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Tennis Newsletter | January 2012 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Winter Classes Now Enrolling
 

We have classes available for adults and juniors, all ages and levels. Owl Creek Tennis Center's indoor facility or "bubble" is climate controlled, so there is no need to worry about inclement weather and cancellations. Check out what's new in our Winter Catalog.    

 

Registration is available through EZreg or in person at any recreation center or Owl Creek Tennis Center. 
Register Early to Save on Tennis Camps!  
Save $20 on Spring Break Camp when you register by Feb 10!

If 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. Students are grouped according to experience and all campers end the week with a pizza party!
 
Camp is held at Owl Creek Tennis Center on April 9-13 from 9 am to noon. The camp costs $145, but if you register your child by February 10, you'll pay only $125!  

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Recipe of the Month

Chilaquiles Verde Bake

 

Heat things up in the chilly winter months! 
New Year, New Surface for Our Indoor Courts

tennis bubbleJust in time for the winter season, the two indoor courts at Owl Creek Tennis Center have been completely resurfaced! The bubble closed at the end of December and re-opened for play earlier this week. This is the first time the courts have been resurfaced since the bubble opened in 2007.

You'll notice the courts are playing much slower, but rest assured, as the courts wear, the pace of play will pick up. If you've never played on our indoor courts, this is a great time to stop in!   

2012 Spring League Signups & Winter Drop-In Clinics
 

It may be chilly now, but spring will be here before we know it. By mid-April, Owl Creek is going to be swarming with leagues. It's a blast seeing all of the different teams and levels out on the courts together playing great tennis. If you're not already on a league, have you thought about it? Stop thinking and get out and play! The sooner you and your team get together, the better!  

 

Is this your first time playing in a league? Don't worry! You can get on a team whether you know a group or not. For league information and sign ups, visit VBTennisPatrons.org or email Karen Steenberg-Tucker at karen10s@msn.com.   

 

If you're worried about being a little rusty due to the winter season, come out to Owl Creek and drop in on a few clinics to get yourself ready! As some of these clinics fill, we ask that you call 385-2695 in advance to have your name added to the list.  

 

Adv. Beg/Intermediate Clinic (2.5 to 3.5)
Mondays & Wednesdays | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | $21 

 

Cardio Tennis (all levels)
Tuesdays | 9:00 - 10:30 am | $15
Fridays | 10:00 - 11:00 am | $15

 

Men's Night Out (3.0 & up)

Tuesdays | 7:00 - 8:30 pm | $21

 

Men's & Ladies Night Out (3.5 & up)
Thursdays |  7:00 - 8:30 pm | $21 

 

If you are totally new to tennis and would like to join a team in the spring, you still have time. We offer beginner classes and private lessons, so you can jump start your tennis experience! Just call Owl Creek Tennis Center at 385-2695 to get signed up.

Pro Tip: Keep Your Game Up When the Temp's Down
 by Owl Creek Staff
  
Winter WorkoutThe off season can make or break a tennis player in the upcoming league season. Finding court time at an indoor facility can be nearly impossible, and playing on a snow-covered court is entirely out of the question. Don't lose faith! You can keep in prime tennis shape during the winter without a problem by doing a few off-court exercises.  
 
Upper Body
  • Strong arms are important to get yourself through a match. Lifting free weights a few times a week can be highly beneficial.
  • To strengthen the core, sit ups are always a good idea. However, sit ups can get boring and monotonous. If you love them, great, but if you have neck problems or aren't really a fan of then, then try some Pilates! It's not only an amazing way to keep your core strong, but it helps with breathing, flexibility, and posture.
Cardio
  • Running, jogging, and/or walking are fabulous ways to keep your legs toned and in shape.
  • Jog up and down stairs a few times. It gets tiring, but it's really great to feel the progression you make when you start building up more and more endurance.
  • Swimming is a great option that works your entire body! Treading water is a great way to focus on the arms, and running in waist-high water does wonders for the legs and core.
Agility
  • Get together with a friend, and do agility training with a ladder.
  • Do a few step-up-step-down exercises. Add some squatting during the steps down, or maybe even use some free weights to make it a little more challenging.
  • Playing racquet ball and table tennis can help with footwork, believe it or not. They are also fun ways to get some exercise.
  • Jumping rope or even just doing natural jumps can help strengthen the muscles needed for those moments when you need to suddenly off to get to a drop shot.
The Game
  • All of these exercises are a great way to keep your body in shape for the upcoming season, but not playing for a while can possibly weaken your "tennis brain." Watching matches on television is a great way to study up on some strategy. Look for players that share your traits, and see what their strong points are, or how they play out points.
Don't let the cold winter weather drag you or your game down! Keep up with these exercises throughout the winter, and you will be ready to go in the spring!
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
  
Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King 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 fun@vbgov.com.
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