welcome to the 2022 Junior program, Future stars, and high school practice

We have reached capacity for the 2022 program. Please reach out to us to get on our waitlist. 

Swim Program Registration now Open for Members: 

Weeze Hayes, professional swim instructor, is back again to teach our swim program this summer. Reminder, swim lessons are open to members only. The swim program includes 6 lessons over two consecutive weeks on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday June 28, 29, 30 and July 5, 6, 7. Please see the event page for a description of each class. 

  • 10:45 - 11:15am Baby & Parent Class
  • 11:15 - 12:00pm Stroke Clinic 1
  • 12:00 - 12:45pm Stroke Clinic 2
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm Beginner Swim Class
  • 1:30 - 2:00pm Intermediate Swim Class

Swim Program Registration (Members Only)

Welcome! 

We are delighted to welcome Natalie Doehla as the 2022 Junior Program Director along with Skyler Graves, in a new position, as the Junior Program Tournament Director. Both Natalie and Skyler are returning after being lead coaches in the program previously. As a former program director for many years, Jacquie Crittenberger-Geissler will return to the program to be our Future Stars Director, focusing solely on the 4-7 age group. The High School Practice with Mike Tasi is back on Tuesday nights. It was a big hit last summer and we look forward to repeat success. We will be announcing our full coaching staff soon. 

Below you'll find all the program details and links to registration. 


Program Structure

The fundamental philosophy of the Stowe Tennis Club Junior program is to build a solid foundation of skills for future success and promote enjoyment, improvement and life-long love of the sport of tennis. The pathway of lesson plans and achievement are designed to follow EITHER a recreational tennis goal OR a more competitive tennis goal.

FUTURE STARS: Starting with the youngest age group (4-7 years old), our Future Stars Program is based on the USTA Net Generation, kid-friendly approach to tennis that hopes to inspire the next generation of young tennis players.  Using modified equipment to enhance learning, this program introduces the basics of tennis including skills and activities that build tennis specific coordination and most importantly a foundation for future success. Net Generation is the United States Tennis Association official youth brand and development program.

CORE YOUTH PROGRAM: The structure of the Core Youth Program (8-14 years old) will follow a modified progressive tennis approach. Each level of play will focus on learning the skills of serve, rally, play and score at net in singles and doubles. The lesson approach will include the “I Can Play” and “Play-Practice-Play” model.  Each level of development is based on age, maturity and skill. Monday's through Thursday's of each week will have a strong focus on drills, training, games and a ton of fun, while Friday will be 100% match play with many intra/inter club matches scheduled. A top-level tennis pro will be on court rotating through the various age groups and levels every day except Friday's. And, back by popular demand, we will be hosting a Junior Championships Tournament during the final two weeks of the program August 1-5 and August 8-12.

New this summer is the opportunity for players ages 12 and up to take part in an advanced training group known as the Forehand Approach Program. This program is designed to support the skills development of our more advanced, highly motivated, middle-school-aged participants (indicated as Level III below). Players are expected to bring their passion and commitment to this higher-level tennis environment. The program will include more match play opportunities, goal-setting, and strength and agility training in 30 minute sessions either before or after the regular core programming. 

HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICE: For those competitive players in high school, Mike Tasi's Tuesday evening High School Practice is a chance to sharpen skills, play with peers, and work on advanced tactics and match play. Our resident pro, Mike has contributed to a legacy of skilled and successful junior players from the membership over the years. When possible, additional inter- or intra-club matches or tournaments will be scheduled. 

At all ages of the Junior Program the “I Am A Good Sport” behaviors are introduced, developed and continually reinforced. The “I Am A Good Sport” behavior approach ensures long-term love of the sport, instills confidence and encourages (if not demands) good sportsmanship. A code of conduct will be provided to parents of all participants outlining expected behaviors on and off the court.

Program Achievement Levels

Future Stars – two levels of play.
4/5 Year Olds:

This program introduces the foundational skills of tennis with an oversized low-compression ball on court (red ball) without a net. Players may work up to practicing with a net as the summer progresses. Future Star players will use smaller-sized rackets appropriate for their size; either 19", 21" or 23". Players learn basic skills along with activities that build tennis specific coordination. Basic rules of play and “I am a Good Sport” behaviors are introduced.

6/7 Year Olds:

This program introduces the foundational skills of tennis with an oversized low-compression ball on a smaller court. Future Stars players will use smaller sized rackets appropriate for their size; either 21" or 23". Players learn basic rally, serve and net play skills along with activities that build tennis specific coordination. Rules of play and “I am a Good Sport” behaviors are introduced.

Core Youth Program - three levels of play.
8/9 Year Olds:

Level I - Players learn how to serve, rally, score and play at the net. “I am a Good Sport” behaviors are reinforced. Lessons follow the Play-Practice-Play model.

Level II - Players have strong competency of Level I skills. Players additionally learn to maintain a rally when receiving more challenging shots, serve with improved placement, approach the net, and place volleys. “I am a Good Sport” behaviors are reinforced. Lessons follow the Play-Practice-Play model.

10/11 Year Olds:

Level I - Players learn to serve, rally, score, and play at net in singles and doubles on a regulation sized court. Lessons take players through a progression of skill building activities that speed learning. “I am a Good Sport” behaviors are reinforced. Lessons follow the Play-Practice-Play model.

Level II - Players have a strong competency of Level I skills. Players additionally learn to rally with improved direction and height control, serve with better power and control, return serves, and approach and play net with volleys and overheads. “I am a Good Sport” behaviors are reinforced. Lessons follow the Play-Practice-Play model. 

