Tennis age groups
Players can move up the groups in two ways:
All junior age groups, from 8U through to 18U, are aligned with the LTA competition seasons. The competition season dates are:
- Winter season: 1 September – 31 March
- Summer season: 1 April – 31 August
Your age on the last date of the upcoming competition season will determine which will age group you will play & compete in for that season.
The Mini Tennis Rally Awards have been designed for players between the ages of 3 and 10 years old, with four stages; Tots, Red, Orange and Green.
TOTS - Tots learn the basics skills and how to enjoy the game through a series of fun activities, based on the fundamental areas of balance, co-ordination, agility, movement and sending and receiving skills. There are no specific Awards at this stage however there are skills and effort stickers which should be used to encourage the players.
RED, ORANGE AND GREEN - There are 4 consistent skill areas that the Red, Orange and Green mini players are tested on:
- Rally: Learning and developing rallying skills
- Serve: Learning and developing serving skills
- Come to the net: Learning and developing movement forwards and volleying
- Score and Compete: Learning the rules, how to score, how to compete and fair play
A player must complete all 4 skills to complete the award at the same time to successfully pass.
The difficulty level is progressed by advancing the players court position and number of shots they have to successfully complete. The difficulty level is represented by the number, the higher the number the more difficult the award i.e. RED 20 is harder than RED 5.
After completing the Green stage, mini players will be ready to go on to enjoy the full game of tennis.