- What is Jr. Tennis, QuickStart, and 10 & Under Tennis?
Elite Junior Tennis Program consist of everything tennis for children ages 18 and under. Elite Sports Clubs offers private and group lessons, USTA sanctioned and Elite specific tournaments and match play, and social events. Elite Junior Tennis Program is divided into 3 different types of group tennis lessons. Children ages 3-10 can participate in 10 & Under Tennis, formerly QuickStart. The Elite Junior Tennis, which consists of 85% of our juniors, will lead your juniors to being good all around tennis players for life. Our Invitational Program, which consists of 15% of our juniors, will train your juniors for top varsity play and give them opportunities for Division I, II or III collegiate tennis. Collectively, the Elite Junior Tennis Program is the largest and most established program in Wisconsin.
10 & Under Tennis:
10 & Under Tennis is the umbrella program that includes the 10 & Under Tennis Format formerly known as QuickStart. 10 & Under Tennis follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer, which use kid-sized courts and kid-sized equipment. Kids learn to play baseball by first playing T-ball; they use shorter, lighter bats and larger, softer balls. Now with 10 & Under Tennis, balls bounce lower, don't move as fast through the air and are easier to hit. Racquets are sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to cover. By using this 10 & Under Tennis Format formerly known as QuickStart, the benefits are immediate and within a short time kids are rallying, playing, and excited to keep playing. That means kids will have more fun and less frustration. They're playing real tennis and having real fun.
10 & Under Tennis Format (formerly QuickStart):
The 10 & Under Tennis Format formerly known as QuickStart Tennis is a new teaching format to help children 10 and under learn and play the game of tennis. The 10 & Under Tennis Format is taught on 3 different size courts with three different low compression tennis balls corresponding to the size of the court. The Red Court for ages 3-8 is taught on a 36'x18' court with a red tennis ball that is 75% slower than a standard tennis ball. The Orange Court for ages 9-10 is taught on a 60'x21' court with an orange tennis ball that is 50% slower than a standard tennis ball. Every tennis court at Elite Sports Clubs have Orange Court lines painted on the tennis court. 10 & Under Tennis Players will progress to the Green Court for ages 10 and Under, which is taught on a standard 78'x27' size tennis court with a green tennis ball that is 25% slower than a tennis ball.
- 10 and Under Tennis: A Parent's Guide [pdf]
- Official 10andUnderTennis.com website
- Free 10 and Under Tennis Membership through the USTA.
- What are the benefits of tennis for children?
Tennis benefits not just the physical but also the psyche. In an article titled, "Why Play Tennis?" by Jack Groppel, Ph.D., USPTA Master Professional, Dr. Groppel discusses 34 reasons to play tennis. Elite Sports Club has highlighted 6 reasons for your children to play tennis. Read the entire article [pdf].
- General body coordination since you have to move into position and then adjust your upper body to hit the ball successfully.
- Develop social skills through interaction and communication before a match, while changing sides on the court and after play.
- Cross-training through a physically demanding sport that’s fun for athletes who specialize in other sports.
- Plan and implement strategies since you naturally learn how to anticipate your opponent’s moves and plan your counter moves.
- Gross motor control through movement and ball-striking skills that require control of your large muscle groups.
- Bone strength and density by strengthening bones of young players and helping prevent osteoporosis in older ones.
- What types of QuickStart Lessons (ages 3-10) does Elite offer?
For children ages 3 - 10, Elite Sports Clubs offer QuickStart group lessons, private lessons, semi-private lessons, tournaments and social events. QuickStart Lessons group children by age/grade level. QuickStart lessons have an instructor to player ratio typically between 4:1 and 6:1. See below for class names and descriptions.QuickStart Tiny Tots (ages 3-4)
Your child's fist tennis experience establishes a foundation for hand-eye coordination, basic movement, listening skills, team cooperation and athletic tennis skills. It's a fun-filled introduction to the great lifetime sport of tennis. This class is taught on a 36' Red Court.QuickStart I (ages 5-6 and 7-8)
Students are divided by age and ability. A focus on introductory rallying skills and beginning stages of cooperative tennis. Students will learn how to initiate a rally, how to move & judge a ball and racquet control. Class is taught on either a 36' Red Court, 42' Red Court or 60' Orange Court depending on age and ability.QuickStart II (ages 9-10)
Students learn basic tennis tactics and athletic skills while developing social skills and group attitudes. Students will be introduced to topspin and slice in point play, and serves and return of serve. This class is taught on a 60' Orange Court or 78' full tennis court with green tennis ball.
