Tournaments & Rankings

Backdraw Woes

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My son and I were at a Designated tournament (Southern level 2) this past weekend at one of our favorite spots: Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. Even though it’s a 5-hour drive from our house, we try to get down to Mobile for the majority of the tournaments there, mostly due to the stellar work of Scott and Lorraine Novak, the tournament directors for these events. But, I digress . . .

For 2014, the Points per Round tables for these Designated tournaments dramatically changed. However, More >

ParentingAces[.com] Award for Tournament Directors

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In the wake of all the comments on my last piece on junior tournaments, I figure it’s time for a ParentingAces[.com] Award for Best Tournament Director.

To that end, ParentingAces will be collecting nominations for your favorite Tournament Director (TD) via the form below. Your nominee may be from any junior tennis tournaments including those run by USTA, ITF, Little Mo, Junior Grand Prix Tennis (JGPT), or any other official sanctioning body. Please complete and submit your nomination NO LATER More >

My Wish List for Junior Tournaments

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It’s the Friday morning before a Saturday-Monday junior tournament, and my son’s first match times still haven’t been posted. He can’t plan his morning warm-up because he doesn’t know what time he’ll play tomorrow, and the tournament site will only have 2 available warm-up courts after 8am, likely necessitating an alternative practice site if he plays later than 8. Hence, this Wish List for Junior Tournaments . . .

Dear Tournament Directors,

Given that we Tennis Parents are typically spending More >

#inLOVEwiththegame

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The following is a Guest Post by Chanmeet Narang, a young man we’ve known for many years who is just finishing his junior tennis “career”. Enjoy!

Today marks the first day I’m ineligible to play in junior tennis and it hasn’t really hit me yet. 10 years went by like the snap of my fingers, I distinctly remember playing my brother Chris Yun in my first tournament ever, on the far left court at Laurel Park.

This past weekend I went back to play my last ever junior tournament, a small local More >

TRN: The Coaches’ View

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There’s been a lot of discussion lately about what is being called 8th grade red-shirting; that is, players changing their graduation year on Tennis Recruiting Network to repeat the 8th grade. The reasons being bandied about for this re-classing range from trying to game the system to ducking competition and everything in between. I’ve had several in-person and email exchanges with parents asking me to look into it, so I reached out to Dallas Oliver at TRN and have had numerous email and 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 >

The Future of Tennis (Part 2) With Marc Lucero

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This week’s podcast with Marc Lucero discussing the future of US Player Development:

 

http://youtu.be/946qbO5JuMc

 

ParentingAces is proud to be part of the UR10S Network, an internet-based radio station.  Click here for the weekly show schedule.

To listen live to the ParentingAces show, tune in from any internet-connected device at BlogTalkRadio/UR10Snetwork or call 714-583-6853 to listen from your phone and to ask questions of my guests.

The next ParentingAces show will be Monday, September More >

The Future of US Tennis with Tim Mayotte

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This week’s podcast with Tim Mayotte discussing the future of US Player Development:

 

http://youtu.be/aUhmgGUZBI8

 

ParentingAces is proud to be part of the UR10S Network, an internet-based radio station.  Click here for the weekly show schedule.

To listen live to the ParentingAces show, tune in from any internet-connected device at BlogTalkRadio/UR10Snetwork or call 714-583-6853 to listen from your phone and to ask questions of my guests.

The next ParentingAces show will be Monday, September More >

Regarding USTA PD

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Earlier this week, I received the following letter from a coach based in California. He stated in his intro to me that he was sending the letter to several people in hopes that it would help all of us formulate our thoughts on where USTA Player Development should go from here. The letter has already appeared on ZooTennis as well.

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An open letter from a private tennis coach regarding USTA Player Development

Yesterday, it was announced that Patrick McEnroe will leave his position More >

How to Walk Forward on the Tightrope of Player Development

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Image courtesy of Etsy.com

By Craig Cignarelli

The following article originally appeared on 10sballs.com

After a quarter century of questionably-successful exploits, the USTA Player Development (PD) division is, once again, making a change.  Patrick McEnroe no longer sports the PD crown, and the National Board has begun the search for a successor.  Having spent the last two decades watching regime after regime take the PD division’s reigns – only to drop them a few years later after effecting More >

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