Sports Parenting

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 >

One Bite At A Time

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This is Part 2 in a series by coach, radio host, & author Bill Patton. Click here to read Part 1.

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

We must first endeavor to make a commitment to fair play, and for our children to do the same, then engage with others who have that shared commitment. For those on the fence, we need to bring More >

The End of the Road . . . Sort Of

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My son and I are supposed to be in Mobile right now at the Southern Closed. We were supposed to leave yesterday for what was going to be his last junior tournament. He and I both had done all the pre-tournament prep. You know what I mean. He strung and re-gripped his racquets and did his laundry. I stocked up on snacks and drinks. He went to hit. I went to yoga. We were ready to pack our suitcases, load up the car, and drive the 5+ hours to South Alabama. I was already thinking about how I was More >

Graduation

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I had been through 2 previous high school graduations with my daughters. They were a big deal. A very big deal, replete with out of town guests and big family dinners and weeks-of-planning-required parties and extensive photo sessions and heart-felt gifts to commemorate the occasion. I remember being absolutely exhausted by the end of the celebration weekend, both physically and emotionally, as I watched my little girls transition to that next phase in their lives. Seeing them in their caps More >

Are You A Helicopter Parent?

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Today’s Guest Post is courtesy of Frank Giampaolo. Many of you know Frank from my radio show interviews with him and from his book, The Tennis Parent’s Bible. Frank is a 30-year high performance tennis coach, sports education veteran, author, speaker and instructional writer for national and international publications. He is the bestselling author of Championship Tennis (Human Kinetics Publishing), The Tennis Parent’s Bible and The Mental Emotional More >

#SigningDay

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“We did it!” Those were my son’s words when he made the decision back in November to commit to Santa Clara University.

“We did it!” Those were my son’s words when he got the official letter of acceptance last month from Santa Clara University.

“We did it!” Those were my son’s words after the Signing Day ceremony at his high school last night.

Those words were said directly to me. They were my son’s way of acknowledging that this achievement belongs not only to him but also to my husband and More >

Asics Easter Bowl, Martin Blackman, & TRN Profile

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As y’all know, I’m back in the Coachella Valley at the Asics Easter Bowl this week, helping out with some of the media stuff, doing a little commentating for the livestream (you can watch at EasterBowl.com), and just helping out wherever I’m needed. If you’d like to keep up with results throughout the day, I suggest you follow @zootennis on Twitter – Colette is doing her usual amazing job of following all the action and reporting it quickly! It’s a bit bizarre to be at a junior tournament More >

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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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 >

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