USTA Missouri Valley
What is Youth Progression? The youth progression system is for players 10 and under and follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer, which use kid-sized equipment to decrease frustration and increase fun!
• Courts are smaller and easier to cover
• Balls bounce lower and slower
• Racquets are easier to grip and swing
• Shorter scoring equates to more matches
• Three levels of balls for kids 6-10 years In order to guide young players through red, orange, green and yellow, the Youth Progression Pathway has been implemented. The Pathway allows players to progress through the ball colors by earning stars and trophies through a combination of Youth Progression Play Days, Junior Team Tennis leagues and Youth Progression tournaments.
Let kids experience the thrill of competition without the pressure.
Kids are introduced to competition in a low-pressuresetting where the emphasis is on FUN. Play Days allow kids to gain match-play experience with others of similar age and skill so they can transition to team tennis and tournaments. Play Days typically last two to three hours, and allow kids to play multiple matches in a non-elimination setting—all with the goal of enhancing skills and making friends in a fun, social atmosphere. For both novices and experienced players, Play Days are a welcoming way for kids to experience the social and competitive aspects of tennis.
Junior Team Tennis
Kids can get active, have fun and make friends by playing tennis on a team. USTA Junior Team Tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. Also, it’s a fun environment for kids in which they learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game –win or lose.
Junior Tournaments give youth the opportunity to advance their game by getting on the court, learning from the best and connecting with friends. Competing in junior tournaments will help take their game as far as they want to go – high school, college or the pros. Youth can compete in their town, district, section or nationally. Junior competition includes events for everyone - from first time competitors to top level tournaments for more experienced competitors.
Early Development Camps
Early Development Camps (EDC) is a new initiative developed by USTA Player Development that focuses on local players ages 7 to 10. The goal is to bring together players currently competing in the Youth Progression Pathway in a local area for intensive half-day orange ball training sessions. EDCs located throughout the section will help develop the talent pool of USTA Missouri Valley junior players.