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USTA 10-And-Under Tennis for the 2016-2017 Season, Featuring GRIPS, Ages 3½ – 10

Three 12-Week Sessions
Session 1: Monday, September 12 through Sunday, December 11, 2016
Session 2: Monday, December 12 through Sunday, March 5, 2017
Session 3: Monday, March 6 through Sunday, June 4, 2017

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USTA 10-And-Under Tennis Featuring the GRIPS Program, Ages 3½ – 10

USTA 10-And-Under Tennis is a program that utilizes age-appropriate tennis court size, racquet size, tennis balls, net height and scoring system.

These group lessons offer a combination of fun with basic tennis stroke development including rallying, serving, simple drills and tennis games. Emphasis is on motor skills and enhancing students’ athleticism. Players learn to keep score and are introduced to competitive play.

Your child will receive a GRIPS free placement test which establishes baseline tennis proficiency and the child’s first GRIPS level.  The GRIPS program is meant to be a gradual process of moving from one level of tennis to the next by mastering a collection of well-defined skills at each level. Please read in detail the attached information about GRIPS.

The goal of the GSRC professional staff is to continually move players to the next grip color as the session progresses and to see each player advance in developing his or her skills as a tennis player.  GSRC wants your child to enjoy coming to class and our club!

10-And-Under Classes are 1 hour each day
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
(No Class on Wednesdays)
Saturday: 9:30 am – 10:30 or 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sundays: 11:00 am - noon
12-week Session Pricing

One class per week: $270 member / $340 non-member
Prices include enrollment in the GRIPS Program.
Get 10% off if you register for two or more classes.

GSRC Pros encourage juniors who are at the Junior Dark Green GRIPS level and above to register for both the Monday and the Thursday class.  These two classes will prepare them for the transition to the TAG Program.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about 10-And-Under Tennis Classes

Is my child ready for tennis classes? We teach children as young as 3½ as long as the child has an interest and a willingness to learn about and to try tennis. 

What tennis equipment does my child need? Our Tennis Professionals will advise your child on the proper racquet length. We advise you to purchase proper court shoes for your child. Cross trainers or running shoes can cause injury. No black soled shoes. Our Pro Shop has a full range of junior racquets, clothing and shoes at competitive prices. Don’t forget a water bottle. 

Can I stay with my child on the tennis court during class? For the younger children you may want to stay the first few classes, but it is important for your child to take direction from our instructors and to work in a group environment.

As a parent, how can I help my child to succeed at tennis? Positive reinforcement is always encouraged. Every child develops differently. Some children may be more coordinated, but the maturity level may not be there. Patience is important and milestones should be celebrated. Perhaps if you play tennis you can practice outside of class with your child, and if you don’t play tennis we offer beginner lessons for adults. There may be a week where we invite parents to come to class to have a mini-tournament with the kids. Don’t forget, tennis is a lifetime sport and lots of fun to play as a family sport. For GRIPS students, we encourage you to work with your child on the Knowledge Skills and On-Court Skills that are required for them to advance to the next GRIPS level.

For my younger child, do you only offer the USTA 10-And-Under Program that uses the red and orange balls, and smaller court sizes? Yes. GSRC is committed to the official USTA recommended 10-And-Under program.  By using red, orange, and green dot balls as well as smaller court sizes, this program will teach your child the proper tennis skills in order to progress. The GRIPS program has a clear and objective set of skills that once mastered will allow your child to progress to the next color in the program.

What is the goal of the GRIPS program? The goal of the GRIPS program is to allow students to continually improve their tennis skills by having clear goals to get to the next level, and by having fun while working to get to that level.

Holiday Schedules for 2016 -2017 Season and Makeup Policy

  • There will be no classes Thanksgiving week, Monday, November 21 – Sunday, November 27
  • There will be no classes Sunday, December 25, 2016
  • No classes Monday,  April 10, 2017 – Sunday April 16, 2017
  • Classes resume  Monday, April 17, 2017
  • We will offer Holiday Camps

Makeup Policy

  • Please give 24 hours’ notice if your child will miss a class. Makeups are not guaranteed, however when possible they may be arranged by emailing Cheryl, our Front Desk Manager. Email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   (Contacting a tennis pro is not sufficient)
  • All makeups must be completed in the current session – they don’t carry over.
  • Your child may not drop in for a makeup class – it must be scheduled through Cheryl.
  • If your child is signed up for all 12 weeks of a session, the child may receive two makeups.
  • If your child is signed up for fewer than 12 weeks, they may receive one makeup.
  • Prorated credits are given only in the event of serious illness or exceptional family emergency. No credit or refund will be made once a session has begun. No cash, check, or credit card refunds.

Click here to visit the GRIPS website

Click here to read more about USTA 10 and Under Tennis

Click here to read about Racquets and Balls for 10 and Under Tennis

Click here to read about Progressing 10-and-Under Players