Links to Online Articles


I often include links to online articles in my blog posts or Facebook posts or Tweets then forget which post contains which link, so I decided to compile a list of them here in case any of you are looking for something in particular!

10 and Under Tennis Dashboard & TIA Research Tracking Success of Initiative

10 Facts You Need to Know Before Becoming a Pro Tennis Player

500 Sets a Year – USC Women’s coach West Nott discusses the importance of playing sets Guide to Tennis Scholarships

Active Tennis Watching

Anxiety High – article about Walton High School and student pressure

Are You Listening? – Frank Giampaolo’s article on being a better tennis parent

Call To Action – Tom Walker’s piece regarding the proposed changes to the junior competition structure

College A Good Investment for Pros

Costs of Being a Pro Tennis Player

Curbing Muscle Cramps

Developing Top Talent Or Hindering Progress?

Expectations of Athletes in College

Expectations of Athletes in College, Part 2

Fighting for the Future of American Tennis: Wake Up, USTA!

Five Things a Tennis Parent Can Do Immediately to Help Their Child Play Well

Friend At Court – Compilation of rules used by USTA

Going Gluten-Free

Handling the Heat on Court

Heat Cramps: Fluid & Electrolyte Challenges During Tennis in the Heat

Heat Cramps During Tennis: A Case Study

How Far Should You Go to Fuel Your Child’s Dreams?

How To Coach Your Kid – Great article posted by Daniel Coyle on his Talent Code blog

How To Grow a Super-Athlete – fascinating NYT article on the famous Spartak Tennis Academy in Russia

The Implications of the 10-Point Tiebreak

Is It Okay for Your Child to Quit Mid-Season?

ITA Summer Circuit

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Nagging Tennis Injuries? Is it a Sign of Something More Serious?

NCAA Homeschool Information FAQ

NCAA Homeschool Information Sheet

NCAA Proposed Changes – Report from July 2012 NCAA Tennis Committee meeting

NCAA Rule on Accepting Prize Money – Enacted 1/19/2013

Not So Super: The Third Set Tiebreak – by Coach Chuck Kriese

Parent Behavior Checklist

The Problem with ‘Good Job’ – by Lisa Stone for Huffington Post

The Secret Food of Athletes: Inside the Olympic Training Center’s Food Lab

Should Everybody Win in Youth Sports?

Show Me!  Let Me See It! – by Nick Bollettieri

The Sport That Forgot About Scouting

Study on Transition from ITF Juniors to Pros

Tennis: For the Health of It

Throw Like a Girl?  You Can Do Better

Treating & Preventing Muscle Cramps During Exercise

Understanding the Role Parents Play in Junior Tennis Success

USTA Junior Competition Announcements – Includes proposed changes to 2014 calendar

USTA Rethinking Junior Competition Changes? – post on 2014 junior competition changes

What Is Optimal Training Schedule for a Junior Tennis Player?

What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent?

What Percentage of 4-Stars are Playing in the Lineup

What’s a Sports Parent to Do When Your Child Stops Playing Sports?

When It’s Okay to Push Your Kids to Play Sports

Where Did Talent Go? US Tennis’s Lost Generation

Why College Could Be Best Route to Success in Tennis

Why Do Juniors Switch Coaches So Often?

Wimbledon Gets Weird as Superstitious Players Chase Success

With Help of Schools, Trickle of Talent Could Become a Flood

Follow @ParentingAces

2013 USTA Section Presidents & Contact Info

Caribbean: Humberto Torres

Eastern: Gerry Cuva

Florida: Bob Pfaender

Hawaii-Pacific: Russell Lum

Intermountain: Angela Emery

Mid-Atlantic: John Raker

Middle States: Gina Pileggi

Midwest: Jonelle Smith

Missouri Valley: Scott Hanover

New England: R. Gary Pina

Northern: Jeff Baill

Northern California: Michael Cooke

Pacific-Northwest: Mike Temple

Southern: Bud Spencer

Southern California: Gregory Hickey

Southwest: Paul Burns

Texas: Dan Barta

And the Winner Is . . .