12 -14 Year Olds:

Level I - Players learn to serve, rally, score, and play at net in singles and doubles on a regulation sized court. Lessons take players through a progression of skill building activities that speed learning. “I am a Good Sport” behaviors are reinforced. Lessons follow the Play-Practice-Play model.

Level II - Players have competency of Level I skills. Players additionally learn to rally with improved direction and height control, serve with better power and control, return serves, and approach and play net with volleys and overheads. “I am a Good Sport” behaviors are reinforced. Lessons follow the Play-Practice-Play model.

Level III - Players have strong level of competency of Level I/II skills and are interested in actively participating in more competitive play. An extra half hour of programming is included 3X per week for these players with a focus on game strategy and dry-land training drills (see Forehand Approach Group below). Participation in a USTA Tournament and the STC Ladder Program is strongly recommended and encouraged.


High School Practice - Advanced, competitive level of play.

Led by head pro Mike Tasi, the Tuesday night High School Practice is for those players in high school who are currently playing on a competitive or high school tennis team. Players will advance their skills and tactics through drills, games, and point play. 

Coach/Player Ratio

All groups will maintain a 4-6 player to coach ratio. Core Youth Program will have 1 Senior or Junior Coach per court of 4-6 players plus Mike Tasi or a Topnotch Tennis Pro rotating through various age groups Monday through Thursday. Coach-In-Training (CITs) will support as needed. Future stars, in addition to the Program Director, will have 1 senior or junior coach and 1 CIT per court of 4-6 players. High School Practice will be capped at 8 players per session. 

Program Scheudle

Future Stars:
  • The Future Stars program will begin on Tuesday July 5th, two weeks after the Core Youth Program, and run for 6 weeks meeting on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.
  • Registration will be available in blocks of 2 consecutive weeks of 6 sessions each. Future Star participants can register for any one two week block, or all 3 two week blocks for a full 6-week program.  
  • Daily, the program is split into 2 groups of 4 & 5 Year Olds (3:15 - 4:00 pm) and 6 & 7 Year Olds (4:00 - 4:45pm).  
  • The final Wednesday, August 10th will consist of Game day, Awards, and Pizza Party. The rain date is the final day of the program, Thursday, August 11th. 
Core youth program:
  • The Core Youth Program will begin on Monday, June 20th and run for a full 8 weeks. 
  • The program will meet 5x per week for a total of 3-hours (1:00-4:00pm). This includes 2-hours of tennis lessons and 1-hour of recreational play (pool time supervised by a certified lifeguard) each day. 
  • Monday through Thursday tennis lessons will follow the Play-Practice-Play model. Friday lessons will focus on Intra/Inter-Club match play.
  • The final two weeks, August 1st through 11th, will consist of the singles then doubles junior tournament, with the final day of the program consisting of the Game Day, Awards, and Pizza Party. Attendance for the entire week of either week 7 and/or 8 is critical for full participation in the junior championships.
  • Pricing consists of two choices: Up to 8 weeks and up to 4 weeks. Indicate preferred weeks on registration and keep us informed of your plans. 
  • Costume day will once again be held at some point in the final weeks.
Forehand Approach Program (Core Youth Program): 
  • Integrated around the Core Youth Program, the Forehand Approach Program consists of attending three extra 30 minute sessions per week in addition to the regular 1-4pm programming: Monday evening 1:1 hitting sessions with senior coaches (4:00 - 4:30pm), Tuesday Plyometric Strength Training (12:00pm – 12:30pm), Thursday Speed and Tennis Endurance Training (12:00pm – 12:30pm). 
  • Available to juniors aged 12 and up. 
  • Additional individual competitive match play and tournaments will be offered to Forehand Approach participants over the course of the 8-week program. Parents are responsible for transporting their own child to and from matches, although an STC coach will be present on site.
High School Practice:
  • Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00pm for 8 total sessions, led by Mike Tasi. When possible, inter-club matches will be organized on Thursday evenings. 
  • In the event of rain, practice is cancelled and there is no rain make-up date. 

  • Open to members only. Players who are not members through their family can apply to the club for a junior membership. 

Dress code, proper attire and what to bring:

Plan to outfit your juniors in tennis-appropriate clothing and tennis-appropriate shoes with mild tread. For boys, please wear sleeves on all shirts (no tank tops) and athletic shorts. For girls, tank tops are okay and skirts or tennis shorts are preferred (avoid leggings or biker shorts unless covered by a skirt). In general, only understated tennis-relevant logos or tennis-intentional designs. 

All program participants should plan to bring a racket, water bottle (labeled with your name), and sun protection (hat and/or sunscreen) each day of programming. For those in the Core Youth Program, you have the option to swim in the pool from 3:-00- 4:00pm so a bathing suit, towel and an optional snack are recommended. 

Please have your juniors arrive on time and with prompt pick-up as a courtesy to our members and staff. 

Registraton & Payment

Links to register can be found below. Please read the description for each program below carefully before proceeding to registration. 

To pay for multiple registrations at one time (including your membership dues), select the 'Invoice Me' option at checkout then create subsequent registrations. Your total balance will accumulate and be available for payment on your member profile.

Each junior in your family should be registered separately. After filling out the form with information about each junior participant and signing the waiver, you can select the desired schedule and price options available. 

Accepted payment includes credit card online and e-Check/bank transfer by request. 

Members, please register by April 1st, 2022 to save your spot. Waitlisted applicant families and non-members will be considered for any available spots after April 1st. We will do our best to make accommodations for members after April 1st should your plans/needs change, but cannot make a guarantee. 

Registration may be canceled, changed and/or refunded by request before June 1st, 2022. Payment must be received and registration finalized by June 1st. Note: You can complete registration online but pay at a later time by selecting the "Invoice Me" option. 

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