York County Parks and Recreation offers an array of tennis programs throughout the year, including leagues, lessons, tournaments, camps, and more.

Back Creek Park

"York County's premier tennis facility, Back Creek Park, located in Dandy, offers some of the finest tennis courts in Hampton Roads. With 4 courts available, the park is perfect for league play, instructional lessons, camps, and recreational use. The courts at Back Creek Park are available for families and individuals to use for free."

Youth Tennis

Youth tennis lessons are made available throughout the year within York County. We offer classes throughout the year. In addition, several tennis camps are offered in June, July, and August.

BEGINNER - For those who have had no formal tennis instruction, no playing experience, or have experienced a long delay between lessons or playing. The lesson objectives are to introduce the skills necessary to play tennis, provide an overview of the rules and fundamentals, and explain the requirement for proper court etiquette, safety, and sportsmanship. With the very young players, activities will also include teaching appropriate movement skills plus pre-striking and striking skills. These lessons are geared to make the experience fun and teach basic tennis skills.

For those who have succeeded in past lessons or playing experiences and are ready to progress to the next level. Lesson objectives are reinforcing previous lessons, facilitating more advanced stroke techniques, and developing ball control and placement skills. 

Adult Tennis

Adult tennis lessons are offered at Back Creek Park. Players ranging in all abilities are invited to join in on the fun. Classes meet 1 night a week consecutively for 4 weeks, weather permitting. 

Classes range from Beginner with no experience, learning terms, rules, and tennis strokes; Intermediate with some experience, the focus is on movements, tennis strokes, regulations, and scoring; and Advanced class, which is for those experienced in playing in leagues and tournaments. The focus will be on fine-tuning the game and learning strategy.

BEGINNER -  No experience; learn terms, rules, and tennis strokes
INTERMEDIATE - Some experience focuses on movements, tennis strokes, regulations, and scoring
Here is a free Strategy tip for you to get started
The return is an essential shot in any tennis player's game. You think about different strategies and techniques when returning a first or a second serve. Here are a few quick tips to focus on a return of serve to help you improve your game.

When returning the first serve, go for the higher percentage shot to better set yourself up for the point. A high percentage of shots are hit crosscourt on your return when a serve comes in wide. Serves at the body or down the T should be returned to the middle of the court.

What do you do when you're faced with a second serve? Take a step in. Get ready to be aggressive and hit that ball with depth and spin.
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