Castleview Lawn Tennis Club Junior's

The club has an excellent team of volunteers whose sole aim is to promote Junior tennis at the club!

The Junior Committee

A team of volunteers runs the Junior section in conjunction with the professional coaching set-up. Anyone involved in the junior programme is either Garda Vetted or will not be in any one-to-one situation with a child until so checked. The club has a member appointed as Child Protection Officer who ensures that the club has a child protection policy, that this it is adhered to and deals with any issues that involve the safeguarding of children. A Junior player is considered to be a junior up to age 18 years.


Junior Supervision and Playing Times

At Junior level, children can play whilst supervised by a parent or appropriate adult, anytime during the day on weekdays and on Saturday and Sunday up to 6 pm. (The exceptions being when courts are booked for planned events). At certain times of the year the club offers supervised play for juniors.  You can drop your kids into the club with the assurance that they will be supervised by an adult during this time. Sign-in is mandatory. Occasionally a small contribution will be requested to go towards the cost of  competition/activity prizes for the kids. During supervision days children may only leave the club grounds where the supervisor receives express permission (text/email/whatsApp) from a parent allowing their child to do so. Check message boards and social media groups in advance to ensure supervision is on. During summer and school breaks extra supervision days will be scheduled so please watch the noticeboards.

Junior Group Coaching

Junior Group coaching takes place on Tuesday afternoons. First groups run from 15.45 to 16.45 for younger players on RED Ball, 16:45 to 17:45 on Orange/Green Ball and the final group on yellow ball after.

To book a place call the club mobile on 089-4390673.


What about older Juniors?

When the Committee considers that a junior player has achieved a level of playing ability and level of maturity, and with a parents/gaurdians permission,   they may nominate the junior player to move to intermediate status. As intermediates, they can join in with adult social tennis, play adult club competitions and play tennis at the club without the requirement for adult supervision.


3 x Levels of Junior Tennis: Mini, Junior and Intermediate.

There are three levels of junior tennis. The under 10s and beginners usually start with mini-tennis which itself has three levels, green, orange and red. As their ball skills and co-ordination develop, the young children move up through the levels. When they are capable of holding a rally on a normal size court, they progress to junior status.


TENNIS 10s: Tennis for Players Aged 10 and Under

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The ITF recommends that players aged 10 and under do not train or play competition with a regular yellow ball on a full court, but instead train and compete with a Red,  Orange or Green ball on the appropriate sized court.

Using these slower balls will help players to develop the most efficient technique, and to implement advanced tactics, that in most cases could not be performed using the yellow ball on the full court.

Tennis 10s is part of the ITF’s ‘Tennis…Play and Stay’ campaign, visit

Formats and Scoring Systems

The following scoring systems are included in the Rules of Tennis, to tailor competitions to the needs of 10 and under players:

  • 1 match tiebreak to 7 or 10
  • Best of 3 match tiebreaks to 7
  • 1 short set (1st to 4 games)
  • Best of 3 short sets (1st to 4 games)
  • Tiebreak instead of a 3rd set
  • No ad scoring (play 1 game point at deuce)
  • A combination of these

Instead of using single elimination formats, multi-match formats and ‘tennis festivals’ are recommended, which involve all players playing more than one match (e.g. round robin, compass draw), to ensure that all children play the same number of matches.  Timed matches can help with effective organisation and rotation. Team-based matches are strongly recommended for players aged 10 and under, especially at Red and Orange.