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Junior Instruction

Spring Youth Tennis Program, May 4 - May 30.  Ages 4-18, classes organized by age and experience.  Bring your own racquet or use one of ours.   Register now by clicking on Upcoming Events. Join the CCTA and receive a significant member discount. Contact Charley Darley at for scholarship information. Registration is limited.  

Summer Youth Tennis Session. June 15 -July 25.  

Drop-in-Play. Monday and Wednesday 2:30 - 4:30. Supervised, no charge play and practice, all ages.

Private instruction is also available from Charles Darley, CCTA Director of Tennis Instruction.  Darley is a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Elite Professional.  After receiving a Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. from Stanford University, he embarked on a 45-year career of teaching and coaching tennis at the personal, club, state, college, national and international levels, including coaching USTA National Junior Teams in Stockholm, Sweden and Milan, Italy.

Darley was named to the USTA Northern Section Hall of Fame in 2013.  He is also a member of the State of Iowa Tennis Hall of Fame and the Rochester, MN Athletics Hall of Fame.  From 2002 to 2004 he was the Director and Head Coach of the North Shore Tennis Camp in Grand Marais, MN under the auspices of the Cook County Tennis Association.
As a player, Darley compiled a high school record of 72-0 at Rochester John Marshall, and is one of only three players to win three Minnesota High School Boys Singles Championships.  He played college tennis at the University of California, Berkeley where he was a two-time All-American and three-time Northern California Intercollegiate singles and two-time doubles champion.  In 1967, he was ranked #20 in the U.S. in singles and #5 in doubles, and #1 in Northern California in singles.  During the three years he played U.S international-level tournaments, he faced 10 players ranked #1 in the world and 9 additional players ranked #1 in their countries.



Cook County Tennis Association (CCTA)

 Director of Instruction

USPTA Certified – Elite Professional

319-621-4310 (phone or text)


Tennis and Pickleball Instruction





Private (1 player)



Stroke and movement technique


Adult Member: $15.00/hr

Youth Member: $10.00/hr


Semi-Private (2 players)

Stroke and movement technique



Adult Member: $12.00/hr


Small Group (3 players)



Stroke and movement technique Strategy


Adult Member: $10.00/hr


Doubles Strategy (4 players)

Doubles shot selection and positioning


Adult Member: $8.50/hr


Workout/Drill Session (4 players)

High-speed drills and common

competitive-point patterns for

players rated 3.5 and above


Adult Member: $8.50/hr


*Non-member rate: $5.00/hr additional for each category



Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events