Intro to Play
Whether your child is picking up a tennis racquet for the first time or looking to continue their passion for the sport, there are plenty of play opportunities.
From elementary to high school, tennis can be played at any age and is open to all levels of play. Youngsters can ask their teachers about how they can start playing in their PE class or whether there are after-school programs they can join.
Outside of the classroom, there are various other opportunities for elementary- and high school-aged children, both competitive and non-competitive tracks are available depending on the ability and needs of the individual player.
Youth Progression-the Red, Orange and Green Pathway
The USTA Midwest Youth Progression system ensures that players under the age of 11 are using the appropriate ball, racquet, and court size for their level of play.
Within this system, kids who want to play tennis will have the opportunity to experience appropriate levels of competition at each stage of the USTA/Midwest Junior Tennis Pathway. The rules and regulations put in place will allow players to progress through the different stages at a pace most suitable to the player based on his or her competency, age, participation in competitive play, and results in competition. The minimum age for Youth Progression is 7 years old.
Please click here for more Youth Progression information.
Red ball play on smaller 36′ courts, with right-sized equipment, is a great start for young players. There are red ball play opportunities for teams and individuals!
Played on 60′ courts, orange balls have slightly more bounce than the red balls. This is great for players who have moved on from red ball play and those who are working on developing more match play experience.
Played on a full (78’) court, green balls bounce slightly lower than a yellow tennis balls. Players at this level are more experienced with match play.
Midwest Youth Team Tennis (MYTT)
With equipment sized right for age and ability, it’s never been easier for kids to get active and try tennis at school or with the whole family at a local event. Organized extracurricular programs are being offered just for kids throughout the country and tennis is ready – and waiting – for your child!
Midwest Youth Team Tennis is the perfect program to try the sport of tennis. Each session includes age appropriate skill building games and team play. We make getting started playing tennis easy and fun by helping kids play, rally and succeed right from the start.