Armonk Int'l Tennis Academy
Armonk International Tennis Academy comes to Armonk Tennis Club during the spring. It features the same focused instruction as the winter program in a five-week course. For more information, please contact Academy Director Greg Johnstone at email@example.com.
Note: For younger and less experienced players, Armonk Tennis also runs the Spring Junior Development Program.
This group is aimed at players 7-11 years old. It introduces fundamental techniques with both the racquet and movement--techniques that will hold true to players their entire tennis lives. The ultimate goal is to provide players with a full understanding of the different swing types, stances, grips, and spins. Focus is solely on technique, and success is determined by how well players apply these techniques, not just by the outcome of their shots.
This group is for players ages 10-15, primarily those who are committing to tennis at a slightly older age. It allows less experienced players to be trained in an academy setting and to be given the best opportunity to improve quickly. After perfecting the technical fundamentals, the focus shifts to consistency while using them. The objective is for players to improve to a level that feeds into the Elite Futures or Elite program.
The Junior Academy is for players ages 9-13 who are not quite ready to compete in tournaments. The primary focus of this group is to ensure that all players are implementing the correct techniques while consistenly hitting the ball in the court. Using a combination of "dead-ball" feeding and "live-ball" situations, players are able to hit a lot of balls and repeatedly practice what they have learned. Players are also introduced to point play and basic match tactics, although playing to improve is more important than playing to win.
Elite Futures Academy
The Elite Futures program is for tournament players 10-14 years old. In this group, players perfect their techniques in live-ball drills and learn to make correct technical adjustments themselves. At this level, players are no longer working on just consistency of shots, but consistency of high-quality shots, and mistakes are no longer limited to hitting the ball out or into the net. A large part of the program is point play, and players are taught to apply their techniques in tactical ways.
The goal of the Elite Academy is to improve the player's matchplay ability, so the sessions are entirely live-ball with a focus on shot selection, weight of shots, tactical application, and mental strength. Technical adjustments are now minimal and are made to ensure immediate improvement. Players are taught to play in an individual style that will allow them to win tournament matches, not necessarily a style that they are comfortable or consistent with in practice.
Once winter ends, Armonk Tennis Club hosts the Academy.