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Tennis Newsletter | October 2011 | 
Tennis Classes for Everyone!

Mom and DaughterWhether you are learning to play or fine tuning your skills, we've got tennis classes for players of all levels and ages. Our next session begins November 7th! Register now for any of our adult or youth tennis classes! You and your child can even learn together with our family programs.


If you're not sure which class is right for you or your child, call Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center and our staff will be happy to assist you.


Registration is available through EZreg or in person at any recreation center or Owl Creek Tennis Center. 
Indoor Team Clinics Available 

It's time to start organizing team practices! Establish some indoor time with one of our Pros to keep your team in prime playing shape during the cooler fall and winter months! Hurry though - indoor court time is limited and goes quickly Call Owl Creek at 385-2695 to make your reservation.   

Pro Tip: Prepare Early for More Power
 by USPTA Pro Scott Baxter
SwingHow you prepare for a shot is very critical to the success of the swing. Early preparation is the best way to ensure a higher probability of making a successful shot. Taking your opponent into consideration is also key.

If you use a long, loopy swing against a hard hitter, you'll probably be late to every ball. By turning and preparing your backswing earlier, you allow yourself extra time to adjust your feet and step into the ball.  This weight transfer leads to a more powerful ground-stroke.

Shortening the backswing allows more time to prepare. A great way to do that is: keep your racquet in front of your chest, but turn your whole upper body sideways toward either your forehand or your backhand, so the racquet moves with you. You are more likely to use more body and less arm with a short backswing. Your body is far more powerful than your arm. As the ball travels over the net, you would then naturally take your racquet back according to how much time you have to respond and how big you want your shot to be. 

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Recipe of the Month

Quick Chicken Corn Chowder

This quick and easy soup will warm you up on a cool night - and it's healthy too! 


Drop-In Clinics
Adv. Beg/Intermediate
(2.5 to 3.5)
Mon & Wed | 6:30-8 pm | $21
Men's & Ladies Night Out (3.5 & up)
Tues & Thur | 7-8:30 pm | $21

New! Cardio Tennis
Tues & Fri | 9-10 am | $15
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 Our Upcoming Facility Closures
Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Friday, November 11 for Veteran's Day. We will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24-25 for Thanksgiving. 
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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