My Progress – Level Advantage

The Vida “my Progress Program” enables kids to monitor progress along their tennis journey. The aim of the my progress program is to highlight and fast track their development to playing real tennis. As the levels progress the child’s knowledge, ability and confidence grows enabling transition from the co-operative themes to compete.

Level “Advantage” Theme & Link to Competition

Level Advantage has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Orange Ball in a modified court space but is transitioning into the compete theme. Children can be introduced into “real tennis” game play within a Hot Shots Orange Match Play.

The my Progress Advantage level is the fifth level in the eight stage program and your child has achieved the following in each of the six key learning areas to achieve their certificate:

Ground Strokes

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


  • The player can have a co-operative rally with a partner with a maximum of two hits and two bounces.

Net Play

  • Volley a ball after moving forwards, performing a split step and use correct footwork

Serve & Return

  • Has developed an understanding of the correct serve grip.
  • Can demonstrate a return of serve (movement & swing) and understands the correct position on the court to stand when returning.

Game Base

  • Understands how to score within a set / match.
  • When to change ends and which side to stand in doubles.
  • Understands court etiquette including bagging the court.s.

Physical Development

  • Is able to perform agility exercises with efficient running technique and change of direction movement patterns.
  • Can complete a pushup with correct technique.

On Certificate Question
Q. Should you serve from the same place in singles & doubles and where should you stand?

A. It is the servers choice as to where in the court they want to stand when serving in both singles and doubles. Generally, in singles, the server will stand approx one racquet length from the center marker and further away for doubles. The following diagram gives you an example.

Note the position of the server in the doubles image on the left is much wider in the court than the singles image on the right. There are many variation in the positions you can stand, but these are the most common.

Where are the standard positions to start when playing doubles?

Do the net players (RP and SP) have to start at the net?
No they do not.

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