10-12 yrs – Green Stage Hot Shots


The Hot Shots Green Stage is a progression from the Orange stage, on our development program pathway. The Green Stage lessons and Challenger events are played on a regulation size tenns court, utilizing a 75% compression tennis ball.

Tennis Hot Shots is Tennis Australia’s official kids’ starter program for children It involves three key components:

Key philosophy: Learning through play – serve, rally and score.

By using a system that includes implicit learning opportunities, players have fun and learn quickly and effectively without the need to halt all activity and revert to traditional explicit instruction-based coaching that means standing in line an being inactive for long periods.

This does not mean technical skills are not taught, but technical intervention helps players to perform the skills better when they try to play the game. Technique has a purpose – to help players perform the tactics of the game more effectively.

The Green Stage:

Court Size:  Regulation Court

Ball: Green (75% compression)

Net Height: 80cm

Racquet:  25-27″

Appromiate Age:  10-12 years

Lesson duration: 45 – 60 minutes

Group size: Maximum (4) per coach.


Skill      Description
Locomotion Skills
  • React quickly and adapt footwork and movement patterns including movement forwards, backwards and sideways.
Body Control  

  • Keep great posture and maintain balance from a wide, narrow and one legged base.
  • Catch the throw with one hand one both sides.
  • Maintain balance when using different stances.
  • Keep head still and shoulders level during dynamic movements.
  • Change body height through good use of legs.

  • Use a rhythmical service action, coordinate both arms and legs to aid weight transfer, accelerate racquet, add spin to second serve.
  • Differentiate speed and spin on first and second serves.

  • React quickly and direct the return down the line and cross court, as tactically appropriate.
  • Change spin and speed of return to attach or defend.

  • Rally cross court for 10-15 shots varying height over the net, depth, speed and spin.
  • Anticipate and move appropriately to different ball flights.
  • Maintain dynamic balance through shots.
  • Use a circular swing on both sides to develop racquet head speed and adapt contact point as required.

  • Use approach, drive volley, volley and overhead in an offensive way.
Know the Game  

  • Identify their own game style (Strengths and weaknesses)
  • Assess opponent’s game style.
  • Implement a game plan based on strengths and weaknesses.
  • Explain what went well in a match and what could be improved.
  • Be aware of the best worldwide and Australian Tennis Players.
Love the Game  

  • Enjoy competition in a variety of formats e.g: colour ball challenges, play with family and friends, inter-club and local tournaments.
  • Work on improving a skill and trying to perform it better.
Great Sport  

  • Display independence; pack their own bag for matches and practice and complete a regular warm-up routine and practice regularly without the coach.
  • Show respect for officials and opponents.
  • Manage emotions in a competitive situation

Upon reaching the above competencies the child will be awarded a Orange Certificate and will be invited to attend Green Stage Lessons and Challenge Events.