- Tennis10s is for players aged 10-and-under, using the slower balls, smaller rackets and on smaller courts.
- Tennis10s is made up of three progressive stages, starting with Red (Stage 3), then Orange (Stage 2) and finally the Green (Stage 1).
- It is a fun way to start tennis and makes it easy for children to play the game, develop good technique and tactics and a love for the sport.
- Tennis10s is part of the ITF’s Tennis Play and Stay campaign supported by Tennis Ireland.
Red Ball Tennis is for players aged 8 and under. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots.
- Ball: A foam or felt ball is used which is 75% slower than a yellow ball.
- Court Size: A court with dimensions of 11m x 5.5m or 12m x 6m.
- Net Height: Net is at a height of 80cm (in the middle).
- Racket size: A shorter racket of 43cm – 58 cm (17” – 23”) is recommended depending on the size and strength of the player.
Orange Ball Tennis is a great way for players to continue their progress from Red Ball Tennis and is for players aged 8 -10yrs. It is played with shorter rackets, softer balls and courts are bigger and wider than the red stage but still smaller than full-size tennis courts allowing players to develop a rounded game whilst learning a range of techniques and tactics. It is the next stage before playing on a full sized court and helps players develop different shots and tactics.
- Ball: An orange ball is used which is 50% slower than a yellow ball, giving players better control at this important stage of development.
- Court Size: 18m x 6.5m court. Temporary marking lines are available to adjust the court size
- Net height: 80cm at the middle of the net.
- Racket size: A racket of 58cm – 63 cm (23” – 25”) should be used depending on the size and strength of the player.
Green Ball Tennis is a great way for players of age 9-11yrs to continue their progress from Orange Ball Tennis. It is played on a full size tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls which are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage before moving on to full compression yellow balls on a full sized court and helps players develop and improve all aspects of their game.
- Ball: A green ball is used, which is 25% slower than a yellow ball.
- Court Size: normal size court. Doubles matches should also be played on a normal size court with singles sticks in place (if available).
- Net height: The net is at full height.
- Racket size: A bigger racket of 63cm – 66cm (25” – 26”) should be used but not compulsory.
- Children aged 3 to 5yrs can start learning tennis basics and how to enjoy the game through a series of fun activities, based on the fundamental areas of balance, co-ordination, agility, movement and racket and ball skills.
- Large sponge balls are used with 17 or 19 inch rackets and the focus is about making it as much fun as possible.
- Mini-nets can be used, but not essential as activities can be carried out with no net.
Information on how to set up courts for different Green and Orange Ball is available on Junior Internal Competitions page.
For more information visit: TennisPlayandStay/Tennis10s