Springfield Racquet Club

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I am a pool member at this establishment. i have to say the pool is not very good. Always cold, the "water heater" is always broken and (as I've been told from certain lifeguards) the chlorine levels aren't always good.
I have also had a terrible experience with the Owner/Tennis instructor. I know the basics of tennis and so did the group i was in when he was teaching us. There was another group beside us. His son was teaching them but they were playing what looked like a fun game. Their laughs and giggles reverberated around inside the indoor courts. I was detracted as were most of the kids in my group. When he noticed this instead of trying to obtain our attention he decided to yell at us. He yelled something along the lines of if you are so interested in what they're doing go join them and stormed off the courts. All of the kids looked around and we left.

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★★☆☆☆

I am a pool member at this establishment. i have to say the pool is not very good. Always cold, the "water heater" is always broken and (as I've been told from certain lifeguards) the chlorine levels aren't always good.
I have also had a terrible experience with the Owner/Tennis instructor. I know the basics of tennis and so did the group i was in when he was teaching us. There was another group beside us. His son was teaching them but they were playing what looked like a fun game. Their laughs and giggles reverberated around inside the indoor courts. I was detracted as were most of the kids in my group. When he noticed this instead of trying to obtain our attention he decided to yell at us. He yelled something along the lines of if you are so interested in what they're doing go join them and stormed off the courts. All of the kids looked around and we left.

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The instructor/owner at the Springfield Racquet Club is a magnanimous man. He's knowledgeable, dedicated, highly experienced and kind. Growing up, the club was like my second home. He treated my friends and I almost as if we were his children. I know of at least one student that he really took under his wing, spending enormous amounts of time with him, caring for him almost like a son. And when one of his long-time employees briefly didn't have a home, he took him in while this kid found a place of his own. I'm sorry but that's extraordinary.

I spent an enormous amount of time with this man. If he was rough with any of his students, it was because he was challenging them. He worked hard and expected us to work hard as well. He was rough with me a number of times, which I of course thought was unfair at the time. But, I was a selfish, supercilious child. I couldn't see that then. Now I see that I desperately needed it. I'm so thankful that he cared. I am honestly highly skilled tennis player; I went to State in 2001. But most importantly, he helped me become a better person.

It upsets me greatly that the reviewer below would say such damaging things when she clearly knows nothing about this man. Not to mention all of her information is from a second-account? She's indecent for publicizing a supposedly exhaustive characterization of a man from only ONE incident. That's irresponsible. And notice, he DID offer a refund (She said he offered it sheepishly...what does that mean?). And to the girl below who complained about the phone call--the man has three children, one of whom he adopted. The phone call could have concerned any one of them. Was the phone call an emergency? And beyond that, hitting tennis balls erratically in an indoor tennis facility can damage very, very expensive lights and heaters. But, you likely don't care about that. Not your lights, right?

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★★★★★

The instructor/owner at the Springfield Racquet Club is a magnanimous man. He's knowledgeable, dedicated, highly experienced and kind. Growing up, the club was like my second home. He treated my friends and I almost as if we were his children. I know of at least one student that he really took under his wing, spending enormous amounts of time with him, caring for him almost like a son. And when one of his long-time employees briefly didn't have a home, he took him in while this kid found a place of his own. I'm sorry but that's extraordinary.

I spent an enormous amount of time with this man. If he was rough with any of his students, it was because he was challenging them. He worked hard and expected us to work hard as well. He was rough with me a number of times, which I of course thought was unfair at the time. But, I was a selfish, supercilious child. I couldn't see that then. Now I see that I desperately needed it. I'm so thankful that he cared. I am honestly highly skilled tennis player; I went to State in 2001. But most importantly, he helped me become a better person.

It upsets me greatly that the reviewer below would say such damaging things when she clearly knows nothing about this man. Not to mention all of her information is from a second-account? She's indecent for publicizing a supposedly exhaustive characterization of a man from only ONE incident. That's irresponsible. And notice, he DID offer a refund (She said he offered it sheepishly...what does that mean?). And to the girl below who complained about the phone call--the man has three children, one of whom he adopted. The phone call could have concerned any one of them. Was the phone call an emergency? And beyond that, hitting tennis balls erratically in an indoor tennis facility can damage very, very expensive lights and heaters. But, you likely don't care about that. Not your lights, right?

