New ‘Tennis Courts’ Manual Shows How to Create 10U Courts

Looking to build or line 36-foot and 60-foot courts for your 10 and Under Tennis programs? The newest edition of “Tennis Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual” can help with all aspects of creating the right environment for youth tennis.

The seventh edition of the manual, which rolled off the press in late May, contains not just the rules governing 10 and Under Tennis competition, but also how to lay out playing lines for both 36- and 60-foot courts.

Importantly, as of Jan. 1, 2012, the rules of tennis were officially changed so that all sanctioned competition for 10 and Under Tennis participants must take place on properly lined shorter courts, with players using shorter racquets and lower bouncing balls.

“When it comes to 10 and Under Tennis, the ‘Tennis Courts’ manual is an important resource for all facilities, park & rec departments, schools, and court builders to have on hand,” says Mark Brogan, the chairman of the American Sports Builders Association, which partnered with the USTA to update and produce the court construction and maintenance book.

The manual contains descriptions of 10 and Under Tennis courts and competition, along with detailed drawings of 36- and 60-foot courts, how to establish playing lines for the shorter courts, and how put “blended” lines on existing 78-foot courts. The new manual also is more “user friendly” overall, with the addition of chapter “tabs” and the consolidation of information, making it easier for users to find what they need quickly.

To order the seventh edition of “Tennis Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual,” visit www.sportsbuilders.org and click on the “ASBA Online Store.”