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FINCHLEY MANOR TENNIS

What we offer our Juniors:

  • A safe and friendly environment
  • Priority over adults in the Junior Play Zone with 4 marked mini tennis red courts, 2 mini tennis orange courts and basketball hoop
  • Junior team tennis
  • Annual Junior tournament
  • Junior box leagues
  • Supply of free balls
  • Junior loan rackets available
  • Practice wall
  • Designated junior clubhouse (complete with water cooler and lighting)
  • Discount rates on all junior camps and courses
  • Year round outside table tennis
  • Organised junior social tennis

Mini Tennis

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What Is Mini-Tennis?

Mini Tennis is a great introduction to the sport for young children between 4 and 10 years old. It’s just like the real thing, but with smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower-bouncing balls.

There are three levels of Mini Tennis; Red, Orange and Green, each with there own court size and type of ball. This tailored approach, based on age and physical maturity enables players to develop vital skills and techniques at an early age.

Many sports have a mini version including, football, rugby and cricket which are helping to develop young talent in appropriate learning environments.

The low compression balls used in Mini Tennis are now being used by clubs and coaches accross the UK to introduce adult beginners to the sport. The slower and lower bouncing balls make it far easier to learn the game.

Players interested in trying mini tennis should get in touch or come along to find out more.

Once a player starts playing in tournaments their results go towards increasing their Mini Tennis Rating which is used to determine a players level and assists with entry into higher levels of competition as a player improves.


An Introduction...

Tot’s Tennis provides the perfect first introduction to tennis, for pre-school kids aged 3 and 4 years.

It is a great opportunity for any young child to improve their tennis ABC's; Agility, Balance and Co-ordination! The Tots gain these skills in a fun, engaging and social situation, in groups of mixed genders, ages and abilities.

They can come along with friends, but the social emphasis of the classes ensures they will make new ones too.

It doesn’t matter whether they aspire to taking up tennis in the Junior Program or not, Tot’s Tennis offers kids the chance to acquire many multi-sport skills which they can use in the future, and of course have lots of fun.

What do the tots need to bring?

We provide rackets and all equipment but if your child has their own, they are welcome to bring it along. They just need to bring:

• Tracksuit and suitable shoes

• Small water bottle, for drinks breaks.

What happens after tots tennis?

Once a child starts school they will progress into the mini tennis program. This is a tennis coaching structure, which takes children from hitting their first balls over the net to playing on a full court by the age of 10. For more information on this, please refer to the mini red tennis section.


Mini Red 5-8yrs

Mini Tennis Red is the first level of the program, where juniors begin their tennis development.

At this stage they will use 19-21 inch rackets and mini red tennis balls (these are much softer than normal tennis balls), allowing the children to develop their game in the most effective way. The children also play on a reduced size court, which is the same size as a badminton court.

They will progress onto mini tennis orange groups according to their rate of improvement and their age.

These sessions are highly energised and encourage the juniors to enjoy the game of tennis. The children can learn in their own time and in a relaxed and trusted environment.


Mini Orange 8-9 years

Mini Tennis Orange is the second level in the mini tennis structure, which juniors move onto following their completion of Mini Tennis Red.

At this stage they will use 23-25 inch rackets and mini orange tennis balls (slightly more bouncy compared to the mini red balls but still much softer than normal tennis balls). The juniors will now play on a court that is ¾ the size of a full singles tennis court.

They will progress onto mini tennis green according to their rate of improvement and their age.


Mini Green 10 and under

Mini Tennis Green is the final stage in the mini tennis structure, which juniors move onto following completion of Mini Tennis Orange.

At this stage they will use 25-26 inch rackets and mini green tennis balls (bouncier than orange balls but still slightly softer than normal tennis balls and move more slowly through the air). The juniors will now play on a full singles tennis court.


Getting into Mini Tennis

 

tennis-picGetting into Mini Tennis

Players interested in playing mini tennis should get in touch, we can help with coaching and entering some local tournaments to get a good introduction to the game, gain experience and help to increase their Mini Tennis Rating.

Once a player starts playing in tournaments their results go towards increasing their Mini Tennis Rating which is used to determine a players level and assists with entry into higher levels of competition as a player improves.

Basic rules

In Red a match consists of one match tiebreak to 10 points.

In Orange a match is usually the best of three tiebreaks to 7 points or one short set to 4 games.

In Green a match will be a minimum of one short set to 4 games following the rules of standard tennis.

Timed Tennis also takes place at mini tennis.

Basic rules for playing tiebreaks

  • After deciding who serves first, players should serve diagonally, under-arm or overarm.
  • The first server serves for one point, starting from the right hand side of the court. Thereafter, each player serves for two points, one from the left and one from the right hand side of the court.
  • Players have a first and second serve and the ball should not bounce before it’s hit.
  • Players play out each point following the rules of standard tennis.


mini tennis ratings

Mini tennis ratings are designed to help young players between the ages of four and ten get the most out of competitive tennis. The ratings are designed to reward you for competing, inspire you to develop your game and offer the opportunity to compete more regularly and to be the best you can be.

Get a Mini Tennis Rating

To get a rating you will need to sign-up to British Tennis Membership

How do the ratings work?

Red ratings

  • You will move from level 4 to level 3 once you have played in 6 matches
  • You will move from level 3 to level 2 once you have played a further 30 matches
  • In Red you will move from level 2 to level 1 once you have played a further 40 matches including a minimum of 20 wins against level 2 and 1 rated players.

Orange ratings

  • You will move from level 4 to level 3 once you have played in 6 matches
  • You will move from level 3 to level 2 once you have played a further 20 matches
  • In Orange you will move from level 2 to level 1 once you have played a further 30 matches including a minimum of 15 wins against level 2 and 1 rated players.

Green ratings

  • You will move from level 4 to level 3 once you have played in 6 matches
  • You will move from level 3 to level 2 once you have played a further 20 matches
  • In Green you will move from level 2 to level 1 once you have played a further 30 matches including a minimum of 15 wins against level 2 and 1 rated players

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