Registration now open for junior and adult tennis programs

Registration is now open for a variety of tennis classes offered at the Ferris State University Racquet and Fitness Center. Both junior and adult classes are available, and they will run from Jan. 28 through March 8, and March 18 through May 3. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Community members have an opportunity to get active and learn a new skill this winter and spring.

Registration is now open for a variety of tennis classes offered at the Ferris State University Racquet and Fitness Center, located at 14342 Northland Drive, Big Rapids.

The program includes several classes, each of which runs for a total of six weeks — Jan. 28 through March 8, and March 18 through May 3.

Lee Cornelius, assistant manager and head tennis pro, said the sport offers a great opportunity for everyone to get involved.

“Tennis is a sport that has no age limit,” he said. “We also have all different levels of ability. You don’t have to be an expert.”

Cornelius said he will be running the programs, along with help from FSU professional tennis management students and members of the university tennis teams.

Junior tennis programs include:

• Big Paw-Little Paw, a class for ages 2 to 3 where parents, guardians and children can participate together in age-appropriate activities to help develop the skills necessary to play tennis. Equipment is provided for this class.

• Scrappy Dogs, for ages 4 through kindergarten. This class focuses on developing timing, tracking and hand-eye coordination skills, and modified equipment and courts are used.

• Under Dogs, for first- and second-graders. Students in this class will be introduced to rallying and modified points play. Modified equipment and court size will increase the challenge level as well.

• Mighty Dogs, for third- and fourth-graders. In this class, students will work on building proper strokes and improving consistency in rallying. Students also will be introduced to competition in a team setting.

• Top Dogs, for fifth- and sixth-graders. This class will continue working on stroke production, and will combine directions and strategies in points play.

• Competing Dogs, for seventh- through twelfth-graders. Here students will prepare for junior varsity and varsity teams’ try-outs and the tennis pro instructor will group students and modify the lesson plan based on students’ playing levels and needs.

Adult tennis programs include:

• An intermediate men and women’s drop-in league from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Fridays;

• An adult beginner class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays;

• An advanced round robin competition from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays;

• Pickleball drop-in for all levels from 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; and

• Cardio tennis from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Private and group lessons with the head and assistant tennis pro also are available.

To register for a class, call (231) 591-2212, or for questions related to tennis programs, contact Cornelius at (231) 591-2214.

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