Tennis Lessons

Tennis Lesson with Coach Albert Murata

Welcome to the Waialae Iki 5 Junior Development Program

Tennis is my passion and I’ve been teaching since 1985. I’ve developed a “fun-learning combination” program in an environment where students can develop their individual tennis skills in a positive manner while sharing the learning experience with others. 

I’m sensitive to individual needs and strive to contribute to your child’s growth as a tennis player and as a person. I encourage you to provide emotional support for your child, and I welcome your insights regarding your child’s personality traits and emotional maturity. Any information you can provide will facilitate your child’s success in the program.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

  • USPTA Teaching Professional 
  • USTA Net Generation Provider
  • USTA Hawaii Pacific Junior Team Tennis League Coordinator

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARDS

  • USPTA Hawaii Division Pro of the Year – 1990 & 2015
  • USPTA 30 Years of Service – 2016
  • USPTA Community Service – 1999, 2018
  • USPTA Special Recognition – 2007
  • USPTA Special Service – 2008
  • USTA Outstanding Service to Hawaii’s Youth – 1999
  • USTA Section Organizer of the Year – 2006
  • USTA JTT 20 Years of Service – 2019
  • HPTA Service – 1989

COACHING AWARDS

  • USTA JTT National Championships – Best Team Spirit 2009, 2012, 2017

PROGRAM OVERVIEW 

  • Lessons of all levels of play from ages 5 to 15.  
  • Carnival Day for all groups on the last lesson of each series.
  • Competitive league play for Orange, Green, Red Stars, and White Stars groups.

Maximum Student-Pro Ratio: 6 to 1 (1-hour groups) & 8 to 1 (1½-2 hour groups)

Group Descriptions

GROUP
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LEVEL
AGESCHARACTERISTICS
Red Developmental
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Hand-Eye
5-7Little or no previous instruction.  Developing racquet handling and footwork skills on a 36’ x 18’ court, using the “Red” low compression ball.
Red Competition
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Advanced Beginner
6-8Some previous instruction.  Ready to start rallying and able to hit serves successfully.  Eligible to compete on a 36’ x 18’ court, using the “Red” low compression ball.
Orange
Developmental
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Beginner
8-10Little or no previous instruction.  Developing strength and racquet handling skills and ready to hit on a 60’ x 27’ court, using the “Orange” low compression ball.
Orange Competition
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Advanced Beginner
8-11Some previous instruction.  Ready to start rallying and able to hit serves with a complete serving motion.  Eligible to compete on a 60’ x 27’ court, using the “Orange” low compression ball.
Green
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Intermediate
9-11Completed at least three seasons in the Orange level.  Developing strength and improved tracking skills.  Eligible to compete on a regulation court using the “Green” low compression ball.
Red Stars
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Intermediate
10-12Completed at least two seasons in the Green level.  Eligible to compete in Junior Team Tennis 2.5 level using the “Green” low compression ball.  
White Stars
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Intermediate Advanced
10-14Completed at least two seasons in the Red Stars level.  Active in Junior Tournaments and eligible to compete in Junior Team Tennis 3.0 level.

Tuition & Policy

Lesson Type/Time/RatioWI5 ResidentNon-Resident
Group – 1 hour (1 to 6)1417
Group – 1½ hour (1 to 8)2023
Group – 2 hour (1 to 8)2428
   
Small Group – 1 hour (1 to 3)2328
Small Group -1½ hour (1 to 3)3034
   
Private – 1 hour6066
Private – ¾ hour4550
Private – ½ hour3033
   
Semi-Private – 1 hour3235
Semi-Private – ¾ hour2427
Semi-Private – ½ hour1618

Tuition will be billed monthly, in advance, the third week of each month.  Payment is due to AM Stringing LLC within 7 days of receipt of the invoice.

One (1) excused absence per month will be allowed with advance notice at least one month ahead.  Excused absences include trips, school functions, or doctor/dentist appointments.  Tuition will not be charged for an excused absence.

If I must cancel a lesson due to inclement weather, I will attempt to notify you via text no less than 30 minutes before the scheduled lesson time.

If inclement weather interrupts a lesson, I will facilitate indoor tennis-related activities for the remainder of the lesson.

If I have to cancel lessons due to my own health or other emergencies, I will attempt to notify you via text no less than 60 minutes before the scheduled lesson time, and the tuition for that lesson will be prorated and credited to the next month’s tuition.