Juniors

QuickStart Tennis

QuickStart Tennis, or 10 and Under Tennis is designed and structured for kids to learn, rally and play quickly in a way that is both enjoyable and rewarding.

Although different than what most adults grew up with, tailoring tennis equipment and court sizes for those under the age of 10 makes sense. Think about it…you do not see kids playing soccer or baseball with adult-sized equipment or on regulation size fields, and now with 10 and Under Tennis using the QuickStart Tennis play format, you will not see tennis players doing that either. You also won’t see players waiting in lines to hit the ball or see tennis balls bouncing over a child’s head. What you will see is kids having success and enjoying the game right away, while wanting to come back for more and developing a passion for this lifetime sport.

The QuickStart group tennis program for beginning juniors is held Saturday mornings 9:00 am to 9:45 am, from April to October.

For more information about our QuickStart Tennis program call 293-3420.

Girl’s Night Out

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Grotto Bay Tennis Club hosts "Girls' Night Out" every Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. This free, fun event includes tennis exercise, stroke play and games. Girls are grouped by skill level and have an opportunity to participate in various drills. The goal of this program is to increase participation of girls in Bermuda tennis.

Girls come out!! Dress up in your favorite tennis attire and have some fun. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join in! Please reserve your space every week.

To reserve a space, contact the Club Services desk at 293-3420 or email grottobaytennis@gmail.com.

Tiny Tots

The Tiny Tots Preschool Tennis Development Program is designed to introduce preschool students between the ages of 3-5 years old to tennis through fun and fitness. The program emphasizes the importance of physical exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle to children and their parents.

Program Footprint & Framework

Our focus is on public and private preschools from Devonshire to St. George; with a target of approximately 120 students. Classes will be held twice a month for each regional preschool during the school year at the Grotto Bay Tennis Facility. The length of each class will run from 45 minutes to an hour.

Program Criteria

The Tiny Tots Preschool Tennis Development Program incorporates the new International Tennis Federation (ITF) regulations for junior tennis development, with activities designed to aide in the development of the following:

  • Motor Skills
  • Co-ordination
  • Teamwork
  • Sportsmanship
  • Tennis Etiquette
Fundamental tennis skills will also be covered during the lessons; as follows:
  • Holding the tennis racket
  • Racket – tennis ball contact
  • Swing movement of the racket
  • Eye – ball coordination
  • Footwork and drills
  • In court – out of court
  • Speed and movement drills

Click here for more information on this program and how you can get your school involved or contact our Club Services desk at 293-3420.

Coaching

Romar Douglas, Head Coach

Certified Tennis Professional by USPTA, lessons are available with Coach Romar Douglas for all abilities and age levels. At age 29, Romar Douglas is considered a young veteran in the Bermuda tennis world, having played competitive tennis for almost 20 years. After graduating with Honors from the world-renowned Van Der Meer Tennis Academy on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, Coach Douglas went on to attend Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he graduating with a Bachelor of Science.

At Johnson C. Smith University, Coach Douglas was the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division II conference) Rookie of the Year and was selected during his college-playing career as All-Conference Team Player in both singles and doubles for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Coach Douglas has also represented Bermuda in a number of local tennis tournaments and was amongst the first of 3 Bermudians to represent Bermuda in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Tournament at the age of 18. While more recently Coach Douglas has represented Bermuda in the Davis Cup.

Coach Douglas is currently the BLTA’s Junior Development Coordinator and the East End’s Tennis in the Schools Initiative Coordinator. He is a certified tennis instructor and holds coaching certifications and qualifications from the US Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the US Tennis Association (USTA) and the Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA).

High Performance Training (Contact 293-3420 for more information.)

Lesson Fees for Juniors

Junior Private
  • ½ hour $35
  • 1 hour $50
Junior Semi Private (2 juniors)
  • ½ hour $25 pp
  • 1 hour $40 pp
Junior Groups
  • 1 hour (3-5 people) $20 pp
  • 1 hour (6+ people) $15 pp
Junior Series
Private
  • 3 (½ hour) lessons $95
  • 5 (½ hour) lessons $149
  • 3 (1 hour) lessons $135
  • 5 (1 hour) lessons $213
Semi Private (2 adults)
  • 3 (½ hour) lessons $68
  • 5 (½ hour) lessons $106
  • 3 (1 hour) lessons $108
  • 5 (1 hour) lessons $170

Tournaments

Racket Blazers Junior Tournament Series

The Racket Blazers Junior Tournament Series is a quarterly tournament for junior players of all levels. This tournament is designed to introduce kids to tournament play and competition. Utilizing the Quick Start method, the Series focuses on short matches that are fun and that will help kids develop the skills for competition while gaining confidence in their game in a low-pressure environment.

The Racket Blazers schedule is:

March/April, June/July, September/October, and December

Sign ups are available for:
9 & Under Red Ball
10 to 12 Orange Ball

Matches are scheduled for starting at 9:00 am. All players must make themselves available during the tournament hours. The schedule will be sent out to all players by email if an email address is given on the entry form. It is the responsibility of players to find out their own time of play. Players must be prepared to play multiple matches on the same day. Download a Racket Blazers flyer here.

We encourage our young players to be members of the Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), however, it is not a requirement of this tournament.
Contact the Tournament Desk for more information at 293-3420.
Click here to sign up for a Racket Blazers tournament.

