Attn: Jake Nelson
May 10, 2003
By STAN…THE TENNISMAN- STAFF WRITER
Come Join The Fun
Tennis is fun for all ages. Pictured
above is Gabe Shefland, 6 years old, and he sure has fun. He started at 3 years old. He is continues to learn and there is
unlimited potential for where the sport will take him. If nothing else Gabe will enjoy all the benefits of this “sport
for a lifetime”.
There are tennis opportunities for
everybody. I frequently read about the competitions for the national champions in the 85 and over, and the 90 and over age
brackets. The competition is quite intense, and the players are very clear that they want to play well and win.
Summer time is especially a good
time for Tennis Camps. There is something for everyone. Kids learn fast when they get to play for several hours every day.
Especially when they are matched with kids at their own level and have professional coaching.
There are many great camps in other
states, especially on the east coast, and Arizona. I want to highlight a few that are close-by so travel is not
such a big issue. Some camps offer room and board along with the high quality coaching. If you are interested go ahead and
pick a few to call and have fun.
Here are a few camps in the local
Nike sponsors both junior and adult
camps at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks –
Greg Patton will run 2 junior camps
at the Big Bear Sports Ranch – 909-585-3133, www.bigbearsportsranch.com.
Angel Lopez runs a junior camp at
the San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club – 619-275-3270.
Flint Canyon Tennis Club has sessions
for ages 5-7 and 8-17. The sessions are frequent and flexible running from June through August. Call 818-790-3355 for information.
Tip of the month:
Check your balance. After your serve
see that your follow through does not take you off to the side. Land with good balance ready to explode to the return ball.
Keep good posture and balance during the “split’n’go” step, and also when you make your stroke. Start
your stroke on balance and then finish on balance, ready for the next move.
For further information or
instruction, contact Stan Carter, USPTA certified professional, at the Flint Canyon Tennis Club: 818-790-3355 or 213-321-8699. You are invited to please email questions and comments to Info@StanTheTennisman.com.