STARTER

STARTER (4) EVENTS are designed for new and novice tennis players that are partaking in their first tournament experiences. These events foster an encouraging and supportive environment in which the players can play and grow in the sport. These events offer a “soft competitive” approach using Round Robin formats, all of which are specifically designed for each age category. All players in Starter events, except the 6 and Under age bracket, will be ranked using the ARC1 Ranking System.

Most “Starter” events take place in one (1) day. Many events are held in 3 hours or less. Below you will find a basic explanation of each age bracket and examples of scoring formats that may be used.

***Please note that in Junior Grand Prix Tennis, any player who wishes to play in a higher age bracket is welcome to do so, however we encourage them to take into account the player’s development as a whole.

***Please note that NO player can play in an age category younger than their chronological age.

6 AND UNDER TENNIS is designed for children 6 years of age and younger. These players will play with a foam or Red ball, on a 36 foot court. The Junior Grand Prix Tennis experience for this age bracket focuses on the child’s first “on court” experience. We host an array of activities for the players such as: games, drills, basic instruction, score keeping techniques, skills enhancement exercises and general activities that develop gross motor skills and balance. All activities are designed to promote the concept of individual and team play. We strongly believe that it is the on-court experiences as a whole that will make the players want to come back for a lifetime of Tennis. Below, you will find a list of a few of our basic concepts for this age bracket.

  • Ensuring the Children enjoy their first catching and hitting experience with a Tennis Ball and Racquet
  • Using Adaptive and modified equipment that is designed for children of this age. i.e.; Foam or Red Balls and Racquets less than 23 inches
  • Using different Activities associated with Music and Fun
  • Exposing younger players to basic scoring formats
  • Illustrating to the children the use of manipulatives to keep score
  • Emphasizing the importance of exercise and being active
  • Partaking in activities that enhance the development of Gross and Fine Motor skills, both of which are interlinked with coordination
  • Promoting and discuss basic rules and etiquette of Tennis

8 AND UNDER TENNIS is designed for children 8 years of age or younger. These players will play with a Red ball on a 36 foot court, using racquets of 23 inches or less, and using modified scoring based on the size of each age category and flight. In many cases, 8 and Under tennis is gender mixed and each age bracket takes place in approximately 2 – 3 hours. Parents should keep in mind a few of the basic concepts that would illustrate what is expected of a “Starter” playing in the 8 and Under age bracket.

  • Players should know where to stand on the court
  • Players should know what a Round Robin is
  • Players should be able to serve over the net using either an underhanded or overhanded serve
  • Players should know where to stand when receiving serve
  • Players should know the boundaries of the 36 foot court
  • Players should know how to call balls IN or OUT

10 AND UNDER TENNIS is designed for children 10 years of age or younger. These players use an Orange Ball on a 60 foot court, using a Racquet of 25 inches or less, with modified scoring based on the number of participants in each age bracket. Most age brackets play in approximately 2-3 hours or less. Below is a list of a few of the basic concepts that would illustrate what is expected of a “Starter” playing in the 10 and Under age bracket.

  • Players should know where to stand on the court
  • Players should be able to serve over the net using either an underhanded or overhanded serve
  • Players should know where to stand when receiving serve
  • Players should know the boundaries of the 60 foot court
  • Players should know how to call balls IN or OUT
  • Players should know how to keep basic score
  • Players should know basic rules and etiquette of Tennis
  • Players should know when to switch sides

12 AND UNDER TENNIS is designed for players 12 years of age or younger. These players use a Green Dot Ball and play on a full court, using modified scoring based on the number of participants in each age bracket. Most age brackets play in approximately 2-3 hours or less. Below is a list of a few of the basic concepts that would illustrate what is expected of a “Starter” playing in the 12 and Under age bracket.

  • Players should know where to stand on the court
  • Players should know the concept of Round Robin play
  • Players should be able to serve over the net using either an underhanded or overhanded serve
  • Players should know where to stand when receiving serve
  • Players should know the boundaries of a full court
  • Players should know how to call balls IN or OUT
  • Players should know how to keep basic score
  • Players should know basic rules and etiquette of Tennis
  • Players should know when to ask for “Help”
  • Players should know when to switch ends
  • Players should know how to score a set/match Tie-Break

14 AND UNDER TENNIS are designed for new and recreational players. These events are structured tennis events that promote play amongst players with similar playing ability. These players use a regular Yellow Ball and use modified scoring based on the number of participants in each age bracket. Play takes place in 3-4 hours, and usually offers no-ad scoring.

Below is a list of a few of the basic concepts that would illustrate what is expected of a “Starter” playing in the 14 and Under age brackets.

  • Players should know where to stand on the court
  • Players should be familiar with Round Robin format
  • Players should be able to serve over the net using either an underhanded or overhanded serve
  • Players should know where to stand when receiving serve
  • Players should know the boundaries of a full court
  • Players should know how to call balls IN or OUT
  • Players should know how to keep basic score
  • Players should know basic rules and etiquette of Tennis
  • Players should know when to ask for “Help”
  • Players should know when to switch ends
  • Players should know how to score and set/match Tie-Break
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