Men's, Women's Tennis announce 'Bears Blast'
By SCOTT WARD
GREELEY -- Northern Colorado's Men's and Women's Tennis programs announced this week they will host a junior play day for all age groups at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Work Out West in Greeley.
The event, dubbed "Bears Blast", will include, but is not limited to, an informal competition for all tennis enthusiasts ages 3 to 18 and limited drilling in various tennis techniques.
All players 10 and younger will play using the QuickStart program, which is being implemented nationwide to introduce youths to tennis, with special equipment (smaller racquet, low-compression and/or foam balls) shorter court dimensions, lower nets and modified scoring.
The Quickstart program is designed to shorten lines and keep youth players engaged and excited about tennis. It's designed with players 10 and younger in mind and includes drills that improve hand-eye coordination, agility, balance, footwork and reaction times.
Playing in a team environment is also emphasized.
"Tennis is booming once again," Northern Colorado director of tennis Brenda Vlasak said, "and parents are excited about getting their children involved. We are excited to provide our services for our annual "Bears Blast," so we can show all juniors just how fun tennis can be."
Interested participants should direct all questions and sign up through Work Out West (5701 West 20th Street, Greeley) at 970-330-6707, ext. 1.