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. Gates Tennis Center is not responsible for the security of property lost, found or abandoned in the facility. Users are expected to keep their belongings such as cell phones and laptops within their sight at all times.

Updated COVID-19 Requirements effective August 15, 2021

*Face coverings are required upon entry regardless of vaccination status, but may be removed during exercise/physical activity in the Student Development Complex and Gates Tennis Center. Please reference and adhere to all posted signage for specific areas.

After school Youth Huskies Group Tennis Lessons are back! Join in by age groups and level for some fun on the tennis courts! 

Our youth development program is based on the USTA's 10 & Under Program. Clinics are based more on skill level than age. 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 TennisClass size is limited.

Lesson participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment for lessons, but Gates can provide equipment to those who don't have their own.


Red Ball (Ages 5–6)

This class uses a modified court, balls, and racquets that make it more fun for this group to learn hand-eye coordination and start swinging! 

Orange Ball (Ages 7-8)

This class uses modified balls and racquets that make it more fun for this group to continue to develop their fundamentals and technique! 

Green Dot Ball (Ages 9-10)

This class uses modified balls that the USTA tournaments use to integrate the technique into gameplay! 

Yellow Ball (Ages 11+)

This class uses regular tennis equipment as we work through technique and match play! 


Fall 2021


Red Ball (Ages 5-6): Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm

Orange (Ages 7-10): Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm OR Saturday 9:00-10:00am 

Green Dot Balls (Ages 9-10): Thursday 4:30-5:30pm OR Saturday 10:00-11:00am 

Yellow Ball (Ages 11+): Thursday 5:30-7:00pm OR Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm 

Session 1: August 31 - October 2, 2021

 Registration closes August 30, 11:59pm.

Session 2: October 5 - November 6, 2021

Registration closes October 30, 11:59pm.

Session 3: November 9 - December 18, 2021

Registration closes November 8, 11:59pm. No class November 22-27.


Red Ball: $75 per 5-week session
Drop-in rate: $20/class

Orange Dot Tuesday OR Saturday: $75 per 5-week session (1 day/week)
Drop-in rate: $20/class

Green Dot Thursday OR Saturday: $75 per 5-week session (1 day/week)
Drop-in rate: $20/class

Yellow Dot Thursday OR Saturday: $112.50 per 5-week session (1 day/week)
Drop-in rate: $30/class

Drop-in rates are only available if the class has not reached capacity. You will need to give notice to the instructor 24 hours before the class time if you want to drop-in. 


Contact Jamie D'Agostini, Gates Programming Coordinator, at 203-253-6739 or email

About the Coach

Jamie D'Agostini

Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, Jamie D'Agostini started playing competitive tennis and soccer at age 9 but quickly turned all of his attention toward tennis full time because he loved it so much! In high school, Jamie was a member of 4 state championship teams, along with competing in the USTA as a nationally ranked junior.

Jamie went on to attend the University of Hartford on a tennis scholarship. After 4 years of collegiate tennis and a major in history, he began his tennis teaching/coaching career in 1999. As a member of the USPTA, he worked at the Westport Tennis Club and Burning Tree Country Club. In 2011, he moved to Southern California to further pursue his tennis career. While in California, Jamie was Head Tennis Professional for the Wyatt Russell Tennis Academy in Costa Mesa, CA.

In October of 2020, Jamie moved to Houghton to run the recreational tennis program for Michigan Tech University and assist with the Huskies Men's and Women's tennis teams. He is very happy to be a part of the Michigan Tech staff and looks forward to growing junior and adult programs at Gates Tennis Center, as well as giving our clients the best tennis experience possible.