| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Bethpage Park Tennis Center in Farmingdale, N.Y. held its 10th annual High School Coaches Workshop on Sunday, bringing together high school coaches and even some players from Long Island for an afternoon of drills, hitting sessions and tutorials.

The clinic included some of the top players from the Bethpage Park facility as well as local high school players, and combined with the coaches and instructors, provided a great way for all involved to learn from each other.

It began with the coaches hitting on court with each other and Bethpage Park Tennis Center co-owners and co-tennis directors Keith Kambourian and Steve Kaplan provided presentations on different drills throughout.

The event was made possible by Serve and Return Inc. and Sports and Fitness Performance who continue to add elements to the workshop. In addition, this year also featured help from the USTA and the USPTA.

One of the main objectives of the workshop is for the members of the local tennis community, both those who work for private businesses and those who coach at public schools, to develop relationships with each other in order to enhance the sport for all.  

“The goal for this yearly workshop is to enhance communication between the tennis teaching and scholastic school coaching communities by sharing and exchanging ideas. This year, with support Serve and Return Inc., Sports and Fitness Performance, the USTA and the USPTA, we had a successful workshop with coaches coming from all over Long Island to hit a few balls, network and learn new drills and techniques,” said Kaplan. “High School tennis is an invaluable experience for young tennis players and the theme of this year’s workshop focused on how coaches can make school tennis more challenging for high performance players and more accessible for up and coming players.”

The boys’ high school season on Long Island gets underway on March 30. 

Bethpage Park Tennis Center co-owners Steve Kaplan and Keith Kambourian speak to the workshop's attendees.

South Side tennis coach Chris Colesanti gets some hitting in during Sunday's workshop.