The annual BI Schools Challenge Red Ball competition will kick off in September with the first regional qualification events. For the first time all regions were able to host qualification events and the finals at the Brisbane International will have the biggest line-up in history.
Schools can enter any of the below qualification events. Please contact the organisers directly for more information. Teams will consist of 6-8 players of the same school in grade 3 or below. Matches are played with the modified ANZ Hot Shots equipments and courts as well as 25 % compression red balls.
|Dynamic Tennis||1||15-Oct||10:00 am||5 $ per player||Moreton Bay College||Adrian O’Sullivan||Met East|
|The Gap||6||15-Oct||10:45 – 12||16 $ per player||The Gap Health and Racquet Club||Jamie Wareham||Met North|
|Brookfield Tennis Centre||6||16-Oct||8 – 9:30||16 $ per player||Brookfield Tennis Centre||Roanne Lemmon-Warde||Met West|
|Remar Tennis Academy||1||23-Oct||8:00 am||0 $||IGS Tennis Centre Brassal||Lincoln Remar||Met West|
|TACAPS||1||27-Oct||9 – 2:30||20 per team||TACAPS – Toowoomba||David Wigan||Darling Downs|
|St Thomas More||1||28-Oct||11-2 pm||20 $ per team||Noosa Tennis Centre||Mick Winmill||Sunshine Coast|
|Pure Tennis Academy||4||6-Nov||8 – 10 am||15 $ per player and week||Griffith Uni Tennis Centre||Richard Colville||Met East|
|Shaw Park||1||6-Nov||8:30 – 12:30||10 $ per player||Shaw Park Tennis Centre||Dom Andrews||Met North|
|Gladstone West State School||1||11-Nov||8:30 – 3:00||0 $||Gladstone Tennis and Squash Club||Margaret-Mary Opstelten||Capricornia|
|Adrenalin Tennis||completed||Redlands Lawn Tennis Assoc||Damian Waddell||Met East|
|Pure Tennis Academy||5||completed||15 $ per player and week||Ferny Hills Tennis Centre||Simon Booth||Met North|
Format for the State Final
Teams will play in a round robin format. Each match will run for 15 minutes with 5 rotations of 6 singles rubbers. After each rotation the players move up a court to guarantee different match-ups throughout play.
Each point played equals 1 point scored. After every point players must call out the score. At the end of each rotation, the child with the most points will raise their hand (if the game is drawn, both players must raise their hands). Each won or drawn rubber is awarded one championship point. The team with more championship points wins the match.
An underarm bounce serve from behind the baseline starts each point and the player’s alternate the serve. If there is a ‘Let’ (meaning the ball hits the net and goes in) play continues! There is no second serve. Volleys are not allowed – Easy way to remember this rule is: The ball must bounce.
The ANZ Hot Shots Red Ball program uses modified balls, smaller nets and a smaller court designed to make play easier and allowing more kids to play and develop their tennis skills.
Full School Sport Uniform must be worn. Bring a great attitude, good sportsmanship and of course always bring your best tennis and Have Fun!