Mid-Atlantic 10 and Under
Youth Player Pathway
December 3, 2020
On January 1, 2021, USTA Youth Progression will be transitioning to USTA.com within your profile, and with that comes an exciting new look.
The new Net Generation PlayTracker will help parents and players navigate their development progress, replacing the current stars and trophies system. Now, players will collect play and win points after playing in USTA Team Challenges, USTA Junior Team Tennis, and USTA Junior Circuit events. Click here to learn more about the Net Generation PlayTracker.
What is 10U Youth Progression?
USTA has designed a best-in-class system to track the progress of junior players, ages 7 to 10 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. To find specific guidelines about the 10U Youth Progression, please view the 10U Fact Sheet here.
Why Youth Progression?
The Youth Progression provides a clear and skill-based pathway for junior players to progress through the USTA tournament system.
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 account 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:
10U tournaments and TennisBash
All 10U events utilize non-elimination draws with short scoring formats so players get significant matchplay every time. 10U events may also be co-ed.
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? Yes, many Tennis Bashes will offer entry-level 12s-18s divisions for developing players. For more information, please see our 10U TennisBASH page.
10U BLAST Tour
All 10U Green Level 1 kids are invited and encouraged to participate in the new USTA MAS 10U BLAST Tour presented by our official scorekeeper, MatchTuff.
Participants will make new friends, play lots of tennis and receive an official BLAST Tour t-shirt! The exciting tour consists of five premier Green L1 tournaments held in conjunction with major professional tennis tournaments around the world. Click here to learn more about the BLAST tour!
USTA PLAYER DEVELOPMENT EARLY DEVELOPMENT CAMPS
Player Development Early Development Camps (EDCs) are a tremendous way to supplement and enhance a kid’s Orange/Green ball training and fun. For more information please see our Early Development Camp page or contact Warren Waterman of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Junior Competition Department.