These programs are offered twice a week by coaches’ invitation only. Invitations are mailed at the end of May for the upcoming school year. If your child is new to Punahou tennis and would like to be considered for an invitational program, call the Tennis Office to schedule an on-court player assessment.
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.
For advanced beginning to intermediate level players in 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.
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.
Play Days at Punahou allow students to play tennis in a fun, non-threatening, non-elimination environment. Students learn the appropriate boundaries of the court (singles/doubles) and participate in competitive “play” scenarios 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 fun. With equipment that is sized for young bodies and a level of play that is appropriate, students build confidence and improve on the fundamental skills they learn during the weekday group lessons.
ACE Play Days are for more advanced, tournament-level players seeking more serious competition.
Play Days take place on Saturdays throughout the school year and students are divided up by appropriate age and skill level (progression ball color).