Youth Group Classes
BumbleBee Tennis Overview
The BumbleBee Tennis approach to teaching youth tennis is to teach it in a way that makes learning fun and relevant to the way kids see the world. In addition, all activities and concepts progressively build upon each other to make sure the concepts are easy to grasp for the age of the child and they feel good about their progress. This means students build their self esteem with each lesson which leads to maximum learning and kids who want to keep playing tennis.
We follow an effective class format and simplify concepts so students progress with each lesson. Our youth curriculum, just like our adult curriculum, is based on the Core Fundamentals teaching method. This revolutionary and proprietary system breaks down the fundamentals of learning tennis into simple core motions that lead to a more controlled and consistent shot and strong fundamental technique that lays the foundation for a further tennis advancement.
Court & Equipment
All of our youth programs are offered at any of our indoor and outdoor locations in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan all year long, including the summer and winter! We have outdoor tennis courts as well as indoor locations (large gymnasiums) in which we setup a complete youth tennis court that matches the skills, sizes, and abilities of the student.
Toddler Tennis, Tiny Tennis & Mini Aces Programs
By following the 10 and under Tennis, established by the USTA, the shorter nets and smaller racquets and balls enable children 10 and under to learn tennis in an easier, more fun way. Scaling down the game enables children to feel overjoyed, instead of overwhelmed and provides them with the confidence and ability to cover the entire court.
Jr. Aces Program
Programs & Levels
Take any of the above programs through on of our many small options.
About the Tiny Toddler Program
Tiny Toddlers is for students between the ages of 3 – 4.5 years old. The Tiny Toddler program introduces students to the sport of tennis in a fun and secure environment. Students learn the motion of the swings and become adapted at moving around the court. In each class they participate in exciting drills, catch & hit balls and partake in fun games. With each session students will improve their understanding of tennis and muscle memory.
- Tennis Hockey: Using the ground stroke swing, we pass the ball back and forth to develop the concept of a ralley, the foundation of low to high, and a perpendicular racquet face.
- Tennis Volleys Wild Animals: Students choose an animal name and each time that name is called, the student must volley the shot. This works on improving reflexes and teaches volleying in a fun way.
- Around the World: A set of spots are placed across the court, based on the students’ choosing. The student then goes around the world taking tennis shots in different locations. This begins to add movement to the students’ tennis game.
Class Size & Length : All classes have a student to instructor ratio of 2-3:1 and are 30 minutes long.
Purple 3 (3-3.5 years old)
Purple 4 (3.5-4 years old)
Purple 5 (4-4.5 years old)
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About the Tiny Tennis Program
Tiny Tennis, our most popular program, is for beginners and advanced beginners between the ages of (4.5-7) years old. The Tiny Tennis program introduces students to the core tennis strokes in a fun, secure environment. Students learn the technical fundamentals of the forehand, backhand, serve, overhead, and volley. In each class they participate in exciting tennis drills, hit balls and partake in fun games. With each session, students will improve their understanding of tennis and muscle memory.
Lessons for this age level involve drills, games, exercises and hand-eye coordination activities to build your child’s tennis skills.
Every class begins with running and stretching. Next, instructors lead fun, tennis- based activities such as “tennis hockey” and “walking our dog”. These activities build upon the core concepts of a tennis swing such as low to high and ball control. The instructor then moves on to additional hitting drills that cover: tennis volleys, overheads, serving, and forehands. Drills vary between stationary drills, running shots, and running exercises. Classes are set up according to the 10 and under Tennis, using 1/4 of the full court in order to better match the ages, sizes, and skill levels of 4-7 year olds.
Class Size & Length : All classes have a student to instructor ratio of 4-5:1 and are 45 minutes long.
Blue Level (4.5-5.5 years old)
The Blue Level will have a balance between hitting drills, tennis volleys, footwork drills, and tennis skill building exercises.
Red Level (5.5-7 years old)
The Red Level will generally have faster paced drills, have students standing a little farther from the net, & focus more on full swings.
