MLTC
Junior Lessons

The junior program is segregated via a very simple system of age and level. Players can be placed into one of three, basic categories of beginner, intermediate, and advanced. If your child is new to the program or if you have any difficulty in choosing the class you feel would be appropriate, please give us a call and we will schedule a free evaluation. Classes contain between 3-5 players (up to six if there is more than one court) and cover all areas of instruction: stroke production, point play, positioning, etc. We strongly suggest registering early in order get the time and day you would like for your child's class.

If you have concerns about your child being placed with children who are much younger as is sometimes the case in other programs, rest assured that there is generally little variance in age range. If ages of players in the classes vary by more than 18 months but we feel the levels are consistent, then we will check with parents to ensure that both they and their children are aware of this.

We strongly recommend that if you are looking at enrolling your child into ANY tennis program, then please view our MLTC Junior Tennis Guidebook that will help answer many of your questions about choosing a program that is right for your child.

If you are looking for a schedule of classes, you find it byclicking here.

10 & Under Tennis
The MLTC utilizes the "10 & Under" system of teaching kids that has been adopted by the United States Tennis Association as well as the International Tennis Federation. The system involves using lower compression balls (red, orange and green), a smaller court and smaller racquets. This approach allows younger players to improve much faster and to start playing tennis much sooner than they would with a regular ball (a.k.a. "yellow ball). Think of it as being similar to T-Ball relative to baseball.

QuickStart
QuickStart (QS) tennis is a fantastic way for your child to get introduced to the game of tennis at a low cost. QS classes can have a higher student/teacher ratio (up to 8:1), but players are taught the basics of the sport and quickly learn to control the ball in a small space. The cost is about 40% less than a typical class, so parents can have their kids give tennis a try without making a large investment. We will even supply the racquet!

Clinics
Tennis "clinics" are just another word for a tennis class or group lesson and they come in two flavors: open & closed. 98% of parents elect to enroll their kids in open classes. The size of an open class is 3-5 players. Parents who choose a "closed" class usually have a group of friends or siblings and they do not want additional players added to the group. The rate is higher for closed groups and those can be viewed by reading the italicized print shownhere. If you are looking for the once-a-week lesson for your child, then a clinic is the best way to go.

 

 

Junior Training Program
Our Junior Training Program (JTP) is for players who would like to make a bigger commitment to improving their tennis game

Commitment to the JTP is from September through mid-June and consists of a clinic and match play each week. Players are comprehensively trained to ensure consistent and steady improvement. Entry into the JTP is contingent upon approval.

If you are considering enrolling your player into the JTP or the MLTC Masters program (see below), you may want to read about the history of the program by clicking here.

Requirements and details of the JTP are as follows:

  • Players must be granted approval in order to join the JTP.
  • Players must be a member at the MLTC East facility.
  • Although match-play programs are open to all players, JTP clinics are for JTP/Masters or approved players only, as we foster a more serious brand of tennis with these players.
  • Orange ball classes at this level are for 1.5 hours.  Green and yellow ball classes are for 2 hours. Click here to see the JTP/Masters class schedule.
  • Players can opt for special conditioning classes at Teamworks Acton (30 Great Road). Although conditioning classes are not mandatory, they are strongly recommended.
  • Match play sessions occur on weekends through our Junior Challenger Series League. Click here to learn more about the league and see the schedule.
  • Middle school and high school yellow ball players will be credited for the spring tennis season if tennis team tryouts or their tennis team schedule conflicts with MLTC’s JTP schedule.
  • The annual deadline for enrollment is September 1. After that date, players will not be admitted until the following September. The exception is a player who is new to MLTC and was not aware of the program previously.
  • Cost of the program reflects a 15% discount of regular session fees for clinic, match play, and conditioning class.
  • The commitment is from September through mid-June.  Payment is made in two installments.  Other arrangements can be made if necessary.
  • Parents may choose to prorate up to two weeks of classes between September and January 1 (i.e., during Fall Sessions I and II), and between January and mid June (i.e., during Winter and Spring Sessions). In other words, you have the option to prorate up to two match days, two clinics, and two conditioning classes before the beginning of each period (Fall and Winter/Spring). We must know these dates BEFORE the beginning of each period so that invoices can be calculated.
  • Because of the discounted rate as well as the ability to prorate out classes, make-ups are NOT granted.

Contact our Junior Programmers Sally Pendleton (for orange ball level, age 7-12) or Christi Nickerson (for green and yellow ball level, age 9-high school) if you are interested in acquiring approval to register your player in the JTP program. They can both be reached by calling our central number at 978 264 8349 or by emailing sally@marcuslewisenterprises.com or christi@marcuslewisenterprises.com.

MLTC Masters
The Masters program is only for the most motivated junior players who have a genuine desire to see how far they can go with their tennis game. Players must go through a formal interview with Marcus Lewis before being accepted into the program. If your child likes tennis, then this is not the program for them. If they love it, then they have passed one step for entry into the group.

Players make a similar commitment as JTP players above (one clinic and one match-play session each week).  Additionally, Masters juniors are required to have a private lesson each week, to practice their serves once each week and to complete the Mental Toughness 101 course at some point after age 12.

