Rec news: Skyhawks programs, tennis on tap

For additional program information and registration, visit the Parks & Recreation website at www.MonroeRec.org.  Register early to secure your spot and avoid having programs cancelled due to low enrollment.

Skyhawks

Since 1979, Skyhawks Sports has led safe, fun and skill-focused sports camps and programs for youth between the ages of 3-12. They offer different sports and countless ways for your child to grow. Most Skyhawks programs at Wolfe Park; meet at the basketball courts the first day of each program.          

Beginning Golf — Boys and girls (ages 5 to 8) will learn the fundamentals of form, swinging, putting and body positioning. Using SNAG (Starting New At Golf) system, Skyhawks has simplified instruction so that young players can make an effective transition onto the golf course. All equipment provided. Course runs July 9 to 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $129 resident/$140 non-resident.

Flag Football — Boys and girls (ages 7 to 12) learn skill on both sides of the football including the core components of passing, catching and defense, all in a fun and positive environment. Course runs July 16 to 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $129 resident/$140 non-resident.

Mini-Hawk (soccer, baseball and basketball) — This multi-sport program was developed to give children a positive first step into athletics. The essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a big focus on fun. All games and activities are designed to allow campers to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination and skill development at their own pace. The program is for ages 4 to 7. Session 1 is June 25 to 29; session 2, July 16 to 20; session 3 July 30 to Aug. 3, all from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $129 resident/$140 non-resident.

Multi-Sport (soccer, baseball, basketball and flag football) — This camp is designed to introduce young athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. Athletes will learn the rules and essentials of each sport through skill-based games and scrimmages. By the end of the week, children will walk away with knowledge of new sports along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork and self-discipline. This camp includes an hour at the pool two days a week. The program is for ages 7 to 12. Session 1 is June 25 to 29; session 2, July 9 to 13; session 3, July 30 to Aug. 3, all from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $145 resident/$159 non-resident.

Soccer — Skyhawks is the nation’s number one camp for learning the fundamentals of soccer. Using a progressional curriculum, boys and girls will gain the technical skills and sport knowledge required for their next step into soccer. The program is held July 23 to 27 for ages 5 to 7 and 7 to 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $129 resident/$140 non-resident.

Lacrosse — This program combines the basic skills used in soccer, basketball and hockey into one fast paced, high scoring game. Athletes will learn all the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing and shooting, all in a fun, non-checking environment. Participants must provide their own equipment which includes protective headgear (goggles for girls, helmets for boys), gloves and stick. Limited lacrosse kits are available for rent (helmet, gloves and stick) on www.skyhawks.com. The program is for ages 7 to 12 and runs July 2, 3, 5, and 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $85 resident/$99 non-resident.

Sand Volleyball — All aspects of the game are taught through drills and exercise that focus on passing, setting, hitting and serving. This co-ed program is designed for the beginner to intermediate player. The volleyball staff will assist each athlete in developing fundamental skills through game-based drills and daily scrimmages aimed at developing the whole player. This camp includes an hour at the pool two days a week. Program is for ages 10 to 14.  It runs Aug. 6 to 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee is $135 resident/$146 non-resident.

Summer tennis

Greg Sansonetti is returning for in his eighth year along with his adult staff. Based in Fairfield County, Sansonetti brings more than 25 years’ worth of tennis teaching experience. For more information, visit www.fairfieldcountytennis.com or call 203-414-9453.

Weekly sessions are offered this summer at Wolfe Park. Each participant will learn a different stroke daily. Lessons include instruction on the forehand, backhand, serve and volley. Children can either participate in a cross-training component or an optional pool break. Cross-training will include games such as hoccer, soccer and kickball to facilitate coordination as well as improve endurance. Match Play will be offered as an option in addition to field games. USTA 10 and younger tennis Match Play, designed for the junior player, will be played on a modified court with tennis balls designed for their specific skill level. This will provide players with an opportunity to play ‘real’ tennis and learn the rules of the game. Children will receive a minimum of two hours on-court instruction each day and should bring a nut-free snack daily. All participants need to bring their own racquets (or purchased through instructor $25). Fairfield County Tennis cancellation line is 203-283-5629 after hours.

Lessons are Monday to Thursday with a rain date of Friday. Week 1, June 25 to 28; Week 2, July 2, 3, 5; Week 3, July 9 to 12; Week 4, July 16 to 19; Week 5, July 23 to 26; Week 6, July 30 to Aug. 2; Week 7, Aug. 6 to 9; Week 8, Aug. 13 to 16. Junior Camps (ages 5 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 16) meet at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fees vary, so visit the website.

Junior Summer Clinic will be Wednesdays, June 20 to July 25 (no class July 4). Ages 5 to 7 meet 6 to 7 p.m. Ages 8 to 11 meet 7 to 8 p.m. Register for beginner, advanced beginner, low intermediate or intermediate lessons. Fees are  $110 resident/$121 non-resident through June 6; $125 resident/$137 non-resident beginning June 7.

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