OKMSRC Junior Tennis Program “The Sand Sharks”
OKM sponsors the Sand Sharks Junior Tennis Program, which competes in the Northern Virginia Tennis League (NVTL). Established in 1980, our program has grown from a handful of players to over 125 in 2016! The program is designed for all youth from 6-18 years old, and from beginner players who have never held a racquet to high school varsity-level players (3.0 rated). Our summer tennis program is based on FUN, solid tennis basics, and good sportsmanship.
Before school is out, the Sand Sharks practice in the afternoon either two or three times per week depending on group. Once school is out, practice is held every day except Wednesday, which is known as Match Day. On Wednesdays, the competitive team participates in NVTL competitions in the morning, and there’s an open round-robin competition for all ages and tennis levels in the afternoon.
Gordon Lee is returning as Director of the OKM Junior Tennis Program and will be conducting player evaluations. He will also run varsity tennis practices for those aspiring to play high school and college-level tennis. Flori Stavros is returning as our Head Coach, but Coach Alec Scicchitano will sub in as head coach for the first few weeks of practice. We also welcome Megan Harwood and Jacob Peter as our Assistant Tennis Coaches. To help players prepare for tennis evaluations, John O’Grady-Walsh will hold tennis evaluation preparation clinics once a week in June and July. Check the schedule for these additional free clinics.
In addition to being a program that’s focused on fun and fundamentals, both our boys and girls teams are highly competitive in the NVTL. The Girl’s Team (ages 11-18) won the NVTL Juniors Championship last summer in the 2016 season. Since 2000, the Boy’s Team (ages 11-18) has won 11 NVTL Championships and the Girls Team has won eight Championships. Our co-ed 10 & Under Team also participates in an intra-squad league on Wednesday mornings and will play other clubs as time permits.
In both 2009 and 2011, the OKM Juniors Team was the recipient of the “Neighborgall Trophy of Junior Excellence.” This honor was inspired by its namesake Roger Neighborgall, who started the Northern Virginia Junior Tennis League in 1971. It is awarded to the club that has the best overall ratings for at least three teams in the league. Historically, our OKM Tennis Teams have won more than 50 NVTL Championships.
OKM Sand Sharks junior tennis is a great place for learning and competition on the courts. Come join the tennis fun at OKM!
Sand Sharks Saturday Tennis Evaluation Clinics (Optional)
Designed to give tennis players seeking to be evaluated an opportunity to practice and prepare for the formal evaluation. These clinics are voluntary and completely optional.
The clinic leader, John O’Grady-Walsh, will mirror Director Lee’s evaluation criteria. Click here to learn more about the evaluation criteria.