Junior Tennis

At Deer Lake Athletic Club our Professional Pro Staff will help your child learn the sport of a lifetime.
Whether your child is a Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, High School or Elite Tournament Player, our Instructors will help your child improve his or her skills. Children learn stroke production, techniques, footwork, conditioning, strategy and match play skills. Private lessons are also available for players. All classes offered may not be running in the current session, please call for more detailed information.
Contact us for enrollment information.

Register by phone, 248.625.8686 or via email, shellie@deerlakeathleticclub.com

Holiday Tennis Events & Camps

KID’S MIXER- Friday, December 15, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
$20 per player, inlcudes pizza and pop

Fun, organized match play with other Deer Lake junior players!


Ages 6-12 years, 9:00 am -11:00 am
$35/day or $250/8 days
Ages 13-18 years, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
$50/day or $350/8 days

Spring Break Junior Tennis Camps

Monday – Friday, TBA

Ages 6-12, 9:00-11:00 am
$35/day or $150/5 days

Ages 13-18, 11:00am – 2:00 pm
$50/day or $225/5 days

Please sign up in advance.

Kid’s Night Out

Ages 7-12,  Friday’s from 5:30-7:30PM

This is a fun-filled way for kids to start the weekend! Two hours of basic tennis activities and games on the court followed by swimming in our glass house pool. The evening concludes with pizza & pop! We require a minimum of 5 kids in order to run this event so please call ahead to make sure it’s running.

Weekly Signup Required by 4pm on Friday–


Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

USTA Junior Team Tennis

This program offers competitive match play for juniors at all levels. Players are grouped by age and level and compete against juniors from other clubs. Matches are on Saturday/Sunday afternoons and consist of two hours of tennis with the home team providing pizza and pop.

The Team Tennis Program requires some commitment – it is extremely important that parents/players attend matches for which they are scheduled.

This first session of league play begins in October. All registration, including purchasing a USTA membership, is done on-line. the cost per match is $17. The Deer Lake tennis staff can help in determining the appropriate team and guide you through the registration process.

Junior Competitive Match Play

Juniors of all ages are welcome to attend our pro-supervised match play days. Players must be able to serve, rally and keep score. Matches will consist of singles and doubles, based on the number of players attending. See dates below – please register in advance for each date.

Minimum of 4 players required.

Dates to be announced
times to be announced, $15 a day





Contact us for enrollment information.

Team Tennis Practice

Weekly Team Tennis Practices are offered as a supplement to our Junior Program. These are pro-supervised practice sessions where players work on self-feeding, rallying, competitive games and match play strategy. Advanced sign up is encouraged. 4 player minimum in order to run the practice. Fewer than 4 players will result in a reduced practice time.

You MUST be registered for one of our Junior Tennis Teams to participate. Practices will be on Mondays 5:30 – 7:00pm, $18 per person and Fridays, 4:30 – 6:30, $25 per person. Weekly sign up required.



Please register for Classes that are age and level appropriate. The Tennis staff is happy to discuss the options with you.

Class space may be limited. Full payment for the session is required to confirm the student’s place in the class.

Players should wear comfortable clothing and court shoes with non-marking soles. A water bottle is also recommended. In summer it may be necessary to occasionally hold classes on the outdoor courts, players may want to bring a hat and/or sunscreen.

Payment must be made and a registration form filled out by the start of the first class. Payments can be made at the front desk or with a credit card over the phone.

ONLY DLAC MEMBERS with 2 or more member students enrolled are eligible for 10% off the lowest fee.

Payments will be prorated for those entering the class after sessions have begun.

Players are required to check-in at the desk prior to every class.

There are NO refunds for classes missed – Students may make up a class by attending other age/level appropriate class during the current session only. NO refunds are given after a session has started. NO make-ups after a session has ended.


Session III (8 weeks) – January 8 – March 3
Session IV (8 weeks) – March 5 – May 5
Session V (5 weeks) – May 7 – June 9

Please note: classes will run January 15, MLK day and February 19-20, Mid-Winter break. No classes April 2-7, Spring Break; May 28, Memorial Day. Prices will be adjusted accordingly.


Drop-In Fees
1 Hour $140 $25
1½ Hour $210 $35
2 Hours $290 $45


Drop-In Fees
1 Hour $175 $25
1½ Hour $245 $35
2 Hours $325 $45

SUMMER SESSIONS (1 week sessions)

Summer Sessions – $30 member/$35 non for 1/2 hour, $60 member/$70 non for 1 hour, $90 member/$105 non for 1 1/2 hours, $120 member/$140 non for 2 hours DROP IN FEES – 1/2 hour, $10 per day – 1 hour, $25 per day – 1 1/2 hours, $35 – 2 hours, $45

Session I is June 11-14
Session II is June 18-21
Session III is June 25-28
Session IV is July 9-12
Session V is July 16-19
Session VI is July 23-26
Session VII is July 30- August 2
Session VIII is August 6-9
Session IX is August 13-16
Session X is August 20-23

TINY TOTS – (4-6 yrs) Free Racquet included!

This class is geared toward thge very young player with very little or no tennis experience. Introduces the game in a safe, fun, enthusiastic environment. Children are introduced to the 11 and under format: Large foam or red low compression ball on a smaller (36′) court.

Tiny Tots WINTER SCHEDULE – MONDAY 5:00 – 6:00 pm,  WEDNESDAY 5:00-6:00 pm & SATURDAY 9:00-10:00 am

Tiny Tots SUMMER SCHEDULE – Monday through Thursday 9:00 – 9:30 am

BEGINNER (6-9 yrs) Orange Ball
For elementary-aged players with very little or no tennis experience. Introduces the game in a safe, fun and enthusiastic environment. Children are introduced to the 10 and under format: (36′ and 60′ courts) and may experience full court play. This class will focus on stroke production and teach the fundamentals of movement on a tennis court. Serving and scorekeeping will be introduced as well as the tools necessary to begin playing with other children.

