Junior Coaching & Development
USTA Florida just announced its new pathway for 10-and-under tournament players in the section. The pathway was developed with solicited input from coaches and parents throughout Florida and utilizes the red, orange, and green balls based on age and skill level.
Tournaments are designed to fit the level of the players. For example, red ball events are half-day and don’t track results. The pathway includes a grandfather clause for players who turn 11 during the 2015 competition year and who More >
This is Part 2 in a series by coach, radio host, & author Bill Patton. Click here to read Part 1.
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
We must first endeavor to make a commitment to fair play, and for our children to do the same, then engage with others who have that shared commitment. For those on the fence, we need to bring More >
Today’s guest post is by coach, author, and radio host Bill Patton. His latest book, How to End Cheating in Junior Tennis, is available online at this link: www.Amazon.com. Enjoy!
“It’s alarming to note that 38% of junior tennis players play only one tournament prior to dropping out of tournament play. We need to do all we can together to create a fair tournament experience as the main feature to help encourage our new competitors to More >
Today’s guest post is courtesy of Todd Widom, a junior coach in South Florida. Todd competed in USTA junior tennis and reached a #5 ranking in US Boys 16s and held the # 1 ranking in US Boys 18s. That success earned him a full athletic scholarship from the University of Miami. After reaching the semifinals of the NCAA tournament in 2003, he decided to test himself on the pro tour. Due to multiple injuries, Todd’s career was cut short, and he retired from the More >
The following article originally appeared on Johan Kriek’s website and is re-posted here with Johan’s permission. Be sure to read all the way down for his reasons to have junior players watch this year’s French Open Final. For those of you unfamiliar with Johan’s credentials, he reached the quarterfinals or better in all four Grand Slams, winning the Australian Open titles in 1981 and 1982. He was twice the quarterfinalist and once the semi-finalist at More >
Today marks the official start to my son’s Summer Schedule as we pack the car and drive to Macon for the Georgia Qualifier tournament. This is the second to last junior tournament my son will play. If the stars align, his last one will be our Sectional Closed in Mobile in mid-June. Then, that’s it. No more Junior Tennis. He turns 19 in July, so he will have aged out of the process. I’ll let you know how I feel about that fact once the time arrives.
Meanwhile, I More >
Today’s Guest Post is by Frank Giampaolo. He is a 30 year sports education veteran, author, popular convention speaker and instructional writer for national and international publications. Frank is the best-selling author of Championship Tennis (Human Kinetics Publishing), The Tennis Parent’s Bible and The Mental Emotional Workbook Series. He will make a return appearance on the ParentingAces Radio Show later this month.
You may be asking yourself, what More >
“We did it!” Those were my son’s words when he made the decision back in November to commit to Santa Clara University.
“We did it!” Those were my son’s words when he got the official letter of acceptance last month from Santa Clara University.
“We did it!” Those were my son’s words after the Signing Day ceremony at his high school last night.
Those words were said directly to me. They were my son’s way of acknowledging that this achievement belongs not only to him but also to my husband and More >
Summer tennis camp has played a huge role in my own kid’s junior tennis journey as evidenced by the opening line in TRN’s profile on him: “Going to University of Georgia Bulldog Tennis Camp for the first time at age nine was the catalyst behind Morgan Stone’s realization that he wanted to play college tennis one day.” If you’d like to read my past articles on the value of tennis camp, click here and here.
So, in hopes that other young players will be inspired as More >
As y’all know, I’m back in the Coachella Valley at the Asics Easter Bowl this week, helping out with some of the media stuff, doing a little commentating for the livestream (you can watch at EasterBowl.com), and just helping out wherever I’m needed. If you’d like to keep up with results throughout the day, I suggest you follow @zootennis on Twitter – Colette is doing her usual amazing job of following all the action and reporting it quickly! It’s a bit bizarre to be at a junior tournament More >