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Who can participate in Darlington School Tennis Academy?
The Tennis Academy enrolls highly motivated male and female student-athletes who share a common goal – to obtain a premier college-preparatory education and world-class tennis training within a single, competitive program. Both boarding and day students may participate in the program.

What is the difference between JETA and JAT?
The Junior Elite Tournament Academy program (JETA) is a robust training regimen designed for advanced players. JETA develops each player to his or her maximum potential by focusing on performance, strategy, tactics, tennis psychology, footwork, conditioning, match game plans and more. The Junior Advancement Training program (JAT) is designed for less advanced players who need an emphasis on stroke production, consistency and variety of placement. A sound tennis foundation is stressed, along with a complete introduction to the philosophy of the game.
How much does it cost to participate in the Tennis Academy?
2017-18 Tennis Academy Fees for Day Students JETA JAT
Full year, full-time training $4,250 $3,000
One semester, full-time training $2,750 $1,400
Full year, part-time training two days a week $3,000 $1,350
One semester, part-time training two days a week $1,500 $1,000
2017-18 Tennis Academy Fees for Boarding Students JETA JAT
Full year, full-time training $5,750 $3,400
One semester, full-time training $3,250 $1,800
Full year, part-time training two days a week $3,600 $1,750
One semester, part-time training two days a week $2,000 $1,000

Fees include training, USTA member registration, Tennis Academy gear, Tennis Analytics data, one private lesson per week, transportation to and from practice, college guidance, entry fees and travel costs for two tournaments per semester, and nutritional guidance.

How often does the Tennis Academy train?
Student-athletes train Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from approximately 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Wednesday training sessions will begin at 4 p.m. with in-class video analysis. Optional weekend training and match play may be scheduled with transportation provided. All training takes place off campus.

Where do they train?
Participants are trained by the professional tennis staff at the Rome Tennis Center and have access to both the new, state-of-the-art Rome Tennis Center at Berry College – the largest single surface facility in the nation – as well as the City of Rome’s downtown facility. As any Darlington student does, players have complete access to the Huffman Memorial Athletic Center, a 96,000-square-foot facility with a natatorium, indoor track, weight room, swimming pool, and four multi-purpose courts.

What is the Tennis Academy’s training philosophy?
Our goal is to provide the highest quality tennis instruction and learning atmosphere, while creating a productive environment. Character development, skill improvement and a competitive, attitude-driven training ambience are qualities that our USPTA-certified staff professionals adhere to.

What is a typical training session like?
Weekly training sessions include warm up and cool down stretching, live ball and dead ball drills, competitive pressure drills, chalk talks, match charting, video stroke analysis, mental toughness sessions, match play with highlighted rule changes, and a private lesson in addition to group training.

What type of medical support do players receive?
Darlington School has a contract with Floyd Medical Center to provide medical services. Floyd provides full-time athletic trainers, physical therapists, orthopedists and weekly doctor’s visits for our students and players.

What type of college guidance is available?
All Darlington students are supported by the school’s full-time college guidance staff and their resources. The staff of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College also contact college coaches directly; track grades and extracurricular activities; and review videos and player profiles so that these items can be shared with the schools in which the player is interested.

How does the Tennis Academy help players achieve success?
The training programs designed by the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College paired with Darlington’s rigorous college-preparatory offerings push each member to reach his or her potential – whether that is to play recreationally or to strive for the college game or beyond. Participants train nine months per year with highly qualified coaches and have numerous opportunities to compete both locally and regionally.
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