Montclair Park Kids Club

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Montclair Park Kids Club

from 286.00

We are joining efforts to partner MES and Oakland Park and Rec. Classes will be held at the Oakland Park and Rec Tennis courts. If your child attends MES, our coach will pick them up from MES, walk them to the courts, and if need be, take them back to AT at MES after class. 

Join in on the fun of learning and playing tennis at school with both your classmates and friends! ANTS brings everything to your school, and is ready for your children to have fun and play tennis! We also are here to develop a progressive program at your school that will continue to foster positive development in both the game of tennis and sport of life!

Registration Includes: 

  • Progressive Curriculum: If you have been with us before we will continue to progress you!
  • ANTS size Nets and Courts.  ANTS courts are smaller and age appropriate!
  • ANTS Racquets (for extra cost).  Your child will be assigned a racquet that fits him/her if purchased through ANTS.  NO oversized racquets in ANTS Tennis!  This makes it easier for you child to learn to swing and play! 
  • ANTS Tennis Balls.  We utilize larger foam balls that bounce and travel slower, making it possible for your child to play REAL tennis! 
  • ANTS Trained and Qualified Coach.  ANTS coaches focus on your child being safe and having FUN first! Second, ANTS coaches focus on having your child learn the game and get up to speed to play tennis! We always progress!

ANTS Racquets:

  • All children registering for ANTS Tennis are required to have an age-appropriate size racquet.  If your child does not have an age-appropriate size racquet, simply respond "yes my child needs a racquet" during registration and we'll provide your child with a racquet that fits him/her! 
  • ANTS age-appropriate racquets cost $27.5. 

Dates and Times:

For Winter 18' Session: Week of 1/8 - 3/29

***Kids will be picked up from MES Campus, and if need be, dropped back off to AT. Both classes!

We will be following the MES after school schedule for days off, etc. Reminders will be sent to parents by our coach.

Classes will be held at the Oakland Park and Rec tennis courts near MES on Mountain Blvd.

K-2:

Thursdays 2:50pm - 3:50pm

3rd-5th:

Thursdays 4p.m. - 5pm

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Additional Information:

ANTS uses modified equipment that has been adopted by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and other tennis federations all across the globe. It is a progressive system of modifications (court size, net, ball pressure, and racquet size) that are meant to help children not only learn the game faster and in a more successful fun oriented atmosphere, but also to improve the quality of their learning progression.   The empirical evidence of using such equipment is in the ATP (professional) rankings. Countries who have utilized modified equipment over the last decades are the countries that are dominating the rankings, and they are doing so because of two things

1) By teaching kids with the correctly sized equipment, they are able to teach them quality from the beginning rather than having to correct bad habits and form due to playing with/or on oversize equipment. Therefore they can focus more on practice AND play, rather than just practice. We all know you learn the most through play! A great example is the following Field Of Dream video.

2) More kids are playing the game of tennis and are sticking with it. Countries with a strong progressive system have retention rates in tennis as high as the next most popular youth sport (soccer). They are able to do so because the children can now not only learn tennis is a better fashion (as mentioned above) but they can also begin to play it at an earlier age. You can see such evidence by watching the national championship video here These kids are playing the best tennis possible, because of the fact they are playing on courts that are meant for their size! Just because they are good, doesn’t mean they need to move up on to a different court, rather they need to learn all of the layers of the game that exist. 

Our coaches are all trained to develop the overall agility, balance, and coordination (ABC’s) of the athlete, as well as the tennis specifics needed for your child to get better.  Tennis is a sport of depth and layers and it takes time to put all of them together and our philosophy is to have them play and use the depth and layer(s) they currently have, while continually developing their parallel skills. 

Brief breakdown of ANTS Curriculum and Equipment:

Kindergarten:

Curriculum and equipment that is focused on the ABC’s (agility, balance, coordination) of the player, strong fundamental development, and having fun!. They will learn how to send and receive, track, move to, and hit, the ball! We always maintain a fun and supportive environment.

Equipment:

18' Net
36' Court
Red Foam Balls
19" Racquets
ANTS EZ Rules & Scoring

1st-3rd:

Curriculum and equipment that is focused on the ABC’s (agility, balance, coordination) of the player, but also designed to help them learn all of the fundamental elements that are necessary to begin to play and compete in a healthy, fun environment. They will learn everything from boundaries, footwork, and strokes to scoring, sportsmanship and etiquette! Always fun and supportive! 

Equipment:

18' Net
36' Court
Red Foam Balls
21-23" Racquets
ANTS EZ Rules & Scoring

4th-7th:

Curriculum and equipment that is focused on the ABC’s (agility, balance, coordination) of the player, but also designed to help them get up to playing and competing speed with solid fundamentals as soon as possible. With more drills designed for higher intensity practice and play. Always geared towards having fun and staying positive both when practicing and competing.

Equipment:

18' Net
60' Court
Red Felt or Orange Low Compression Balls
25" Racquets
Normal Rules and Scoring