Information for parents
Stages of Player Development: Mini Red, Orange, Green and Full Tennis
In order to give everyone an idea of what they are aiming at, the following information explains what we are looking for at each level and what will be worked on to get there.
Please remember that we are aiming for long-term development, sometimes it will be more beneficial to the child’s development to stay in a particular level longer rather than go up a level too early.
Being the best in a group may not automatically qualify the child to move up. Plus, it's great for a child’s confidence to be the best in a group.
In order for the player to move from red to orange, the player shall:
In order for a player to move from orange to green, the player shall:
In order for a player to move from green to tennis, the player shall:
Basic Skills for Tennis
Many children taking up tennis will need work on some basic skills to enable them to pick up the tennis specific skills. This work is beneficial for all children regardless of their tennis skill level.
This work is beneficial at all ages but is most effective up to an age of approximately 12 (a player’s biological age could vary by as much as +/- 2 years from their chronological age).
To achieve these basic skills, the following areas of work will be addressed:
Many children who reach a reasonable level of tennis specific skill, struggle when they are older if this part of their development is ignored. This will not happen to our children: we are aiming to help children become athletic tennis players.
We are setting high standards in order to move the club up a level, we are committed to helping all children reach their potential. We are aware that children develop at different rates and, of course, this is also applicable in sport, it is always with this in mind that we make our recommendations.