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Tennis Newsletter | February 2013 | 
Check Out Our Spring Programs!   
Tennis PlayerOur Spring 2013 Programs & Activities Catalog is available online now! Tennis classes begin on page 46. Register in-person or online via EZreg.
Check out the weekly clinics schedule to the right as we've added some new sessions. For these clinics, please sign up a day in advance so we can ensure we'll have a spot for you. Just give a quick call to the pro shop at
(757) 385-2695 and we'll put your name on the list.
Spring League Changes
As some of you are aware, the structure of the Adult USTA Leagues has changed for 2013. You can view the official 2013 USTA League Regulations to read about the changes, or visit and view their latest newsletter for a summary of changes.
Everyone interested in spring league play is encouraged to attend the informational meeting February 13 at 7pm at Great Neck Recreation Center. Bill Fitzgibbon of USTA Virginia Tennis will be available to answer questions at this meeting.
Spring Break Youth Tennis Camp
Tennis CampYour child will enjoy a fun, exciting week of tennis at our Spring Break Tennis Camp! Players of all levels will learn the basic strokes, rules of the game, and proper tennis etiquette. Check out this video of last year's campers having a blast! There will also be a pizza party on the last day of camp.
Camp takes place at Owl Creek Tennis Center from 9 am to noon, April 1-5. Open to ages 5-17. $140
You can register online or in person at Owl Creek Tennis Center or any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.
Weekly Clinics

Cardio Tennis (all levels) | $15

Mon & Thurs | 6:30-7:30 pm

Tue & Fri | 9-10 am
Sun | 12-1 pm


Men's & Ladies Night Out (3.5 & up) | $21

Tue & Thur | 7:30-9 pm

Round Robin | $10
Wed | 8-9:30 pm

Fri | 7:30-9 pm
Sun | 8:30-10 am 

As some of these clinics fill, we ask that you call (757) 385-2695 the day before to reserve your place


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Recipe of the Month

Whole Wheat Pasta with Broccolini and Feta


February is American Heart Month, so we're focusing on a heart healthy dish that is sure to satisfy!

Pro Tip: Who's Beating You?
by Owl Creek Staff

Tennis PlayerWe've all run into "pushers," or steady players who just get every ball back in the court. These players can be frustrating to compete against because they make very few mistakes and it's not often that you can win a point without putting pressure on them.
To beat a pusher, you must be very patient. Pick your shots wisely and put pressure on your opponent to finish off the point. The common mistake most players make against a pusher is to try and force the point and hit a winner before it's time. What most people forget, is that a pusher simply gets the ball back in play and typically poses no real threat with their shots. This means if you can be patient and not go for too much at the wrong time, you should have success. Don't feel the pressure to hit winners or to take control of the point too quickly, as this is exactly what pushers rely on. They expect that you will beat yourself trying unnecessarily difficult shots.
When you're having trouble beating a pusher, stop and ask yourself, "Are they beating me, or am I beating myself?"
Looking for a Match? We Can Help! 

Are you looking for other tennis players to play socially? Or, are you in town for a visit and looking for some match play? Although most of our play here at Owl Creek is league based, we know there are interested players looking for more informal match play and we can help you find them.


If you would like to be placed on our contact list, please complete this interest form


We'll be happy to put you in contact with other interested players looking for a game. 

Meet the Staff: Ramel Bautista
Ramel BA Virginia Beach local, Ramel is a 1996 graduate of Tallwood High School and a 2000 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was an avid player during his academic career and still participates in leagues throughout the year.
With nine years of active duty service, Ramel has lived in Hampton Roads for the better part of 30 years. When he's not teaching, he enjoys reading and working out, with lots of stretching after long days on the court.
Ramel is a fantastic instructor. He's great at pinpointing and voicing what a player needs to do to improve his or her game. He is a great motivator, very positive and fun on court, and thrives on watching people develop their skills.
Ramel explains his teaching philosophy: "I believe in repetition and hitting a lot of balls. Tennis should always be fun." When asked why he teaches, he said, "I love the game and enjoy helping others improve their game or just learn how to play, no matter the age."
Call or stop by Owl Creek Tennis Center to schedule lessons with Ramel!
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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