WNY Junior Tennis Acacemy

The WNY Tennis Academy Pathway is a high performance development program for students interested in taking their tennis to the next level. From our Red to Gold levels, students will continue to explore the game through the refinement of skills to begin and continue the process of specializing their craft. These new tools will prepare the students in our academy to perform at peak levels during tournaments, as well as to prepare them for college tennis, at our highest levels of development. Each session addresses the individual’s development in the following areas: Technical, Tactical, Mental, Social and Athletic training.

 

Academy Red

Academy Red is designed for beginner players ages 5-7 to continue having fun while learning Academy level of Red competencies. This class focuses on developing depth, directional intent, and ball recognition. Prior to moving to the next level, the player will be able to intentionally apply skills learned in Academy Red during the game. The ability to intentionally move the ball, especially side to side, and recognition of open court spaces will be evident. The player will also be able to demonstrate a consistent overhand serve from the 36’ court. Minimum of 2 days a week is required for this program.

Academy Orange

Academy Orange is designed for beginner through intermediate players and focuses on developing with depth, changing direction of the ball, and net play. Prior to moving to the next level, the player will have an improved understanding of how to "play" the game. This includes the ability to direct the ball side to side and recognition of open court spaces. The player will also be able to demonstrate an approach and volley to an open space. Minimum of 2 days a week is required for this program.

Academy Green

Academy Green is designed for advanced beginner through intermediate level players ages 10-12. Academy Green focuses on stroke development, spin, height, depth, direction, pace of their shots, selecting the correct footwork pattern to strike the ball and tactics for singles and doubles. Players learn to develop strengths in their game and how to use them to their advantage. At this stage of the pathway, Green players have a strong desire to compete, set personal goals, play tournaments, team tennis and interscholastic competition and continue to enjoy the process, as well as the love of the game. Minimum of 2 days a week is required for this program.

Academy Bronze

Academy Bronze develops experienced player’s stroke technique, mental toughness, tactical strategy, decision making, athletic skill development and court coverage skills.  Players skills are built with a combination of technical drills followed by rallying and point play drills that reinforce the training.  Players learn how to build points and become successful competitors. Players in Academy Bronze are required to play in at least 2 training days/week and should have a Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) rating of 2.0 or below.

Academy Silver

Academy Silver focuses on technical understanding of singles and doubles strategies necessary to compete at the tournament level.  Players drill, play matches and complete agility-power-speed regimens that will assist them in becoming a solid, well-rounded and more complete player.  Players at this level need a Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) between 3.0 and 5.0 with proven skills, a strong dedication to improve and the will to work hard to reach their optimal potential. Minimum of 3 days a week is required for this program.
 

Academy Gold

Academy Gold focuses on technical understanding of singles and doubles strategies necessary to compete at the tournament level. Players drill, play matches and complete agility-power-speed regimens that will assist them in becoming a solid, well-rounded and more complete player. Players at this level need a Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) 6.0 and above with proven skills, a strong dedication to improve and the will to work hard to reach their optimal potential. Minimum of 3 days a week is required for the program.

Match Play

During Match Play, students will be set up with singles and doubles matches in a fun competitive environment.  This is the perfect opportunity to bring it all together and showcase students’ newly learned skills while working on strategy and tactics of the game.

Tournaments

Sanctioned/ non-sanctioned tournaments held throughout the year.

Drill & Play

Drill & Play offers the perfect blend of drilling combined with practice play. This program is designed for Jr. Varsity and Varsity players to work on their skills and tactical development in a fun, yet competitive atmosphere.  

 


For more detailed information about Junior Programs see the attached forms below: