Red, Orange, and Green Pathway

Our Red, Orange, and Green Pathway introduce tennis to children based on age, physical size and ability.

By modifying the court dimensions (36’or 60’ in length), equipment (appropriately sized tennis racquets and red, orange or green balls), net height and scoring system, combined with a match play component, children can develop better technical and point playing skills, while having more fun along the way.

The classes offered in this Pathway include ...

Red Balls

Mommy and Me (Ages: 3 and 4)

Interactive adult and child playtime that introduces fundamental athletic and movement skills for tennis and all sports. Parents/Adults – bring your tennis shoes – we want you to join in the fun on court! Use of red felt, red foam, and alternative balls on 36 ft. court. Racquet size: 17-19 inches. Class length: 60 minutes on-court.

Red (Ages: 4-7)

The focus is on developing the ABCs (agility, balance, and coordination) and introducing tennis FUNdamentals. Through engaging activities, players will develop skills needed to get them ready to rally! Use of red felt, red foam, and alternative balls on 36 ft. court. Racquet size: 19-21 inches. Class length: 60-90 minutes on-court.


Red Plus (Ages: 9 and under)

Players continue to develop overall athletic abilities and tennis specific skills. Engaging partner activities and games are designed to build a player’s foundation in all the basic tennis strokes. Basic rallying, serving, and scoring skills are introduced. Players will be grouped by age/ability within each program. Use of red felt, and red foam balls on 36 ft. court. Racquet size: 19-23 inches. Class length: 90 minutes on-court.


Red Elite (Ages: 9 and under)

For players who are exceling with basic rally, serving, and scoring. This class puts additional emphasis on technical development while further improving accuracy, spins and basic tactics. This class will introduce orange balls and the 60 ft. court as a way to transition the players into the next level. Participation in this class is not mandatory to move to Orange class, as not all Red Plus players will qualify for the Red Elite group. Use of red felt and orange balls, on either 36 ft. or 60 ft. court based on the activity. Players are encouraged to participate in Play Days and Match Play. Racquet size: 19-25 inches. Class length: 90 minutes on-court.

Orange Balls

Orange (Ages: 10 and under)

For players who are transitioning into orange ball and learning to play on the 60 ft. court. Activities and games will focus on developing groundstroke consistency, serve direction and transition to the net. Players are encouraged to participate in Play Days and Match Play. Use of orange ball, on 60 ft. court, and red balls, on 36 ft. court, as needed. Racquet size: 23-25 inches. Class length: 90 minutes on-court.


Orange Plus (Ages: 10 and under)

Players are able to consistently rally and cooperate with a partner. Maintaining proper technique during points and proficiency on serve is a necessity before moving to the next level. Players are encouraged to participate in Junior Team Tennis and/or Entry Level Tournaments to further their development. Use of orange ball, on 60 ft. court. Racquet size: 23-25 inches. Class length: 90 minutes on-court.


Orange Elite (Ages: 10 and under)

For players who are excelling with the orange court fundamentals and ready to start transitioning into a full-court using green balls. Players will be further exposed to transitioning to the net, more advanced tactics, and using different stances. Participation in this class is not mandatory to move to Green class, as not all Orange Plus players will qualify for the Orange Elite group. Players are expected to be participating in Junior Team Tennis and/or 10U Progression to further their development. Use of and orange balls, on 60 ft. court, and green balls, on full court. Racquet size: 25-26 inches. Class length: 90 minutes on-court.

Green Balls

Green (Ages: 12 and under)

For players who are transitioning into full-court play with green balls. This class will further emphasize player’s ability to adjust to different heights and depth, while maintaining technical foundation, and covering the full court effectively. Players are encouraged to be participating in-house Play Days/Grand Prix regularly. Use of green balls, on full court, and orange balls, on 60 ft. court, as needed. Racquet size: 26-27 inches. Class length: 90 minutes on-court.


Green Plus (Ages: 12 and under)

Players are learning how to adjust their style based on opponent’s preferences. This class will place additional importance on point building and in sharpening their technical abilities. Players are expected to be regularly participating in Junior Team Tennis, in-house competition, and entry-level tournaments. Use of green balls, on full-court. Racquet size: 26-27 inches. Class length: 90 minutes on-court and 30 minutes off-court (strength and conditioning).

Our Tennis Programs:

2020 Fall - Thursday, 9/24 - Sunday, 1/17/21

Fall Makeup Clinics: Monday, Dec. 21, Tuesday, Dec. 22, or Wednesday, Dec. 23 - Time TBD

Make-up Policy for Programs: Please note that we do not offer makeups, credits, refunds, carryovers, for no-shows, same day cancellations or missed classes. We do offer the students who have registered for full session programs one (1) clinic during or at the end of the current session in lieu of a make up for any one (1) missed class. To qualify to be registered for this one (1) clinic per session, the notice of a student’s absence must be given in writing via email to the “NTCprograms@usta.com”mail box at least one (1) day in advance of the absence. Spaces will be limited. Credits, refunds, or carryovers will not be offered if you are unable to attend the makeup opportunity given or miss more than 1 class.

2021 Winter - Tuesday, 1/19/21 - Sunday, 4/18/21

(No Classes: Friday, April 2 through Sunday, April 4)


Spring - TBA

Summer - Please see CAMPS

The above dates are subject to change. Age guidelines updated April 2020 .

Please read - Junior Player and Parent packet

Make-up Policy for Programs: Please note that we do not offer makeups, credits, refunds, carryovers, for no-shows, same day cancellations or missed classes. We do offer the students who have registered for full session programs one (1) clinic during or at the end of the current session in lieu of a make up for any one (1) missed class. To qualify to be registered for this one (1) clinic per session, the notice of a student’s absence must be given in writing via email to the “NTCprograms@usta.com”mail box at least one (1) day in advance of the absence. Spaces will be limited. Credits, refunds, or carryovers will not be offered if you are unable to attend the makeup opportunity given or miss more than 1 class.


