Kids, Incorporated and the Alex O'Brien Tennis Foundation (AOBTF) are excited to team up to provide Learn to Play Tennis for the 2023 season. The registration fee is $55. This includes four program dates, a shirt, a new tennis racket, and an end-of-year medal.
Is Learn to Play Tennis Right for Your Child?
The best thing about tennis is that it grows with a child, with a wide array of racquets, balls and courts to match their level of play and athleticism. Kids, Inc. & AOBTF Learn to Play will offer red ball tennis instruction. Red ball tennis is named after the red foam or felt balls that are used at this stage. Red tennis balls bounce lower and move more slowly through the air, giving beginning players a chance to set up and take a good swing at the ball. Courts at this level are 36 feet long and 18 feet wide, with a net that is 2-foot-9.
What Will Your Child Learn?
Red ball tennis is beginner tennis. Players will be taught how to hold a racquet, they will practice hand eye coordination, they will learn how to hit a forehand, a backhand, a volley and a serve. Skills are taught in a fun, game-like format by area high school tennis players and AOBTF volunteers.
Is Your Child Ready to Move to the Next Level?
Difficulty increases as the child progresses through the different stages with orange ball, green ball and yellow ball. To learn more about the different levels, click here. Tennis instruction at orange, green and yellow levels is available at Amarillo National Tennis Center, Rebel Tennis Center, Amarillo Country Club and Tascosa Athletic Center.
Players will be divided up by grade-level:
Kindergarten & 1st Grade: 9 to 10 a.m.
2nd & 3rd Grade: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
4th - 6th Grade: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Learn to Play Sessions are held at the Amarillo National Tennis Center, located on the corner of John Stiff Memorial Park.
*Any inclement weather announcements will be published on the Kids, Incorporated and the Alex O'Brien Tennis Foundation Facebook pages.
Alex O’Brien was a student and star tennis player at Tascosa High School who went on to be a four-time All-American at Stanford University and had an accomplished professional career. The Alex O’Brien Tennis Foundation uses tennis as a platform to inspire, educate and give hope to youth and has proudly served the Amarillo community since 1998, introducing thousands of children to the sport of tennis. AOBTF is proud to be a USTA CTA, part of and supported through USTA Texas, the USTA NJTL network and the USTA Foundation.
NOTICE TO ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS: At any time prior to, or during the season, Kids, Incorporated may request proof of eligibility (grade and/or age) for any participant.
Alex O'Brien Tennis Foundation
For more information about our tennis partnership and to view upcoming events.
Amarillo Area Tennis Association
For local Junior Team Tennis, Play Days, tournaments, events, and places to play locally.
For all info on equipment, court sizes, etc.
For the Texas 10 and Under Rules and Tournament Process