Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Tennis is new to me. How should I get started?
The best way to get started is to simply get onto the court and play! We offer coaching for all ages and abilities, beginner thru advanced. For fitness and recreational play, we recommend the STA Club and/or Women’s Special batches. To know more about these programmes, please visit the Options page.
What should I/my child bring to play?
- Water bottle
- Non-marking shoes if playing on synthetic turf
- ID card
What are non-marking shoes?
Non-marking shoes are shoes that do not mark the courts. These are required if you’re playing on the 4 synthetic courts at STA. Any sports store will be able to tell you if the shoes you’re buying are non-marking. Most brands say non-marking on the box or shoe.
We specify that black soled shoes are not allowed, as those are the ones that typically mark up the courts. However, there are also coloured soled shoes that do mark up the courts. So, make sure the shoes are non-marking versus only looking at the colour of the shoe.
What experience and ability level is needed to attend the Shaishya Tennis Academy?
We take players of all abilities and experience levels at the Shaishya Tennis Academy. Our coaches are experienced in training children and pros as well as beginners learning the game for the first time. We create a positive and constructive learning environment for every participant, regardless of ability or experience, and strive to make each player better.
Who are your instructors?
Our coaches are highly experienced and are PTR certified. Our coaches have developed and trained some of Gujarat and India’s top players. To know more, please see the Our Team page.
Do you provide evaluations?
Yes. While all players and their parents are given evaluation, Intermediate and Advanced players can opt for a technical video evaluation of their strokes.
What is the player-to-coach ratio?
Depends on the programme option you choose. We have several player to coach ratio options including 1:1 and 4:1 among others.
What are the facilities at STA?
STA is home to India’s first Shaded Courts as well as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) recommended Tennis10s courts and equipment. Please visit the About STA page to see a full list of our facilities.
What are the types of courses offered for children and adults?
Please visit the Options page to see a full list of STA’s programme options for children, beginners, intermediate and advanced players. We also have offer Club membership and a Women’s Special slot.
What are the timings?
STA is open from 6am to 10:45pm, 7 days a week. Please visit the Options page to select a batch/programme option that meets your needs.
What is the advantage of Shaded Courts?
Most of Ahmedabad’s months are intensely warm with temperatures ranging from 35 degrees Celsius to upto 48 degrees Celsius. Children and well as adults playing sports face premature exhaustion due to the unrelenting sunlight. Shaded Courts allow players to play longer hours, with greater endurance, thus helping them play more, train harder and compete better.
How do I begin the Admission process?
Please visit the Academy for registration and admission.
What is the fee structure at STA?
We have a wide ranging fee structure with programmes beginning for as low as Rs1,200 per month. We charge a one-time registration fee of Rs1,000. All fees are to be paid in advance for a quarter (3 months). To know more about fees and programme options, please visit the Academy.
What is Tennis 10s?
Tennis 10s is tennis for players aged 10 years and under. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) recommends that players aged 10 and under do not train or play competition with a regular yellow ball on a full court, but instead train and compete with a Red or Orange ball on the appropriate sized court.
Why Tennis 10s?
Introducing tennis to young starter players in the right way is critical. As well as helping players to develop a range of physical skills, the red and orange stages, gradually teach tactical and technical elements of the game on smaller courts using slower balls. Appropriate competition is also very important in making tennis fun and stimulating for young starter players.
The ITF stresses that slower balls should be used by all players aged 10 and under, as they help players develop advanced tactics and technique. Many nations around the world have well-established 10 and under programmes, supported by a range of resources and articles
How does Red Tennis (Tennis 10s) work?
Here’s how children between the ages of 4 to 8 years will benefit from playing on red courts, with red balls and shorter racquets:Court and ball demands
The Red ball is bigger and flies slower than other balls. It has a consistent bounce which places it between the knee and the bottom of the rib cage on the majority of shots when players rally baseline to baseline.
The court is relatively narrow in length, so players need to move a little sideways and forwards but backward movement is a limited requirement. Players can usually move, stop and balance in preparation for each shot. Most points will be played from the back of the court using ground strokes, although some players will progress to approaching and volleying.Technical Skills
The focus in training at the red level is on simple early reaction and movement, good balance and rotation, and consistent contact points.
