In 2014 the ITF Junior Tennis Taskforce published recommendations for 10/12-and-under competition for National Associations.
The recommendations are as follows:
- At 12-and-under and at the three stages of 10-and-under, multi match
formats are strongly recommended.
- The scoring used is recommended to get progressively longer with the
duration of matches increasing as the player gets older and/or
progresses through the stages (from one tie break to best of two full sets
with a tie break in place of the 3rd set). Timed matches are now included
in the ITF rules of tennis and are recommended to be used at the three
stages as appropriate.
- The maximum recommended duration and format used for matches at
- Red: 20-minutes; Orange: 50-minutes; Green: 75-minutes
- Red: one short set; Orange: two short sets and a match tie-break; Green: two full sets and a match tie-break.
- The maximum recommended number of tournament days in any one
- Red: 36-days; Orange: 70-days; Green: 90-days (12-and-under 100-days).
- It was recommended that where possible, competition days took place
during weekend and holidays so that players did not have to miss school.
- It was recommended that results should not be recorded at the red
- It was recommended that there should be no national rankings at any of
the three stages at 10-and-under.
- It was recommended that there should be no individual national
championships for any of the stages at 10-and-under. It was agreed that
a national Team championship at the Green level could be held.
- No international team or individual competition should be organised at
the 10-and-under age groups.
- At orange and green levels of 10-and-under and at the 12-and-under
level it was recommended that at least 25% of the matches should be
- At the 12-and-under a maximum of 100-matches annually was
recommended if full scoring (best of three full sets) is used. Limited
international competition was recommended to be allowed provided the
format used was compass / placement draws where each player played
the same number of matches.
- The use of the terminology “consolation” matches and draws was felt to
be overly negative and it is recommended instead to use the
terminology “placement” matches and “compass / placement” draws to
ensure a more positive approach to these matches and to ensure that all
players play the same number of matches regardless of their results.
The ITF Junior Tennis Taskforce is made up of high profile experts in the field of junior tennis high performance and player development, representing ten of the most successful tennis nations from each region around the world including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Spain and USA.
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