Junior Tennis - Missouri Athletic Club

Junior Tennis

The Missouri Athletic Club's Junior Tennis Program is designed to promote a fun, learning environment that helps youth grow as a player and a person.

The MAC's junior tennis program is based on the USTA's Quick Start Tennis program, which is a progression-based tennis plan training youth as early as age five. Many players coached by MAC staff have earned tennis scholarships to prestigious colleges and universities. The MAC also offers Friday Night Tennis Pizza Parties, hosts Gateway Junior Tennis Tournaments geared for novice and intermediate players, organizes several Junior Team Tennis (JTT) Teams, and has happily put together and hosted many tennis birthday parties for members' children and their friends.
  • Kids Tennis Pizza Parties (Ages 5-14)
    • On Friday evenings, children enjoy tennis and pizza at the West Clubhouse. MAC pros lead tennis activities on the courts. Different ability levels are accommodated with varying tennis games that are pro-led or self-sustained depending on the ages of the children in attendance.
  • Tots Tennis (Ages 5-7)
    • These tennis classes are designed to give young children an enthusiasm for the game and develop their tennis skills. The USTA Quick Start Tennis method recommends child-size racquets, nets and courts, along with specially designed low-pressure tennis balls to give youngsters the swing, net height and ball bounce they need to be successful and learn to rally back and forth early in their tennis careers. The MAC's experienced, energetic, and knowledgeable tennis professionals, ensure the children HAVE FUN while learning to play. They are committed to imparting knowledge and improving children's skills, abilities, and self-esteem.


      FALL 2017
      SESSION 1:
       
      September 5 - October 21 
      Monday 4-5pm $120 (members) $155 (guests*)
      Wednesday 4-5pm $140 (members) $180 (guests*)
      Friday       4-5pm $140 (members) $180 (guests*)
      Saturday 9:30-10:30am $140 (members) $180 (guests*)
      *guests may participate for one session


      GUEST PARTICIPATION

      This tennis level is a members-only program. If interested in trying the program, guests are permitted to participate in one, eight-week session trial period. Guests must apply online, be sponsored by a member, and will be contacted if room is available. Guest rates apply. If interested in guest participation, click here to complete the form. 


  • Future Stars (Ages 8-11)
    • This program is for beginner and intermediate level children; courts are divided according to age and ability. At this age, children are likely to have dramatic elevations in their tennis games. Teaching them the proper techniques and advancing those techniques based on their level of play will improve their tennis and increase their interest. The goal of the MAC's tennis professionals is to build upon each child's tennis abilities to advance them to the next echelon of their game. The beginner and intermediate classes will vary, but all of this age group will learn how to develop their shots, hit balls in varying situations, work on core stability and gain a better understanding of tactics. Quick Start orange balls are used to develop these skills more effectively. Once participants are ready, they will be introduced to competitive play outside of the club.

      ONE-HOUR CLASSES

      Member: $95 for a 6-week session; $15 each additional week
      Guests: $120 for a 6-week session; $20 each additional week

      SUMMER 2017 SCHEDULE

      Monday-Friday
      May 30-Aug. 11
      1-4 p.m.
      Members: $225 per child per week
      Guests: $290 per child per week

      FALL 2017
      FUTURE STARS

      SESSION 1:  September 5 - October 21   

      Monday 4-5pm $120 (members) $155 (guests*)
      Friday 4-5pm $140 (members) $180 (guests*)
      Saturday 9:30-10:30am $140 (members) $180 (guests*)
      *guests may participate for one session

      GUEST PARTICIPATION

      This tennis level is a members-only program. If interested in trying the program, guests are permitted to participate in one, eight-week session trial period. Guests must apply online, be sponsored by a member, and will be contacted if room is available. Guest rates apply. If interested in guest participation, click here to complete the form. 

       

  • Intermediate
    • Intermediate (ages 11-14)

      Age 11 to 14 is a great time to begin tennis or spend more time on the courts.  A child at this age is more mentally and physically ready to understand and execute the various strokes.  Beginners in this class can start the game and develop into great players and already experienced kids will find themselves learning new skills. Players will see themselves making improvements from week to week.
      Have your child join this class so they can see how much fun tennis can be and begin a sport for a lifetime!

