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Pennsylvania Tennis Academy’s (PTA’s) Skills Level Advancement Manual (SLAM) for Junior Tennis Players


 

Philosophies:

Life-Long Sport

Tennis is a wonderful life-long sport and providing the right equipment and systems at the right times are critical to keeping juniors happy, healthy and engaged.

Structure

Providing a clear structure not only enables juniors and their parents to gage progress and areas of future development but also continues to build on PTA’s tradition of every tennis professional teaching the same methods and systems, while still customizing the program to the child’s needs.

Goals

PTA’s SLAM provides a template from which a junior can set his/her goals and feel a great sense of accomplishment when those goals are achieved.

Right Size and Skills

PTA’s SLAM program which uses the USTA’s 10 and Under program as its foundation, ensures that younger children have the appropriate size rackets, balls and court to suit their skill level, while allowing all juniors to advance as fast or as slow as their technical, tactical and athletic abilities dictate without strict age limits.

Competition

Competition, success and failure are all critical experiences that help the junior develop skills that are valuable in all aspects of his/her life but PTA’s SLAM ensures that children are not held back or pushed too fast so that competition is a rewarding and satisfying experience.

Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is a critical component of PTA’s philosophy and is taught at all levels.

Balls

Kids need a tennis ball that is sized and paced to age and ability. Low-compression balls are designed to bounce lower and move slower through the air, giving kids more time to get ready for the next shot and allowing them to strike the ball at a comfortable height.

Court Sizes             

RED BALL CLINICS- play on a court 36’ long and 18’ wide. The net is 18’ long and 2’-9” high.

ORANGE BALL CLINICS- have a regulation net (3’ at the center) on a 60’ court.

GREEN BALL CLINICS are on a full 78’ court.

YELLOW BALLS are the next and highest level of play because they have full compression balls and 78’ court size.

Scoring

Scoring is modified to allow for shorter matches and more play and participation experiences for your child. This lets kids play more often and have more fun. PTA’s SLAM is based on USTA’s Red, Orange and Green QuickStart 10 and Under System without the Strict Age Limits.

Location and Directions

We are located in the Pure Athletex Sportsplex, conveniently located near 1-79 in Wexford, PA.     

119 Neely School Road, Suite 200  Wexford, PA 15090

724-799-8450

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