The AFTC FUNdamentals programs are designed for juniors ages 4-16. It is the perfect program for players to learn the basics of tennis - serve, rally and score to be able to play a sport for life. As a player progresses from one stage to another, more advanced techniques and ball control skills are introduced.
We offer a variety of play opportunities for players to play the game in a fun, competitive environment. Please refer below to our Game Days, Rogers Rookie Tour, Minor Tennis League and Future Stars descriptions. The fall play schedule will be handed out on the first day of class.
Please note: Classes run with a minimum of 3 participants. If you have registered for a class and there are less than 3 participants you will be asked to move to another day and or time.
Junior Tennis Pathway
At the end of the fall session, an evaluation certificate is given to each student in our FUNdamental program. Upon mastering the outlined skills, players are informed by our coaching staff if they are ready to graduate to the next level. Unlike most sports, kids often spend more than one session in a level. Please refer to the pathway chart showing the ages and levels.
Academy program is by try out or invitation only.
Q & A
Q: How does my child get into the academy program?
To be eligible players need to be assessed on the required competencies. For example, physical literacy skills, following instructions, coordination, and overall desire to learn. Contact Rufus Nel at [email protected] for more information.
Our free Fall Try Out for red and orange ball academy programs is August 15 from 5:30 - 7:00pm. Please contact Rufus at [email protected] to register.
Q: Can my child join the academy at any level and age?
This can be done at any stage. Kids in the fundamental stream can cross over to the academy stream on the recommendation of their coach.
Q: Do the kids learn different skills in each stream?
No, they learn the same skills. The expectation is higher in the academy stream as they train in a more competitive environment.
What are play opportunities?
Having a tennis lesson is one piece of the puzzle in becoming a tennis player, the other piece is practicing what you learn. All our play opportunities are designed for kids to practice their learned skills in fun organized matches. It is highly recommended that you encourage your kid to participate in these play opportunities.The fall play schedule will be handed out on the first day of class.
Rogers Rookie Tour (RRT)
This non competitive fun format is designed for recreational players to play fun doubles matches against other players of a similar level. Players will be partnered by the pros to ensure equal level matches. Parents will be allowed to sit on the court and watch the games.
Junior Play Day is the perfect way to get kids comfortable competing in a low-pressure setting and friendly environment. The kids will learn how to play matches using modified scoring, non-elimination format, and timed matches. All players will be grouped according to level and play ability.
Minor Tennis League
The minor tennis league is a tennis program that provides participants with the opportunity to combine practice and play, with a focus on skill development through match play. Games are played using the kid’s tennis format, which includes appropriate equipment (based on age and skill level) with corresponding court sizes. The minor league is structured in the following divisions:
Red ball | 1⁄2 court | Recommended ages 6-8
Orange ball | 3⁄4 court | Recommended ages 8-10
Green ball | Full court | Recommended ages 10-12
Players are placed on teams in a manner that ensures teams are of similar strength. The format ensures players play matches against others of similar ability. Scores are kept and the results are counted towards the team’s overall score to ensure all participant’s efforts are rewarded.
Future Stars presented by Tennis New Brunswick & Abony Family Tennis Center
The aim of the Future Stars Tour is to create a competitive opportunity for U8-U10 junior tennis players by encouraging participation. The Future Stars Tour is for:
Players who have competed in Rogers Rookie Tour events or are part of a red, orange or green ball program
Competitors who are looking to enhance their competitive experience and meet the Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) competitive criteria
All our coaches have completed the Tennis Canada and Tennis Professional Association Quality Standard workshop. Refer to Quality Standards for Kids Tennis to find out more about the quality standard program.
Parents can do it as well!
Instead of sitting having coffee, why not show your kids that you can learn to play tennis too. We design our programs to allow parents to participate in their own program while the kids have their lesson. We offer a cardio tennis class for starter to intermediate players and a Tennis Xpress class for beginners. See our program descriptions in the adult program guide. No tennis experience is required to participate these classes.
The following are days and times we run junior and adult classes at the same time. We provide all the necessary equipment.
Saturday 9am and 10am
If you and your child are registered in your respective programs at the same time you receive 5 one hour family time court passes which are valued at $60. You can use the passes on any weekend evening after 5:00pm. Booking allowed 1 day in advance.
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours (starting July 2)
Monday to Friday - 8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday - 9:00am - 4:00pm