10 and Under Youth Progression
The Youth Progression system (formerly known as Earned Advacement) ensures that players under the age of 11 are using the appropriate ball, racquet, and court size for their level of play. Within this system, players will have the opportunity to experience appropriate levels of competition at each stage of the USTA/Midwest Junior Tennis Pathway. The rules and regulations put in place will allow players to progress through the different stages at a pace most suitable to the player based on his or her competency, age, participation in competitive play, and results in competition.
Stages of Youth Progression
- Red Ball Tennis to Orange Ball Tennis
- Orange Ball Tennis to Green Ball Tennis
- Green Ball Tennis to Yellow Ball Tennis.
Why Youth Progression?
Players should advance through the various stages with the understanding that this is not a race to Yellow Ball Tennis, but a process rich in development opportunities at each stage. All children develop at different paces, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally. This new system is designed to accommodate these variations.
Benefits of Youth Progression
Along with accommodating the progress of each child, the Youth Progression system also provides the ancillary benefit of promoting goal setting. Learning to set goals is a beneficial habit for all players to develop at a young age. Youth Progression encourages players to set quantifiable and achievable goals at each stage of the beginning of their Junior Tournament careers and will equip players with a goal setting mindset to carry throughout their lives.
1/14/17 – ETC Green and Orange Ball
2/11/17 – ETC Green and Orange Ball
3/11/17 – ETC Green and Orange Ball
5/13/17 – ETC Green and Orange Ball
7/8/17 – ETC Green and Orange Ball
9/9/17 – ETC Green and Orange Ball
12/9/17 – ETC Green and Orange Ball
One Day Showdowns (Level 5)
A Single Day Showdown is the perfect tournament structure for junior tennis players who want more match play but don’t have all weekend. These tournaments provide the perfect balance of competition and fun for players, while providing great flexibility for tournament directors and an attractive option for today’s busy tennis families.
Time Commitment – players, parents, and coaches don’t have to give up an entire weekend
Equal Playing Time – non-elimination draws make sure everyone is on the court and not out of the draw
Low Cost – lower entry fees, no hotel, no school-time lost or work missed
Pathway Transition – introduces kids to a more formal environment while providing multiple matches
Social Impact – low-pressure environment cultivates camaraderie and sportsmanship
Ranking Points – points per round ranking points are given per win.
8/5/17 – Southern Indiana HS Kickoff Weekend
USTA National Tournaments
1/21/17 – USTA National Level 3 Boys 16s
3/25/17 – USTA National Level 3 Girls 12s
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