Round-Robin Tournaments

Grotto Bay Tennis Club (GBTC) holds round-robin tournaments on a quarterly basis. Round-robin tournaments are available for all ages of players who are intermediate or above. Players can sign up with a partner or you can sign up as an individual and we will choose your partner. Round Robins are held on Saturdays. Click here if you are interested in receiving our newsletter where you will receive information on our Quarterly Round Robins.

Click here to sign up for a Quarterly Round Robin Tournament.

GBTC’s quarterly round-robin fees are $20 per person.

Want to have your own round-robin tournament with your friends? Grotto Bay Tennis is happy to arrange a private round-robin tournament for your group. Fees include court rentals, racket rentals, balls, pairing of players, scoring, sign in, and setup. Prizes are not included.

Click here for private group round-robin tournament fees.

Information for Parents

Beginning Player Information

Do you have a beginning player? Are you interested in introducing your child to tennis? Grotto Bay Tennis Club can get your child on the court and having fun in less than an hour with the QuickStart Tennis program.

What is QuickStart Tennis?

QuickStart Tennis, or 10 and Under Tennis is designed and structured for kids to learn, rally and play quickly in a way that is both enjoyable and rewarding.

What is the QuickStart format?

The QuickStart format utilizes shorter, narrower courts and different balls that have varying levels of compression. The lower compression balls allow the game to move slower giving kids more time to react. The balls bounce at the children’s height making it easier for them to hit and travel less distance giving beginning players better and longer rallies. This helps build their skills more quickly, making them more enthusiastic about continuing to play and improve. Each age group, therefore, uses a ball better suited to their size and unique playing ability.

  • For 8 and Under, a foam ball or a very low compression ball moves slower, bounces lower and travels less distance.
  • For 10 and Under, a low compression ball moves a little faster and travels farther than the ball used with the younger group, but it still has a lower bounce than the original.

QuickStart racquets are also smaller. For an adult player to succeed at tennis, racquet control is essential. The same goes for kids. But since kids are smaller than adults, kids have trouble controlling full-size racquets. They're too long, they're too heavy, and the grips are too large. Kids need racquets that are proportionate in length and weight and have a grip that fits their smaller hands.

  • For 8 & under, the racquet should be 19, 21 or 23 inches
  • For 10 & under, the racquet should be 23 or 25 inches

Court dimensions and nets have also been adjusted and are scaled to the size and ability level of young children.

  • For 8 and Under, children will play on a court that is 36-feet long and 18-feet wide. The net is 18 feet long and 2-foot, 9-inches in height. Portable nets and support systems are available from many manufacturers, or temporary nets can be constructed using tape or caution tape tied to existing nets, fences or even chairs.
  • For 10 and Under, a regulation net is used on the 60-foot court. If you are not using an existing court and net, the net height for the 60-foot court is three feet.

The scoring system has been modified as well. Gone is the traditional 15, 30, 40, deuce system.

  • For 8 and Under, there are only seven points in a game, so match play is short and sweet. Kids play the best of three games; the first to score seven points wins the game. The first to win two games wins the match. The longest the match will last is approximately 20 minutes.
  • For 10 and Under, players should play the best-of-three sets; the first to win four games wins a set. For the third set, the first player to win seven points wins the match.

Give us a call today at 293-3420, if you would like to drop by and see how our QuickStart Tennis program works.

Intermediate and Advanced Junior Development Program Information

Do you have a player that knows the game and plays pretty well, but would like to take their skills to the next level? Then Grotto Bay Tennis Club is the right place for your child.

Our Junior Development program offers a systematic and progressive approach to tennis excellence. Structured around effective growth and development principles, players move at their own pace based on their ability, improvement and commitment. Every level of the program has a simple set of objectives, and Coach Douglas makes your child achieving each goal his priority. The group component of our Junior Development Program is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, where players practice their skills and develop their game in round-robin competitions.

Private lessons are also recommended for our players as these sessions give your child the personal attention and customized exercises they need to further develop their game.

For more information on our Junior Development Program, contact our Club Services desk at 293-3420.

Information for Schools

Tiny Tots

The Tiny Tots Preschool Tennis Development Program is designed to introduce preschool students between the ages of 3-5 years old to tennis through fun and fitness. The program emphasizes the importance of physical exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle to children and their parents.

Program Footprint & Framework

Our focus is on public and private preschools from Devonshire to St. George; with a target of approximately 120 students. Classes will be held twice a month for each regional preschool during the school year at the Grotto Bay Tennis Facility. The length of each class will run from 45 minutes to an hour.

Program Criteria

The Tiny Tots Preschool Tennis Development Program incorporates the new International Tennis Federation (ITF) regulations for junior tennis development, with activities designed to aide in the development of the following:

• Motor Skills
• Co-ordination
• Teamwork
• Sportsmanship
• Tennis Etiquette

Fundamental tennis skills will also be covered during the lessons; as follows:

• Holding the tennis racket
• Racket – tennis ball contact
• Swing movement of the racket
• Eye – ball coordination
• Footwork and drills
• In court – out of court
• Speed and movement drills

If you would like your school to participate in this program, please contact our Club Services desk at 293-3420.

Tennis in the Schools Initiative

Grotto Bay Tennis Club Head Coach Romar Douglas is the East End coordinator of the Tennis in the Schools Initiative. Sponsored by the BLTA and the Bermuda Government, coaches go into primary and middle schools to provide tennis instruction as part of the physical education curriculum.

To coordinate tennis instruction days at your school, contact the Club Services desk at 293-3420 or contact Coach Douglas directly at 335-7000.

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