Winter Activities at WTEF!

       WTEF is launching a full slate of activities this winter. Beginning Monday, November 14, WTEF’s Winter Junior Tennis Clinics begin at our Northwest Campus in Rock Creek Park. Led by acclaimed youth coach Vince Pulupa, the 20-week schedule offers 10 & Under Clinics, the Elite Tennis and High School Group, as well as a National Group for national tournament players. Coach Pulupa’s players have gone on to elite university tennis programs, such as Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the Universities of Virginia and Florida, and many more.

Winter Tennis Clinics

            Registration is under way for our Winter Clinics.

            Offerings include a 10 & Under Clinic that meets once weekly for an hour for $800 or a 90-minute clinic that meets weekly for $1,000. Monday and Wednesday options from 4 to 5 p.m., Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. are now available.

            The Elite Tennis and High School Group is for players who play or are staring to play tournaments, currently have Mid-Atlantic Region rankings, are trying out for high school teams, and/or are playing high school tennis. Offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Pricing is $1,200 per day selected. Players who choose three or more days a week will receive a price break as follows: two days a week is $2400; three days is $3350 and four days is $4200.

            For the same pricing, full-time tournament players ranked in the Top 40 in the Mid-Atlantic Region and nationally can join the National Group. The program focuses on tournament play and tactical strategy. An individual regimen will be developed for each player to help him/her succeed at the highest levels. At a minimum, players should have a Top 40 Mid-Atlantic ranking and compete in the L4+ tournament level (formerly L1 Championship) in the Mid-Atlantic.

WTEF School-Year Programs

       At the Center for Excellence, children get 15 hours a week of afterschool programming from 4 to 7 every afternoon, with an additional six hours available on Saturdays for more tutoring and tennis play. Children and youth from first through 12th grade are tested every fall as to their grade levels in math and reading and an individualized curriculum is prepared for them by our math and reading specialists, each of whom holds a Ph.D. in their field. The children spend 90 minutes every weekday on academics and 90 minutes on fitness activities and tennis instruction and play. Career counseling and college prep programs help the youth figure out what they want to do when they grow up and prepare to enter higher education or the workforce. The Center for Excellence is conducted at WTEF’s East Capitol Campus, with its classrooms, common areas, six indoor, and nine outdoor tennis courts.

       The Arthur Ashe Children’s Program (AACP) is conducted at 19 DC public and charter elementary and middle schools for four days a week from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.. The children spend 45 minutes having a snack and doing homework and then an hour and a quarter in academic, tennis or life skills instruction. The AACP makes learning fun by introducing the element of competition to math and English studies. All the children, who range from first through sixth grade, form a team representing their school in the Academic Competition. Different schools study the same Core-Curriculum-based material and then meet in quiz show-style competitions. Grade appropriate questions allow children of different ages to participate. Each correct answer wins a point for the team and a system of playoffs and a championship are held early each winter to crown a victor of the Academic Competition. Then the students turn to the Life Skills Competition, in which they research a topic, such as Bullying Prevention or Avoiding Alcohol Abuse, and write and perform a skit about that topic. Judges view the skits and determine a winner. In the spring, the popular Tennis Competition gives the children the chance to show off the skills they acquired throughout the year. Children from the AACP often step up to the more intensive Center for Excellence.

       The start of the school year also brings the Tennis Tots back to WTEF. In this innovative program, held at our East Capitol Campus, children ages two through four who attend 19 nearby day care centers and preschools come to WTEF’s six indoor courts in the mornings to begin to learn tennis. Using small racquets designed for their tiny hands, the children learn to hit over-sized balls, contributing to their motor skills development. Lots of running gives them some of the exercise they need, and by participating in various games with the racquets and balls the children learn important skills, like following instructions from adults and taking turns. Children in Tennis Tots often go on to attend schools that offer the AACP, allowing them to continue to pursue tennis.