Tennis Hot Shots is the national starter tennis programme designed just for kids. Smaller courts, shorter racquets and softer balls mean that kids can play a proper game of tennis from the moment they step on court.

Using modified equipment means kids can play an adult version of the game from the very start, developing technical, tactical, physical and mental skills with programmes and equipment designed to grow with them.  Sessions are made up of tactical, technical, fun and social elements which create developmental readiness in children.

Most tennis Hot Shots sessions are held indoors at Scarboro Tennis Centre, with sessions running throughout the year (no sessions during school holidays).  All equipment is provided (children are required to wear their own sports shoes) and the first session is FREE for all children!

Click here to enrol your child in for a tennis Hot Shots session!

The Blue Stage (age 3 – 5)

The Blue Stage introduces children to tennis through games and fun activities. Children learn the basics of tennis including how to rally using lots of adapted equipment such as balloons, big balls and beanbags.

Court size: variable
Tennis ball: 
red ball (25% compression)
Recommended racquet size: 
19-21 inches

Coaching: Saturday 9:30-10am (minimum of 4 players per session, maximum 6 per coach)

To enrol your child for a session click here

The Red Stage (age 5 – 8)

The red ball is larger than a yellow ball and doesn’t bounce as high (just 25% compression), making it a breeze for even the youngest players to hit comfortably. The courts and nets used in the Red stage are much smaller making it easier for kids to move around and enjoy success. Red level players may be beginners, improvers or even advanced players.

Court size: 3 m × 8.23 or 6 m × 10.97 m
Tennis ball: red ball (25% compression)
Recommended racquet size: 21–23 inches

Coaching:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 4-5pm  & Saturday 10-11am (minimum of 4 players per session, maximum 8 per coach)

To enrol your child for a session click here

The Orange Stage (age 8 – 10)

After mastering the Red stage, children move on to the Orange stage where the ball bounces a little higher (50% compression) and the court is a bit bigger. Orange players play over the regular net on a three quarter length court.

Court size:
 6.4 m × 18.29 m
Tennis ball: orange ball (50% compression)
Recommended racquet size: 23–25 inches

Coaching: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5-6pm & Saturday 11-12pm (minimum of 4 players per session, maximum 8 per coach)

To enrol your child for a session click here

The Green Stage (age 9 +)

The ball used in the Green stage has a higher compression than the Red and Orange stages (75% of a yellow tennis ball) and children play on a full-size court. Green players may be older children who are new to tennis or players of a good standard who have progressed through the Blue, Red and Orange stages.

Court size: 10.97 m × 23.78 m (full court)
Tennis ball: green ball (75% compression)
Recommended racquet size: 25–27 inches

Coaching: Monday & Wednesday 6-7pm & Saturday 12 – 1pm (minimum of 4 players per session, maximum 8 per coach)

To enrol your child for a session click here

If you want to know more about the Hot Shots programme, head over to the Tennis New Zealand Tennis Hot Shots website, or contact Programme Manager James Greenhalgh on 021 333 903 or email

Tennis Hot Shots Coaches: Diana Deyeva, Peter Bulog, Chanistha Ampornachariya and Lucia Young

Programme Manager:  James Greenhalgh

Venue: Scarbro Tennis Centre, 69 Merton Road, Glen Innes, Auckland 1072

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