10 and Under Tennis

USTA 10 and Under Tennis
What is 10 and Under Tennis?
10 and Under Tennis follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer, which use kid-sized courts and kid-sized equipment. Kids learn to play baseball by first playing T-ball; they use shorter, lighter bats and larger, softer balls. Kids learning basketball shoot baskets with kid-sized balls on lowered backboards and they play soccer on smaller fields with smaller goals.

Now with 10 and Under Tennis, balls bounce lower, don't move as fast through the air and are easier to hit. Kids tennis racquets are sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to cover. By using this format, the benefits are immediate and within a short time kids are rallying, playing, and excited to keep playing. That means kids will have more fun and less frustration. They're playing real tennis and having real fun - and that's what is most important.
 
The Rules of Kids Tennis Have Changed
New rules for youth tennis have been passed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) that require all sanctioned 10-and-under tournaments be played using slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls, shorter and lighter racquets, and on smaller courts. These kids tennis rule changes are significant for children 10 and under, as they will make it easier for more kids to get in the game and, by making tennis more fun from the start, to stay in the game as well.
USTA Guidelines for 10 and Under Tennis
Equipment for Kids
Start your kids off right! With balls, racquets and even a net sized to fit their needs and abilities. Most tennis ball and racquet manufacturers now make products sized specifically for kids.
 
Balls
Kids need a tennis ball that is sized and paced to their playing abilities. A standard yellow tennis ball moves too fast, bounces too high and is too heavy for their smaller racquet. With 10 and Under Tennis, each age group uses a tennis ball better suited to its size and unique playing ability.
 
Red foam and red felt:
For kids 8 years old and under, a red ball moves slower through the air, bounces lower and travels less distance.
 
Orange ball:
For kids 9 & 10 years old, an orange low-compression, ball moves a little faster and travels farther than the ball used with the younger group but still has a lower bounce than the standard yellow ball.
 
Green ball:
For kids ages 11 years old and up. As children become more accomplished with their strokes and tactics, they can move to the full-sized court and use the green ball, which is slightly lighter and slower-moving than a yellow ball, giving children more time to get to and return shots.
 
Racquets
Kids need a tennis ball that is sized and paced to their playing abilities. A standard yellow tennis ball moves too fast, bounces too high and is too heavy for their smaller racquet. With 10 and Under Tennis, each age group uses a tennis ball better suited to its size and unique playing ability.
 


 
Court Sizes
As with the balls and racquets, 10 and Under Tennis uses courts and nets scaled to the size and ability level of young children.
 
Children 8 and under will play on a court that is 36 feet long and 18 feet wide. The net is 18 feet long and 2-foot-9. A regulation net (3 feet at the center) is used on the 60-foot court for kids ages 9-10.
 
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