For parents and players
Ready to start competing?
Create your LTA account
- Create a FREE LTA account at https://www2.lta.org.uk/advantage/
Adults select “Advantage Play” membership (STSC club members choose ‘Advantage Play+)
Juniors the same, but select “Junior”
Complete the joining process.
- Once signed up you’ll receive details to log in to the LTA website and your ‘Advantage’ number.
- You’ll now be able to enter LTA graded competitions at https://competitions.lta.org.uk
What is LTA Youth Matchplay?
- Lasts 2 hours for 8&U and 9&U and 3 hours for 10&U and yellow ball age groups.
- The 10&U and yellow ball age groups will be using one FAST4 set whilst 8&U and 9&U will use one match tiebreak to 10 points.
- The organiser will give a friendly welcome, energetic warm up and explanation of the rules.
- There’ll be lots of quick matches against players of a similar ability.
- Players not playing in matches will keep score and be ball kids. No hanging around here.
- Players will always compete in singles and doubles matches – this develops both their tennis & social skills.
What is FAST4 Tennis?
FAST4 speeds up the conventional game of tennis. It’s shorter and faster but still competitive:
- First to 4 games wins a set
- Tie-break at 3 games all to 7 points, 2 clear at 6-6
- Match tie-break at 1 set all to 10 points, 2 clear at 9-9
- No-ad scoring
How good does my child need to be to enter a competition?
This is a great question and one we get asked a lot! We recommend that your child should feel comfortable and confident on the tennis court, being able to successfully:
- Serve – overarm or underarm, in the correct box.
- Rally – be able to hit forehands and backhands consistently over the net and in with another player of a similar age.
- Score – independently count and remember the score, as well as knowing who’s turn it is to serve.
If you are just starting out, then enter a Grade 6 (or 7) LTA Youth Matchplay.
Here you’ll find important information on:
- Competition age groups
- Finding your first competition
Questions? Contact Liam@stscsport.co.uk
Things to remember:
Keep us updated on your progress – we always want to know how you’re getting on!
Play fair – be honest and respect your opponents.
Trust the process – don’t focus on results, focus on your own performance and set yourself realistic targets for each match.
Most importantly – enjoy and book the next one!