10/12-and-under Competition Recommendations

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
    10-and-under are:
    1. Red: 20-minutes; Orange: 50-minutes; Green: 75-minutes
    2. 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
    year are:
    1. 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
    stage.
  • 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
    doubles matches.
  • 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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