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Prevention Tips for Tennis Injuries

January 28, 2016 by Liz

By Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, MS, Senior Director at Ivyrehab Briarcliff & Jefferson Valley

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) typically affects middle aged (40 to 60 years of age) adults and only 1 in 20 play tennis. If you have pain and/tenderness on the inside of your elbow, that is not going away it could be caused by different reasons such as improper techniques, poor physical conditioning, weight of the tennis racquet, too much tension on the strings of the racquet, balls are too heavy, type of court surface you are playing on and the grip size of the racquet. Other causes for lateral epicondylitis come from repeated forcible extension of the wrist such as using a screwdriver, heavy lifting and shoveling snow. Overuse of the muscles that extend the wrist usually has no pain at rest, but will increase with activity.

Treatment of tennis elbow focuses on relieving pain, controlling inflammation, promoting healing, improving local and general fitness and controlling force loads and repetitive movements with the wrists. Physical therapy uses a variety of modalities to relieve pain and decrease inflammation, massage and soft tissue mobilization techniques to heal the tissues. In addition, the following stretching and exercises are also recommended:

NOTE: the recommended stretching and exercises should not cause any increase pain. In the event that they do, you should stop immediately and consult with your physician.

Stretching Tips

● Forearm stretch:
Hold arm straight out, fingers pointed towards the floor. Use your opposite hand and pull the fingers towards the body until a stretch is felt. Hold 10 seconds, repeat 3 times.
Repeat same as above, but fingers are pointed towards the ceiling. Use the opposite hand to fingers towards you. Hold 10 seconds, repeat 3 times.

● Racquet stretch:
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Hold your racquet at the top of its frame with the right hand behind your head. Grasp the grip of the racquet with the left hand and slowly pull the racquet down the back. Hold 15 – 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times. Switch hands and do in the opposite direction

● Scapular Stretch:
Cross the right arm in front of the left shoulder letting the elbow bend so that the hand droops over the left shoulder. With the left hand on the right elbow, push your arm in towards the back of the room. Hold for 15 – 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

● Arm overhead stretch:
Take your left hand over your head. Bend it at the elbow, so that your left hand is over your head near your right ear. Then take the right hand and push the left elbow with it more toward the right. Hold for 15 – 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times

● Hands behind the back stretch:
Grasp your hands behind your back while holding them at the wrist. Pull your left hand more towards the right and then do in the opposite direction. Hold 10 – 15 seconds. Repeat 2 -3 times

Recommended Strengthening Exercises

● Ball Gripping: Use a soft ball and repetitively squeeze to strengthen the forearm muscles. Do 100 – 200 times a day.

● Wrist curls: Support your forearm on a table and stabilize your wrist with your other hand. Hold a 1 – 2 pound weight and bring your wrist up toward the ceiling and then back down. Now turn your palm up and once again bend your wrist toward the ceiling. Do 10 times/ 3 sets. Increase in 1/2 pound increments.

● Broom – Handle Exercise: Take a stick and hang a 1 – 2 pound weight from a string to the stick. Keep the arms held out in front, with the palms down and attempt to roll the weight up and then back down. Repeat with palms up. Do 10 times/3 sets.

Call to set up a free appointment if you would like to attend this free Tennis Screening at Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245-8807 on February 23, 2016 from 7:15-7:45 PM. In addition, if you would like to be seen right away for an injury or chronic pain under Direct Access (no prescription is required), contact us at or Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245-8807 or Ivyrehab Briarcliff at (914) 762-2222. You can also visit our website at

Ivyrehab accepts most insurance plans (which our office obtains pre-approval from your insurance carrier) and will submit your office visit treatments for payment. You will be responsible for your co-payment depending on your particular insurance policy.
With one-on-one care this permits the therapist to construct a personalized program for the individual. After all, when it comes to rehabilitation, “it’s all about the people”.

Ivy Rehab logo, with the text: Physical Therapy

Free Sport Readiness and Injury Prevention Screening

Location: Inside Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley
February 23, 2016 at 7:15 -7:45 PM with Deborah Cohen, MSPT

My Love for Tennis

March 6, 2015 by Liz

Photo of Alice Daly Tennis and Reception Manager

By Alice Daly
Tennis and Reception Manager
Club Fit Jefferson Valley

What’s not to LOVE about the game of Tennis? A game that can be learned at any age; a game that can be played with two players or four players; a game that continuously evolves with better equipment; a game that creates relationships for a lifetime.

