The following is a list of links to our favorite website and pertinent articles. Please add your suggestions for additions to this page in the Comments area.
Adirondack Tennis – tennis information for the Northern region of the USTA Eastern section
AdvantageMaddie – tennis parent blog written by the dad of 9 yr old, Maddie
American Tennis Journal – a new site dedicated to the promotion of American tennis
*Andrew Carter player website – follow young pro Andrew Carter’s journey on the pro tour
Are You Sure? – great tennis merchandise created by a great tennis mom
*Arguably Georgia Sports – sports podcast started by 2 middleschoolers
*ArrowBar – energy bar developed specifically for tennis players and supported by Michael Russell, James Blake, Stevie Johnson, & John Isner. Use promo code ACES15 for discount!
*Athletes Audio – an app for sports (not just tennis!) mental toughness training; click on the link for a discount!
*Atlanta Personal Training – Marcus Shapiro is my son’s trainer, and he does tennis-specific training for several young players in the Atlanta area
Atlanta Tennis – an insider’s view of the Atlanta tennis scene
*Barbara Tipple Jewellery – I know this isn’t tennis-related, but Barbara is a fellow Tennis Parent who designs and sells beautiful pieces. A treat from her shop would make a great gift to thank your favorite Tennis Mom for all she does!
Big Sports Report – an online news organization dedicated to covering youth sports
*The Blue Sky Foundation – Dick Stockton’s site for his Thanking Our Troops Through Tennis project
*BobLitwin.com – Bob Litwin’s website on learning how to re-shape our stories to help us re-shape our lives
BrainTypes.com – understanding your and your child’s brain type can help determine the type of coaching that will work best – take a look!
*Buddy the Ball – follow the adventures of Buddy the Ball. Aside from teaching kids how to play tennis, the idea of Buddy is to be a role model showing that tennis can be an adventure and extremely rewarding.
CA Tennis – chock full of short, informative articles for coaches, parents, and players who want the truth about tennis
Call To Action – Tom Walker’s piece regarding the proposed changes to the junior competition structure
ChallengerTennis.com – if you’re interested in following men’s tennis at the Challenger level, this is a great resource
*CoachMe – online coaching and in-depth video analysis
*Coach JP Weber’s blog – a great blog written by a great coach and fellow radio host
College Athletic Recruiting Guidebook – spells out the intricacies of qualifying for and keeping an athletic scholarship at the various divisions
College Tennis Today – for those who want to follow college tennis, this site has all the latest info
*Collegiate Exposure Camps – Beyond simply being a college showcase, these camps, open to rising 8-12 graders, really show aspiring college players what it’s like to train and play at the next level
Cracked Racquets – Manned by a crack team (see what I did there?!?!) of young tennis fans, this website – and its associated podcasts – provides the latest info on college, junior, and NextGen tennis
Crazy Tennis Mom – another very informative blog for parents of junior players
Donovan Tennis Strategies – advises players throughout the US and the world, helping them to determine the right colleges given their tennis and academic credentials and other criteria they might have (size of school, locations, areas of study they are interested in, do they need scholarship vs. trying to leverage their tennis to get into a better academic school, etc)
*Down the Line and Beyond Foundation – founded by Pascal Collard, a tremendous organization devoted to helping junior players develop good character both on and off the court
*Dreamcourt.org – founded by Jessica Weyreuter, this organization provides tennis instruction to children with physical and intellectual disabilities
*Eagleton Techne Tennis – John Eagleton’s unique method of teaching what he calls the “modern game” to players of all levels
*Ed Tseng.com – fantastic information on understanding how thoughts impact feelings as well as free downloads for Ed’s video materials
*Emory Tennis Medicine – Tennis medicine is a unique program offered by the Emory Sports Medicine Center which promotes health through tennis and provides specialized treatment for a wide range of tennis-related injuries. Through the program, we offer competitive and recreational players of all ages and abilities comprehensive care in a way that is specific to the game.
e10sScore.com – an on court tennis scoring system that sends live scoring via the internet. Coaches, parents and spectators can view scores in real time as players change scores at change overs, from their computer, tablets or smart phones.
Everything Tennis – a great blog written by a tennis coach
Find Tennis Lessons – dedicated to helping families find coaches in their area on a local level
Fit For Trips – an online resource to get you physically ready for your next adventure travel experience
Friends of Jaclyn Foundation – a partnership between college athletic teams and children with brain tumors – please take a look and share!
