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Levels
The City of Irvine tennis program offers a wide variety of classes, camps, leagues, tournaments for all ages and skill levels. Read the reference guide below to help in choosing the level of play best fitting you skills and needs.

10 & Under Tennis (10U): Kid-sized equipment, slower moving balls and shorter court dimension promote the development of optimal swing patterns.  Kids can rally quickly to make playing tennis fun.

Beginner (B): First-time players learn basic grips, strokes and scoring. NTRP level 2.0/2.5

Advanced Beginner (AB): Can hit forehands, backhands, volleys, serves and keep score. Work on overheads, lobs, control and consistency. NTRP level 3.0/3.5

Intermediate (I): Can rally and serve well in match situations. Work on strategy and placement. Junior team tennis/Satellite tournament players. NTRP level 3.5

Intermediate Advanced (I/A): Must have consistent and competitive playing experience. Work on spin, drop and passing shots, footwork and games. Junior Team Tennis/Satellite tournament players. NTRP level 4.0

Advanced (A)*: For experienced players with focus on conditioning, drills and match play to improve mental toughness and physical skill. Junior Team Tennis/Open tournament players. NTRP level 4.5

*Need instructor approval prior to enrolling.

For adults looking to play in leagues or tournaments, but are unsure of what level to play, here are some guidelines to help you decide. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) have created a rating system that allows players to compete against players of similar skill and experience. This rating system is called the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP). Click on the link below to review the NTRP guidelines.

NTRP Guidelines