| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The USTA Eastern Long Island Region is offering a new Saturday training program for junior players designed to introduce new players to the game of tennis and prepare those with some experience for tournament and team play. The affordably-priced Early Training Program, offered at a price of $100 per child (with a 10 percent discount for the second child in the same family) for 10 two-hour sessions weekly, is available for children ages five through 18. It is sponsored by the USTA Eastern Long Island Region and National Junior Tennis League, is run by Long Island Tennis Services, under the direction of Daniel Burgess. Burgess, who is the president of the USTA Eastern Long Island Region, has 35 years of coaching experience and is a USPTA P1. All coaches are certified by USPTA and PTR and are USTA clinicians.

The program incorporates the USTA QuickStart format for younger stars up to age 10 and a comprehensive instructional curriculum for teen and pre-teen champions.

The sessions will take place at Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis, 525 Eagle Avenue in West Hempstead, N.Y. Participants can choose from 6:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. time slots on Saturdays and classes begin Saturday, March 3.

For more information or to register for the Early Training Program, e-mail amertwist@aol.com or call (516) 343-5957.