Tennis Programs

Many participants stay with us for 5-10 years becoming champions in tennis and in life. Our programming is broken into three distinct levels Grassroots & Futures, Tournament Level and The Jack Program. Registration includes an interview and a skills evaluation to place each student in the correct level.

Grassroots & Munchkins

Grassroots I is our beginners' class. These students use the larger, softer and slower tennis balls referred as the Red Ball - enabling them to see them clearly and diminishing fears of treacherous faster, higher bouncing balls.

The emphasis here is on understanding the game and acquiring basic skills. We focus on preventing frustration by keeping it as simple and enjoyable as possible.

The basic fitness objectives are agility, balance and coordination. Grassroots I meets twice weekly for a total of 3 hours total.

  • Ages: 7-10 yrs old
  • Schedule:
    • Monday - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM {NEW}
    • Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM {NEW}
    • ACE program - 30 min per week (rotation of days)
  • Price: $275 per 10-week session

Grassroots II is our advanced beginners' group. This group begins to transition from the larger, softer and slower Red Ball tennis balls to the Orange Ball and begins to focus on developing the hand-to-eye coordination skills needed for the next stage.

They also start to play recreational games, competing with each other. Their basic fitness objectives continue to be agility, balance and coordination. Grassroots II meets twice a week for 3 hours total.

  • Ages: 7-10 yrs old
  • Schedule:
    • Wednesday and Friday - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • ACE Program - 30 min per week (rotation of day)
  • Price: $275 per 10-week session

Futures (formally known as "Munchkins") group accepts 12 to 15 students who have the skill sets to play on a more regular basis. Focusing on specific areas of their game, these players transition from purely recreational to competitive recreational play taking part in tournaments with kids from other areas. At this stage, we teach court manners. The fitness focus on agility, balance, coordination and specific tennis movements. Munchkins meet 3 times weekly for a total of 4 hours.

  • Ages: 7-10 yrs old
  • Schedule:
    • Monday - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Tuesday and Thursday - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM {NEW}
  • Price: $375 per 10-week session

Tournament Level

Tournament Development Stage (TDS) I group, usually 20-24 students, isn't age limited, but typically works with kids ages 11-14 who are still playing recreational tennis but trying to get into competitive play. The workload is more intense and expectations are higher. Physically, they are stronger than Munchkins but need more knowledge and skills for infrequent tournament play. The fitness emphasis is on agility, balance, coordination and tennis-specific movement. TDS I meets Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

  • Ages: 11-14 yrs old
  • Schedule:
    • Wednesday and Friday - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM {NEW}
    • Saturday - 12:30 AM - 2:00 PM {NEW}
  • Price: $375 per 10-week session

Tournament Development Stage (TDS) II group is similar to TDS, except players are older and their play is more competitive. TDS II groups usually number 20-24 players. Focusing on high school tennis, they play against students from different schools.

Schedules are set by the public school system and our players learn to manage their time effectively. The fitness focus now shifts to tennis-specific endurance, strength and conditioning training. Classes meet Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

  • Ages: 15-17 yrs old
  • Schedule:
    • Wednesday and Friday - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM {NEW}
    • Sunday - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Price: $375 per 10-week session

Tournament Academy Stage (TAS) I admits a dozen students to play competitive tennis only. They have developed beyond recreational play and are trying to achieve a USTA ranking to allow them to further their game, with an end goal of winning college tennis scholarship. The basic fitness component is tennis-specific endurance, strength and conditioning training. In addition to training, TAS I players play a maximum of 2 tournaments per month.

  • Ages: 11 - 13 yrs old
  • Schedule:
    • Tuesday and Thursday- 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Saturday - 2:00 PM-3:30 PM {NEW}
    • Sunday - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Price: $600 per 10-week session

Tournament Academy Stage (TAS) II group shares the same goals as TAS I but compete on an even higher level. Their goal is to win a scholarship at a NCAA Division I university. Division I schools include Ivy League Colleges, leading West Coat schools, traditionally Black colleges like Howard and Hampton University and nearby Fairleigh Dickinson and Fairfield University. The fitness focus is on agility, balance and coordination. TAS II students play a maximum of tournaments per month to earn a ranking and have program play 5 days a week.

  • Ages: 14 - 18 yrs old
  • Schedule:
    • Monday - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM {NEW}
    • Tuesday and Thursday - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM {NEW}
    • Saturday - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM {NEW}
    • Sunday - 11:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Price: $600 per 10-week session

Jack Shapiro (The Jack) Tournament Team

The Jack Team represents our top-level players aiming for higher academic and tennis achievement. This select group of high potential players, across all ages, demonstrate an ability and desire to pursue higher academic and tennis achievement. These players are held to a higher academic standard, community engagement and peer mentoring. Members of 'The Jack' team receive financial assistance for private coaching, HTJEP programming, tournament costs and more. Players train 4 days a week and compete in 24 tournaments per year.