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Hot Shots – My Progress Program

The Vida My Progress Program enables kids to monitor progress along their tennis journey. After kids have finished the Head Start Program, mastering their motor skills, the my progress program highlights and fast tracks their development to playing real tennis. As the levels progress the child’s knowledge, ability and confidence grows enabling a transition from the co-operative themes to play. Each level achievement is marked with a certificate of achievement along the journey and is closely aligned with the national Hot Shots program.

The My Progress Program is part of the development stream and has 8 levels in the program with 6 key development learning areas of tennis. These are;

  • Ground Strokes
  • Rally
  • Net Play
  • Serve & Return
  • Game Base
  • Physical Development

A structure pathway to ensure your child continually develops

 

Tennis lessons are structured to teach and develop the required components of each learning areas within their group lessons. As the child transitions through the levels they go from a co-operate to play theme and are introduced to real tennis. The Hotshots program is incorporated into the journey using red balls for the first four levels and orange balls for the remaining four. The program is also linked with the competition opportunities of Hot Shots MatchPlay, both red and orange ball.

All group lessons have lesson plans with activities linking to the stages of learning of your child which helps players achieve the desired outcome to move to the next level.

Once the child has achieved the last level in the program (Match) they are able to continue their journey to the Junior Development Green Ball program.

View all the specific level details below

Red Ball Levels

Level 15

Level 15 has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Red Ball in a modified court space. The My Progress 15 level is the first level in the eight-stage program and your child has to achieve the following in each of the six key learning areas to progress to the next level;

Ground Strokes

  • Self feed a backhand & forehand (drop, bounce hit).
  • Can strike the ball fed from the coach.
  • Understands the ready position.

Rally

  • Self feed to a partner over the net and have the partner catch the ball with their hands.

Net Play

  • Volley with one or two hands on the racquet over the net with a simple blocking action.

Serve & Return

  • Be able to "push serve" over the net from different distances.

Game Base

  • Know all the lines on the tennis court.

Physical Development

  • Has developed an efficient technique with the overarm throw.
  • The ability to perform basic ladder exercises

Level 30

Level 30 has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Red Ball in a modified court space. The My Progress 30 level is the second level in the eight-stage program and your child has to achieve the following in each of the six key learning areas to progress to the next level;

Ground Strokes

  • Can throw the ball to the correct side (FH or BH) so their partner can strike the ball.
  • Can run, change direction and make contact with the ball.
  • Understands what a split step is.

Rally

  • Self feed over the net, the partner must use their racquet to block the ball, catch it with their hands and then self feed back over the net from the service line.
  • Understand where to recover to after hitting.

Net Play

  • Step forward with the correct foot on both forehand and backhand volley and use a simple blocking action

Serve & Return

  • To serve using the on/off serve method and get the ball over the net from the service line.

Game Base

  • Understand a basic scoring method
  • Know if the ball is in or out within tennis games.

Physical Development

  • Has the ability to track the ball while moving.
  • Can balance on one leg and then hop and balance on the opposite leg.

Level 40

Level 40 has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Red Ball in a modified court space. The My Progress 40 level is the third level in the eight-stage program and introduces Hotshots Match Play for the first time. Your child has to achieve the following in each of the six key learning areas to progress to the next level;

Ground Strokes

  • Can direct a forehand & backhand to a target area using a low to high action.
  • Understand the difference between a single & double handed backhand.
  • Has an awareness of the grips in tennis.

Rally

  • Ability to have a co-operative rally with multiple hits & bounces.
  • The ball cannot roll & the player can not use their hands. Player can carry the ball on their racquet back to the service line to self feed within a set time period.

Net Play

  • Be able to perform a volley at different heights and positions (clock face method)

Serve & Return

  • Be able to throw the ball up with the opposite hand and have the ball hit a target area on the ground consistently.
  • Be able to strike the ball once thrown over head from a half swing position.

Game Base

  • Introduction to Hotshots Red Ball Match Play.
  • Understand the main rules of the game.