      Fall 2017
      INTERMEDIATE
      SESSION 1:  September 5 - October 21  
      Tuesday 6-7pm $140 (members) $180 (guests*)
      Friday 5-6pm $140 (members) $180 (guests*)

      *guests may participate for one session


      GUEST PARTICIPATION

      This tennis level is a members-only program. If interested in trying the program, guests are permitted to participate in one, eight-week session trial period. Guests must apply online, be sponsored by a member, and will be contacted if room is available. Guest rates apply. If interested in guest participation, click here to complete the form. 

       

  • Junior High Performance (Ages 11-14)
    • At this age, children will usually play tennis for two reasons: 1) They want to be more competitive or 2) They enjoy the game. Whichever the reason, these are the best years to play tennis! This is true because these are the most formative years for tennis players, and what a child learns now will stick with them later even if they set aside their racquet for a while. The Junior High Performance classes are for middle school-aged players who enjoy tennis and are moving toward the High Performance level class. The emphasis in these classes is on further developing stroke techniques, adding specialty shots, strengthening core stability, and learning different playing about various playing strategies. problem solving and decision making. Competitive games are more match-point oriented, and All students are encouraged to try out for their school teams and to play in novice tournaments. Quick Start green-dot balls are often used to develop players' skills more effectively. 

      SUMMER 2017 SCHEDULE

      Monday-Friday
      May 30-July 31
      1-4 p.m.
      Members: $225 per child per week
      Guests: $290 per child per week

      GUEST PARTICIPATION

      This tennis level is a members-only program. If interested in trying the program, guests are permitted to participate in one, eight-week session trial period. Guests must apply online, be sponsored by a member, and will be contacted if room is available. Guest rates apply. If interested in guest participation, click here to complete the form. 

  • Tournament Green
    • Tournament Green (ages 9-12)  

      *must have completed orange ball USTA or be evaluated by an MAC tennis pro*

      The Tournament Green classes are for players who compete in USTA tournaments and/or Junior Team Tennis and are moving toward the High Performance level class (yellow ball). The emphasis in these classes is on further developing stroke techniques, adding specialty shots, strengthening core stability, learning about various playing strategies, problem solving and decision making. Competitive games are more match-point oriented, and Quick Start green-dot balls are used to develop players' skills more effectively. 

      Fall 2017

      TOURNAMENT GREEN
      September 5 - October 21

      Tuesday 4:30-6pm $210 (members) $275 (guests*)
      Thursday 4:30-6pm $210 (members) $275 (guests*)
      Friday 5-6:30pm $210 (members) $275 (guests*)
      Any 2 days $380 (members) $500 (guests*)

      *guests may participate for one session
      Match Play offered on Saturdays Time:  3-4:30pm
      Match Play Fee: Members - $10 per time,  Guest - $15 per time

      GUEST PARTICIPATION

      This tennis level is a members-only program. If interested in trying the program, guests are permitted to participate in one, eight-week session trial period. Guests must apply online, be sponsored by a member, and will be contacted if room is available. Guest rates apply. If interested in guest participation, click here to complete the form. 

  • Varsity Tennis (High School Players)
    • The Varsity Performance classes are for high school-aged players who enjoy tennis and have goals of playing on their school tennis team at the highest position possible. The emphasis in these classes is on advancing stroke techniques, improving specialty shots, strengthening core stability, learning more about playing strategies and mental toughness, and practicing problem solving and decision making techniques.

      SUMMER 2017 SCHEDULE

      Held at MICDS
      Summer sessions are on a weekly basis. (Pro-rated weeks are not available.)
      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (match day)
      May 30-July 28
      8-10 a.m.
      Members: $175 per child per week (5 days)
      Per Day Options:  4 Days: $156 3 Days: $129 2 Days: $94 1 Day: n/a
      T-Participants/Guests: $225 per child per week
      Per Day Options:  4 Days: $200 3 Days: $165 2 Days: $120 1 Day: n/a


      FALL 2017
      VARSITY SESSION 1:  
      September 5 - October 21    Tuesday 7-8:30pm $210 (members) $275 (T-Participants) Thursday 7-8:30pm $210 (members) $275 (T-Participants) Both Days $380 (members) $500 (T-Participants) Match Play offered on Saturdays Time:  1:30-3pm Match Play Fee: Members - $10 per time,  T-Participants - $15 per time
      T-PARTICIPATION* FOR MAC GUESTS

      An introduction to membership at the Missouri Athletic Club
      All junior levels higher than Junior High Performance require a T-Participation application to be submitted for approval. These levels have limited space and acceptance is at the discretion of the tennis pros. T-Participation acceptance is for the Junior Tennis player only and gives access only to the tennis program. Click here for more information about guest enrollment as a T-Participant. 

