Bridging The Gap

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I am a published author – how cool is that?!?!?!

USPTA/PTR coach Bill Patton and I have co-authored an eBook based on interviews each of us did with the other concerning the communication gap between junior tennis coaches and the parents of the players they teach. Our hope is that our conversations will help our readers do better in their respective roles which will strengthen the Player-Parent-Coach triangle.

So, how can you get your copy of this cutting-edge material? I’m glad you More >

Reflections on Winter Nats

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My husband, my son, and I are sitting on the plane heading toward home. It’s been a great few days in Scottsdale, and now it’s time to get back to life as we know it in Atlanta.

When I heard that my son had been selected to play in Winter Nationals, I was excited for him and hoped he would get the chance to compete against some of the players I had been reading about on ZooTennis and other junior tennis media outlets. I figured it would be a great experience for him to see what it feels like More >

Winter Nats So Far

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What an amazing couple of days it has been so far in Scottsdale!

My son flew from Atlanta to Phoenix by himself on Christmas day (the rest of us were still celebrating with our extended family down in New Orleans). He got himself to the airport in Atlanta, arrived in Phoenix, took a cab to our hotel in Scottsdale, then met up with one of his Southern Section buddies to hit. The next morning, he connected with two of his future Santa Clara University teammates, Kamran and Connor, to hit and More >

2014 Little Mo Internationals

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Today’s guest post is from Louisiana Tennis Parent, Ashley Hancock. Her daughter played in the Little Mo International tournament in Florida earlier this month. Ashley shares their experience below . . .

Our first Little Mo tournament was an incredible experience!  My daughter asked me a year ago if this tournament could be on our calendar.  She had a friend who played the International tournament in Florida last year, and had a blast.  So, early this fall I signed her up since entry was More >

Let’s Take It A Step Further

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Today’s Guest Post is from a parent in the Southern California section . . .

Kudos to the USTA Junior Competition Committee for changing back to 192 draws and direct acceptance into the 2015 summer Clay and Hardcourt National Championship tournaments. Now, the medium level and aspiring players from strong sections need to be allowed back into the national championships.

The quota selection system needs to be revisited and tweaked. The way it is now is not consistent and flies in face of the More >

Changes in National Clay & Hards for 2015

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The following information appears on ZooTennis today at this link (click here for the full article):

The USTA board has approved changes to the 2015 USTA Clay Court and National 16s and 18s championships. After a qualifying tournament was held in 2014 to determine eight spots in a 128-player draw, the tournaments will revert to the 192-player draws they had prior to 2014. Alternate methods of gaining entry have also been reintroduced. The changes:

1. Eliminates Qualifier: Replaces the 64-player More >

Parent Get-Together at Winter Nats

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For those of you travelling to Phoenix/Scottsdale for Winter Nationals, I will be organizing a little get-together the evening of December 27th at a local restaurant/sports bar so we can all meet and connect. I’m looking at a few different venues right now. If any of you live in the area or are familiar with it and can suggest a good spot that would be central to the various tennis sites, that would be great!

The purpose of this get-together is simply for us to get to know each other in person. More >

He Knows Me Too Well

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Last night, my son and I (my husband was out of town for work) were sitting at our kitchen counter eating dinner. We were talking about his upcoming final exams and booking our travel for Phoenix. The conversation then turned to my son’s college application for Santa Clara University and his NCAA eligibility status.

Me: How’s your application coming?

Him: Fine. I’ve just got a couple more things to write, and then it’ll be ready to submit.

Me: Great! And, what about the stuff for the NCAA More >

Winter Nationals

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Image courtesy of Long Island Tennis Magazine

 

So, who’s going to Winter Nationals this year? We are, for the first time, and it’s my son’s last opportunity to play a National Level 1 tourney before he ages out of the juniors altogether. He’s pretty excited for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is it will give him a chance to meet some of his future Santa Clara University teammates and to spend time with one of the assistant coaches who will be there, too.

This is the first time we’ll More >

A Friend In Need

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If your child plays tournaments in the Southern section, you have probably seen and/or met Bill Kallenberg. If your child has ever played Kalamazoo, you have probably seen and/or met Bill Kallenberg. If your child has played college tennis in recent years, you have probably seen and/or met Bill Kallenberg.

My son and I have certainly met Bill and are now lucky to call him our friend. Bill’s photos are hanging on our walls and are on our shelves and are even on my son’s TennisRecruiting More >

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