Palo Alto Swim and Sport offers Tennis Camps for Kids 5-8
Pre-Beginner tennis is a perfect way for younger children to develop gross motor skills and athleticism through the sport of tennis in a fun, yet structured environment. Your child will learn teamwork and how to cooperate and succeed in a small group dynamic.
Highlights of Camp:
• Students develop motor skills and coordination
• Structured lesson plans taught in a fun environment
• Basic ball skills and introduction to tennis core strokes
• Teaching techniques were developed in collaboration with child development specialists
Pre-Beginner Tennis Explained
Simply put, Pre-Beginner tennis is used as a developmental tool to allow young children to improve their overall tennis skills faster so they can transition to the regular court with more ease.
Kids who are just starting the game will require a period to develop motor skills, basic coordination and cooperative activities and will lead to the development of the basic strokes and fundamentals. As your child becomes more experienced in tennis we will instruct them on some basic exchanging ability and begin competing and training on the red ball (smaller) courts.
Because a young child’s muscles have not yet fully developed it is important for them to use modified equipment. In our Pre-Beginner programs children use lighter racquets (17”-23”) and use specialized extremely light tennis Red balls. It is difficult for a young child to hit a ball over regulation nets on a full size court. In our program children will use a smaller court and a lower net – this allows for positive reinforcement as they see immediate success in their tennis.
As professional instructors we regularly seek the advice of child developmental specialists to evaluate our curriculum for our Red Ball Beginner levels. These specialists not only have shared their expertise, but have trained our staff to guarantee compliance and consistency across the board. The result is that our staff teaches your children in the most effective way possible. Your children are not only receiving instruction for tennis, but they are also learning how to interact with other children and learning how to be successful in a group environment.
Safety Protocols For COVID-19
Yes, childcare facilities are open to all children. In addition to childcare establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages are also allowed to operate. To the extent possible and compliant with any licensing requirements, these operations must also comply with the following conditions:
- They must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer children (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day and for at least two consecutive weeks).
- While within their stable group, children and caregivers/counselors are not required to social distance from each other and may share equipment.
- Children shall not change from one group to another or attend more than one childcare establishment, summer camp, other educational or recreational instruction or program simultaneously.
- If more than one group of children is at one facility, each group shall be in separate rooms or spaces that cannot be accessed by children or adults outside the stable group. Groups shall not mix with each other.
- If different groups will access a shared area, they must do so at different times, and any shared equipment or high-touch surfaces must be sanitized between uses.
- Providers, educators and other staff cannot serve more than one group of children and shall remain solely with that group of children during the duration of the childcare establishment, summer camp, or other educational or recreational institution’s program.
- Children and staff will be required to wear masks at all times except when in the pool or eating
- Temperature checks will be done each day for campers and counselors before camps
- Children and staff will maintain 6 feet of distance
- Locker rooms will be closed. One bathroom will be available for use for each camp
- Children and staff will be required to stay home if they show any symptoms of illness
The requirements above serve the purpose of limiting the co-mingling of various households and creating stable childcare groups (or in effect, a contained “second household”). To minimize interactions and keep the childcare “households” stable, the Order does not allow a child to attend two separate care settings at the same (for example, a morning camp and a different afternoon camp). Similarly, a caregiver could not care for more than one group of children at the same time, and could not alternate groups (for example, Group A on MWF and Group B on Tu/Thurs) at the same time.
Is This Camp for You?
For ages 5 to 8 years (on the first day of camp)
Camp is for kids who are new to tennis, or kids who are comfortable with ground strokes, volleys and serves.
Campers should enjoy social group situations, and respond well to instruction
Limited to 8 campers per group
Ideal before any family vacation that includes tennis!
Camp Rinconada 2021 Camp Schedule
June 7 – June 18
June 21 – July 2
July 5 – July 16
July 19 – July 30
August 2 – August 13
Half Day Camp
Our Half Day Camp will be offered in the morning and afternoon. Mondays – Fridays.
|Morning Camp||9:00am – 12:30pm|
|Afternoon Camp||1:00pm – 4:30pm|
Price: $700 (for 2 weeks)
*Camps are limited to 8 participants per Camp.
Request A Friend
You can request 1 friend to be in camp with your camper and we will do our best to put them in the same camp! All requests need to be made 2 weeks in advance. The other friend MUST request you as well. Please email the Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org with these requests.
Refund Policy: Families will receive 100% refund if requested two weeks before camp starts. Any requests within two weeks of camps starting will not be refunded.
For a full list of our Safety Protocols please visit this document from the city of Palo Alto.
Meet the Pros
Kim Grant is a former professional tennis player with 18 years of experience on the professional tour. While on the tour, she gained a reputation as an excellent match strategist, and she coached other professional players while still competing herself. Kim uses her diverse, international tennis experience to develop innovative instructional training methods for each of her students, helping to qualitatively improve skill and fitness as rapidly as possible.
