Mythbusters: The Current 10-and Under Format is Brutal and the Silence Speaks Volumes!

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Although well-intentioned, are short courts, deflated balls, round-robins and short sets pulling kids into tennis on Long Island?

Through five years, the answer is: “No!”

Age Group/Level  2010 Players Per Long Island Tournament (Average)  2016 Players Per Long Island Tournament (Average)
Boys 10’s Level 1B 16.3 10.0
Boys 10’s Level 2             15.6 1.4
Boys 10’s Level 3              6.2 3.2
Girls 10’s Level 1B         10.7  5.4
Girls 10’s Level 2  8.8 1.1
Girls 10’s Level 3  3.6 2.3
Boys 12’s L1+ 72.6 42.0
Boys 12’s L1/L1A 31.3  5.0
Boys 12’s L1B 26.0 6.0
Boys 12’s L2 14.1 8.9
Boys 12’s L3 3.8 5.0
Girls 12’s L1+ 41.5 41.0
Girls 12’s L1/L1A 15.5 9.5
Girls 12’s L1B 11.8  5.1
Girls 12’s L2 5.0 4.1
Girls 12’s L3 1.7

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*Tournament averages taken from January-April

The numbers speak for themselves, but anecdotes, theories and solutions will be presented in the next issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine.