The Youth Progression serves as a guide for coaches, parents and players to ensure that kids participate in events using the appropriate ball and court size for their skill level. With smaller courts, shorter racquets, and lower bouncing balls, youth players will achieve greater physical activity and feel successful at tennis right from the start.
GET STARTED. RED BALL.
The tennis journey starts with red. Red balls can be made of foam or felt, are larger, bounce lower and travel slower than the standard yellow ball making it easier to learn and acquire skills.
COURT SIZES: 36' X 18'
Red Courts are short and narrow, making it easy for players to focus on learning the fundamentals of the game.
MOVING ON. ORANGE BALL.
Orange balls travel through the air a little faster and farther than the red ball, but are the same size and still bounce lower than a yellow ball.
COURT SIZE: 60' X 21' - OR - 60' X 27' (DOUBLES)
Slightly smaller than the full-size 78' court, Orange Courts are ideal for players who are still developing their athletic, technical, and competitive skills.
LEVEL UP. GREEN AND YELLOW BALLS
Green balls have a slightly reduced bounce compared to the yellow ball making the transition to a full-size 78' court much easier.
COURT SIZES: 78' X 27' - OR - 78' X 36' (DOUBLES)
At this stage, while continuing to improve their tactical and technical skills, a player's size does not hinder their ability to cover a full-size tennis court.