Group Instructional Clinics
More than ten year-round junior and adult group instructional clinics are offered and led by USPTA Master Tennis Professional Mike O’Connell and his staff at the Indiana University Tennis Center. Head Pro Mike O’Connell has been a USPTA member for over 30 years, was inducted into the USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame in 1998, and was recently named the 2009 USPTA Midwest Pro of the Year
The basic philosophy and methodology is to help each person strive to reach their maximum playing potential using the concept of positive thinking, reinforcing the correct techniques and tactics, and hard work. Tennis is truly a game of a lifetime and there are many health, fitness, social, and psychological benefits.
The High Performance Junior Beginner Program, which includes Level 1 (ages 4-5), Level 2 (ages 6-7), Level 3 (ages 8-9), and Level 4 (ages 10+), uses USTA’s QuickStart format and is designed to help juniors learn the game fast.
Participants in Junior and Adult Beginner clinics learn a range of tennis basics, including the four main tennis strokes: forehand, backhand, serve, and volley. These clinics also cover scoring, sportsmanship, court position, and match play.
For those with some experience, the Junior and Adult Intermediate clinics review the basic strokes, while placing more emphasis on movement, scoring, and match play. The emphasis in this level is on ground strokes, court position, and consistency in execution.
Junior and Adult Advanced clinic participants can expect a clinic designed for players interested in actively competing in tournaments or leagues. This program includes advanced drills, competitive match play, tactics, strategy, mental toughness skills and conditioning.
Tournament Players is a junior clinic geared toward the player seeking a district, sectional, and national ranking and participates in USTA tournaments. Emphasis is on strategy, tactics, conditioning, mental training and competitive play.
Questions? Email Mike O’Connell.
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