My Progress – Level Deuce

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 “Deuce” Theme & Link to Competition

Level Deuce has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Orange Ball in a modified court space but is starting the transition into the compete theme. This is also the time when the child can be introduced into “real tennis” game play within a Hot Shots Orange Match Play.

The my Progress Deuce level is the fourth 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.

  • Can move to the ball and change grips between shots.
  • Can move to the ball, balance and direct the ball to a target area.


  • A continuation of level 40, except the player must hit the ball from where they get it on their racquet or hit it over straight away.
  • A reminder what the rally component was from level 40 –  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

  • 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 backswing and get it over the net from the service line.

Game Base

  • Understands where to stand when serving in singles & doubles.
  • Plays honestly and fairly and shows good sportsmanship

Physical Development

  • Has developed efficient running technique.
  • Is able to perform a shoulder bridge with correct technique.

On Certificate Question
Q. What are the main rules of tennis? Do you know all the names of the grips used in tennis?

A. As you are getting ready to start “real tennis” in competition play you will need to know the main rules of the game. Following on from the previous level (level 40 where you learnt about tennis scoring), here is a brief overview of some more important things to know:

Rules of the serve

Rules of Tennis: How do you start the match?
To start the match the two players need to decide who is going to serve first. This is done by tossing a coin, spinning a racquet (up or down) or any method in which one person has the choice. The winner of the toss has the following options

  • To serve
  • To receive
  • To select an end
  • To defer (let their opponent have first choice)

Once the winner of the toss has made their selection, the other player will make the second choice. The result will be one player serving from a particular end.

When can you serve?
The server can not serve until the receiver is ready to play.

When the ball touches the line, is the ball in or out?
The ball in consider IN if it touches the line. A general rule for un umpired matches, is that if you are unsure, then continue to play the point.

How many bounces can the ball have?
One only

Can I hit the ball on the full during a rally?
Yes you can, it is called a volley or a smash.

Can I hit the serve on the full?
No, and if the ball strikes the opponent on the full, the receiver will automatically lose the point.

When do you change sides in a set?
Players shall change sides after the first game and every two games after that. An easy way to remember if when ever the total number of games adds up to an odd number.

What is the order of serving in doubles?
The Pair who have to serve first in the first game of each set shall decide which partner shall do so, and the other pair shall decide similarly. The partner of the player who served the first game shall serve in the third game. The order of service having been decided shall not be altered in the set, but it may be changed at the beginning of a new set.

What is the receiving order during doubles?
The pair who have to receive service in the first game of each set shall decide which partner will receive the first service. Partners shall receive the service alternately throughout each game and the order will not be altered during the set, but may be changed at the beginning of a new set.

Tennis grips used in all shots – A short video guide.


The Volley Grip was not covered in the video but it is the same as the serve grip (Continental) for both forehand and backhand volley grips.

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