Kim had a long, accomplished career on the WTA & ITF tours, including victories over the following Top 10 players in the world: Jennifer Capriati (#1 in 2001), Cara Black (#3 in 2002), Elena Likhotseva (#4 in 2002), Caroline Vis (#7 on 2000), and Nicole Arendt (#8 in 2000). Below are some more highlights of her playing career:
Competed in all four Grand Slam events for 6 years in a row
Represented South Africa in the Federation Cup Tournament in 2000
Invited to represent South Africa in the 2003 African Games
Won 10 professional titles
Reached a career-high ranking of #70
Kim has coached all over the world, starting with coaching fellow WTA professionals during her playing career. She is a certified instructor (including WTA, and USTA certifications) in 6 different countries. Her unique ability to evaluate a player’s strengths and weaknesses and her wealth and variety of coaching experience has helped her guide hundreds of players to new heights in their careers.
She has coached two players who were ranked in the top 50 on the WTA tour: Surina de Beer (#49) and Seda Noorlander (#40). Also:
Has coached numerous junior players to national rankings in South Africa, England, and the United States.
Constantly helping players to gain college scholarships.
Began coaching private lessons in the Bay Area in 2005.
Opened Kim Grant Tennis Academy in 2008, developing all of the training programs therein. Within one year, KGTA had a client base of 800 students and expanded from 5 courts in 2 locations to 28 courts in 6 locations.
Coached the KGTA Junior Team to victory in the 2009 Stanford Junior Team Tournament.
While working on his degree, Sean founded the Gonzaga Club Tennis Team and went on to coach at the recreational, club, high school, and college level. He enjoys helping players of all abilities increase their consistency, confidence, and composure out on the court. Sean is also a member of the United States Racquet Stringers Association and actively maintains his knowledge of racquets and strings in order to help players find the best combination of equipment to play their best.
Ema is a professional tennis player from Serbia and came to the United States on a full tennis scholarship. She played division 1 collegiate tennis for all four years as an undergraduate student. Ema spent her freshman and sophomore year at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she played both singles and doubles. By the end of her sophomore year, the team was ranked 75 in the ITA National Team Rankings. Upon finishing her sophomore year, Ema transferred to Missouri State University where she served as a number 1 player for both singles and doubles. In 2016 she was named an All-MVC First Team selection as well as MVC Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week on two occasions. Ema was also on Athletic Director’s honor roll on three occasions, and on the Dean’s list her senior year.
Michelle is a WTA professional tennis player from South Africa – the country that she also played for in Fed Cup. Undoubtedly, she will bring in tons of both singles and doubles experience from the WTA tour and ITF circuit to the academy. Her highest WTA singles ranking was 666th, and her highest WTA ranking in doubles was 278.
Fernando has played competitive tennis since childhood and competed at the NAIA collegiate level, playing for Bethany College during his freshman and sophomore year and University of Mobile his last two years. A few of his many accolades include: Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, 2012 & 13 Southern State Athletic Conference’s All-Academic Team, and 2013 3rd-Team Capital One Academic All-American College Division At-Large Team.
Fernando also has a remarkable amount of coaching experience. He was a tennis director at Camp Lakota in Wurtsboro, NY, Men’s Tennis Graduate Assistant Coach at Delta State University, tennis director at Camps Kenwood & Evergreen, and tennis instructor at the Tennis Academy at Harvard!
Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Enrique has been involved in tennis his whole life. From playing at a university level at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico to teaching tennis at the Odyssey Club in Cancun, Mexico to being the Tennis Director at the Puerto Adventuras Golf and Tennis Club and the Hotel Robinson Club, Enrique has done it all.
Enrique coaches using drills, games, and live-ball situation and improves the strategy and tennis ability of the players along the way. He encourages students to develop their mind and body and develop the consistency that is required to compete at any level of the sport.
Policies and Frequently Asked Questions
Camp Rinconada Cancellation Policy
Families will receive 100% refund if requested two weeks before camp starts. Any requests within two weeks of camps starting will not be refunded.
Conduct and Safety
The camp is directed by a year-round professional staff who focus on quality, safety, enjoyment, efficiency, and value. The head coach is an experienced aquatics instructor/coach with a skill emphasis on childhood development. The head coach is assisted by counselors with experience in promoting safe and fun activities. The well-being of each camper is our primary concern. Campers are under constant supervision by the camp director, head coach, or counselors.
Safety Protocols For COVID-19
Camps will be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer children (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day and for at least two consecutive weeks). No child will be added to the group if a child does not come to camp. These groups will remain the same for 2 weeks including staff.
Children shall not change from one group to another or attend more than one childcare establishment, summer camp, other educational or recreational instruction or program simultaneously.
If more than one group of children is at one facility, each group shall be in a separate rooms or spaces that cannot be accessed by children or adults outside the stable group. Groups shall not mix with each other.
Providers, educators, and other staff cannot serve more than one group of children and shall remain solely with that group of children during the duration of the childcare establishment, summer camp, other educational or recreational institution or program.
Children and staff will be required to wear masks at all times except when in the pool or eating
Children and staff will maintain 6 feet of distance
Locker rooms will be closed. One bathroom will be available for use that will be disinfected between each use
Children and staff will be required to stay home if they show any symptoms of illness
For a full list of our Safety Protocols please visit this document from the city of Palo Alto.