Our academy officially opened on June 1st of this year, so we’ve been in operation for a little more than a month. We are now working with more than 60 area families who have children taking part in various public programs. We have 18 players working at our academy, from various junior high and high schools around the area. Four are academy players who are being trained for USTA match play and fourteen are trainees who are working to improve their skills towards becoming academy players competing in USTA.
In just over a month, we’ve seen some major growth through training. By the end of fall, we will be re-evaluating our trainees who are seeking academy player status beyond this year. It is our hope that we’ll be representing around a dozen new players in USTA events this coming fall and winter.
Training each kid individually is a major key to the success we’ve been seeing. Proper grips, swing paths, footwork patterns and strategy sessions have been combined with competition opportunities (simulated match play, middle school team tennis, and the challenger series). We’re aiming to provide a complete solution to build competitive junior tennis players.
Each academy family now has access to the Staley Tennis Academy app. Within that app you will be able to access a complete schedule of your child’s training, match results, lesson notes and match evaluations among other self-evaluation reports each player can submit. Please note: to access Coach Staley’s notes on each private lesson, simply click on the calendar date highlighted with your child’s attendance and notes will appear (usually updated within 24 hours of each session). This app also keeps track of USTA performances and future tournaments the academy will be involved with.
If you have any questions or issues on how the app works, or how to make the most of your academy training, please schedule a time to meet with Coach Staley.
We have also installed a Noke locking system on the gates to the academy courts which can be accessed by players / or their families in the near future to spend extra time on court. All academy players will be given an individual player-practice regimen to set up supervised and unsupervised academy times to meet their goal set, including additional hitting sessions, serve sessions and simulated match play against other academy members.
We’ve had a lot of fun so far this summer and thank all our families and players for being a part of the academy!
Other Important Notes:
Facility Roadmap: We have acquired a hitting board which will be installed sometime this fall. We have lights to schedule lessons after dark and will be putting money towards fixing and upgrading the current lighting system, fences and windscreens in the near future.
Fall Boys HS Season: We’re in the last weeks of scheduling private lessons before the boys’ high school tennis season officially starts on July 30, 2018. We have limited times available, so book them now! Please note that academy players and trainees gets discounts on additional lessons purchased.
Fall Opportunities: We will be scheduling outdoor private lessons August through October. If you’d like set times throughout the week, after school or on weekends, please let us know asap, as these will go fast! With school being in session and Coach Staley’s involvement coaching high school teams, limited days and times will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Classes: We are happy to announce that we’ve officially sold out both this summer’s Singles Strategy & IQ Course (all five classes) as well as our Doubles Bootcamp. Our final summer program, Serve and Return Class, runs from August 1-10 and there are still seats available.