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Junior Development

Junior Development

The Junior Development program is the follow on stage from the My Progress program in the My Vida Journey. Players have now made the transition from the Hot Shots orange ball to using a green ball on a full-size court. This area of the tennis pathway is broken into two areas:

  • Green ball
  • Yellow ball

Players continue to develop their skills in the 6 key development learning areas of tennis:

  • Ground strokes
  • Rally
  • Net play
  • Serve and return
  • Game base
  • Physical development

Lessons are held on a full-size tennis court and use either green ball or yellow ball, depending on the skill level of the player. While there is an age guide as to when a player transitions from one ball to the next, this is largely based on the competency of the player. A key theme in these lessons is ‘play’. Players continue to develop their technical skills in line with a tactical outcome.

Green Ball

The Green Ball Junior Development stage is a great time for players to experience the play opportunities tennis has to offer. Lessons focus on the six key learning areas with an overarching theme of ‘play’.

At this stage, the player has the choice to enjoy the game on their own terms with either the play theme or transition to ‘compete’.

There are two phases of development to help guide players through to the yellow ball stage of the program:

Hot Shots Leagues

Yellow Ball

The Yellow Ball Junior Development stage starts when players are ready to use the regular hardball on a full-size court. Lessons continue to focus on the six key learning areas with an overarching theme/s of ‘play’ or ‘compete’.

There are a range of programs, competitions, and match play opportunities that link to this stage in the My Vida Journey. We place a high priority in grouping players correctly to ensure each one continues to develop and enjoy the sport. Coaching sessions continue to challenge players and enable progress through the various group and squad-based programs.

The Yellow Ball Junior Development stage takes players through to the adult stage of the My Vida Journey program.

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