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

Net Generation (NG): Kid-sized equipment, slower moving balls and a shorter court dimension promote the development of optimal swing patterns.  Children can rally quickly to make playing tennis fun.  For more information, please click here.

Workout (WK): Point situation drills, strategy and positioning. 


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 L7 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 L7 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 Level 6 and 7 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

For more information, email tennis@cityofirvine.org or call 949-724-6617 or 949-724-6400.