Youth Lessons—Gates Tennis Center

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver of liability and concussion awareness form prior to participation. You will receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class.

Spring tennis lessons at Gates Tennis Center will begin in April! Kids will enjoy weekly instruction provided by members of the varsity tennis team and will also have limited pass privileges to Gates Tennis Center. Our youth development program is based on the USTA's 1- & Under Program. For a description of the stages of development and to help understand the court sizes and balls used, please refer to USTA Guidelines for 10 & Under Tennis.

In addition to weekly instruction, tennis program participants will be able to play before 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and anytime on weekends. Children under 7 must be accompanied by a parent while playing outside of the lessons.

Parents can also take advantage of this deal and create a little friendly competition with the kids!

  • First Parent—$30
  • Both Parents—$55 

Classes may be combined or times may be adjusted depending on the number of participants.

For more information, call Gates Tennis Center at 487-2774 or email gates-tennis@mtu.edu.

Ages 5–7/Level 1 (Beginner) - April 3 - May 1

Registration closes after the 1st day.

36' Court - Foam or Red Balls

​The first stage of introducing kids to the game. Kids will enjoy the basic activities and games designed to facilitate the movement and positioning tennis requires as well as develop an understanding of how to compete and score through games with simplified scoring.​

Day/Time

Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Cost

$60


Ages 5–7/Level 2 (Intermediate) - April 3 - May 1

Registration closes after the 1st day.

36' Court - Red Balls

The second stage for the younger players focuses on stroke and more advanced skill development. shot control and point building is intruduced during the games. Both technical and tactical aspects of the game are introduced.

Day/Time

Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Cost

$60 


Ages 8-10/Level 1 (Beginner) - April 5 - May 3

Registration closes after the 1st day.

60' Court - Orange Balls

Older players who are just starting out will be introduced to the game with a slightly larger court and faster moving ball than the 5-7 age group. They will also learn to track the ball and position themselves through activities and games designed to get them playing as quickly as possible. Regular scoring is introduced as well.

Day/Time

Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Cost

$60


Ages 8-10/Level 2 (Intermediate) - April 5 - May 3

Registration closes after the 1st day.

60' Court - Orange Balls

The last level before moving to the full size court. Players at this level will have a basic understanding of both the technical and tactical aspects of the baseline game and will begin to learn the benefits of moving to the net as well as an introduction to the aspects of moving an opponent in different directions.

Day/Time

Thursdays, 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Cost

$60


Ages 11–17/All Levels - April 3 - May 1

Registration closes after the 1st day.

Full Court - Regular Balls

All middle school and high school players will be divided into two groups, beginner and intermediate.

The beginner group will be introduced to the technical part of the game through stroke introduction and drills but will soon move to playing points, games and sets while developing their skills.

The intermediate group will continue to fine tune the technical aspect but will also learn patterns and strategy for a higher level of competition.

Day/Time

Tuesdays, 8:15-9:15 p.m.

Cost

$60