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Parents Guide to the New Merit Awards

The parents' role is more important in Hot Shots than at any other stage of tennis because children are influenced by the behaviour of their parents at this age. This is a guide for parents to help better understand the Hot Shots program we deliver and how our new Merit Awards will explain the pathway.

There are three stages of ANZ Hot Shots that allow players to start at the suitable level for their ability - Red, Orange & Green.

We have Red, Orange and Green ball stickers that will be used on the Merit Awards. Please pay attention to the colour of ball placed on your Childs certificate as this will show what colour of ball they are using in their lesson.

Along with the use of the three slower Red, Orange and Green balls, and the recommended shorter rackets for the desired age group, the three stages of Hot Shots are played on three specifc court sizes: These are detailed below:

RED
Court 36-42ft x 14-20

ORANGE
Court 58-60ft x 20-27ft

GREEN
Full Size Court 23.77 x 8.23m

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Collect Stickers and Earn Prizes

This is a guide to our new Merit Award system.

We have introduced a new way for parents to keep track of their Childs progress in their lesson as well as offering rewards for the the efforts of the player throughout their TOTAL TENNIS Journey.

Where do I get my Merit Award Card?
The cards will rollout week beginning Sunday 21st October 2018. Your Tennis Coach will carry Merit Award Cards. Every player in the club/schools program will receive a card.

What happens when I complete a Card?
Congratulations! You can hand your Merit Award to your Tennis Coach in exchange for a prize. Once the prize has been collected, the coach will place a Trophy Sticker on your card.

What happens if I lose my Card?
We recommend that you keep your Merit Award in your Racquet cover. If you misplace/lose your card, a note from a parent/guardian is required.

What are the Prizes?
The image on the left will give you an idea of the prizes on offer. The more stickers and cards you fill, the better the prize. We have a range of prizes to choose from including trophies, vibration dampeners, grips, key rings, tennis balls and racquets.

What to expect at the lesson?

Engaging, retaining and developing players is essential to the success of any sport and healthy competition is a key driver in making this happen. Creating a player-friendly platform for children to be introduced to competition at a level suitable for their age and understanding is vital. Parents can assist in creating a positive playing environment for their child by providing the right support and encouragement.

So what should parents expect at the lesson?

In training parents should expect to see…

  • The use of slower Red, Orange or Green balls, smaller courts and smaller rackets.

  • Activities which help the child to serve rally and score, as well as learn good technique.

  • The child rallying and playing points with other children or with the coach, so that they learn tactics and how to play the game better.

  • An animated coach who effectively organises the children to play and creates a fun and friendly environment.

Hot Shots Competition

At competitions parents should expect to see…

  • A festival type approach using multi match formats with all children getting to play lots of games. Team formats will often be used especially for the younger ages.

  • Suitable short scoring method being used.

  • Organisers who adapt the rules for players of different abilities to ensure success.

  • Scorers or court supervisors present to help the children with scoring, when necessary.

Progressing From Red, To Orange, To Green…

It is important that players only progress to the next stage when they are able to control the ball and implement tactics effectively at their current Tennis10s stage. If the player moves up too soon then they may develop poor technique and lose confidence and interest.


“I work Full Time and don’t get a chance to watch the lesson. The merit awards help me keep track of the boys progress with their tennis.”

—Jody King: Glendearg Malvern TC

Creating a player-friendly platform for children to be introduced to competition at a level suitable for their age and understanding is vital. Parents can assist in creating a positive playing environment for their child by providing the right support and encouragement.
— ITF Play & Stay