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June 22, 2013

All-Court Tennis Camp celebrates 10th anniversary

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Campers ages 5-15 come from all over the North Shore to either the full day program (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and half-day sessions from 8:30 a.m. to noon or 1-4:30 p.m.

A Tots Program offers short day instruction for toddlers ages 3-5, and there is also an advanced student afternoon program for competitive tennis playing teens up to 16 years of age. Smaller courts, lower nets and low bounce balls are used for younger players to creatively teach the game and allow for rapid success.

“I’ve attended this camp since I was in third grade, and I’m now going into my sophomore year in high school,” said Annabel Rutherford, who played varsity tennis for Hamilton-Wenham this spring and plans to continue playing at Bass River Club during the offseason. “I kept coming every summer because what I really love is the environment. Everyone is open and willing to help and teach in a way that is easy to understand. I’ve grown as a player thanks to this camp.”

On rainy days, campers watch video of their swing and break it down with help of instructors. They also practice rallying and volleying in the gym and play table tennis to practice spin.

“This is a big year because (of) the 10th anniversary,” said Rodgers. “All-Court is unique because of the 1-to-4 staff-to-camper ratio to meet individual needs. Campers are put in groups with kids their age and ability. We mix important drills to teach fundamentals with games and exercises.”

This summer, Pingree coaches Todd Nolan and Jon Gistis have been added to the staff.

Rodgers said campers love to play a volleying game called Star Wars and Jailbreak. The camp partners with Sports Stop tennis shop in Wenham, and every Friday the ‘Racket Doctor’ makes a visit to give kids a chance to try out rackets and grips.

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July sessions start on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. For further information go to www.allcourttennis.net.

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