The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is changing the rules in tennis. USTA is now promoting kid-friendly tennis balls, rackets, and court sizes as one new way of promoting physical activity for children. These new regulations are in collaboration with first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, a national initiative to combat childhood obesity supported by USDA's Food and Nutrition Services.
The 10 & Under tennis program consists of tennis balls lower in compression, so they bounce lower and are easier to hit, tennis rackets sized for smaller hands, and smaller court sizes or full-sized courts reconfigured to allow more children to participate. Children can play either by hitting balls off a wall or playing with one or multiple friends. With these changes, tennis classes can be taught to a group of children simultaneously. The benefits of tennis are that it is a great sport to practice hand-eye coordination and most importantly it can keep children having fun and staying active.
For more information on Let's Move, please visit www.letsmove.gov.