.
What equipment does my child need?
The proper size racquet is important. Players 8-and-under should use a racquet no longer than 23" long. Younger players should use an even shorter 21" racquet, depending on the child's size. Players 10-and-under should use a racquet no longer than 25" long. Red foam or low compression felt balls are used on the 36' cross court. Orange low compression felt balls are used on the 60' short court. Tennis shoes are required. Shorts and t-shirts are recommended during warmer weather. Jackets and long pants are recommended during colder weather. Short nets and balls will be supplied by Belton Tennis. Three size youth racquets will be available for players to use on loan at no charge if they do not have a racquet or have the correct size.
What if my child is 11 or older?
When a child turns 11, they begin playing on a regular 78' court with yellow balls, unless they are just beginning, in which case they may be taught on a 60' court with an orange ball or a 78' court with a green ball. Michael Dublin has lessons and clinics available. Coach Waldron has clinics available for players 11 and over as follows:
- Mondays 7:00 to 8:30
- Wednesdays 4:30 to 6:00
Contact Coach Waldron at 864-871-1808 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and group or individual lessons.