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Tennis Newsletter | July 2010 |
July is Parks & Recreation Month!
VBPRSince 1985, Americans have celebrated national Parks and Recreation Month in July to recognize the importance of parks and recreation in establishing and maintaining the quality of life for, and contributing to the physical, economic and environmental well-being of communities. Check our Facebook Page for ways that you can Experience the Fun of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation!
Junior Team Tennis Summer Registration
JTTThe summer JTT program is now open for registration. The summer season is a non-championship season that runs from
July 16 to August 31.
The divisions included are:
  • 10 and under intermediate
  • 12 and under intermediate & advanced
  • 14 and under intermediate & advanced
  • 18 and under intermediate & advanced
If you need assistance finding a team for your child, please contact the Area League Coordinator, Donny Weed at 385-7732.
Singles Ladder Deadline Extended 
Singles LadderThe entry deadline for Summer Singles Ladder has been extended through July 16. If you love singles, this is a great way to keep your game sharp during the summer. Work your way up the ladder by challenging players in a higher position. Matches are scheduled at your convenience and can be played at Owl Creek Tennis Center, or any site that both players agree upon. Move to the top of the ladder and claim victory!
Stop by Owl Creek Tennis Center to complete an application. The cost is $55 and the program runs for eight weeks. Results will be posted at Owl Creek and emailed to players weekly.
Pro Tip: Solid Contact on the Groundstroke
 by Owl Creek Staff
GroundstrokeHaving trouble making solid contact on the groundstroke? The key can be as simple as getting the racquet to move directly through the ball. Too often, players swing too quickly across their bodies causing inconsistent contact with the ball. Here are a few tips to improve the contact.
  1. Develop a good technical swing that can be repeated over and over again.
  2. As the racquet starts to move into the hitting zone, visualize hitting through three balls instead of just the one. This will lengthen the hitting zone allowing you to make more solid contact with the ball.
  3. Develop the ability to focus on the contact point as much as possible. If you've seen Roger Federer on videotape, you will notice how long his eyes stay focused on the contact point even though the ball is gone.
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Recipe of the Month
Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Tomato & Avocado Salsa
Enjoy the fried fish taste without all the calories!


Round Robin
Held Fridays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
All levels welcome, social atmosphere
$12 to sign up
Call by Thursday to add your name and partner to the list


Drop-In Clinics
Looking for a weekly clinic that allows for a flexible schedule?
If possible, call the pro shop 24 hours in advance at 385-2695
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center
Location: 928 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach | Phone: (757) 385-2695
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm | Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.