Vineyard Family Tennis Summer Camps

Vineyard Family Tennis Club

Oak Bluffs, MA 02557


Overview

The Vineyard Youth Tennis Foundation began in 1997 by providing free tennis lessons in the West Tisbury and Oak Bluffs Schools. VYT then purchased 12 acres of land at the “blinker light” and built 4 clay courts, a back board and a clubhouse. The four Har-tru courts were opened for play on July 22, 2002. Daily instruction began in the summer months of July and August, serving an average of 250 children weekly. An inflatable bubble was erected over two courts during the winter months so the children could improve their skills without interruption.

The Clubhouse is a beautiful Vineyard style building designed by Charles Sullivan, with interior design by Twanette Tharp. It contains boys and girls locker rooms and bathrooms, a reception area, a media room, offices and a viewing deck for tennis looking out over two courts. All of VYT’s capital and operating expenses were met by private donations.

In 2018, our long time, extremely generous benefactor announced that funding would no longer continue. Soon after, a northeast storm destroyed the aging bubble. In October, a new bubble was purchased thanks to the generosity of the MV Youth Organization. The new dome features a 35' skylight, increased durability and LED sport lighting. The new bubble is expected to be ready for play on or around January 23, 2019.

The Vineyard Family Tennis name reflects our commitment to providing a comfortable, healthy, fun and safe environment for tennis players of all ages to enjoy the sport for a lifetime.

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About Our Coaches

Mike Johns

Mike brings over 25 years of experience as a USPTA teaching professional to the adidas/VFT Tennis Camp. In that time, he has coached numerous players to top USTA rankings as well as successful college careers. He also serves as the Director of Tennis at the Farm Neck Golf Club where he has developed one of New England’s premier tennis programs.

Mike has built an impressive team of current and former college tennis players as well as an outstanding support staff.

Players of all ages will find our instructors to be highly skilled, well organized, and eager to share their enthusiasm and love of the game.

Mike grew up in Bristol, CT and attended the University of Connecticut. He lives on Martha’s Vineyard with his wife Jessica and their two daughters.


Camp Details

Full Day: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

Half Day: Monday-Friday 9am-12pm OR 1-4pm

*Lunch is NOT included. Please bring a bagged lunch.

TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE

8:45-9:00        Check-in
9:00-9:30        Off-court warm up and stretching
9:30-10:30      Small-group training
10:30-10:45    Break
10:45-12:00    Partner-based training and 1-on-1 sessions
12:00-1:00      Lunch and pick-up for half-day campers
1:00-2:00        Tactics and Cooperative off-court games
2:00-3:00        Match play and competitive games
3:00-4:00        Tennis skills competition
4:00                End of full-day session


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