Hot Shots

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Hot Shots

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots

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ANZTennis Hot Shots (ANZTHS) is just for kids. Smaller courts, lighter racquets and low compression balls that don't bounce too high make learning tennis fun and easy for primary school — aged children. This means that kids are able to start rallying and having fun right from their first lesson!

There are three stages — Red, Orange and Green — that help to develop children's skills and confidence. Children are taught by qualified Tennis Australia coaches and progress at their pace, moving on to the next stage when they are ready

 

Launch Pad stage (ages 3–5)

The Launch Pad stage introduces children to tennis through games and fun activities. Children learn the basics of tennis including how to rally. There are a number of program options at this stage, including the official Launch Pad program 

Launch Pad Stage

Red stage (ages 5–8)

The Red stage is for beginners. The red ball is larger than a yellow ball and doesn't bounce as high (just 25 per cent 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 and easier for kids to move around.

Red Stage

Court size: variable
Tennis ball: red ball (25% compression)
Recommended racquet size: 19–23 inches

Court size: 3m * 8.23m or 6m * 10.97m
Tennis ball: red ball (25% compression)
Recommended racquet size: 21–23 inches

» Learn about the red ball and tennis court

 

Orange stage (ages 8–10)

After mastering the Red stage, children move on to the Orange stage where the ball bounces a little higher (50 per cent compression) and the court is a bit bigger.

Orange Stage

Green stage (ages 9+)

The ball used in the Green stage has a higher compression (75 per cent of a yellow tennis ball) and children play on a full-size court.

Green Stage

Court size: 6.4m * 18.29m
Tennis ball: orange ball (50% compression)
Recommended racquet size: 23–25 inches

» Learn about the orange ball and tennis court

Court size: 10.97m * 23.78m (full court)
Tennis ball: green ball (75% compression)
Recommended racquet size: 25–27 inches

» Learn about the green ball and tennis court

 

Top 10 reasons why ANZ Tennis Hot Shots is the best program for kids

You may be wondering why your coach / tennis program is using smaller courts and slower balls. It may not be the way that you learned to play, and you may even be thinking that you want your child to play on the full sized court. Here are some of the many reasons why modified tennis balls and courts are recognised as the best andmost accepted way to learn to play, and to develop children into great little tennis players.

TOP 10 REASONS FOR RED, ORANGE AND GREEN TENNIS:

  1. Right stuff – Courts and equipment are scaled to the appropriate size of the child. When children are juststarting out we want tomake it easier for themto play, notmore difficult. Using the yellow ball on the full sizedcourt makes itmuch tougher for them, especially if they are smaller.
     
  2. More skills – Balls bounce lower and red balls fly slower, allowing players to develop technical skills faster.Using these balls means that children can learnmore not less. As they develop they transfer these skills andmovefromcourt to court, addingmore coordination and complexity.
     
  3. No extremes – As balls are hit in the appropriate strike zonesmore often, players are less likely to developextreme grips and techniques thatmight limit their future development both tactically and technically.
     
  4. Play quicker – Players can serve, rally and score faster. This means that children feel like they can really playthe game and havemore fun. They are alsomuch more likely to practice as they can play with their parents andfriends.
     
  5. Global – Leading tennis nations have adopted this methodology over the past 15 years. The results have seenan exciting growth in tennis participation and confidence in play. Check out tennisplayandstay.com formoreinformation on kids tennis around the world!
     
  6. More balls please – As they can rally, children will hit over 100% more balls than a player standing in line,being fed balls by a coach. No longer do children have to spendmore time picking up than they do hitting. As aresult they will improvemuch faster and also develop the essential tracking and receiving skills required for tennis.
     
  7. Tactical mastery – Players develop a greater tactical awareness of the court and opponent sooner as they havethe time to integrate the position of the opponent into a decisionmaking process rather than just "winning thecollision" with the ball. In short they get to "make the ball do what they want it to" and not just "cope" with theoncoming ball.
     
  8. Ticking all the boxes – Red, Orange and Green tennis provides a systematic approach to developing differentskills as ball trajectories change and increasing court dimensions require new ormore advanced levels of technicaland tactical skills. Players learn skills in an ordermeaning that they develop fewer gaps in their technical andtactical skills, or game styles.
     
  9. Move it – Playersmovement patterns aremore realistic. For example 85% of shots on the tour are hit within 4steps of the starting position. On appropriate sized courts this is very similar. Players can learn to be "on balance"and use realistic footwork andmovement patterns. Also asmore balls come back and rallies are longer they learnthat recovery and being ready for the next shot are essential.
     
  10. No robots – Players can develop a variety of game styles and skills that better suit their personality. Theslower balls and smaller courtsmean that players can play in all areas of the court, coming to net more often andlearning to attack and defendmore appropriately.
     
For more information, click here to visit the Hot Shots Tennis website.