SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Dr. Jonathon Douglas, co-owner at Broadway Spinal Care, has taken the local tennis community by storm with his innovative and impactful summer camps for young players at Beth Yates Park which started at the beginning of June.
Since their commencement, these camps have attracted enthusiastic participants and garnered rave reviews from many parents. With the camps scheduled to run until the end of August, the transformative influence of Dr. Douglas has already become evident.
Parents of the young tennis campers have praised Dr. Douglas and his coaching methods, emphasizing the positive changes they have witnessed in their children’s endurance, hand-eye coordination, and overall performance.
Tammy McDonald, a parent of one of the camp participants, expressed her delight at her child’s improvement and eagerness to enroll in future tennis camps.
Other parents echoed these sentiments, highlighting the significant strides their children have made since joining the program.
Doctor, or Coach, Jonathon Douglas, in an exclusive interview with SylacaugaNews.com, shared the achievements of the camps, highlighting the progress made by the participants in just a few weeks.
Starting from the basics, the children have now quickly improved their forehand and backhand volleys. The involvement of high school tennis team members as instructors has proved invaluable, allowing younger participants to learn from experienced players and enhance their footwork and agility.
“We have a structured routine that includes warm-up exercises, agility training, and skill development sessions,” explained Coach Douglas. Participants arrive 15 minutes early to engage in a well-defined warm-up regimen, ensuring that they are prepared for the day’s activities which typically begin at 4:00 p.m.
Coach Douglas has also implemented a unique agility pad to enhance coordination and movement skills, fostering a well-rounded approach to tennis training.
Camp days are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week with a select number of Sundays serving as tournament simulations to help tennis newcomers get accustomed to what a matchday experience is like.
With a positive reception from parents and remarkable progress made by participants, Dr. Jonathan Douglas’s tennis camps have undoubtedly become the talk of the town.
The camps’ success has shattered stereotypes associated with tennis as an exclusive sport that is financially gatekept, as Dr. Douglas emphasizes inclusivity and the potential for children from diverse backgrounds to excel on the court.
The summer tennis camps are slated to go until the last week of August, but due to a few weather cancellations, may run into the start of September.
With the transformative influence of these camps, a new generation of talented tennis players is poised to emerge, carrying the torch for the sport in Sylacauga for years to come.