San Francisco Youth Tennis Lessons


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Youth Scholarships: Lifetime Activities offers need-based scholarships for San Francisco resident youth (4-16yrs) to participate in group tennis lesson programs. For complete details on this program, and how to apply please click HERE



Little Tennis

4-6 Y
First time players

Little Rallyers

5-7 Y
Players with good form and contact on groundstrokes

Little Champs

6-10 Y
Graduates to Competition Training or RALLY!

LITTLE TENNIS (4 – 6 yrs.)

This specialized program is designed to stimulate, challenge and appeal to children ages 4 to 6. Our team of enthusiastic and friendly coaches create a fun environment where students develop the footwork, hand-eye coordination, motor skills and basic strokes needed to play tennis. We also know that kids learn best when they’re having fun, so we make sure our classes are full of energy, excitement, and laughter. 

Little Tennis is the ideal introduction to the game and a prerequisite for Little Rallyers. Right-sized equipment can be purchased from an expert in the Lifetime Pro-Shop or at our online store. 

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LITTLE RALLYERS (5 – 7 yrs.)

LITTLE RALLYERS (5 – 7 yrs.)

For graduates of Little Tennis or new students with prior experience.

The Little Rallyers program will further develop students’ technique, tracking ability, and rallying skills through fun and challenging games and activities. To be eligible for this class, players need to demonstrate the ability to switch strokes correctly and make contact consistently. The overall goal is to prepare young players for rallying and game play.

Our curriculum gets students rallying faster through fun exercises and activities. An emphasis is placed on tracking and moving to the ball along with controlling the stroke and showing proper technique. Students love our games that mimic real tennis and our coaches are experts at keeping it fun and engaging.

For faster development, students are encouraged to attend twice a week.

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LITTLE CHAMPS (6 – 10 yrs.)

For graduates of Little Rallyers or new students with prior experience and instructor approval. Successful students need to demonstrate good technique on all strokes and the ability to keep a simple red ball rally going.

This program is designed to get our young players playing points and real games while emphasizing the technique and motor skills needed to compete. Our fun approach includes drills, point play, footwork, and other challenging activities led by our energetic staff who are experts in working with our young stars.

Players will be introduced to modern technique and movement. An emphasis will be placed on developing ball control and a consistent serve for match play. Players will begin to transition to the longer court at this level and be exposed to different level balls based on their ability. High quality teaching aides including ball machines, footwork ladders and targets are used to motivate, challenge and add to the fun.

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Complete 1-2 sessions or class goals


(advanced beginning)

Complete 2-3 sessions or class goals



Test to Bronze Team or Competition Training

(Beginning to Intermediate)

Our Ready! Rally! Play! Family of classes is for students with little or no previous tennis experience. This program is designed to be a fun and welcoming introduction to the game. Students will be introduced to the forehand, backhand, volley, serve, proper tennis etiquette and scoring. Our coaches are experts at keeping things fun and getting players rallying and playing points quickly. The objective of the program is to establish a solid foundation from which players can enjoy the game of tennis and continue their training at the Junior Development or Competition Training levels.

Players registered for Ready! Rally! Play! class will be separated into their respective levels on court.


This is a great place to start your tennis experience! Our entry level is focused on developing the skills necessary to play the lifetime sport of tennis. We focus on fun activities that develop technique, ball striking, tracking, racket control and footwork.

Our patient and friendly instructors will guide players through the basics of forehand, backhand, serve and volley as they play games and prepare for the Rally! level. We recommend that all students take the Ready! level 2 times to ensure a solid foundation. For faster development, students are encouraged to practice at least 2 times a week. Lifetime coaches will provide fun “homework” assignments to get students playing outside of class. Players should purchase a “right sized” racket from the Lifetime Pro-Shop where they can be fitted by our youth equipment experts.

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This level continues the tennis journey by focusing more on rallying and ball control. Players use the appropriate level ball and court size for their skill level. Ball tracking and movement skills are emphasized to ensure consistent rallying. The serve becomes a focus in this level as we move toward playing real points and matches.

Players typically spend 2-3 sessions in the Rally! level. Players that play at least twice a week move and achieve much faster than once a week participants. This is especially critical for those players without an extensive athletic background. Your Lifetime coaches are experts in youth development. Do not hesitate to reach out with specific questions about your child’s progress and enjoyment.

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The Play! level brings the forehand, backhand, volley and serve together and places an emphasis on playing points and developing consistency. Coaches will continue to develop modern swing techniques as players focus on movement and ball control.

Proper scoring, and tennis etiquette along with sportsmanship are emphasized. Players graduating from the Play! level are ready for the Bronze Team and can demonstrate the skills necessary to play a match at the Orange or Green Ball level.

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Bronze Team

Test to next level

Silver Team

Test to next level

Gold Team

Test to next level

For students who have developed skills beyond basic stroke production and wish to become proficient in match play. Our Junior Development players have a desire to play recreationally or compete at the local or school level.

Players will be separated into their respective levels during class. 


Designed for graduates of the RRP program or those who have the ability to rally off both sides consistently and consistently serve within the designated box on a 60′ court or larger. This program requires a foundation in basic technique, scoring, and tennis etiquette.

Students will have the opportunity to explore modern playing techniques, including spins and footwork, to enhance their overall game. Our experienced coaches will work with you to refine your strokes, allowing you to gain confidence and consistency. Players will begin to understand basic strategy with a focus on consistency. In each class, players engage in fun and competitive games and activities to put their skills to the test.

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Silver Team students are capable players who can rally consistently from the baseline and demonstrate basic left and right ball control. Players should also be able to demonstrate a proper consistent serve and have topspin on at least one stroke.

Our coaches will guide players in improving their ball control and consistency while developing offensive shots. Players expand their repertoire with with modern footwork techniques to optimize court coverage and agility.  Training sessions include fast paced drills and challenging and fun point play simulations.  Players at this level often begin playing in USTA or UTR leagues and tournaments. 

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The Gold Team is for players with advanced ball control and extensive match play experience.  Many players at this level compete for their school teams or participate in USTA/UTR tournaments. The program focuses on developing a well-rounded game that complements each player’s individual style and strengths.  Players will refine techniques and add specialty shots while focusing on developing offensive and defensive strategies. 

Practices include intense drills to improve agility, control and fitness along with engaging point play games and simulations to challenge strategic thinking to refine an all-court game. 

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Our Tennis Acceleration Program is the most convenient way for players to train and improve their tennis game. Register once for the school-year term and enjoy a consistent class schedule and cohort. Featuring personalized attention, and a full- court curriculum, this program is perfect for players of all levels looking to improve and be match-ready in no time!

  • Register once for the whole season
  • 39 weeks of training (Aug-May)
  • Consistency of class time and cohort
  • Smaller class sizes (5 players per court)
  • Program led by Head Pro and team of Lifetime Activities professionals
  • Featuring balls machines for maximum reps
  • Mid-season & end of season progress report
  • 20% discount on all pro-shop equipment purchases for TAP players

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