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Youth team tennis coming this summer

  • Keith Dismuke, right, owner of Zero Gravity Tennis in Harrisburg, instructs students at East Side School in a tennis drill. Dismuke is offering a summer tennis program for children ages 5-14 at the Harrisburg Township Park. Dismuke said he wants children to have fun, learn tennis basics and be active. He also thanked Harrisburg Unit 3 Superintendent Mike Gauch for the opportunity to present his tennis demonstration to Harrisburg schools.

    Keith Dismuke, right, owner of Zero Gravity Tennis in Harrisburg, instructs students at East Side School in a tennis drill. Dismuke is offering a summer tennis program for children ages 5-14 at the Harrisburg Township Park. Dismuke said he wants children to have fun, learn tennis basics and be active. He also thanked Harrisburg Unit 3 Superintendent Mike Gauch for the opportunity to present his tennis demonstration to Harrisburg schools.
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BY TRAVIS DENEAL tdeneal@dailyregister.com
updated: 5/16/2017 8:11 AM

HARRISBURG -- A local tennis instructor is offering a comprehensive tennis program for area children ages 5-14, and recently he gave demonstrations at Harrisburg area schools.

Keith Dismuke, owner of Zero Gravity Tennis, will have Harrisburg Youth Team Tennis beginning in early July at the Paul Emery Park Tennis Courts.

Dismuke said his program will use the U.S. Tennis Association play format. Depending on the age of the participants, the equipment used and court sizes will be modified.

"It will be tailored to their age and size, making it easier to play, rally and succeed right from the start," Dismuke said.

At his recent tennis demos, Dismuke had school children practice drills and team games as examples of some of the tips they will learn. For instance, a group of players sandwiched tennis balls between racquets and raced in unison -- ideally without losing a ball -- to work on coordination.

Dismuke said fun and activity are the motivating factors behind the tennis program.

"The drills and games help develop core tennis skills within a fun, yet structured environment," he said.

The program begins Monday, July 10 and runs through Aug. 2. It is on Mondays and Wednesdays. Ages 5-7 participate from 9 to 10 a.m. Ages 8-10 play 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and ages 11-14 play noon to 1 p.m. Early registration is now through June 11 and is $70. Players may still register after that date through July 10 for $90. All players receive a team T-shirt, age-appropriate racquet and ball, USTA junior membership and a "goodie bag."

Parents are required on court for players age 5 and 6. All participants should bring a bottle of water and a towel each week. To register, go online to MidwestTeamTennis.com. For additional information, contact Dismuke at (207) 329-5996 or e-mail him at ktdismusic@gmail.com.