Tennis opportunities for children age 10 and under in Florida, beginner through advanced, are now all in one place for parents at www.USTAFlorida.com/10UPlay.
Parents and players just starting out can find information on the basics of tennis and where to find beginner programs and local facilities. All the 10-under levels of play align with the national USTA progression levels.
Red Ball is the beginner level of organized play on smaller 36-foot courts with the right-sized equipment, a great way for young players to hone their skills. Once kids can serve and keep score, they can play on Red Ball teams in Junior Team Tennis play, or at entry-level (Level 9) tournaments. Both feature no-pressure environments that are fun and supportive, ideal for youth players to get their first individual play experiences.
Orange Ball (age 7-11th birthday) players graduate to 60-foot courts and work on developing more match play experience — it’s the first step on the USTA Florida Youth Progression Pathway. Team Tennis and individual tournaments are offered, with an Orange Ball Level 1 tournament circuit that can qualify players for the Florida Orange Ball season-ending championship, and qualifying for Junior Team Tennis sectionals.
Green Ball (age 7-11th birthday) is the highest 10-under level, played on full 78-foot courts with the Green Ball, which bounces slightly lower than an adult yellow ball. Team Tennis and individual tournaments are offered, with a Green Ball tournament circuit that can qualify players for the Florida Green Ball season-ending championship, and qualifying for Junior Team Tennis sectionals.
They were tearin' up the courts at the final matches of the 2016 10U Green Ball Jr State Championships!
Posted by USTA Florida on Sunday, October 23, 2016
All levels align with the USTA Youth Progression Pathway, the best-in-class system designed to monitor the progress of players 10-under. Players earn participation credits for completing in tournaments and Junior Team Tennis, and achievement credits for match wins.
Bonus points are awarded for select tournaments, and players can “clear” each ball level by collecting a combination of 20 virtual participation stars and/or trophies. Players can track their progress on their Player Profile Page via TennisLink.
For more information go to www.USTAFlorida.com/10UPlay.