Happy First Birthday to ParentingAces!  Hard to believe I’ve been writing and sharing with y’all for an entire year!  A huge thank-you to those of you who read my ramblings, share them with your tennis buddies, and take the time to comment with your own experiences – I truly value each and every one of you.

And the winner of the Birthday Contest – and a $50 gift card from my friends at Holabird Sports – is . . .

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Congratulations, Karen!  Please email me at with your mailing address so Holabird can send you the gift card.  Happy shopping!

Here’s to Year Two and more rambling and sharing – thanks for sticking by me!

Hard to Believe It’s Almost Been a Year!

Our First Anniversary is coming up soon – November 3rd, to be exact!  To celebrate, we’re giving away a $50 Holabird Sports gift certificate to one lucky Parenting Aces reader! All you have to do is “Like” our Facebook page (click here), post on our Facebook Wall the title of your fav ParentingAces post from our first year, then “Share” our Facebook page with your friends. We’ll draw a winner on November 3rd. Good luck!

And a big THANK YOU to our friends at Holabird for their generosity and support!

ParentingAces Hits the Airwaves

If you’ve been following ParentingAces on Facebook and/or Twitter, you already know that I’ve got a new internet radio show airing on Sunday evenings 6:30-7:30pm ET.  Well, here are the particulars . . .

To listen to the show live, click here to go to the UR10S station on BlogTalkRadio.  You will see a countdown clock to the start of the show.  At 6:30pm sharp, the show will begin playing in your browser.

If you can’t make it to the live broadcast, every show will be recorded and archived as a podcast on iTunes for free downloading.  That way, you can listen at your convenience on your iPod or other mp3 player.

My favorite feature of the show is that y’all will be able to call in with questions for our weekly guests.  The call-in number is 714-583-6853.

This week, for the inaugural broadcast, my guest will be none other than Dr. Allen Fox– I’m so excited!

Dr. Allen Fox earned a Ph.D. in psychology at UCLA (go Bruins!) and is a former NCAA champion, Wimbledon quarterfinalist and a three-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup team. Dr. Fox also coached Pepperdine tennis teams (including Brad Gilbert) to two NCAA finals.

He currently appears on the Tennis Channel with his 1-minute mental clinics, consults with pro and amateur players on mental issues, coaches Igor Kunitsyn (highest ATP ranking #35) on the tour, lectures on sports psychology, and is the author of several books including Think to Win, The Winner’s Mind, and his latest Tennis: Winning the Mental Match.  For more information you can  visit his website,

On the ParentingAces radio show, Dr. Fox will be discussing his new book, Tennis: Winning the Mental Match, as well as his thoughts on how we can all be better tennis parents.  You can buy a hard copy of Dr. Fox’s book on his website,, or on and electronically through Kindle or iTunes.   So, get your questions ready and call in Sunday – I’m looking forward to talking with you!

Quick Guide to the USTA Website

Even the Higher-Ups at USTA will admit that their website is difficult to navigate.  Well, really, that’s an understatement.  USTA has gone to great lengths to put some very helpful information on their site – the problem is that the average visitor can’t find it!  So, in the name of identify-problem-create-solution, below is a list of links to some of the information I’ve found to be useful in navigating the world of Junior Tennis.  You might want to print out this list and keep it handy then add to it as you discover more sub-pages.  If you have found any other useful articles at, please add them in the Comments section below.

USTA Section Pages:

Click on the Find Your Section box in the top right corner of the homepage to determine in which section you live, then click on the appropriate link below.  Your section page will likely have a tab at the top titled “Juniors” or “Junior Players” – click there to get information on Rules, Points Per Round (for ranking purposes), Tournament Schedules, Junior Team Tennis, and more.

USTA Junior Competition Page:

All of the information listed below can be found under the Players & Parents Link on the Junior Competition page:

  • Social Media:

Facebook: JrComp

Twitter: @USTAJrComp

USTA College Tennis page:

You can find the American college rankings at the bottom of this page—kind of fun to keep an eye on!

Going to College or Turning Pro: Making an Informed Decision (10/2010):

International Player Study & FAQ (4/2010):

      • Social Media:


Twitter: @ustacollege10s


2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.  Thank you to everyone for your input – please keep reading and sharing!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.