Fuzzy Yellow Balls – more of a how-to site for players – definitely worth a visit
*Game Smart Tennis – a professional service focused on bringing cutting edge match video analysis to players, coaches, college teams and academies. Our goal is to increase the use and effectiveness of advanced video analysis technology in the sport of tennis and to make this technology available to ambitious tennis players and committed coaches striving for excellence. We believe that getting objective information is a short cut to success. Our goal is to bring it to your fingertips.
*Ginepri Performance Tennis Academy – an Atlanta area training ground for junior tennis players co-owned and operated by touring pro Robby Ginepri
*Growing Champions For Life – powerful strategies for helping you build enduring relationships with your child/athlete
Heavy Topspin – a tennis blog dealing with the stats and analytics of the pro game
*High Altitude Tennis Academy – a Colorado-based tennis academy committed to training the entire junior player including stroke development, off-court condition, mental toughness, and nutrition
*High-Tech Tennis – an Atlanta-based tennis video analysis service that also does college recruit videos
*Human Performance Mentors – Michael Cooper’s mental performance training website
*I’m Recruitable – Tarek Merchant and his associates help families navigate the challenges of the college tennis recruiting process
*International Alliance of Racquet Technicians – Click on the Consumers tab to get info on selecting proper equipment for your junior player
*International Tennis Performance Association – tennis-specific fitness training, education, and certification
ITA Info Page for Junior Players – info from ITA, NCAA, NAIA, and USTA on playing college tennis
ITF Junior Rules – the complete rules for ITF competition
*ITPA Certification – become a trained and certified Tennis Performance Trainer through this science-based course
JBMThinks – helping families develop good character through sports
*Jeff Salzenstein Tennis – learn tennis online from a top junior, top college player, top professional, and now, top coach!
*Johan Kriek Tennis Academy – read and learn about Johan’s academy in Charlotte, NC
*Junior Grand Prix Tennis – a totally new, totally independent junior competition structure with its own sanctioning and ranking system for all levels of play
JuniorTennisMatch.com – arrange competitive match play for your junior player
*Life on the Pro Circuit – a series of blog posts by coach Craig Cignarelli documenting his experience as a “Mezzanine Coach” with his young charge at her first professional tennis tournament in Mexico. WARNING: for mature audiences!
Links to Online Articles – links to articles I’ve referenced in blog posts and on the Facebook & Twitter feeds
Making Youth Sports Affordable – Tips to help families defray the high costs of youth sports
*Mental Training, Inc – Dr. Robert Neff’s online resource for mental training for parents, coaches, and players
*Midcourt Sports – Coach Duey Evans’s tennis and futsal academy in Dallas, TX for junior players
MyTennisLessons.com – Tips, news and pop culture for the everyday tennis fan
MyTennisNetwork.com – Your one-stop shop for all things relating to your child’s tennis
MyTennisTools.com – get your very own video camera fence mount for recording your child’s matches
*National High School Tennis Association – Promoting high school tennis through team rankings & All-American lists as well as coaching education resources
National Wresting Coaches Association Blog – I know it says “wrestling” but there is some great stuff for tennis parents, too!
NCAA Rule Updates – stay up-to-date on any NCAA changes
*NutriFitGA.com – Professional and amateur athletes, anyone with special dietary needs, and individuals who want to take control of their nutrition and health, will find great advantage in arranging a consult
OnCourtAdvantage.com – a comprehensive blog encompassing international professional and junior tennis information – a great site for tennis fans
Pacific Health Labs – the makers of Accelerade and Endurox R4 on-court and recovery drinks used by the pros (and a certain junior I know, too!). Use code ACES15 for 15% off and free shipping
*Peak Performance Training – Peak Performance Training with Linda LeClaire and Dr. Bryce Young is committed to empowering each individual with a personal program of self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-confidence and a philosophy that provides fulfillment of one’s highest human potential through life and sport
*Perform Tennis – Coach Richard Bowie’s website devoted to junior tennis development
Players Against Cheating – Started by a Tennis Dad and his two sons, this site encourages positive peer pressure to eliminate cheating and gamesmanship in junior tennis
*PlayintheUS.com – a consulting service for US and international players looking to play college tennis (and other sports, too)
*ProActive Coaching – a consulting service for coaches, parents, athletes, and athletic directors to help address specific needs related to sports
Pro Tennis Tips – focuses on learning how to play tennis as well as providing general tips on how to improve your game, choosing the proper equipment, stringing racquets, and tips and tricks of the game
*RAMP Tennis Academy – junior tennis academy for all levels located in Carson, California
Robert Lansdorp’s Blog – he shares his coaching philosophy and some great player stories
*The Russian System – Coach Aleksey Zharinov shares information on training the “Russian Way”
*Saviano Tennis Academy – Nick Saviano’s academy site provides information on training, tournaments, parent education, and other aspects of the sport
*Scholarship for Athletes – a consulting service for those players looking to play at the college level
Society for Tennis Medicine & Science – provides a forum for interactive discussion among doctors, scientists, therapists and governing bodies to increase and disseminate knowledge regarding injuries in tennis through research and education
*Solve the Mystery of Your Child’s Motivation & Distraction Issues – David Benzel’s webinar recording will enlighten you to what may be going on inside your junior’s head – total length ~40 minutes
*SpeedTracs – on-court fitness training system for athletes of all ages and stages
Sport Parent Support – the name says it all!