My LOVE for tennis began in my early thirties as a neighbor in my new neighborhood brought me to the Club Fit JV courts to play. Comical as it was the first few times, I was totally hooked. I met other players with young children and we began the beautiful ritual of “Do you want to play tennis today?” Early morning phone calls became the starting shot for getting court time, tennis dress ritual, and packing up the kids. Our daily lives became intertwined as we learned how to play tennis-sometimes self-taught (we thought we knew so much!) and, more wisely, with a Tennis Pro. With passing years, some of our players moved on or away, and we gained some new players, adding another level of friendship to our group. I, along with my friends, became participants in USTA teams and events, enjoying the competition and camaraderie for many years.

I strongly believe that lessons, clinics, and playing in leagues is a major component to keeping your game fresh and focused. Competition at all levels, whether singles or doubles, is one of the best tools for developing confidence and poise on the courts. An additional plus to competition is the enrichment of meeting different players that may, or may not, become a part of your life. There is no better time than now to make the move, grab a racquet, get on the court and play tennis-a game to LOVE for life!

To learn more about Tennis at Jefferson Valley, visit us on our website!

For the Love of Tennis

October 22, 2014 by Joy Cain

— Written by Club Fit Member and Guest Blogger Joy Cain


For JV’s Director of Tennis Hal Touissant, tennis is all about love.

Either that, or it’s a rerun of Groundhog Day. Why? Because at 8 in the morning, you may find Hal giving a lesson on the tennis court. At 3 in the afternoon, you may find Hal giving a lesson on the tennis court. At 8 at night—you guessed it— there’s Hal, giving a lesson on the tennis court.  And here’s the crazy part: Lately, Hal says, he’s been cutting back.

“My days can easily run 12 hours, whether it’s on the court or off the court. But I’ve slowed down a little bit. Before I used to work 6 or 7 days. Now I try to work 5 or 5 ½.”

Yes, it must be love.  And there’s a lot to love in the tennis department these days, especially with the arrival and installation of a sleek new tennis bubble.  After 22 years of service, the old bubble was laid to rest, making way for a modern $350,000 covering. Featuring a skylight and a glossy-painted interior that will make everything seem brighter, the new bubble’s vastly improved heating and condensation system should make tennis more enjoyable for everyone.  After all, if this bubble is good enough for John McEnroe’s Lake Isle tennis facility—well, it’s good enough for Club Fit! “It’s going to be a whole new experience, ”notes Hal.

JV’s slender, soft-spoken tennis director certainly has had a wide range of experiences.  Born in Petion-Ville,  Haiti, Hal attended Catholic school and was around 12 years old when he began picking up tennis balls behind his older brother, Yves. Eventually, Hal—the youngest of four brothers—became the “beneficiary” of  Yves tennis wisdom. “He gave me two lessons, and after that, I was on my own,” Hal says with a smile.  “So I hit against the wall.” Soon, Hal’s friends also began playing tennis, but the game took on greater importance during the military coups that followed the departure of Jean Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier. “School was sometimes closed because of political issues, but I was busy with sports, ” he says.

Along the way, Toussaint became friends with Ronald Agenor, who represented Haiti on the professional tennis tour and in 1989 was the 22nd-ranked player in the world.  Whenever Agenor returned to Haiti, he and Hal would hit together.  “He didn’t like to play matches, but he’d just hit just for the fun,” Hal says. “He’s a good guy. I learned a lot from him—whether it’s in terms of playing or being a coach.” Around this time, Hal often did double duty: He’d train in the morning and compete in tournaments in the afternoon. Hal’s game improved  to the point where he spent five years on the men’s satellite circuit. In 1992 Hal was ranked No. 4 in Haiti; in May 1996 he was ranked No.8 in the USTA’s  men’s 25 and over. Things were going well—until tragedy struck. Hal was about to play in the finals of a men’s tournament in Florida when he learned that his brother Jacques was killed during political unrest in Haiti.

“That was a big turning point for me in my life,” he says. “We were very close. I stopped playing because I could not focus. Teaching was a way for me to escape, to help people, and to deal with what was going on.  And here I am.”

