10U YOUTH PROGRESSION
April 2, 2018
The Youth Progression serves as a guide for coaches, parents and players to ensure that kids 10 and under participate in events using the appropriate ball and court for their skill level. Now that balls and courts are tailored to a player's skill level, children can improve and have fun right from the start. Kids will be able to track progress on their Player Progression Page. The more they play and the more they improve their skills, the more virtual stars and trophies they accumulate.
Any player that is 7-10 years old can begin to register for youth progression tagged events. Start registering for tournaments: Scroll down to 10U Play Opportunities for a list of upcoming progression events!
To find the level you will be starting at, log in to TennisLink. Click here to log in or create an account for more information.
- First Year Free Membership
- Setting Up Your My Tennis Page
- Quest for stars and trophies at each level
- 10U pathway
Player Development Opportunities
Early Development Camps (EDC) were introduced in the Eastern Section in 2014 for orange ball training. A new green ball Early Development Camp initiative has been developed by the USTA Player Development, which will be introduced in the Eastern Section in late 2016. The goal is to bring together the top players in a local area for intensive ½ day training sessions.
Green ball EDCs will be focusing on dedicated 8 to 10-year-old tennis players. The goal is to bring the top green ball players together in a local area for intensive 4-hour green ball training sessions. Camp themes include: Changing from Defense to Offense and Becoming an Offensive Player.
Orange ball EDCs are dedicated to 7 to 9-year-old tennis players. The goal is to bring the top orange ball players together in a local area for intensive 4-hour orange ball training sessions. Camp themes include: The Expert Rallyer, The Net Dominator and The All Court Player.
Each camp will include:
- Athletic skill development
- Technical and tactical tennis skill development
- Competition, including singles and doubles
- Parent information session
2017 EDC camps are in progress. Dates for 2018 will be posted here when available. In the meantime, here is additional information on EDC camps and other valuable player development information.
10U Play Opportunities
L3 Orange Tournament – Entry Level Tournaments
Ready to play your first competitive event? These tournaments develop game play, are skill based, non-elimination and last no more than 3 hours. L3 UPS are open to any junior who is ready to begin sanctioned competitive play or who wishes to hone their competitive skills. Matches may be either short sets or timed matches: and typically take place over a 2-4 hour block of time.
L2 Orange Tournament – Intermediate Level Tournaments
If you are new to tournament play and 7 years or older, you can participate in this level of play. L2 tournaments are open to any junior who is ready for Advanced Beginner / Intermediate level competition. Juniors are encouraged to play tournaments in all regions to compete against a variety of players to help develop their game. Match play will last no more than 6 hours, tournaments can be co-ed or single gender and match format will be determined based on the number of players.
L1 Orange Tournament – Advanced Level Tournaments
Mastered Orange Level 2? Earned 20 stars and/or trophies? You can now play in Orange Level 1 events! Match play will last no more than 6 hours, tournaments can be co-ed or single gender and match format will be determined based on the number of players.
L1 Green Tournament – Advanced Level Tournaments
Mastered Orange Level 1? Earned 20 stars and/or trophies? You can now play in Green Level 1 events! Match play can be one - two days depending on the number of entrants. Green L1 tournaments are single gender and match format will be determined based on the number of players. More than 6 players run a first round consolation and less than 5 players run a round robin *played to completion; at least 2 matches guaranteed. These use no-ad; 2 out of 3 short sets; at 3-all play a 7 point tiebreak - (in lieu of 3rd set-10 point tiebreak).