At Icanwin we love to develop children’s passion for Tennis and we believe that children should learn the sport from a young age, so we use a Mini Tennis system. This means, we begin Tennis lessons with children from the age of 4. The Mini Tennis system ensures that the racquets, balls, court size, and coaching are all appropriate for your children’s age, skill, and strength. There are three levels of Mini Tennis: Red, Orange and Green. Each colour differs through its use of court size and type of ball; supporting children within their development of Tennis.
Red Mini Tennis: 8 years and under
Red ball is a great way for players to start out in tennis and is for players aged 8 and under. It is played on smaller courts with shorter rackets and softer balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots.
Age: Red ball mini tennis is for players aged 8 & under.
Ball: A red felt ball.
Court: 11m x 5.5m.
Net: The net is lower than yellow ball tennis at a height of 80cm.
Racquet: A shorter racket of 43cm – 58 cm (17” – 23”) is recommended.
Orange Mini Tennis: for 8 and 9 year olds
Orange ball mini tennis is a great way for players to continue their progress from red ball. It is played on slightly larger courts than red ball, with bigger rackets and balls that are not as soft as red balls. It’s the next stage to go through before you start playing on a full-sized court and it will help players develop all the different shots, providing fun competition.
Age: Orange ball mini tennis is for players aged 8 and 9.
Ball: An orange ball is used. It has a low compression that makes it bounce lower, giving the player better control at an important stage of their development.
Court: Orange ball is played on a singles court of 18m x 6.5m and a doubles court of 18m x 8.23m (so the full width of the singles court)
Net: 80cm at the middle of the net.
Racquet: A racket of 58cm – 63 cm (23” – 25”) is recommended.
Green Mini Tennis: for 9 and 10 year olds
Green ball is a great way for players to continue their progress from orange mini tennis. It is played on a full tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls that are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage to go through before playing with a full compression yellow ball on a full-sized court and it will help players work on and improve all aspects of their game.
Age: Green ball mini tennis is for players aged 9 & 10.
Ball: A green ball is used, which is ideal for players moving from orange ball to actual tennis balls.
Court: Green ball is played on a full tennis court for singles and doubles.
Net: The net is at full height.
Racquet: A bigger racket of 63cm – 66cm (25” – 26”) is recommended.
Top tips for better Tennis strokes:
- Start with a very short backswing and possibly shortened grip, but normal follow-through, then gradually lengthen the backswing and slide the grip toward the handle.
- Start with a drop feed, go to a short toss feed, then feed from your racquet.
- Start inside the service line and gradually move back.
- Start non-running, then with a few steps, then with a run. Some kids position themselves better when they run to the ball than when they don't have to run.
- Start with the racquet at the point of contact, then gradually introduce a bigger swing.
- Start the student just 3' from the net, then gradually move the student back.
- Start with an ultra-soft feed right to the racquet, then introduce some higher feeds.
7 reasons why your child should stay active with ICanWin Sports
- 01.Healthy body Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints along with helping kids achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
- 02.Better Academic and social skills Research shows that exercise promotes improved school attendance and enhances academic performance also aids in the development of important interpersonal skills.
- 03.Healthy Mind Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills.
- 04.Disease prevention Participating in regular physical activity prevents or delays the development of many chronic diseases and promotes health.
- 05.Better sleep Exersice improves the quantity and quality of sleep.
- 06.Happier children Kids who exercise have greater self-esteem and better self-image. Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and a better overall mood.
- 07.Fun, Fun, Fun Ikanwin staff work very hard to ensure that kids are learning and having the best time possiable. Staying active is important and should be as much fun as possiable