10 and Under Tennis
February 4, 2020
10 and Under tennis allows kids to grasp the fundamentals of the sport. Players learn specifically about grips, preparation, swing path and ball placement. The equipment and courts are tailored to skill level, so kids can see their improvement and have fun right from the start. Players can compete Orange and Green ball tournaments and track their progress on the My Player Progression Page.
Players receive virtual stars for participating in tournaments and are awarded additional virtual trophies for reaching the finals and/or winning the title. They can advance to the next level (see “Levels of Tournaments” below) by collecting a combination of 20 virtual participation stars and/or trophies. Players can track their progress on TennisLink My Player Page.
Players can begin competing in Orange ball tournaments when they are seven years old. ADVERTISEMENT (Players six and under are encouraged to participate in Red ball events.) Once the Orange and Green Youth Progression levels are completed—or on the first day of their 11th birthday month—players can participate in yellow ball tournaments.
Levels of Tournaments
L3 Orange Tournament – Entry Level Tournaments
These tournaments are designed for those new to competition and can help develop game play. They are skill-based, non-elimination and 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
L2 tournaments are for those seven years or older who are new to tournament play. They are open to any junior who is ready for Advanced Beginner / Intermediate level competition. Juniors are encouraged to play events in all regions to compete against a variety of players and to help further develop their game. Match format will be determined based on the number of players, and play will last no more than six hours. Tournaments can be co-ed or single gender.
L1 Orange Tournament – Advanced Level Tournaments
Once a player has mastered Orange Level 2 and earned 20 stars and/or trophies, he or she can now play in Orange Level 1 events. Match format will be determined based on the number of players, and play will last no more than six hours. Tournaments can be co-ed or single gender.
L1 Green Tournament – Advanced Level Tournaments
Once a player has mastered Orange Level 1 and earned 20 stars and/or trophies, he or she can now play in Green Level 1 events. Match format will be determined based on the number of players. More than six players run a first round consolation and less than five players run a round robin *played to completion; at least two matches guaranteed. These use no-ad; 2 out of 3 short sets; at 3-all play a 7 point tiebreak - (in lieu of third set-10 point tiebreak). Play can be 1-2 days depending on the number of entrants. Green L1 tournaments are single gender.
*Important note* - If a player participates in an out of section event and is a Finalist or Champion, trophies will need to be manually entered by the section office. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the player’s USTA number and the Tournament ID number of the event played. Allow 48 hours minimum for the trophies to be reflected on the player’s page.
- First Year Free Membership
- Setting Up Your My Tennis Page
- Quest for stars and trophies at each level
- Developing Tennis Players
- Transition from Red-Orange-Green
- Tennis Parent Checklist
- Understanding the role parents play in player success
- 10U Rules and Regulations - Friend at Court
Download the official 2020 USTA Eastern Player Experience Guide for more information on junior tennis in the Eastern section.