Mini Tennis

Mini Tennis is the game of tennis played on different size courts with balls and rackets of a suitable size to make learning, playing and competing more achievable.  At Wells Tennis Club we follow the LTA mini tennis system where players work their way from Mini Red (ages 8 and under) to Mini orange (9 and under) to Mini Green (10 and under).

The first stage of mini tennis is played on a small court with lower bouncing balls.

At Wells we provide all equipment needed and players are advised to wear comfortable clothing including trainers and bring a drink.  Our aims for each sessions are:-

  • To develop abc skills in movement and athletic development helping with a number of other sports.
  • Develop correct technique and tactics for tennis.
  • Have fun and make friends.

What do I need to start?

At Wells Tennis Club we will provide all equipment for you but if you are looking to get your own racket a 19″ – 21″ in size should be suitable.

What types of balls are used?

If you are playing indoors a sponge ball is generally used and if you are playing outside an outdoor red ball (felt).

What size court is used?

A red court is the smallest of the court sizes. A lower net is placed on the baseline and service line T making a small playing area. The tramlines are used as the baseline and service line and finally a line is placed down the middle halfway between the full court baseline and service line to create services boxes.

How do you score matches?

Red tennis tournaments use the championship tie-break scoring system which is the first player to 10 points or if a timed event a ten minute tie break is played.

Mini Tennis Orange (ages 9 and under)

It is played with a lower bouncing version of a normal tennis ball which gives players the chance to learn, play and compete in realistic matches.  Our aims for each sessions are:-

  • To develop abc skills in movement and athletic development helping with a number of other sports.
  • Develop correct technique and tactics for tennis.
  • Manage mistakes creating a positive attitude
  • Have Fun and make friends.

What do I need to start?

At Wells Tennis Club we will provide all equipment for you but if you are looking to get your own racket 23″ – 25″ in size should be suitable.

What types of balls are used?

The orange ball is a lower compression version of a normal tennis ball.

What size court is used?

An orange court is the next progression on from mini tennis red. A baseline is added halfway between the service line and the baseline of a full court, side lines are added inside of the singles line to create tramlines for orange court doubles and the net is lowered to 80cm high.

How do you score matches?

Orange tennis tournaments use the tie-break scoring system first player to 7 points, this equals one set. The best of 3 sets are played or in a timed event 15 minutes of play. You can also play a short set to 4 games (traditional scoring, 15, 30 40 etc).

Mini Tennis Green (ages 10 and under)

This is the last stage of mini tennis before players move on and start using regular tennis balls and a full sized court.  It has all the aspects of regular tennis, the only real difference is the bounce of the ball.  Our aims for each sessions are:-

  • To develop abc skills in movement and athletic development helping with a number of other sports.
  • Develop correct technique and tactics for tennis.
  • Manage mistakes and deal with pressure
  • Prepare the player for full ball tennis
  • Develop a sportsmanlike competitive nature.
  • Have fun and make friends.

What do I need to start?

At Wells Tennis Club we will provide all equipment for you but if you want to buy a racket a 25″ – 26″ racket should be suitable.

What types of balls are used?

The green ball is a slightly lower compression version of a normal tennis ball. It has a lower bounce than a normal ball but higher than an orange ball.

What size court is used?

A green tennis court is exactly the same as a normal sized court. The only difference is that the tramlines are not included when playing doubles.

How do you score matches?

Green tennis tournaments use a one short set scoring system first to 4 games or if a timed event as many games as you can in twenty minutes.

Junior Tennis (11yrs +)

Junior Tennis is the full game of tennis. Using fully pressurised balls players learn and compete whilst developing their game on the full tennis court.  Our aims for each sessions are:

  • To develop abc skills in movement and athletic development helping with a number of other sports.
  • Develop correct technique and tactics and mentality for tennis.
  • Manage mistakes and deal with pressure.
  • Prepare for competition.
  • Get fit and healthy.
  • Develop a sportsmanlike competitive nature.
  • Have fun and make friends.

What do I need to start?

At Wells Tennis Club we will provide all equipment for you but if you want to buy a racket a 27″ full size racket should be suitable but there is a huge variety out there and weight of the racket should be considered so if you aren’t sure or need a little advice ask a coach.

What types of balls are used?

Normal tennis balls (full compression) are used.

What size court is used?

The full size tennis court is used without the tramlines (the small area at the sides of the court) which are used in doubles.

How do you score matches?

Traditional matches are played the best of three sets with a set being the first to six games (games are scored 15 – 30 – 40 – Game or if 40 all (deuce) players play advantage and if they win that point they win the game, if not it returns to deuce and continues).

Other options are a tie-break to 10 instead of a third set (counting normally, 1,2,3 etc) and now there is a Fast Four format which is used a lot in junior competition.  Similar to the traditional system but the first to four games (tie-break to 5 at 3 games all), sudden death at deuce (no advantage, returner can choose side), Tie-break to 10 (championship tie-break) instead of a normal 3rd set and lastly no lets (this is where the ball hits the net cord on the serve but still goes in and is played).

Adult Tennis (18yrs +)

We have a full adult programme at Wells Tennis Club from coaching to social to league tennis.  My best advice is to speak to a coach if you are not sure where to start to make sure you are playing at the right level which is enjoyable for all.

What do I need to start?

At Wells Tennis Club we will provide all equipment for you but if you want to buy a racket a 27″ full size racket should be suitable but there is a huge variety out there and weight of the racket should be considered so if you aren’t sure or need a little advice ask a coach.

What types of balls are used?

Normal tennis balls (full compression) are used.

What size court is used?

The full size tennis court is used without the tramlines (the small area at the sides of the court) which are used in doubles.

How do you score matches?

Traditional matches are played the best of three sets with a set being the first to six games (games are scored 15 – 30 – 40 – Game or if 40 all (deuce) players play advantage and if they win that point they win the game, if not it returns to deuce and continues).  Other options are a tie-break to 10 instead of a third set (counting normally, 1,2,3 etc)

If you have any other questions please ask Kevin Durney on kpdurney@msn.com