Expectations for Parent, Coach, & Player


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For years, I have been practically begging junior tennis coaches to create a written set of guidelines for the families who hire them. I have posted various suggestions for what to include. I’ve even emailed coaches directly with ideas and examples of Agreements and Evaluations that my son has received. And, while I’ve heard of a few coaches who have adopted the practice of using this type of written “contract,” the majority still leave things totally up More >

Parents & Players vs Mass Confusion & Misinformation


I’m going crazy choosing a racquet & string for my kid!

Today’s Guest Post is written by Tim Strawn, Executive Director of the International Alliance of Racquet Technicians, and has been reposted with permission from the IART website. To learn more about Tim and IART, visit their website at www.gssalliance.com and listen to my interview with Tim on the ParentingAces YouTube channel (click here).

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over my long career as a racquet technician it’s that the odds are More >

Why My Kid is Playing High School Tennis


Three years ago at this time, my son was in the midst of his high school tennis season. It was his freshman year, and he had made the Varsity squad. He was so excited to have the opportunity to train with his teammates, one of whom had already committed to play college tennis the following year, and compete against the Big Boys from schools all around the state. While there were a few snags along the way, it was a great season for him and for his team. They won the Regional competition and made More >

A Grassroots Approach to Reducing the Number of Foreign Roster Spots in US College Tennis


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The Men’s ITA Indoor Tournament just ended. A public university, Oklahoma (6/11 US players), beat a private university, University of Southern California (8/12 US players), in the final. Why is that pertinent? Today’s Guest Post looks at the prevalence of international students on public university tennis teams (click here to read another recent article on this topic). The article is brought to you by a Fellow Tennis Parent who prefers to remain anonymous as More >

Does the Answer Lie in the Big East?


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As I reflect on and re-read my last post on the NCAA’s decision to stick with the 2014 scoring and format this year, I keep trying to figure out what we can do, besides bastardizing the scoring and cutting out games, to fit college tennis into that 3 1/2 hour tv window. Because, if nothing else, at least we now know that’s the thought process behind all these scoring “experiments” over the past couple of years.

I’ve heard all sorts of interesting suggestions More >

No-Ad a No-Go


Yesterday, Colette Lewis of ZooTennis tweeted a link to her article announcing the NCAA had decided against using the ITA’s new scoring formats for the 2015 NCAA Team and Individual Championships to be held at Baylor University this May. Though very little information has come out from the ITA or NCAA, Colette did include the verbiage from NCAA’s email to all college tennis coaches:

Men’s and Women’s Head Tennis Coaches,

Normally, we would prepare a formal memorandum but realize time is of the More >

USTA Florida Taking the Lead


Somehow, even though I live in the Southern Section, I got on an email list for USTA Florida. I’m glad I did! The section sends out great information each week on the various tournaments going on within the section, registration deadlines, and industry news. It’s very informative!

But, this week, I got a new email from them. This one, called the USTA Florida Junior Competigram, was focused solely around junior tennis. Here’s what it contained:

Dear Junior Tournament Player and Tournament More >

“Good Job”


My husband and I rarely go out to movies anymore. With a DVR, Pay-Per-View, and AppleTV, there really isn’t much need. But, after hearing from multiple friends and family members about the movie Whiplash, we decided to bite the bullet and spend the small fortune required these days for movie tickets. It was money very well spent!

For those who haven’t seen the movie yet, I won’t spoil it for you. Suffice it to say that, in very general terms, it’s about a teenage drummer who is aspiring to be More >

A Square Peg in a Round Hole


The following is a guest post from Citadel Head Men’s Coach, Chuck Kriese, regarding the recent format and scoring changes in Division I college tennis. I would love to hear your thoughts in the Comments section below.

American College Tennis Coaches have been battling about scoring systems and formats for too many years.  The Solution might be quite manageable if two fundamental points were considered:

  1. Tennis is: ‘An individual sport that has some team opportunities; whereas, we have More >

Team USA Update


I just received the following via email from USTA and wanted to share it with those of you who haven”t yet had a chance to participate in a Team USA Forum. Apologies for the wonky formatting but I’m posting from my phone!

TEAM USA Initiatives

TEAM USA Coaches Reception and Recognition • We conducted the first “TEAM USA Easter Bowl Coaches’ Reception” in April 2014 with approximately 80 coaches in attendance. • Coaches recognized for their accomplishments were: o 2013 TEAM USA Developmental More >

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