With smaller courts, net and rackets and lower bouncing balls, Mini Tennis offers the perfect introduction to the sport, with all the fun and energy of the real thing.
There are four stages of 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.
Tots Tennis: 3-5 years
Tots is for children aged 3 to 5 years old and enables them to learn the basics and enjoy the game through a series of fun activities, based on the fundamental areas of balance, co-ordination, agility, movement, and racket and ball skills. Tots play with sponge balls and 17 or 19 inch rackets and the focus is about making it as much fun as possible.
Mini Tennis Red: 5-8 years
Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft red balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots. Mini Tennis Red uses:
- A foam or red felt ball which is 75% slower than a yellow ball.
- A court with dimensions of 11m x 5.5m or 12m x 6m with a lower 80cm high net.
- A shorter racket of 17” – 23” is recommended depending on the size and strength of the player
Mini Tennis Orange: 8-9 years
Mini Tennis Orange is for players aged 8 and 9. It is played on courts 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. Mini Tennis Orange uses:
- An orange ball which is 50% slower than a yellow ball, giving players better control at this important stage of development.
- A 18m x 6.5m court with a lower 80cm net at the middle.
- A racket 23” – 25” should be used depending on the size and strength of the player.
Mini Tennis Green: 10+ years
Mini Tennis Green is played on a full size tennis court, with bigger rackets and green 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. Mini Tennis Green uses:
- A green ball, which is 25% slower than a yellow ball.
- Mini Tennis Green is played on a normal size court with the net at full height.
- A bigger racket of 25” – 26” should be used but not compulsory.