MINI TENNIS PROGRAM (4-6yrs) – USING RED AND ORANGE BALL
HOW IT WORKS…
- Mini Tennis is for players aged 6 and under. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots.
What age is Mini Tennis aimed at?
- Mini Tennis is for players aged 8 & under.
What ball is used?
- A foam or red ball is used which is 75% slower than a normal tennis ball.
What size court is red ball played on?
- A court with dimensions of 11m x 5.5m or 12m x 6m. It’s fine to use badminton court lines.
What height is the net?
- The net is at a height of 80cm (in the middle).
What racket is best to use?
- A shorter racket of 43cm – 58 cm (17” – 23”) is recommended depending on the size and strength of the player.
What kind of competitions are there at Mini Tennis Red?
- Players are encouraged to play fun competitions in teams and as individuals, with short matches using tie-break scoring.
The GSM Tennis Club program has been designed for players between the ages of 5 to 8 years old to help mini players take part in exciting exercises with regular rewards which encourage them to develop their tennis skills at a pace that suits them.
Mini Red players progress through different levels by acquiring new skills and taking part in exercises. There are two levels in Mini Red: Phase 1 and Phase 2.
Within each of the four levels, Mini Red players learn and are tested on four important skills:
- Rally – Learning and developing rallying skills
- Serve – Learning and developing serving skills
- Coming to the net – Learning and developing movement forwards and volleying
- Score and Compete – Learning the rules, how to score, how to compete and fair play
The GSM Mini Tennis Phase 1 and 2 programs can be completed with a red or an orange ball.
Within the Mini Tennis Program there are:
- Key teaching points – these are technical points to be aware of, which can be built into lessons as areas of development, but they should not all be used at the same time.
- Movement – movement skills are vital for development and are written into each skill exercise.
- Mental skills – are vital for all round game development and are written into each skill exercise.