The Eyes Have It

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with optometrist Gary Nesty about sun exposure and our kids’ eyes. Please share the information below with your child and his/her coach to help our kids stay healthy out there.

What type of impact does the sun have on eyes, especially eyes of a growing child/teenager?  

Due to the diminishing ozone layer in the atmosphere, outdoors our eyes are exposed to more UV light than ever before. UV wavelengths are invisible to the human eye but still can damage More >

Change in Endorsement Rule

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A fellow Tennis Parent emailed me the following question yesterday:

On this USTA Southern 2014 update page, there is a downloadable document called Formats for 2014. At the bottom of this document,  it states:

Endorsement

National Championships, October Regional Closed, & Future: One of the two Southern Level 1 Championships

Can you please in the next week or two confirm with Bill Ozaki that players who played the Southern 1 in mid January could be endorsed for summer national championships More >

Help Wanted: Director of Fun

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Junior tennis desperately needs a Director of Fun.

I reached this startling conclusion after several recent conversations with tournament directors, parents, and players. All were sharing their experiences within the current tournament structure. All were discussing the problems with the current system. All were complaining about the others. It became abundantly clear that what’s missing – what’s desperately missing - is FUN.

When I was talking with one tournament director who also happens to More >

USTA & ITF Rankings on TennisRecruiting.net

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You may have noticed the recent addition of both USTA and ITF rankings on your child’s TennisRecruiting.net (TRN) profile. I asked TRN’s Dallas Oliver why they decided to add this information, especially given all the confusion over USTA rankings and point tables in 2014. Here is his response:

“Don’t read anything into the timing. Coaches (and others) have asked for us to show USTA and ITF rankings on our profile pages for years. We think this will be good for Tennis Recruiting. Since it is More >

A Look Back … The Past 30 Years of National Junior Tennis

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[The following post was written by Robert Sasseville, long-time tournament director and participant in the world of competitive junior tennis. While quite long, Robert's post gives a thorough history of the junior tennis tournament and ranking structure and explains how we got where we are today. A huge thank-you to him for doing this extensive research and presenting it in an easy-to-understand format!]

The extended discussion that occurred on ParentingAces.com about a week ago More >

Having Enough Refs – What’s It Worth To You?

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There has been so much written about the prevalence of cheating in junior tennis. We all know there need to be more officials present at the tournaments. The question is: how much would you parents be willing to pay for this necessity? Please take a moment to answer the poll question below, and I’ll be submitting the results to USTA’s Junior Competition & Sportsmanship Committee as well as to the USTA Junior Competition staff. Your vote is anonymous.

For a refresher on how tournament entry fees More >

No Regrets

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Sometimes we make decisions then immediately regret them. Sometimes we make decisions then begin to doubt them. Sometimes, though, we make decisions and never look back. The decision leading my son and me to spend the last week in Los Angeles shifted through all three of those scenarios.

As I mentioned in my previous posting, my son decided against entering the Closed Regional (L4) or National Selection (L2) tournaments because, based on his current ranking, he didn’t think he would be selected More >

Let’s See How This Is Playing Out

About a year ago, I published an article titled Quota Insanity written by well-known journalist/broadcaster Antonio Mora. In that piece, Antonio predicted that the quota-only system of entry into national tournaments would lead to meaningless events with meaningless outcomes because the draws would leave out many of the country’s top-ranked players. Turns out, Antonio is a pretty good prognosticator. Just take a look at what’s happening in next weekend’s Closed Regional tournaments around the More >

More Ranking Info

Our Southern section is unique in that (1) it is comprised of 9 different states (and part of a 10th, Texas) and (2) each state has its own local USTA office with its own USTA state ranking.

It is now the end of the first week of February. Until today, USTA Georgia had not released its 2014 Points Per Round table due to the confusion over what’s going on at the national level.

In Georgia, players are required to play a minimum of 6 Georgia-based tournaments in order to be eligible to play in More >

Bonus Points Update

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After all the confusion over the Bonus Points awarded during the first new 2014 L3 event in January, I contacted the TennisLink division of Active.com to try to find out what was going on. USTA told us that it was a technical issue with the software (see the Comments under the Bonus Points article for details), so I figured TennisLink could shed some light on the problem. However, the email response I received from TennisLink directed me to Lew Brewer, USTA’s national Director of Junior More >

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