Net Generation - USTA Southern California

USTA Southern California

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 based on the American Development Model (ADM), parents and their young players can track their development across three main stages of growth – introductory Team Challenges, intermediate Junior Team Tennis, and Junior Circuit tournament play.

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!

THE NET GENERATION JUNIOR PATHWAY

For players who are just starting in the game to those competing at the highest levels, USTA SoCal and our dedicated providers offer a pathway of opportunities to help young players succeed and grow in the game.

Through the USTA American Development Model (ADM) framework, players can learn to compete at their own age level and ability. All of these programs offer different levels, formats, and schedules to accommodate growth and development. 

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. 

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

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

Age Divisions

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.

Benefits of Play Tracker

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.

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.

PlayTracker

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.

STAGE 1 | TEAM CHALLENGE

A fun and social introduction to tennis that allows players to learn the game within their age group and skill level. Team Challenges are single or multi-day events with short sessions focused on play and skill development, rather than competition. 

USTA Team Challenge is 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. 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.

Find a Team Challenge event near you by using the USTA.com search engine. Click the filter “Team Challenge” to narrow your results. 

STAGE 2 | JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS

Who says tennis isn’t a team sport? It sure is! Youngsters compete on co-ed teams in Junior Team Tennis, playing singles, doubles, and mixed doubles matches with other JTT squads. Seasonal sessions over 1-2 months focus on developing individual skills along with the team concept. A great way to learn the game (Orange, Red, and Green ball play) and make a lot of new friends in the process!  Visit our JTT page for complete details! 

STAGE 3 | JUNIOR CIRCUIT

The next stage in a player’s development is tournament competition. The Junior Circuit is an ideal introduction to tournament play, offering single session (half day) events that guarantee 2-4 individual matches for all players. The emphasis on the Junior Circuit is to ease young players into a competitive atmosphere featuring Orange/Red/Green balls, preparing them for some of SoCal’s most popular and prestigious tournaments!

Search “Junior Circuit” using the USTA.com search engine to find an event near you!

The 2022 Green Ball Grand Prix Circuit is designed for 10U players.

Top 10U Grand Prix point earners from the Green Ball Grand Prix will be invited to participate in an end of the season Early Development Camp.

All players will be on the USTA Net Generation Junior Pathway advancing to yellow ball, and all will receive Net Generation PlayTracker points.

Events coming up soon include:

December 3 – Santa Ana
December 3 – Long Beach
December 4 – Seal Beach
December 4 – Glendale
December 10 – San Diego
December 10 – Fountain Valley
December 10 – Long Beach
December 11 – Oxnard
December 11 – Seal Beach
December 17 – Fountain Valley
December 18 – Irvine
December 18 – Woodland Hills
December 20 – San Diego
December 24 – South El Monte
December 31 – Costa Mesa

Boys Standings – Top 25
Final Standings: November 9, 2022

The top eight players will receive an invite to the two-day, season-ending EDC Camp the weekend of December 3-4.

1. Mason Clark 440
2. Donovan Ly 280
3. Victor Jingyao Deng Yang 264
4. Justin Machikawa 248
5. Zining Zhang 248
6. William Mu 232
7. Imangali Kanat 224
8. Asa Mahaffey 216
9. Yuyang Xu 208
10. Maxwell Bravo 184
11. Anthony Gallo 176
12. Alvin Chen 160
13. Darian Pouradib 152
14. Airen Lai 144
15. Daniel Marangozyan 136
16. Jordan Kessler 136
17. Alan Kimura 136
18. Rylen Gani 128
19. Jude Le 120
20. Joseph Maleeh 112
21. Patrick Hopkins 104
22. Murray Tang 104
23. Harvey Baek 104
24. Bennett Miller 104
25. Novak Wei 104


Girls’ Standings – Top 25
Final Standings: November 9, 2022

The top eight players will receive an invite to the two-day, season-ending EDC Camp the weekend of December 10-11.

1. Marina Martirosyan 304
2. Phoebe Uy 272
3. Emily Binman 232
4. Daniela Castro 192
5. Shivani Anish Sruthi 176
6. Aliah Joelson 160
7. Audrey Chan-Mott 160
8. Yuna Guo 144
9. Audrey Yang 136
10. Skylar Lin 128
11. Tabitha Tio 128
12. Aiyari Kuanshaliyeva 128
13. Malee Coupal 128
14. Mailee Egenes 120
15. Emily Gu 112
16. Sophia Lam 104
17. Anaya Chandler 104
18. Chloe Wang 104
19. Samaria Sachdeva 104
20. Aimee Peng 96
21. Josephine Demartino 96
22. Amy Fan 96
23. Riley Yu 96
24. Jea Rose Oliveros 88
25. Elizabeth Klein 88
Early Development Camps

EARLY DEVELOPMENT CAMPS

USTA SoCal Early Development Camps are the first step in the USTA Player Development Pathway.

Our goal is to bring together SoCal 10 & under players, who currently compete in Junior Circuit tournaments in order to practice and play together. Early Development Camps are developed and designed by the USTA High Performance Player Development and utilize local USTA trained coaches. This 2-day camp emphasizes fundamentals and overall athletic development in a fun, educational environment while giving players an opportunity to earn playtracker points through match play. Players with excellent work ethic, commitment, talent, and attitude are encouraged to participate.

Campers are required to attend both days, which includes a USTA Sanctioned Tournament on the final day where players can earn playtracker points.

Orange ball: Must be 7-10 years old.

Green ball: Must be 7-10 years old. Players 7 and 8 years old that reach 1,000 play points in orange ball are eligible for green ball.

Orange ball competencies expected for attendance:

– Are able to sustain a 20-ball rally with coach at slow pace.
– Are able to sustain a 10-ball rally with player of similar level.
– Are working on forehand and backhand slice with continental grip.
– Have started using continental grip on volleys, overheads and serves.
– Have started working on closed, open and semi-open stances to maintain contact points between hip and shoulder.

Green ball competencies expected for attendance:

– Are able to sustain a 20 ball rally with coach at medium pace
– Are able to sustain a 10-ball rally with player of similar level at medium pace with contact points between hip and shoulder.
– Are able to sustain a rally using slice off of both sides with the continental grip.
– Using continental grip on volley, overheads and serves.
– Have a fundamental understanding of footwork patterns for closed, open and semi-open stances and when to use them.

Each camp includes:

Camp Shirt
Athletic/Technical Skills
Teachable Moments
Parent Information Tournament
Orange Ball/ Green Ball Junior Circuit Tournament

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.