- What types of Jr. Tennis Lessons (ages 9-18) does Elite offer?
For juniors ages 10- 18, Elite Sports Clubs offer private tennis lessons and two different tracks of Junior Group Tennis Lessons among plenty of match play and social events. The Junior Program, which consist of 85% of our juniors, will lead your juniors to being good all around tennis players for life. Our Invitational Program, which consist of 15% of our juniors, will train your juniors for top varsity play and give them opportunities for Division I, II or III collegiate tennis. Junior group lessons have an instructor to player ratio typically between 4:1 and 6:1.
JUNIOR PROGRAMSuper Young Stars (ages 10 - 12)
Students will refine technical and tactical skills on a full-sized court. Singles and doubles concepts will be introduced. Ball control exercises that improve consistency, direction, and depth will be enhanced.Future Stars I & II (ages 10 - 14)
Students will focus on drills that develop decision making skills, recovery, and movement. Students will experience situational and competitive play. The development of an all court tennis player will be emphasized.High School Excellence I, II & III (Jr. Varsity & Varsity)
This program is specially designed for Junior Varsity & Varsity team members, teaching both technique and strategy for singles & doubles play. Enhanced teaching of specialty strokes and situational practice will be emphasized. Teaching of mental strategy will be introduced.
Invitational classes are by level of the player and not by the age of the player.
This program is designed for our younger juniors that are starting to play tournaments using the orange and green dot ball. These players are focusing on development of a consistent stroke that becomes the cornerstone of rallying, as well as basic tennis strategies for match play.Junior Davis Cup
This class is designed for juniors with a great deal of state and sectional tournament experience. These players will focus on improving stroke dependability with directional control, as well as adding depth and variety to shots. Students learn advanced techniques, improving court coverage, and implementation of tactics and strategies.Tournament Squad I & II
Tournament Squad is designed for juniors with state, sectional and/or national tournament experience. Students will concentrate on grooming their stokes and working on shot patterns, footwork, movement & on-court conditioning & mental toughness. Students learn advanced techniques and implementation of tactics, strategies and varied game plans.
- What to expect on the first day of class?
On the first day of class, please come at least 15 minutes early. All tennis players need to check-in at the sign-in desk. Parents need to accompany children 10 and under on the first day. Parents may need to do some paperwork for your child.
Tennis players are expected to be in appropriate tennis attire. Tennis attire includes tennis shoes (no black sole shoes), loose fitting clothes (with pockets for QuickStart II students and beyond), and water bottle or a sports beverage.
QuickStart players do not need to have a tennis racquet on the first day. Elite Sports Club will provide tennis racquets if your child does not have one. If you do not have a tennis racquet, please consult a tennis pro about the appropriate size racquet for your child. A child may develop improper swings if they use a racquet that is not the correct size and weight.
Jr. tennis players do need to have a tennis racquet on the first day. Elite Sports Club has rental tennis racquets if your child does not have one. If you do not have a tennis racquet, please consult a tennis pro about the appropriate size racquet for your child. A child may develop improper swings if they use a racquet that is not the correct size and weight.
- Does my child have to be a member to take lessons?
Children ages 10 and under do not need a membership to participate in group tennis lesson at Elite Sports Clubs. If your 10 and under child is participating in group tennis lessons, your child is allowed to take private lessons too. Once your children turns 11, your children needs to be added to a family member's Elite membership or join as a Junior Tennis Member, which is $20 + tax a month. A Junior Tennis Membership gets your child access to all 5 Elite Sports Clubs' tennis programs, Wisconsin most established and largest junior tennis program. Request more information about membership.
- How to get on the path of being a Top Junior?
