Hot Shots Tennis
Hot Shots Tennis is a play format for learning and playing tennis. Designed to bring children to the game by using smaller racquets, Hot Shots Tennis use slower and lighter balls, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to the age and size of the child. It is divided into two different levels, ages 3-5 (Blue), 5-8 years (Red), 8-10 years (Orange) and 9-11 years (Green).
Hot Shots Blue children aged 3-5 use a smaller court like Hot Shots Red, using the standard-sized court’s doubles sidelines as baselines. Racquets are 19-21 inches in length so every child can easily handle the equipment. The ball is a red foam low compression ball and is light weight, bounces lower and travels through the air slower. The net height is 2’9”, making it easier for each child to rally over the net.
Hot Shots Red children aged 5-8, use a court 3 m × 8.23 or 6 m × 10.97 m (36″ x 18″). The setup divides a standard-sized court into several smaller courts, using the standard-sized court’s doubles sidelines as baselines. Racquets are 21-23 inches in length so every child can easily handle the equipment. The ball, a red foam or low compression ball, is light weight, bounces lower and travels through the air slower. The net height is 2’9”, making it easier for each child to rally over the net.
Hot Shots Orange children ages 8-10, use a court 6.4 m × 18.29 m (60″ x 21″, 60″ x 27″ for doubles). The racquets are 23-25 inches in length. A low compression orange ball is used. A low compression orange ball travels a little faster and farther than the red foam or felt balls but still has a lower bounce and travels slower than the standard yellow ball.
Hot Shots Green children aged 9-11 use a full size court 10.97 m × 23.78 m (full court, 78″ x 27″, 78″ x 36″ for doubles). Racquets are 25-27 inches in length and a low compression green ball is used . A low compression green ball travels a little faster and farther than the orange felt balls but still has a lower bounce and travels slower than the standard yellow ball.
The Hot Shots Tennis format works by getting children into the game immediately.
Within the first hour of stepping onto the court, many kids are actually able to play the game. Scaling the game down to their size helps make the learning process easier, a lot more fun and allows the child to play a scaled-down version of real tennis.
The majority of youth sports have followed this progressive formula for years. Baseball begins with smaller bats and smaller fields. Basketball and soccer also employ shortened playing surfaces and appropriate-sized equipment. These modifications help ensure that your child’s first experience in the sport will leave them overjoyed—not overwhelmed.
Hot Shots Tennis enables kids to have more enjoyable experiences early on in the learning process. The more fun they have by being able to rally, the more they will play and the faster they will learn. The following chart illustrates all of the Hot Shots Tennis Specifications.