The Vida Junior Performance program is broken into three categories, based on age and skill development. These are:
At this level, players have made the transition to performance orange ball, which is played from three-quarter court. Players now have the ability to use correct grips, have a consistent contact point, and a stable base allowing consistent play. They also have the fundamentals to enjoy playing with basic rally skills and have developed the ability to initiate a point effectively.
Throughout the orange ball performance stage, players will develop efficient and effective biomechanics to improve power and placement and develop an understanding of how this links to the tactical components of tennis. Players will also start to understand how to deal with the most common situations they will face in matches.
Towards the end of this stage, players will be able to move the opponent to various areas of the court and have an ability to play an all-court game with consistency.
Below are some of the key characteristics of a performance orange ball player with some of the learning outcomes:
At this level, players have made the transition to performance green ball, which is played on a full-size court. Players now have the ability to use the correct grips based on their swing lines and game styles. They have also added to their consistent playing base and have started to develop weapons and understand how to use them in patterns of play.
Throughout the green ball performance stage, players will continue developing efficient and effective biomechanics to improve power and placement and develop an understanding of how this links to the tactical components of tennis. Changing rhythm and the use of accuracy in order to create errors or take control of the point through the use of angles, slice, topspin, and change of speed will also be developed.
Towards the end of this stage, players will be able to set measurable performance-related goals with a time-frame and take pride in their performances.
Below are some of the key characteristics of a performance green ball player:
At this level, players have made the transition to performance yellow ball. Players are now able to use the correct grips based on their swing lines and game styles. Technical development continues to be consolidated and linked to the tactical outcomes being practiced.
Players continue to develop an all-court game while developing weapons and an understanding of how to use them in point play. They also have a clear understanding of long-term game development and are able to set short, medium, and long-term goals. Physical and mental development are the key focus areas that align with each player’s on-court training.
Players continue to compete in tournaments and match play, with a focus on the process rather than the result. The Yellow Ball Junior Performance stage continues until the player moves into open and adult events.
The performance stream is part of the My Vida Journey and helps guide players through their tennis pathway.
Each category has the same key focus coaching areas which are the pillars to our performance pathway:
Key Focus Coaching Areas
- Attack and Defend
- Change of direction
- Court awareness
- Net play
- Themed point play
- Linking the fundamental tactics
- Game style
- Ground strokes
- Tactical – serve
- Tactical – return
- Technique – serve
- Technique – return
- Mental skills
- Physical development
As players transition from orange to green to yellow, the focus areas become more challenging and in-depth to extend, develop, and grow the individual player in all areas required to play performance tennis.