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Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: October 9, 2012

Fall Adult Tennis Lessons Announced

Registration for the winter session of adult tennis lessons has now started.  Classes will begin in January and are played at the Community Park Tennis Center. The 10-week, one-hour class will cost $249.

The recreation department offers lessons for adults in all ability levels. In order to create sessions geared to the needs of residents, the recreation center is asking any adult who is a resident in the Inc. Village of Garden City and is interested in our tennis lessons to fill out a tennis interest form. On this form you will:

-Choose the days and times you are available to play
-Self-rate your tennis ability

To receive a form, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.  Classes will then be made by grouping people of similar abilities according to the dates they are available. Your check will not be cashed until you are entered in a class. Classes will begin the week of Oct. 15.

Adult Tennis Ultimate

The Recreation and Parks Department also offers a tennis workout program that drills experienced tennis players. This 1 ½ hour class is available on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. at a cost of $249. Class will begin on Oct. 13.  To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Please note, this is not a lesson program, but drills for the experienced tennis player.

Ladies Learn And Play Paddle Registration Begins        

Back by popular demand, the Ladies Wednesday night learn and play will be instructed by Sue Tarzian, certified platform tennis instructor. This seven-week course will be held at Community Park’s platform courts from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The cost of this program is $175.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. Classes will begin on Oct. 10. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Introducing 10 And Under Tennis At Community Park

Kids around the world have been successfully playing tennis using the 10 and under format for years. The Village of Garden City Recreation Department is proud to announce that it will be adopting this USTA (United States Tennis Association) approved methodology for teaching children age 10 and under the game of tennis. By using slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls, shorter and lighter rackets on smaller courts kids can get into the game easier by making tennis more fun from the start by boosting their confidence and building skill development. Each practice will be designed appropriately for the physical, mental and social skills of that age group. Emphasis will be placed on rallying and playing so that children want to learn the skills necessary to play with their friends on a team. The rules for youth tennis have changed and the USTA requires all sanctioned 10 and under tournaments to be played using slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls on smaller courts. (Ages 4-8 will be taught on 36-foot by 18-foot court.  Children 9 and 10 will be taught on 60-foot by 21-foot courts.)  Therefore, the recreation department will be modifying the program to adapt to these new rules for its 10 and under tennis program.

Tots Age 4
Session Time 55 Minutes Foam Ball

Classes will emphasize basic motor skills such as running, jumping, balance and coordination—17-inch racquets will be provided. Sessions will be run in circuits and be active and interesting. Grips, swing action and rallying over net may be too advanced for this age group.

Pee Wee Ages 5 And 6
Session Time 55 Minutes Foam Ball

Classes will emphasize basic motor skills such as running, jumping balance and coordination. Rackets will be provided. Classes will be run in circuits of four or five different stations repeating activities the children enjoy. Focus will be on a variety of skills such as throwing, catching and hitting because this is a crucial age for a child to learn them.

Red Group Ages 7 And 8
Session Time 55 Minutes

Red Low Compression Ball

Children this age are maturing and improving their gross motor skills, Tracking and making contact with the ball is still difficult. The use of the low compression red ball will be introduced and will help them to succeed in an active fun and positive environment. Game playing will be introduced in addition to circuit training.

Orange Group Ages 9 And 10
Session Time 55 minutes
Orange Low Compression Ball

This group is better able to concentrate for longer periods of time. Players will be taught skills and positioning and how to keep score. Classes will be taught on a 60-foot court with the orange low compression ball. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to play the game of tennis, USTA sanctioned tournaments for children 10 years old and under will be using this format

To register: by mail only, no walk-in registrations will be accepted until Friday, October 2. The recreation department cannot be held responsible for delays in the mail. To register, pick up an application at the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download it from www.garden cityrecreation.org. You can also make your own by listing your child’s name, address, phone number, birth date, grade he/she will entered in September and the session and classes for which you are registering with a first and second choice. Mail all information with full payment to the Garden City Recreation Department at 108 Rockaway Ave.Please make all checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City”.

Please make selections carefully as fees are nonrefundable.

To register: by mail only, no walk in registrations will be accepted until Friday, October 2. We cannot be held responsible for delays in the mail.To register, pick up an application at the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave or download it from our website at www.gardencityrecreation.org.You can also make your own by listing your child’s name, address, phone number, birth date, grade he/she will be entering in September and the session and classes for which you are registering with a first and second choice.Mail all information with full payment to the Garden City Recreation Department at 108 Rockaway Avenue.Please make all checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City”.

Dance Conservatory Registration Begins

Dance conservatory classes began on Monday, September 24. There are limited openings available in classes for ages 3 and up. Please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to find out which classes have openings and to register.

Fall Yoga Class For Children

The recreation department will offer a weekly yoga class for children ages 6 – 13 on Thursdays in St. Paul’s Senior Center.This one-hour class will provide basic instruction in a fun and supportive environment.Classes began on Thursday, September 20 and times are:

Ages 6-9    4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Ages 10 -13    5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

This class is open to children who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. The child registering must be the appropriate age by the start of the class. Class size is limited. The cost of the 12-week session will be $96.To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Community Park’s Miniature Golf Course

Affordable family fun is right around the corner, so don’t forget to visit the Recreation Department’s state-of-the-art miniature golf course. The 18-hole course is located behind the Garden City pool and is filled with challenges galore that will delight mini-golfers of all ages.

Party packages for birthdays or other occasions are offered. Call Garden City Community Park at 483-2525 for party planning.

The price for a round of mini-golf is as follows:

Resident adult (12 and up) $5
Resident child (under 12) $3
Resident senior (65 or over) $3
Nonresident adult (12 and up) $6
Nonresident child (under 12) $4

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Come down and try a round.