Registration Still Open for Tennis Camps

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Registration for the 2010 Kansas State women's tennis camps remains open until the end of this week and will look to capitalize on a strong start to its camp schedule from earlier this summer.

The first and second camp sessions, QuickStart Camp I and II, will be for children ages 5-8 and 8-10. These camps will begin on June 21 and conclude on June 24. The cost for either session is $35. The QuickStart Camp I will meet from 8 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. The QuickStart Camp II will meet from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Both sessions will be guided by K-State women's tennis head coach Steve Bietau and assistant coach Olga Klimova.

QuickStart tennis is a new format to help kids 10 and under learn and play the game. To make it easier for them, the court sizes, the racquet sizes, the ball, the scoring system and even the net heights have all been adjusted to help the age group learn the game.

In the month of May, the K-State tennis coaches and 20 Manhattan and Wamego residents took part in a seminar to learn the QuickStart tennis program.

During the last three weeks, the Bietau and Klimova have taught the QuickStart tennis program to over 50 children from the Manhattan and Wamego areas.

The third session, Junior High Camp, will also be conducted on June 21-24 but will meet from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The cost for this session is $50.

The Junior High Camp will focus on developing sound strokes, movement, and age/skill appropriate competition.

The final session, High School Camp, will be conducted on August 2-5. This is a more intensive camp that will meet for four hours per day (9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.). The cost for this camp is $95.

The High School Camp is for players who are beginning to compete and anticipate playing on their high school team. Strokes, conditioning and patterns of play for singles and doubles will be covered.

For more information and to register for any of the K-State Tennis Camps, visit kstatesports.com or contact Bietau by phone at 785-317-3179 or by e-mail at ksuten@ksu.edu.