Tennis at YMCA of Kanawha ValleyCharleston Family YMCA offers many options for adult, youth and junior tennis players. The location provides a great place to reserve court time, gain professional instruction or participate in competitive events.

Y sports emphasizing fun, skill development, sportsmanship, and teamwork in a positive environment.

The YMCA offers both group and private lessons to players of all ability levels. These lessons are offered both day and evening throughout the year. Lesson costs vary according to the number of participants and the length of the class. For more information, contact the tennis office at 304-340-3533.

Adult Tennis Programs 2017

Fall Adult Leagues 

WOMEN’S DOUBLES 3.5
August 29 – December 19 (16 weeks) no play November 20-24
Tuesdays 12:30-2:00 pm
Member: $115 | Non-member: $165

MEN’S DOUBLES
August 28 – December 20 (16 weeks)
3.0 Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 pm
3.5 Wednesday 6:00-7:30 pm
4.0 Mondays 7:30-9:00 pm – Contact Mindy White 304-340-3533
Member: $128 | Non-Member: $175

MIXED DOUBLES
August 29 – December 19 (16 weeks)
6.5/7.0 Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 pm
Member: $128 | Non-Member: $175


Clinics

Evening clinics begin Monday, August 21
Men’s Saturday Morning Clinics begin Saturday, August 19

WOMEN’S CLINICS
Beginner Monday 6:00-7:00 pm
2.5 Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm
3.0 Mondays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
3.0 Wednesdays 9:00am – 10:00am
3.0 Thursdays 10:00-11:30 am
3.5 Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 pm
3.5 Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm
3.5 Fridays 9:30-11:00 am
4.0 Fridays 9:00-10:30 am

MEN’S CLINICS
Beginner Mondays 6:00-7:00 pm
3.0/3.5 Mondays 7:30-9:00 pm
3.5/4.0 Thursdays 7:30-9:00 pm
3.5/4.0 Saturdays 9:30-11:00 am

Youth Tennis Programs 2017

Session VI – August 19 – September 29th (6 Weeks)

Session VII – September 30 – November 10 (6 Weeks)

Session VIII – November 11 – December 22 (5 Weeks) No Classes September 2,4 October 21 November 20-25 December 2


Tiny Tots (Ages 3-5)

Emphasis will be on age appropriate gross motor skill development and enhancing student athleticism through simple tennis activities.  Movement, coordination, balance, agility, tracking, throwing and catching activities will be introduced.  Children will take part in games that are both fun and tennis related.  Tiny Tots will be played on 36 foot courts using red low compression balls.  A 19 inch racquet is appropriate for this class.

Session VI and VII 
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:15 pm
Member: $90 |  Non-member: $117 (9 hours)

Session VIII
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:15 pm
Member $75 | Non-members $98 (7.5 hours)


Beginner

Students will continue to develop gross motor skills and general athletic skills.  Basic techniques will be introduced for ground strokes, volleys, and serves.  Students will learn basic footwork while tracking a ball.  Students will learn the first stages of cooperative tennis and will work on developing self and partner rallying skills. Students will also become familiar with basic tennis rules and learn how to score.  Beginners will be played on a 36 foot court using red low compression balls.  A 19, 21 or 23 inch racquet is appropriate for this class.

Session VI and VII (6 weeks)                                                         
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm
Member $60 | Non-member $78 (6 hours)

Session VIII (5 weeks)
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm
Member $50 | Non-member $65 (6hours)


Intermediates

Students will learn more advanced stroke production with emphasis placed on the serve and return of serve. Students will continue to develop rallying skills while using individual, paired and team activities which will aid in developing both cooperative and competitive skills.  Singles point play will be introduced with an emphasis on team work and sportsmanship.  Intermediates will be played on 60 foot courts using orange transition balls.  A 23 or 25 inch racquet is appropriate for this clinic.

Session VI (6 weeks)
Monday/Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm
Member $110 | Non-member: $143 (11 hours)

Session VII (6 weeks)
Monday/Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm
Member $120 | Non-member $156 (12 hours)

Session VIII (5 weeks)
Monday/Wednesday 3:30-4:30 om
Member $100 | Non-member $130 (10 hours)


Tournament Prep

A clinic designed for those youth who have the interest and desire to advance into tournament level play with the hopes of achieving goals in Middle School, High School or District Tournaments.  Participants will learn more advanced stroke production with the emphasis on consistency and placement.  There will also be introduction to the use of spins and racquet head acceleration. Skills will be practiced using cooperative live ball drills and point play.  Students will learn strategy and tactics for both singles and doubles match play.

