Youth Tennis Programs

11/15/20 COVID RESTRICTIONS UDPATE:

Starting Monday November 16, Amy Yee Tennis Center will be re-CLOSED to all tennis court rentals and tennis play.  


Amy Yee Tennis Center has a variety of programs for young people. Read on and find out how to get on the courts! 

Junior Challenge Ladder Time

FREE! Each Friday (two at 3:45 and two at 5pm): Amy Yee Tennis Center offers 4 courts each Friday that can be reserved by teens 18 and under. (They can be reserved weekly starting on Wednesday.) These courts are generally used to challenge another youth on the ladder. To qualify for the ladder, a player must be between the ages of 10 and 18 and must have completed at least 1 USTA or UTR-sanctioned junior tournament for ranked or unranked players. Please note: there is a $10 ladder fee. Ladder members are eligible to win T-shirts, sweatshirts, towels and a bag tag, as well as other prizes. Please read the rules and procedures PDF carefully. Special attention must be given to understanding the consequences for not completing matches as scheduled.

Junior Walk-On (JWO) Court Time

FREE! This program is the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Youth under 18 can drop in and play for free anytime a court is open and not being used. No memberships, no fees! This is a year-round option. Note: no advance reservations for this program; if reserved ahead of time, courts must be paid for.

Tennis Academy

Tennis Academy is for juniors ages 11-17 rated 3.0 and above and are playing in tournaments or competitive play. Players should have consistent ground strokes, volleys, and serves. Players should also demonstrate understanding of court positioning for singles and doubles play. All players must have an excellent work ethic, good class attendance and attitude. Entry into Tennis Academy is by Instructor permission only. Youth Not Currently NJTL or UTR rated may request an evaluation for entry. 

Coaches in Training (CIT)

We're looking for curious teens with an interest in coaching tennis. CIT runs for 14 weeks May through August; admission into the program is by competitive application. Applicants must have a positive work attitude and be able to work on a team of youth and adults. CIT is open to young people 15 - 21 years of age as of July 9th, 2020. Applicants must be a resident of city of Seattle. The purpose of CIT is to provide youth with personal growth opportunities, inspire community engagement, and introduce employment and life skills. Upon completion of the program, participants receive stipends for their service. The program consists of:

  • 40 hours of coaching instruction (15 on court, 25 in classroom) 
  • 40 hours of on the job training (performing as co-leads for the NetGen Program)
  • Working collaboratively on a team
  • Gaining leadership, life, and employment skills
  • Playing tennis  

Applications are available in Late April. For more information contact Joy.House@Seattle.gov

Middle School Tennis

FREE! A great class for middle school-aged players learning the game, or who wish to make their high school Junior Varsity and want to play Varsity Tennis next year. We provide practice ball, courts and an instructor to 12 Middle Schools in the Seattle school district: Aki Kurose, Asa Mercer, Orca, South Shore, Denny, Pathfinder, McClure, Meany, TOPs, Washington, Broadview Thompson, and Jane Adams. Youth do not have to attend the school to register for this class. This is a FREE program. Youth meet twice a week for 90 minutes at the park nearest to the school. This program runs for 10 weeks, September to November. Youth must register for this program. For more information please contact Joy.House@Seattle.gov

NetGen QuickStart: a 10-week summer program

Tennis is easy to learn, and Net Generation is a celebration of a game where no one sits on the sidelines. Tailored for ages 5-10 and all abilities, the program helps kids build friendships and learn skills they'll use for life. NetGen is "tennis sized right," with smaller courts and equipment to make learning easy and fun. Fun games and exciting drills help the young player develop the skills needed to become a lifelong tennis enthusiast. NetGen QuickStart is about friends, sportsmanship and fun. NetGen Happens in 12 neighborhood parks across the city.

Camps   

Camps for juniors are offered during out-of-school-time breaks, which fall during the holidays, mid-winter (H.S only), and during weekly camps in the summer. Based on both age and skill levels.   

Quickstart Youth League Volunteers

AYTC runs the largest local youth tennis league for beginners in the region. Quickstart tennis designed as a play-based and fun format for beginners from 7-10 years old. The program is offered at over 14 sites across the city of Seattle. The success of this program relies on the help of volunteers like you! In fact, the entire program is run by volunteers. You do NOT need to be a teaching pro, just love working with kids! We will train. The program runs 8 weeks from June 25-August 13, M/W 6-8pm. We need people willing to volunteer one day a week or 6 of the 8 weeks. (We can work with your vacation schedule too.) At each site we prefer 3-5 volunteers with at most 10 kids at any one time (based on volunteers and experience). If you are interested please contact joy.house@seattle.gov. Thank you!