While they walk onto the court with little more than a racket, they can leave with the foundation of a lifelong sport.
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BENEFITS OF YOUTH TENNIS
• Improved hand-eye coordination
• Enhanced flexibility
• Effective workout
• Teaches sportsmanship
• Development of a lifelong sport
• Fun interaction with other kids
• Requires minimal equipment
10 and Under Tennis equipment and game play
Balls – Kids need a tennis ball that is sized and paced to their playing abilities. A standard yellow tennis ball moves too fast, bounces too high and is too heavy for their smaller racquet. Each age group uses a tennis ball better suited to its size and unique playing ability.
- Red foam and red felt: For kids 8 years old and under, a red ball moves slower through the air, bounces lower and travels less distance.
- Orange ball: For kids 9-10 years old, an orange low-compression, ball moves a little faster and travels farther than the ball used with the younger group but still has a lower bounce than the standard yellow ball.
- Green ball: For kids ages 10-12 years old. As children become more accomplished with their strokes and tactics, they can move to the full-sized court and use the green ball, which is slightly lighter and slower-moving than a yellow ball, giving children more time to get to and return shots.
Rackets – Adult rackets are too unwieldy for young players; they are too long and heavy and the grips are too large. An appropriately sized racket, one designed for kid-sized hands and strength, is essential.
- Younger than age 8: 19-inch to 23-inch rackets
- 8-10 years old: 23-inch to 25-inch rackets
Court size – As with the balls and rackets, 10 and Under Tennis uses courts and nets scaled to the size and ability level of young children. Children 8 and younger will play on a court that is 36 feet long and 18 feet wide. The net is 18 feet long and 2-foot-9. A regulation net (3 feet at the center) is used on the 60-foot court for kids ages 9-10.
Scoring – The scoring is modified to allow for shorter matches and more competitive experiences. Children just want to play and the more they can play the faster they will develop.
SOURCE: The United States Tennis Association