Mini Tennis is a great way to introduce Children into the world of Tennis, it's aimed at children aged 3-10 years. 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.
Tots is for children aged 31/2 to 5 years old and enables them to learn the basics and how to 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 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.
A foam or felt ball is used which is 75% slower than a yellow ball, A court with dimensions of 11m x 5.5m or 12m x 6m. It's fine to use badminton court lines.
A shorter racket of 43cm – 58 cm (17” – 23”) is recommended depending on the size and strength of the player.
Mini 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.
An orange ball is used which is 50% slower than a yellow ball, giving players better control at this important stage of development, Mini Tennis Orange is played on a 18m x 6.5m court.
A racket of 58cm – 63 cm (23” – 25”) should be used depending on the size and strength of the player.
Mini 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.
A green ball is used, which is 25% slower than a yellow ball, Mini Tennis Green is played on a normal size court.
A bigger racket of 63cm – 66cm (25” – 26”) should be used but not compulsory.
Contact Kate Young for more infomation.
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