Young tennis players of all skill levels are welcome at Chehalis Parks and Recreation’s annual youth summer tennis lessons.
Taught by U.S. Professional Tennis Association certified teaching pro T.J. Underwood, these lessons get young players on the court and out of the house on summer mornings. Players must be at least 6 years old and bring their own racket and one can of tennis balls.
Three weekly sessions of lessons will be held on Mondays through Thursdays from July 5 to July 22 at the W.F. West High School tennis courts. Fridays will be used as make-up days if necessary.
The beginner and intermediate level lessons will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. and high school lessons will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lessons will focus on using proper technique and building up basic skills. One weekly session costs $30, two sessions are $55 and attending all three costs $70. There is a $10 drop in fee for attending only a single day.
Availability for the beginner and intermediate lessons is limited. Underwood told The Chronicle more students could be taught if more people were volunteering to help coach at the camps. Call the Chehalis Parks and Recreation office at 360-748-0271 to volunteer or inquire about space.
From July 26 to July 30, at the W.F. West courts, Underwood will coach a full week of half-day tennis camps from 9 a.m. to noon for sixth through 12th grade students. This is the 31st annual camp hosted the final week of July, and it will provide students with an intensive skills and drills program unlike any other in the city of Chehalis. The cost for the camp is $100, and pre-registration by July 23 is required.
For more information, contact program organizer and W.F. West tennis coach Jack State at 360-748-6237.
Register for lessons or the day camp at the Chehalis Parks and Recreation office at 1321 S. Market Blvd., Chehalis, or by visiting their website at ci.chehalis.wa.us/parksandrecreation/programs-camps, printing off registration forms and mailing them in with payment.