What is Progressive Tennis and its Benefits for Juniors
Progressive Tennis, as the word implies is a step by step technique to introduce young players to the game. It's slightly different from regular tennis but known to be more effective in the learning process.
This style ensures immediate success for children aged between 5 to 10 and can also benefit players up to 12 years old. With the help of this technique, coaches find it easy to educate and bring out the best in learners. This approach has been selected by many coaches considering its success parameters, fun, and safety elements, also rated as the best approach in a country like India where Tennis is still considered a challenging sport.
Equipment such as racquets, balls, and nets used in the technique is quite modified. Courts are comparably small in length and with the level, the length increases.
Progressive Tennis Comes in 3 Categories ;
Mini Tennis (For mainly 5-8 years old)
In this category, kids are made to do basic co-ordinations and co-operations, play and return, etc to help them learn the basic strokes and fundamentals. The play is usually from service line to service line which acts as the baseline. It helps them to make sure that they brush the ball well.
Balls used in this category are quite modified. They are oversized high-density, red-colored balls. They are also damp in nature which helps them stay in court and reduces the chances of errors.
Once a young learner has learned the basic strokes, the next step is to learn how to focus on the ball and sharpen their strokes. This stage is the most important part of their development. As the court increases by the smaller ratio, the duty of the children is to maintain an all-court play style. The main objective of this stage is to develop the tactics which resemble full-court tennis with the same techniques as of Mini tennis.
Balls have low compression and are orange in colour. They don’t bounce too high so it's easy to control and the strokes are easy to play out.
Once the players learn and excel in the mini court and 3/4 tennis court, they finally shift to the full-tennis court
This stage is further bifurcated into 2 stages:
In the first stage, the players learn the easy way. They play with a ball similar to a regular ball but it's not regular because their bounce isn't as high as a regular. The perfect example of a low pressured ball is the Artengo TB120. It is also called as a green dotted ball because it consists of a green dot on it. The green dot is kept on the ball in order to make the learning fun for the students and make it easy to focus on the ball.
In the second stage, when it is understood that the player has learned all the basics of tennis, then they get to play with the regular balls. This stage is considered as the final stage. This stage is played on a full-court.
For the first Stage
Low Compression balls (Artengo TB120) that help the players make longer strokes (rallies). These balls are easier to control and don’t bounce as high as the regular ball
For the Second Stage
A normal regular ball is used while playing. It bounces like any regular ball. (ArtengoTB 800). This ball is used to play full court.
23” is recommended in the first stage as the ball is low compressed and little damp.
25”-26” is recommended for the second stage as the ball is a regular ball and needs a good graphite racquet to survive the return hit.