Tennis instruction offered in Bristol, Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — Area tennis professionals Franz Collas and Heather Potter are offering tennis programs for children ages 4 through 13 at the Middlebury Recreation Park this summer, starting next week, while the Bristol Recreation Department will be offering youth programs in August. 
Collas, a certified tennis professional, and Potter, an associate tennis professional, are offering three programs: Tiny Swingers, for ages 4-5; Little Aces, ages 6-9; and Hot Shots, with a recommended age range of 10-13. 
In Tiny Swingers, children will use starter balls and the focus will be on hand-eye coordination and ball control. Five five-day, half-hour sessions are offered from 8:30 to 9 a.m.: from June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, and July 29-Aug. 2. The cost is $60 for residents of Middlebury and $69 for non-residents. 
In Little Aces, children will also use starter balls but also progress to basic groundstrokes and volleys and learn play-based games and basic rules. The first five sessions run the same days as the Little Aces sessions, but from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Two sessions are added with the same hours, from Aug. 12-16 and from Aug. 19-23. The cost will be $95 for residents and $109.24 for non-residents. 
Hot Shots will develop consistency with groundstrokes and volleys, practice shot placement, and learn to serve and return. The sessions will run for the same seven weeks as Little Aces, but from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost will be $115 for residents and $132.25 for non-residents. 
Information for any of these programs may be obtained from Collas at 802-349-7794 or sojotennis@gmail.com or from Potter at hpotter897@gmail.com. Discounts are available for attendees of many other summer activities and Mary Johnson Child Center or Camp Kookamunga.
Bristol will offer two tennis camps, one for ages 10 to 12 and one for ages 6 to 9, both at the Bristol Recreation Field tennis court.  
The camp for children between the ages of 10-12 will run daily from Aug. 5 and 9 between 11 a.m. and noon. The cost will be $65 for residents and $75 for non-residents. 
The camp for children between the ages of 6-9 will run the same days, Aug. 5 to 9, but between 10 and 11 a.m. The cost will be the same. 
More information is available at recdirector@bristolvt.org or 802-453-5885.

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