There’s been a lot of discussion lately about what is being called 8th grade red-shirting; that is, players changing their graduation year on Tennis Recruiting Network to repeat the 8th grade. The reasons being bandied about for this re-classing range from trying to game the system to ducking competition and everything in between. I’ve had several in-person and email exchanges with parents asking me to look into it, so I reached out to Dallas Oliver at TRN and have had numerous email and More >
What a week! For those of you who don’t follow ParentingAces on Facebook or Twitter, let me fill you in . . .
When my son and I decided to spend his Fall Break in Southern California, it was really with the intent of taking follow-up visits to the colleges he’s interested in attending next year and getting in some training on the side. What we did in actuality was that and so much more.
The trip started with a great hit with Lucas Bellamy (Steve’s son) in the Pacific Palisades. The boys did More >
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It’s Senior Year. The last year of high school. The year where many decisions will be made. What college will my child attend? Will he play tennis there? Division 1 or 2 or 3 or something else altogether? A school where he is likely to play high up in the lineup or one in which he’ll have to work hard to prove himself before having a shot to be an impact player on the team? So many decisions . . .
Those of you who have been following my journey with my son know that he is now focusing his More >
There is so much happening on the College Tennis Front these days – some good, some not so good – that I wanted to do a quick update for those of you who are, like me, on the brink of getting your junior player ready for this next step. Please feel free to discuss any or all of the following points in the Comments section.
- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently published its pre-season individual ranking list for both men and women (see below) as well as its ranking list for More >
This morning, I caught Noah Rubin at home in Merrick, NY – Long Island – eating breakfast and catching up on his favorite shows on the DVR. It’s been quite a week for this young man!
He played his very first US Open main draw singles match. He played his very first US Open main draw doubles match (with his very close buddy, Stefan Kozlov). And pretty much everyone he’s ever met in his entire life was there to cheer him on.
We all wish Noah well as he embarks on the next step of his journey: More >
I’d be willing to bet that, for most of our kids, college tennis is the goal. Maybe not The Dream, but definitely The Goal. But what will college tennis look like by the time our kids get there? For my kid, that’s only one year from now. Let’s take a look at what’s there as of today and what’s coming down the pike . . .
- Right now, as a result of Title IX, a fully-funded Division I women’s tennis team has 8 scholarships to distribute; a fully-funded men’s team has 4 1/2. That means, if you’re More >
We’re back at home after almost a month of straight travel – it’s been an amazing summer, one that is ending too soon since my son goes back to school on Monday.
I know I haven’t written much about our time in Florida, and I promise to get to that, too, but I want to share with y’all our experiences in SoCal while they’re still fresh in my memory (those of you who know me, know that is a very big deal, lol).
The planning for our SoCal excursion really began back in April when Craig Cignarelli More >
Once again taking the advice of my tennis mentor, Colette Lewis, I would like to share what I learned by attending this year’s NCAA Division I Tennis Championships held at the University of Georgia. Be sure to check out the fun interviews I did during the tournament on the ParentingAces YouTube channel (click here)!
- Student-athletes have more heart than pretty much anybody in the world. They are willing to lay it all on the line over and over again for their teammates, their coaches, and More >
The past 10 days have been a whirlwind of tennis heaven for me. Yesterday’s individual tournament finals was the perfect ending!
The first matches on were the men’s and women’s singles finals with Marcos Giron of UCLA playing Pepperdine’s Alex Sarkissian for the men’s title, and Danielle Collins of UVA playing Lynn Chi of Cal for the women’s title. Immediately following the singles, I got to watch Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe of Bama play Lauren Herring and Maho More >