NorCal Staff | May 1, 2017
The minimum age to play Tournaments is 7 years old. Players who are 6 and under can participate in Junior Team Tennis. Players automatically advance out of the Youth Progression once they turn 11 years old.
Youth Progression Tracking System
As of September 1, 2016, USTA Northern California began using the new National Youth Progression tracking system for 10 and under (10U) players in the section. The system tracks player’s progress through participation in progression eligible Junior Team Tennis and Tournaments.
Players can see how many virtual stars and trophies they need to acquire to reach the next level through their “My Player Page” in Tennislink.
To clear each level, players will have to collect a combination of 20 stars and/or trophies.
Stars & Trophies
Players collect stars for:
- Tournament Participation (10U only)
- Junior Team Tennis Participation (10U only)
- Junior Team Tennis Orange/Green Sectional Championships
- Individual Orange/Green Sectionals
- SuperStar Sports Pins
Players collect trophies for:
- Winning a tournament
- Reaching the finals of a tournament
Frequently Asked Questions
My child is 6 years old or younger. Why can’t they register for Orange or Green tournaments?
The minimum age to start playing an Orange Level 1 tournament is 7 year old. Players 6 and under are encouraged to participate in our HITS Red Ball programs or to look into Future Tennis Champions (FTC) events, which are one-day team tennis events.
Can players 10 years old play in 12U Green tournaments?
Players who are 10 years old and have earned 20 stars/trophies in 10U Green Level 1 will be eligible for 12U Green tournaments.
Is it true a player cannot play 12U Yellow Level until 11 or older?
Players can play in 12U Yellow events as soon as they have advanced through both 10U Orange and Green Levels.
How long should it take for a player to progress through each level?
The Progression is designed to be flexible so that more advanced or dedicated players can through the system faster with a combination of both achievement trophies and participation stars. However, the decision of how fast or slow a child should move through the pathway is a decision that should be made collaboratively with the coaches, parents, and players. The system is designed to help players develop strong fundamentals to get the most of tennis in the long run. Remember, it’s not a race to the yellow ball! For more frequently asked questions, please click here!
Learn about the Youth Progression
USTA NorCal Juniors staff present webinars about the Youth Progression System.
Exploring the Tournaments in the Youth Progression and How Players Earn Star/Trophies
We will be exploring the new USTA Youth Progression Tracking System in relation to 10-and-under Orange Ball Tournaments and 10-and-under Green Ball Tournaments and how players can earn stars/trophies for participating in these types of events
Exploring Junior Team Tennis (JTT) in the Youth Progression and How Players Earn Stars/Trophies
We will be exploring the new USTA Youth Progression Tracking System in relation to Junior Team Tennis (JTT) and how players can earn stars/trophies for participating in JTT leagues