Age to start:
Tennis in New Zealand is organised through six regional associations that cover several local centres with which clubs affiliate. Many associations run a Tennis NZ introductory programme, Grasshoppers, to introduce tennis to 5-10 year olds. The Grasshoppers programme is a games based programme that focuses on fundamental skills and provides a seamless integration in to the school PE curriculum and also directly links with children joining a national programme for tennis clubs. Grasshoppers Tournaments provide competitions that are age based and use age-appropriate equipment and rules.
Rules of the game:
The basic rules of tennis are;
- A singles match consists of one player against another on a rectangular court separated by a net in the middle
- Each player uses a racquet to hit a ball over the net attempting to win a point against their opponent
- Tennis matches are either played over a best of 3 or a best of 5 set match. A set is won when a player reaches 6 games with a lead of two games over their opponent. If both players reach 6 games each a tie-break is played.
- A game is scored when a player wins four points except when both players win 3 points then the score is “deuce.” After deuce the score goes to advantage for the next point, then if that same player wins the point they win the game.
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Tennis is suitable for boys and girls of all ages. Children as young as four can begin to receive tennis lessons at their local club.
Tennis is a non-contact sport where children can exercise in a fun and safe environment and does not need to rely on expensive equipment.
Sign up dates:
Tennis is a sport that is played year round. Children can register or enquire about getting coaching anytime throughout the year. It is suggested that you contact your local tennis club for more information in regard to getting your child involved.
To participate in tennis you are required to;
- Be physically fit
- Possess good hand/eye co-ordination
- Possess great agility
- Have great decision-making ability
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