What Level of Tennis Player Am I?
There are a number of factors that determine what level of player you are, but there are general guidelines
established for rating players in a numerical system called the National Tennis Rating Program (click here
to view NTRP ratings). It was established to provide an accurate method for rating players where their skill
level is defined more clearly than the 'A' player, 'B' player, or 'C' player rating method.
Group lessons or private lessons - which is best for me?
There are advantages and disadvantages to both. In brief, private lessons will enable you to learn how to
play tennis in a shorter period of time, but the cost is considerably higher. Group lessons will enable you to
learn from watching others do it well and from their mistakes. In private lessons, you will hit more balls and
get more exercise, but in group lessons it is a more social environment, and you are more likely to meet other
students to play with. Privately, you will receive more personal attention than in a group class, and
appointments can be made to better fit your schedule. Often, it is a personal decision - one way or the other
we hope to see you on the courts soon!
What age do you start with children?
In short, any age is a good age! There are a number of factors that determine what age is the earliest to
start children, some of which are: height, relative strength, hand-eye coordination, and interest level.
Usually, between five and seven years old is the ideal time because children are typically getting stronger,
smarter, and developing interests in sports. For instance, if a child learns how to play when they are six, they
will be ready to compete in tournaments by the time they are eight, and the early experience in tournament
play will be valuable as they get older.
What is the lesson cancellation policy?
For private lessons, twenty four hours cancellation notice is required.
For group lessons, except for weather, there are no make-up classes
Click Here to view complete Weather and Lesson Cancellation Policy.
What is an S.I. Rating?
A Swing Index rating (also known as Stiffness Index, or Swing Speed Index, is a rating that is
designated to racquets to indicate the power rating of the racquet relative to the level of player who should
use it. It is a very important factor to consider when purchasing a racquet. For complete information, please
Click Here to visit the 'Understanding S.I. Ratings' page.
Why do tennis balls loose their bounce?
The reason that tennis balls bounce in the first place is because the air on the inside of the ball pushes
outwards. When the ball hits the ground, the side of the ball squishes inwards and the air on the inside of the
ball pushes out again, and that’s what pushes the ball back up off the ground.
Tennis balls (which are different from some other types of balls, like racquetballs) are made so that there’s
actually /more/ air pressure on the inside of the ball than on the outside. The difference isn’t big, but it’s
definitely there. (The air pushes on the inside of the ball with a force of 14 pounds per square inch, and on
the outside with a force of 13.7 pounds per square inch.)
The container that the balls are stored in is also pressurized to the same pressure as the balls. (The tube is
actually a "pressure tube," not a "vacuum tube." A vacuum tube would have no air in it, while a pressure tube
has more air in it than the air that you breathe does.) Because there’s the same amount of air in the tube as
in the balls, there’s the same amount of air pushing on the inside of the balls as on the outside.
Once you take the balls out of the tube, there’s more air pushing on the inside than on the outside, and a
little bit of that air actually manages to push its way /through/ the outside of the ball. So as the ball gets older,
more air escapes from the inside and there’s not as much air pushing on the inside of the ball when it
bounces, so it doesn’t bounce as well.
What is The Code of Conduct?
Although "The Code" is not part of the official ITF Rules of Tennis, it is meant to be used as a guide for all
unofficiated matches. Click Here to read The Code.
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