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McFetridge Sports Center offers six (6) hard indoor tennis courts with seating for 220 people in stands overlooking the courts. The tennis facility offers a variety of programs for all levels to adults and youth. Private, group and seasonal programs are available. 

Pee Wees

  • The Tots class is now called Pee Wees.
  • It is designed for children ages 4-6 years old. Once a child is 7 years old he/she will progress by skill through the age of 10.
  • USTA’s 10 and under program uses three different colored balls with different compressions, the red ball, the orange ball and the green ball. The names of the programs reflect the ball that the class will be using.
  • The 10 and under program at McFetridge Sports Center are for children ages 4-10yrs old. The program using 3 different colored balls with different compressions and different court sizes.  The children will progress by skill level not age.  Listed is the progression for our 10 and Under Program.  Pee Wee – 4-6 years old ( focuses on Agility, Balance, and Coordination)Red Ball 1– 7-10 years old (focuses on the ABC’s along with stroke development.  This class is for beginners in the program. We use the 10 and under small nets with a short court, 36’x18’.

Red Ball 2– 5-10 years old (continuation of Red Ball 1; focuses on the ABC’s along with stroke development.  We use the 10 and under small nets with a short court and a red felt ball). Clients need a prerequisite to register for this class. 

Orange Ball 1 – 5-10 years old (focuses on stroke development using the orange ball which bounces higher than the red ball.  Also they are playing on a 60’x21’ court hitting over the regulation net. Point play is introduced).  Clients need a prerequisite to register for this class.

Orange Ball 2 – 5-10 years old (continuation of Orange Ball 1; focuses on stroke development using the orange ball which bounces higher than the red ball.  Also they are playing on a 60’x21’ court hitting over the regulation net. Point and match play is reinforced).  Clients need a prerequisite to register for this class.

Green Ball 1– 5-10 years old-( focuses on consistency with stroke development.  Clients are hitting on a full size court over the regulation net with a green dot ball.  The green dot ball bounces higher than the orange ball.  Clients need to be able to rally on a full size court.  Emphasis on developing consistent strokes along with point and match play).  Clients need a prerequisite to register for this class.

Green Ball 2 –5-10 years old-(continuation of Green Ball 1; focuses on consistency with stroke development.  Clients are hitting on a full size court over the regulation net with a green dot ball.  The green dot ball bounces higher than the orange ball.  Clients need to be able to rally on a full size court.  Emphasis on developing consistent strokes along with point and match play).  Clients need a prerequisite to register for this class.

A child has to have a prerequisite in the computer system that allows the child to move up in the program.  Each child is evaluated week 6 of each 8 week session.  The instructor will inform the child/parent what level he/she can register for the following session. 

Please check your park district account for what level you have been approved for prior to registration date.  If you have any questions regarding your prerequisite level or changes in the program, Lynn Rau may be contacted at Lrau@mcfetridgesportscenter.net or 773 478-2609.

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SENIOR ROUND ROBIN
Doubles & Singles Play
Mondays and Wednesdays
8:00am to 10:00am
Cost: $10
No registration needed – Just drop in.

MAKE UP POLICY FOR CLASS
Attendance will be taken each class. Each student is allowed one make up per 8 week session. To schedule a make up class please contact the Tennis Office and they will find a class you can join to make up for your missed class.

Tennis Level Descriptions

LEVEL 1

This player is a true beginner. The player is learning the technical aspect of the strokes and is not comfortable with the contact point, spin, and placement of the ball.  This player is learning the proper footwork, lacks direction, and is not playing out points. 

 

LEVEL 2

This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks accuracy when trying for directional control, depth, pace or altering distance of shots. Most common doubles formation is one up, one back. At this level a player must be able to hit a forehand, a backhand, serve in the box, slice on at least one wing and hit an overhead, even if it’s not powerful.  

 

Potential limitations: inconsistency when applying or handling pace; difficulty handling shots outside of their strike zone; can be uncomfortable at the net.

 

LEVEL 3

This player has dependable strokes with directional control and the ability to alter depth of shots on both forehand and backhand sides during moderately paced play. This player also has the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots, and volleys with success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving. Points may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident. At this level a player must have both topspin and underspin in their arsenal, have one strong serve and place the second in somehow, lob aggressively and be aggressive coming to the net and have finishing points at net.

 

Potential strengths: dependable second serve; recognizes opportunities to finish points.

 

LEVEL 4

This player can vary the use of pace and spins, has effective court coverage, can control depth of shots, and is able to develop game plans according to strengths and weaknesses. This player can hit the first serve with power and accuracy and can place the second serve. This player tends to over hit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles. At this point the player must understand doubles formations, most grips used, have strong doubles strategies from baseline and from the net, have a drop shot and be comfortable with overheads. A strong passing shot and a dipper is not required but it would definitely point to the fact that they are at the right level.

 

Potential strengths: points are frequently won off the serve or return of serve; able to offset weaknesses; may have a weapon around which their game can be built. 

 

LEVEL 5

This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured.  This player can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys, overhead smashes and has good depth and spins on most second serves.

 

Potential strengths:  dependable and aggressive second serve; offensive baseline and net game; ability to alter game plan during the match to attack opponents weaknesses.