Progressive Advancement/Goal Setting
One of the cornerstones of OTA philosophy is that players must have a clear understanding of what they must do to reach the next level, as well as the motivation to try for it. This is evident in the organization of the program, and the progression of a player from one group to the next.
OTA Red – Ages 5-7 – Use QuickStart nets and red (25% compression) balls on a 36′ court. Move to Big Red by coaches’ decision, or to Orange by turning age 9.
OTA Orange – Ages 7-10 – Use orange (50% compression) balls on a 60′ court. Move to Orange Crush by coaches’ decision, or Green by turning age 11.
OTA Orange Crush – Ages 7-10 – Use orange (50% compression) balls on a 60′ court. We look for them to able to hit 100 consecutive balls from the 60′ baseline and execute topspin. Move to White or Black by coaches’ decision, or Green by turning age 11.
OTA White – Ages 11-16 – Intermediate tournament players. Move to next level by coaches’ decision, or becoming an Open level player.
OTA Black – Ages 10-18- The more serious tournament player that is putting more time into the sport. Move to next level by coaches decision.
OTA Elite– Advanced tournament players (most often players traveling across the state, South, and/or country for tournaments).