No More Negativity

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Last week, I shared a post from another blog on my Facebook and Twitter feeds. It was yet another attempt to explain what’s wrong with American tennis. The article generated some interesting comments from parents and coaches alike, each blaming the other for what ails us all. [Note: Like and Follow ParentingAces on Facebook and Twitter to see the comments]

It’s the same old story. Coaches blame lazy players and overbearing parents. Parents blame unmotivated and under-trained coaches. Players More >

College Info Session at 2014 NCAAs

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The last time the NCAA Division I Championships were held at UGA in Athens, USTA hosted a college information session with a fantastic panel of college coaches, college players, and others (click here to read my post on that event). This year, UGA is again hosting the Championships, and USTA and USTA Southern are partnering to offer an information session for junior players, parents, and coaches. Click on the link below for the particulars:

2014 Info Session at NCAAs Flyer

Hope to see you More >

College Recruiting Information

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Those of you who have been following ParentingAces for a while have probably heard me mention Ross Greenstein and Scholarship for Athletes, right? Well, Ross’s sister company, SchollyLife, has created the SchollyGuide, an online video series for the college recruiting process. The SchollyGuide is available for purchase at www.schollylife.com for $300; however, SchollyLIfe is offering the SchollyGuide free to ParentingAces subscribers.

Use the coupon code ParentingAces at checkout to get this More >

April Showers

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April showers bring May flowers. What they DON’T bring is outdoor tennis.

I live in the Atlanta suburbs. It rains here. A lot. Especially during the month of April. And there are several tournaments scheduled this month throughout our Southern section which means getting on the court and working on your game is kind of necessary.

But what happens when it’s raining 2 or 3 days a week, the place you train has no indoor or covered courts, and you have a tournament coming up? How do you prepare to More >

How To: Editing & Sharing Player Video

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Thank you again to the Fellow Tennis Parent who shared the information below with us. If you missed Part 1 of this series, click here before reading on . . .

Video highlight editing –

This section describes how to cull out your player’s best points. You want to take winners and forcing errors. All an unforced error from your opponent shows is their mistake; it does not make your player look better. A video with 20 winners highlighted will run about More >

How-To: Building a Fence Mount for Your Video Camera

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The information below was provided by a Fellow Tennis Parent and is the first in a 2-part series (click here for Part 2) on recording your child’s tennis matches. There are businesses such as our friends at High-Tech Tennis that will record your child’s tournament matches for you, but for those times when you’re on your own, I hope this information will prove useful.  

Below are step-by-step instructions for building your own fence-mount for videotaping More >

Spring Break, Part 2

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As I mentioned in my last post, my son has been in Los Angeles this week, spending his spring break training with Craig Cignarelli and Lester Cook. I just figured I’d update y’all on how his days are going out there . . .

Breakfast

Tuesday, his first full day on the West coast, started with a lesson and a coached (by Lester) match against LMFAO‘s Redfoo.

After their workout, the three guys headed into Westwood for a bite to eat where my son got to see firsthand just how popular Redfoo is with More >

Spring Break

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In my suburb of Atlanta, when Spring Break comes around most families head down to the Florida Panhandle – to places like Destin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Panama City – for a week of white sand beaches and loads of sunshine. My son took a different tack this year.

He left early yesterday morning to spend the week in Southern California training with Craig Cignarelli and Lester Cook. This time, I stayed home. He’s on his own out there to arrange his workouts, his More >

Icy Hots Leave Players Lukewarm

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Thank you to a fellow Tennis Parent for providing this detailed analysis of the new Points Per Round schedule and Designated events in the Southern Section. Please feel free to share what’s happening in your section in the Comments below.

All it took was one Icy Hot [Designated Tournament] in Norcross [GA] to convince parents and players that Southern Level 2s (STA2s) weren’t worth the time and expense of travel.

Take away the National 5 points, decimate the early round points, and players were More >

What Makes a Great Coach?

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There are things we can learn from reading books. There are things we can learn from sitting in a class or seminar. But there are some things, some very important things, that we can only learn through observation. I believe great tennis coaching is one of them.

One of the first things I wrote when I started ParentingAces was a 3-part series on how to choose a coach for your child. I have learned so much since posting those pieces, mostly due to the many fantastic More >

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