This past weekend, USTA Eastern hosted several Early Development Camps at four different locations in the Section. The camps serve as the beginning of the Team USA Player Development Camp Pathway designed to provide additional opportunities for players ages 7-10, and emphasize fundamentals and athletic development in a fun and educational environment.
Centercourt Chatham hosted one of the two Green Ball camps which featured players who are preparing to move up to the 78-foot court with the instruction covering tactical and game development. In addition, MatchPoint NYC hosted the other Green Ball camp, while Cary Leeds Center and East Brunswick Racquet Club hosted the two Orange Ball camps.
"These camps are designed to motivate and incentivize our Orange and Green ball players that have had good performance in tournaments and have displayed exceptional sportsmanship," said Gustavo Loza, USTA Eastern's Youth Programs Manager. "It is a great opportunity to train and play with kids of their level from different facilities throughout their region. It is great to see many coaches and clubs throughout the section support this program."
The Green Ball camp is broken down into five different curriculums:
►Becoming an Offensive Player
►Defending the Court
►Taking Control of the Point
►Serious Serve/Ridiculous Returner
The camps feature an array of drills as well as match play as the players get ready to move into the next stage of the development pathway, with coaches from Centercourt Chatham leading the instruction.
“Centercourt Tennis Academy was delighted to invite the best juniors from Eastern for the Green Ball EDC,” said Conrad Singh, Chief Executive Officer – Tennis at Centercourt. “The team comprised of Centercourt Elite Staff from the Green Ball Edge Program which is the commencement of the Performance Pathway. The energy on the courts was excellent and the quality of Instruction lead by our USTA Facilitator Coach Alex was sensational. We look forward to the next Orange and Green Ball events at Centercourt and we hope the parents had an inclusive experience in our world-class facilities “