Your child is taking a group lesson at Elite Sports Club and you want to progress your child's game further. Elite Sports Club through its many years leading Wisconsin players to the top has a suggested progression for your child. Even with our suggested progression, each child is unique and you should consult their tennis pro for advice.
|Path for ages 10 and Under
||Path for ages 11 and Up
|To learn more about progressing your 10 and under child, view the entire recommendation [pdf].||To learn more about progressing your 11 and up child, view the entire recommendation [pdf].|
|STEP 1: Once a week group lessons||STEP 1: Once a week group lessons|
|STEP 1.5: Add an occasional special Elite QuickStart event or play with your child.||STEP 1.5: Add an occasional special Elite Junior Tennis event or play with your child .|
|STEP 2: Attend two tennis lessons a week.||STEP 2: Attend two tennis lessons a week.|
|STEP 2.5: Increase frequency of your special Elite QuickStart events and/or playing with your child.||STEP 2.5: Increase frequency of your special Elite QuickStart events and/or playing with your child.|
|STEP 3: Attend three tennis lessons a week.||STEP 3: Attend three tennis lessons a week.|
|STEP 4: Change to more advanced Elite tennis events.||STEP 3.5: Get your child a USTA (United States Tennis Association) membership.|
|STEP 5: Get your child a 10 and Under USTA (United States Tennis Association) membership.||STEP 4: Start playing in USTA Tournaments.|
|STEP 6: Start playing 10 and Under USTA Tournaments.||STEP 5: Attend four tennis lessons a week.|
|Note: The next few steps are post QuickStart level.||STEP 6: Join the Competitive Training Center.|
|STEP 7: Join the Competitive Training Center.||STEP 7: Attend and/or Practice tennis five times a week and beyond.|
|As our tennis pros are professionals and have trained the best junior players in Wisconsin, not every child is supposed to be a superstar and progress to Step 7. Tennis is a "sport of a lifetime." Tennis is very enjoyable and many children enjoy the socializing with their "tennis friends" and being a good tennis player. Most Elite Junior Tennis Players will reach Step 2.5-3.0.|
- Fitness and Diet for Jr. Tennis Players
Fitness and diet are vital to a successful junior tennis player. Tennis players utilize core torsion, strength and anaerobic exertion on every point. Building up each aspect is important to a strong, healthy, less injury-prone player. Diet too is important. Understanding pre-match, during match and post-match diet can give a junior the edge over their opponent. Juniors tennis players must be on a couple membership with one parent, or a family membership to use the fitness center.
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- New to Tennis
Elite Sports Club has a special program for beginner adult tennis players and adult players returning to tennis and needing a refresher. Our program called Tennis 1-2-3 is a 6 week long program. It consist of six, 1-hour tennis lessons. Tennis 1-2-3 is open to members and non-members. Non-members may take two sessions before they must become a member. Request more information about beginner tennis.
- Adult Drills
Adult Drill Groups are what we call our adult tennis lessons. The Drill Groups are designed to maintain and improve your tennis skills in a fun, social atmosphere. Our drill groups are grouped by level of play and sometimes by gender. Players currently enrolled in a drill group have the first opportunity of refusal for the next session. Since many players continue on to the next session, you may need to consult a tennis pro to find a drill group. Many new drill groups start from one person discussing their interest with a pro and the pro gathering more interested players at the same level. Request more information about Adult Drills.
- Adult Leagues
Adult Leagues are tennis leagues grouped by level and gender that play once a week at the same designated time each week. The weekly play is in match format with either an hour, or hour and half time restraints. Elite members regardless of your adult membership type can play in a tennis league at any Elite Sports Club. League schedules are made at the beginning of the season taking in account any predetermined time off in which you know in advance. Each league has a sub list of players for when league players have unexpected conflicts. Request more information about Adult Leagues.
- Court Time
|Renting Open Court Time at Elite Sports Club is easy. Members can book court time one week in advance for up to an hour and a half. Please book your court time through the front desk, (414) 351-2900. Open Court Time is free in June, July and August. During September through May, court time is either at $10 per hour for the court or $17 per hour for the court. Our prices are some of the lowest court fees in Milwaukee. We also offer Permanent Court Time (PCT). Permanent Court Time allows a group that plays regularly at a certain time every week to "permanently" have that court for our 39 week indoor season. PCT court time is priced at $22 per hour for the court and is dependent on court availability. Request more information about PCT.||HOURLY COURT RATES
|September - May|
|(FREE June, July, August)|
|Open Court Time||$17 an hour|
|Elite Savings Time||$10 an hour|
|Weekdays||before 9 a.m.|
|Weekdays||after 9:00 p.m.|
|Saturdays||2:00 p.m. to close|
|Sundays||at all times|
- Adult Match Play and Socials
Elite Sports Club-North Shore offers a variety of special events that adult players can get match play and/or a social experience. Being a member of Elite Sports Club regardless of your membership type allows you to participate in tennis events at any Elite Sports Club. Our special tennis events range from very competitive match play, to very social and less competitive environments.
