10 & UNDER TENNIS

Play Days

Play Days are designed for kids – from those just learning to compete to those who are already in competition – to play in a fun, non-threatening yet competitive environment. Over duration of a few hours, these events give kids the opportunities to play – whether they are getting ready for the next step of playing sanctioned tournaments or if they already are competing and are looking for additional play time. Emphasis is placed on participation, effort and sportsmanship.

Providers
To register your Play Day click here

Parents
To view the calendar of Wisconsin PlayDays click here

To view and print a Tennis PlayDay Start Up Manual click here

 

10 & Under Tennis

Tennis is one of the best ways for kids to become healthy, confident and physically fit. The very nature of the game of serving, returning and rallying makes tennis a highly active kids sport with plenty of movement, starts, stops and direction changes. As such, tennis is a great cardiovascular activity, and the movements used on the court help develop enhanced balance, agility and coordination. Mental focus is also sharpened through tennis because decision-making and concentration are necessary every time a ball is hit.

USTA 10 & UNDER GUIDELINES  

Balls

  • Kids need a tennis ball that is sized and paced to age and ability. Low-compression balls are designed to bounce lower and move slower through the air, giving kids more time to get ready for the next shot and allowing them to strike the ball at a comfortable height. Each age group uses a tennis ball better suited to its size and unique playing ability to help build confidence and develop an enjoyment of the game.

Court Sizes

  • Children 8 and under play on a court that is 36 feet long and 18 feet wide. The net is 18 feet long and 2-foot-9 feet high. A regulation net (3 feet at the center) is used on the 60-foot court for kids ages 9-10.
  • With equipment sized right, it's easier than ever for kids to play anywhere -- no court required! Portable nets are available from many manufacturers, and temporary nets can be constructed using tape or caution tape tied to existing nets, fences or even chairs! Kids can set up play areas at home in the driveway, at the local park or gym.

Scoring

  • Scoring is modified to allow for shorter matches and more play and participation experiences for your child. This lets kids play more often and have more fun.
  • 10 and Under Tennis allows them to stay active and engaged as they develop and mature.

Smaller and Lighter Racquets – Kids’ tennis racquets are designed for small hands, making them easier to grip and swing.

Youth Tennis Racquets

Adjusted Scoring – The scoring for youth tennis matches is modified to allow for shorter matches and more competitive experiences for your child. Children just want to play, and the more they can play the faster they will develop.

To learn more about 10 & Under tennis download the Parent Guide or to find additional play opportunities, please visit: www.10andundertennis.com

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