After teaching in Florida for a few years, Toussaint was hired by Briarcliff in early 2003 to run their Advanced Tennis Performance (ATP) program for juniors. He became JV’s Director of Tennis later that year.  When he came to Jefferson Valley the staff consisted of himself and two other people; today’s staff has four pros (Toussaint, Michael Chitu, Laura Gabella, and Paul Fielek) and an office manager (Alice Daly).  The department has seen other changes as well. “When I first came, you could do a walk on nice and easy. We were not charging for courts. Then it came to the point where we had to charge because people were fighting for courts. So the courts have gotten a lot busier. Our club is small, but there is a lot happening.” On the adult level, approximately 100 people are signed up.

But the biggest happenings are with the younger players. Toussaint credits former tennis office manager Maureen Heaslip with helping to get the junior program off the ground; at its peak, three years ago, it had 150 members.  The funny thing about kids, however, is that they grow up, graduate, and move on—so the program now has between 80-100 members. But new classes, like the 10 and under group session, have been created to pump fresh blood into the tennis pipeline. Since kids like to play with other kids, Hal believes that teaching tennis in a group setting is a win-win situation. When he isn’t giving lessons or clinics on court, Hal’s in the office doing the behind-the-scenes work (returning phone calls, answering e-mails and working on programming and scheduling) that keeps the tennis programs moving.

“We offer tennis at all levels–whether people want to play college or just for fun or whether they want to play competitively,” Hal says. “So that’s really our goal…to be the best program around. We’re small, but the work and the structure are great.”

Speaking of great, lately a few great things have been happening in Hal’s life. In November 2011 he became an American citizen. And recently–although they have yet to set a date—Hal asked his girlfriend, Sophie Moins, to marry him. Naturally, Sophie is a tennis player.  And fortunately, she is also a member of Club Fit….so she’ll know just where to find her beloved. Because at 8 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon or 8 at night, Hal might very well be out there on the tennis court.

Proving once again, in every way possible, that tennis is all about love.

Read more about Hal and the Club Fit Tennis Pros.

Alice Daly’s US Round Robin Recap

September 4, 2014 by Liz

What a wonderful way for Club Fit JV to celebrate the last Grand Slam of the season with our US Open Round Robin and BBQ from late afternoon to under the lights on a balmy summer August day!

Tennis players at Club Fit
Tennis fun at Club Fit Jefferson Valley

The event began with some of our junior players and their parents show casing their fancy footwork and court coverage. When their play time came to an end, Hal and Paul played an exhibition match that took our breath away with blistering serves and volleys not to be believed! During this time, Diane Rich and Peter were preparing the first round of BBQ for our early participants.

As dusk began to settle, JV tennis players began to arrive for the evening festivities. Hal got our players on the courts to begin the Round Robin Slam. Music was playing while ground strokes were being finessed and lobs were peppering the sky.

Diane’s delicious BBQ was enjoyed between rounds of play outdoors and indoors keeping 25 members moving the entire evening. The evening ended with raffle prizes galore and everyone having a fabulous time.

Thanks to our team of our awesome Tennis Pros and Staff, this was a fantastic event! We all had a great time providing our Tennis members and their friends and families an enjoyable evening at Club Fit JV.

Check out our Pictures from Club Fit Jefferson Valley’s Tennis Events on Flickr!

MYZONE “Fanatic” and Club Fit Member Rich Polombo

June 30, 2014 by karen

A man that is a MYZONE user Rich Palombo
Club Fit member Rich Palombo stays motivated with MYZONE.

When it comes to MYZONE, everyone has their own approach. Some are more laid back about it, but there are also the MYZONE fanatics! These people check their numbers religiously, enter every MYZONE Challenge (the Summer Sizzle Challenge begins July 1st at both clubs), and truly track their progress while keeping an eye on everyone else’s numbers on the MYZONE screen. Rich Palombo is in this second camp, and is happy to admit it.

Rich, who has been a Club Fit member for close to 15 years, started using his MYZONE belt last August, when the program was rolled out. And it fell right in line with his competitive nature. Not only did he participate in the various MYZONE challenges, he compared his numbers to his fellow members, at times trying to outpace them, or just keep up. In fact, in one of the early challenges, he spent the entire first weekend working out just to be the first in the club to make the required 1800 MEPs (MYZONE effort points, based on duration of activity and heart rate). And he did it!

