Things You Need to Know
Only Ashburn Farm, Brambleton, Lenah Mill or Kirkpatrick Farms HOA residents can receive membership rates BUT the account has to be set up correctly. If you live outside of those communities you are considered “non-member”. We are obligated to provide address information to the HOA management for accuracy. Image below shows the example for the Additional Info section of the account set up page which needs to be completed correctly.
We use GoTimmy system for online registration and payment with a credit card.
You must have an account before registering. Here is the link to Create an Account.
On the registration site, our classes are organized as follows:
- PROGRAM – Locations for the classes. (Ashburn Farm, Brambleton, Kirkpatrick Farms, Lenah Mill)
- SEASON – Sessions (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5) for each 8-week group class.
- They are listed by Session number and named with level and age group. (Session 5 is 4-weeks only)
- You can start at any Session.
- Images below show how to find a class on our registration site.
When you are registering siblings at the same time, the system will prompt you to apply the “Sibling Discount”.
Sibling discount is, 5% off for each additional child.
The first child is full price.
- We always add information on our website. Please check online first before sending your questions to us. We have limited resources to answer administrative questions.
- Best way to communicate with us is by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will reply to emails Mon. – Fri. unless they are urgent and time sensitive.
- We do not share our coaches phone numbers or emails.
- Cancelations are communicated from the administration for all classes.
An email and/or text will be sent out as soon as possible PRIOR to the class time. We have to inspect the courts at different locations. We do our best to let you know as soon as possible.
Make up classes are offered at different days and times but may not be at the same location.
Players can only make up 2 classes unless they are medically excused. Make-ups must be done within the same session you missed the class.
If you had to miss a class, you may make it up by going to another location/time it is also offered, but
- if you know in advance, tell your coach that you will be missing a class.
- check the online registration website to make sure the class is not full,
- when you arrive to your make up class, check in with the coach to let them know you are making up a missed class.
Players may not be able to make up any of their missed classes IF all the classes offered during the session are full.
Pro-rating is available until the 3rd class of each session. After the 2nd class, players can do Drop-In if space is available, or will need to pay the full rate. We have limited administrative resources to do this task.
Players need to bring their own racket, water, hand sanitizer and wear athletic attire.
Children Starter Racquets
For children just beginning to play tennis, all major racquet manufacturers offer a line of starter racquets. Starter racquets are lightweight, inexpensive, and come in several different lengths.
A graphite/composite racquet is superior to an aluminum starter racquet and should be purchased once your child can start hitting the ball back and forth over the net. Graphite/composite frames are usually double the price of a starter racquet, but the materials these frames are made of will add power and pop on all of their shots. Expect to pay between $50.00 and $100.00 for a graphite/composite frame.
Graphite/Composite racquets can be difficult to find in smaller version frames, but children can adjust by choking up on the grip.
10 & Under Tennis Racquet Size Recommendations
2 years and up
35″ – 39″
4 years and up
40″ – 44″
6 years and up
45″ – 49″
8 years and up
50″ – 55″
26″ or 27″
11 years and up
Junior Racquets come in one grip size only, so do not worry about selecting a grip size when buying a racquet.
Adult Racquets & Tennis Elbow Prevention
How to measure a grip
Place the palm of your hand on the big handle bevel that is in line with the face (strings) of your racquet. There should be a gap from the tip of your ring finger and where your hand wraps around the grip to fit your index finger of your opposite hand through.
If there is not enough space, the grip is too small. If there is too much space, the grip is too big. Playing with the wrong grip size can contribute to tennis elbow. Gripping a racquet too tight in the ready position and poor stroke production are the two primary reasons why players get tennis elbow. A poor racquet choice can also be hard on your elbow. Light, stiff, head- heavy racquets contribute to tennis elbow, so look for a heavier, head-light racquet.
How to choose the right tennis racquet
We recommend play testing a tennis racquet prior to purchasing one. Only you can tell what feels comfortable to you.
The next thing to consider is what type of player you are and do you play mostly singles or doubles. Tennis players who primarily play doubles and spend most of their time at the net, often prefer a head-light oversize tennis racquet because they are easy to maneuver around at the net and have a larger sweet shot. The downfall of oversize frames is miss-hits on the outer edge of the frame will have more twist in your hand and can be hard on the elbow.
If ball control is your main concern, standard and mid-size tennis racquets have a smaller sweet spot than an oversized tennis racquet. However, they offer more control because you do not get the catapulting effect that you can get from racquets with an oversized string bed. Many high level players prefer a smaller head size for this reason.
Open of dense string pattern
Another area to consider is the pattern of the strings. An open string pattern has bigger spaces between the strings and will help when you add spin because the strings will “bite” into the ball more deeply. For example, the more topspin you add to your shots, the harder you can hit the ball and keep it in the court. An open pattern, for instance, could have 16 main and 20 cross strings. A dense string pattern, for example, could have 18 mains and 20 cross strings which will give you added control. To generate more topspin though, you’ll need to brush up on the ball more severely with a vertical racquet face.
How often should I replace my racquet?
If you’ve had the same old racquet for years and don’t think you need a new one, you might want to reconsider. Each time you strike a ball, the frame distorts backward to absorb the impact then bends forward as it returns energy to the ball. Over time, this process damages the bonds between the thousands of graphite fibers (the primary composite of racquets) and the resins that hold them together. Eventually, the frame looses stiffness and becomes “soft” causing a loss of power and control according to the United States Racquet Stringers Association.
While there’s no formula for determining how long your frame will last, most experts agree that, assuming you don’t abuse your racquet, you should think about replacing your frame every two years.
Luis Rosado Tennis Academy
Mailing Address: 41551 Bassett Place, Aldie VA 20105