Mini Tennis is for children between 3 and 9 years old, with smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls, this is a great introduction to the sport, with all the fun and energy of the real thing.
There are 4 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. There is also the LTA Mini Tennis Rally Awards scheme, designed to help mini players learn in stages and take part in exciting exercises with regular rewards which encourage them to develop their tennis skills at a pace that suits them.
Get set for the mini game with the big attitude!
Tots - Tots is for children aged 3 to 4 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. There are no specific Rally Awards at this stage although players can receive stickers as reward and recognition for trying hard, achieving certain skills and working well with others in the group. 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 Beginner - Mini Tennis Red Beginner is for players 5-6 years or those new to the game and aged 8 and under. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. We will learn the basic shots - forehand, backhand, serve and volley, as well as the basic themes - rally, come to the net, serve & return and compete. There is also the chance to Earn Your Stripes through the Mini Tennis Red Rally Awards. This is a great introduction to the game of tennis.
Mini Red Improver - Mini Tennis Red Improver is for players 7-8 years or those who can do the basic shots and rally. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. We will work on developing technique on the basic shots - forehand, backhand, serve and volley, as well as the themes to a more consistent level - rally, come to the net, serve & return and compete. There is also the chance to Earn Your Stripes through the Mini Tennis Red Rally Awards.
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. It is the next stage before playing on a full sized court and helps players develop different shots and tactics. There is also the chance to Earn Your Stripes through the Mini Tennis Orange Rally Awards.