2018 The Youth Progression Pathway.

EDC Camps

The USTA has designed, and implemented, a best-in-class system, Youth Progression, to track the progress of junior players, ages 10 and under from orange to green to yellow ball competition. The system will track a child’s progress through participation in Play Days (optional), Junior Team Tennis and Tournaments. Kids will receive stars for participating and can receive trophies for champion and finalist tournament results. This helps more advanced players to move faster through the system, and is similar to what they will experience with the 12U-18U ranking system. If you haven't already, click on the link below to find events near you!
Since the launch of Youth Progression on March 1, 2017 we started with 525 players in the Youth Progression Pathway and to date we are at 1,289 players! 

There are Orange Ball and Green Ball tournaments every weekend. Each tournament is a one day round robin of play. Players accumulate their stars and trophies by participating in tournaments, Junior Team Tennis (JTT) and Early Development Camps (EDCs).

Create a USTA account to generate a My Tennis Page which will be your childs snapshot of their tennis activity. It is a great way to see the stars and trophies that they earn.

Click the tennis balls to download a pdf that walks you through the sign up.

Early Development Camps


The Camps are for players ages 7-10 years old.  All camps are from 12pm to 4pm.  We teach USTA based curriculum throughout the 3 Camp series.  We have National as well as local coaches instructing the Camps.  The players will learn specific tactics, agility and participate in match play.  This is a great way to earn your stars towards your Youth Progression, all you have to do is participate in 3 Camps and you will earn 250 points which is 5 stars.


New camp dates will be posted as they are formed.

Tennis follows the same idea as other youth sports like baseball or soccer - use kid-sized equipment. Kids learn baseball by first playing T-ball; they use shorter, lighter bats and larger, softer, balls. Kids learning soccer begin with a size 3 ball, not a full size 5 ball, and play on smaller fields with smaller goals.



Red, orange, and green tennis balls don't move as fast through the air and are easier to hit because they bounce into your child's strike zone. The red, orange and green balls remove the lob game kids would play with regular yellow balls that bounce higher than their shoulders.

Youth Progression tennis recommends smaller rackets that are easier for smaller hands to hold and smaller arms to swing. By using equipment that matches the size and strength of the player, the benefits are immediate and within a short time kids are rallying, playing, and excited to keep playing. That means kids will keep the ball in play longer and have more fun!



Red Ball: You will start with Red Ball if you are under age 7. After age seven, you can move up to Orange Ball.

There are two levels of Orange Ball.

There is one level of green ball. Green balls are slightly softer than yellow balls. They bounce lower to keep in the correct stike zone for this age of player.

After displaying your mastery of the green ball, you will move up to the yellow ball and play in Open Tournaments.

Advancement is not prohibited. Progression is required. As long as the player has fulfilled the requirements for the level of the youth progression they can move ahead to the next level of progression, no matter their age, though they are not required to, or are they advised to.

Different USTA Sections will follow different progression schedules depending on the number of players they support and the inventory of tournaments they host. So Cal is a large Section and will follow the progression shown to the right.


Players should advance through the various stages with the understanding that this is not a race to Yellow Ball Tennis, but a process rich in development opportunities at each stage. All children develop at different paces, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally. This new system is designed to accommodate these variations.



Participation points are collected by playing in:

10U Progression Tournaments

 Singles Only

 No points for defaulted matches


Junior Team Tennis

 Championship & Local Junior Team Tennis: 10U Singles & Doubles

 Must play a minimum of 2 matches for team to count the season

 Can play a maximum of 2 seasons per calendar year

 Players can play in either 10U orange ball or 10U green ball leagues and receive participation stars in their current level

** Players will only receive stars towards their Youth Progression by competing in the proper Youth Progression Ball Color.  If a player decides to participate in 12U Yellow Ball JTT and they are only cleared to play Orange Ball level or Green Ball level play, they will not receive credit.  They must play in the appropriate ball color to receive credit towards their Youth Progression.**


Play Days

 Optional



Players collect “bonus points” in singles for achievement:

 Winning a 10U Progression Tournament

 Finalist

 Tournament Matches Won

Participation in Early Development Camps (EDC) will receive 4 stars in the appropriate level by the SCTA. All camps need to be completed and attended before receiving credit. There are three camps per ball ball color.

Early Development Camps


We are here to help!

Meg Broccolo

Coordinator, Youth Progression

310.208.3838 broccolo@scta.usta.com


Trevor Kronemann

Director, Junior Tennis



Click on the "Find and Event" button in the SoCal USTA MAIN navigation bar (top right) or check out:

Call SCTA and ask for a member of the Junior/Youth Team 310.208.3838