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Tennis Newsletter | August 2011 | 
New Lighting System at Tennis Courts
Changes are coming to Virginia Beach's lighted tennis courts! The courts are being upgraded with a new lighting system that will allow patrons to turn on the lights at the court upon arrival. Lights will be available sunset to 11:00 pm, seven days a week until November 30, except for year-round sites.

Patrons will be able to activate the court lights during the scheduled time by pushing a button located near the court entrances. Lights will remain on for 55 minutes, at which time a strobe light (located above the button) will activate as a warning. If the button is not pushed within 5 minutes, the lights will turn off and require 15 minutes before coming back on.

If you have any questions about using the new lights, please call City-Wide Athletics, Monday - Friday, 8-5 at 385-0458.
Cardio Tennis Returns this Fall! 
Cardio TennisIf you're looking for a heart pounding workout on the tennis court, this is for you! Cardio Tennis is a fast paced aerobic workout involving various tennis strokes and footwork drills. Participants will be put through challenging drills that maintain a healthy heart rate and burn up calories.

Cardio Tennis will be offered at Owl Creek Tennis Center on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9-10 am, beginning September 20. The cost is $15 per session. Call the pro shop at 385-2695 to sign up as class size is limited.
Pro Tip: "Low" Overhead?
 by USPTA Pro Scott Baxter

Well, actually there is no such thing as a low overhead. If a player cannot get underneath the ball and be able to fully swing, the shot is just a simple high volley. That doesn't mean you can't be aggressive with the high volley. Some keys are:

1. Focus on the ball. It is very easy to look away to see where your opponent is positioning themselves.
2. Resist giving your opponent a neutral type shot, meaning something simply landing around the service line.
3. Position the ball deep and to your opponents weaker side, or an angle can be a good option as well. 

Last Call for Summer Camps! 
Youth Tennis PlayerWe still have opportunities for children to take a week of tennis camp this summer! 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 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.

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Recipe of the Month

Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Ice Pops

In the late-summer heat, these are sure to be a cool, refreshing treat! 


Drop-In Clinics
Adv. Beg/Intermediate
(2.5 to 3.5)
Mon & Wed | 6:30-8 pm | $21
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 September 5 for Labor Day. 
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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