Tennis Hot Shots
This programme has been successfully used worldwide. It is the easiest way to play tennis. The balls bounce lower and slower so they are easier to hit and the courts are smaller. This means that players are able to start rallying and have fun right from the first lesson, just as they do in other sports.
The Red stage is for beginners. The red ball is larger than a yellow ball and doesn’t bounce as high (just 25% compression), making it a breeze for even the youngest players to hit it comfortably. The courts and nets used in the Red stage are much smaller making it easier for kids to move around and enjoy success.
Tennis ball: red ball (25% compression)
Recommended racquet size: 21–23 inches
After mastering the Red stage, children move on to the Orange stage where the ball bounces a little higher (50% compression) and the court is a bit bigger.
In the Orange Stage, children begin playing ‘real’ tennis & learn to score.
Tennis ball: orange ball (50% compression)
Recommended racquet size: 23–25 inches
Green stage balls have a higher compression than the Red and Orange stages (75% of a yellow tennis ball) and children play on a full-size court. Green Stage players are introduced to grips, ball control and shot selection. Players also continue to develop their technique & tactical awareness.
Court size: 10.97 m × 23.78 m (full court)
Tennis ball: green ball (75% compression)
The four key elements of any Tennis Hot Shots session are:
1. FUN – Players are actively engaged, excited and motivated to participate.
2. TACTICAL/PLAY – Players think and make decisions about meaningful tennis situations.
3. SKILLS – Players have plenty of opportunities to improve their tennis skills.
4. SOCIAL – Players build social skills such as working cooperatively with a partner, building friendships, encouraging teammates and showing sportsmanship during gameplay.
Teen and Performance Squads
Teen Interclub Preparation
Build tactical understanding, fundamental technique on all strokes, singles and doubles game understanding. 1:6
Teen Intermediate Interclub (B & C grade)
Build on current tactical and technical skills, consistency on all strokes, increase strength and speed, develop game plans, pre and post match analysis and learn respect for opponents and officials, follow tournament schedules. Ratio 1:6
Advanced Interclub (A grade +)
Build on tactical knowledge, develop 1-2 combinations, prematch, during and post match routines to maintain emotional control. Flexibility, strength and speed. Develop a weekly training plan and tournament schedule to achieve goals. Ratio 1:6