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.


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 90 minute 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 sessions run from September 9, 2019 to January 26, 2020.
Spring sessions run from January 26, 2020 to May 30, 2020.

The following dates may incur rescheduling:

10/7, 8, 9 – Bubble Installation
11/28, 29 & 30 – Thanksgiving Break
12/22-1/4 – Holiday Break
4/26-5/2 – Bubble Take Down   

Transportation: Daily round trip transportation is available from designated pick-up and drop-off points or door-to-door. Pick up and drop off points are 93rd Street & 3rd Avenue or 96th Street & Broadway.

Cost per session is $510 round trip from pick up and drop off points, and $850 for door-to-door. Contact us at for more information.



Level/Age Group Class Days and Times
(Choice of one 90 minute class)
Fee per Session
Red Ball
5 & up
Saturday, 9:00 – 10:30 am,
OR Sunday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Orange Ball
8 & up
Tuesday, 4:00 - 5:30 pm,
Thursday, 4:00 - 5:30 pm,
Friday, 5:00 - 6:30,
Saturday, 9:00 – 10:30 am,
OR Sunday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Green Ball
10 & up
Monday, 5:30 - 7:00 pm,
Tuesday, 5:00 - 6:30 pm,
Thursday, 5:00 - 6:30 pm,
Friday, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
OR Sunday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Yellow Ball
12 & up
Saturday 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
OR Sunday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Contact Executive Director of Tennis, Liezel Huber 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