Stephen Diaz Tennis Academy – Atlanta area junior tennis training facility located in East Cobb and run by head coach Stephen Diaz
*STOPSportsInjuries.org – An organization dedicated to making sports safe for all kids
*Striver Athlete – Jeff Moore’s organization to work with parents, players, and coaches to develop an ethic of internal competition impacting all relationships fueled by a commitment to achieve beyond any comparative measure.
Talk College To Me – teaches you how to help your child find the right college or university, and have the best chances of getting accepted to that school…even if you have absolutely NO idea where to begin the process!
*Techne Tennis – get people playing better tennis fast using simple techniques that have been employed by the world’s best players for a century, but for some reason have been ignored by much of the teaching establishment to the detriment of many aspiring tennis players who could be enjoying the game of a lifetime, and perhaps become a champion!
Teddy Tennis – Tennis made fun for the youngest players
*Tenicity – web-based platform that provides a structure for objectives-based coaching in order to raise the standard of player development and value delivered to players and parents.
*Tennis-Experts.com – online pro shop and tennis advice from coach Chris Lewis
TennisItinerary.com – get reviews on tennis facilities around the US to help you plan your next tennis vacation, find a new club when you relocate, or identify summer camp options for your kids
*Tennis Junior Aces Magazine – free digital magazine developed for use on your iPad (you can also download the magazine on the iPad Newsstand app), this is a publication of the Down the Line and Beyond Foundation and was created to help competitive junior tennis players improve their tennis games and also help them develop their personal characters
TennisKidsZone – offers a completely moderated and safe kid friendly environment where parents and coaches can relax knowing tennis kids are safe while playing and connecting with other tennis kids from around the globe
*TennisLadders.net – a web-based platform for junior and adult competition ladders of all levels
*Tennis Mental Edge – written by Dr. Larry Lauer, a blog covering professional, college, and junior tennis and specifically how the mental game can be mastered to gain a competitive edge
Tennis Mind – helping players develop the mental aspect of their game
The Tennis Mom – the inspiration for my own blog!
Tennis Officials Blog – a site written by and for tennis officials
*Tennis Parent Solutions – Frank Giampaolo’s website for tennis parent education
Tennis Recruiting Network – keep up with the happenings of college recruiting
Tennis Shorts – your resource for everything relating to professional tennis brought to you by the top journalists in our sport
TennisTakes.com – created by former top junior/college players, Tennis Takes provides expert news, analysis and opinions from an insider’s perspective.
Tennis Warehouse Forums – an online forum dealing with all sorts of tennis issues, including what tournaments to play, new rules, finding a coach, etc.
*Tennis Without Tension – Gary Adelman’s website on using the Alexander Technique on and off the tennis court
*TPATennis.com – Tom Allsopp’s online coaching consulting resource for players, parents, and coaches
*TPATennis.net – Tom Allsopp’s compilation of useful tennis articles and videos along with his commentary
*Universal Tennis Ratings – a more in-depth rating system for tennis players of all ages and levels
*University Sports Program – college recruiting and showcase service
USTA – just go ahead and bookmark this one – you’ll be visiting often!
*Worthy To Win – Joey Johnson’s proven method to help junior and college players develop a winning mindset
*Xenecore Tennis – Donnay’s new racquet technology devoted to reducing injury in young players
*Yoga with Lisa Jones, ERYT – my personal yoga instructor who has some great information on yoga for our junior tennis players
Youth Sports Blog – a general children’s sports blog
*Zoo Tennis – all the info you need/want to know about what’s going on in the world of high-level competitive junior tennis
10U10s – info on on-court games, tips, and techniques for teaching the 10 and Under crowd
2 Deuces – when being a Tennis Parent gets too serious, here’s a lighter look at the situation from my “other” kids!
*Website for/by/about a ParentingAces Radio Show guest
If you have any other helpful sites you’d like me to add to the list, please use the Comments box and include the URL along with a brief description.