Invitational Programs

These programs are offered twice a week by coaches’ invitation only. Invitations are mailed in mid June for the upcoming school year.

Young Stars

For advanced beginning to intermediate level players in grades 3 – 4

The Young Stars program is the highest level of after school tennis for grades 3 – 4. Players invited into this program may also choose the Young Stars Plus option, which includes monthly opportunities for non-threatening competitive play (see “Play Days” below).

Young Stars is offered in Fall and Spring semesters. Program details (times, dates and cost), as well as registration information, are provided in the coaches’ invitation letters.

Slamming Aces

For advanced beginning to intermediate level players in grades 5 – 8

The Slamming Aces program is the highest level of after school tennis for grades 5 – 8. Players invited into this program may also choose the Slamming Aces Plus option, which offers weekly competitive USTA Junior Team Tennis play. 

Slamming Aces is offered in Fall and Spring semesters. Program details (times, dates and cost), as well as registration information, are provided in the coaches’ invitation letters.

ACE

For intermediate to advanced level players in grades 5 – 8

Puahou’s “A Competitive Edge” (ACE) Program is a competitive tennis training program for students who are looking to improve their competitive game play.

The program features on-court stroke production, fitness and strength training, technique development, match play strategy and tactics, mental and emotional toughness training, video analysis and more. This program helps prepare players for future ILH team play, USTA/HPS Tournaments, USTA Team Tennis league play and other competitive events.

There are three levels within the ACE program, beginning with entry level (ACE III) and progressing to the highest competitive level (ACE I). In addition to having the skills and abilities to play at this level, students must possess a positive attitude and consistently display excellent sportsmanship.

ACE participants also have the opportunity for match/tournament play, in the form of “Play Days” for ACE I and II (see “Play Days” below) or USTA Junior Team Tennis for ACE III.

The ACE program is offered in Fall and Spring semesters. Program details (times, dates and cost), as well as registration information, are provided in the coaches’ invitation letters.

ACE Level I

Highest level

Top-ranked students are selected for ACE I from the current USTA/HPS Standings Lists as of June 15 or following the USTA Summer Junior Sectionals Tournament.

Eligibility

Players must be active participants in USTA/HPS Junior Open Level Tournaments, USTA Team Tennis League or Honolulu Tennis League (adult league).

A maximum of 12 students are selected, by invitation only, for ACE I and Play Days.

ACE Level II

Intermediate level

Eligibility

Players must be active participants in USTA/HPS Junior Tournaments (Open, Intermediate or Novice) or USTA Team Tennis League.

A maximum of 16 students are selected, by invitation only.

ACE II students may join ACE I players and participate in the Saturday Play Days (see below) as an additional workout, and a way to incorporate match and tournament play. Play Day enrollment is limited to 12 players and registration priority is given to ACE I players.

ACE Level III

Entry level

Eligibility

Students must be active participants in USTA/HPS Junior Tournaments (Open, Intermediate or Novice) or USTA Team Tennis League.

A maximum of 24 students are selected, by invitation only.

ACE III students are eligible to participate on Punahou’s USTA Junior Team Tennis teams.

 

Play Days

Tennis “Play Days” at Punahou allow students to play in a fun, non-threatening, non-elimination, and competitive environment. Students participate in actual play at their level against players of similar age and skill. These low-key competitions are organized in formats to allow children to play again and again, whether they win or lose. Emphasis is placed on participation, effort, sportsmanship and having fun. With equipment sized right and play that is appropriate, students build confidence and improve on the skills they learned during group lessons.

Red Ball

Offered by coaches’ invitation only, grades 1* – 2 (age 8 and under)

Activities include Round Robin Play and other games with breaks and snacks

  • Approximately 1 hour in duration
  • 36' court used

Prerequisite: Students must be able to serve overhand or underhand and be able to sustain a rally over a smaller net.

Open to grade 2, age 8 and under, and select grade 1 students by invitation only. 

Play Days are offered in Spring semester only. Details (times, dates and cost) are provided in the coaches’ invitation letters.

Orange Ball and Green Dot

Open to Young Stars participants, grades 3 – 4 (age 10 and under)

Activities include Round Robin Play and other games with breaks and snacks

  • Approximately 2 hours in duration (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • 60' court used
  • Held once per month on Saturdays

Prerequisite: Students must be able to serve overhand, sustain a rally, and be able to keep score.

Play Days are offered in Fall and Spring semesters. Details (times, dates and cost) are provided in the coaches’ invitation letters.

Ace I and II

Open to ACE I and II participants, grades 6* – 8

This program is for advanced, tournament-level players only.

  • 2 hours in duration
  • Full court used
  • Held most Saturdays (with some exceptions)

This program includes additional coach-observed tournament/match play with players outside of Punahou tennis, roughly one Saturday each month.

Enrollment is limited to 12 players and registration priority is given to ACE I players. Open to grades 7 and 8 students, and select grade 6 students by invitation only.

Play Days are offered in Fall and Spring semesters. Details (times, dates and cost) are provided in the coaches’ invitation letters.

 

Contact

Tennis School Office
Dillingham Tennis Complex
tennisschool@punahou.edu
808.944.5835 Tel
Hours: M – F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If your child is new to Punahou tennis and would like to be considered for an invitational program, call the Tennis Office at 944.5835 to schedule an on-court player assessment.