Gayndah and District Tennis Assoc Inc

ANZ Hotshots Information

ANZ TENNIS HOTSHOTS PROGRAMME

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots and the Learning to Play pathway
Children will progress through the three different stages (red, orange and   green) as their ability improves. At each stage, players use low-compression   balls in combination with three different court sizes.Slower balls give players more time and   control, making tennis easier to play. ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Deliverers   ensure that all players use the appropriate ball and court size for their skill level.Red Stage
Exploring the Red stage (5-7 year olds*)
By learning the basics on the red court, children will master new skills and   learn how to move around the court. The small racquets allow consistent  contact with the slow red ball.  Children are able to:

  • perform a circular swing on groundstrokes
  • serve with variety of direction in a throwing motion
  • rally with a partner for 20 shots
  • vary speed and direction of the ball to move an opponent in a rally situation
  • anticipate their opponent’s shots
  • perform a volley and overhead with some control and consistency in a rally situation
  • cooperate with, and help others in a pair and team situation.

Orange Stage
Developing Hot Shots Orange (8-10 year olds*)
During this stage the best players are able to develop a complete technical   repertoire. The length of the court forces the attacking player to be   accurate and use spin. It allows players to approach the net and develop   their net game. As a consequence, counterattacking will be more than just playing defensive lobs – short angled passing shots, aggressive drives and   topspin lobs will be developed.

Children are able to:

  • perform a circular swing and a consistent contact point on groundstrokes
  • perform a rhythmic service motion
  • rally with a partner for 20 shots on half a doubles court using forehands and backhands
  • hit the ball with purpose, changing the speed, height, spin and direction to move an opponent in a rally situation
  • identify strengths and weaknesses in their own and their opponent’s game
  • perform a volley and overhead with control and consistency in a rally situation
  • understand fair play and demonstrate this when playing.

Green Stage
Encouraging Hot Shots Green (10-12 year olds*)
Even advanced players face a difficult time on the larger court. Playing   forward, coming to the net, using the serve as a weapon – it all becomes a lot more difficult. Deliverers should emphasise an advanced court   positioning, taking the ball on the rise and enough weight transfer into the   shots.

Children are able to:

  • perform shoulder turn, circular swing on groundstrokes and consistency in contact
  • serve into the service box from the baseline
  • rally with a partner for 20 shots on a full court
  • readily adapt their strokes and court  positioning in response to their opponent’s actions
  • utilise their strengths and exploit their opponent’s weaknesses
  • apply tactics in all game situations
  • display respect for coaches, officials and other players.

* Ages are a guideline for children   entering the program.

From the green stage children will move on   to play on a full court with a regular ball.

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Challenge   Events
Bundaberg Tennis Centre has regular ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Tournaments,   and are a great opportunity for young players to have fun and test their new   skills. These events provide children with a first tournament experience in a   positive, friendly club environment.

Children will receive a participation   certificate and have the opportunity to win special award certificates.   Challenge Events last for a maximum of three hours.

Ask your ANZ Tennis Hot Shots   deliverer to find out how you can play a Challenge Event.

Find out more at www.tennis.com.au or ring Kevin Banner.