12 and Under PROGRAM

12 and Under PROGRAM

Our “12 and Under” program, designed by the renowned coach Gabe Jaramillo, provides specialized high-performance tennis training. Gabe Jaramillo, who has developed the talents of legendary players such as Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and Maria Sharapova, brings his expertise to our program. Under the leadership of Tennis Director Juan Abuchaibe, our academy emphasizes precise and passionate nurturing of young talent.

We’re proud to say that all of our high-performance tennis coaches are certified with our expert-backed system and methodology. Our high-performance Academy has a track record of helping players reach their potential. Over the past ten years, we have produced six top ten ITF Junior Players, including two number-one players in the world, Maria Camilla Osorio and Shilin Xu. 

 

 

Our program has two unique training sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The morning session includes two hours of stroke production and technique development. The focus of the afternoon session is point development and match play and one hour of on and off-court conditioning

Each morning, our athletes focus on mastering strokes and fundamentals fundamentals such as control, height, depth, placement, and ball speed. In the afternoon, the training shifts to strategic tactical work, allowing athletes to apply their skills in game-like scenarios. This dual-focus approach ensures comprehensive development and improved performance.

STUDENT LIFE
AND ACTIVITIES

  • Morning Sessions: Dedicated to stroke production and technique refinement over two intensive hours, focusing on correct form and biomechanics.
  • Afternoon Sessions: Aimed at developing strategic play through point construction and match scenarios, complemented by targeted physical conditioning.

STUDENT LIFE
AND ACTIVITIES

WE ARE DEVELOPMENTAL COACHES

As developmental coaches, we begin working with young athletes at an early age, guiding them through all the essential steps to cultivate their talent and potential. Our training process includes repetition, duplication, continuity, order, and prioritization, ensuring a comprehensive and structured approach until the desired outcomes are achieved.

SHARPENED STROKE
PRODUCTION

We help students improve their strokes with innovative tennis training techniques rooted in long-established biomechanics principles. At an early age, it is imperative for athletes to have a well-structured foundation in stroke fundamentals.

LIVE BALL DRILLS FOR
ON-COURT FINESSE

Our live ball drills help students develop their spacing, timing, and balance. With practice, students commit techniques to memory with rhythm and fluidity for smooth, controlled strokes and movement across the court. Most academies put the emphasis on basket drilling. Our methodology is based on live ball.

IMPROVE TACTICAL AND
COGNITIVE SKILLS

As a part of our methodology, coaches train students with frequent drills designed to develop greater game intelligence. Students develop sharper tactical awareness with increased perception, strategic analysis, and quick decision-making. Many of the students who come to us have good strokes but lack a comprehensive understanding of how to play tennis because they have only focused on movement mechanics. Our methodology emphasizes teaching all aspects of the game simultaneously. By understanding how everything works together from an early stage, their development accelerates significantly.

GAME BASED TRAINING

The training program uses games to enhance the cognitive and emotional development of young athletes. From an early age, we emphasize the importance of hitting each ball with a clear tactical intention. This approach increases concentration, improves the quality of training, and helps athletes understand the game, recognize their strengths, and identify areas for improvement. This type of training is especially beneficial for players under 12 years old, as it combines fun with learning how to handle each ball, where to position themselves on the court, and how to manage their emotions. Even a single point where the athlete feels they made a good shot selection can motivate them to return the next day with increased enthusiasm for training.

COMPETITION

Each day, students challenge each other to improve and further develop their competitive edge. It’s crucial for our players to be exposed frequently to new and unpredictable situations and competitors; they will be practicing on hard and clay courts. We are one of the few academies that play matches and point situations daily.

The early competition and training window is a critical period in a young athlete’s development, offering a unique opportunity to lay a strong foundation for future success. During this phase, children are introduced to the basics of competition while still focusing heavily on skill development and proper technique. This early exposure helps inculcate a healthy competitive spirit and resilience, essential qualities for any sport. It’s also a time for identifying and nurturing innate talents, allowing coaches to tailor training to the specific needs of each athlete. Moreover, engaging in competitions at a young age helps athletes learn to manage nerves, develop strategic thinking, and gain valuable experience, all of which are crucial for their growth and advancement in the sport.

TRAINING IN REDUCED SPACES

Training in confined spaces helps improve stroke technique and movement. The quick execution of moves leaves little time to react, requiring athletes to be more attentive and execute shots efficiently without unnecessary movements, while also maximizing their agility. These exercises are crucial for 12-year-old players as they learn to recognize open spaces and reduce their opponent’s reaction time.

DEVELOPMENTAL GOALS

At this age, development goals are far more important than results-oriented goals. Students should focus on investing in their overall game, regardless of immediate outcomes. By developing well-rounded skills in strokes, tactics, emotional control, and competitive strategies, they will be better prepared to face the challenges of competition when results become crucial, typically after the age of 16.

PERIODIZATION PLAN
AND SCHEDULE

THE SYSTEM
AND METHOD

PEAK PERFORMANCE TRAINING

Endurance

Strength

Power

Speed

Balance

Coordinate

agility

flexibility

nutrition

Our systematic approach includes all of the fundamental components for peak performance including endurance, strength, power, speed, balance, coordination, agility, flexibility, and nutrition.

SUMMER CAMP

STARTS JUNE 2, 2024

PERFORMANCE
TRAINING

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