Sports Parenting

The Best Way to Raise a Professional Tennis Player


The following article was written by Eric Buterac, former top junior player and now a top professional doubles player and president of the ATP Player Council. The article originally appeared on the Universal Tennis Ratings website and is reprinted here with UTR’s permission. Be on the lookout for future articles from Eric over the coming weeks and months (of course, I’ll be sharing the links to those articles as well via Facebook and Twitter). Eric’s story is a great one, from the juniors to D1 More >

Happy Holidays!


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Whatever holiday(s) you celebrate, I want to wish you a season filled with love, laughter, and happiness! I will have 2 of my 3 kids with me over the next couple of weeks and am going to savor this time with family and friends as we settle into our new home.

If you’re traveling to a tournament, please remember to enjoy the Journey and avoid getting too caught up in the minutae that is Junior Tennis. Looking back on our own Journey, I can tell you it’s the moments More >

I’ve Been Remiss . . .


I know I am long overdue in writing about my son’s college move-in experience and life during his first few weeks at Santa Clara. I hope you’ll forgive me! I definitely want to share our experience but have taken on a major project since our return from the West Coast . . . selling our home of 20 years in order to down-size a bit and move closer to my husband’s office.

Once the (literal) dust settles, I will do the necessary emotional digging to write about sending my last baby off to college. More >

Are You A Parent Dream Killer?


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Today’s Guest Post is from Ryan Segelke, founder and CEO of High Altitude Tennis in Colorado.

Before we get to the story of a parent dream killer, let’s start with a challenge for all the parents who are reading this article: I invite each HAT family parent (current, past, potential) to open your mind and consider the fact that it’s easy to fall into some traps when supporting your child’s athletic dreams. However, that is 100 percent understandable More >

Taking A Little Hiatus


On Friday, we leave for Santa Clara.

For my son, it’s been a long summer. Veeeeery long. Most of his friends left weeks ago. He’s been chomping at the bit to get his college career started.

For me, it’s gone by like <snaps fingers> that. I find myself choking up at the silliest things . . . songs that remind me of our road trips to tournaments, running across a photo on my phone, seeing kids practicing at the club where I take my yoga classes . . . it doesn’t take much!

So, once we get our son More >

Celebrating the Life of a Tennis Parent


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My son has literally known Jessica her entire life. They were babies together in the Fit For 2 classes I taught in my life before ParentingAces. They went to preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school together. They were each other’s “first date” in 4 year old preschool – a date chaperoned by their dads to see the Atlanta Braves play baseball at Turner Field. For two years, they trained at the same academy in our Atlanta suburb. More >

A Teeny Tiny Hiccup


With College Move-In Day still over a month away, my son had specific plans for spending his time both on the court and off. As they say, though, the best laid plans . . .

On Monday my son had an appointment with the oral surgeon to determine whether or not he needed to have his wisdom teeth removed. In fact, he did. So, this morning my son had his 4 teeth pulled and will spend the next 2 or 3 days recovering from the procedure.

It’s a rite of passage for most teenagers – it’s one I went More >

Our Emptier Nest


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I knew my nest was going to be empty this month. I just didn’t know it was going to be this empty.

We spent a week at the beach with our extended family as we do each summer. We had a great time, enjoying the sand and each other’s company with a little tennis thrown in for good measure. At the end of the week, my husband and I drove our son to the Destin airport for his flight to LA then headed home to the Atlanta ‘Burbs for some “alone time.” We had spent the More >

Home School vs. Traditional School


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Today’s guest post is the second from new ParentingAces contributor 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 More >

Taking a Note from Youth Soccer


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The past two guest posts from Bill Patton about what we can do to put an end to gamesmanship and cheating in junior tennis have sparked some passionate discussion.

I’m at the beach this week with my extended family and was talking with my sister-in-law about my niece and nephew’s youth soccer experiences. They are 7 and 9, respectively, and are just embarking on the Youth Sports Journey.

Earlier in the day, I was kicking around a soccer ball with Max and More >

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