Body awareness, work on global postures and balance, controlled movement by coordination exercises and games, hand-eye coordination and good sportsmanship.
MINI TENNIS (5–8 years old)
Mini tennis is appropriate for players aged 8 and under. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. The goal of this level is to spark a love for tennis through fun, stimulating and tennis specific coordination activities that will lead to the proper development of fundamentals.
A foam or felt ball is used which is 75% slower than a yellow ball.
Mini tennis is played on ½ court tennis.
A shorter racket of 43 cm – 58 cm (17” – 23”) is recommended depending on the size and strength of the player.
MIDI TENNIS (7–9 years old)
At this level, players will make the transition from 1⁄2 court tennis to 3⁄4 court tennis. Proper grips, a consistent impact point and a stable hitting zone will allow the players to play with consistency. Players competing at this level will have the fundamentals to enjoy playing using basic rallying skills and develop the ability to initiate a point effectively. They will learn scoring and gain an understanding of tennis etiquette.
Midi tennis is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini tennis. Players develop a rounded game whilst learning a range of techniques, shots and tactics.
An orange ball is used which is 50% slower than a yellow ball.
Midi tennis is played on ¾ tennis court.
A racket of 58 cm – 63 cm (23” – 25”) should be used depending on the size and strength of the player.
FULL COURT TENNIS (9+ years)
Full court tennis is for children aged 9 and more and is played with bigger rackets and balls. Firstly the children start playing with the green ball, which is the next stage before moving on to full compression yellow balls. Players develop and improve all aspects of their game.
Firstly, a green ball is used, which is 25% slower than a yellow ball.
It is played on a normal size court.
A bigger racket of 63 cm – 66 cm (25” – 26”) should be used but not compulsory.
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