USTA Missouri Valley
USTA Missouri Valley | December 13, 2017
2018 Smashers Schedules by District:
Contact: Scott Howes
Coordinator, Play Support Services
10 and Under Tennis follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer, which use kid-sized equipment. Kids learn to play baseball by first playing T-ball; they use shorter, lighter bats and larger, softer balls. Kids learning basketball shoot baskets with kid-sized balls on lowered backboards and they play soccer on smaller fields with smaller goals.
Red, orange, and green tennis balls bounce lower, they don't move as fast through the air and are easier to hit. Kids tennis racquets are sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to cover.
By using this format, the benefits are immediate and within a short time kids are rallying, playing, and excited to keep playing. ADVERTISEMENT That means kids will have more fun and less fustration. They're playing real tennis and having real fun--and that's what is the most important.
Your child may be eligible for a free USTA Membership! A free 1-year USTA 10 & Under junior membership includes:
- An annual subscription to Bounce newsletter
- Eligibility to participate in USTA Junior Team Tennis
- Eligibility to participate in USTA Junior Tournaments
- For new members only. Offer valid through December 31, 2018. Use code FYFE
Each district across the USTA Missouri Valley hosts Smashers tournaments throught the year for players 10 & Under to earn stars and trophies. As players progress, they earn more stars and trophies, eventually becoming Yellow Ball players.