Spring Session registration opens online on 3/7 by visiting www.ChicagoParkDistrict.com and searching for the park page for McFetridge Sports Center. In-Person Registration Begins Saturday, 3/11 at 12pm. Activities for the Spring Session will begin the week of 3/27 and run through the week of 5/29.
New to the Tennis Program
- 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.Click Here to Register for Classes at McFetridge Sports Center OnlineSENIOR ROUND ROBIN
Doubles & Singles Play
Mondays and Wednesdays
8:00am to 10:00am
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.
Level 1 – Beginner (1.0-1.7) NTRP Equivalent
This program is offered for 1st time players who have had no formal training in tennis. Players who have developed some skill on their own are encouraged to take this level as an introduction to the basic strokes and fundamentals of the game.
Level 2 – (1.8-2.4) NTRP Equivalent
For the continued development of the avid lesson goer, this level is offered for those who have achieved proper skill and knowledge either by: a) amassing successful tennis skill on their own by demonstrating some consistency of stroke production in a ratings clinic* or approved screening by a McFetridge pro. b) Returning to the game and formal lessons after achieving a consistent level of play comparable to the prerequisite of consistency on forehand and backhand, success on volley and placement of second serve. c) Attending lessons and attaining skills that meet the requirement mentioned above.
Level 3 – Intermediate (2.5-3.2) NTRP Equivalent
For the player who has developed an intermediate level of skill usually through the continuation of lessons. This player has now groomed strength in consistency of stroke or other skill and has enjoyed the sport enough to dedicate practice time and lessons as well. Specialty shots such as an overhead smash and drop volley, as well as directional control and an introduction to spins are some of the advanced subjects covered.
Level 4 – (3.3-3.9) NTRP Equivalent
This player has now achieved a strong level of intermediate play acquired usually through several seasons of dedicated play. Returning competitive players are encouraged to return to the level of instruction for a review of the fundamentals, strategies, and stroke forms necessary to competitive play. Knowledge of court positioning as well as full development of net and stroke is a prerequisite to this level. Advanced lessons on spin, strategy, and correction of form are an example of a level 4 lesson.
Level 5 – Advanced (4.0-4.5) NTRP Equivalent
This level is offered as a continuance of lessons for players who make competitive play and practice part of their life-style. For the tournament or league player as well as the student who has pursued tennis to a high skill level through ongoing lessons and practice.
This player will receive a review of fundamentals, tactics, and situational play drills to eliminate weakness in his or her all court game.
This player has success in placement, spin, pace, and directional control on all strokes and reinforces these skills through practice.