The following was posted by Sandy Hastings, Managing Director of Junior Competition for the Southern section, on a Southern section tournament website. It’s also posted on Southern’s website at http://www.southern.usta.com/Juniors/tournaments_rankings/2014_junior_updates/. I believe it may apply to all USTA sections across the board, but please double-check with your section’s head of Junior Competition to be on the safe side! Does it concern anyone else that USTA has implemented these new More >
Keith-Patrick Crowley is 25 years old. He is a professional tennis player born and raised in South Africa. He currently holds an ATP ranking of 1156 in singles and 520 in doubles, and he may have to leave the tour because he’s running out of money.
Does this sound familiar? For my regular readers, it should. A few months ago I posted an article about James McGee, a young Irish player who is facing similar challenges. I’ve also shared several articles from various websites and magazines More >
Today’s post is courtesy of Tennis Parent and Coach, Darrick Yun, head pro at The Peninsula Golf and Country Club in San Mateo, California.
This is a joyful reminder on why we go through it all. This is not necessarily about elite level junior tennis, but it is about competitive junior tennis. It’s also an essay on a father and son, parents and their children in sports together, and families as a force of nature.
My favorite thing in the world to do is to watch my son play tennis. Time seems More >
In his writings, Daniel Coyle often refers to “ignition” – that spark that ignites the passion to pursue excellence. A couple of weeks ago, I was given the gift of seeing ignition in action.
My oldest daughter, Emma, lives in LA. Over Winter Break, the rest of us went out to visit her and spend some time in what we figured would be warmer and sunnier weather. Of course, my son brought his tennis gear with him in hopes of getting in a few quality hitting sessions before returning home for our More >
I received the following email from USC Trojans Men’s Coach Peter Smith via Wayne Bryan:
Below is most of our home schedule and I would like to invite clubs or anyone who would like to take part in this (they just have to do some organizing on their end) to come watch our match, have the kids be ball kids (and get pizza and free t-shirt) and then have a clinic with the team after the match. Every match we have done it at over the past 3 years it has been a More >
I just received notice from TennisRecruitingNetwork that its 2014 Winter Star Rating Period will begin the week of January 6 and run through the week of February 24. That means that your child’s rating for the next 6 months will be based on his/her results over this 8-week period.
For a refresher on how TennisRecruiting calculates rankings and star ratings, I’ve copy-and-pasted my previous piece from June 2012 below. Please read and share with your child and his/her coach. Good luck to all our More >
Please click here to read John O’Sullivan’s latest article on his Changing The Game Project website. If we all commit to being better Tennis/Sports Parents, think of how much better our youth sports culture will be! Here is a short excerpt to get you started:
It is easy to get caught up in the hoopla, the massive commitments, and the mythology that surrounds youth sports. When we do, we lose sight of the things that really matter. We lose sight of the fact that our athletes can be irrevocably More >
For the past 18+ years, I’ve been part of an online community of women who were all due to have babies in July 1996 – we call ourselves the July Moms. We’ve gone through pregnancies, miscarriages, potty training, mastitis, preschool woes, kindergarten separation anxiety, bullying, puberty, teen drinking, drivers ed, and now the college application process together. There’s a lot of collective wisdom in that group of moms, believe me!
As 2013 came to an end, one of the moms posted about a piece More >
Earlier this month, several higher-ups from USTA met in Atlanta along with many proven junior development coaches from around the US to discuss how USTA can do a better job of utilizing and supporting the talent of local coaches. The specific context of the meeting as stated in the post-meeting notes from USTA was “to create a culture of inclusiveness where personal coaches, USTA Sections, and USTA Player Development work together to be part of a national movement to create the next wave of More >
Tennis is a game. Games are supposed to be fun. Ergo, tennis is supposed to be fun. However, as many of us Tennis Parents know, junior tournaments by their very nature can suck the fun right out of things. So, imagine my surprise and delight when my son said the “F” word in relation to a junior tennis event this past week!