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Tennis Newsletter | April 2011 |
Sport of Tennis is Making Strides
Tennis EquipmentData from the Physical Activity Council (PAC) shows the sport of tennis is experiencing a healthy growth in participation in recent years. Key findings from PAC's 2011 Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Participation Overview:
  • Tennis participation remained strong in a tough economic environment. Tennis has increased 42.8% since the year 2000.
  • Cardio tennis, although starting small, increased 20% from 2008 and has now pushed past 1 million participants in tennis based cardio-vascular exercise.

Find out more from Tennis Industry News.

League Play Gets Underway! 
Our 2011 USTA leagues started March 27. Teams are still able to add players, so if you haven't signed up yet, please contact the league coordinator as soon as possible!

For league and sign ups, visit or email Karen Steenberg-Tucker at
Many Benefits to QuickStart Tennis  

Youth Tennis PlayerQuickStart Tennis is a fairly new approach to tennis for kids. By shrinking the court size, racquet size and compression of the balls, tennis has finally caught up in the world of youth sports. It's a great way to get kids involved in the game!

The benefits of QuickStart are immediate. The size adaptation gives them the chance to play real points and rally the ball back and forth. It's an open-armed welcome for youth tennis players, in hopes of creating players for life! All of our tots, aces, and future classes are taught using the QuickStart programming mandated by the USTA. Check our catalog for spring classes!
QuickStart format has also been introduced into the Special Olympics to create a medium between skills and match play. It has been successful in nursing homes as well to give seniors a chance to be active again, but on a less physically-demanding scale.

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Recipe of the Month
Neely's Asparagus Casserole
Try a different take on a asparagus in this tasty dish!


Drop-In Clinics
Adv. Beg/Intermediate
(2.5 to 3.5)
Mon & Wed | 6:30-8 pm | $21 
Cardio Tennis w/Jason (any level)
Tue | 9-10 am &
Fri | 10-11 am | $15 
Men's Night Out w/Wayne (3.0 & up)
Tue | 7-8:30 pm | $21 
Men's & Ladies Night Out w/Jason (3.5 & up)
Thur | 7-8:30 pm | $21
As some of these clinics fill, we ask that you call 385-2695 in advance to have your name added to the list.
Pro Tip: One Type of Game Isn't the Best Strategy
 by Owl Creek Staff

DoublesIf you have the same doubles partner all the time, you can develop a style of play that works week in and week out. However, many players have different partners each week, so developing a set style of play can be difficult. If you are in this group, look at the following factors before the match to best optimize your chances of victory.


1. Is there a height factor with my partner? If so, you may have to adjust your court position to account for the lob.


2. Is there a movement issue with my partner? If so, you may have to cover more of the court than usual.


3. Does my partner stay on the baseline even though I encourage her to come forward? Some players just feel more comfortable at the baseline. If you are a net rusher, this formation can be frustrating when your opponents simply hit to the deep player. If you are fast, look for opportunities to poach and end points.


The moral of the story is that what works with one partner will not always work with another. Players must be willing to adapt their play to fit the circumstances.

Youth Spring Break Camp: April 18-22 
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. A pizza party will be held on the last day of camp.
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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