USTA Early Development Workshop with Mali Vai and Orange Ball kids

In November and December my orange ball students and I were invited to attend an Early Development workshop directed by USTA’s Rita Gladstone and Dede Allen.  I was told to pick some of my outstanding students on Orange ball (60′ court) to attend two 5 hour sessions located at Bolles School in Jacksonville.  I learned more about the standards of teaching 10 & Under tennis and what we (as pros) want to see skill wise and strategy wise for the 60′ court level and green ball 78′ court level of tennis.  Wow!  This generation is going to rock at tennis as they get older.  I really wish I had these types of training balls to enhance my shot tolerance and accuracy.  I really would have hit twice as many balls in play and had the chance to practice my footwork and technique more as a tennis student myself.  We were joined by two “famous tennis pro’s”, Brian Gottfried in November and Mali Vai Washington in December.  Two outstanding pro’s and sportsman I must say!  Their hearts are gold for the local tennis players and tennis community of Jacksonville!  I was absolutely thrilled and honored to teach beside them and my other fellow pros of Jacksonville from Atlantic Beach, Mali Vai and Bolles schools of tennis.bolles dec

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Saint Johns Tennis Christmas Camp – Mon, Dec. 29- Wed, Dec. 31- 9a.m. – 12p.m.

Christmas Tennis Camp minus the snow!

Christmas Tennis Camp minus the snow!

We will be having a Tennis Christmas Camp Monday,December 29th thru Wednesday, December 31st from 9a.m. – 12p.m. (3 days of tennis)  The cost is $95.00 which will include your food and drink at our pizza party at noon on the Wednesday AND a chance to win the Dog Fight shirt on the Wednesday, December 31st!!  What better way to ring in the New Year and wear all your new fancy tennis gear you get from Santa Clause? There will only be 16 spots open to reserve before I close out this camp.  Students need to be either in the extended hour Teen class, Academy or High Performing classes to participate in this event.  Please call me at 904-994-3376, text me or email me (heather.lester@mac.com) to reserve your spot in this camp.  So far 6 spots are already reserved and 10 are left open at this time, so hurry and reserve your spot! Coach Heather Lester, Patrick Diegan, Bill Angus, Cheryl Keller, Cecil Mella & Alex Pham

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Layering your clothes for cold weather!

Tonight its going to be cold at practice.  No sun and under 45 degrees so how do you layer?  Here is a picture of all the clothes I would wear to prepare to hit in 45 degree weather.  Layer in light thickness 2-4 layers.  You can peel and put back on according to how hot or cold you get during practice.  You will also need a hat (to keep your head warm), thin gloves or an old sock with a thumb hole cut out and probably a scarf to keep your neck warm.

2 -3 layers for top and bottom half of your body. You need pockets!

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November tuition rate and Thanksgiving Holiday!

We are entering the holiday months in which we take some time off at SJTA. November will be a 3 week month so I will post the tuition rate below. WE WILL BE CLOSED THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 24TH – 28TH!!

December we will be closed two weeks BUT we will also offer a CHRISTMAS TENNIS CAMP sometime between Christmas and New Years for our die hard tennis players who want to keep on practicing and staying local to the area during the holidays. I will post this later to inform you for registration since only a certain amount of spots will be available and everyone will be together!

November tuition pro-rate:
Academy (Mon/Wed/Sat) and High Performance (Tue/Thur) – $101.28
Teen Beginner 5-6pm – $67.50, 5-6:30pm – $83.00
10 & Under – 2 days per week – $67.50, 1 day per week – $36.00
be sure to take 10% off sibling after adding 1st child as regular price.
if your child has anything different than these or your not sure email me heather.lester@mac.com and I will add it up for you.

Thank you so much and Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all our families at SJTA!
Coach Heather, Coach Cheryl, Coach Bill, Coach Patrick, Coach Alex and Coach Cecil

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Mills Field U10 & U12 wins first place at Julington Creek Plantations NFPTA tournament!

Congratulations to our U10 green ball team and our U12 “Sonic Servers” tennis team. Both of these groups from Mills Field won 1st place competing against other local teams from Florida Yaught Club, Williams YMCA, San Jose Golf & Country Club and Julington Creek Plantation teams. Way to go team! We had a lot of fun on such a beautiful day.photo 1

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Tennis Team Challenges

There will be two Tennis Team Challenges in which we will put together teams of like ages and skill levels to participate. This a great time to put your best team mates together and challenge other kids in the local area to a match for singles and doubles. You can put together teams with 4 minimum and 8 maximum players, 2 girls/2boys minimum per team. Next two matches will be:
Julington Creek Plantation – Saturday, October 25th
Eagle Harbor – Saturday, November 15th

Put your teams together and register to Randy Jenks first.coast.tennis@gmail.com

Matches is a 6 game set, regular scoring, tie-breaker 5-5

USTA Team Tennis Challenge in Sanlando, Florida 10u advanced division

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Summer Tennis Camp 2014 – St. Johns Tennis Academy

We had an awesome 7 week summer tennis camp this past summer. We celebrated in our 2nd week of camp “Wimbledon’s Championship week” at our camp eating Strawberries, the grand slam’s decadent treat minus the creme. Join us next year in our summer tennis camp. Sign ups begin in early June 2015!

St. Johns Tennis Academy summer tennis camp 2014

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Our 10 & Under programs are growing!

We currently have one class for our 8 & Under kids on a 36′ court, we have 3 full classes for 60′ (orange/yellow ball) and 2 green dot ball/full size courts for our 10 & Under tennis students.  We have fun playing tennis!

We have fun Tuesdays in our 10 & Under tennis class.

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Good luck to all our High School Academy players for HS tryouts this week!!

We wish all the best of luck to our following students at Saint Johns Tennis Academy:

Alec (senior), Kelly, Camille, Kate, Harrison (senior), Nila, Sandy, Rachel (senior), Erik, Savanna, Lindsey and Olivia (senior) for Creekside High School tennis team.  Go Knights!!

Martin, Mark, Ryan, Sydnee, Chad for Bartram Trail High School tennis team.  Go Bears!!

Sean (senior) for Mandarin High School tennis team.  Go Mustangs!!

Atharva, Mani, Mannat, Julia & Maelee for Nease High School tennis team.

 

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Back to the tennis courts!

Tennis lessons will resume this Monday, January 6th as normal.  Please return to your normal class schedule as before the break and bring your tuition for the new month of January.  Happy New Year!

I expect all our high school players back to class for next week before tryouts so that we may finish preparing you for the tryout process.  Please email me with any questions you may have.  I’m sending out reminder emails today.

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