Net Generation - USTA Southern California

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Net Generation

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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!

Boys Standings – Top 25
Updated: August 10, 2022

1. Asa Mahaffey 216
2. Darian Pouradib 152
3. Donovan Ly 120
4. William Mu 104
5. Rylen Gani 96
6. Jude Le 88
7. Justin Machikawa 88
8. Grant Novak 80
9. Patrick Hopkins 80
10. Mason Clark 80
11. Anthony Gallo 80
12. Roman Gabriel 80
13. Imangali Kanat 72
14. Joseph Maleeh 72
15. Mason Kwon 72
16. Alan Kimura 72
17. Zining Zhang 72
18. Easton Dai 64
19. Alexander Fenner 64
20. Harvey Baek 64
21. William Zhou 64
22. Tianze Shen 64
23. Kevin Sedarat 56
24. Airen Lai 56
25. Yuyang Xu 56


Girls’ Standings – Top 25
Updated: August 10, 2022

1. Aiyari Kuanshaliyeva 128
2. Sophia Lam 104
3. Malee Coupal 96
4. Josephine Demartino 96
5. Shivani Anish Sruthi 80
6. Lindy Zhou 80
7.Audrey Chan-Mott 80
8. Aubrey Shuffer 80
9.Renesa Bhardwaj 72
10. Kate Cheung 72
11. Eugenia Blando Castro 72
12. Leah Lin 64
13.Mailee Egenes 64
14. Amy Fan 64
15. Maria Alekyan 64
16. Ella Jo Bui 56
17.Emilia Castro 56
18. Victoria Miyamoto 56
19. Emily Binman 56
20. Rishita Rout 56
21. Dana Byun 56
22. Iris Sheng 56
23. Akshera Dabbeti 48
24. Sherri Jones 48
25.Sofia Akopyan 48

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.