The Different Stages of 10andUnder Tennis

 10andUnder Tennis – the sport that gives young children the opportunity to learn and develop their tennis skills as they grow.  With 3 stages – Red, Orange, and Green – kids are given the tools to succeed with equipment and court sizes tailored to different age groups.  Smaller courts, properly-sized racquets, and tennis balls designed to be played at slower speeds help children to learn fundamentals and grow into the game as they get older.

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Stage Red is for children 8 years old or younger, and is played on a reduced court size of 36′ x 18′.  Oftentimes, these smaller courts are cordoned off using rubber lines (or lines and corners) in order to clearly mark the boundaries.  Examples of these items can be found here on the website.  This is the only stage in which there are two kinds of balls – red felt and red foam balls.  The foam balls are a little larger, which can be especially helpful for the youngest players.  These balls are the slowest moving and lowest bouncing balls available, perfect for beginners just starting out.  The net height is 2′ 9″ at the center, and the recommended racquet size is up to 23″.  It is easier for the kids to start building fundamentals with equipment and courts that are sized just for them.


For the kids 9-10 years old, Stage Orange is better suited.  While still smaller than a tennis court, the 60′ x 21′ court provides a sufficient area to continue building skills and fundamentals.  Again, it is a good idea to clearly mark the boundaries of this smaller court.  The orange stage balls have about 50% of the pressure of a standard tennis ball – giving it about half the speed and bounce.  The net height for this level is that of a standard tennis net (3′ at center, 3′ 6″ at posts), and the recommended racquet size is 23″ – 25″.


Stage Green is the final level before the kids start playing on a standard tennis court, with all the standard tennis balls and equipment.  This stage is for those 11 years old and up, until they feel well-prepared for the adult sport.  The players on this level take advantage of the full tennis court and net height, but the green stage balls have about 75% of the pressure of a standard tennis ball – giving it a slightly slower speed and bounce.  The recommended racquet size for this level is 25″ – 27″.

To better understand the different stages of play, the following chart demonstrates which stage of play is associated with each age group.

Reasons to Choose Youth Tennis

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PRESS RELEASE: Fast-Dry Courts builds 10,000th 10 & Under Tennis Court in U.S.


USTA Court 10K Press Release



U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez to Join Celebration on March 19 in Miami’s Tamiami Park


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 19, 2013 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that it will celebrate the refurbishment and creation of 10,000 youth-sized tennis courts in the United States as part of USTA’s commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.  A special celebratory event, Court 10K, will be held on March 19 at the Tamiami Tennis Center in Miami to commemorate this exceptional milestone.  The celebration will feature U.S. Fed Cup captain, Olympic gold medalist and Miami native, Mary Joe Fernandez.  The host site, Tamiami Tennis Center, is emblematic of the 10,000 courts that have been installed throughout the country. 

“We know that kids need 60 minutes of exercise a day to stay healthy and reach their full potential, so having access to fun opportunities to get moving could not be more important,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.  “The USTA has provided thousands of kids the chance to run and play, to learn a new game and perfect their skills, and to make new friends in a safe environment.  I am incredibly proud of the USTA’s commitment to encouraging kids to lead healthy lifestyles and to opening new doors to explore a wonderful sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.”

The USTA teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative in 2011 to encourage young people across the country to get active, play tennis and lead healthy lifestyles.  In addition, a component of the collaboration with Let’s Move! was the commitment to encourage children to participate in the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA), in which more than 226,000 kids participated and completed the challenge through the USTA.  To date, the USTA has had more kids complete the challenge than any other youth sports organization in the United States.

“Tennis is the perfect sport to get kids active and keep them healthy,” said Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. “The USTA’s Youth Tennis initiative was designed to make it easier and more fun to get involved in the game, and our commitment to creating and refurbishing youth-sized tennis courts across the country has been another step toward making the sport more accessible to more kids.”

“By providing infrastructure, the USTA’s efforts will help foster the game at the grass-roots level and get more kids active,” said Fernandez.  “In addition, these efforts will help improve communities across the country and I am thrilled to be part of this momentous occasion.”

Through its facilities assistance arm, the USTA has succeeded in the construction and renovation of more than 4,500 youth-sized tennis courts in 371 markets in 44 states throughout the nation in 2012.  In all, the USTA has constructed or refurbished 10,000 kid-sized courts since 2005. The courts were built in public parks, school yards, tennis facilities and at local community based youth organizations, like the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs.

As part of this initiative, all courts that were built or renovated were specially lined to enable participation in the USTA’s youth participation initiative, 10 and Under Tennis.  Youth tennis is geared toward getting more kids to participate in tennis using modified equipment and courts tailored to a child’s age and ability.  By featuring shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring, children learn to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process.  For the past two years, the USTA has invested significantly in 10 and Under Tennis, and the initiative is the organization’s number one recreational tennis initiative.

In total, the USTA through its facilities assistance program, has built more than 35,000 tennis courts across the country in the past six years, for all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport of a lifetime.

***This facility was built by Fast-Dry Courts***

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level, from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 770,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking nine summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for
the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s national charitable foundation, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to, “like” the official Facebook page,, or follow @usta on Twitter. 
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