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 2018 (Register Online)

January 9 – May 17 (18 Weeks)
Tuesdays 12:30-2:00 pm
Member: $130 | Non-member: $185

January 8 – May 17 (19 Weeks)
3.0 Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 pm – Contact Mindy White 304-340-3533
3.5 Wednesday 6:00-7:30 pm
4.0 Mondays 7:30-9:00 pm – Contact Mindy White 304-340-3533
Member: $150 | Non-Member: $210

January 8 – May 17 (19 Weeks)
6.5/7.0 Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 pm
Member: $150 | Non-Member: $210


Evening clinics begin Tuesday, January 2
Men’s Saturday Morning Clinics begin January 6

Beginner Monday 6:00-7:00 pm
3.0 Mondays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
3.0 Wednesdays 9:00am – 10:00 am
3.0 Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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

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

Adult Beginners
Monday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
January 8 – February 19 (7 weeks)
February 26 – April 16 (7 weeks)
April 23 – May 21 (5 weeks)

Session 1&2
Member: $98 | Non-Member: $126 (each session)

Session 3
Member: $70 | Non-Member: $90

Youth Tennis Programs 2018

Session I: Jan 6 – Feb 22

Session II: Feb 26 – April 19 (no class April 2-6)

Session III: April 21 – May 31

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 I & II
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:15 pm
Member: $105 |  Non-member: $136 (10.5 hours)

Session III
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:15 pm
Member $90 | Non-members $117 (9 hours)


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 I & II (7 weeks)                                                         
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm
Member $70 | Non-member $91 (7 hours)
Saturday: Beginners 10 am – 11 am
Member $50 | Non-Member $65 (5 hours)


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 I & II (7 weeks)
Monday/Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm
Member $140 | Non-member: $182 (14 hours)

Session III (6 weeks)
Monday/Wednesday 3:30-4:30 om
Member $110 | Non-member $143 (11 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 an 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 I & II
Monday/Wednesday 4:30-6:00 pm
Member $210 | Non-member: $275 (21 hours)

Session III 
Monday/Wednesday 4:30-6:00 pm
Member $195 | Non-member: $245 (19.5 hours)

Tournament Group

A clinic for juniors who are pursuing District and Sectional rankings. Participants will be directed through skills and strategy sessions, on the 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 I & II
Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-6:00 pm
Member $210 | Non-member: $275 (21 hours)

Session III (6 weeks)
Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-6:00 pm
Member $180 | Non-member: $235 (18 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.
The 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 I, II, and III (5 week sessions)
Saturdays 12:00-12:00 pm
Member $50 | Non-member: $65

Saturday Morning Clinics

Session I, II, & III (3 sessions)

Beginner: 9:00-10:00 am
Member $50 | Non-member $65

Intermediate: 10:00-11:00 pm
Member $50 | Non-member $65

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

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)

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

January 27 – Time: 11 am – 12 pm

February 3 & 17  – Time: 11 am – 12 pm

March 3 & 17  – Time: 11 am – 12 pm

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

Winter Tennis 2018 Calendar of Events

January 2 – Adult Clinics Start

January  6 – Junior Programs Start

January 8 – Permanent Court Time Begins

January 8 – Adult Leagues Begin

January 19-21 YMCA/NTRP Open Tournament

February 9/10 – UC Invitational

February 23-25 – Marshall Alumni & Friends Tournament

March 9-11 Jr Spring 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

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

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

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
Ron Williams, USPTA- Instructor
Jo Marie Bohn- Instructor
Vincent Centofanti- Instructor
Matt Santen- Instructor
Tim Sylvester – USPTR Instructor

Office Assistants 

Denise Watson
Christina Centofanti
Kim Suthers
Nick Hatcher
Stephanie Druggers
Grace Peyton