Tennis Skills Progression Chart
World Class Coaching for Juniors
INTENSITY prides itself on running the very best tennis programs for all ages that provide a comprehensive development path from absolute beginner to regional, national and even international tournament players. So no matter what level you aspire to, INTENSITY has the programs, the coaching staff and the facilities to make it possible:-
Tennis WhizzTM – is a foundational program for pre-schoolers that focuses on learning through play and developing active habits that help your child build the skills they need for starting school.
Discovery – is for the beginning tennis player to develop the important hand-eye coordination and agility. It uses 75% slower foam tennis balls that bounce at a level proportionate to a child’s height, shorter court dimensions and smaller racquets to encourage better and longer rallies.
Rally Kids – is where the basic stroke production begins, focusing on groundstrokes and the serve. Players develop sufficient consistency to sustain longer rallies. This level includes a FREE 1 hour match play for players to practice their newfound skills. It uses 75% slower red tennis balls, shorter court dimensions and smaller racquets.
Junior Development 1 – is the critical molding stage of a child’s physical development where we shape the strokes that will endure a lifetime. Players at this level are invited to play for INTENSITY in our 10 & Under USTA Junior Team. It uses 50% slower orange tennis balls, shorter court dimensions and smaller racquets.
At this point in the development path players that show an elevated commitment and natural ability are encouraged to play in an elite group that play two clinics per week which sets them on a path towards our highest level programs.
Junior Development 2 – introduces shot selection, tactics and patterns of play while continuing to develop the child’s game and style of play. Clinics at this level include an element of off-court training comprising movement, footwork and overall coordination that takes place in our state-of-the-art speed and agility training facility. Players at this level are invited to play for INTENSITY in our 12 & Under USTA Junior Team. The clinics use 25% slower green tennis balls shorter court dimensions and smaller racquets.
Varsity Quest – is the highest-level program for players that are focused on getting a place in their Varsity team but not playing regular USTA tournaments. The program makes incremental improvements to the player’s strokes with emphasis on high percentage tennis. It includes an element of off-court conditioning in our speed and agility training studio and players are encouraged to participate in our USTA 14&U and 18&U junior tennis teams.
High Performance – is the program to which most of our junior players aspire, it is the most complete development program for tournament and pre-tournament level players which challenges participants to be the best they can possibly be. It is led by two of the country’s top developmental coaches Ryan Ginley and Adam Altschuler who have repeatedly led players to sectional, national and even international success. The program includes on and off-court training, including both physical conditioning and tactical and mental preparation. Match play and tournament coaching are intrinsic to the program.
Full Time Academy – is our pinnacle program for junior tournament players which utilizes the fullest extent of INTENSITY’s coaching staff, programming and facilities.