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Tennis Newsletter | September 2010 |
Meet Our New Pro: Ramel Bautista
Ramel BWe are proud to announce the addition of Ramel Bautista to our teaching staff at Owl Creek. Ramel has played competitive tennis for more than 20 years and brings experience from the United States Naval Academy. 
As a high school player, he played number 1 singles and doubles for Tallwood High School, qualifying for state competition in doubles and team competition. Ramel was a Virginia Beach District Doubles Champion and Singles Runner Up and ranked in the top 20 in the state of Virginia for 3 consecutive years. 
Ramel is skilled at teaching children and adults the physical and mental tools to become a better tennis player, all while making the game fun and exciting. Please call the pro shop to schedule lessons with Ramel.
Free Cardio Tennis Demo Class 
Want to see what Cardio Tennis is all about? Owl Creek Tennis Center is hosting a free demo class on Friday, October 1 from 10 to 11 am. This fast paced aerobic workout involves various tennis strokes and footwork drills and will get you into top shape! 
Call the pro shop at 385-2695 with questions.
Pro Tip: It All Starts with the Toss
 by Owl Creek Staff
Tennis TossDo you struggle with your serve because of an inconsistent toss? Believe it or not, developing a consistent toss is one of the most difficult skills to learn in tennis. Yes, you would think tossing a ball up in the air would be simple, but actually being able to place the ball in the same position virtually every time is a difficult action. Here are some tips to improve that toss.
  1. Place a small towel on the court in front of you slightly to the right of your left foot (for righties).
  2. Hold the ball slightly to the right of your body and practice tossing the ball so that it lands on the towel.
  3. The toss should be in a line to allow you to come over the top with your service motion. If you have to step to the right or left to hit the ball, do not hit the serve.
  4. In terms of height of toss, all players are different. In general, the toss should allow you to comfortably extend your arm and reach for the ball.
2010/11 Owl Creek Seasonal Information
Many of you have been calling about reserving your seasonal times for the 2010/11 winter season. Beginning in mid-September, all seasonals from last year will be given the first opportunity to renew their seasonals for this year. Any remaining spots will be opened to the remaining players. Please check our website for the application and don't hesitate to contact Mike Mustgrave at

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Recipe of the Month
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars
These bars are great for a grab and go snack!


Round Robin
Held Wednesdays from 8 - 9:30 pm
Runs in 5 week blocks; next session starts 10/6
$60/session or $15 as a drop-in
Call the pro shop for details at 385-2695


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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