LTA Youth

This is the LTA’s progressive coaching and competitive programme that introduces and inspires children to play and stay in tennis.  It comprises 5 stages which enable children to play the game of tennis in a way that is appropriate to their physical strength, emotional maturity and technical and tactical stage of development.

 

Although there are ages assigned to each stage these are just a guide. We’ll always put children in the relevant group based on their ability.

Blue Stage (Ages 4 - 6)

  • Foam or felt ball used which is 75% slower than a standard yellow ball

  • Net height (at centre) of 80 cm

  • Racket sizes between 43 cm - 58 cm (17" - 23") recommended depending on size and strength of player

Red Stage (Ages 6 - 8)

  • Foam or felt ball used which is 75% slower than a standard yellow ball

  • Net height (at centre) of 80 cm

  • Racket sizes between 43 cm - 58 cm (17" - 23") recommended depending on size and strength of player

Orange Stage (Ages 8 - 9)

  • Orange felt balls are used which  are 50% slower than a standard yellow ball

  • Net height (at centre) of 80 cm

  • Racket sizes between 58 cm - 63 cm (23" - 25") recommended depending on size and strength of player

Green Stage (Ages 9 - 10)

  • Green felt balls are used which are 25% slower than a standard yellow ball

  • Net set to full height

  • Racket sizes between 63 cm - 66 cm (25" - 26") recommended but not compulsory

Yellow Stage (Ages 10+)

  • Yellow balls used

  • Net set to full height

  • Full sized rackets 68cm (27") recommended but not compulsory

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