Tennis is a game that requires many learned skills. A child could easily get discouraged if the game is not taught with a logical and well thought out progression. CourtSense has been using the progression balls, courts and racquets since our inception in 2002. We believe that it is key for the proper development of any child playing the game of tennis. It is crucial for a child to have a positive experience when they are first introduced to the game of tennis. Our staff has been trained to teach the CourtSense method while using state-of-the-art technologies. The combination has been proven to accelerate the learning curve for every child. Below is a brief description of the progression balls and courts as well as what makes us unique as a training facility.

TEDDY TENNIS is a fantastic FUN way to encourage children aged 2 ½ to 6 years to get active and learn to play tennis. It works by combining Music, Pictures, Stickers and Teddy Bear stories into a totally interactive learning adventure that young children love
The Pictures of teddy bears characters are used to involve the children (Cub Cadets) in what they are going to do in each game or activity. The Music is used in all Teddy Tennis lessons. It provides the rhythm and timing that is essentialfor learning to play tennis and many other sports. The Stories are related to the pictures. The Cub Cadet really relate to the teddy bear characters in these pictures and stories, they see them as role models and want to copy everything the teddy bears do. The Stickers of the teddy tennis characters are awarded at the end of each class. There are 13 sets of stickers with 12 stickers to be awarded to each Cub Cadet.


75% slower than a yellow tennis ball (generally 5 1/2 – 8 years old). Hopefully tennis is amongst the many different sports your child plays on a weekly basis at this stage. This age is all about developing the athlete in the child. This is a crucial age for motor skill development as well as learning some of the fundamental skills of tennis, the forehand, backhand and serve. We have a competition at the end of each class called the “Gatorade game”.This game works on the coordination of the child’s non-dominant arm (used for tossing the ball when serving). Through this game the child gets exposed to what winning and losing is all about which is a reality they will be faced with much more in the future. The Red Ball Clinic has four distinct stations.

We at CourtSense feel that a child first needs to learn how to transfer energy properly first from their legs, then core and then finally with their hands. Simultaneously we will also make sure the child understands how to hold the racquet properly for the forehand, backhand and serve when setting up for the desired stroke. We then teach the proper split-step and footwork when moving to the ball. This is mostly done out of the hand or with the ball machine.


50% slower than a yellow tennis ball (generally 8-10 years old). At this stage, the student is older and more agile, so they can play on a bigger court with a ball that is a little smaller and faster than the red ball. Fitness becomes more dynamic and challenging. The child should also have a nice understanding of the proper grips and how to move to the ball while we share with the student some basic patterns of play. This new understanding is still not second nature to the child so the coaches are always looking to remind the player to correct different grips or movements if needed until they do in fact become second nature.


The Green Ball is 25% slower than the yellow tennis ball (generally 10-12 years old). The child is one step closer to playing with the yellow tennis ball as they play on a full size court with a ball that is more lively than the orange ball. They are becoming more instinctive and they have the ability to cover more space because of their size and agility. At this stage the child needs to adjust to serving from the traditional baseline while covering the full tennis court.

Adjusting to this new length takes some time and the child must remember to hit with a good amount of height over the net in order to create the proper depth of shot. Reviewing proper technique and footwork is still a priority. Introducing patterns and variations of where to place the ball starts to become an important topic we emphasize during the semester. Fitness becomes more and more challenging and dynamic as the kids become stronger and more agile.



Similar to the green, yellow balls are played on a full size 78’ x 27’ singles/ 78’ x 36’ doubles court. There is no designated age at which a player should move to yellow ball; on average students tend to be ready for the full game after 12-13 years of age.

Just as the other types of balls (except for the Red Foam Ball), the yellow ball has a uniform outer surface consisting of a fabric cover and stitchless seams. Its mass ranges between 56.0-59.4 grams making it 14-16% heavier and significantly faster than the previously introduced green ball.

The use of yellow balls along with a full scoring system is introduced in the 12 and under competitions at both national and international levels. These regulations are also the official scoring standards of play at the professional levels ranging from futures to grand slam tournaments.

Students advancing to this stage of development are competent at hitting with proper technique and consistent enough to play points with the ideal height and depth over the net. Implementing specialty shots such as drop-shots, half volleys, and lobs also occurs at this stage along with the full development of the kick serve. Advanced practices are designed to improve decision making patterns and variations while making the right connection between the baseline, transition, and net games of the player.