Play Day and Grand Prix

More information coming soon. Please check back.


The ages shown here is used as guidance. Updated August 2020.

Terms and Conditions:

Cancellation Policy: All program cancellations must be submitted in writing NTCprograms@usta.com and received by the Programs Office at least 10 days prior to start of class/camp per session to be considered for a refund/credit. There will be no refunds/credits after the program start date. All individual program cancellations or changes will incur a $50 administrative fee. Checks returned by the bank will incur a $30 fee and must be replaced with cash or money order.

Make-up Policy for Programs: Please note that we do not offer makeups for missed classes. We do not offer makeups, credits, refunds, carryovers, for no-shows, same day cancellations or missed classes. We do offer the students participation in one (1) clinic during or at the end of the current session in lieu of a make up for any one (1) missed class. To qualify to be registered for this one (1) clinic per session, the notice of a student’s absence must be given in writing via email to the “NTCprograms@usta.com”mail box at least one (1) day in advance of the absence. This student will be offered participation in one (1) clinic offered during or at the end of the current session in lieu of an in-class make up (limited to 1), free of charge. Please note that we do not offer makeups or in-class make ups, credits, refunds, carryovers for missed classes, no-shows, or same day cancellations. Clinic dates are posted on session flyers and online at NTC.USTA.com.

Make-up Policy for Camps: No make ups for any missed portion, days or weeks for summer camp.

Disclaimer for Teaching Programs Enrollment: Participant recognizes the importance of following teachers and coaches instructions regarding training and other USTA NTC rules, and agrees to obey such instructions. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to, or eject, any person whose conduct is deemed by Management to be disorderly, who uses vulgar or abusive language, or who fails to comply with the rules, terms, and conditions applicable to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center facilities. Court locations and Teaching Pro staff assignments may and will vary during session. Terms and conditions are subject to change at Management's discretion without advanced/prior written notice.

Class/Court Schedules: Classes may be held in the Indoor Training Center on the Hard Courts, or outside on the Field Courts, weather permitting. Court locations and Pro Staff assignments may and will vary during session. Minimum of three (3) students required to start a class.

Waiver: In consideration of his/her participation in a USTA NTC program, Participant hereby acknowledges and knowingly and voluntarily assumes any and all risks of personal injury or property damages which might be associated with tennis, sports conditioning and fitness-related activities. Participant certifies he/she is in good physical condition, sufficient to use the facilities and participate in the program. Participant, on behalf of him/herself, his/her heirs and anyone acting on Participant's behalf, releases, discharges and holds harmless the USTA NTC, USTA, City of New York and their respective officers, directors, employees and representatives (collectively, Releasees) from and against any and all claims arising, directly or indirectly, in connection with Participant's participation in the program or any event related thereto from any cause whatsoever, regardless of whether caused by the negligence of the Releasees (the Released Claims). Participant, on behalf of him/herself, his/her heirs and anyone acting on Participant's behalf, covenants and agrees not to bring or be a party to any legal action or claim against the Releasees from any reason based on any of the Released Claims.

Other: Participant understands that certain USTA NTC programs may involve field trips away from the NTC throughout the duration of the program and that Participant may participate in such field trips. Participant also understands that Participant may revoke permission for a specific trip by written notice that is to be hand delivered to the NTC’s Director of Tennis at least one day prior to the trip.

Participant hereby authorizes any medical assistance or treatment deemed necessary in the event of any injury to Participant while participating in any activity. Participant has appropriate insurance, or, if not, Participant agrees to pay all costs of medical services incurred on his or her behalf.

Participant agrees that USTA NTC and its designees may use Participant's name, voice, photographs, likenesses, biographies, testimonials and statements, and other identification for any purpose relating to USTA NTC activities and advertising and publicizing the USTA NTC and its products and services. Summer camp field trips must be registered on a separate registration form and signed by the parent and/or legal guardian. Seasonal camps: please refer to the cancellation policy that is listed on the appropriate seasonal camp flyer.

Participants in USTA NTC Junior Summer Camp programs also will be required to sign a separate Consent and Waiver Form.

Indoor Training Center Code of Conduct

  1. Check-in and payment is required prior to play.

  2. All players for on-court play must be checked in at front desk prior to play.

  3. A government-issued photo ID is required BEFORE entering the facility.

  4. All guests issued a Visitor Pass must wear and display it while in the facility.

  5. Please do not walk on court until designated time of play.

  6. The use of courts beyond the assigned time will be subject to charge.

  7. Cancellation of court time must be made 48 hours prior to reservation time.

  8. NTC reserves the right to cancel court time or program participation for any cause deemed appropriate at the sole discretion of NTC management.

  9. All play is at your own risk.

  10. Use of foul, abusive, offensive or inappropriate language, gestures or other conduct, and any other inappropriate behavior, with or towards other guests, players, and NTC staff will not be tolerated.

  11. Proper court etiquette is expected at all times.

  12. Proper tennis shoes must be worn on court at all times.

  13. No food or beverages (other than water) is permitted on the courts.

  14. Animals (other than service animals) are not permitted in the facility.

  15. Photography or videotaping is not permitted without express written permission from NTC management.

  16. NTC is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

  17. Lockers are for day use only. Items left over night in lockers will be subject to removal.

  18. Tennis instruction may be given only by NTC professional staff.

  19. No baskets, hoppers, or carts are allowed on court unless used by NTC professional staff. Players on court may only have a maximum of 6 balls on the court during play.

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