Want to be among the first people to take tennis lessons on newly-renovated courts?
JCPRD is offering three different youth tennis classes, all beginning on July 10, on newly-replaced courts in the city of Roeland Park's R Park, located on the site of the former Roeland Park Elementary School at 5535 Juniper Drive.
The new courts will officially open during a ribbon cutting being planned by Roeland Park on July 2,
JCPRD's new tennis classes include: Red Ball Tennis Lessons for ages five through eight, Orange Ball Tennis Lessons for ages nine and ten, and Green Ball Tennis Lessons for ages nine to 12. All three programs have classes which meet on Tuesday and Thursday beginning July 10, and involve eight one-hour sessions at a cost of $75 for Johnson County residents or $83 for nonresidents. Students are encouraged to bring their own racket. To find these programs online at www.JCPRD.com, use the course ID codes listed below or browse first under youth and then under sports. When using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “tennis.”
Red Ball Tennis Lessons for ages five through eight are a kids-sized introduction to what could be the sport of a lifetime! Participants will receive instruction in an approachable and supportive environment. Students play with junior rackets and low-bouncing balls on a reduced court allowing them to more easily make contact and sustain a rally. The focus is on learning the fundamentals in order to establish a future of success. This program meets at 8 a.m.
Orange Ball Tennis Lessons for ages nine and ten let players will continue to develop their skills and athleticism by use of an orange ball designed to travel more slowly and bounce lower. Players receive lessons on a regulation net, but on a court shorter in length than standard. With these modifications and a junior rackets, youth find continued success on the court and progress at their own pace. This program meets at 9:30 a.m.
Green Ball Tennis Lessons for ages nine through 12 use green balls with a slightly reduced bounce height to give students a challenging transition to the full-size 78-foot regulation court. With continued supportive coaching, it won’t be long until students’ progress to the regulation yellow balls, the same as the pros! This program meets at 11 a.m.
For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. Register online at www.jcprd.com for Red Ball Tennis for ages five to eight, for Orange Ball Tennis for ages nine through ten, or Green Ball Tennis for ages nine through 12.
Replacement of the tennis courts at the Roeland Park Elementary School began in early April. Roeland Park, in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and their Missouri Valley Region arm, wanted to bring tennis courts back to one of the first locations for tennis play in Johnson County. Several grants contributed to this project. These included $20,000, from the National USTA, and $12,000 from the Missouri Valley Region USTA for reconstruction and another $500 for equipment. Roeland Park Public Works provided demolition services valued at $10,000 and the balance of the project was financed with city capital improvement funds. The two-court layout with youth and regulation lines will serve newcomers to the game as well as seasoned players. JCPRD is also a partner on the project, providing tennis programs at the new facility.
The July 2 ribbon cutting event for the new tennis courts will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m., and will include officials from Roeland Park, USTA Missouri Valley , and JCPRD. Following the ribbon cutting, youth tennis equipment will be available for open play, and signups will be taken for the lessons listed above.