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Tennis Newsletter | January 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks
Get Prepped for Spring Leagues 
 
Tennis PlayerIt may be freezing now, but spring will be here before we know it! Beginning in mid-April, Owl Creek is going to be swarming with leagues. It's a blast seeing all of the different teams and playing levels out on the court together playing great tennis.

Is this your first time playing league? Don't worry! You can contact the league coordinator and they can easily assign you to a suitable team.

Are you a new player? Even if you're a beginner, you can play in a league. It's a great way to speed up your learning process. The more you play, the better you get! 
 
For league information and sign ups, visit VBTennisPatrons.org or email Karen Steenberg-Tucker at Karen10s@msn.com.

If you're worried about being a little rusty due to the winter season, come out to Owl Creek and drop in on a few clinics to get yourself ready!
 
Drop-In Clinics
Adv. Beg/Intermediate Clinic (2.5 to 3.5)
Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm | $21
 
Cardio Tennis w/Jason (any level)
Tuesdays from 9:00 - 10:30 am & Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00 am | $15
 
Men's Night Out w/Wayne (3.0 & up)
Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm | $21
 
Men's & Ladies Night Out w/Jason (3.5 & up)
Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm | $21
 
If you are totally new to tennis and would like to join a team in the spring, you still have time! We offer beginner classes and private lessons, so you can jumpstart your tennis experience! Just call Owl Creek Tennis Center at (757) 385-2695 for any questions.

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Recipe of the Month
Sarah's Dry Rubbed Chicken
 
A bold blend of spices makes for a perfect roasted chicken!

 

Facility Closure
Please note that Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, January 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Register the Kids for Spring Break Camp! 
 
Tennis GirlIf your child is new to the game of tennis, Spring Break Tennis Camp is the perfect opportunity to learn the basic strokes, general rules and proper tennis etiquette. This is an introductory camp for youth ages 5-17 in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. 
 
Camp is held at Owl Creek Tennis Center on April 18-22 from 9 am to noon. The camp costs $145 and registration is available online through EZreg. Space is limited, so register early!
Pro Tip: Keep Your Game Up When the Temp's Down
 by Owl Creek Staff

The off season can make or break a tennis player in the upcoming league season. Finding court time at an indoor facility can be nearly impossible, and playing on a snow-covered court is entirely out of the question. Don't lose faith! You can keep in prime tennis shape during the winter without a problem by doing a few off-court exercises.
 
Cardio
  • Running, jogging, and/or walking are fabulous ways to keep your legs toned and in shape.
  • Jog up and down stairs a few times. It gets tiring, but it's really great to feel the progression you make when you start building up more and more endurance.
  • Swimming is a great option that works your entire body! Treading water is a great way to focus on the arms, and running in waist-high water does wonders for the legs and core.
Agility
  • Get together with a friend, and do agility training with a ladder.
  • Do a few step-up-step-down exercises. Add some squatting during the steps down, or maybe even use some free weights to make it a little more challenging.
  • Playing racquet ball and table tennis can help with footwork, believe it or not. They are also fun ways to get some exercise.
  • Jumping rope or even just doing natural jumps can help strengthen the muscles needed for those moments when you need to suddenly off to get to a drop shot.
Upper Body
  • Strong arms are important to get yourself through a match. Lifting free weights a few times a week can be highly beneficial.
  • To strengthen the core, sit ups are always a good idea. However, sit ups can get boring and monotonous. If you love them, great, but if you have neck problems or aren't really a fan of then, then try some Pilates! It's not only an amazing way to keep your core strong, but it helps with breathing, flexibility, and posture.
The Game
  • All of these exercises are a great way to keep your body in shape for the upcoming season, but not playing for a while can possibly weaken your "tennis brain." Watching matches on television is a great way to study up on some strategy. Look for players that share your traits, and see what their strong points are, or how they play out points.
Don't let the cold winter weather drag you or your game down! Keep up with these exercises throughout the winter, and you will be ready to go in the spring!
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 fun@vbgov.com.
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