Beginners WINTER SCHEDULE – MONDAY 6:00-7:00 pm, WEDNESDAY 6:00-7:00 pm & SATURDAY 10:00-11:00 am

Beginners SUMMER SCHEDULE – Monday through Thursday 9:30 – 10:30 am

This class is for young players who are beyond the beginner level and have some knowledge of the following: Grips, stroke technique, and movement but still need plenty of work! Moving and hitting are emphasized along with learning to rally with proper form and increased consistency. Low-compression balls (orange or green dot) will be used.

Young Stars WINTER SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY 5:30-7:00 pm, THURSDAY 5:30-7:00 pm & SATURDAY 9:00-10:30 am

Young Stars SUMMER SCHEDULE – Monday through Thursday 9:30 – 10:30 am

Players involved in this class will learn/have reinforced the following skills: Proper ground stroke mechanics – including grip, backswing, contact point, and follow through; basic technique for volleys and serves; on-court movement, working toward rallying and competitive games using the low compression, green dot balls.

Beginner/Advanced Beginner WINTER SCHEDULE – MONDAY 4:00 – 5:00 pm, WEDNESDAY 4:00 – 5:00 pm & SATURDAY 1:00-2:00 pm

Beginner/Advanced Beginner SUMMER SCHEDULE – Monday through Thursday 10:30 – Noon

This class is designed for players with some experience and low compression balls (orange or green dot) may be used. Players will be divided by ability levels. Forehand, backhand, volley and serve fundamentals will be stressed. Movement, footwork, court positioning and basic tactics are introduced. Players learn competitive and cooperative games. Tennis scoring will be discussed.

Hot Shots WINTER SCHEDULE – TUESDAY 5:00 – 6:30 pm, THURSDAY 5:30 – 7:00 pm & SATURDAY 10:30-12:00 pm


For players who little or no previous instruction and are considering playing high school tennis or just looking for a fun, social activity. Introduction to proper grip, forehand, backhand, serve and volley are taught with emphasis placed on technique, footwork, match play and rules of the game.

HS Beginner/Advanced Beginner WINTER SCHEDULE – MONDAY 4:00 – 5:00 pm, WEDNESDAY 4:00 – 5:00 pm & SATURDAY 1:00-2:00 pm

HS Beginner/Advanced Beginner SUMMER SCHEDULE – Monday through Thursday Noon – 2:00pm

For players who have completed beginner/advanced beginner requirements and are considering playing in leagues and tournaments. More emphasis will be placed on spins(topspin, slice) and styles of play. Through drills, cooperative and competitiver games, players will increase in consistency, power and control. Players will work on all tennis strokes through drills and competitive.

Intermediate Development WINTER SCHEDULE – TUESDAY 5:30 – 7:30 pm, THURSDAY 5:30 – 7:30 pm & SATURDAY 11:00-1:00 pm

Intermediate Development SUMMER SCHEDULE – 

These classes are designed for competitive players who desire to work hard and be challenged on the court. Players are expected to participate in Junior Team Tennis, tournaments and practice independently.

Advanced players with match play experience who are looking to become involved in local/sectional USTA sanctioned tournaments. Emphasis will be on increasing the range of playing styles. Instruction will be given on advanced stroke production, grips and spins,cooperative and competitive games, footwork, conditionoing, discipline, strategy and match play skills.

MONDAY* 5:30 – 7:00 pm, WEDNESDAY 5:00 – 7:00 pm & SATURDAY 11:00-1:00 pm
*1.5 hour class


For students who are currently playing or would like to play on High School JV or Varsity teams. Class consists of drills, cooperative and competitive games, footwork and conditioning exercises and improving match play strategy. Players are expected to be disciplined, maintain a high level of intensity and practice outside of class time. Players are encouraged to participate in USTA tournaments and pursue district and sectional rankings.

MONDAY 3:30 – 5:30 pm, TUESDAY 3:30 – 5:30 pm, WEDNESDAY 3:30 – 5:30 pm, THURSDAY 3:30 – 5:30 pm, FRIDAY 4:00 – 6:00 pm & SATURDAY 12:00-2:00 pm

Junior Tennis Policy Reminder

Please register for classes that are age and level appropriate. The Tennis Staff is happy to discuss the options with you.

Class space may be limited. Full payment for the session is required to confirm the student’s place in the class.

Payment must be made and a registration form filled out by the start of the first class. Payments can be made at the front desk or with a credit card over the phone.

Players are required to check in at the front desk prior to class.

Multiple child and second class discount available for DLAC members. Payments will be pro-rated for those entering class after session has begun.

Please check your calendars to be sure that your child is able to attend the dates of the class. Players are welcome to make up missed lessons, during the current session, by attending other age/level appropriate classes offered at other times. No make ups will be honored after a session is finished. No refunds after a session has started.

Players enrolled in/fully-paid for a session of our Junior Tennis Program are eligible for FREE WALK-ON COURT TIME. Courts may be reserved the day of play. Players are responsible for appropriate court behavior, including picking up balls used – failure to do so may lead to revoking of the court time privilege. Drop-in players are not eligible for free walk-on court time. Parents may hit/drill/practice with only their child for half-off the court time rate. Juniors not enrolled in the program may play with those in the program for half-off the court time rate. Regular guest fees will apply for using other areas of the club.