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About the Mini Aces Program
Mini Aces Tennis, one of our most popular programs, is for beginners and advanced beginners between the ages of 7-10 years old. The Mini Aces Tennis program introduces students to the core tennis strokes in a fun, secure environment. Students learn the technical fundamentals of the forehand, backhand, serve, overhead, and volley. In each class they receive help with technique, participate in high energy tennis drills, hit balls and partake in fun games. With each session, students will improve their understanding of tennis and muscle memory.
Mini Aces Tennis focuses on proper technique, ball contact, follow through, and movement. Students start at the midcourt line (service line) and gradually move further back when their abilities and technical skills increase. In addition, students learn the rules of the game and how to play a full singles and doubles match. Depending on skill level, students may also be introduced to spin shots and other technically advanced skills. Mini Aces courts are set up according to the 10 and under Tennis, taking up 1/2 of a full tennis court in order to adequately match the skills, ages, and abilities of 7-10 year olds.
Class Formats: Classes will be tagged either as BeeHive or HoneyComb. All instructors are trained tennis professionals, who specialize in dealing specifically with children in this age group.
Class Length: Classes run for 60 minutes. Lessons consist of dynamic stretching, technical instruction from the instructors, hitting balls, tennis games, and running. There are 2-3 water breaks during every lesson.
Lessons for this age level involve drills, games, exercises and hand-eye coordination activities to build student’s tennis skills. Introduction to basic motor skills and teaching how to hold the racket, introduction to forehand backhand and volley.Kids start to get familiar with body movement and point of contact with short racket swings. Elbow test is very important.
Drop the orange – Kid and parent/friends work as a team. One kid at the net drops the ball the parents or friends far 5 feet run forward and hit a forehand after 1 bounce in the target area. Then reverse the roles. Parent at the net drops the ball, kid has to hit a forehand. The winner is the team that put more balls in the target area.
Drop the pie game – Pro at the net drops the ball, kid runs to the net does a forehand, other kids on the other side of the net have to hit the ball back
Orange Level (7-9 years old)
The Orange level will generally have a mix of hitting drills, tennis volleys, footwork drills, and tennis skill building exercises. A stronger focus is placed on contact & control. Fun games are used to make learning tennis fun.
Green Level (8-10 years old)
The Green level will generally have a mix of hitting drills, tennis volleys, footwork drills, and tennis skill building exercises. A stronger focus is placed on contact & control. Fun games are used to make learning tennis fun.
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About the Jr. Aces Program
Students in the Junior Aces Tennis program are generally beginner or intermediate players. They learn and improve on their core tennis strokes of forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, and more. Students learn how to play a full doubles and singles tennis match. In addition, players work on adding power and topspin to ground-strokes, while also improving their reflexes and speed with their footwork and strokes.
Class Formats: All instructors are trained tennis professionals, who specialize in dealing specifically with children in this age group.
Class Length: All classes run for 1 hour. Lessons consist of a quick warm-up, review of skill fundamentals, learning new tennis skills, hitting balls, ralley, and games. There are 1-2 water breaks during every lesson.
Classes meet once a week at the specified meeting time.
Yellow Level (9-13 years old)
In the Yellow 1/2 classes they learn and improve on their core tennis strokes of forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, and more. Students learn how to play a full doubles and singles tennis match. As players advance they will work on adding power and topspin to ground-strokes, while also improving their reflexes and speed with their footwork and strokes.
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Youth Summer Clinic
Overview of Youth Summer Clinics
The BumbleBee Tennis Youth Summer Clinics are perfect for youth beginners and advanced beginners between the ages of 4.5 and 12 years who want to learn and improve on their tennis skills. The summer clinics will build a foundation of the core tennis skills including the forehand, backhand, volley, and serve. In addition, exercises will focus to improve on other tennis related skills such as hand-eye coordination, timing, stamina, and reflexes. The tennis drills, based on the 10 and under Tennis established by the USTA allow for instant tennis success. Tennis can be a difficult sport to learn, but with our specially designed summer clinics students are playing the game of tennis quicker than ever!
