W with an Asterisk

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I don’t usually write about my own experiences on the tennis court. They’re usually not all that interesting or useful for the readers of ParentingAces. However, today’s match is an exception.

Right now, I’m playing on two USTA 4.5 women’s teams, one on Thursdays and one on Saturdays. I typically play singles on both teams.

For today’s match, I really had to gear myself up to play. It’s been pretty chilly here in Atlanta for the past week or so, and I’m not a fan of the lower temperatures. More >

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 >

USTA Addresses High School Tennis

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As I wrote in my last post, I had the opportunity to attend a couple of sessions of USTA’s Tennis Development Workshop this past weekend. The first had to do with junior tournaments, and the second had to do with high school tennis. It was led by Glenn Arrington, USTA’s national manager of the Tennis On Campus program.

Glenn started the session by having everyone in the room take a pop quiz (which I failed miserably!). It included questions about how many high school tennis players there are 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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Image courtesy of www.ITFtennis.com

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 >

Looking Beyond Results: 5 Tips to Help to Insure a Positive Relationship with Your Young Player

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Because sometimes we can all use a reminder of what’s truly important . . . Today’s guest post is from Aaron Horwath. Aaron played varsity tennis at the University of Portland and has been coaching tennis for five years. He is currently a tennis coach, English tutor, and freelance writer living in Hong Kong. To see more of Aaron’s work, visit his travel blog, 12hourdifference.com

Also, be sure to nominate your favorite tournament director(s) for the 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 >

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