Yellow

Age 11-18. At this age children move onto the normal yellow ball playing on a full size court with full size rackets.

This is the first stage of junior tennis, some classes have proposed age bands for parents to follow when booking along with an ability guide. Please keep your players booked into sessions of the correct ages so the social aspect of tennis can also be enjoyed by the players. Younger players can be pushed up early if a coach has given a recommendation for this to happen.

Yellow 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 and keep going until they can play from the full court baseline. Once they can hold rallies with the coach for 10-15 shots, 10 shots rallying with each other from the baseline and  serve 5/10 serves cross-court they are ready to progress to Yellow 2.

Yellow 2 is aimed at our intermediate 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 full court baseline with each other for 10+ shots. We still go through all of the teaching progressions as we do in Yellow 1 and progress on the same teaching points with more advanced techniques. Players will be introduced drive volleys, inside out forehands and more advanced match tactics for both singles and doubles.

Yellow 3 is our most advanced yellow ball sessions before our performance sessions, players in these sessions should all have a reasonable amount of match experience and an LTA rating.

Our best players in Yellow 2 or 3 could be asked to represent the club in team matches.

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