Session VI (6 weeks)
Monday/Wednesday 4:30-6:00 pm
Member $165 | Non-member: $215 (16.5 hours)

Session VII (6 weeks)
Monday/Wednesday 4:30-6:00 pm
Member $180 | Non-member: $235 (18 hours)

Session VIII (5 weeks)
Monday/Wednesday 4:30-6:00 pm
Member $150 | Non-member: $195 (15 hours)


Tournament Group

A clinic for juniors who are pursuing District and Sectional rankings. Participants will be directed through skills and strategy sessions, on court and off court conditioning programs, mental toughness training and time management.   This clinic is for dedicated and self determined tennis players who are pursuing competitive competencies and a tournament schedule. Participants must be approved by Rico Williams.

Session VI and VII (6 weeks)
Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-6:00 pm
Member $180 | Non-member: $235 (18 hours)

Session VIII (5 weeks)
Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-6:00 pm
Member $150 | Non-member: $195 (15 hours)


Middle School Tennis/Pre-Competition

This clinic is for motivated young players that can serve and sustain a short rally from the baseline.  The clinic will feature complete technical development with emphasis on increased consistency and better placement. Students will learn the basics of point construction and will be equipped with the skills necessary to play a match.  Participation in this clinic will enable students to transition into the Tournament Preparation group.
Pre-Competition clinic will be played on 78 foot courts using the green transition balls and, when appropriate, yellow tennis balls.  A 25-27 inch racquet should be used.

Session VI and VII (5 week sessions)
Saturdays 12:00-1:00 pm
Member $50 | Non-member: $65

Session VIII  (5 week sessions)
Saturdays 12:00-1:00 pm
Member $40 | Non-member: $52

Saturday Morning Clinics

Session VI and VII (3 sessions)
Tiny Tots: 9:00-9:45 am
Member $38 | Non-member $48

Beginner: 9:45-10:45 am
Member $50 | Non-member $65

Intermediate: 11:00-12:00 pm
Member $50 | Non-member $65

Pre-Competition: 12:00-1:00 pm
Member $50 | Non-member $65

Session VIII (4 weeks)
Tiny Tots: 9:00-9:45 am
Member $30 | Non-member $39

Beginner: 9:45-10:45 am
Member $40 | Non-member $52

Intermediate: 11:00-12:00 pm
Member $40 | Non-member $52

Pre-Competition: 12:00-1:00 pm
Member $40 | Non-member $52

Charleston Family YMCA Pickleball

Pickleball…the new sport sweeping across the nation. But you say, “What is Pickleball?” Pickleball is a sport for everyone that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. It is played with a paddle and plastic ball (wiffle) on a small scaled court. 

The YMCA will be offering Pickleball free to YMCA members and $2.00 for non-members on the following days and times (paddles and balls are provided).

Beginner Class

Mondays 12:15-1:15 pm
Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm

Open Play

Mondays 12:15-2:00 pm
Wednesdays 12:30-2:30 pm
Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm
Fridays 10:30-12:30 pm

For more information, please contact Mindy White at 304.340.3533 or stop by the Tennis Office.

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Charleston Family YMCA offers 2 racquetball courts.

Wheelchair Tennis Clinic’s

September 16

October 7 and 28

November 4 and 18

December 9 and 16

Please come out and try our wheelchair tennis clinics.  Taught by our very own, Patrick Donaghey, you’re in for a new experience with drills and great instruction.

Location: The Y tennis courts

For more information, contact Mindy White

Fall Tennis 2017 Calendar of Events

August 19 – Fall Junior Programs Begin

August 28 – Adult Leagues and Permanent Court Times Begin

September 4 – Labor Day (CLOSED)

October 20-22 – YMCA Open Tournament

December 1 – 3 YMCA Jr Holiday Open

Days and Fees

Monday – Thursday
5:00 – 8:00 am: $10
8:00am – 2:00pm: $16
2:00 – 3:30pm: $10
3:30 – 9:00pm: $18
9:00-10:00pm: $10

Friday
5:00am – 8:00am: $10
8:00am – 6:00pm: $16
6:00 – 10:00pm: $10

Saturday
8:00am – 12:00pm: $18
12:00pm – 7:00pm: $16
7:00 – 10:00pm: $10

Sunday
10:00am – 7:00pm: $16
7:00 – 10:00pm: $10

Contact the Tennis Office

For more information about adult and youth clinics, group and private lessons, or to reserve court time, call (304) 340-3533.

YMCA Tennis Staff

Mindy White, USPTA- Director of Tennis and Racquet Sports
Rico Williams, USPTA- Director of Junior Tennis
Katherine Gillis, USPTA – Director of Adult Tennis
Ron Williams, USPTA- Instructor
Jo Marie Bohn- Instructor
Vincent Centofanti- Instructor
Matt Santen- Instructor
Matt Hughes- Instructor

Office Assistants 

Denise Watson
Christina Centofanti
Kim Suthers
Grace Peyton