Sports Parenting

Selection Process for 2015 Nationals & Other Stuff

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So much has been going on these past couple of weeks, and I’ve been remiss in posting – for that, I apologize!

The first thing you need to know is that the selection process for the 2015 National Clay Court and National Hard Court Championships has been posted. For the 16s and 18s, draw size has been increased back to 2013 numbers, 192 for singles and 96 for doubles. For the 14s and 16s, draw sizes are 128 for singles and 64 for doubles. Players will be chosen based on the criteria in the More >

Expectations for Parent, Coach, & Player

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Image courtesy of www.tennisconsult.com

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 >

“Good Job”

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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 >

World Tennis Day 2015 Coming to Madison Square Garden

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Those of you who have been around the Tennis World a while will certainly know who Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini are – the two of them made a huge splash in the late 80s and 90s and into the early 2000s. Madison Square Garden just announced that they will be playing each other as part of the 2015 BNP Paribas Showdown on March 10th (Roger Federer will be playing Grigor Dimitrov, too). If you’re going to be in the New York area on that day, I highly encourage you to take your junior player More >

Mixed Doubles

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My son’s first experience playing competitive tennis was as part of a neighborhood boys ALTA (Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association) team when he was 7 or 8 years old (sorry, he’s my 3rd child and I just don’t remember those kind of details!). He was the youngest on the team and had a blast playing with the Big Boys. I think he played 3 or 4 seasons with them before the team disbanded and he moved on to USTA tournament competition, but it was a great introduction to the world of match play and More >

Bridging The Gap

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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 >

Reflections on Winter Nats

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My husband, my son, and I are sitting on the plane heading toward home. It’s been a great few days in Scottsdale, and now it’s time to get back to life as we know it in Atlanta.

When I heard that my son had been selected to play in Winter Nationals, I was excited for him and hoped he would get the chance to compete against some of the players I had been reading about on ZooTennis and other junior tennis media outlets. I figured it would be a great experience for him to see what it feels like More >

Parent Get-Together at Winter Nats

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For those of you travelling to Phoenix/Scottsdale for Winter Nationals, I will be organizing a little get-together the evening of December 27th at a local restaurant/sports bar so we can all meet and connect. I’m looking at a few different venues right now. If any of you live in the area or are familiar with it and can suggest a good spot that would be central to the various tennis sites, that would be great!

The purpose of this get-together is simply for us to get to know each other in person. More >

He Knows Me Too Well

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Last night, my son and I (my husband was out of town for work) were sitting at our kitchen counter eating dinner. We were talking about his upcoming final exams and booking our travel for Phoenix. The conversation then turned to my son’s college application for Santa Clara University and his NCAA eligibility status.

Me: How’s your application coming?

Him: Fine. I’ve just got a couple more things to write, and then it’ll be ready to submit.

Me: Great! And, what about the stuff for the NCAA More >

A Friend In Need

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If your child plays tournaments in the Southern section, you have probably seen and/or met Bill Kallenberg. If your child has ever played Kalamazoo, you have probably seen and/or met Bill Kallenberg. If your child has played college tennis in recent years, you have probably seen and/or met Bill Kallenberg.

My son and I have certainly met Bill and are now lucky to call him our friend. Bill’s photos are hanging on our walls and are on our shelves and are even on my son’s TennisRecruiting More >

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