Coaching programs

Ballarat Lawn Tennis Club are extremely proud of our coaching team.

With their knowledge and expertise, we are confident they can cater for all members and players in Ballarat.


Peter Joyce

Peter Joyce

Head Coach

Peter has been coaching in Ballarat for 14 years and has a lifelong involvement in tennis as a player on the pro tour, and a coach, manager and parent at all levels of the game. Peter and his family live in Lal Lal, his wife Rochelle and twin boys Jarrod and Brayden (13) all love playing tennis.

He has vast experience and is a Tennis Australia High Performance Coach. Throughout his extensive tennis coaching career he has had some personal coaching highlights including being awarded the Winner of the Victorian Coach of the Year (2000) and a finalist Victorian Tennis Awards Coaching Excellence Club (2012).

He has been fortunate to have coached many Australian and ATP/WTA ranked players. He was the private coach of Zoe Hives (from Kingston) in her junior development years from 2006-2013 at Ballarat Regional TC. During this time Zoe was Winner of the 2011 Australian National Championships (14 and Under), winner of ITF Junior events in 2012 and represented Australia in the Junior Federation Cup Team in Barcelona September 2012. This was a great achievement for an Australian regional player. Zoe Hives is now currently ranked 9 in Australia and has a current WTA ranking of 202 and highest singles ranking of 178. She has won 1 WTA and 2 ITF titles.

Peter also loves being involved in the Hot Shots Program and Club activities.

“There is very little difference in technical knowledge about the game among most experienced Coaches. However, there is a vast difference between leaders in their ability to teach the “game”, tactics and motivate those under their supervision.” – John Wooden

Edwin North

Edwin North

Junior Development Coach

Qualified Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach.

At Ballarat Lawn Edwin is involved in the full range of coaching programs on offer, including the Hot Shots program for 5-10 year olds, junior and adult group coaching, and private coaching lessons.  Edwin is also a qualified Cardio Tennis instructor.

“The most enjoyment comes from engaging with people and assisting their development and love of our great game”.


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Our coaching program fully embraces the Tennis Australia ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Program of which we are an approved deliverer.

The Ballarat Lawn Tennis Club Hot Shots program is the fun way for children 5-11 to step into the wonderful world of tennis.

  • Hot Shots is aimed at developing children’s skills and confidence, allowing them to progress at their own pace and move on to the next stage when they are ready.
  • With smaller courts, different rules, modified equipment and low compression balls, children are able to learn the basic skills of tennis, while having longer and more enjoyable rallies
  • Ages listed are only a general guide and there can be levels within each stage.

This stage lessons develops fundamental motor skills, as well as acquiring basic tennis technique.  It combines “playing the game” on a smaller court, and using a smaller racquet and softer red balls.  

Basic locomotor skills and tennis techniques are refined in this stage, as players still use a modified ball orange, but play on a larger (but not full size) court.  Players are able to rally the ball with more consistency and spin, develop the serve and return and use the volley as they progress through this stage.

These players are ready for Hot Shots League and are preparing for or  playing club competition.

 Technical, tactical, physical & psychological competencies are all developed in these lessons as players play on a full size court using the 75% green ball (ITF recommendation).

Hot Shots

For information on hot shot or to register for a free trial see –

Hot Shots Stages
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Hot Shots Stages

Junior coaching

Learn to Play Program

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Private Lessons for all grades and levels of player.

Private lessons can be conducted as one-to-one sessions with the coach and student, or they can be shared with up to 3 students in a semi-private lesson, where the cost can also be shared.

Times are generally based on 30, 45 or 60 mins.

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Peter Joyce Training Squads

Squad training is for tournament players 11-17 years.

It is designed to develop key tactical areas and patterns of play, court speed and movement patterns and finally mental shills.

Players set training goals, so they establish “good habits” and achieve in every session.

Program information and schedule is available upon request.

Training squad and private lesson packages are available.

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Wet and Extremely Hot Weather Policy

In the case of wet/extremely cold weather or in the case of extremely hot and/or windy weather (ambient temperature exceeding 36° Celsius), the coaching team will make a decision on whether the class will go ahead or not.

We always attempt to complete all lessons, so if you have not heard from our coaching staff please assume lessons are going ahead as scheduled.

  • If your lesson is cancelled, the coach will send out a group text message informing everybody of the cancellation. If you do not receive a text message please assume that the lessons are going ahead as scheduled.
  • Please note that 1 lesson is allocated at the end of each term to cover a missed lesson. If there is more than 1 cancelled lesson a credit will be applied towards the next term.

Racquets and Restringing

Quality restringing available.

Drop off and pick up Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 3.30pm to 7.00pm. Delivery available.

Price list and strings are available on request. 

New Racquet Consultation

We supply and deliver all brands of racquets. 

Need help choosing a racquet? If you need help selecting a racquet suited to your game, we have all the tools and resources you’ll need to find the perfect racquet.


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Look forward to seeing you on the court!

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