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Tennis Newsletter | June 2011 |
New Addition to Owl Creek Staff
Scott BaxterWe are very excited to announce the addition of Scott Baxter to our instructional team at Owl Creek Tennis Center! Beginning June 20, Scott will take on the role of Director of Tennis, in charge of tennis program development. Scott, originally from Virginia Beach, is a USPTA certified tennis professional with a Professional 1 rating.

While growing up at the beach, Scott achieved junior rankings as high as four in the Mid-Atlantic Section and top 150 nationally and then went on to play for the University of Maryland where he lettered his freshman year.

Scott is a great player, but most would argue he is an even better instructor. Scott has a well rounded teaching background including experience at many clubs throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club, Georgetown Prep Tennis Club and most recently, the Chevy Chase Club. Scott has worked with players of all ages from beginners to USTA Ladies Teams and Division I college tennis players.

Scott has differentiated himself from other professionals in the industry with his strong knowledge base on strategy at all skill levels. Clients identify Scott's strongest attribute to be his ability to successfully communicate to a player of any skill level while keeping it fun. We are very excited to have Scott on board and look forward to the new dynamic he can bring to our program.
60' Quickstart Lines at Owl Creek
Quickstart LinesWith grants from USTA Mid-Atlantic and USTA's National office, we were able to install permanent 60' Quickstart lines to four of our courts. These blended lines will allow us a quick transition to the 10 and under format. In addition, it will allow many of our youth classes to practice and take lessons on the new courts. The blue Quickstart lines can be seen in the photo above.
For more information on Quickstart tennis, visit
Lynnhaven Middle School Courts Open 
Lynnhaven MS CourtsRenovations are complete and the 12 courts at Lynnhaven Middle School have reopened.
Construction began in February to rebuild the worn courts and was completed in mid-May. The lighted courts are open daily until 10 pm. Courts are available on a first come, first served basis.

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Recipe of the Month
Grilled Pork Lettuce Wraps
Fire up the grill for these tasty wraps!


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.


Please Note
Effective July 1, the outdoor court rental rate at Owl Creek Tennis Center will increase from $8.50 to $10 per hour.
Pro Tip: In Doubles, Seize the Net
 by USPTA Pro Scott Baxter

Even if you're not a confident volleyer, your goal in doubles should be getting to the net. By coming to net, you:

  • Shrink your opponents' court space
  • Put pressure on your opponents to come up with a more difficult shot such as a passing shot or a lob
  • Take your opponents out of their comfort zone of safe cross court groundstokes and force them to come up with a more difficult shot by getting to net
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 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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