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Tennis Newsletter | May 2011 |
Summer Catalog Available Online

Summer CatalogCheck out our Summer Programs & Activities Catalog to see what classes and programs are coming this summer! Adult and youth tennis lessons and classes are available both outdoors and indoors in our climate controlled bubble! 


Registration for most programs begins June 4.

1st Annual Summer Tennis Smash
As part of the Adaptive Tennis initiative of USTA/VA, the 1st Annual Summer Tennis Smash will be held on Saturday, May 21 at Owl Creek Tennis Center. Special Olympic Athletes will partner with volunteers for round robin doubles match play.

Registration has already filled, but we encourage you to show up and support the athletes in this great event! Donations of any amount will be accepted with proceeds going to the Virginia Tennis Foundation in support of Special Olympic Athletes furthering their tennis experience.


Match play will begin at 9:00 am and last until all matches are completed. For more information on the tournament, please email

To learn more about Adaptive Tennis in Virginia, contact Donny Weed at
Junior Team Tennis Off to a Great Start! 
JTTJunior Team Tennis began April 29th with 17 teams participating from across Hampton Roads. Teams are comprised of three girls and three boys that play singles, doubles, and mixed. All 10 and under participants play on a 60 foot court with the orange Quickstart ball. Matches take place on Fridays and Sundays, with the season running approximately 8 weeks.

For more information on Quickstart tennis, visit
Pro Tip: Know the Importance of Spin
 by Owl Creek Staff

Players are always asking how they can hit the ball harder, while maintaining some control over the shot. The answer is to develop a moderate amount of topspin to allow your strokes to arc back into the court. The keys are:


  • Swinging low to high on groundstrokes
  • Possibly adjusting the grip to allow for additional spin on the ball
  • Adding height over the net to create a higher bouncing ball for your opponent

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Recipe of the Month
Scott Hibb's Amazing Whisky Grilled Baby Back Ribs
Just in time for Memorial Day cookouts!


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 (3.0 & up)
Tue | 7-8:30 pm | $21 
Men's & Ladies Night Out (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.


Facility Closure
Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.  
2011 Youth Summer Camps Begin June 20 
Tennis CampDoes your child want to learn the game of tennis, or expand on his/her skills? Summer Tennis Camp is the perfect opportunity for beginners to learn the basic strokes, general rules and proper tennis etiquette and also allows more experienced participants to get into advanced drills and playing situations. Camp is open to youth ages 5-17 and offers a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
Most camps run Monday through Friday from either 9:00 am to noon or 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
We offer both an outdoor morning camp and an indoor afternoon camp for those wanting to beat the heat. Morning camps are offered at Owl Creek Tennis Center, Bayville Farms Park, Kempsville Recreation Center and Lynnhaven Middle School. All afternoon camps are held at the bubble at Owl Creek Tennis Center. Register your child online at the links above or in person at any recreation center or at Owl Creek Tennis Center.
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.