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Youth Progression
for the 10 & Under Player

The USTA/Midwest Section has introduced an Youth Progression for tournament players under the age of 11. This is being done to ensure that players are using the appropriate ball, racquet, and court size for their level of play. Within this system, players will have the opportunity to experience appropriate levels of competition at each stage of the USTA/Midwest Junior Tennis Pathway. The rules and regulations put in place will allow players to progress through the different stages at a pace most suitable to the player based on his or her competency, age, participation in competitive play, and results in competition.


Stages of Youth ProgressionRed Ball Tennis to Orange Ball TennisOrange Ball Tennis to Green Ball TennisGreen Ball Tennis to Yellow Ball Tennis

 Grandfathered Players Exempt from Youth ProgressionPlayers who have completed their Youth Progression requirements, or 1st day of the month players turn 11 are not subject to this Youth Progression Pathway.


Advancement in Youth Progression
Players will receive "stars" for participation and "trophies" for tournament top finishers.

Participation in any Youth Progression Tournament: 4 Stars
Win any Youth Progressional Tournament: 4 Trophies
Second Place Finish in any Youth Progression Tournament: 3 Trophies
Complete a Season of Jr. Team Tennis: 5 Stars

When logged into the USTA site, players will see their Player Profile Page notifying them of their "stars" and "trophies" earned.


2017 Youth Progression Weekends:
Youth Progression Weekends can now be scheduled on any weekend during the month.  Please see below dates/links.  See TennisLink at www.usta.com for a complete list of Tournaments, including Youth Progression events.

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THE 10 AND UNDER TENNIS YOUTH PROGRESSION

YOUR MISSION: THE QUEST FOR STARS AND TROPHIES

 

Youth Progression serves as a guide for coaches, parents and players to ensure that kids 10 and under participate in events using the appropriate ball for their skill level. Now that balls and courts are tailored to a players level, children can improve and have fun right from the start.

Kids love playing games. That's why we're applying gaming principles to 10 and Under Tennis. The mission is to clear each level by collecting a combination of 20 virtual participation stars and/or trophies. Best of all, players can track their progress on TennisLink's My Player Page. The more they play, and the more they improve their skills and clear each level, the more stars and trophies they accumulate.

The minimum age to start playing an Orange Ball Progression Tournament is 7 years old. Players 6 and under are encouraged to participate in Play Days, Junior Team Tennis and Junior Tournaments using the red ball. On the first day of a player's 11th birthday month, he or she will automatically advance out of the Youth Tennis Progression tracking system.

The Youth Progression requirements are minimum recommendations for competitions. Players are encouraged to stay at their current level until they have fully developed their skill set for that specific court and ball. Remember, it’s not a race to the yellow ball!

 

 

 

RED BALL to ORANGE BALL ADVANCEMENT

36’ court to 60’ court

Age Eligibility
Players any age until the first day of the month of their 10th birthday

Tournament Formats
Non-Elimination Formats (e.g. Round Robin, Compass) – Single Day Tournaments

Scoring Formats
Timed (no-ad) Format, finished in 1.5-2 hours

Advancement Criteria
Player must be a minimum age of 7 to enter Orange Ball Tournament Play - Not required to play Orange Ball, but player must be at least 7 years old to advance to orangeball.

Tournaments Available
Southeast Michigan will offer as many Red Ball Tournaments as necessary during the 2017 calendar year

Points Per Round
Points per round do not apply.

Entry Fee of $15/player (includes $3 user fee)4 Players minimum / 8 Players maximum

 

ORANGE BALL to GREEN BALL ADVANCEMENT
60’ court to 78’ (regulation) court

Age Eligibility
Any Player over the age of 7 until the first day of the month of their 10th birthday
.

Tournament Formats
Non-Elimination Formats (Round Robin or Compass Draw) – Single Day Tournaments

Scoring Formats
See Scoring Formats at the bottom of this page (all play no-ad)

Advancement Criteria
To advance to the next level, all players must earn any combination of 20 stars and/or trophies or turn 10 years old.

Tournaments Available
Southeast Michigan will offer a minimum of one (1) Youth Progression Orange Ball Tournament per month

Points Per Round
Points Per Round do not apply.

Entry Fee of $25/player (not including $3 user fee)4 Players minimum / 8 Players maximum

 

GREEN BALL to YELLOW BALL ADVANCEMENT
78’ (regulation) court

Age Eligibility
Any Player age 7 until the first day of the month of their 11th birthday (who has advanced from Orange Ball Tennis)

Tournament Formats
FMLC or Non-Elimination Formats are acceptable.

Scoring Formats
FMLC (Best of 3 sets with 10 point match tiebreak in lieu of a 3
rd set) or Non-Elimination Formats Allowed

Advancement Criteria
To Advance to the next level, all players must earn any combination of 20 stars and/or trophies.

Tournaments Available
Southeast Michigan will offer a minimum of one (1)Youth Progression Green Ball Tournament per month

Points Per Round
Southeast Michigan District Level 3-5 points per round AND USTA/Midwest Section Level 1-5 points per round as per the most current USTA/Midwest Section Points Per Round Tables.

 

Orange & Green Ball Non-Elimination Tournament Formats

4 Players (minimum)
Round Robin, 6-game set, 7-point tie-break at 6-all (finished in approx. 3 hours)

5 Players
Round Robin, timed 30-minute rounds (finished in approx. 3 hours) 

6 Players
Players split into two groups of 3 players each, each group plays a round robin, with two bye-players competing an exhibition match.  Winners of each group, Second place of each group, and Third place of each group compete in final Playoff round.  6-game set (7-point tie-break at 6-all) OR timed format acceptable (finished in 3-4 hours)

7 Players
Compass Draw with bye, 6-game set, 7-point tie-break at 6-all (finished in approx. 3 hours)

8 Players (maximum)
Compass Draw, 6-game set, 7-point tie-break at 6-all (finished in approx. 3 hours)

 

 

For further questions regarding 10 & Under Youth Progression, please contact the District Office
by calling (734) 421-1025 or email: tennis@semich-usta.com

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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