By creating a simple foundation of move, stop, hit and recover and by focussing on a consistent contact point on the forehand and backhand, players will have great foundations to move on to the dynamic demands of the next court.
How does Orange Tennis (Tennis 10s) work?
Unlike at the Red level, the bigger Orange Court means players (age group 8 -10 years) at this level will need to contact with the ball while on the move and also in a greater variety of positions.
The Orange ball flies faster and players can swing faster so this means:
- More dynamic use of body but mostly without too many changes in body height (players will not have to hit with their feet off the ground)
- Rotations may require separation of the upper and lower body (hips and shoulder at different angles), as there is not always time to step into the court.
- Players on the Orange court will contact the balls at higher positions (max around shoulder height), as well as lower positions
- Making contact with the serve at a higher position and developing a more rhythmic and better coordinated throwing action
Tactically players on the Orange Court will develop:
- Better understanding of court geometry
- Understanding of when to attack and defend at appropriate times
- Use of space by changing the depth and angle of their shots to open the court
- Ability to link shots to form patterns of play, for example understanding that if they can move the player wide then, with the next shot, they should aim to hit the open space.
Do you participate in national and international competitions?
All STA students are exposed to state, national and international tournaments as part of their training. We also host regular internal competitions as well as state competitions. Players also have the option of choosing a coach to travel with them. To know more, please contact the Academy.
I am a beginner/club member. Do I need to come with a partner to play?
No. Whether you’re a beginner adult or playing as member of the STA Club, you are not required to come with a partner. You can usually find players at the Academy/Club ready to pair up to play some games.
I’m an STA club member and I’d like to bring a guest/few guests/my family, who are not members. What are my options?
Club members are allowed to bring along one guest at an additional charge. If you want to come with a group of friends, we recommend using our weekend Rent & Play options that allow you to rent courts on a half-hourly/hourly basis. If you’re keen to play as a family, including playing with children, our Weekend Camps offer three-hour slots that are a great way to spend time with family. Please see the Options page for more details. For information related to charges of Rent & Play and Weekend Camps, please visit the Academy.
I would like to improve my skills, but I do not like group lessons. What are my options?
All our Head Coaches offer private lessons. Please visit the Academy to schedule private lessons.
I’m a pro player. How can STA help me?
STA’s pedigree coaching can be a critical leverage while improving your competitive performance. Through one-on-one sessions and group play, we work consistently and intensely on improving the technical, tactical, mental and physical abilities of our athletes.
Apart from the regular player evaluations and counselling sessions, we offer video analysis in the in-house auditorium for stroke development, match-play analysis and rectifying problem areas. Coaches meet with parents regularly to discuss individual player progress and ways to continually improve skill.Benefits:
- Personal attention to pinpoint areas of improvement
- Increase power, agility, strength, speed, and overall athletic ability
- Video analysis for stroke improvement
Some of the best learning happens when you play and compete against your peers. Play with and alongside Gujarat’s best known emerging talents at our regularly held in-house tournaments.
Will playing Tennis make me lose weight?
Tennis is among the best cardio-based physical activities and has high calorie-burning potential. Competitive tennis burns more calories than other activities such as running, aerobics or cycling, according to studies on caloric expenditures. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, tennis is an effective and fun way to lose weight.
I have a/several medical condition/s. Can I play Tennis?
Tennis is a low-impact sport that has a lot of physical and psychological benefits. Various medical studies and research by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) suggests that:
- People who participate in tennis 3 hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause.
- Tennis players scored higher in vigour, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and non-athletes according a study at Southern Connecticut State University.
- Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain, report scientists at the University of Illinois.
- Tennis outperforms golf, inline skating and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics says Dr. Jim Gavin, author of The Exercise Habit.
- Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics or cycling
Tennis is a game for everyone, including veterans. We recommend you check with your physician, and then enjoy the many benefits Tennis has to offer!
Are there other activities on your campus apart from Tennis?
Yes. We offer a range of recreational and learning-based activities including other sports programmes, language programmes and after school activities, across ages. Please visit www.shaishya.com/kidscampus for more details.