What is Mini Tennis Orange
Mini Tennis Orange is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Red and is for players aged 8 and 9. Players develop a rounded game learning a range of techniques and tactics. Courts are bigger and wider than the red stage but still smaller than full-size tennis courts, with bigger rackets and balls that are not as soft as red balls. It’s the next stage to go through before you start playing on a full sized court and it will help players develop all the different shots, providing fun competition. There are team and individual competitions with matches using tie-break scoring.
There is also the chance to Earn Your Stripes through the Mini Tennis Orange Rally Awards.
What age is Mini Tennis Orange aimed at?
Mini Tennis Orange is for players aged 8 and 9.
What ball is used?
An orange ball is used. It has a low compression that makes it bounce lower, giving the player better control at an important stage of their development.
What size court is Mini Tennis Orange played on?
Orange ball is played on a singles court of 18m x 6.5m and a doubles court of 18m x 8.23m (so the full width of the singles court).
What height is the net?
80cm at the middle of the net
What racket is best to use?
A racket of 58cm-63cm (23″-25″) is recommended.
What kind of competitions are there at Mini Tennis Orange?
Competitions are team and individual, providing the chance to compete in a number of medium length matches. The scoring for each match should be 1 short set to 4 games, or the best of 3 tie-breaks and competitions should last between 2 and 4 hours.
Mini Tennis Orange Rally Awards
Mini Tennis Orange Awards have been designed for players between the ages of 8 and 9 years old and allows the opportunity take part in exciting exercises with regular rewards which encourages players to develop their tennis skills at a pace that suits them.
Mini Orange players progress through different levels by acquiring new skills and taking part in exercises. There are three levels in Mini Orange: Orange 10, Orange 15 and Orange 20.
At Mini Tennis Orange mini players learn and are tested on four important skills:
- Rally – Learning and developing rallying skills
- Serve – Learning and developing serving skills
- Come 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 Orange Awards should be completed with an orange ball on the standard orange court. At this stage players will learn to develop longer shapes on a bigger court which is 18m in length and 6.5m in width. Players will generally use a racket which is recommended as no more than 25″. Competition includes longer matches.
Within the Mini Tennis Orange Awards 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 Awards skill exercise.
- Mental skills – are vital for all round game development and are written into each Awards skill exercise.
Mini Tennis Futures:
These sessions are to give young budding players more sessions to supplement their existing programme. Not to replace or a stand alone session.