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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer tennis program for kids proves popular in Prescott

Tennis, anyone?

Lindsay Riebe is trying to get the ball rolling when it comes to starting youth tennis programs in Prescott. For the past few weeks she’s been teaching the game to local youngsters ages 3-11. But this is a somewhat different brand of tennis, one designed to help youngsters learn the game at an easier pace.

“We’re following the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Quickstart programs,” Riebe said. “We use only a portion of the courts and have portable nets that are smaller. The kids also use smaller rackets with lower-bouncing tennis balls. Basically it’s shrinking the courts down so the kids are able to rally at a younger age.”

A total of 27 boys and girls are taking part in the program. They learn the fundamentals of the game such as hitting forehands, backhands, volleys, and serves. And they also learn how the game scoring works. While there isn’t much match play, the kids are getting the chance to get a start on what could be a lifetime sport.

Tennis lessons are held at the Prescott Middle School courts. They are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and last between 40 minutes to one hour. The program is supported by Prescott Community Education, but Riebe did a lot of the work promoting her event through social media outlets and getting the word out.

Read more of this article in this week's print edition of the Prescott Journal, on newsstands and in town today.

Prescott youngster taking tennis lessons on the courts in Lions Square Park.

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