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Midtown Junior Development Pathway

The Midtown Junior Development Program is one of the most extensive programs developed by evolve9. This was one of the first projects that evolve9 was involved in and stilll represents one of the most successful. The project started in 2006 even before the USTA Quickstart Program was launched, and has continued to go from strength to strength.

It represents one of the most successful, and arguably one of the most comprehensive, Quickstart programs in the US and provides the basis for all under 10 junior development in all Midtown Clubs.

Services and Resources provided include:

  • An extensive Coaches Manual with
  • Over 70 Lesson Plans
  • Over 50 activities each with 10 levels
  • Core Principles and Content
  • Technical Developments and Progressions
  • On going training workshops periodically for both Head Professionals, Junior Professionals and Staff Professionals
  • Remote consultancy to support
  • Phase II Academy Program for committed and exceptional players


What the Midtown Team say!

Over the years, there have been very few teachers who have captured the essence of progressive skill development for young aspiring tennis players. Most tennis professionals have been guilty of teaching young children based on a framework of strokes and games. Mike Barrell has taken a very different approach. He creates an environment in which the children learn a variety of general and specific reception and projection skills. His approach is based on very sound growth and development principles and it is characterized by the progressive accomplishment of age and level specific tasks. He communicates with clarity, wit and passion. His program is a must for anyone wanting to improve their teaching skills with young children.

Butch Staples – Head Tennis Professional – Midtown Tennis Club – Chicago
USPTA 1 / PTR Master Professional

Mike Barrell has successfully bridged the gap between teacher centered basket feeding and student centered Game Based Approach methodology. Mike makes every activity and game specific to physiological movement or skill development. His passion for growing the game is infectious.

Ajay Pant -National Tennis Director TCA

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