Physical Development

  • Can change direction with balance.
  • Can skip using a rope

Level Deuce

Level Deuce has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Red Ball in a modified court space. The My Progress Deuce level is the last level in the four stage red ball part of the program and your child has to achieve the following in each of the six key learning areas to progress to the Orange Ball levels;

Ground Strokes

  • Can move to the ball, balance and direct the ball to target areas in the service box

Rally

  • Be able to rally from the service line with one hit and one or two bounces

Net Play

  • Be able to move forward from a forehand or backhand to perform a volley.
  • Understands how to track, set and hit the ball on the full.

Serve & Return

  • Can serve the ball in different directions. Understand the difference between a first and second serve.

Game Base

  • Plays honestly and fairly and shows good sportsmanship

Physical Development

  • The ability to perform a range of advanced ladder exercises.
  • Can coordinate two balls at the same time.

Orange Ball Levels

Level Advantage

Level Advantage has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Orange Ball in a modified court space. The My Progress Advantage level is the first level in the four-stage program to use an Orange Ball and your child has to achieve the following in each of the six key learning areas to progress to the next level;

Ground Strokes

  • Can move to the ball and change grips between shots.
  • Understand when is the right time to hit a forehand and backhand

Rally

  • Ability to have a co-operative rally with multiple bounces from three-quarter court, the player must hit the ball from where they get it on their racquet or hit it over straight away

Net Play

  • Start the transition between a double handed volley to a single handed volley.
  • Can smash the ball fed from the coach on the full or one bounce.

Serve & Return

  • Be able to serve with either a half, three quarter or full back swing and get it in the correct direction from three-quarter court.

Game Base

  • Understands where to stand when serving in singles & doubles.

Physical Development

  • Has developed efficient running technique including change of direction

Level Game

Level Game has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Orange Ball in a modified court space. In this level we introduce your child to Orange Ball Hotshots Match Play. Your child has to achieve the following in each of the six key learning areas to progress to the next level;

Ground Strokes

  • Can move to the ball, get balanced and control the shot with different speeds from three - quarter court

Rally

  • The player can have a co-operative rally with a partner from three-quarter court with a maximum of one hit and two bounces

Net Play

  • Has court awareness when at the net.
  • Control the volley to target areas around the court using correct footwork

Serve & Return

  • Can demonstrate a return of serve (movement & swing)
  • Understands the correct position on the court to stand when returning.

Game Base

  • Introduction to Orange Ball Match Play.
  • Understands how to score within a set / match. When to change ends and which side to stand in doubles.

Physical Development

  • Is able to perform agility exercises with efficiency and understands the different movement patterns on the tennis court.

Level Set

Level Set has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Orange Ball in a modified court space. The My Progress Set level is the second last level of our My Progress Program and your child has to achieve the following in each of the six key learning areas to progress to the next level;

Ground Strokes

  • Understand the difference between open & closed stance.
  • Understand racquet head and butt positions on swing lines

Rally

  • Have a co-operative rally with a partner to different target zones from three-quarter court with one hit and two bounces

Net Play

  • Understand how to 'Cross at the net' in doubles.
  • Performing a split step and use correct footwork on the volley when moving.

Serve & Return

  • Has developed an understanding of the correct serve grip.

Game Base

  • Understands court etiquette including bagging the court.
  • Is able to perform as part of a tennis team.

Physical Development

  • Is able to perform a lunge and squat with correct posture and technique.

Level Match

Level Match has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Orange Ball in a modified court space. It is the last level in our My Progress Program and once your child completes the 6 stages below they will move onto our Green Ball Next Steps Program;

Ground Strokes

  • Understand the difference between topspin and slice on forehands & backhand shots.
  • Can control shots short or deep in the court.

Rally

  • Be able to rally from three quarter court with one bounce and one hit for a number of shots.

Net Play

  • Hit volleys and smashes to target areas.
  • Understand how to direct the ball away from the net player, including passing shots and lobs.

Serve & Return

  • Serve with a complete balanced and rhythmical service action.
  • Can serve into the correct service box at different targets.

Game Base

  • Gives the best effort whatever the match score or situation.
  • Shows respect for teammates, opponents and self.

Physical Development

  • Can complete a push-up with correct technique.
  • Is able to hold a plank position

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