Junior Tennis

Getting Started

Need to determine your child’s level? We offer evaluations at no cost for members and $25 for non-members. If your non-member child signs up for a program, the evaluation fee will be waived. These should be done prior to session registration for anyone who is unsure of their level. Novices do not require evaluation. Age will be determined by the student’s actual age as of the last day of the session they are registering for. Please contact the Tennis Office by phone at 781-899-5000 x32 or x31 or by email at wacdirector@comcast.net or tennisadmin@walthamathletic.com.

Most correspondence is done by email; however, registrations for new students may need to be done in person or by phone. You can email us with your child’s age and level and we will assist you with proper class placement.

Junior Tennis Registration Form

Age Categories & Ability Levels

Age categories of students: 8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under and 18 & under. Age will be determined by the students actual age as of the the last day of that registration session.

Rising Stars: This class is for preschool and kindergarten children ages 4.5-6 who have little or no tennis experience. This 45- minute class is an active and fun introduction to the game of tennis.

Novice level: This level will introduce students to basic strokes. They will learn to hit the ball over the net in feeding drills, and be able to sustain a short rally in mini tennis. They will not be able to serve at this level.

Intermediate level: Students at this level will be able to sustain a rally from the baseline. They will be working on proper grips, will start to learn how to serve, and will be introduced to the actual game-play of both singles and doubles.

Advanced level: Students at this level are committed to improving their game. They have the ability to hit volleys, overheads, approach shots, and serves. They are working on proper footwork, technique, along with learning game strategy and shot selection. Most will play more than once a week. Players in this level are working toward playing High School Varsity Tennis.

Playdays: This very popular part of our junior program is offered to advanced players only. This is organized match play supervised by one of our staff pros. This is a way for each student to be able to play at least a second time each week. It is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00-8:00pm, except for Session 4 when Playdays are only on Saturdays. There is weekly signup at the Front Desk, as space is limited. Each week the student can sign up for one play day or the other, and the cost is included in the price of the program.

WAC Junior Registration Tips
• contact tennis department to find out when make-ups for snow days are scheduled
• make sure your child is able to make all the days of the classes you select
• remember re-registration dates, as classes fill quickly in the 2nd & 3rd sessions
• advanced players remember to sign up at the front desk for play days
• registrations need to be done in person or by phone (not email)
• please remember- final level placement is determined by our tennis staff

We do not offer make-ups for missed classes. Any clinic cancelled by the Waltham Athletic Club will have a scheduled make-up. No credits will be issued should you choose not to attend. In inclement weather, please call the front desk at 781-899-5000 x0 to see if class will be held.


**Our program is designed to ensure proper placement of students based on their age and ability. Final level placement is determined by our professional tennis staff and is relative to benchmark players at each level within our program.