Be careful when you go to your local sporting goods store and purchase tennis balls. Make sure you are getting the right colored ball for your tennis game.
Junior tennis players should play with different colored balls.
Here is the breakdown.
The Red ball is for junior tennis for players ages 4-8 with limited tennis experience. The players play on a 36 foot length court using a red/yellow ball that bounces appropriately for their height and skill level. Players use age and skill level appropriate length tennis racquets and play matches against other clubs. There are 3 levels within the Red ball group - "beginner", "intermediate" and "advanced level".
Orange ball has 50% less bounce than the yellow tennis ball. The Orange ball is for junior tennis for players ages 7-11 that will compete on a 60 foot length court and use a ball that is appropriate for their height and skill level. There are 3 levels within Orange ball - "beginner", "intermediate" and "advanced".
Green ball has 25% less bounce than the yellow tennis ball. The green ball is used on a 78 foot court (full length) with a low compression ball for players age 8-12. There are two levels within the Green ball program - "intermediate" and "advanced".