Archive for January, 2013
This past weekend, we had one of the Regional Segment tournaments in Atlanta. My son didn’t play, but one of his good friends from North Carolina did. And we invited him and his dad to stay with us.
My son met Danny (and I met Danny’s mom) about 3 years ago when they were both playing a tournament in Augusta. The boys hit it off right away and have stayed friends ever since. While they don’t get to see each other as often as they would like, they communicate daily and are a strong presence in each other’s lives.
I swear, having Danny and his dad, Steve, at our house made me feel like I had gone back in time to when I was playing tournaments as a kid! My family always had kids staying with us during tournaments, and my favorite events More >
I have heard from several parents and coaches who are concerned about speaking out regarding the 2014 Junior Competition changes for fear of retaliation from USTA. While I truly believe those concerns are unfounded, I do understand them.
So, as a way to help USTA gather as much input as possible before the 2013 Annual Meeting and the 2013-2014 Junior Competition Committee meeting in March, here’s my offer to all of you:
Email me at email@example.com. Share your thoughts on the 2014 changes with me – what you like and what you’d like to see changed. I will remove all of your identifying data then forward your email to the LetUsKnow@usta.com address. Once I get a reply from Bill Mountford at USTA, I will forward it to you so you can More >
Tom Walker (you’ll recognize his name as the one who wrote the Call to Action on the Junior Competition changes in March 2012) has created a Facebook page entitled USTA – Stop 2014 National Junior Tennis Tournament Changes (click here to see it). His mission is reprinted in its entirety below. I encourage you to visit the page, “like” it, then share it with your tennis friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other means you have available. There is definitely strength in numbers, and Tom’s goal is to show USTA in no uncertain terms that a critical mass of its constituents are opposed to these changes and want to see the Junior Competition Committee go back to the drawing board:
This page is dedicated to spotlighting the insane More >
The longer your child plays tennis, the more likely he or she is to face a friend across the net in a tournament match. For my son, at this stage of the game, it happens more often than not, especially in local or sectional events. It’s really important that we help our kids learn how to separate competition from friendship – easier said than done!
When my son was younger, I used to have a little chat with him before he went on the court to play a friend. We would talk about how preserving his friendships is very important, how he needs to always treat his opponents with respect but how that becomes even more crucial when the opponent is a friend, how what happens on the court stays on the court once the match has ended. That said, More >
It was an interesting day yesterday, to say the least! I had spent the previous several days preparing my talking points for Sunday’s “listening” meeting as well as for my pre-meeting meeting with Lew Brewer and Andrea Norman, the new chair of the Junior Competition Committee (Andrea was a member of the JCC that created the 2014 changes and is now chairing that same group). Peter Lebedevs, also a member of the current JCC - and an active USTA volunteer, coach, and tournament director at both the junior and professional level – joined us, too.
The pre-meeting meeting was very informative. We talked for almost 2 hours about the changes and the impetus for them (I’m still not 100% clear on the “why” behind them other than that USTA is More >
This coming Sunday I will be attending, finally(!), a USTA “listening” meeting. I’ve been working on my talking points for the past several days and hope I have the opportunity to share them live and in person during the meeting.
Earlier this week, I received an email from USTA’s Bill Mountford putting me in touch with Andrea Norman, the new Chair of the Junior Competition Committee. Andrea and I, along with Lew Brewer, will be sitting down together Sunday morning before the “listening” meeting, presumably to get to know one another a bit and to discuss what’s in store for our junior players. I will of course be reporting on the outcomes of Sunday’s meetings, so please check back early next week for any updates.
Below is the information More >
Since my home-base of Atlanta is the next stop on the USTA Listening Meeting Tour this coming Sunday, I figured I’d better brush up on my junior competition history. Who better to contact than veteran junior tournament director, Robert Sasseville? You’ll recognize his name as one of the folks who met with USTA in Chicago in the Fall to discuss pushing the pause button on the 2014 junior comp changes. Robert has been around the junior tennis world for several decades and is always very gracious about sharing his knowledge and experience. Here is what I learned from Robert (the info below is a reprint of a document that Robert composed and emailed to me last week) . . .
The year was 1862 and the American Civil War had just begun. More >
Below is a re-print of my June 13, 2012, article on TennisRecruiting.net. Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Top Prospect ratings – sometimes known as “The Stars”. The next update to the Top Prospects comes in March, and those ratings will be based on players’ highest rankings during the eight-week period starting with the rankings on January 15 and 16 – from the week of January 14 to the week of March 4, 2013. TRN invites players and parents to review their records to ensure accurate ratings. Be sure to take a look at TRN’s new National Showcase Series of tournaments – these events may not count toward a player’s USTA ranking but will count toward his/her TRN ranking and rating.
By now, most of my readers are probably very More >