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Tennis Newsletter | February 2011 |
Spring Leagues Begin March 27 
Tennis PlayerLeagues are starting a little earlier this season, so that may put a bit more pressure on those who couldn't get on court and play this winter. It's okay! We will be adding more clinics this spring to get you in shape and ready for the season. We'll have you warmed up and ready in no time!


For league information and sign ups, visit or email Karen Steenberg-Tucker at

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
50 Things to Make With a Jar of Pasta Sauce
Not sure what to make for dinner? With a jar of pasta sauce and a few key ingredients, you'll have plenty of options!
Park & School Tennis Court Updates

Lark Downs CourtWe last updated you back in April about some major renovations and repairs to several of our courts across the city. Please know that the rebuilding of the six courts at Lark Downs Park (pictured) is complete and courts have reopened for public use.

Construction has started on rebuilding all 12 courts at Lynnhaven Park and we expect the project to be completed by Spring. Repairs are also being made to six courts at Kellam High School with expected completion this Spring as well. We'll update you again when the courts are open for use.
Pro Tip: Ready Yourself for the Return
 by Owl Creek Staff

Ready for the ReturnWhen returning a serve, always be in ready position. Make sure you set yourself up on the baseline, so that you are able to return a fast serve or medium to slow serve. It's good to watch your opponent closely during the serve, and to take note of any patterns. This will give you the ability to anticipate what they are about to do.

Remember to move up a step or two if you're returning a second serve because they are generally a lot slower and softer than first. Because of the slower speed of the second serve, they are generally more attackable - be aggressive! Move in and hit the ball with some spin, or hit it harder or deeper, or hit and charge the net. Keep your strengths in mind so you can make a strong move.

When the server begins to toss the ball, keep your eye on the ball and watch it's placement in the air. Servers will often toss the ball more to the side for a wide slice, or more overhead for topspin. This gives an idea as to where you should stand on the baseline. Right before the server strikes the ball, split-step forward and keep on the balls of your feet. This allows you quick movement in any direction.

Avoid using a big backswing when setting up for a serve, especially when returning a big serve. Basically, block the ball with a short, compact swing and avoid changing the direction of the return too much.

Get yourself back in ready position after your serve, so you're ready for what's next. If you're lucky, you won't have to do a thing!
Space Available in Youth Spring Break Camp! 
Junior Tennis PlayersIf 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!
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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