Granite State Kids, a not-for-profit Community Tennis Association under the USTA, has announced the formation of both a 14-and-under and 18-and-under Junior Tennis Teams.
This is the fourth year that Granite State Kids has run teams from the Lakes Region.
In 2011 the Lakes Region 18U was the state runner up and last year the 14-U team won the state title.
Coaching the teams this year will be Phil Eisenmann and Barbara Aichinger. Aichinger is on the USTA New Hampshire Board and long-time USTA Adult league player and has coached the Lakes Region Royals for the past four years. Phil is a member of the USTA, and a former high school tennis player, with more than 15 years of coaching experience, giving group and private instruction. Eisenmann is an enthusiastic coach, active in teaching children the basics of youth sports with his continued involvement with Gilmanton Youth Organization (GYO), Lakes Region United Soccer Club (LRU), and his co-founding of Lakes Region Tennis Association (LRTA).
Eisenmann, who teaches in many of the Park and Rec Tennis programs, explained why he is joining the Lakes Region Royals coaching staff: "While I continue to get new entrants to the Park and Rec programs, some of my players are getting better and that's why I'm so excited about what is being developed with Granite State Kids.... Seems like a great next step for motivated, excited players."
Aichinger added, "Our teams now are challenging the Southern New Hampshire teams and it's great to see the progress our players have made."
Practices will be once a week in the Gilford area and matches will be on Thursdays in either Manchester or Bedford. Matches will be double-headers so kids get ample opportunity to play.
The format of the team is five positions. Boys and Girls Singles, Boys and Girls Doubles and
Mixed Doubles. The season runs from July 1 to Aug. 8.
New England Championships and even the National Championships.
More information can be found at www.GraniteStateKids.com. The cost is $175 per player and includes USTA membership, team shirt, weekly coached practices, weekly match play, and balls.