Development Level

Move, groove and improve your tennis skills at the Cary Leeds Center! The Development Level Program introduces tennis basics while improving self-confidence and athleticism. Using low compression balls, proper sized courts and equipment and modified scoring, we enable children to learn tennis faster.

Programming will continue rain or shine!

*In compliance with New York City Emergency Executive Order No. 225, Key to NYC, all eligible individuals will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter and participate in programming at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning.

NEW: Tennis 4 Tots

Tennis for Tots is a wonderful first step to introducing your child to tennis, sports and overall athleticism. This class is designed for ages 3.5 – 5 year olds and will feature fun games that are perfectly suited to advance your child’s hand-eye coordination, balance and love for tennis.

Tennis for Tots will be a high energy class that will give your child a fun and  unique experience. The class will feature the use of cones, balloons and props to keep all students engaged and captivated.

ROGY Method

ROGY is an acronym (Red, Orange, Green, Yellow) for the progression of low-compression tennis balls that junior players use at each stage of development to maximize fun and skill acquisition, beginning with the red ball and advancing through to the traditional yellow ball.

  • Red Ball (Ages 5 & up / No UTR Required)
    Kids progress through the red ball level classes obtaining an understanding of the appropriate use of grips, stance and some specific tennis footwork patterns. By the end of the Red class series, players will learn to rally, serve and score.
  • Orange Ball (Ages 8 & up / No UTR Required)
    Players are now further challenged with the Orange Level with faster balls on a 60’ court. Kids develop sound technique using correct grips and swing patterns. Movement, speed, coordination and dynamic balance skills are further developed. Players will improve their consistency and start using some advanced patterns in point construction. At this stage training will focus on live ball situations and match play.
  • Green & Yellow Ball (Ages 10 & up for Green ball, Ages 12 & up for Yellow ball / No UTR Required)
    Training is designed for novice players ages 11-14 and beginner players ages 14-18 on a full size court where players will be able to move dynamically and use all footwork patterns. Players will work on developing first and second serve with depth, direction and spin. They will learn to recognize when to defend & attack and develop a strategy when constructing points. Training focuses on improving players ‘ net game skills, including approach shots, swing volleys & overheads. Players will work on singles and doubles strategies.

Program Components:

  • One 2 hour class for Red, Orange, Green and Yellow Balls.
  • Provides group instruction for players of all levels, focusing on teaching technique, learning consistency, and point construction.

Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) is a reliable, accurate index that rates players’ skill in tennis. UTR rates all players—men, women, and children—on a single 16-point scale (with two decimal places, e.g., 11.29) that works for players globally regardless of their skill level, from beginners to top professional competitors.


Fall Session: September 9, 2021 – January 23, 2022

  • 11/25/21 – 11/28/21: Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/20/21 – 1/2/22: Holiday Break
  • 1/24/22 – 1/30/22: Make-up Week

Spring Session: January 31, 2022 – June 12, 2022

  • 2/21/22 – 2/27/22: President’s Week
  • 4/11/22 – 4/17/22: Spring Break
  • 6/13/22 – 6/19/22: Make-up Week

The following dates may incur rescheduling


Level/Age Group Class Days and Times
(Choice of 2 hour class)
Fee per Session
Tennis 4 Tots
Monday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
OR Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Red Ball
5 & up
Saturday, 9:00 – 11:00 am,
OR Sunday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm (tennis) 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm (fitness)
Orange Ball
8 & up
Tuesday, 5:00 - 7:00 pm,
Saturday, 9:00 – 11:00 am
OR Sunday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm (tennis) 4:30 - 5:00 pm (fitness)
Green Ball
10 & up
Monday, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday, 5:00 - 7:00 pm,
Saturday, 9:00 – 11:00 am,
OR Sunday, 4:00 – 4:30 pm (fitness) 4:30 - 6:00 pm (tennis)
Yellow Ball
12 & up
Wednesday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 – 11:00 am,
OR Sunday, 4:00 – 4:30 pm (fitness) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (tennis)

On Court Safety Policy:

  • Masks must be worn by all participants in Red, Orange & Green classes
  • Masks must be worn by all participants under the age of 12
  • Masks must be worn by all individuals, regardless of age or vaccination status, when there are more than 6 total people on the court, including the coach.
  • Maintain physical distance

Contact us at or 718.247.7420 for more information.

Changes to program selection will incur a $10 admin fee
Changes to transportation will incur a $5 admin fee
Cary Leeds Center does not guarantee make-ups for classes missed by the participant
Refund, Cancellation, and Make-up Policy