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I have had two young girls take tennis lessons at the Racquet Club and they were treated very nicely. They both enjoyed their lessons and are more than happy to return this summer. I would like to also add that their pool is excellent. We had a great time there last summer.
Aliya

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★★★★☆

I have had two young girls take tennis lessons at the Racquet Club and they were treated very nicely. They both enjoyed their lessons and are more than happy to return this summer. I would like to also add that their pool is excellent. We had a great time there last summer.
Aliya

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I started playing tennis at the Racquet Club when I was probably about 11 years old. I had the owner as my instructor as well, and we did drills and drills and drills over the basics. During one class, when we were in the middle of one such drill (the instructor had been feeding us balls to hit) he (the instructor) received a phone call during class, answered it, and proceeded to have a conversation lasting at least five minutes. With no immediate balls to hit, my fellow students and I pick some balls up off of the court and began hitting them straight up towards the ceiling, then catching them on our racquets. When his phone call ended, the instructor hung up the cell phone and went on to give all of us a lecture on being respectful when someone is on the phone, and not trying to 'hit balls into the ceiling'. We all felt as though we had done something wrong, and sheepishly went back to the drill. Had I been in the mindset I currently am, (as a 16-yr old) he would have gotten more than just my $10+ for that lesson, he would have (and SHOULD have) gotten a piece of my mind. Looking back on it, I am infuriated with the way I was treated, regardless of my age, as a customer and a student. I now drive 45 minutes to tennis lessons in Dayton instead of 10 to the Racquet Club to get a worthwhile tennis lesson, where I leave feeling instructed and challenged; not put-down and humiliated.

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★☆☆☆☆

I started playing tennis at the Racquet Club when I was probably about 11 years old. I had the owner as my instructor as well, and we did drills and drills and drills over the basics. During one class, when we were in the middle of one such drill (the instructor had been feeding us balls to hit) he (the instructor) received a phone call during class, answered it, and proceeded to have a conversation lasting at least five minutes. With no immediate balls to hit, my fellow students and I pick some balls up off of the court and began hitting them straight up towards the ceiling, then catching them on our racquets. When his phone call ended, the instructor hung up the cell phone and went on to give all of us a lecture on being respectful when someone is on the phone, and not trying to 'hit balls into the ceiling'. We all felt as though we had done something wrong, and sheepishly went back to the drill. Had I been in the mindset I currently am, (as a 16-yr old) he would have gotten more than just my $10+ for that lesson, he would have (and SHOULD have) gotten a piece of my mind. Looking back on it, I am infuriated with the way I was treated, regardless of my age, as a customer and a student. I now drive 45 minutes to tennis lessons in Dayton instead of 10 to the Racquet Club to get a worthwhile tennis lesson, where I leave feeling instructed and challenged; not put-down and humiliated.

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My five year old daughter took two tennis lessons. She was so excited to learn and she's very smart and sweet. At the second lesson, our nanny watched very carefully while I took our other child to an appointment. I came back 25 minutes into the lesson. The nanny, a children's dance teacher, was very upset. The "coach" who is also the owner, was antagonistic toward my daughter. Here are some direct quotes: (after she was hit in the head and cried) "Oh, life's real tough isn't it. Huh? Life's REAL tough." (when she didn't do her follow through with the racket at her second lesson) "I've told you to do it eight times, are you going to get it this time?" (when she felt frustrated) "Can you please stand up and practice this? Please. Fine, then you can just sit there by yourself." This was not only frustrating to our child, but to the other girl in the class. When I went over and got her off the bench to take her home, he didn't even acknowlege us. My husband confronted him over the telephone. Of course, the owner said he'd been coaching tennis for 35 years, blah blah blah. My husband had to point out such basics as: "You mean in 35 years you haven't figured out a way to coach a little girl and not make her cry?" He promptly offered to refund the money, sheepishly. He also called our child BRENDA the whole time. Her name is not Brenda. My advice is definitely not to let your child anywhere near this creep. He should definitely not be teaching anyone young to "enjoy" the sport and "have fun" like the brochure claims. If you are smart, stay away!

PROS: None that I have seen
CONS: Children's tennis coach is impatient, rude and totally unappreciative

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★☆☆☆☆

My five year old daughter took two tennis lessons. She was so excited to learn and she's very smart and sweet. At the second lesson, our nanny watched very carefully while I took our other child to an appointment. I came back 25 minutes into the lesson. The nanny, a children's dance teacher, was very upset. The "coach" who is also the owner, was antagonistic toward my daughter. Here are some direct quotes: (after she was hit in the head and cried) "Oh, life's real tough isn't it. Huh? Life's REAL tough." (when she didn't do her follow through with the racket at her second lesson) "I've told you to do it eight times, are you going to get it this time?" (when she felt frustrated) "Can you please stand up and practice this? Please. Fine, then you can just sit there by yourself." This was not only frustrating to our child, but to the other girl in the class. When I went over and got her off the bench to take her home, he didn't even acknowlege us. My husband confronted him over the telephone. Of course, the owner said he'd been coaching tennis for 35 years, blah blah blah. My husband had to point out such basics as: "You mean in 35 years you haven't figured out a way to coach a little girl and not make her cry?" He promptly offered to refund the money, sheepishly. He also called our child BRENDA the whole time. Her name is not Brenda. My advice is definitely not to let your child anywhere near this creep. He should definitely not be teaching anyone young to "enjoy" the sport and "have fun" like the brochure claims. If you are smart, stay away!

PROS: None that I have seen
CONS: Children's tennis coach is impatient, rude and totally unappreciative

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