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Tennis development programs

Unlike the community partner afterschool program, students do not need to be part of an existing community partner program to participate in our tennis development programs. There are three player pathways to choose from (Open, Development Clinics, and JTT) based upon the age and skill level of the player. Registration is accepted as space allows.

Tennis Development Program

Programs-at-a-Glance

Tennis Development ProgramOpen Tennis ProgramDevelopment ClinicJunior Team Tennis
Ages Rising 2nd-5th grades Rising 5th-8th grades Ages 12 & under (cannot turn 13 before December 31, 2020)
Skill Level Beginner Intermediate (can serve, rally and score) Intermediate (can serve, rally and score)
Equipment Red and orange ball; 23"-25" rackets; 36' & 60' courts Orange and green ball; 23"-25" racquets; 60' & 78' courts Orange ball; 23"-25" rackets; 60' courts
Commitment 1 day/week for 8 weeks 1 day/week for 8 weeks 2 days/week, 10 practices, 6-8 matches
Schedule Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Sundays TBD, 2-4 p.m.
Dates September 22-November 17 September 23-November 18 September 17-November 19
Enrollment $80, registration and payment due September 15 $90, registration and payment due September 16 $150 + USTA league fee for 10 sessions and 6-8 matches

Open Tennis Program

Designed for the new and beginner tennis player, this program will utilize the USTA’s Net Generation curriculum for the red and orange ball level. This program is for rising 2nd-5th graders that want to learn more about tennis through fun, game-based activities in a small group setting after school.

Dates: September 22 - November 17
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Cost: $80 for eight sessions

Online registration is now open.

Development Clinics

Designed for the intermediate to advanced tennis player that can serve, rally and score. This program utilizes the USTA’s Net Generation curriculum for orange and green ball level. This program is for rising 5th-8th graders that want to further develop their tennis skills and work towards match play or joining a team.

Dates: September 23 - November 18
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Cost: $90 for eight sessions

Online registration is now open.

12U Junior Team Tennis

Designed for the intermediate 12U player that can serve, rally and score that is ready to put their practice into action. This program is designed for the 12U player and includes both a practice and match day each week. Practices include fitness/conditioning and tennis, with matches played against other teams on the weekends. *Players cannot turn 13 before December 31, 2020.*

Dates: September 17 – November 19

Practices: Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Matches: Sundays, TBD
Cost: $150 for ten sessions and 6-8 matches (USTA league fee not included)

E-mail Rachel Rhoney at rhoneyrb@vcu.edu to request an application.

Private Tennis Instruction (Coming Soon)

Designed for rising 1st grade and older, these 60-minute, 1:1 lessons will provide high quality tennis instruction for any skill level. This offering is designed for the player that is looking to develop their technique and skills and is a great option when paired with the group lessons.

E-mail Rachel Rhoney at rhoneyrb@vcu.edu for more information.

Program policies

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis and based upon financial need. If awarded, the enrollment cost is reduced by 50% for the program.

Download the scholarship application.

Weather Policy

Sessions are held rain or shine. Indoor tennis-related activities will be provided in case of inclement weather. Lobs & Lessons follows the Richmond Public School calendar for holidays and closings.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation notification must be submitted in writing.
  • Cancellation notification received two weeks in advance will receive a full refund, less a $10 administrative fee.
  • Cancellation notifications received less than two weeks prior to the beginning of the session will receive a 50% refund.
  • Refunds will be issued 7-21 days after the receipt of the cancellation notification.
  • Cancellation notification may be faxed, mailed, submitted in person or emailed to rhoneyrb@vcu.edu.