Sports Parenting

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 >

Commitment

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It’s been a long and often grueling process, but – in case you’ve missed all my posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (!) – I’m thrilled to announce that my son has committed to attend and play tennis for Santa Clara University beginning next Fall!

He has been dead-set on attending school in California for quite a while now. Yes, there were a couple of schools in Florida on his list, but Cali won his heart last December when he first set foot on the courts of the LA Tennis Center on the More >

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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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 >

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