10 AND UNDER TENNIS
The Rules Have Changed!

The Rules Have Changed and
It's a Whole New Ball Game

10 and Under Tennis follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer, which use kid-sized courts and kid-sized equipment. Kids learn to play baseball by first playing T-ball; they use shorter, lighter bats and larger, softer balls. Kids learning basketball shoot baskets with kid-sized balls on lowered backboards and they play soccer on smaller fields with smaller goals.

Now with 10 and Under Tennis, balls bounce lower, don't move as fast through the air and are easier to hit. Kids tennis racquets are sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to cover. By using this format, the benefits are immediate and within a short time kids are rallying, playing, and excited to keep playing. That means kids will have more fun and less frustration. They're playing real tennis and having real fun—and that’s what is most importantsing this format, the benefits are immediate and within a short time kids are rallying, playing, and excited to keep playing. That means kids will have more fun and less frustration. They're playing real tennis and having real fun—and that’s what is most important
What’s Different?
Courts are smaller and easier to cover. Balls bounce lower and slower, making them easier to hit. 3 levels of tennis balls for kids 8 and under, 9 to 10 years old, and 10 to 12 years old. Racquets sized for small hands that are easier to grip and swing. New scoring rules that allow for more and shorter matches.

Benefits for Kids
Frustration is cut way down when equipment and rules match kids’ development level. Kids learn tennis faster and can master skills before moving on to the next level. They’re playing real tennis and having a lot of fun at the same time. Kids build confidence in their game with balls they can hit and a court they can cover. With shorter matches, more kids can play competitively more often.
Kids are more likely to keep playing and improve their tennis game when they’re having fun.
* All forgoing text credited to United States Tennis Association