Mamatoga Review: Skidmore Summer Tennis Lessons

One of the best things about living in Saratoga with kids is the abundance of options for summer programs and camps. Even before school is out it is the question on every mom's lips, "What summer programs are you doing?". There are art programs, theater programs, sports programs, there is really something for everyone. Here at Mamatoga we are going to try to cover as many of these camps as we can, but we need YOUR help readers! If you love the camp you send your little one to let us know about it! For today though, I'm going to tell you about the summer tennis program over at Skidmore. This is the second year I've signed the boy up for the tennis lessons and I love it even more this year. The program does group lessons for kids from age 3 (yes, three!!) all the way up to adults, and they meet twice a week, either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are two sessions, July 5th through the 21st and July 25th through August 11th. The groups are small, with only about six or seven kids on average for the "tots" class (ages 5-8) and the instructor to student ratio is great with five instructors there for every lesson so each child gets a lot of one on one attention. The instructors are mostly young and college aged and have a great enthusiasm for the sport, and the classes, at least for the tots and pee-wees (ages 3-4) are fun and full of activity, they have them running up and down the court and chasing after tennis balls, and with two quick water breaks it makes for some great exercise. There is a lot of technical instruction as well, they teach the kids the correct tennis terms and techniques and pay a lot of attention to their swings and I've seen a really amazing amount of progress in the boy's little tennis game. The program is really accommodating for rain days too, if a session is missed you are welcome to bring them to any other session on the alternate days as your program, and they also have a hotline to let you know if the class is canceled because of the weather. The kids need to have their own racquet and water, and the only other must have is a lot of energy! The cost varies from $65 to $105 per session, and the information can be found here. [slideshow]