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Junior Programs

INDOOR TENNIS PROGRAMS

Our junior programs are broken up into 3 main levels Bronze (beginner) Silver (intermediate) Gold (advanced). Each class is created to develop students to the next level. Silver and Gold levels incorporate match play on either Friday or Saturday's which prepare students for tournaments and accelerate their development as tennis players and complete athletes.  

Bronze is the beginning level of Portland Tennis Center's junior development pathway for players with little or no experience. Even players with one year experience will be challenged enough in this class. Bronze classes will inspire each player to fall in love with tennis. Our USPTA and USPTR certified tennis instructors will teach players the basic fundamentals of the game, scoring, modern footwork and mental toughness to succeed. Tennis etiquette and good sportsmanship will be incorporated to assure finding and keeping partners for a lifetime.

Silver is the next step in Portland Tennis Center's junior development pathway. These classes are for low intermediate- intermediate level players. Players with two or three years experience will be challenged enough in this class as this age group progresses quickly. Our USPTA and USPTR certified tennis instructors will focus on helping each player to develop more stroke/spin variety and placement, point development skills for singles and doubles, and continued match play strategies to prepare for competition and recreational play. Tennis etiquette and good sportsmanship will be incorporated to assure finding and keeping partners for a lifetime.

Gold  is reserved for juniors that have played USTA Entry Level tournaments and are currently playing USTA Intermediate tournaments.


  Class Skill Requirements* 

Bronze I

Rallies with partner in small space without net.

Drop-hits side to side, high/low and deep/short.

Hits ball tossed by partner to left, right and center

Ready position with two hands on racquet, facing partner.

Moves in multiple directions and recovers to center.

Simple low-to-high swing path, directing hand/racquet to target.

Serves underhand or overhand into correct box, standing inside service line.

Shoulder turned with feet at 45 degrees.

Scored with visual aid.

Calls ball “in” or “out.”

Knows where to stand for serve and return.

Bronze II

Rallies consistently to center of court with depth and increased net height.

Rallies slice forehand and backhand with partner from inside service box.

Hits with square stance during rally and developing open stance on wide balls.

Uses circular motion on backswing for forehand and backhand.

Serves consistently in box from both sides.

Returns consistently to center of court with depth.

Points front foot toward net post while keeping back foot parallel to baseline.

Developing continental grip on serves and volleys.

Rallies volley to groundstroke at medium speed.

Hits overhead to left and right sides.

Silver I

Rallies over net with partner from service line.

Hits ball tossed by partner side to side, deep/short and high/low.

Recovers by shuffling or running back to center when deep or outside court.

Racquet up on backswing for forehand and backhand.

Serves overhand to opponent’s forehand and backhand.

Returns to ready position after serve.

Both hands move down and up together on serve.

Hits approach shot and volley combination from hand/racquet-feed.

Split-steps before volley.

Developing one-handed backhand volley.

Remembers score and announces it.

Understands winning by one or two.

Shake opponent’s hand.

Silver II

Can hit with depth and direction to different targets during rally.

Hits more consistent topspin on forehand and backhand with increased speed.

Developing slice on low, midcourt balls.

Hits with square, open or semi-open stance on forehand and backhand, depending on situation.

Moves forward and backward on a diagonal and arrives on balance.

Makes consistent grip changes from forehand to backhand.

Developing faster first serve and able to use spin on second serve.

Can direct serve to forehand and backhand.

Angles high volley and hits low volley deep.

Hits overhead to left and right with depth.

Plays one-up/one-back doubles.

Lobs over net player and passes down the line.

Understands important rules of tennis.

Score short set using ad or no-ad scoring.

Understands personal strengths and weaknesses.

 

Gold I 

Rallies crosscourt, down the line and side to side with partner from baseline.

Developing topspin and slice on groundstrokes.

Hits to open space during play.

Recovers according to direction of shot hit.

Crossover steps on wide ball and recovers.

Non-dominant hand on racquet throat for ready position.

Uses circular motion on backswing for forehand and backhand.

Developing slice serve.

Coordinated knee bend with top of toss.

Developing continental grip on serves and volleys.

Hits approach shot to one side and volley to other.

Understands faults and lets for serve.

Can play best-of-three tiebreaks.

Practices with friends and/or family.

Gold II 

Learning to take balls on the rise.

Recognizes opponent’s weaknesses.

Changes speed of rallies for offense and defense.

Split-steps on opponent’s contact.

Recovers according to location and type of shot.

Backswing on same side of body.

Developing basic routine before serve.

Can serve to three spots – wide/body/T – on deuce and ad courts.

Attacks weak second serve on the rise and comes to net.

Lands on front foot after serve and returns to ready position.

Consistent toss from inside of front leg.

Can hit swing volley on high, midcourt balls.

Plays deep volley and short-angle volley with spin.

Able to hit overhead from service line while controlling direction.

Positioned at net (shading) according to location of shot and opponent’s position.

Performs drop-step and crossover for overhead movement.

Can hit with depth and direction.

Can hit topspin angle off of wide, midcourt balls.

Wider, lower base on split-step and preparation for groundstrokes.

Uses appropriate stances on wide, deep and short balls.

Increased unit turn keeping non-dominant hand on racquet longer.

Can direct first serve to forehand and backhand.

Return of serve: Can return first serve to center of court; can hit to open court on second-serve return.

Body moves up and into court with increased knee bend on serve.

Can adjust toss to hit more spin.

Developing passing shot – can hit down the line and angle groundstrokes as well as lobs.

Performs drop-step and crossover, and runs back for deeper overhead.

Understanding of court etiquette during match play.

Can score set tiebreak and match tiebreak.

Copes with winning and losing.

Diamond

Combines height, spin and speed to keep opponent deep in court.

Can use forehand to dictate play from different areas of court.

Uses split-step to quickly react to opponent’s shot, regardless of direction.

Can adjust backswing according to type of shot being hit-shortening for returning fast first serve or lengthening when hitting high, heavy topspin ball.

Can serve to three spots – wide/body/t – on deuce and ad courts.

Plays return of serve on the rise.

On return, positioned inside or behind baseline, depending on opponent’s serve.

Palm is down on hitting arm during backswing.

Comes to net in different ways – groundstroke approach with topspin or slice, midcourt volley or drive volley, sneak or delay attack.

Performs scissor-kick on deeper overheads.

Can play two up in doubles, poach effectively and switch with partner.

Consistent routines before, during and after matches.

Understands winning and losing.

Analyzes own performance after match.