The long and short of it? The MYZONE belt gives him the incentive to put more effort into his workout. It is a motivator! “I am all about measurements and metrics,” says Rich. “MYZONE actually made me realize that I could push myself a little bit harder and still work out safely.” At the club, Rich primarily uses the elliptical machines in the Fitness Center, and also plays Tennis and Racquetball. “I’ve always been active, but was never a ‘health club type.’ Club Fit and MYZONE changed that for me.” He also brings his seven-year-old daughter to the pool on weekends, and feels that the club is a great place for people to go as a family. “You may not be working out together, but you are all there to feel better and can leave happy, together.”

Because of Rich’s current job, which takes him to Long Island from his home in Putnam Valley, his workout time has been limited, but he still gets in five workouts a week. “I try to come twice on Saturdays and Sundays, and once during the week,” he says. But even outside of the club, Rich stays active, and wears his MYZONE belt to track his MEPs. He has worn it playing hockey and doing yardwork, and was amazed at how much effort was put forth during these activities.

While some people are using the belt to help them lose weight, at this point in his busy life Rich is happy to maintain. But he does know how effective it can be. “I took a month off between my last job and current job, and was at the gym religiously. I dropped almost 10 pounds in that month by staying focused.” He loves the fact that he can check his numbers after every workout, even on his phone. “With MYZONE you can hold yourself accountable. Unless other people know your user name and follow you on the screen, only you know exactly how hard you are working and whether you are meeting your personal goals.”

Even though his time at the club is now limited, Rich is a huge fan of Club Fit. “The staff and the facility are wonderful,” he says. “I love that I can go there and get a smile from everyone, and that most people know my name. I’ve developed great relationships with some staff members as well as others who use the club.” Rich works in the customer service industry managing call centers, and feels that Club Fit is a definite leader in this area. “In general, people will spend up to 10 percent more on a product or service if the customer service is top-notch. With the personalized attention I get at Club Fit and the great facility, I’m happy to spend a few more dollars to belong here as opposed to a bare bones or quick service gym.”

Even if you are not as much of a MYZONE fanatic as Rich, you can join him this month in the Summer Sizzle Challenge, taking place at both Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley! Simply log in to your MYZONE account and accept the challenge. You only need to rack up 1800 MEPs to earn an entry into a raffle for great prizes. Make it fun, like Rich does; follow fellow members as they rack up points, and set little challenges for yourself. And if you don’t have a belt yet? Stop by the Service Desk at Briarcliff or the Reception Desk at Jefferson Valley and invest in one! “It was such a great investment for me because I like to stay on top of things and know what I am accomplishing,” says Rich. If you are working out at Jefferson Valley, look for “RICHPA” on the MYZONE screen and see if you can keep up!

Want to hear more about Rich’s MYZONE experience? 
Read a MYZONE interview with Rich.

Club Fit Jefferson Valley Tennis Calendar

May 7, 2014 by Liz

Check out our calendar of Tennis events at Club Fit Jefferson Valley! Feel free to add any of these tennis events to your ical! Just click and save . . . it’s that easy!

Tennis Courts- What’s the big difference?

May 2, 2014 by Liz

Does the court you’re playing on really make a difference?
The answer to that is a resounding YES!

Let’s just start by saying there are over 100 different kinds of tennis court surfaces. Since we’d be here forever if we were to list each and every one, let’s just focus on the four main types of surfaces and talk about the benefits and drawbacks to each.

1. Hard Courts Hard Courts are the most common courts and often the ones you would find at public facilities but are also used in some tennis clubs and professional tournaments in this area. Compared to the other main type of courts, hard court conditions vary very little during the entire year and are fairly easy to maintain. The balls bounce fairly high and very consistently but players, specially “seasoned players”, often develop or aggravate lower body injuries playing on these hard surfaces. It usually favors all-around players.
2. Clay Courts Clay Courts are considered one of the slower surfaces to play on, balls bounce high and they favor those with a baseline game, and not the huge servers with the serve-and-volley style of play. Many players with “Big Games” (e.g. Pete Sampras and Federer) struggle to play their best tennis on these type of courts. Clay requires a lot of upkeep, as it must be “frequently watered, rolled and brushed, according to the USTA.” Most country clubs and high-end clubs in this area use them and this major upkeep is offset by the conditions of play these courts create for their players. These courts, as the name states, are softer than the other main types of courts and much easier on players bodies being the preferred type – or the ONLY type – by seasoned players play on. Since clay courts also slow down the game, it is also advantageous for players learning the game – adults or kids – to make use of them.
3. Grass Courts Grass Courts are the fastest surfaces that are played on. The world’s longest running and most prestigious tournament, Wimbledon is held on grass. You do not see many grass courts these days and one of the reasons for that, is that it takes a great deal more maintenance than any other surface. It can also be an unpredictable surface to play on due to the changing conditions of the grass itself, how recently it has been mowed and even how much it has been played on. Balls bounce really low on grass and because of that this surface is considered to be the most difficult surface to play on.
4. Carpet Courts Carpet Courts are used mainly on indoor facilities with cold Winters. This is one of the less popular surfaces and is not used to host many major tournaments. There is a very short season of professional tournaments in Europe and not many tournaments, on this surface, are found in the US.

