How Tennis is Played
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The red, orange, green dot and yellow ball approach helps players more easily learn the fundamentals of tennis, better develop skills, and improve faster than before. Appropriate equipment and court sizes are utilized according to skill level, which means kids across the country feel successful in the sport from the start. Players are encouraged to develop at their own pace, moving on to the next ball and court size when they are ready.
Kids learn to play on a court that is 36 feet long and 18 feet wide. As kids progress in their learning, they will advance to a 60-foot court before they learn on a full-sized 78-foot court.
But, learning to play doesn’t just have to happen on a court. 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.
Kids need a ball that is sized and paced to their playing abilities. A yellow tennis ball moves too fast, bounces too high and is too heavy for smaller racquets. Each age group uses specific tennis balls best suited to their size and playing ability.
Entry-level, red foam or low-compression red felt balls move slower and bounce lower, and are used on a beginner level 36-foot court.
A low-compression orange felt ball moves slightly faster and travels farther than the red ball, but it still has a lower bounce than a yellow tennis ball. It is utilized on a 60-foot and is for intermediate play.
Using a green dot ball on a full-size 78-foot court gives players the chance to adjust to a larger court size before they transition to the yellow ball.
Using the right sized racquet is important to the development of a player’s fundamentals. A simple way to know if a racquet is the correct size is to hold it down to the ground; the racquet should not be touching the ground with a straight arm but instead, should only just be above the floor.
WHERE TO PLAY
Contacting your local parks and rec department, local community associations or tennis facility is a great start. If your kids are already hitting the court, you can find play opportunities here.