Posts tagged aging up
The rules have changed all right, and it’s not just for the 10-and-under crowd. I recently reported on the Q&A sessions that USTA hosted at various national hardcourt championships earlier this month. As promised in that piece, I reached out to Tim Russell, Patrick McEnroe, Lew Brewer, and others to get a better understanding of what USTA is trying to accomplish with its changes to the 2014 Junior Competition schedule. I emailed them the link to my article along with some specific follow-up questions. While Patrick did reply that he would call me to discuss my questions, I haven’t yet heard from him. However, I did have multiple lengthy phone conversations with both Tim Russell and Lew Brewer – a big thank you to both gentlemen for More >
Playing up is one of those controversial topics in junior tennis. Should my child play up? If so, when should he start playing up? Which tournaments? How many? Should he keep playing his own age group as well? Ask 5 different coaches, and you’ll get 5 different answers!
What I have learned is that, as your child gets older, it becomes more important for him to establish a good ranking early in his age group so that he can actually get into the higher-level tournaments (see Life In Limbo). Since many of the tournaments will admit a certain number of players from the younger age group, it’s good to take advantage of that opportunity to play up and earn some ranking points, especially as your child gets closer to his official aging-up More >