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Net Generation

First Serve

Tennis is a powerful youth sport. According to data published in 2019, youth who play tennis get better grades, have college aspirations, are better behaved, are community-minded, and are more prone to healthy behaviors. Tennis helps strengthen executive function, focus, and related skills, all of which translate directly to success off the courts.

Welcome to Tennis

Net Generation is the USTA youth platform that promotes early entry in the sport of tennis. Easy to learn and tailored for all ages and abilities, tennis offers kids a game that will help them stay active, build friendships, and develop life skills.

Through Net Generation initiatives, USTA Southern California has built a network of active community participants, implemented learning in schools and on playgrounds, hosted Play Day events at collegiate and professional tennis events, and created an online interactive journey for young players.

Most importantly, Net Generation brings players to the court, providing countless opportunities to learn, grow, and excel not just in tennis, but in everyday life. With a full slate of unique and innovative activities, there’s never been a better time to join the Net Generation!

Learn more about Net Generation.

Net Generation Pathway

USTA Team Challenge: (Red, Orange and Green Ball)

USTA Team Challenge is an introduction to tennis competition offering a low-pressure team environment for children of all ages to develop their skills through level-based play, without an emphasis on instruction or results. This experience is for red, orange, and green ball players. USTA Team Challenges are positioned before players move on to Junior Team Tennis, Junior Circuit Events, or individual Junior Tournaments. Participants are expected to at least drop hit serve from the service line over the net or sustain a modified rally which can be rolling, trapping, bumping, or hitting. This program must be delivered by Net Generation Safe Play approved providers. Click here to find a program.

USTA Junior Team Tennis: (Orange, Green, and Yellow Ball)

USTA Junior Circuit Events: (Orange, Green and Yellow Ball)

Red / Orange / Green

Tennis development begins with a program often referred to as Red/Orange/Green (R/O/G). R/O/G uses low-compression balls, smaller racquets and smaller courts that allow the beginning player to be successful right away on the court and to develop the best habits for the game long-term. 

Players aged 5-7 years old are recommended to play in red ball programs.
Players aged 7-9 years old are recommended to play in orange ball programs.
Players aged 9-11 years old are recommended to play in green ball programs.

Note that 10U players can participate in the following USTA programs:

Team Challenges (R/O/G), USTA

Junior Team Tennis (O/G)

Junior Circuit Round Robin events (O/G)

Once a player has completed the Net Generation PlayTracker journey to Yellow ball (or the player ages up to 12 years old), he/she may advance to USTA SoCal sanctioned tournaments and accrue a ranking.


The Net Generation PlayTracker is for players aged 5-11 and their parents to track progress at USTA competitive events, all in one place. Using the USTA’s American Development Model (ADM) framework, players and parents will learn more about the recommended development pathway while earning digital accolades for their achievements along their tennis journey.

The new Net Generation PlayTracker will help parents and players navigate their development progress, replacing the previous stars and trophies system.

Benefits of this new system include:

• More control and flexibility for parents and coaches
• More USTA program options, designed to suit players’ age and skill level
• Clean and focused profiles to visualize a player’s journey
• Earned advancement
• More consistency no matter where a player lives, allowing players to travel or move to a new Section with ease
• Players can earn points for both playing and winning, collecting points in PlayTracker after participating in USTA Team Challenges, USTA Junior Team Tennis, and USTA Junior Circuit programs.