Competition guide

For parents and players

Ready to start competing?

Create your LTA account

  1. Create a FREE LTA account at
    Adults select “Advantage Play” membership (STSC club members choose ‘Advantage Play+) 
    Juniors the same, but select “Junior”

    Complete the joining process.

  2. Once signed up you’ll receive details to log in to the LTA website and your ‘Advantage’ number.
  3. You’ll now be able to enter LTA graded competitions at


LTA Youth Compete

Watch the short video’s below on LTA Youth Compete and LTA Youth Matchplay

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.

Further information

Here you’ll find important information on:

  • Competition age groups
  • Finding your first competition 

Questions? Contact

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!