JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM
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.
RED BALL COMPETENCIES
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.
ORANGE BALL COMPETENCIES
GREEN BALL COMPETENCIES
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.
YELLOW BALL COMPETENCIES
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.