Tennis Pro brings new programs to JCC

by | Jun 13, 2014 | What’s Happening

Pickle-ball anyone? Learn how to play this fast growing sport, as well as tennis when tennis pro Carl Earnshaw brings his racquet programs to the Simon Family JCC.

Involved in playing and promoting tennis since 1977, Earnshaw has taught and coached extensively as a player, coach, and tennis camp director. He currently coaches two USTA ladies’ leagues, and runs tennis and pickle-ball classes at several area rec centers.

In late June, Earnshaw begins tennis instruction at the JCC, offering group and private lessons. He also hopes to teach clinics for all youth levels as well as for adults, and to start JCC leagues.

Since 2011, Earnshaw has taken a keen interest to the sport of pickle-ball. In this game, which he’d like to start teaching and overseeing at the JCC, whiffle balls and wooden racquets are used on a smaller court. “It’s a great introduction to racquet sports for little ones,” he says. “And for seniors, it’s a perfect way to get exercise and play a competitive sport without overexerting.” Indeed, some 70% of those who play this sport are over age 60.

As he looks forward to working with campers and youth this summer, he says, “Let’s start them young and make it fun.”