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Tennis Programs

Ball Machine Rental

Tune up your game! Ball machine rental includes a basket of balls and the machine.
Unless ball machine reservations are cancelled at least 12 hours in advance, the full rental fee may be charged. Ask about our “Ball Machine Club” card!

Time: Call 217-352-6044 to set up times. One hour minimum.
Member Fee: $4 per hour, plus cost of court
Guest Fee: $5 per hour, plus cost of court

Private Lesson

Available by appointment. Please schedule at least 48 hours in advance by calling 217-352-6044. Players may request to have a lesson in hitting, playing, and/or technical. The fee is per person for one hour. Unless lessons are cancelled at least 24 hours in advance, the full lesson fee may be charged.

Email yuri.sohn@champaignparks.org for more information.


Dodds Tennis Center Permanent Court Time Application

If you are interested in securing Dodds Tennis Center Permanent Court Time, please complete the following application.



Visit our Summer Explore! Program Guide for more information.

*All programs are subject to modification or cancellation based on recommendations from health officials and the Restore Illinois Plan. Masks will be required.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All players must have their own equipment including individual balls for serves. Players shall not touch opponent’s served balls, but return their opponent’s balls by use of racquet. Social distancing of 6 ft must be observed. Champaign Park District programs and private lessons have priority usage of courts.


Scholarship Information

Because some residents are unable to participate in recreation programs due to economic hardship, the Champaign Park District offers scholarships to reduce certain fees and charges. Jimmy John’s Youth Scholarship Program applicants are not guaranteed fund availability, program registration or choice of program location. Early applications are given priority. Need is the primary criterion upon which scholarship applicants are considered. Questions: 217-398-2550.

CPD & CUSR Scholarship Forms will be used by any applicant who wants financial help with programs occurring between May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021.  Page 3 is for each child requesting assistance, so print multiple copies if needed:  

If a participant would like to apply for more programs than space allowed on the form, please use the following form for additional program(s):

If you would like to submit your completed scholarship application with the required documents by email, please send them to tom.gilbert@champaignparks.org.

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National Tennis Rating Program Guidelines

Need help choosing a tennis program to participate in? See National Tennis Rating Program Guidelines:

  • 1.0 This player is just starting tennis.
  • 1.5 This player has limited playing experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball over the net, has some knowledge of scoring but is not familiar with basic positions and procedures for singles and doubles play.
  • 2.0 This player may have had some lessons but needs on-court experience, has obvious stroke weaknesses, but is beginning to feel comfortable with singles and doubles play.
  • 2.5 This player has more dependable strokes and is learning to judge where the ball is going, has weak court coverage or is often caught out of position, but is starting to keep the ball in play with other players of the same ability.
  • 3.0 This player can place shots with moderate success, can sustain a rally of slow pace but is not comfortable with all strokes, lacks control when trying for power.
  • 3.5 This player has achieved stroke dependability and direction on shots within reach, including forehand and backhand volleys, but still lacks depth and variety, seldom double faults and occasionally forces errors on the serve.
  • 4.0 This player has dependable strokes on both forehand and backhand sides, has the ability to use a variety of shots including lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys, can place the first serve and force some errors, is seldom out of position in a doubles game.
  • 4.5 This player has begun to master use of power and spins, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots and is able to move opponent up and back, can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve, is able to rush net with some success on serve in singles as well as doubles.
  • 5.0 This player has good shot anticipation, frequently has an outstanding shot or exceptional consistency around which a game may be structured, can regularly hit winners or force errors off short balls, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes, has good depth and spin on most second serves.
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