Youth Lessons—Gates Tennis Center

Spring 2021

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.

Youth Huskies Group Tennis Lessons are now being offered all spring with (3) 6-week session options. Options for participating 1 or 2 days a week. 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.

Saturday clinic times are subject to change to Sunday based on Michigan Tech Varsity Team match schedule.

 

Red Ball (Ages 5–6)

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

Day/Time

  • Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Saturday, 8:00-9:00am

Orange Ball (Ages 7-8)

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

Day/Time

  • Tuesday, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Saturday, 9:00-10:00am

Green Dot Ball (Ages 9-10)

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

Day/Time

  • Thursday, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Saturday, 10:00-11:00am 

Yellow Ball (Ages 11+)

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

Day/Time

  • Thursday, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Saturday, 11:00am-12:30pm

Spring 2021 Session Dates

Session 1: January 21 - February 20, 2021

Session 2: February 23 - April 3, 2021 (registration closes February 20, 11:59pm)

Session 3: April 6 - May 15, 2021 (registration closes April 3, 11:59pm)

Cost

Session 1, Red or Orange (Tuesday), 4-week session: $50
Session 1, Red or Orange (Saturday) or Green Dot (Thursday or Saturday), 1 day/week, 5-week session: $62.50
Sessions 2 & 3, Red, Orange or Green Dot, 1 day/week, 6-week session: $75

You are more than welcome to sign up for both class times and double the fun!

Red, Orange or Green Dot Drop-in Rate: $15/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.

Session 1, Yellow, 1 day/week, 5-week session: $90
Sessions 2 & 3, Yellow, 1 day/week, 6-week session: $108

You are more than welcome to sign up for both class times and double the fun!

Yellow Drop-in Rate: $20/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.

COVID-19 Protocol

  • All students/guardians must wear a mask while at Gates Tennis Center. The only time a mask does not have to be worn is while drinking water. The teaching professional will also be masked. There are no provisions for medical intolerance reasons or medical waivers.
  • All students must complete the COVID-19 Visitor Symptom Tracking Form before every class session. This can be done online or in person at the Gate's Tennis Center front desk.
  • All students must bring their own individual water bottle. It can be filled at the fountain in the Gates Tennis Center lobby. No sharing of water bottles.
  • The Gates Tennis Center lobby area will be for pick-up and drop-off of youth students. At this time, there will be no viewing of the lessons due to COVID-19 capacity limits.
  • All students will be escorted by the teaching professional or Gates front desk attendant onto the court.
  • All lessons will be socially distanced, and a space will be provided for belongings on the court bleachers.
  • If equipment is borrowed for the lesson, it will be sanitized after each use. (We recommend that you have your own equipment. The teaching professional can give guidance on what equipment is best for the student.)
  • All students are to leave in a timely manner after each lesson, no more than 10 minutes after the lesson has ended.

Questions?

Contact Jamie D'Agostini, Gates Programming Coordinator, at 203-253-6739 or email jrdagost@mtu.edu.


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.