Gramercy Youth Summer Clinic
Fort Greene Youth Summer Clinic
Astoria Youth Summer Clinic
Program Details & Tennis Instructors
Setup & equipment
What to Bring
Drop Off and Pick Up
Adult Group Classes
BumbleBee Tennis offers fun and affordable adult tennis instructional classes, tennis fitness clinics and private lessons for the beginner, intermediate and advanced player in NYC. Our professional staff is friendly, energetic and eager to help you reach your tennis potential.
Learn & Improve your tennis skills in a small group!
Our small group lessons are a great way to improve your tennis game and practice hitting with people of similar skill levels.
In group tennis lessons you will :
Every lesson is dynamic, fun, and challenging. Although it is best to start your lessons at the beginning of a session, you are more than welcome to join the class at anytime. Sign up for any of the following classes to start learning now!
Buy a package of small group lessons and use it towards any of the group classes below. Yes as youy improve, you can instantly use the same package and start taking lessons in the next level up.
Beginner Group Tennis Class (1.0-2.0)
In this class you will learn the main components of tennis through our proprietary Core Fundamentals of Tennis program. Each class always gives instruction on the ground strokes and volleys. In addition, there is a unique skill focus per lesson which may be the serve, footwork or special tennis technique.
Intermediate Tennis Class (2.0-3.0)
This class will go over and improve upon tennis strokes while also working to improve consistency, placement of the ball, creating topspin, improving foot positioning, and solidifying good form. In addition, the class will go over game strategy and help each player reach their optimum tennis game. Each class will also give instruction on the ground strokes and volleys and have a unique skill focus per lesson.
Advanced Group Tennis (3.0-4.0)
This class will focus on more high level, fast-paced drills and games. Each class covers the ground strokes, volleys, & serve, and will play out points in doubles play.
Example Beginner Lesson:
Intermediate and advanced lessons follow a similar format, but with more advanced skills, more hitting games, and lessons being faster paced.
Learn at your pace and see your tennis skills improve quickly!
Private lessons are for tennis players who would like one-on-one instruction or have their own specific group of people they’d like to take lessons with.
In a private lesson you can:
Lesson Format :
Your instructor will create a lesson plan of games, drills, and instruction that he/she sees fit for your group’s level. You can also customize your lesson. Just let the instructor know what you are looking for! Your private lessons can include any, all or a combination of the following :
- Movement exercises
- Match play
- Muscle memory exercise
Outdoor Monthly & Seasonal Privates
- Any day between 7 am and 7 pm, weather and light permitting.
- 60-minute lessons are available.
- Available to both Adult and Youth
Monthly/Seasonal Session Reservations : Lessons can be scheduled for a 1 month, 4 lesson package or seasonal, 8-9 lesson package. These lessons will occur at the same day and time each week for the duration of your private lesson package. As of right now private lesson package sessions must start at the beginning of each month. We have more time availability for these and prices are discounted for these packages.
Single Lesson Reservation: One off private lessons are available for purchase only if we have an open spot as a result of a lesson cancellation by an session private lesson. We do offer these as single private lesson reservations but there is less time availability.
One-One Privates or Semi-Private Lesson Options
Private lessons are a great way to learn all the basics of tennis before jumping into a group lesson. For a beginner tennis player we recommend at least 3-5 private lessons to build a good foundation of tennis. From there you could easily jump into our cardio tennis clinics or group lessons. For returning players who are dusting off their racquet from a past active tennis career, 2-4 private lessons should be enough to brush up on your skills. For advanced players, you can make your private lesson a hitting lesson where you are smash it out across the court.
Semi-private lesson group instruction with two to four students in the class, are a great option for players who want the benefits of learning in a private group at a fraction of the price of one-on-one private lessons. Semi-private lessons are also great for two or three friends who would like to learn tennis together.
Private lessons can be done in the following settings:
- 2:1: Semi-Private Duet
- 3:1: Semi-Private Trio
- 4:1 Private Group