In September 2010, both the United States Tennis Association, or USTA, and the ITF passed rules regulating competitive play for children 10 and younger. These changes resulted in modified court sizes, the utilization of low-compression balls and smaller, lighter rackets. For kids 8 and under, play must be held on courts that are 36 feet long and 18 feet wide. Nets should not be higher than 2 3/4 feet. Nine- and 10-year-old play on courts that are 60 feet long and 21 feet wide, and nets reach 3 feet in the middle. What we use is a 36-foot court, making lines with Gamma strips or chalk.
We put our son Zane in tiny tots tennis last year, and he seemed bored and did not care for the game very much. This year we read about the new 10 and Under format for kids and thought how great the concept is… allowing young kids the opportunity to enjoy the game because they can play it. I glanced at the new quickstart nets and bells started ringing as we realized we had a level, large enough driveway for a quickstart court. Off to amazon.com, we went, and we ordered the Gamma Quickstart Set. It came about a week later, took 5 minutes to set up, and we were rallying with our six-year-old in no time at all.