USTA Missouri Valley
What are Smashers tournaments?
Smashers youth tennis tournaments allow young children to compete in a friendly game of tennis with modified equipment to develop their tennis skills and grow their game. We help children grow from beginner to advanced-level tennis players.
2020 Smashers Schedules by District:
03/27/2020: Some of these dates have been postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the USTA's full statement here and check back for updates.
Contact: Noah Bortnick
Manager - Junior Competition
We make playing and learning tennis a simple experience for kids! 10 and Under Tennis follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer, which use kid-sized equipment.
Kids learn to play baseball by first playing T-ball; they use shorter, lighter bats and larger, softer balls. Kids learning basketball shoot baskets with kid-sized balls on lowered backboards and they play soccer on smaller fields with smaller goals.
Red, orange, and green tennis balls bounce lower, they don't move as fast through the air and are easier to hit so children can more easily develop fundamental tennis skills. Kids tennis racquets are sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to cover.
By using this format, the benefits are immediate and within a short time kids are rallying, playing, and excited to keep playing. That means kids will have more fun and less fustration. They're learning and building athleticism while playing real tennis and having real fun--and that's what is most important.
Your child may be eligible for a free USTA Membership!
A free 1-year USTA 10 & Under junior membership includes:
- An annual subscription to Bounce newsletter
- Eligibility to participate in USTA Junior Team Tennis
- Eligibility to participate in USTA Junior Tournaments
- For new members only. Offer valid through December 31, 2020. Use code FYFE
- Renew your First Year Free membership at the discounted rate of $10 when you use this code: 10MV20
Each district across the USTA Missouri Valley hosts Smashers tournaments throughout the year for players 10 & Under to earn stars and trophies. As players progress, they earn more stars and trophies, eventually becoming Yellow Ball players.