Requirements and details of the Masters program are as follows:

  • Entry into the Masters program requires a personal interview with Marcus Lewis.
  • Candidates must have won at least one USTA tournament within one year of their interview.
  • Players must be a member at the MLTC East facility.
  • Although match-play programs are open to all players, Masters juniors are trained in their clinics with other JTP/Masters and aproved players only.
  • Orange ball classes at this level are for 1.5 hours.  Green and yellow ball classes are for 2 hours.
  • Players can opt for special conditioning classes at Teamworks Acton (30 Great Road). Although conditioning classes are not mandatory, they are strongly recommended.
  • Yellow ball players will be prorated for the high school season if try-outs for their team schedule conflicts with the JTP/Masters schedule.
  • By age 12, Masters players must take the 6-week Mental Toughness 101 course.
  • The requisites outlined above are what is minimally necessary for players to develop their talents for high-level competition. Two optional "Add-ons" for players looking for additional training are either the Hit with the Pro or our Matchmaker program. These can be scheduled as part of the player's weekly regimen.
  • Parents have until September 1st to enroll their children into the Masters program.  After that date, juniors will not be admitted until the following fall.  The exception is a child who is new to the MLTC program and was not aware of the Masters program previously.
  • The entire package is discounted by 15%
  • The commitment is from September through mid-June (i.e. ten months).  Payment is made in two installments.  Other arrangements can be made if necessary.
  • Parents may choose to prorate out up to two weeks’ of classes between September and January first.  They may choose to do the same for the period between January and mid-June.  In other words, parents can prorate out up to two match days, two clinics and two conditioning classes in order to allow for potential scheduling conflicts.  We must know these dates BEFORE the start of the session.
  • Because of the discounted rate as well as the ability to prorate out classes, make-ups are NOT allowed.
  • MLTC Masters may not prorate the weekly private lesson. It can be rescheduled as long as MLTC's lesson cancelation policy is followed.

Additional benefits include:

  • Each Masters player receives a special t-shirt each fall that must be worn at all instructional programs..
  • Masters players receive a match shirt each year.  The shirt MUST be worn at all match competitions both in and out of the Marcus Lewis Tennis Center, except for high school team matches.
  • Players receive an impressive full-body warm-up suit upon being accepted into the program and a new one every two years.  The warm-up MUST be worn at all match competitions both in and out of the Marcus Lewis Tennis Center, except for high school team matches.
  • Players will be given a racquet stencil and MUST consistently display the MLTC logo on their racquet strings.
  • Strokes are videotaped once a year for analysis.
  • Players are allotted two, 30-minute slots to book courts and practice their serves.  They MUST do this at least once a week.
  • Their annual USTA fee is paid for by the MLTC.
  • Tournament fees are paid for by the MLTC. When a tournament conflicts with an in-house match program, the MLTC will reimburse for one or the other.
  • After completing one full session (Sept-June) and registering for the upcoming fall, players are given a racquet of their choosing (up to $150)
  • After completing their second consecutive session and registering for the upcoming fall, players are given a racquet bag (up to $75)
  • After completing their third consecutive session and registering for the upcoming fall, players are given a second racquet
  • After completing their fifth consecutive session and registering for the upcoming fall, players are given a third racquet or a pair of shoes or a new bag…their choice (up to $150 to spend).
  • Every two years thereafter until they graduate from high school and after registering for the upcoming fall, players will have their choice of a racquet, pair of shoes or a new bag (up to $150 to spend).

Understand that this type of attention and sponsorship is only seen at the national level or at some of the most prestigious boarding tennis academies in the country; not at private tennis clubs. Also understand that this program is ONLY for players who have a deep passion for the game and an understanding of commitment.

If you are considering setting up an interview for the MLTC Masters, it would be advisable to read the history of how this program came to be developed byclicking here.

If you believe that your child is ready for this type of a program, then you may contact Marcus directly atmarcus@marcuslewisenterprises.com.

Pricing Information

The Junior Training Program and MLTC Masters Program run annually from the first week in September to the third week in June, a total of 37 weeks.  Off dates include two weeks in December during the Christmas break, one week for February vacation, and one week for April vacation.  Pricing reflects a 15% discount on MLTC’s regular session tennis lesson rates. MLTC East membership fee ($99.00 annually, September 1 - August 31) is not included in the table below.

Please keep in mind that this is a 10-month program, from September through June.  Once a commitment to Junior Training Program or MLTC Masters Program has been made, refunds will not be considered for withdrawal, unless it is for a serious illness or injury.


Junior Training Program Pricing (actual price may vary slightly depending on clinic day)


Level

What’s Included Weekly

Total Cost (2017-2018)

Approximate Savings

Orange Ball (7-12)

1.5 hour clinic
1.5 hour match play

$2491

$373

Green Ball (9-12+)

2 hour clinic
2 hour match play

$2491

$373

Yellow Ball--Middle
School (age 11+)

2 hour clinic
2 hour match play

$2406

$360

Yellow Ball--High  School
(age 14+)

2 hour clinic
2 hour match play

$2278

$341



MLTC Masters Pricing (actual price may vary slightly depending on clinic day)


Level

What’s Included Weekly

Total Cost (2017-2018)

Approximate Savings

Orange Ball (7-12)

1.5 hour clinic
1.5 hour match play
1 hour private lesson
1 hour court time for serve practice

$5475

$821

Green Ball (9-12+)

2 hour clinic
2 hour match play
1 hour private lesson
1 hour court time for serve practice

$5475

$821

Yellow Ball--Middle School (age 11+)

2 hour clinic
2 hour match play
1 hour private lesson
1 hour court time for serve practice

$5390

$809

Yellow Ball--High  School (age 14+)

2 hour clinic
2 hour match play
1 hour private lesson
1 hour court time for serve practice

$5432

$815