At Club Fit we use Har-Tru clay surfaces for our main tennis courts. “Har-Tru is made from billion-year-old Pre-Cambrian metabasalt found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is a natural green stone that is extremely hard and angular, two very important qualities when it comes to tennis court construction. The angularity helps the stone particles lock together to form a stable playing surface.

The hardness provides exceptional durability. The natural green color is classically clay and instantly recognizable. The stone is crushed, screened, and mixed in the precise proportions necessary to produce a stable playing surface. It is then installed over a porous base of crushed stone aggregate to produce the final product.” Read more about the benefits of Har-Tru Green Clay.

Club Fit Briarcliff Tennis Director, Rodrigo Schtscherbyna and Har-TruaceRodrigo Hartru Club Fit Briarcliff Tennis Director, Rodrigo Schtscherbyna and Har-Tru Court Surface.

To learn more about our tennis program, contact Briarcliff Tennis Director: Rodrigo Schtscherbyna at or Jefferson Valley Tennis Director: Harold Toussaint at
Meet the Pros at Briarcliff!
Meet the Pros at Jefferson Valley!


April 17, 2014 by Liz

We are excited to announce the upcoming installation of new, state-of-the-art air-supported domes to house the indoor tennis courts come this September, 2014. This million-dollar investment is expected to accomplish a number of things, including better playing conditions and more efficient energy usage in keeping with the club’s commitment to becoming more “green.”

The new infrastructures, manufactured by Yeadon Domes, a leader in the industry, incorporate new technology that all but eliminates the issues that had begun to surface in the existing bubbles. Read more here. Both are 20-plus years old, considered a normal life expectancy for structures of this kind. “This installation has been on our to-do list, but with the harsh winters of the past few years on top of normal wear and tear, we feel the timing couldn’t be better,” says Bill Beck, President of Club Fit. “It will not only eliminate many of our maintenance issues, it will help to make our members’ playing experience the best it can be, and that’s our priority.”

Rodrigo Schtscherbyna, Director of Tennis at Club Fit Briarcliff, is looking forward to the improved conditions for the club’s members and visiting teams. “We always want to go above and beyond expectations,” he says. “This will be just another part of providing good service to our tennis clientele.” He will be working closely with the maintenance staff during the summer months to minimize disruption, scheduling lessons and Summer Camp sessions earlier in the day and later in the afternoon. Most construction work will be done in the early afternoon, when the courts are traditionally not as busy. The club also intends to increase staffing focused on maintaining the courts during the summer months.

What will be different? For starters, the new bubbles will be insulated, which will make a big difference with heat retention, and make the heating process more efficient. Condensation, a normal part of “life in a bubble,” will be diverted so as not to drip on playing surfaces…or players! New three-paneled doors will replace the old four-paneled structures, with wider openings allowing for ease of entry and exit.
Prep work will involve removal of the old oil tank and heating units, and installation of the new equipment. It will also involve testing of the new equipment so as to avoid problems once the new bubbles are up and running. “We expect to remain on our normal schedule, with outdoor play all summer long and the bubbles open for business in early September, as usual,” says Bill Beck. “Our summer players will have to put up with a bit of commotion this season, but in the end it will be worth the inconvenience. We appreciate their patience, and know they’ll be happy with the end result.”

For 40 years, Club Fit has worked to enhance quality of life and physical well being for members of all ages. In addition to the club’s state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive programming, Club Fit is also an active member of the local community. Founded in 1973, Club Fit operates clubs in Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley, serving more than 10,000 members and their guests.
For information on our Tennis Summer Camp!
For more on our staff of awesome Tennis Pros!
For some general Tennis information visit the Tennis page on our website!
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Programs for infants, kids and teens at Club Fit Jefferson Valley!

