Mid-Atlantic 10 and Under
Youth Player Pathway
November 14, 2019
Change to ONLY one ORANGE level started May 21, 2019! CLICK Here to read more about the change!
WHAT IS THE 10U PROGRESSION?
USTA has designed a best-in-class system to track the progress of junior players, ages 7 to10 from orange ball to green ball and green ball to yellow ball. The system will track a player’s progress through participation in designated tournaments and Junior Team Tennis. Players will receive stars for completing tournaments. Trophies are also awarded for select tournaments.
The mission is to clear each level by collecting a combination of 20 virtual participation stars and/or achievement trophies.
The more they play and the more they improve their skills and clear each level, the more stars and trophies they accumulate.
WHY YOUTH PROGRESSION?
The Youth Progression provides a clear and skill-based pathway for junior players to progress through the USTA tournament system.ADVERTISEMENT
The following are a few examples of the importance of Youth Tennis Progression for our young players:
- Defined pathway
- Level-based play
- Incentive to play
- Skill development
WHERE AM I ON THE PROGRESSION?
All new players begin playing in Orange Level 1 tournaments.
Parents can easily track their kids' progress through the progression by logging on to their acount in TennisLink tournaments.usta.com and switching to their child's Profile Page.
Progress is displayed as “trophies” for achievement and “stars” for participation. This page helps players, parents and coaches track progress and find upcoming play opportunities that fit a player’s age and skill level.
Players must accumulate at least 20 stars and/or trophies to advance from level to level. Achievement trophies are awarded based on each state’s guidelines.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
- Players must be a minimum age of 7 years old to register for 10 and Under tagged Youth Tennis Progression tournaments.
- On the first day of their 11th birthday month, players will automatically progress out of the system and into 12 and Under tournaments.
- Before the age of 7, players can play in unlimited practice matches, Play Days, Junior Team Tennis and junior tournaments using the red ball.
WAYS TO PLAY?
There are 3 ways to play and progress within the Junior Pathway:
A NetGeneration TennisBASH is a tennis party with timed matches, music during matchplay, fun off-court activities and snacks! 10U kids can earn Youth Progression Awards at these 2 hour events.
What about BG12-18 kids? If BG12-18 divisions are offered those kids will receive L8 participation points for playing in the TennisBASH!
Singles or Doubles? Both! At a TennisBASH everyone plays singles *and* doubles! Organizers will create doubles teams using either the "lottery" or "dream teams" methods.
Lottery = completely random teams
Dream Teams = after watching the players organizers craft doubles teams to help the kids have a fun, positive doubles experience.
For more information, please see our 10U TennisBASH page.
USTA PLAYER DEVELOPMENT EARLY DEVELOPMENT CAMPS
Player Development Early Development Camps (EDCs) are a tremendous way to supplement and enhance a kid’s Orange ball training and fun. For more information please see our 10U Player Development Camp page or contact Rob Issem of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Player Development Department.
10U BLAST TOUR
Participants will make new friends, play lots of tennis and receive an official BLAST Tour t-shirt! The exciting tour consists of six premier Green L1 tournaments held in conjunction with major professional tennis tournaments around the world. Learn more about the BLAST tour!