Tennis is a powerful youth sport. According to data published in 2019, youth who play tennis get better grades, have college aspirations, are better behaved, are community-minded, and are more prone to healthy behaviors. Tennis helps strengthen executive function, focus, and related skills, all of which translate directly to success off the courts.
Net Generation is the USTA youth platform that promotes early entry in the sport of tennis. Easy to learn and tailored for all ages and abilities, tennis offers kids a game that will help them stay active, build friendships, and develop life skills.
Through Net Generation initiatives, USTA Southern California has built a network of active community participants, implemented learning in schools and on playgrounds, hosted Play Day events at collegiate and professional tennis events, and created an online interactive journey for young players.
Most importantly, Net Generation brings players to the court, providing countless opportunities to learn, grow, and excel not just in tennis, but in everyday life. With a full slate of unique and innovative activities rolling out in 2020, there’s never been a better time to join the Net Generation!
Tennis development begins with a program often referred to as Red/Orange/Green (R/O/G). R/O/G uses low-compression balls, smaller racquets and smaller courts that allow the beginning player to be successful right away on the court and to develop the best habits for the game long-term. Once a player has completed the Green level, he/she is ready for tournaments or Junior Team Tennis play at the 12U Yellow ball level.
For 10U players, Youth Progression Points are the key to tracking a player’s advancement from Orange to Green to Yellow ball play. These points are accumulated by participating in certain tennis programs as described below. Youth Progression Points are referred to as Stars or Trophies. Players accrue Stars for participation and Trophies for success.
10U Players are required to accumulate 1,000 points in Orange Ball to advance to Green Ball. To advance from Green Ball to Yellow Ball (regulation tennis ball), players must accumulate a second 1,000 points or have turned 11-years old. Note that 10U players can always compete in a lesser ball color level once they have advanced.
Level 6/7 Tournaments
1 tournament (200 points)
Tournament Champion (200 points)
Tournament Finalist (150 points)
Early Development Camps (EDC) – Two Camps (1/2 day each)
Completed Segments with Coaches/Providers (50 points)
Parents and players can find their current Youth Progression Points on TennisLink via the Junior Team Tennis or Tournaments landing pages.
Once a player has completed R/O/G or reached his/her 11th birthday, the player may advance into the USTA SoCal competitive pathway, beginning with Level 7 tournaments (entry level) and advancing all the way to Level 1 tournaments (advanced level), which can be played until 18 years of age.