As the father of a 10u girl (she's
who started playing on the cusp of the QS push a few years back ... I felt compelled to chime in that I've become somewhat of a convert. She's able to play and rally against older girls with green or regular - but learning spin and mechanics with orange has been invaluable. She's taller than most and so usually has to play against older girls to get a match, and isn't fond of playing QS "tournaments" or on a short court. * however * her coach has done an excellent job showing her that there's nothing wrong with lessons using orange/green. His thought was that until she completely mastered orange, she really shouldn't move on to the next level, wholesale. Plus, I mean ... she's eight. Sort of ridiculous to push her to run around on a full size court at this point. After taking several orange ball lessons, her mechanics are noticeably better than kids who are the same age and playing regular ball. Time will tell ... but I'd have to say that it seems much simpler to explain the fundamentals in this way than treating young kids as though they're capable of handling regulation balls & courts as a top junior or adult.