Westboro Tennis and Swim Club has adopted and supports the USTA guidelines for Junior Tennis Development. These guidelines dictate the use of different tennis balls and court size combinations to teach juniors. Our progression is generally from Red Ball, to Orange Ball, to Green Ball and finally to traditional tennis balls. The concept of the progression is that each colored ball has difference bounce properties to facilitate rallying and learning to hit more quickly in order to allow children to have more fun while playing. While this is a general format, some classes may differ due to coaches discretion and class composition.
Minilobbers (Ages 4-6)
Student start to develop basic essential skills – handling and swinging racket, throwing, rolling and catching. Students will focus on basic movements: running, jumping and balance. The main goal of the class is to develop body control using tennis based activities and to have fun!
Quick Start: Red Stage 1 (Ages 6-8)
Players will be using a 36’ court and Red balls. Basic stroke shape will be introduced along with proper movement and recovery. Students will focus on receiving and sending the ball as well as developing overall agility. Players will work together in cooperative activities. Players will be introduced to competitive situations using skill based tasks performed in teams. Students will learn match format and scoring.
Quick Start: Red Stage 2 (Ages 6-8)
These players are ready to compete on a 36’ court. The concept of spinning the ball will be introduced. Students will continue working on developing basic technique and acquiring better directional control of the shots. Students will be encouraged to start match play and tournament play. (Instructor permission required).
Quick Start: Orange Stage 1 (Ages 9-11)
Players will be introduced to 60’ court and the Orange ball. Student will focus on developing correct swing patterns. Consistency and footwork are emphasized. The concept of spinning the ball will be introduced. Students will learn match format and scoring with Match Play.
Quick Start: Orange Stage 2 (Ages 9-11)
Players will be working on developing more consistency using the orange ball and 60’ court. More advanced aspects of tennis technique are being covered. Control of spins and direction of the shots are being developed. The basic tennis strategy and play patterns are introduced. Students are encouraged to participate in competitive match play (Instructor permission required)
Quick Start: Green Ball Beginners (Ages 11-12)
Green Ball Beginners will learn basic form and stroke mechanics. The main goal is to establish form and timing of all major shots. Basic footwork will be emphasized as well.
Quick Start: Green Stage (Ages 12 & under)
Students will play on the full 78’ court but will primarily use a Green ball. Students will develop more consistency, power and control of spins. Students will work on mixing up pace and spin. To move to the next level, students are expected to play out points using variety of spins and play patterns. Pre-screening is required for signup.
Older Beginners will learn basic form and stroke mechanics. The main goal is to establish form and timing of all major shots. Basic footwork will be emphasized as well. Green balls may be used as appropriate
Students will transition to the yellow ball. Students will continue working on adding variety to their game. Students will learn how to generate spins and control power using yellow ball. Significant time will be spent on footwork and court coverage. Doubles strategies will be introduced. To move to the next level, students are expected to play out points using variety of spins and play patterns using yellow ball. Students have to be prescreened to sign-up for this class. (Players who have not participated in this class before may only sign-up for this class with the permission of the instructor)