Ocean Pines to Hold Free Youth Tennis Clinic

In an effort to introduce tennis to a new generation of players, Ocean Pines will offer a free clinic for youth ages 5-16 at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex on Saturday, May 26 from 10-11:30 a.m.

The clinic kicks off a season of “Net Generation” tennis at the facility. The United States Tennis Association programs, which will be offered in Ocean Pines under the leadership of newly hired tennis instructor Terry Underkoffler, are designed to suit players based on their skill level and developmental readiness.

According to Underkoffler, who is also a teacher and award-winning coach at Worcester Preparatory School, the Net Generation approach provides coaches the flexibility to modify lessons to better meet the needs of the players and facilitate development, making learning more fun.

“Net Generation is a new kid-friendly approach to tennis that hopes to inspire the next generation of young tennis players,” Underkoffler said. “We want to excite our children about what we have to offer at the Ocean Pines Racquet Sports Complex and make it a family destination for fun and sport.”

The free clinic will be led by Underkoffler and members of the Worcester Preparatory School tennis team. Participants are asked to bring an age-appropriate tennis racquet. Registration may be completed by calling the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052.

The Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, located at 11443 Manklin Creek Road in Ocean Pines, will host several programs this summer, including Net Generation kids’ tennis, junior tennis and tennis academy. Adult cardio tennis clinics will also be held throughout the season.

Information about these and other programs can be found online at OceanPines.org or in the current Ocean Pines Activity Guide.

Ocean Pines offers yearly tennis, platform tennis and pickleball memberships for families, individuals and juniors. Memberships are available to Ocean Pines residents and to non-residents.

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