What is Mini Tennis Red
Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under. Players learn to serve, rally and score with a slow ball, as well as learning the movement and co-ordination skills needed for tennis. It is played on smaller courts with shorter rackets and softer balls. It’s just like the real thing and will give the player the chance to have long rallies and play different types of shots, which should be lots of fun. Players are encouraged to play fun competitions in teams and as individuals, with short matches using tie-break scoring.
There is also the chance to Earn Your Stripes through the Mini Tennis Red Rally Awards.
What age is Mini Tennis Red aimed at?
Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under.
What ball is used?
A red sponge ball is used indoors and a red felt ball is used outdoors.
What size court is Mini Tennis Red played on?
A smaller court of 11m x 5.5m is used so it’s OK to use badminton court lines.
What height is the net?
The net is lower than yellow ball tennis at a height of 80cm.
What racket is best to use?
A shorter racket of 43cm-58cm (17″-23″) is recommended.
What kind of competitions are there at Mini Tennis Red?
Competitions are usually team based so you can compete in lots of short matches. The scoring for each match should be first to 10 points and competitions should last between 1 and 3 hours.
Mini Tennis Red Rally Awards
Mini Tennis Red Awards have been designed for players between the ages of 5 and 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 four levels in Mini Red: Red 5, Red 10, Red 15, Red 20.
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
- 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 Red Awards can be completed with a sponge or a felt ball.
Within the Mini Tennis Red 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.