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Tennis Newsletter | July 2012 | 
Drop-In for Some Tennis!

Tennis EquipmentDrop-in classes are a great amenity at Owl Creek Tennis Center. They allow patrons with hectic, changing schedules to participate in classes without commitment to a full session. Just pay a small fee upon the date of attendance.

We have a full schedule drop-in classes available (see right sidebar), but plan on adding even more this fall! Another morning and even an evening Cardio Tennis class will be added, along with some strategy clinics. We will also be offering an additional Select class for our upper-level junior players. We'll keep you posted as our new fall drop-in schedule develops!

Win a $100 VBPR Gift Certificate!

Enter Our Photo Contest through July 23

I Love VBPR!
Get creative and show us why you heart Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation! Snap a photo showcasing one of VBPR's programs, parks, facilities or events while incorporating a heart symbol.


Submit your photo through Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's Facebook app. Be sure to include the location of the photo and a brief description during submission and then get your friends and family to vote for your photo!


The entry with the most votes at 9 am, July 23 wins a $100 VB Parks & Recreation gift certificate which can be used towards membership, classes, personal training and more! Second and third place entries will receive a $50 and $25 gift certificate respectively.

This photo contest is part of our celebration of July as Parks & Recreation Month. For other ways to celebrate, check out

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Recipe of the Month

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Kebobs


Impress your family or friends with these simple kebobs that look and taste like a gourmet meal!


Drop-In Clinics

Adv. Beg/Intermediate Clinic (2.5 to 3.5)

Mon & Wed | 6:30-8 pm | $21 


Cardio Tennis (all levels)

Tue & Fri | 9-10 am | $15


Men's Night Out (3.0 & up)

Tue | 7-8:30 pm | $21


Men's & Ladies Night Out (3.5 & up)

Tue & 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.

Staff Profile: Meghan Puryear

MeghanFor the past three summers, Meghan Puryear, an upcoming sophomore at the College of Mary Washington, has worked at Owl Creek with the summer tennis camp programs. She works very well with the children that participate in the camps and keeps camp enjoyable-even on the most brutal of summer days.

Meghan started playing tennis in 2003 in one of Owl Creek's very own summer camps. She started playing competitively about six years ago, and is now playing for her college's tennis team. She is majoring in political science. On top of her children-filled summer days of working camp, Meghan is also spending her summer at home working at a local Italian restaurant, and spending time with her family and friends when she can.

We hope to have Meghan return for another fun-filled summer next year, and are really proud of the enthusiasm and hard work she puts into our programs every summer. Thank you, Meghan!

Kids Have a Blast at Summer Camp!  
Tennis CampJune 18th marked the beginning of Owl Creek's summer programs, as well as the first week of summer tennis camps! The outdoor, indoor and off-site camps have been flooded with children week to week, ready to beat the heat, learn the fundamentals of tennis and of course, play lots of great games! We are having a wonderful season so far. There are still plenty of weeks left, so check out the camp schedule and come join us for some summer tennis fun!
We offer outdoor tennis camps at Owl Creek, Kempsville Recreation Center, Lynnhaven Middle School and Bayville Farms Park. We also have indoor tennis camps at Owl Creek Tennis Center.

Participants will be grouped according to level and learn the fundamentals of the game. It's a great way to meet new friends and get a little taste of what makes tennis such a great game. Wanna see the fun in action? Check out this video of one of our camps!

Register at the links above or in person at any recreation center or Owl Creek Tennis Center.
Pro Tip: Approaching the Net
by Owl Creek Staff

For those who want to come to the net in singles, but find themselves frequently getting passed, this month's tip is for you. Many times the reason for getting passed is the approach shot is being placed in the wrong position for effective net play. Try a few of the tips below and see if you see improved success at the net.

1. In singles, approach down the line a high percentage of the time. This will allow you to cover the least amount of court to get into volleying position.

2. If speed is an issue with you, consider slowing down the approach shot. Remember, the harder you hit to your opponent, the quicker the ball is going to come back. Hitting very hard approach shots sometimes doesn't allow enough time to move in to volley.

3. If you find yourself playing an opponent who has great angled passing shots, attempt to approach down the center of the court as deep as possible.

4. Remember, approaching the net should be strategic, not just, "Here I come!"
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, September 3 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
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