Since 2016 we have offered summer mentoring for beginners and those wanting to improve their performance on the game’s basis. These free sessions are held at Sycamore Park, at the corner of Carpenter and Clark Streets in Palatine. They’re every Wednesday morning from 10:30 to Noon. (Please email us at to confirm time, as we’re about to because in mid-July we’ll vote on moving the starting time to 9:00, due to mid-day heat.)

There are three courts. Each has one or two mentors who stay put. Every 30 minutes, Mentorees rotate clockwise so, by the end of the morning, they’ll have had instruction from each Mentor or pair of Mentors. These sessions draw from 18 to 32 students. Afterward, some enjoy staying and playing games with on-court mentoring playng with the Mentors.

While most participants are 50+, we enjoy having an occasional 14-15 year old participate.