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    Fall through Spring training program: Get match ready! Beginning to Advanced Players

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  • Little Tennis

    4-6 Y

    First time players

  • Little Rallyers

    5-6 Y

    Players with good form and contact on groundstrokes

  • Little Champs

    5-7 Y

    Graduates to Competition Training or RALLY!

LITTLE TENNIS (4 – 6 yrs.)

This specialized program is designed to stimulate, challenge and appeal to children age 4 to 6 years old. Our team of enthusiastic and friendly coaches create a wonderful environment where students develop the footwork, motor skills and basic strokes needed to play tennis. Students and parents alike will be impressed by the dynamic range of equipment, games and activities used throughout this program.

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 – 6 yrs.)

Graduates from Little Tennis or new students with prior experience and instructor approval.

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 our 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 – 8 yrs.)

Graduates from 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 rally going.

This program is designed to get our young players playing points and real games while emphasizing 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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  • READY!

    Complete 1-2 sessions or class goals

  • RALLY!

    Complete 2-3 sessions or class goals

  • PLAY!

    Test to Bronze Team or Competition Training


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 of from which players can enjoy the game of tennis and continue their training at the Junior Development or Competition Training levels.


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. 

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
2023/2024 TAP registration closed. Watch this space for updates to the 2024/2025 TAP schedule.

Rain Procedure

On rainy days, staff may close the courts until they are playable. Call (408) 247-0178 to see if courts are dry. Credit will be issued for paid, unused time if it rains during play. Make ups will be scheduled for lesson and league rainouts.


Tennis Program Notes

1. Pre-registration is required for all tennis programs.

2. No registrations for classes accepted by phone.

3. Leagues and lessons may be combined or cancelled based on registrations. Participants may be reassigned according to age, ability, and class size.

4. Course withdrawals must be requested at least 7 days prior to the start of class; subject to supervisor’s approval if less than 7 days before start of class. Refunds may be used toward future registrations or may be refunded by calling the Santa Clara Tennis Center (restrictions and fees may apply) No refunds will be issued for requests received less than 5 working days prior to the start of the class or program.

5. Full refunds will be granted for classes or programs cancelled by Lifetime Tennis.

6. No refunds or credits given for non attendance.

7. Make ups for rain outs will be posted on line and/or in guide. Refunds not granted for non attendance.