Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation  
Tennis Newsletter | October 2013 |
Congratulations, State Champs!


Players shake hands
Via USTA Mid-Atlantic Virginia District

This summer Owl Creek Tennis Center hosted the USTA Virginia State Red & Orange Ball Tennis Championships. Open to Virginia youth, the tournament showcased the athleticism and enthusiasm of junior tennis players from all over the state. The top four finishers from each Regional Championship (Central, Northern, Southwestern and Southeastern) qualified to participate.


Congratulations to state champions:

Girls 8 & Under Red Ball: Dia Aurora, McLean

Boys 8 & Under Red Ball: Arjun Prabhakar, Fairfax

Girls 10 & Under Orange Ball: Erica Maebius, Great Falls

Boys 10 & Under Orange Ball: Jaxon Brown, Haymarket


All 10 & under court winners and finalists received a full scholarship ($1095 value) to the 2014 Brenda Shultz High Performance Tennis & Adventure Camp of their choice. Read highlights and view photos from the tournament on USTA/MAS Virginia District's Facebook page.

Fall/Winter Seasonals Available


We still have times available for seasonals this fall and winter. If you have a group of players looking to keep their game in form, a seasonal is a great option. Owl Creek is offering a 14-week seasonal for $945. We have some great times left, but hurry, or you might miss out!


Interested in league play? Visit and for more information.

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

As some of these clinics fill, please call (757) 385-2695 the day before to reserve your place.

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Bayville Farms Park Round Robin


Maybe you're not ready to commit to a seasonal or league. Consider joining the round robin at Bayville Farms Park. Anyone is invited to play; just bring a good attitude and a can of balls. There is no fee to play. Meetups will continue through the winter season, so bundle up and come out and enjoy the game.


The current schedule is:

Wed, Fri, Sat: 9 - 11 a.m.

Sunday: 2 - 4 p.m.


For additional information, please email Mike Mustgrave.
Pro Tip: Keep Your Body in Balance
By Owl Creek Staff


Although the sport of tennis can look extremely frantic with racquets flying and players diving for shots, there is a balancing act going on that is critical to consistent play. Controlling your headshoulders and weight distribution will lead to consistent play, better anticipation, and more explosive speed.


Head | We've all seen video of Roger Federer hitting shots, and it appears his head stays very still for an inordinate amount of time. For recreational players, simply focusing on the ball strike longer helps stabilize the head and leads to cleaner contact with the ball. 

Tip: Count to two at contact before looking to see where your shot is going. 


Shoulders | Balance of the shoulders is particularly important on the volley. Excessive lean will delay your ability to transition to the next shot. 
Tip: Split step effectively and maintain upright posture.


Weight Distribution and Balance | The game of tennis relies upon explosive speed with sudden starts and stops. Balancing your weight over each leg as your opponent hits allows you to quickly explode to the next position. Tip: As your opponent is about to hit, split and push forward against the court. 
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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