The Mental Game

W with an Asterisk

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I don’t usually write about my own experiences on the tennis court. They’re usually not all that interesting or useful for the readers of ParentingAces. However, today’s match is an exception.

Right now, I’m playing on two USTA 4.5 women’s teams, one on Thursdays and one on Saturdays. I typically play singles on both teams.

For today’s match, I really had to gear myself up to play. It’s been pretty chilly here in Atlanta for the past week or so, and I’m not a fan of the lower temperatures. More >

The Future of US Tennis with Tim Mayotte

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This week’s podcast with Tim Mayotte discussing the future of US Player Development:

 

http://youtu.be/aUhmgGUZBI8

 

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The next ParentingAces show will be Monday, September More >

When Is It OK To Fist Pump?

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High-performance coach Jorge Capestany shares his thoughts on when it’s okay for juniors to fist pump during a match:

 

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Mallorca: Final Chapter

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My son’s month in Mallorca came to an end on August 30, 2013. He returned home to Atlanta safe and sound, maybe a bit taller, more than a bit stronger, and definitely more mature and responsible.

As we expected, additional information about his time in Mallorca has come to light since his return. My son has shared his experiences with the other players training there and his experiences with the various coaches – both on and off the court. We found out that he had a narrow escape with an early More >

Counting Down in Mallorca

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My son’s Mallorcan Adventure is coming to an end very soon. He’s returning home next Friday after spending a great month at Global. Once he’s been home a while, I’m hoping he’ll be able to reflect on his time in Spain and share some insights with me. For now, all I know is that it’s been tough – very tough – from a physical standpoint as well as a mental and emotional one. Training at Global is different from what he’s used to at home. There, they are training players for the pro tour, to be More >

What’s Wrong with US Tennis?

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For those of you who read my trip report from my time in France and Spain, you know I had the fabulous opportunity to take a lesson on the red clay in Mallorca at Global Tennis Team Academy, run by well-known coach Jofre Porta who has worked with Carlos Moya and Rafa Nadal among others.  While I didn’t get to work with Jofre himself, I did work with one of his coaches, Vinicius Oliveira, who spent some time talking with me about how juniors train at their academy.  I also had the chance to More >

When College Coaches Are Watching

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As if competing in a tennis tournament weren’t tough enough, how does a junior player handle the added pressure of playing when he/she knows a college coach is watching?

Now that my son is finishing his sophomore year of high school, he’s going to be facing these situations the remainder of his junior tennis career.  Even if the coach is there to watch his opponent and not necessarily him, my son still needs to be prepared to handle that extra piece of the puzzle.  In hopes of giving him More >

ParentingAces Radio Show

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For my long-time readers, you probably already know that I’m now hosting a weekly call-in radio show on the UR10S network.  It airs every Monday at Noon Eastern time, and you can tune in online or listen to the recorded podcast on iTunes or on BlogTalkRadio’s website.  (For more info on the details of the show and how to tune in, click on the Radio Show tab above.)

The cool thing about hosting the show is that I now get to put voices to people with whom my only prior communication has been More >

Sometimes You Just Need A Break

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After playing 3 tough tournaments over the past 5 weekends – with 4 back-to-back tourneys looming ahead on the schedule – my son got sick.  Nothing serious, mind you, but just the kind of exhaustion-inspired viral junk that makes you feel like garbage.  It came on slowly at first but then hit like gangbusters the day before we were supposed to leave for the ITF event in South Carolina.  He begged me to call the doctor for an antibiotic in hopes that he could feel good enough by the next day to More >

Our Impact On Our Children’s Development

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The passages below are excerpts from a rather lengthy email I received this morning from sports psychologist, Dr. Jorge Valverde.  I am reprinting them with his permission.

Our responsibility as parents is like a mountain:  the bigger the mountain to climb, the stronger we must become, and our strength must come from wisdom and inspiration.

Dealing with discipline issues

-       Establish boundaries and natural consequences and follow them closely -       Present one front as parents, More >
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