Frequently Asked Questions
- How is 10 and Under Tennis different from other similar formats used in the past?
While softer balls and shorter racquets have been used for years, there were no standard specifications for the ball, racquet, court, net and scoring system based on age. 10 and Under Tennis implements all of these elements—and has transformed the way kids learn and play tennis. Now, kids can experience success and competition all with the same equipment and courts.
- How young can children start playing tennis?
Children can begin to develop the skills necessary to play tennis at any age, as they develop agility, balance and coordination. Playing tennis requires complex motor skills involving movement, tracking and timing. Introductory tennis-related activities to develop athleticism may include rolling, tossing or catching and ultimately hitting the ball over the net. Tennis will grow with your child’s age and ability.
- What size racquet should my child use?
Children should be able to swing and maneuver a racquet safely, and it should be the appropriate weight and length for a child’s size. To measure what sized racquet is right for your children, have them stand straight with arms at their sides; the racquet length should be from the floor to the end of the child’s fingertips.
- When can my child start competing?
Age-appropriate competition using simple games, contests and rally-and-skill challenges are a great way to start kids as young as age 5. There are numerous programs offered by the USTA that focus on fun and character development. A good entry point for competition is a Play Day, which offer your child an introduction to competition in a low-pressure and friendly environment where we don’t keep score.
- How can I help my child practice?
Set-up a home court on the driveway, gym, parking lot or playground and play with your child—just like playing catch or shooting baskets. Remember to keep your instruction to a minimum and focus on play. Having fun entices children to play more and eventually want to compete.
- Do I need to be a member of the USTA to participate in 10 and Under Tennis?
You do not need to be a member to play and enjoy tennis at parks, schools or clubs. As your child becomes more experienced with the game they should try USTA Jr. Team Tennis or USTA Junior Tournaments; membership is required for these programs.