New tennis players and players just returning to the game have a unique opportunity to play indoors this month in a beautiful new facility – for free.
“Let’s Play” will be offered at no charge for kids starting in 3rd grade up to adults on multiple occasions this month at the Delcastle Tennis Center, which opened their new six-court indoor facility last weekend. Let’s Play kicked off the first session last Saturday, when about 40 people came to check out the free sessions and new facility.
The new guided play program is run by Jim Flesch, Amy Myers and Linda Rudnick — three highly experienced tennis players and coaches — and supported by the USTA. The trio has also lined up other high-level players to help.
Let’s Play will use USTA-designed red, orange and green tennis balls, which are slower and easier to control than yellow balls and designed to offer a gradual learning progression. And younger players will play on smaller courts with a lower net.
Volunteers will be stationed at every court to help guide the players and help with score keeping. “The whole idea is to have fun. It’s not really an instructional program — it’s a fun, guided-play program,” said Amy Myers.
Linda Rudnick says Let’s Play is a great opportunity for her to show others how much fun tennis can be. “When Jim Flesch asked me to help him start a tennis program to introduce kids and adults to a sport that we both love at a brand-new indoor facility, how could I say no,” she said. “I played at Delcastle almost daily in the 1980’s and to have this state-of-the-art indoor facility now available for new players to learn the game is wonderful.”
Each session (either 1 or 1.5 hours) is geared toward specific age groups.
Tuesdays (12.4, 12.11) 4 – 5:30pm 6th to 9th graders
Thursdays (12.6, 12.13) 5:30 – 7pm Adults (17+)
Fridays (12.7, 12.14) 4:30 – 6pm 3rd to 5th grade
Saturdays (12.8, 12.15) 2:30 – 3:30pm 3rd to 5th grade (red ball)
3:30 – 5pm 3rd to 5th grade (orange ball)
5 – 6:30pm 6th to 9th grade (orange ball)
2:30 – 4pm Adults (green ball)
4 to 5:30pm Adults (green ball)
5:30 to 7pm Adults (green ball)
After taking a break over the holidays, the Let’s Play program will resume for two Saturdays — January 5 and Jan 12, 2019. And the weeknight program will resume Tue., Jan 8 and run through March, and there will be a nominal fee for the program in the new year: $9/kids, $12/adults.
Those interested are asked to sign up using a SignupGenius platform. To find out instructions for signing up or for questions, please email Letsplaydelcastle@gmail.com.