Virginia Commonwealth University

Family Open

QuickStart Tennis for Everyone!


The Lobs & Lessons Family Open is an adult-child doubles tennis tournament that gives families the opportunity to play side by side and encourage the reluctant player, whether it is an adult or child. The tournament uses the QuickStart Tennis (QST) format. In addition to tennis, participants will enjoy food, prizes and an awards ceremony, in this non-elimination, round robin, family centered event.

The 2013 Lobs & Lessons Family Open

When: Saturday, September 21st (Rain date: Sunday, September 22nd)
Where: VCU: Mary and Frances Youth Center – Thalhimer Tennis Center – Cary St. Field

Tournament Details

  • Adult-child doubles teams
  • Any adult playing with a 5-15 year old child
  • Two divisions: 15 & under open and 10 & under
  • Adults must be 18 and older
  • Can be mixed double or same gender
  • All matches played on 36’ QST courts using foam balls and 23” racquets
  • All equipment will be provided
  • Timed matches, with accumulated score
  • Medals for top 3 teams in both divisions

2013 Family Open Brochure

What is QuickStart Tennis?
10 and Under Tennis using the QuickStart Tennis play format takes a new and better approach to introducing kids to the game. Balls are lower in compression; they bounce lower and don’t move as fast so they are easier to hit. This allows kids time to get to the ball and helps them develop optimal swing patterns. Racquets are sized for small hands, and the courts are smaller and easier to cover. All that equals more fun and less frustration. Full sized courts can be reconfigured to accommodate up to six 36-foot courts, so instead of waiting in line, kids can spend their time playing.

Schedule of Events

  • 8:30-9:00 Volunteer Training
  • 9:00-10:15 Check-in – Breakfast – Silent Auction
  • 9:30-10:00 USTA Prize Court
  • 10:00-10:15 Warm-Up on MFYC courts
  • 10:15-10:30 Opening Remarks – Transition to courts
  • 10:30-12:00 QST Tournament
  • 12:00-12:15 Transition to MFYC – Snack
  • 12:15-12:30 Award Ceremony on MFYC court

Important Participant Information:

Directions & Parking: Directions to the Mary and Frances Youth Center available at the bottom of the page via Google Maps. Free event street parking is available throughout the VCU campus; however the following streets are closest to the Mary and Frances Youth Center: Cary Street, Parkwood Avenue, Linden Street, Harrison Street, and Cherry Street. Additional parking is available in the West Cary Street Deck (76) and the West Main Street Deck (77) for $5. Monroe Park Campus Map

Check-in & Breakfast: Participant check-in, breakfast, and warm-up will be held at the Mary and Frances Youth Center (61) is located at 120 South Linden Street between the Cary Street Field and Gym. Monroe Park Campus Map

Prize Court & Silent Auction: USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section will host a tennis prize court and carnival games at the Mary and Frances Youth Center (61) is located at 120 South Linden Street between the Cary Street Field and Gym. Monroe Park Campus Map. This year parents can participate in a Silent Auction to win specialty prize packages.

Dress Code: The event will be played on the Mary and Frances Youth Center and Thalhimer Tennis Center tennis courts; therefore it is advised that participants wear appropriate sneakers and athletic clothing for the tournament.

Equipment: All participants will play on the 36’ QuickStart Tennis courts, using 23’’ racquets and foam tennis balls. Playing equipment and water will be provided throughout the day. Participants are responsible for all other belongings during the event.

Volunteers: Volunteers are always welcome. Sign-up here.

Beneficiary: Lobs & Lessons is a vital organization to the youth of Richmond. Lobs & Lessons is a youth enrichment program that strengthens life skills, promotes academics and creates a path to higher education through the sport of tennis. In addition, we teach youth how nutrition and healthy eating habits along with physical activity can lead to a lifelong healthy lifestyle.

More Info: Call Rachel Rhoney at 804.828.8276 or e-mail