View the Calendar of all Racquet Events at Elite Sports Club-North Shore
- Fitness, Injury and Health for Adult Tennis Players
Tennis players utilize core torsion, strength and anaerobic exertion in every tennis point. Elite Sports Club offers a variety of solutions to increase your fitness for tennis. On the court, you may participate in a tennis anaerobic workout called Cardio Tennis.” (See calendar for times.) In the fitness center, Elite offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, specialized tennis oriented personal training, group exercise classes, small group training and more. Learn more about fitness for tennis players.
Massage for Athletes
Massage helps to enhance performance, reduce tension in muscles, augment flexibility and awareness, and dilates the blood vessels, which improves circulation and is necessary for flushing out toxins that exist throughout the body (lactic acid) that can cause problems such as swelling and muscle soreness. Athletes such as Rafael Nadal and Michael Phelps get massages regularly to enhance their performance and reduce their chance of injury. Learn more about massage for athletes.
Injuries do happen even to healthy, fit tennis players. Each Elite Sports Club has an independent physical therapy center called the S.M.A.R.T. Clinic (Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy) located inside each Elite Sports Club. The S.M.A.R.T. Clinic accepts most insurances. As a member of Elite Sports Club, you are entitled to receive a free injury assessment. Learn more about the S.M.A.R.T. Clinic.
Food is the energy that fuels your body. Pre-match, during-match and post-match nutrition are vital to a successful tennis player. Learn how to boost your energy, lose weight, and eat healthier with Rita Larson, registered dietitian. Contact Rita Larson for more information.
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- New to Racquetball
Racquetball is a sport for all ages and athletic ability. Racquetball is a singles and a doubles sport. That means that players can compete one on one or in teams of two. Racquetball is a sport played with 22 inch long racquets and a hollow rubber ball. It is typically played indoors on a 20 feet wide x 40 feet long x 20 feet high court with wooden paneled flooring. The walls are prepared from a variety of materials to create a lively, paneled surface. Request more information.
- Racquetball Rules
The USA Racquetball (USAR), the governing body of racquetball, maintains the official rules of racquetball. The rule book contains the basics to start playing to the obscurity of the game. Read the official racquetball rules [pdf].
- Reciprocity Rules
All Elite Sports Club members that belong to an Elite club that does not have racquetball courts receive limited reciprocity for racquetball. The reciprocity allows Elite Sports Club-Mequon & West Brookfield members to participate in racquetball leagues offered at Elite Sports Club-North Shore or Brookfield. The reciprocity does not include open racquetball court time and does not allow members full guest privileges to use the entire sport clubs on racquetball league days.
- Adults Leagues, Lessons & Tournaments
Elite Sports Club-North Shore offers three sessions of Leagues throughout the year. Racquetball Director Amy Hall runs the leagues and offers racquetball lessons. The lessons are good for beginners to learn the sport of racquetball. Intermediate and advance players can benefit from spot specific practice and strategy lessons.Duri ng the year Elite Sports Club-North Shore hosts singles amnd doubles racquetball tournaments that members and guest can participate. Request more information about leagues, lessons and tournaments.
- Racquetball Prices
PRIVATE LESSON RATES
|First League||$25||One Hour Private Lesson||$30|
|Second League||$17||One Hour Semi-Private Lesson||$30 / player|
|Open Court Time||FREE||Equipment Rental is free|
|Permanent Court Time (p/p)||$17/session|
- Equipment Policy
Elite Sports Club-North Shore has rental racquets, balls and eye-wear available. You are responsible for any damages, lost or stolen equipment.
- Court Time
Renting Open Court Time at Elite Sports Club is easy. Members can book court time one week in advance for up to an hour and a half. You book your court time through the front desk, (414) 351-2900. Open Court Time is free year round. To rent open court time at Elite Sports Club-North Shore, you must be a member of Elite Sports Club-North Shore.
We also offer Permanent Court Time (PCT). Permanent Court Time allows a group that plays regularly at a certain time every week to "permanently" have that court on a per session basis. PCT court time is priced at $17 per person per session for the court and is dependent on court availability. Request more information about PCT.