Mini Orange

Mini tennis Orange is for players 9 and under and is played on a court that is slightly narrower and shorter than a full size court (18m x 6.5m). The net is wound down to 80cm and rackets sized 23-25 inches. The balls are the same size as yellow balls, but are softer and slower.

Orange 1 is aimed at beginners or lower intermediate players . These sessions are mainly basket fed and all players are the correct stances, how to serve and how to volley, the technique for both forehand and backhand, and how to move on court. Once players have a good understanding of the basics, we will then start to introduce them to rallying with the coach and get them playing the game of tennis. As players are able to hold longer rallies from the service box, we will push them further back to the orange baseline which is 3/4 length of the full court. Once they can hold rallies with the coach for 15-20 shots, 10 shots rallying with each other from the baseline andĀ  serve 5/10 serves cross-court they are ready to progress to Orange 2.

OrangeĀ  2 is aimed at our strongest Orange ball players and need to have a coach recommendation before joining. These sessions contain a good mix of basket drills and rallying with the coach. All players will be expected to be able to rally from the Orange court baseline with each other for 10+ shots. We still go through all of the teaching progressions as we do in Orange 1 and progress on the same teaching points with more advanced techniques. Players will be introduced to topspin, slice and dropshots. Players will be taught how to score an official Orange match and introduced to doubles.

Our best players in Orange 2 could be asked to represent the club in team matches.

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