March 21, 2014 by Liz

Here is a great resource for all the Moms and Dads who need a quick resource to see what we offer by age group at Club Fit! It is hard to jump from one page to the next so we’ve compiled a list of all our offerings for infants, toddlers, grade-schoolers, tweens and teens!

Ages: 6 months – 3 years
Parent Toddler Swim Lessons
2 Much Fun
Tumble Tots
Summer Camp
Ages: 3 – 4
Yoga for Kids
Intro to Sports
Pre-School Group Swim Lessons
Summer Camp
Ages: 4 – 6
Pee Wee Karate
Zumba Kids Jr
Summer Camp
Pre-School Group Swim Lessons
Swim Lessons
Soccer (ages 5-8)
Ages: 5 – 9
Step up Your Sports
Soccer (ages 5-8)
Yoga for Kids
Kids Karate
Swim Lessons
Beginner Swim Clinics
Beginner Swim Clinic
Summer Camp
Schools Out Camp
Ages: 7 – 12
Paris Speed School
Kids Karate
Zumba Kids
Yoga for Kids
Quickstart Tennis
Junior Team Tennis
Summer Tennis Camp
School Break Tennis Camp
Tennis Beginner
Tennis Advanced Beginner
Summer Camp
Boy Scout Swimming Merit Badge
Beginner Swim Clinic
Advanced Swim Clinic
Junior Spin (ages 9-12)
Junior Boot Camp (ages 8-12)
Racquetball School’s Out Camp
Schools Out Camp
Soccer Schools Out Clinic
Basketball School’s Out ClinicSummer Camp
Parisi Cat Club Challenge
Parisi Cat Club Challenge
Ages: 12 – 15
Parisi Total Performance
Parisi Private Training
Boy Scout Life Saving Merit Badge
Parisi Cat Club Challenge
Tennis Beginner High School Level (starting at age 14)
Tennis Intermediate
Tennis High Performance
Ages: 15 – 18
Boy Scout Life Saving Merit Badge
Parisi Cat Club Challenge
School Break Tennis Camp
Summer Break Tennis Camp
Junior Team Tennis
Tennis Beginner High School Level (starting at age 14)
Tennis Intermediate
Tennis High Performance
All Ages
Private Swim Lessons

Programs for infants, kids and teens at Club Fit!

February 12, 2014 by Liz

Here is a great resource for all the Moms and Dads who need a quick resource to see what we offer by age group at Club Fit! It is hard to jump from one page to the next so we’ve compiled a list of all our offerings for infants, toddlers, grade-schoolers, tweens and teens!

Ages: 3 Months – 2 years:
Aquatics – Parent Infant Class
Private Swim Lessons
Zumbini ages 1yr -3yr
Ages: 3 to 4
Group & Private Swim Lessons
Pre School Tennis
Tennis- Private Lessons
Ages: 5 to 6

Yoga – free for members
Zumba- Free for members
Racquetball- Junior Development Program
Tennis – Quickstart program
Tennis- Private Lessons
Tennis – Kids’ Play Day
Basketball Youth Development Program (YDP)
Group & Private Swim Lessons
Swim Clinic/Re Team & Swim Team
Ages: 7 to 8
Zumba- Free for members
Yoga – free for members
Tennis – Quickstart program
Tennis – Kids’ Play Day
Tennis – 10 & Under
Tennis- Private Lessons
Racquetball- Junior Development Program
Group & Private Swim Lessons
Swim Clinic/Re Team & Swim Team
Basketball Youth Development Program (YDP) & Next Step Basketball Skill Building
Ages: 9 to 10
Zumba- Free for members
Racquetball- Junior Development Program
Tennis – Quickstart program
Tennis – 10 & Under
Tennis – Intermediate
Tennis – Junior Ladder
Tennis- Private Lessons
Swim Team & Swim Clinic
Next Step Basketball for Girls and Boys
Ages: 11 to 12
Swim Clinic/Re Team & Swim Team
Next Step Basketball for Girls and Boys
Tennis – Intermediate
Tennis – Junior Ladder
Tennis – Advanced
Tennis – Tournament Training
Tennis – Private Lessons
Racquetball- Junior Development Program
Ages: 13 to 14
Tennis – Intermediate
Tennis – Advanced
Tennis – Competitive
Tennis – Tournament Training
Tennis – Private Lessons
Ages: 15 & up
Lifeguard Training Certification
Tennis – Advanced
Tennis – Competitive
Tennis – Tournament Training
Tennis – Private Lessons
Racquetball- Junior Development Program

Bubble Up!

