Bethel Parks & Recreation
Easton Parks & Recreation
Fairfield Recreation
Indoor tennis at the Newtown Youth Academy
Milford Recreation
Monroe Parks & Recreation
Newtown Parks & Recreation
Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center
Orange Park & Recreation
Redding Park & Recreation
Stratford Recreation
Sylvan Tennis Club
Westport Continuing Education
Wilton Recreation
Wilton YMCA
Woodbridge
   Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child bring to tennis?
Participants should bring an age-appropriate tennis racquet and ample water for proper hydration.  If a snack is suggested, please be sure it is "nut-free".

Do you sell racquets?
Yes, tennis pros are equipped with junior sized racquets.  Racquets which are 19 inch, 21-inch, 23-inch, and 25-inch are $25.  The 26-inch racquets are $50 and for 27-inch adult racquets the prices may vary depending on the brand, model, etc.

Children should be able to swing and maneuver a racquet without it controlling them. When standing straight with arms at their side, the racquet length should be from the floor to the end of the fingertips.Pros are a valuable resource for determining age-appropriate racquets for children as well as grip sizes for adult players.  Inquire with pro for details.

QuickStart balls will be sold in packages of 12 for $25; 6 for $13.

What should my child wear?
We encourage participants to wear tennis sneakers, comfortable clothing and sun protection including a hat to protect against harmful rays. For programs offering waterslides, children may wear bathing suits underneath their tennis clothes and bring a towel.

When are rain make-ups scheduled?
Policies for rain make-ups may vary among towns. Please refer to your town's web page for specific information.

How can I know if my child is ready for match play?
Your child is ready for match play when he/she can consistently serve the ball and maintain a slow-paced rally.

How can I sign up my child for tennis programs?
Most programs encourage online registration. Please refer to each town’s website for details.

Can I get private lessons for myself or my child?
Some towns offer the option of private lessons. However, other towns have strict rules against private lessons. Refer to Tennis Director for details concerning your town.

Are there any indoor tennis programs offered?
For ages 5 through 9, we offer indoor programs using junior nets at some area schools and YMCAs.  Also, also offer programs at Westport’s Sylvan Tennis Club and Newtown Youth Academy  for children and adults to play from September to May. Non-residents are welcome. 

When will information be available for Spring and Summer tennis programs?
Usually by the end of February for that year.

As an adult, which level best fits my ability?
The USTA defines the ratings as follows:

  • 2.5 - This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.
  • 3.0 - This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Most common doubles formation is one up, one back.
  • 3.5 - This player has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing teamwork in doubles.
  • 4.0 - This player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots, and volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident.
How do I know which level best fits me or my child?
Courts are divided by level and ability according to the descriptions below. We will switch students during the session if necessary to ensure the appropriate level.
  • Beginner: Player has either never held a racquet or has played sparingly without having formal instruction.
  • Advanced Beginner: Player has completed the beginner class or has had introduction to grips and strokes and starts to make contact with ball on a regular basis.
  • Low Intermediate: Player is starting to keep the ball in play, is learning to serve, can volley, and learning court positioning.
  • Intermediate: Player can keep ball in play consistently, can hit with some spin and can serve and volley consistently.
What is your policy on missed lessons (due to illness or schedule conflicts?
Fairfield County Tennis will only provide make-ups if the class is canceled. For other make-ups, Fairfield County Tennis will always do our best to accommodate. However, a make-up class can only be offered if the level and age is appropriate providing there is an opening on the court.  There are no refunds.

How does my family qualify for a discount?
The Social Services office in your town will determine your family's eligibility.  If your child qualifies for a free or reduced lunch, the Recreation Department in your town can verify that with the Social Services Department.  The Recreation Department will contact Fairfield County Tennis at that time to provide a discount and notify you. 

10 and under tennis: Ball description and use:

All children will follow the progression of the QuickStart balls from red, orange, to green before playing with the regular tennis ball.  This progression allows the children to play “real” tennis at their own level.
 
The red/yellow felt low compression ball is slightly bigger, moves slower, bounces lower, and travels less distance.  This ball is 75% slower than a regular tennis.  This enables the children to have more time to react to the ball.  It is recommended for children ages 3 – 6.
 
The orange/yellow ball moves a little faster and travels farther than the red ball but still has a lower bounce than the standard yellow tennis ball.  This ball is 50% slower than a regular tennis.  This allows the children to play with a ball better suited to their abilities.  It is recommended for children ages 6 – 10.
 
The next step will be the green/yellow ball which is very similar to the regular tennis ball.  This ball is 25% slower than a regular tennis ball and will be used for juniors who have mastered the orange ball and need more of a challenge.  It is recommended for children ages 8 – 10 depending on their level.