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SUPREME TENNIS MINI COURSES
TOTS - RED - ORANGE - GREEN
Mini Tennis provides the perfect introduction to the sport for children aged between 3 and 10.
Use the power of sport to help your children to develop in an inclusive and structured environment, where they can learn and grow through Mini Tennis.
The Mini Tennis programme allows the sport to be accessible to young children. The smaller courts and equipment, combined with lower-bouncing balls help to produce a platform for young people to get to grips with the game and develop a love for the sport.
Mini Tennis is split into four stages:
Tots: 3-5 years - Learn the basics
Red: 5-8 years - Serve, rally and score
Orange: 8-9 years - Develop a rounded game
Green: 10 years - Put your skills to the test
At each stage the game is tailored to fit different age groups with different sized courts and balls. This will allow your child to develop in an environment where they are surrounded by players of a similar ability as well as being able to make new friends who are of similar age.
Mini Tennis Tots
This phase teaches children between the ages of three and five how to enjoy the game through a series of fun activities with the aim of improving their balance, co-ordination, agility, movement, and racket and ball skills.
Mini Tennis Red
Mini Tennis Red is for players aged 8 and under. Players learn to serve, rally and score with a slow ball, as well as learning the movement and co-ordination skills needed for tennis. Players are encouraged to play fun competitions in teams and as individuals, with short matches using tie-break scoring.
Mini Tennis Orange
Mini Tennis Orange is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Red and is for players aged 8 and 9. Players develop a rounded game learning a range of techniques and tactics. Courts are bigger and wider than the red stage but still smaller than full-size tennis courts. There are team and individual competitions with matches using tie-break scoring.
Mini Tennis Green
This is for 10-year-olds who are ready to test their skills on a full-size court. Our approach to helping children into the sport makes it far easier for them to develop their skills and progress with their tennis.
Participating in Mini Tennis will be beneficial for your children on many levels. Their confidence will grow as they progress through the stages. They'll get all the benefits of regular physical activity too, their work on the court will help them to keep fit, healthy and happy. They'll learn the fair play values of tennis as well – these encourage good behaviour and sportsmanship.
You can play your part too. we welcome you to encourage them to practice at home and for them to feedback to you that they're still enjoying their sessions as much as they should. Mini Tennis is not about winning or losing; it's about enjoying sport with a smile on their face.
We want children to flourish in an environment where they feel comfortable and feel like their skills are continuing to improve.
FAST4 Tennis provides a simple, exciting way of speeding up a conventional tennis match. The fundamentals of tennis remain the same, but there are four rules that ensure matches are fast, competitive, exciting and can be completed in a reasonable period of time.
The rules of FAST4 Tennis
1. First to four games wins
It doesn’t matter how you get there, just make sure you do before your opponent does!
2. Tiebreaker at 3 games all
At 3 games all a tiebreak is played to 5 points. A deciding point will be played at 4 points all.
3. No ad scoring
If the score reaches deuce, it’s a sudden death point. The receiver chooses which side to take the serve on. This also applies in doubles with the receiving pair deciding who receives the serve. However the pair cannot change positions. In mixed doubles the player of the same gender shall receive.
4. Play lets
If the serve clips the net and lands in the service box, there’s no let and the ball is in play. If you are playing doubles either the receiver or the receiver’s partner can play the return.
What is touch tennis?
Touch Tennis is the closest thing to five a-side for tennis. Played on a smaller court, with 21” rackets and foam balls, it can be played on any flat space, indoors or outside.
The specifically designed ball and unique rules creates a level playing field whereby different abilities can enjoy playing together.
Who can play?
Touch Tennis is suitable for all. While the tour is targeted at players 16 and above, social players up to 95 and down to 11 are known to play around Britain.
What do you need?
A 21inch Racket, Touch Tennis Balls with all equipment supplied by Club Supreme.
What are the rules?
Tennis scoring but with sudden death on every deuce point with receiver to choose side
Serving can be overarm or underarm and the serve may not be volleyed back by the returner - One serve only.
‘If you throw it you must hit it’ – on throwing the ball up to serve, the server must hit it, letting it drop/catching it will result in loss of point.
Sets are to 4 games, and you must win by 2 clear games. If the score is 4-4, a tie break to 5 points will take place.
No let rule – if the ball clips the net and lands in correct service box, the ball counts as ‘in play’.
What are the benefits?
Touch Tennis is ultra versatile and can be played on any flat space.
It’s a great work out
Mixed abilities can enjoy playing together
Easy to accommodate large numbers in a small space (e.g 16-24 Adults on the footprint of 1 tennis court or 4 court indoor hall space)
Adult players can instantly feel competent due to characteristics of the game
Players can gain a world ranking should they wish to
The touchtennis tour is an exit route for all players