The Star Search program is designed to nurture and further develop the tennis skills of identified 8-12 year olds from culturally-diverse communities throughout Colorado. These players possess a love for the sport and are committed by actively participating in outside tennis programming.
There are NO FEES associated with Star Search.
Fall and Winter Programs
Our fall Star Search program is held outdoors at Denver City Park on Saturday afternoons from mid-September through October. The winter program takes place indoors at Colorado Athletic Club Monaco from mid-December to May on Saturday evenings.
Applicants need to have the following basic skill set:
- Can successfully use self-starting shots;
- Comfortable hitting ground strokes and volleys off of both sides (forehands and backhands);
- Can sustain a 7 ball rally (with a peer) on the appropriate sized court;
- Uses the overhead service motion with success 5 out of 10 tries;
- Able to keep score accurately; and
- Understands the basic rules of match play.
If you know of a junior between the ages of 8 and 12 from a culturally-diverse community that has these basic tennis skills and a love for the sport, please encourage them to complete this application and to mark the following day on their calendars for our Star Search Viewing Day.
Viewing Day: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Location: Denver City Park (E. 23rd Avenue & York Street, Denver 80205. 720/913-0689)
Times: 1-2:30pm Orange ball (Group 2): Advanced beginner/intermediate: 8-10 years
2:30-4:30pm Green ball (Group 1): Advanced beginner/intermediate: 11-12 years
Star Search participants must be involved with tennis outside of the Star Search program. Players are encouraged to attend the following:
- Local Play Days;
- Colorado Junior Team Tennis;
- Sanctioned and non-sanctioned tournaments and/or
- Drills, private instruction and tennis camps.
If you know of players from underrepresented ethnic groups who would benefit from the Star Search opportunity, who meet the minimum skill requirements and who demonstrate a high interest in pursuing the sport, please:
1. Provide them with a summary of the program;
2. Encourage them to complete an on line application and attend the viewing day; and/or
3. Encourage them to visit this webpage for additional details.
For additional information, please contact Cindy MacMaster, USTA Colorado Player Development Director.