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What's new at the rec center?

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - With the turning of the page on the calendar every month usually comes the restart of programs at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center, and this November is no exception.

Some of the programs starting this week are also brand new. The Aspen Tennis Association has partnered with the center to lead 10 and Under Tennis: a U.S. Tennis Association program designed to make it easier for young kids to learn to play the sport, similar to how children play T-ball to learn baseball or start out playing soccer on a different-size field.

The class plays on a smaller court with smaller rackets. The balls are a different size, too, and designed to bounce lower and not move as fast through the air, according to recreation program specialist Sarah Alderson.

Ten and Under Tennis is divided into sessions for different age groups and skill levels. The first class starts Nov. 2. Sessions last one month, and 10 and Under Tennis will be offered indoors at the rec center through April. Scholarships are available through the Aspen Tennis Association.

New for adults this winter is Drop-in Pickleball, a sport Alderson says is a combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Pickleball is played with a wooden paddle and wiffle ball on a smaller court and is an "up-and-coming sport for older adults," Alderson said.

There's no contact in pickleball, and Alderson described it as an "anyone-can-do-it type of sport."

Drop-in pickleball is on Mondays and Tuesdays. Alderson plans to start a league in November.

On the fitness class side of things, the old favorite, ski conditioning, starts another month-long session Nov. 1.

Instructor Ernest Mendez has been teaching sports conditioning for more than 20 years. Mendez approaches the class holistically, learning about his students' injuries and individual abilities. He teaches stretches and warm-ups that are ideal to specific activities, such as skiing and snowboarding, and educates people about staying hydrated and eating healthy.

"I incorporate everything you can imagine into the class," Mendez said. His goal is to "keep everybody healthy so they can enjoy their skiing."

Recreation specialist Jocelyn Ritti said the center added a TRX suspension training class earlier this fall. The class involves bodyweight exercises using straps.

"It's a take-off on the rings in men's gymnastics, except you get to keep your feet on the ground," Ritti said.


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The Aspen Times Updated Oct 30, 2012 05:06PM Published Oct 30, 2012 05:03PM Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.