4 Star Camps Slashes Tennis Ball Budget

4 Star Camps eliminated 25 cases per year.

Patrick is a member of the USPTA, and highly involved in the USPTA MidAtlantic as the Executive Director and recently spoke with us at the 2014 USPTA MidAtlantic Conference.

Patrick’s summer camp – 4 Star Camps – is one of the best and oldest in the country – been operating for over 30 years and is hosted at the University of Virginia campus. If you are looking for a summer camp opportunity for your kids this summer … look no further.

A transcript of the video is here:

Hi, my name is Patrick Kearns. I am the owner of 4 Star Camps in Charlottesville, Virginia. I am the owner of a reBounce Green Tennis Machine, it’s the 150 ball machine. I’ve been using it for about a year. In that 1 year that I’ve purchased it, I’ve had the opportunity to recharge a lot of balls for our camps.

Basically what we’ve been able to do is, we’ve been able to reduce our consumption from about 25 to 30 cases down to between 6 and 10 cases. Within the camp what we do 150 balls every 3 days. So, we know that every 3 days we’ve got a couple of cases of “new balls” always going through our baskets.

So what we’ve been able to do with QuickStart balls is we pop them in. What’s great about those is we can recharge those a few more times more than what we would be recharging a regular ball.

The key to it is having 1 person be in charge of the ball rotation. That just becomes a part of their job description. For me it’s been great. I always know that I’m going to have good balls coming through. It’s just been something that’s been really successful for us.

At 4 Star Camps , My tennis staff in summer is 8 teaching pros. Within that I have 1 person who is basically the person in charge of recycling our tennis balls. We have probably about 120 kids who come through over the course of the summer.

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