August 27, 2013 by admin

It’s almost bubble time! Twice a year, our tennis players wait with baited breath as we raise or remove the infamous tennis bubble. And some wonder why it can’t be done overnight. What goes on behind the scenes, the amount of planning and muscle it takes to make the transformation, is quite a story. No one knows better than Club Fit Project Manager Clint Hodder, who has been overseeing the operation at both clubs since the bubbles were installed 18 years ago.

“The bubble is a great concept in a climate like ours,” says Clint. “But it involves so much more than what people are aware of. There are so many details, and one of the biggest parts of the planning process is anticipating and being ready for things that could go wrong.”

The process starts weeks before the physical work begins: hiring temporary staff, scheduling equipment and ordering materials. Then dates are pinpointed, but if there’s rain in the forecast, everything can change. It’s one of the reasons Clint keeps the operation in-house. “When you use outside vendors, a rain delay could be a disaster because they have other clients and are trying to fit everyone in at the same time,” he explains. It also saves the club money, because hiring outside help usually means hiring multiple vendors to deal with different phases of the process.

What is involved once the staff and materials are in place? In the spring, a team takes down the hang lines, curtains and nets, then the lines are pulled up because the courts are repositioned. The lights are removed and the bubble is given a couple of days to dry out. Then it’s time to take it down. After a good cleaning, the bubble is folded up, put away and reconstruction begins: putting up poles and curtains, resurfacing the courts (which requires nearly 20 tons of material), putting new lines down, repairing any electrical issues and digging out the sprinkler system, which is covered up for the winter. And in the fall, it goes back up again! Which is always a little more work, because of all the details that need to be taken care of to make sure all is in place.

Resurfacing the courts is an essential part of the process, according to Clint, and is the reason the whole process is a little more time consuming than at other clubs. But it ensures that our players have optimal court conditions no matter what time of year they play. And to help accommodate members who can’t wait a few days to play, the work at each club is staggered so the Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley courts are not closed at the same time.

But the work doesn’t end with installation or takedown. Maintenance of the courts and the bubble is a year-round project. The courts need to be watered and groomed daily, and each night staff is on hand from 10pm to 5am to water and groom the courts for the next day, and deal with any issues or repairs. Also, when the bubble is up, a close eye is kept on the weather. “We don’t sleep much in the winter!” says Clint. Heavy snowfall calls for an overnight crew to continuously shovel the buildup of snow around the bubble. A few years ago, a major snowstorm caused a rip in the Briarcliff bubble that required repair. And when Hurricanes Irene and Sandy came to town, the bubble was taken down as a precaution.

There are also the occasional staffing issues. It’s not always easy to find the 22 temporary employees to complete the bubble installation or takedown. And once they are hired, some have walked off the job when they decide it’s a bigger job than they anticipated. But there are others who have gone above and beyond, and are now Club Fit staff members.

All in all, Clint and his crew have it down to a science, and are the reason that issues are kept to a minimum year after year. This year’s “bubble up” will take place first at Briarcliff from September 3rd – 15th and at Jefferson Valley from September 14th – 22nd. So while you’re waiting those few days in between seasons, know that your courts are in good hands!

2.5 Ladies Tennis Team Comes Out on Top!

August 1, 2013 by Liz

An update from our ladies 2.5 Club Fit tennis team! These ladies ARE WESTCHESTER LOCAL CHAMPIONS!

 Ladies Tennis Team and her trainer


Ok tonight came down to the wire!
On the first doubles court Steady Stacey and Cheerful Casandra were fighting hard they lost the first set 6-3. The second set looked like they were making a comeback tiring their opponents out by long long points but they lost 6 -3. They should be very proud of themselves they played very tough opponents.

