For children 10 and under, the new way to play tennis!
"10-and-Under Tennis Tournaments"
"In a decision that will fundamentally change the future landscape of tennis in the United States, the USTA has passed new rules governing competition for 10-and-under tennis tournaments. Studies have found that competition, when conducted in a welcoming environment that allows for multiple play opportunities, enhances kids' enjoyment of the game. And for aspiring collegiate and professional players, the QuickStart Tennis play format fosters proper technique and enhances strategy, key components to success in competitive play." -USTA.com
QuickStart Tennis is a new format to help children 10 and under learn and play the game of tennis. To make it easier for them, a few things have changed.
- The court size.
- The racquet sizes.
- The balls.
- The scoring system.
- The height of the nets.
The changes really work, because now any child between ages 5 and 10 can start playing tennis almost immediately - even if he or she has never picked up a racquet before. Just like other popular youth sports, QuickStart Tennis stresses the importance of actually playing the game of tennis and getting involved in team competition. QuickStart Tennis is also now part of the USTA Jr. Team Tennis league and Clarke-Oconee Tennis Association (COTA) Junior Team Tennis. This means that even more children will have the opportunity to experience this new format, have fun playing with their friends and develop skills that will become the foundation of their game.
All players, regardless of age, start on the 36' court with foam balls or larger compression balls. The court is 36' x 18' and is laid out across a regular court. For competition, this court is limited to children 8 and under. Scoring is simple: best of 3 games, 7 points = game.
Players now graduate to the 60' court with low compression balls. The singles court is 60'x21' and is played inside of a regular court. For doubles, the dimensions are 60'x27', using the regular court singles lines as the doubles line. For competition, this court is limited to children 10 and under. Scoring is simple: best of 3 sets. 4 games = 1 set, 7 points = 1 game
Players now graduate to the 78' court with the "Green Ball."
Players move to the regular 78' court with regular tennis balls!
In addition to court dimensions that suit their needs, children also need equipment that is proportional to their size. In QuickStart tennis, specialized racquets and balls are used.
The Racquet: For an adult player to succeed at tennis, racquet control is essential. The same thing applies to children. Adult sized racquets are too long and heavy and their grips are too large for children to use. Shorter and lighter racquets with small grips that fit childrens hands give them much better control of the racquet.
The Ball: Children need a ball that equals their playing abilities. A regular tennis ball moves too fast, bounces too high and is too heavy for the smaller racquet. Each age group therefore, uses a ball better suited to their unique playing ability.
For 8 and under: A foam ball or a very low-compression ball moves slower, bounces lower and travels less distance.
For 10 and under: A low-compression ball moves a little faster and travels farther than the foam ball, but it still has a lower bounce than a regulation ball.
Herman C. Michael Park
Tennis for Life, Inc. offers tennis programmming that is co-sponsored by Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department.
Tennis for Life, Inc. also offers tennis programs for teenagers, competitive juniors, adult beginners, adult intermediates, adult league play, men and seniors.