Florida Tennis Center's one-hour clinics acquaint beginner and novice racqueteers with tennis fundamentals in an instructive, competitive environment. Players are grouped by age and ability, so baseline apprentices can begin to master tennis's trying techniques among those equally versed in the art of yellow-orb smashing. Glide across one of the complex's 24 green-clay courts as the ball machine serves up shots to batter cross-court with a textbook low-to-high forehand, a firm-wristed volley, or a highly illegal—but still impressive—scissor-kick. The club provides free loaner racquets to those yet to wrangle their own set of strings and the final class consists of a one-hour supervised practice match where players can test their meddle against fellow classmates and berate imaginary line judges.
The head coach at Tennis In Orlando is a big believer in practice. As such, he recommends that players hit tennis balls as much as they can, whether that means volleying against the side of a house or rallying with a player of equal or better skill over a pile of apples in the grocer’s produce section. During lessons, he observes players to identify both their strengths and weaknesses. Next, he’ll offer up advice and design a variety of drills that home in on the areas where they could use improvement.
As a USPTA-certified tennis instructor, David Kuhlman draws upon 12 years of coaching experience to impart the game's finer points to groups and individuals. He couples his hard-earned experience with video technology to analyze his students' serves, volleys, and ground strokes. After reviewing the tape, he's able to make recommendations for improving mechanical flaws ranging from a grip that's too tight to a grunt that's a little over the top. He also employs the USTA QuickStart program to help players under the age of 10 make smooth forays into the professional game.
After a year in law school, Jason Bradstreet felt unsatisfied. A mission trip led him into a period of introspection that caused him to rediscover his passion for playing Division 1 tennis. Channeling this athletic experience into organizing classes that might help children to discover the glee of good-natured competition, Jason founded Bradstreet Sports.
Even as his staff of certified and licensed coaches mentors kids aged 3 and older in soccer, tennis, and martial arts, Jason aims to expand the world of athletes with a range of arts and humanities classes. Lithe dancers lead students in modern jazz and hip-hop dance, sharing facilities with performing- and visual-arts classes taught by actual private-school teachers and opera courses taught by actual phantoms. As pupils rush by clutching martial-arts trophies, instructors aim to imbue their charges with life skills and an appreciation for skills they might not have otherwise discovered.
Programs take place at a range of sites such as the Citrus Park Christian School, where a multipurpose covered court shelters children and instructors from the sun and keeps birds from discovering volleyball. Enrichment classes commence in the school's science lab, computer labs, and art studios, with performance classes held in the school's expansive sanctuary.