Dangerous Danielle and Smashing Silvia won the first set 6-4 and it was looking good. They gave us a scare in the second set but they prevailed 6-4. They were conferencing on the court and we thought they were talking strategy but turns out they were talking about mojitos! Obviously it was very helpful! Now we needed to win the singles match. Cruise Missile Claire destroyed her opponent in the first set 6-1. In the second set Claire was up 3-0 then had had some really long and tough points. Claire lost the second set 4-6. So our fate had come down to a super tiebreaker! Talk about a heart attack inducing moments! Cruise Missile Claire became Clutch Claire! She beat her opponent 10 to 2! She was absolutely fantastic! However it was nerve wracking to watch so Adam started talking about mojitos with Danielle instead and that seemed to work too.

SO LADIES WE ARE WESTCHESTER LOCAL CHAMPIONS!(kept you suspense didn’t I?) I’m so proud of everyone on this team! Every single one of us helped get us to this point.

We are now going to play in Orangeburg NY at 1pm on Sunday August 4. The facility is called Match point. As soon as Adam makes the line up I will put it out.
Tonight was so close but I never lost faith in this team and knew this wouldn’t be my last recap!!

I love being captain of this team and this has been a wonderful summer because of all of you! Thanks to our fabulous coach Adam, and wonderful pros David and Heath who came out to support us tonight.

Oh by the way I forgot to mention we all get a prize!!! For those of you who could not be with us tonight they are in the tennis office and you can pick it there. It is a insulated bag that says Westchester local champion! I love the sound of that”local champion”!

Xoxoxo Carri:)

Sugar and Slice and Everything Nice!

July 24, 2013 by Liz

In short, this Ladies team from Club Fit Briarcliff is just plain awesome! Read about their adventures and accomplishments below in the exchange of a few friendlty emails. Remember, if you have any questions about our Tennis Pro’s or Programs here at the club, don’t hesitate to contact Tennis Director, Rodrigo Schtscherbyna, at!

A before hand run-down of the matches
A note from Carri Becker:

This team is amazing!!! On the singles court Claire was an absolute machine point after point she just wore her opponent down! She won 6-2 6-0 in record time! (it ‘s a good thing too because I didn’t want her to be too tired for the member / guest tournament tomorrow because she’s my partner!!!lol) Second doubles also played a very speedy match. Joanna was an absolute star at the net as usual and Casandra was extremely consistent. They made quick work of their opponents 6-0 6-2. Fiona and Steady Stacy had an epic battle on their hands. They had the longest match and played extremely well. Every point was super long! Fiona ran every ball down like a pro! Stacy was so consistent that I’m going to call her Steady Stacy from now on! They won the first set 6-4 and lost the 2nd set 4-6. Of course they had to play a super tie breaker on the hottest day of the summer! They fought for every point but the lost the tie breaker 10 to 6.

So now we are 7 and 2! We are still in first place!
Our last match is Monday 7/22 night at club fit at 630pm. I hope everyone can come root us on and celebrate a great season! I will send out a list tomorrow of what refreshments we have and what we need to bring. Big thanks to Coach Adam and Danielle for coming out and supporting the team! I have said it before but I will say it again I’m so proud of our team!

Xoxoxo Carri
PS everyone wish Joanna a good trip!!! Bye miss you!

Dear Sugar& Slice,

What a fun time last night was. Casandra was a great doubles partner, and it was wonderful to play with her!

Carri, I like your idea of team nicknames. Steady Stacy is so appropriate! You clearly get to be Captain Carri because you are a great captain! Always upbeat and positive, always supportive, and super funny! You continue to impress me with your dedication to the team.

I would add Fierce Fiona, Cruise-Missile Claire, and Crusher Casandra.
I think these nicknames speak for themselves on how I think these ladies played yesterday.

Many thanks to Danielle for cheering on the team. Based on yesterday, (with by-the-way her hair looking so awesome), her nickname would have to be Delightful Danielle. Though incredibly spot-on, Delightful is not a moniker that evokes fear in the opponents so I’ll let others decide a more appropriate tennis-team nickname.

Adam, you get to be Coach. You were so proud of us yesterday, and
your ear-to-ear smile showed it. Thank you for helping me (and all
the S&S ladies) during team practices and for helping our team play well.

Thank you all for making my time on this team – my first tennis team
ever – so wonderful! I really have enjoyed the experience. Thank you
for your good wishes on my upcoming trip. I’m sorry I won’t be around
to cheer on the team. I wish for you good opponents, hard-fought
matches, and VICTORY! 🙂

Best regards,