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CCTA Announces Spring Youth Tennis Program

Published on 4/9/2018

      Cook County Tennis Association Announces

     2018 Spring Youth Tennis Instruction Program

Grand Marais, Minn. - April 9, 2018. The Cook County Tennis Association (CCTA) is

pleased to announce its 2018 Spring Youth Tennis Instruction Program. The Program is

open to Cook County youth ages four through eighteen interested in learning the game of

tennis or advancing their tennis skills. Classes will be held after school and Saturday

morning at the Cook County tennis courts in Grand Marais, MN from April 30 through

May 26.

The CCTA Spring Youth Tennis Program will be available for three age groups, with the

option of one or two lessons a week for four weeks. Parents are encouraged, but not

required, to participate in the classes for the youngest children.

• First Serving, is an introduction to tennis for kids ages 4-7. Through games

and fun activities, kids will learn the basics of ground strokes, be

introduced to volleying and do some serving. Some points will be played

with volunteers assisting in keeping the ball in play to create the feeling of a

tennis rally.

• Second Serving, for kids ages 5-8 who have completed First Serving, will

learn more about ground strokes, solidify the serve, do more volleying, get

competent at score-keeping and play real points.

• Juniors, ages 8-18, will be offered more advanced instruction on ground

strokes, and volleys, serve, and strategy. Emphasis will be on building a

complete tennis game using high-energy drills and point playing.

Instruction will be under the guidance of Dr. Charles Darley, the recently appointed

Director of Tennis Instruction for the CCTA. Dr. Darley is a three-time Minnesota High

School Boys Singles State Champion and two-time All-American at the University of

California, Berkeley. He holds Stanford University doctoral and post-doctoral degrees in

Cognitive Psychology, which he has applied to his understanding and instruction of


According to Darley, “We provide a supportive and safe setting for kids to have fun,

exercise, improve their athleticism, learn to handle adversity calmly and productively,

understand teamwork, and actively use their minds to experience the satisfaction of

learning a complex, life-long skill.”

“We are excited to be able to offer the Cook County community a comprehensive youth

tennis instruction program,” said William Hennessy, President of the CCTA. “Tennis is a

wonderful lifetime sport which emphasizes aerobic exercise, balance, agility and handeye

coordination, and teaches self-confidence and self-assurance.”

For more information and online registration, please go the new CCTA website, Registration is limited. Scholarships are available.

About Cook County Tennis Association.

The CCCA is a 501(c))3 organization dedicated to promoting the game of tennis in Cook

County. Organized play and instruction is available from May through September at the

Cook County Tennis courts, 201 West 5th Street, Grand Marais, MN. For more

information on the CCTA go to or contact Robert

Gordon, Vice-President of Marketing at For more

information on 2018 programs and instruction offered by the CCTA contact Dr. Darley at