      *Not available to current or past MAC members.



  • Performance Tennis
    • Competitive and Tournament Players

      In the Performance Level classes, each participant's tactical and technical skills are developed by working on both offensive and defensive game styles, practicing specialty shots and creating different spins. Physical conditioning and developing strong mental skills is also an important part of this tennis program. Committed tournament players ready to take their game to the next level are encouraged to join this class for hours of drilling, footwork and instruction in the most positive of environments! These classes are divided into two levels (High Performance and Peak Performance) and all players must be approved for these groups by the Director of Junior Tennis, Max Shapiro.

      HIGH PERFORMANCE (AGES 11-14) (INVITATION ONLY)

      Summer 2017 Schedule
      Summer sessions are on a weekly basis. (Pro-rated weeks are not available.)
      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (match day)
      May 30-July 28
      8-10 a.m.
      Members: $175 per child per week (5 days)
      Per Day Options:   4 Days: $156 3 Days: $129 2 Days: $94 1 Day: n/a
      T-Participants/Guests: $225 per child per week
      Per Day Options:   4 Days: $200 3 Days: $165 2 Days: $120 1 Day: n/a


      FALL 2017
      HIGH PERFORMANCE 

      SESSION 1
      :  September 5 - October 21  
      Monday 5-7pm $240 (members) $310 (T-Participants)
      Wednesday
      5-7pm $280 (members) $360 (T-Participants)
      Both Days   $510 (members) $660 (T-Participants)
      Match Play offered on Saturdays Time:  1:30-3pm Match Play Fee: Members - $10 per time,  T-Participants - $15 per time

      T-PARTICIPATION* FOR MAC GUESTS
      An introduction to membership at the Missouri Athletic Club

      All junior tennis levels higher than Junior High Performance require a T-Participation application to be submitted for approval. These levels have limited space and acceptance is at the discretion of the tennis pros. T-Participation acceptance is for the Junior Tennis player only and gives access only to the tennis program. Click here for more information about guest enrollment as a T-Participant. 

      *Not available to current or past MAC members.


      PEAK PERFORMANCE (AGES 11-18) (INVITATION ONLY) 

      PEAK PERFORMANCE SUMMER 2017 SESSION

      Summer sessions are on a weekly basis. (Pro-rated weeks are not available.)
      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (match day)
      May 30-July 28
      8-10:30 a.m.
      Members: $225 per child per week (5 days)
      Per Day Options:  4 Days: $196 3 Days: $159 2 Days: $114 1 Day: n/a   
      T-Participant/Guests: $285 per child per week
      Per Day Options:  4 Days: $248 3 Days: $201 2 Days: $144 1 Day: n/a

      FALL 2017
      PEAK PERFORMANCE 

      SESSION 1:  September 5 - October 21  
      Monday 5-7pm $240 (members) $310 (T-Participants)
      Wednesday 5-7pm $280 (members) $360 (T-Participants)
      Thursday 5-7pm $280 (members) $360 (T-Participants)
      Any 2 Days $510 (members) $660 (T-Participants)
      All 3 Days $700 (members) $910 (T-Participants)
      Match Play offered on Saturdays Time:  1:30-3pm
      Match Play Fee: Members - $10 per time,  T-Participants - $15 per time

       

      T-PARTICIPATION* FOR MAC GUESTS
      An introduction to membership at the Missouri Athletic Club
      All junior levels higher than Junior High Performance require a T-Participation application to be submitted for approval. These levels have limited space and acceptance is at the discretion of the tennis pros. T-Participation acceptance is for the Junior Tennis player only and gives access only to the tennis program. Click here for more information about guest enrollment as a T-Participant. 

      *Not available to current or past MAC members.

      more about SPEED AND AGILITY:

      Optimal Performance Training Program (OPT) is a systematic approach each week or session, that progressively gets harder in exercises and intensity. Each session will consist of foam rolling, static and dynamic warm up, speed and agility drills, core strengthening and core power drills, along with plyometrics. MAC fitness manager, Paul Helfrich, has customized this program for the junior tennis clientele.

       

For more information, contact Director of Junior Tennis, Max Shapiro.