Variety of lessons, programs and competitions available for all levels
From beginner lessons to competitive play, Norris Recreation Center has a tennis program suitable for every member of the family.
For younger players, there are a variety of options to choose from depending on age and level. Ages 4-8 start with the fundamentals of the game, and as they continue lessons, build on such skills as hand-eye coordination, serving techniques and stroke development.
Players ages 8-18 focus on particular techniques, but also add game-like drills and volleying movement skills to prepare for an advanced level of play in junior level tournaments and/or high school tennis teams. Tournament and Advanced Tournament Training programs are offered as well.
New this year for ages 18 and younger is Challenge Ladder Play held every Friday from Nov. 1 to Dec. 20.
“This program is intended for higher-level players and others interested in playing in tournaments,” said Assistant Superintendent of Recreation Ande Masoncup. “Players will gain experience in match play and proper scoring.”
Challenge Ladder Play also is beneficial for players on a tennis team to continue practicing in the off-season, Masoncup added.
Each week, participants will be assigned their opponent, warm up and then play. The player with the most match wins at the end of the 8-week program will be deemed the winner and receive a prize.
Norris also has tennis lessons for adults wanting to learn the game or improve an aspect of their game. Offered at varying times and dates are group lessons for men only, women only and co-ed. New this year is Ladies Beginner Drill offering a women-only option outside the Northern Illinois Traveling Tennis League (NITTL), a women-only, doubles competitive league.
Adults seeking a more relaxed, social atmosphere when playing tennis, can register for Friday Night Lights. Held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13, participants play two hours of rotating tennis followed by pizza and soft drinks. Advance registration is required by 9 a.m. the Thursday prior to the monthly event.
“It’s a fun way to participate in a friendly tennis competition, but also make new friends and socialize,” Masoncup said.
Norris also offers private and semi-private lessons for all ages and experience levels. Additionally, residents can reserve tennis courts during weekdays and weekends. Times are available online at https://www.norrisrec.org/court-reservations.
With the exception of the NITTL, Norris member and nonmember rates apply for tennis programs.
For more information, call Ande Masoncup at 630-677-0303. To register for lessons, visit www.norrisrec.org.