Junior Coaching & Development
“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 >
Click here to read Tom Perrotta’s piece on USTA’s new head of Player Development, Martin Blackman.
Click here to read Colette Lewis’s piece on the appointment.
As Colette mentioned, there will be a conference call today hosted by USTA. I plan to participate and will let you know if I hear anything else of importance regarding the future of Player Development.
And please pardon any typos or formatting errors – I originally posted this from my iPhone on the plane!Share More >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
I am a published author – how cool is that?!?!?!
USPTA/PTR coach Bill Patton and I have co-authored an eBook based on interviews each of us did with the other concerning the communication gap between junior tennis coaches and the parents of the players they teach. Our hope is that our conversations will help our readers do better in their respective roles which will strengthen the Player-Parent-Coach triangle.
So, how can you get your copy of this cutting-edge material? I’m glad you More >
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The next ParentingAces show will be Monday, October 6th, at 12:00pm ET. My More >