10 and Under Tennis



The basic philosophy behind 10 and Under Tennis, using the QuickStart Tennis play format, is for kids to have fun learning and playing tennis. 10 and Under Tennis follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer: kid-sized courts and kid-sized equipment. The benefits are immediate. Within an hour kids are rallying, having fun and psyched for more. They're playing real tennis and having real fun.
 
10 and Under Tennis using the QuickStart Tennis play format takes a new and better approach to introducing kids to the game. Balls are lower in compression; they bounce lower and don't move as fast so they are easier to hit. This allows kids time to get to the ball and helps them develop optimal swing patterns. Racquets are sized for small hands, and the courts are smaller and easier to cover. All that equals more fun and less frustration. Full sized courts can be reconfigured to accommodate up to six 36-foot courts or two 60-foot courts, so instead of waiting in line, kids can spend their time playing.
 
The USTA has targeted specific 10 and Under Tennis markets across the United States to focus financial, marketing, training, and facility improvement resources in the coming years. Florida has two of those markets in 2011, Hillsborough & Seminole Counties. Here in Hillsborough County, we've already begun a community-wide campaign by creating partnerships with the Hillsborough County School District (www.sdhc.k12.fl.us), the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department (www.tampagov.net/dept_parks_and_recreation), the Hillsborough County Tennis Association (www.tampatennis.org), NETRESULTS/All America Tennis, the new management team contracted with HCC and that has formed Tampa Tennis @ HCC (www.tampatennis.net). The USTA has already partnered with Hillsborough Community College to build the recently completed 12 permanent 36 foot courts (8 and Under Tennis) and 6 blended-line 60 foot courts (10 and Under Tennis)
 
For information on this game-changing initiative, go to www.10andundertennis.com. On the home page, there is an intro video featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Andre Agassi, & Stefi Graf - download at http://vimeo.com/20490031.
 
Please, contact our Director of Junior Tennis, Ray Harrison, to pursue a partnership with HCTA for 10 And Under Tennis Programming for your facility.   rayharrison1111@gmail.com or 813-956-0803.

Jr. Team Tennis Local League Coordinator: Paola Sanchez – 813-482-8833 sanchezjtt@yahoo.com

Girls 10s Finalist-Anslee Long & 1st Place-Frankee Hendricks
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