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Spring 2024 Kids Tennis Classes and Clinics

Our Spring 2024 Kids Tennis Classes are underway!  We offer small group classes and clinics for kids of all skill and experience levels  — we develop young kids, older kids, beginners, and high school varsity and tournament players. We also have an active junior development program and a junior team that provides players opportunities to compete.

We keep players moving, learning and having fun.  Tennis is a great game, we teach them how to play — we teach excellent mechanics, technique and footwork; we have really good teacher-student ratios; and we use a big variety of games, drills, contests, and competitions. 
Location: Sunny, breezy El Cerrito.  Classes are located at one of 3 locations:  Harding Park; Cerrito Vista; and Arlington Park.
 
Cost for Classes with Assistant Coaches:  $30/hour for one-hour classes; $35 for 1.5-hour clinics. 
 
To sign up, contact: Coach Alexander Winslow, owner, Winslow Tennis Academy; U.S.P.T.A.-certified instructor; member, Wilson Gold Staff Advisory Program.
Email: alexander@winslowtennisacademy.com  Cell: 510.220.0067
 Classes are organized by age range and skill level so that kids are in classes with their peers.  Classes that have room for select new players:  
 
  • Mondays 4-5pm                     Advanced Beginners and Intermediate Players Ages 12 & 13 
  • Mondays 5-6pm                     Advanced Beginners and Intermediate Players Ages 9-11
  • Mondays 4-5:15pm*              Advanced Players Ages 12-14  
  • Tuesdays 4-5pm                    Intermediate Players Ages 14-16
  • Wednesdays 3:30-4:15pm*   Youngest Players Ages 7-early 9  
  • Wednesdays 4:15-5:15pm    Advanced Beginners and Intermediate Players Ages 9-13 
  • Thursdays 4-5:15pm *           Advanced and Competitive Players Ages 13-15
  • Fridays 4-5pm                        Beginners and New Players Ages 12-15
  • Saturdays 12-1pm                  Advanced Beginners and Intermediate Players Ages 9-11
  • Saturdays 1-2pm                    Youngest Players Ages 7-early 9
  • Saturdays 2-3:30pm               Intermediate Players Ages 12-14
  • Saturdays 3:30-5pm               Intermediate Players Ages 14-16
  • Saturdays 9:30-11am             Advanced Players Ages 12-14
  • [Saturday 11am-12:30pm]      High School starting Varsity Players — currently full but may soon change
  • Saturdays 12:30-2pm             High School lower Varsity Players 
  • [Saturdays 2-3:30pm]             Advanced and Competitive Players Ages 13-15 — currently full but may soon change
  • Sundays                                 We soon will be starting one or two new classes for Beginners and New Players
 
* Class time will expand by 15 minutes as soon as evenings get lighter.

Coming this Summer: Our Super Fun Kids Summer Camps and High Performance Camps for Competitive Players

The summer action starts the week of June 10-14, goes every week this summer with the exception of July 1-5, and concludes with the week of August 5–9.  Our Super Fun camps are Half Day Monday-Friday  — 9am-12:30pm and 1pm-4:30pm — and, like our Spring and Fall small group classes, will be organized and scheduled by Age Group and Skill/Experience range.  
 
Our High Performance Camps for Competitive Players are taught exclusively by Coach Alexander, a long-time coaching expert in youth tennis development for competitive players with approximately 15 current or former academy players currently playing high school varsity tennis in the Bay Area.  These rigorous 3.5-hour camps are Monday-Friday and include not just work on mechanics and footwork but also singles and doubles competition, including tactics, decision-making and problem-solving, mental aspects of competing, and speed and conditioning work. Participating in these camps will make your young player a stronger competitor.  
 
The schedules for all our summer camps will be finalized by the end of February.
 
For more information, and/or to be put on our call-back lists, contact:  Coach Alexander, owner, Winslow Tennis Academy; U.S.P.T.A.-certified instructor; and member, Wilson Gold Staff Advisory Program.  Email: alexander@winslowtennisacademy.com   Cell: 510.220.0067

Winslow Tennis Academy Players Grabbing Spots on High School Varsity Tennis Teams

We’re delighted to announce that seven (7) long-time members of the Winslow Tennis Academy’s junior development program, mostly 15-year old Freshman, last week made their respective high school varsity tennis teams.  More than half of these players had to make it through tryouts and cuts.  Big congratulations to Celian, Yanir and Sasha at Berkeley High; Cole and Jack at El Cerrito High; Nathan at St. Mary’s; and Shinghan at Albany High. 

In addition, another six (6) academy graduates are returning members of their high school varsity tennis teams for their second or third years, with a slew of victories under their belts from the previous season’s team matches and tournaments — Congratulations to juniors Briana (Salesian College Prep), Cheyenne and Jayden (El Cerrito High), and Jack (Berkeley High), and sophomores Leighton (Berkeley High) and Nahele (Albany High).

This totals 13 Winslow Tennis Academy active or graduate members currently playing high school varsity tennis in the Berkeley-Albany-El Cerrito-Richmond region, including three starters on the Berkeley High Boys team.  All 13 of these bright, young players follow the academy’s credo, “We have fun while getting after it.”  

Schedule & Pricing

Monday-Friday. $50 Sibling discount. Free drop-off starting at 8:30am.  Payment plans available for families who prefer that convenience.

Location

Harding Park, on Ashbury Ave. in El Cerrito, next to Harding Elementary School.

Safety

I am fully vaccinated with both my vaccination shots. We will maintain social distancing, and we will wear masks not at all times when playing but at all times when we are standing near each other, such as when practicing serves and having group discussions.  There will be no sharing of beverages or food between players.

Spots are limited!

I will subsequently send you a registration form, including a detailed memo with guidance regarding food, clothing, appropriate footwear, sunscreen and more.

Health and Safety

Tennis is a great sport and we’re fortunate to be able to play and teach such a vigorous activity in a really nice outdoor environment. Youngsters need to eat a good dinner and a good breakfast, get plenty of good sleep, hydrate regularly, and wear sunscreen. Make sure they bring a full water bottle and wear appropriate clothes and shoes.   My assistant coaches are experienced, highly trained, love tennis, and are responsible, safety conscious and supportive with kids.  Thanks to some of the lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic, during our lessons we generally minimize physical contact and don’t share towels, clothing or beverages.  Some kids choose to wear masks, others don’t, either way is perfectly fine.

Alexander Winslow, owner, Winslow Tennis Academy; long-time USTPA-certified teaching professional and team coach; member, Wilson Gold Staff Advisory Program; former nationally ranked junior player and starting member, San Jose State University varsity men’s tennis team.

Berkeley- and El Cerrito-based Winslow Tennis Academy is for players of all ages and levels. We have fun while getting after it.  Coach Alexander develops young kids, older kids, beginners, high school varsity and tournament players, and has an active junior development program and junior team.  I also delight in working with adults, whether those learning for the first time, rediscovering their games, playing social doubles, or competing in U.S.T.A. league matches.   I teach excellent mechanics, footwork and shot-making techniques; keep players moving, drilling and having fun; and strengthen players’ quickness and conditioning.  With advanced competitive players, we also work on point tactics, shot selection, match strategies and management, and mental approaches; I help them win more points and become more confident competitors.