Whether this is the first exposure to tennis or you’re looking to take your child’s game to the next level, we have a program to fit your needs. In partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), TGA has developed a Youth Tennis Player Pathway to help guide families through the journey of learning and playing this amazing sport.
The pathway consists of TGA and USTA programs that are progressive in their skills level, knowledge requirements and challenges; yet also complementary to one another so children can participate in multiple types of programs throughout the year to continue developing and refining their game.
The common entry points for new players are through TGA’s instruction-based Tennis Enrichment Programs and Tennis Camps before moving on to programs like TGA Play Days and Leagues that focus on gaining competitive experience in a low-pressure setting. To learn more about each type of program, click on the icons below.
Quick anaerobic movement burns calories and fat while improving overall cardiovascular health.
Motor Skills & Balance
Develops these attributes which improve overall coordination.
Developing shot strategies and applying concepts from geometry and physics.
Social & Life Skills
Build friendships and practice honesty and sportsmanship.
Self-Esteem & Optimism
Players test higher in these qualities and lower in anxiety and depression.
Tennis can be enjoyed at any age regardless of speed or power.
TGA brings our acclaimed enrichment programs to the places your children already spend time: schools, community centers, parks & recreation facilities, childcare centers, and more. Classes are before or after the school day and our station-based format keeps students engaged and active as they learn.
All TGA Enrichment Programs Feature:
Students are active throughout class participating in a dynamic warm-up, skill developments drills, and fun games.
TGA provides all equipment making it easy for everyone to participate.
Students rotate through drills and activities that develop core skills and understanding of the sport rules and etiquette.
Students participate in interactive labs to explore academic concepts such as gravity, force, and spin through tennis.
Coaches promote important life lessons including sportsmanship, perseverance, and leadership.
Tennis Enrichment Programs
Serve it up with tennis class and discover how fun and exciting tennis can be with TGA!
Maximum student to coach ratio of 10:1 maintains a safe and fun environment.
Coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of grip, forehand, backhand, volley, and serve.
Students participate in STEAM labs that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, force, and spin through the game.
Tennis is an individualistic sport so each player progresses through our five level program at their own pace – click on each color level below for additional details.
TGA utilizes the USTA’s “Tennis Sized Right” guidelines for youth tennis equipment and courts that are tailored to the size and ability of children’s bodies to allow for quicker success and enjoyment of the game. As players grow physically and develop stronger skills, they advance to playing on courts and with equipment that gets progressively closer to standardized tennis.
Reduced compression balls bounce lower and move slower.
Youth racquets have smaller grips so they're easier to hold and swing.
Courts are smaller so kids can cover more ground and make more shots.
Play Days – Put Your Child’s Skills into Match Play
TGA Tennis Play Days are an opportunity for tennis players of all skill levels to experience the social and competitive aspects of tennis in a low-pressure setting. The emphasis is always on fun and safety as participants gain valuable play experience through a rotation of short, continuous matches among players of similar skill level.
Play Days are a great next step for children who have participated in TGA Tennis Enrichment Programs and any young player who wants to continue developing their game through additional play experience.
"The convenience of having classes on school grounds directly after school is really nice. My child has a BLAST and is learning all the positive things about playing a wonderful sport, including etiquette and teamwork."
Betsy Brown, TGA Customer
Camps – Build Skills and Friendships
TGA Tennis Camps are all about providing an unforgettable experience for your child by combining expert instruction, daily match play and exciting activities that keep them active and entertained all day. Our dedicated coaching staff and low camper to coach ratios provide ample individual attention and instruction tailored to your child’s skill level. Campers build friendships and life-long memories as they improve their game through racquet and rally instruction stations, matches with players of similar or more advanced skill level, rules and etiquette lessons, fun games, trivia challenges and academic lessons including STEM.
TGA Tennis Camps will foster your child’s skills and passion for the game and are a great next step for anyone who has participated in a TGA Tennis Enrichment Program. TGA Camps are conducted during most times school is not in session including summer, winter and spring break.
"We liked the grouping by age and ability. Also the schedule broken down hour by hour gave us a clear picture of what our little one was doing. The little games like chicken launch, popcorn made it fun and our little girl didn't even realize how much she was working on the court to gain the skills she did in a week."
Smita Shah, TGA Customer
TGA Youth Tennis Leagues & USTA Junior Team Tennis
TGA Premier Youth Tennis Leagues and USTA Junior Team Tennis are complementary programs whose availability varies by location so check with your local chapter director about which opportunity is available near you. Both programs bring children together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams while promoting social skills and important life values including sportsmanship and self-confidence.
TGA Premier Youth Tennis Leagues and USTA Junior Team Tennis are a great next step for players who have developed the fundamentals of their game through TGA Tennis Enrichment Programs or TGA Tennis Camps and want to apply those skills in a friendly competition setting.
When your child is ready to take the next step into the world of competitive tennis, there is no better way to start than with USTA Junior Tournaments. Junior Tournaments are great for young players who want to test their games, get out on the court and make new friends along the way. There is local competition for kids of all levels—entry-level, intermediate and advanced—and as age and ability advance there are also national level tournaments.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tennis Enrichment Class
Does my child need tennis experience to take a TGA Tennis Enrichment class?
No previous tennis experience is necessary. This youth development program is designed to introduce PK-8th grade students to tennis with age appropriate instruction that is dynamic and retainable. The curriculum was designed by tennis professionals and education experts to include lesson plans that are fun, safe and effective.
Does my child need his/her own tennis racquet to participate in a TGA tennis enrichment class?
No, TGA will provide all necessary equipment including appropriately sized racquets and nets, reduced-compression balls, and any additional materials.
What will my child learn in a TGA class?
Students will experience tennis instruction, a mix of educational components, physical activity, character development initiatives and life lessons as they participate in TGA’s curriculum that has been honed by the USTA and education specialists. Whether your student is participating in TGA’s 5 level instruction based elementary school program or our play based middle school program, each member of TGA’s coaching staff is screened and certified to help guide your student athlete to becoming an avid tennis player.
Where are classes held?
Classes are conducted year-round, indoors and out, on any hard surface at schools, community centers. TGA supplies all of the equipment necessary to create tennis courts in virtually any space.
Does my child need to bring/wear anything specific to TGA tennis class?
Students should wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes to class. All other equipment will be provided and students will receive a TGA hat and color-coded wristband for the level that have completed at the end of the session.