Coloured Ball events bring out kids' best
WHEN the Sunshine Coast Junior Development Series hit Kingaroy at the weekend, the older kids were not the only ones getting in on the action.
22 youngsters under 10 whet their appetites for the racquet sport by participating in specially modified Hot Shots Coloured Ball events, targeted specifically to select age groups and skill levels.
Brad Boynton put the kids through their paces across red, orange and green stages.
"We had a strong turnout across the three coloured ball events,” Boynton said.
"Across those, all bar-one of the kids were local, so it was well supported here which is fantastic.”
Boynton explained the purpose of the program was to provide a linear pathway for skill progression in a fun environment, with modified courts, racquets and low compression balls assisting the process.
"You don't want the ball to bounce too much for the inexperienced players,” Boynton said.
"The regular ball is 100% compression, the green ball 75%, orange 50% and red is 25%.
"What we're looking for is control; once they can control the red ball in space, they move on to the next colour (and so on).”
Despite a lower than expected turnout, Boynton was still rapt with how the weekend ran.
"We were anticipating bigger, but everything ran like clockwork and we're still extremely happy,” Boynton said.
Blue: 3-5 years; motor skill development, small court/net/racquet
Red: 5-8 years; beginner, small court/net/racquet
Orange: 8-10 years; skill development, half-court/small racquet
Green: 9+ years; development, full-court, junior racquet