Junior Tournaments & Rankings

Trip to the New Balance High School Tennis Championships

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Today’s guest post is by Fellow Tennis Parent Amy Mayfield. Thank you to Amy for sharing her experience in Boston!

Our trip to Boston and the New Balance Tourney was slightly different than most.  My daughter was at Harvard to play the Donovan Showcase tourney when we received an email that she had moved up significantly on the alternate list for NB.  We decided that we would stay in Boston Sunday night so that she would be an on-site alternate.  A player did have to default out of the back More >

Letter from a Young Player

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I know there are many people out there who don’t feel cheating is a problem in junior tennis . . . or at least they don’t feel it’s a widespread problem that needs to be discussed. I disagree, and since this is my website, I will continue to facilitate a discussion around what we can do to eliminate this added stressor on our young players.

The following letter was sent to me by the child’s mom who also gave me permission to print it here. I have removed the child’s name but have left the More >

10 & Under Pathway for Florida Players

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USTA Florida just announced its new pathway for 10-and-under tournament players in the section. The pathway was developed with solicited input from coaches and parents throughout Florida and utilizes the red, orange, and green balls based on age and skill level.

Tournaments are designed to fit the level of the players. For example, red ball events are half-day and don’t track results. The pathway includes a grandfather clause for players who turn 11 during the 2015 competition year and who More >

Taking a Note from Youth Soccer

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Image courtesy of Fair Play Movement

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 >

My Letter to USTA

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John Drew Smith Tennis Center – Macon, GA

Gentlemen,

My son recently competed in the Georgia State Qualifier in Macon which started the end of May. As it turns out, it was his last junior tournament since he will age out July 1st. I would like to share some thoughts and observations with you so that this state Level 1 event can be improved moving forward.

You may remember that I wrote to you after last year’s tournament as well. Many of my concerns were resolved for the 2015 event. However, new More >

Maximizing Your Tournament Budget

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Today’s guest post is courtesy of 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 was cut short, and he retired from the 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 >

Southern Closed Seeding: USTA vs UTR

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Yesterday, the player selections and seedings were posted for our upcoming sectional closed tournament (the tournament starts this Saturday). Given that USTA is starting to incorporate Universal Tennis Ratings (UTR) in its selection and seeding process for several events this year, I thought I would take a look to see how things would flesh out when I compared the actual seeds using USTA rankings versus what the seeding would look like using UTR instead.

You may not think this makes much of a More >

To Waiver or Not To Waiver: That Is the Question

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This year, for the first time, the Georgia Qualifier included the option for the top 8 players in the state to waiver out of competition. Please understand that playing the Qualifier has always been mandatory in order to get endorsed into the Southern Closed, the tournament that awards a spot into the National Hardcourts for the winners of each division.

Before you formulate an opinion on this year’s new waiver policy, let me provide a little background . . .

Historically, many of the top More >

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