This information is taken from www.lta.org.uk and is extracted here to introduce those inquisitive to know more – it is just a snippet of the detail available from the LTA.
What is LTA Mini Tennis?
Children between 3 and 10 years old can now get stuck into the world of tennis with an exciting programme from the LTA sponsored by Highland Spring.
With smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls, LTA Mini Tennis offers the perfect introduction to the sport, with all the fun and energy of the real thing.
There are four stages of LTA Mini Tennis; Tots, Red, Orange and Green, each with their own court size and type of ball. This tailored approach enables players to develop vital skills and techniques at an early age.
What do the colours mean?
- Red – Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots.
- Orange – Mini Tennis Orange is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Red and is for players aged 8 and 9. It is played with shorter rackets, softer balls and courts are bigger and wider than the red stage but still smaller than full-size tennis courts allowing players to develop a rounded game whilst learning a range of techniques and tactics.
- Green – Mini Tennis Green is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Orange. It is played on a full size tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls which are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage before moving on to full compression yellow balls on a full sized court and helps players develop and improve all aspects of their game.
Note : Changes LTA Changes to the Mini Tennis Ratings came into effect from the 1st September 2016 [more info…]
What are Mini Tennis Ratings?
Mini Tennis is a great way for those children 10 and under to take their first steps in tennis. As well as being fun and exciting you will practise many of the same skills that the top pros work on every day. Now, with Mini Tennis Ratings, you will get more chances to compete against players of a similar standard in competitions and you can easily measure your tennis ability so you can see how you are improving. All rating changes from Red 4 to 8.2 happen on a daily basis once match results are recorded.
All players will move age group/ball colour in-line with the competition age group rules.
Download the LTA Ratings Guidelines [more info…]
How do Competition Age Groups work?
All junior age groups, from 8 and under through to 18 and under, are aligned with the competition seasons. The competition season dates are: Winter Season: 1st September – 31st March, Summer Season: 1st April – 31st August. The competition age group a player competes in for the upcoming season is determined by their age on the last date of that upcoming competition season.