Local Pro Brings New Look to Eastman Tennis

Eastman’s new pro, Josh Holt of the River Valley Club (RVC) in Lebanon exudes lots of enthusiasm when he shares with players his ideas for expanding Eastman’s tennis program. A certified USPTR pro with over 10+ years of experience teaching and coaching tennis locally and in Vermont, Josh brings to Eastman for 2019 a comprehensive program developed by the RVC pros that has been very popular among Upper Valley players of all ages and levels of skill. 

The Grantham resident is a New England guy through-and-through. A Woodstock, VT native, Josh took his talent up I89 to St. Michaels (or as he calls it, “St. Mikes”) College in Winooski where he played #1 singles and doubles before launching his career as a teaching pro at The Edge Sports & Fitness Center in South Burlington. Back in the Upper Valley, Josh coached the Hanover High JV Boy’s Tennis Team for four years and joined RVC in 2008. With three young children of his own, Josh enjoys working with Eastman’s juniors–as well as the not-so-youthful players.

With something for everyone–adults and juniors, beginners and seasoned players–the flexible 7-day-a-week program is designed for the enjoyment of all Eastman residents: full-and-part-timers, working and retired, and those only in Eastman on weekends. Additionally, ECA Members’ visitors and the public are welcome to participate in any of the sessions with purchase of day passes or memberships, or through the UAP‘s Family and Friends benefit.

A 30,000′ View of the Program

Adult Classes–Separate sessions for Beginners and Intermediate level players, will be offered on Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings. Sessions will focus on stroke development and progress to doubles strategy.

CARDIO! Get your heart pumping in the morning. This fitness program, that has been a popular one in clubs throughout New England for over a decade, is suitable for players of all abilities–from beginner to pro.

Team Practices–We expect the Eastman teams’ standings to soar in the UVCTA Summer League after practicing with Josh. As in years past, women will practice on Monday evenings, A men on Wednesdays, and the Bs on Thursdays.

And, the kids will LOVE these.

RED BALL— for 5 – 6 year olds, uses low-compression balls on shorter courts focuses on coordination and FUN.

ORANGE BALL— 7 – 8 year olds will enjoy fun and games still using low compression balls to improve coordination and skill.

GREEN DOT–Drills, games, and point play are added for both beginners and intermediates in the 9 -11 year range.

JUNIOR CAMPS–For ages 6 – 13, these camps are offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the summer. Players sign up by the week.

For the close-up view, day-by-day, click here.

Contact Josh via email at Holtie227@yahoo.com to arrange private, semi-private, or group lessons or clinics.

It’s going to be an ACE of a season on Eastman’s courts!

Save the Date: 2019’s First Tennis Event

Games, Sets, and Matches for All

Fill your summer calendar acing and smashing–or, slicing and dicing. Whatever your playing style or skill level, there’s something for everyone this summer at Eastman.  Here’s a quick view of the first of several special events planned for you and your family and friends.


Season Opening Social, Saturday, May 25, 9 AM  

2017 Open House

Shake off the mud-season blahs and join fellow tennis players–and aspiring tennis players–at the Lower Courts on Draper Road to kick off the 2019 tennis season. All Eastman’s tennis players are welcome to learn about the community’s tennis programs that include some exciting new changes for 2019, meet new players and welcome back old faithfuls, and, of course, play tennis. Come meet Eastman’s new tennis pro, Josh Holt of the River Valley Club in Lebanon. The $20/pp fee includes lunch served at the Lower Court.

This event is guaranteed to be a big SMASH! 

Don’t commit an unforced error and miss this event. 


Sign up by May 22 by calling Recreation at (603)-863-6772.


For a complete list of special events for 2019, go to 2019 Weekend Events

Sport for a Lifetime

Often touted as a “sport for a lifetime,” tennis is like riding a bike—you have to keep on moving to keep your balance. However, if you haven’t played in a while, you may need a little nudge to get back on the courts. The tennis community in Eastman is ready to give you that nudge, and all the tools and opportunities that you need to get back in the swing of things. ECA’s Recreation Committee’s Tennis  Subcommittee is rolling out the welcome mat for new players this summer from Eastman and the surrounding communities.

The Tennis Subcommittee has laid out its vision:

  •  The eight har-tru courts on Draper Road teeming with activity from May to September
  • Players from nine to 90, playing and socializing under a newly constructed pavilion on Draper Road
  • Eastman’s travel teams entertaining loyal fans with “W”s against opponents in the Upper Valley Community Association Summer League
  •  A jam-packed calendar of events, lessons, clinics and fun-filled activities for players of all ages, abilities, and interest-levels offered evenings, weekdays, and weekends.

Technology changes for racquet construction have helped many beginning players get off to a quicker start and many of us to keep on playing well into our “golden” years. A typical hour of singles can burn off 400 or more calories for the average adult, and 90 minutes of doubles, the same.


NEW this year at Eastman–CARDIO tennis. A combination fitness and tennis program, Cardio tennis will be offered on Saturdays at from 8 to 9 a.m.. If you want (or need) a good workout, whether you’ve barely played the sport or are a seasoned master, Cardio tennis is for YOU! 


For more information on how you can enjoy a sport for a lifetime and make new friends, use the box in the upper left of this page to get the latest news about tennis in Eastman or call the ECA Recreation Department at (603)-863-6772.


Don’t stay on the sidelines. Get into the swing of tennis at Eastman.


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