YOUTH TENNIS PROGRESSION The Youth Progression serves as a guide for coaches, parents and players to ensure that kids 10 and under participate in events using the appropriate ball for their skill level. Now that balls and courts are tailored to a player’s skill level, children can improve and have fun right from the start.
The USTA has designed, and implemented, a best-in-class system, Youth Progression, to track the progress of junior players, ages 10 and under from orange to green to yellow ball competition. The system will track a child’s progress through participation in Play Days (optional), Junior Team Tennis and Tournaments. Kids will receive stars for participating and can receive trophies for champion and finalist tournament results.
Ages 9-18: The path to becoming a top junior tennis player. Step 1 Attend a group tennis lesson once per week. Step 2 Add an occasional special Elite junior tennis event or play with your child. Elite recommends your child participate in a Junior Tennis Party. Step 3 Attend two tennis lessons per week.
The Youth Progression provides a clear and skill-based pathway for junior players to progress through the USTA tournament system. The mission is to clear each level by collecting a combination of 20 virtual participation stars and/or achievement trophies. Click HERE to learn more about the USTA Mid-Atlantic 10&Under Youth Progression.
Check out the chart below for examples of how players progress along the pathway! 10 And Under Play.
The United States Tennis Association Junior Tournament Progression was designed and developed to help expedite the improvement and progress of young tennis players by scaling balls, racquets, and courts down to meet the average physiological size of young players as they mature. Players must progress through age-based competencies to pass from one division to the next, and are required to categorically participate in each appropriate division prior to tournament play on the 78’ adult court ...
10 and Under Junior Team Tennis (JTT) is offered in two divisions: Orange and Green. Typically JTT events for the age group are held over one day, but some regions offer leagues with multiple dates. Players receive Net Generation PlayTracker "play points" for participating in any JTT team event and "win points" after a victory at the green level.
Progressive Tennis uses a system of modified courts, racquets and balls scaled to maximize learning for different levels and/or age groups. Just like many other sports (e.g. Mini-soccer, T-Ball, etc.), scaling the game down to the