This Saturday morning Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club’s Junior Program will commence. There has been a significant increase in the number of players that have registered but the club is still taking more registrations.
The junior program caters for players from the age of 5 through to 16 with a structured pathway in place to ensure that all players develop appropriately.
The Hot Shots program is designed for novice children aged 5 – 8. This program is overseen by coach Brady Pritchard. Brady is an outstanding tennis player and he has been involved in the delivery of the Hot Shots program for a number of years. Smaller courts with lower nets and slightly larger tennis balls are used so that the players can develop a basic technique with a focus on the forehand and backhand movement patterns.
The next stage of development for the Saturday junior program is delivered by Club Coach Greg Duns. Greg is his second year as coach of Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club and has been instrumental in the resurgence of the junior tennis program. Each Saturday morning Greg will coach the more experienced players on the grass courts. The focus of these sessions is on developing players to allow them to move towards playing matches. Therefore there is a strong emphasis on the technique of serving and tactics relating to match play.
The final step for the Saturday morning program is to move on to playing matches. Each week the players involved in match play participate in a singles and two doubles matches. The players score themselves and the focus is on sportsmanship and enjoying playing their friends. This season players undertaking matches will have the opportunity to be part of a Premier League Teams event and also play matches against the Cobram Tennis Club.
Junior players who want to further develop their tennis are encouraged to consider being part of the tennis squad. Involvement in the squad is by invitation and is a great way to ensure that the players undertaking matches really develop so they can participate in external tournaments. Further information relating to the tennis squad will be available at Saturday Junior Tennis.
The junior tennis committee comprises of Stephen York, Greg Duns, Lisa Linehan and Jason Bassett. Further information can be gained from these people. Alternately ring Jason on 0448 838 256 if you would like further information about junior tennis.