5-7 yrs – Red Stage Hot Shots



Tennis Hot Shots is Tennis Australia’s official kids’ starter program for children aged 10 and under. 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 Red Stage:

Court Size: 8m x 3m or 11m x 5-6m

Ball: Red

Net Height: 80cm

Racquet: 21″-23″

Approximate Age: 5-7 years

Lesson duration: 45 minutes

Group size: Maximum (4) per coach.





Skills: Description
Locomotion Skills:
  • Move quickly in different directions, be spatially aware and stop  on balance.
  • Jump and hip in different ways
Body Control:
  • Throw a large ball using rotation of upper body.
  • Throw and catch a small ball using one or two hands.
  • Keep head still, coordinate arms and legs and maintain balance during movement.
  • Direct the serve over the net using an underarm or simple overarm serve.
  • Start from a ready position; use a simple low to high action with contact point in front and to the side on both forehand and backhand.
  • Control the return into space and away from the server.
  • Judge the depth and direction of the ball effectively, arrive on balance and use a simply low to high action.
  • Regularly keep the ball in play for 10-15 shots when rallying with a partner from the red baseline.
  • Change the direction of the ball and hit into space in a rally situation.
  • Make a simple approach and perform a volley with control and consistency.
  • Control the racquet face with a short forward movement.
Know the Game:
  • Understand scoring systems and etiquette for calling lines.
  • Keep score with the aid of a scoreboard i.e. using pegs, writing on court etc.
  • Demonstrate where to stand when serving and returning.
Love the Game:
  • Enjoy competition in a variety of formats e.g: games in lessons, colour ball challengers, play with family and friends.
  • Work on improving a skill and trying to perform it better.
Great Sport:
  • Cooperate with others in a pair and team situation.
  • Listen actively to instructions and feedback.
  • Calls lines fairly and scores clearly and honestly.


 Upon reaching the above competencies the child will be awarded a Red Certificate and will be invited to attend Orange Stage Lessons!

 I have two children of different ages, different standards, but as a busy parent I need both children at the same time?

This is a common request and one we take pride in answering “Yes we can!” We know how busy parents are and basically we give parents ‘ a pat of the back’ for all they do for their children. We run several classes at the one venue at the same time, with adequate notice we are able to accommodate several children at the same time in their own groups. Same days we actually have 3 or 4 siblings all playing at the same time!