Sports Parenting

Preparing for Next Year

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As I sit at my kitchen counter typing this piece, my son is flying home from California. He’s been out there since Thursday taking “official visits” at two universities. Wanna know what I’ve heard from him since he left?

Yep, that’s the extent of my communication with my son since I dropped him off at the Atlanta airport early Thursday morning.

All weekend, I’ve been in kind of a funk. Nothing specific was wrong with me – I wasn’t feeling sick per se – but something was off. I really didn’t More >

Rest Peacefully, Sean Karl

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Photo borrowed from Pray for Sean Karl Facebook group

Last night, as my husband and I were driving home from Athens after celebrating our daughter’s 23rd birthday, I received an email from Colette Lewis (ZooTennis) letting me know that a fellow tennis family was mourning the loss of their son. Sean Karl, oldest son of Laurie and Mike, big brother to Steven and Justin, friend and teammate to so many, lost his fight with Ewings Sarcoma yesterday afternoon.

It has to be a parent’s worst nightmare. More >

Looking Beyond Results: 5 Tips to Help to Insure a Positive Relationship with Your Young Player

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Photo courtesy of www.talentpoolcompany.com

Because sometimes we can all use a reminder of what’s truly important . . . Today’s guest post is from Aaron Horwath. Aaron played varsity tennis at the University of Portland and has been coaching tennis for five years. He is currently a tennis coach, English tutor, and freelance writer living in Hong Kong. To see more of Aaron’s work, visit his travel blog, 12hourdifference.com

Also, be sure to nominate your favorite tournament director(s) for the More >

The Gifts Tennis Bestows

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I get asked all the time if my son and I realize how lucky we are to meet and interact with all the incredible tennis people we do. The answer is a resounding YES! We both recognize that ParentingAces has opened some amazing doors for us. My son told me very recently that the best lesson that’s come out of this adventure is learning how to recognize those open doors and developing the curiosity and confidence to walk through them.

When I started ParentingAces More >

All Things Tennis with Johan Kriek

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This week’s podcast with Johan Kriek discussing all things tennis – past, present, & future

 

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To listen live to the ParentingAces show, tune in from any internet-connected device at BlogTalkRadio/UR10Snetwork or call 714-583-6853 to listen from your phone and to ask questions of my guests.

The next ParentingAces show will be Monday, October 6th, at 12:00pm ET. My More >

On the Court and Dreaming

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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 >

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

 

ParentingAces is proud to be part of the UR10S Network, an internet-based radio station.  Click here for the weekly show schedule.

To listen live to the ParentingAces show, tune in from any internet-connected device at BlogTalkRadio/UR10Snetwork or call 714-583-6853 to listen from your phone and to ask questions of my guests.

The next ParentingAces show will be Monday, September More >

Oh, Senior Year!

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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 >

Taylor Dent’s Many Hats

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At last year’s US Open, I had the chance to meet and speak with former tour player Taylor Dent (click here to hear that interview). Shortly after the Open, Taylor emailed me to let me know he was embarking on a new journey: coaching aspiring junior player, Jared Donaldson (click here to hear my interview with Jared’s mom).

Fast forward one year. Jared decided to turn pro. He received a wildcard into the singles main draw of the 2014 US Open where he faced Gael Monfils in his first round match. More >

Rebecca Donaldson Discusses Her Son’s Tennis Pathway

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Jared Donaldson is a 17-year-old tennis player who has followed his own pathway to professional tennis. Yes, it included some USTA tournaments along the way, like the very prestigious Kalamazoo, but, mostly, Jared has played the ITF circuit around the world. At an age when most junior players are thinking about which college they might like to attend, Jared is focusing solely on how to keep competing with the “Big Boys” on the pro tour. Just a few days ago, he was playing his first main draw More >

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