Recreation, for fun (8+ years)
Here at GS Academy, we firmly believe that a player that enjoys the sport will learn faster, try harder, and excel beyond their natural ability. While our ultimate goal is to provide the knowledge, resources and training to help each player reach their highest playing potential, it is ultimately up to the player to find the motivation to practice and train hard to get there.
Our recreational programs are designed to build a strong foundation for players to develop tennis skills, knowledge, physical conditioning, maturity and a healthy heart and attitude for the sport. Players also begin to analyse, make adjustments and develop problem solving abilities. Our coaches and programs are there to support, encourage and even challenge them.
Expectations for players are gradually increased throughout our program allowing players to develop naturally and in a healthy environment. At this level, we use “fun” as a tool to motivate players to practice and train.
Age Range: 10-18 years old (ITN 8-10)
Experience: Starters and Advanced Beginners
Goals: Developing healthy tennis habits and techniques through consistency
This squad introduces players to playing a proper game and developing physical abilities such as balance, speed and anticipation, which is required for the next level. Here the children learn to rally on a full size court using harder balls as they are introduced to strategy in a competitive environment. Analysis skills are also introduced as players learn to be there “own coach”, a valuable skill that will last them a lifetime.
As players progress, they will be moved into our Advanced Squad.
Advanced Squads (1-hr sessions)
Age Range: 10-18 years old (ITN 6-7)
Experience: Intermediate and Advanced Players
Goals: Developing a variety of shot speed, angle, spin, ability to attack
For players ready to learn and develop a variety of shots and more attacking skills. Increased focus on helping to improve speed of movement, consistency, and spin of shots. The fundamentals of styles of play, building points, and routines are introduced. Goals are to create additional competition for players to participate.