Junior Tournaments & Rankings

Back to those Thanksgiving Tournaments . . .

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Image courtesy of Chase Sapphire

After I wrote my piece about the upcoming Thanksgiving tournament options, I realized that I neglected to mention that, at least in the Southern section, we also have a designated tournament (sectional L2) that same weekend competing with the Eddie Herr qualies, the L2 National Selection tournaments, and the L4 Open Regional tournaments. What’s interesting about the designated tournament is that it is worth the same number of sectional ranking points as both the More >

The Future of Junior Tournament Tennis in America

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a very interesting session of USTA’s annual Tennis Development Workshop being held in Atlanta. The session was titled “The Future of Junior Tournament Tennis in America” and was led by Bill Mountford, USTA’s Director of Junior Tournaments. The format was more of a roundtable discussion with short breakout sessions between Bill’s presentation of information regarding the current state of the junior tournament landscape. About 50% More >

Another Thanksgiving, Another Tournament

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This year as always, many families with junior tennis players will be spending their Thanksgiving holiday at a tournament. For the very top tier of players, that may mean the Eddie Herr down in Florida. For others, it may mean one of the new National Selection (Level 2, 64-draw) tourneys or maybe one of the new Regional Segments (Level 4, 32-draw). For my family, it’s the National Selection (L2) in Montgomery, Alabama.

Will your family be traveling Thanksgiving weekend? Which tournament are More >

First Pro Tournament

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My son has experienced all sorts of “firsts” lately: he won his first national doubles title; he won all his backdraw matches in a sectional designated; he earned his first ITF main draw berth and subsequent ranking points; and, most recently, he played in his first Futures tournament.

For almost a year now, my son has been asking to play in a Futures event. In case you’re new to this stuff, the Futures circuit is basically the ground floor of professional tennis. These events are populated More >

What A Difference 2 Years Make!

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Almost exactly two years ago, my son played in his very first Junior ITF tournament in Waco, Texas. While it was an excellent learning experience for him to understand what he needed to do to reach the next level, it was also a very quick experience in that he lost his first qualifying match pretty handily. A couple of weeks later, he played in his second Junior ITF tournament near our home in Atlanta. That time, he got through the first round of qualies but More >

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 >

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