Invitational Programs

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.

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

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 I (advanced level)

Top-ranked students are selected for ACE I from the current USTA Standings Lists as of April 30.

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

ACE I students are encouraged to join the 2-hour Saturday ACE Play Day as a supplemental workout focused on match play scenarios.

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

ACE II (intermediate level)

Players must be active participants in USTA Junior Tournaments (Open or Challenger) or USTA Junior Team Tennis.

A maximum of 16 students are selected, by invitation.

ACE II students are eligible to participate on Punahou’s USTA Junior Team Tennis teams. Some ACE II players may be eligible to join the Saturday ACE Play Day based on availability.

ACE III (entry level)

Students must be active participants in USTA Junior Tournaments (Openor Challenger) or USTA Team Tennis.

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

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).

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 (10 – 11 a.m.)
  • 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 both the Fall and Spring semesters. 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 twice 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 both the Fall and Spring semesters. Details (times, dates and cost) are provided in the coaches’ invitation letters.

ACE I and II

Open to ACE I, 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 both the Fall and Spring semesters. Details (times, dates and cost) are provided in the coaches’ invitation letters.

School Year Registration

Tennis School classes are offered in semesters (fall or spring). Specific course information and registration is available through After School Programs.

Courses and Registration

Contact

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