YOUNG OPEN / SATELLITE / NOVICE Ages 5 to 13
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TennisPower Tennis For Tots is designed to accelerate both young and older beginner players. The goal is to develop motor skills towards becoming an efficient tennis player through instruction, drills, exercises and fun games.
Tennis for Tots is the equivalent of Little League baseball, AYSO soccer or youth basketball. Designed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the governing body of tennis in the United States, this innovative program was launched in 2008. All QuickStart programs, including ours at Peninsula Racquet Club include lessons and playing opportunities that aim to make tennis more accessible to children ages 5-10. We try and guide young players through a series of transitional stages.
Customization makes the game accessible right away
- Graduated sizes of racquets
- lower-bouncing balls
- and scaled-down court sizes
The result? Players learn to rally faster and enjoy the game sooner. Children eventually move to full-court tennis and a lifelong love of the game.
Why Tennis for Tots Tennis works
Our highly successful approach overcomes the factors that often intimidate young players such as: full-sized courts, full-sized racquets, and standard high bouncing balls.
Many of these hurdles deter young kids from trying the game of tennis and make tennis instruction more like a lesson in frustration!We feel QuickStart is the polar opposite. It offers a “real tennis” experience but is scaled down for children in every way from equipment to court size. Youngsters can start playing during their first lesson, making the game enjoyable.
We feel this is the perfect way to introduce young boys and girls to the game!
Tennis For Tots Stages of Play
REB BALL 1
The first QuickStart stage is for beginners ages 3-6. Customized for the smallest players, it features a 36’ x 18’ court, large red foam/felt balls and 19” racquets. The balls bounce lower and travel less distance. This means children can control the ball and racquet, develop proper swing technique and get a real sense of playing the game.
RED BALL 2
This stage is for players ages 5 to 8 who can consistently hit the ball over the net with the instructor. Still using the smaller courts and 21” racquets, players now work with large red felt balls and learn basic technique for forehand, backhand, volley and serve.
When children ages 6 to 9 can maintain an extended rally with the instructor and use basic tennis techniques, they move to the orange stage — generally for 6 to 18 months. Now they play on larger courts, 60’ x 21’, with racquets that range from 23” to 25.” They also use a low-compression ball that travels a little faster and farther than in previous stages. Students are taught intermediate technique for footwork, net play, and serves as well as basic strategy, how to play points and keep score.
This stage is for students ages 8 to 12 who can rally, place the ball with intention, place the volley for winners when necessary and are beginning to understand strategy and tactics. Players move to regulation size courts and use green felt balls to continue learning the game for 6 to 18 months.
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Contact Director of Tennis, Oliver Messerli for more information