Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions

QuickStart 0.5 | Ages 3-4 | Red Ball | 36′ Court

This class is the ideal entry point for future tennis stars to fall in love with the game. We provide a warm, inviting atmosphere so that our young students gain a positive association with the tennis court. In this structured setting, children will learn basic hand-eye coordination and body control through a combination of games. Education and enjoyment take top priority.
Suggested Equipment: 19″ – 21″ tennis racquet, water bottle, athletic shoes, weather-appropriate clothing
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 4:1
Skills Introduced: basic hand-eye coordination, ball tracking, tennis-appropriate reactions, respect, good sportsmanship and cooperation with in a group setting

QuickStart 1.0 | Ages 5-6 | Red Ball | 36′ Court

Many students enter this class as their first exposure to the sport and Ripper Tennis provides our young students with the essential skills to learn organically and grow with the game. Students will learn body, racquet, and ball control through cooperative games and contests. This class will be the student’s first exposure to hitting a ball that bounces before they strike. Students will also learn to use opposite sides of the racquet to hit a ball with and on which side of their bodies to use one hand (forehand) and two hands (backhand).
Suggested Equipment: 21″ – 23″ tennis racquet, water bottle, athletic shoes, sport and weather-appropriate clothing
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Skills Introduced: basic hand-eye coordination, ball tracking, tennis-appropriate reactions, respect, good sportsmanship and cooperation with in a group setting

QuickStart 2.0 | Ages 6-8 | Red Ball | 36′ Court

This class also serves as an entry point for many of our young students and we will begin or continue with the skills needed for tennis advancement. Increasingly, coaches will design more self-fed cooperative games so that the students become self-sufficient and learns the sport organically. Games in this class will emphasize proper tennis reaction and impart skills that will eventually develop a rally. Some students may even choose to compete for the first time in Junior Team Tennis.
Suggested Equipment: 21″ – 23″ tennis racquet, water bottle, athletic shoes, sport and weather-appropriate clothing
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Skills Introduced: basic hand-eye coordination, ball tracking, tennis-appropriate reactions, self-fed games (feeding), basic rallying, respect and good sportsmanship and cooperation within a group setting.

QuickStart 3.0 | Ages 9-10 | Orange Ball | 60′ Court

Students in this class we increase their ability to rally the tennis ball, first, from a ground stroke and, second, from a volley. The prominent focus in this group will be the introduction of ball rotation to shots — topspin and underspin. With increased spatial awareness, students will begin to follow a ball on all three dimensions (height, width, depth) and be trained to move efficiently before and after each shot. This group will also be introduced to the complete service rhythm in which the students learn to move their tossing arm and racquet arm in a controlled manner. More and more of the game situations will resemble actual tennis point play. The most developed students in this group will be challenged to play actual tennis points and participate on our junior tennis team.
Suggested Equipment: 25″ tennis racquet, water bottle, tennis court shoes, jump rope, sport and weather-appropriate clothing
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Skills Introduced: hand-eye coordination, ball tracking, tennis-appropriate reactions, self-led games (feeding), basic rallying, creating spin, rhythmic serving, proper point play, respect, good sportsmanship and cooperation within a group setting.

Junior Development | Ages 11+ | Full Court | Green or Yellow Ball | Beginner to Intermediate

By this age, students will be training on the full-sized tennis court although beginners will benefit from the low-compression “green dot” tennis ball. This group will have a very similar curriculum as the previous class but the skills will now be transferred to a full-sized tennis court. We will encourage all students to participate in some form competition once they are ready. Ideally Junior Team Tennis will serve as this entry point.
Suggested Equipment: 26″ – 27″ tennis racquet, water bottle, tennis court shoes, jump rope, sport and weather-appropriate clothing
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Skills Introduced: hand-eye coordination, ball tracking, tennis-appropriate reactions, self-led games (feeding), basic rallying, creating spin, rhythmic serving, proper point play, respect and good sportsmanship, cooperation within a group setting.

Junior Academy | Ages 11+ | Full Court | Yellow Ball | ZAT and Champ Tournament Players

This group can serve as the ascension class for both the previous pre-teen level or for the excelling students exiting the 60′ court. The class will demand greater understanding of using spin and court dimension to construct a tennis point. Students will be trained to create ball rotation and competency with the spin serve. While not advanced tournament players, students will be introduced to an intermediate competitive schedule. The junior academy students will learn to have the proper equipment before each class and we will introduce more physical elements to class to create stronger athletes.
Suggested Equipment: 2 strung tennis racquets each class, water jug, tennis court shoes, jump rope, sport and weather-appropriate clothing
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 4:1
Skills Introduced: Intermediate rallying techniques, point construction, serving with spin, tournament preparation, problem-solving skills, respect and good sportsmanship, and cooperation within a group setting.

High Performance Academy | Ages 11+ | Full Court | Advanced Tournament Players

This program is for the most advanced players that have found success in USTA tournaments. These players are on a path for collegiate tennis and are very self-motivated. Teachers will guide students in an environment that inspires professionalism. Students and teachers will push one another to achieve all their goals.
Suggested Equipment: fully-prepared tennis bag with essential equipment, water jug, tennis court shoes, jump rope, weather-appropriate clothing, sun glasses
Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 4:1
Skills Introduced: An advanced training environment, professionalism, responsibility, leadership, and emotional intelligence.