Junior Tennis

Jerry Karzen, Brett Karzen, Becky (Karzen) Moffatt, Alex Cisneros, and Eben Abban lead one of the most successful Junior Programs in the Chicagoland area.  Drills, Leagues, private lessons, Boys & Girls Travel Teams, and a variety of tournaments make NSRC a leader in junior tennis. Program directed by Jerry & Brett Karzen. Our philosophy is to create fun, competitive environments where learning can occur.
Note: All private lessons should be paid for at time of service. All classes should be paid for in full upon enrollment.

Class Level Descriptions

Level 3 – Beginner/Intermediate

8-10 year olds that are starting to develop basic forehand, backhand, volley and serve technique. They can rally in a 60 foot court and keep score. The stronger players are beginning to play full court (78 ft) points. They use low compression red & orange balls.

Level 4 – Tournament 1

10-12 year olds that can get serves in, keep score and play games. They are becoming more consistent in rallying back and forth, movement to the ball and solid contact playing on full size tennis court. Orange and green dot balls are used.

Level 5 – Tournament 2

10-13 year olds that can play games and are beginning to add power and placement to their shots. Some are starting to get spin on their serves and topspin on their ground strokes. Can begin to play in Level 7 Tournaments. Green dot and yellow balls are used.

Level 6 – Tournament 3

11-14 year olds who are on track to make freshman/sophomore high school teams. Many have a line drive topspin ground stroke, proper no-swing, trace of slice volleys, consistent serves, and are getting more comfortable coming to the net. All can play in Novice Tournaments and many are playing in CDTA Level 5 Tournaments. Yellow balls are used.

Level 7 – Hitters

13-15 year olds who are currently trying out for or are currently on high school freshman/sophomore tennis teams. They are getting good at match play with respect to competing and learning winning strategies. They are sound with their technique and some have developed weapons (i.e. big forehand) to win points. Yellow balls are used.

Level 8 – Team North Shore

Any age junior who has become a tournament player. They often play twice a week or more, have had or are currently taking private lessons and take their tennis seriously. Athlete is planning on making the high school varsity tennis team and may have a Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA) Junior Ranking. Yellow balls are used.

Level 9 – Team North Shore PLUS

Any age junior who is a serious tennis player with respect to playing tournaments and who is ranked in Chicago and possibly the Midwest and Nationally. They work on their fitness, currently play or will be playing on varsity tennis teams in high school and plan on playing college tennis. Yellow balls are used