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College Info Session at 2014 NCAAs

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The last time the NCAA Division I Championships were held at UGA in Athens, USTA hosted a college information session with a fantastic panel of college coaches, college players, and others (click here to read my post on that event). This year, UGA is again hosting the Championships, and USTA and USTA Southern are partnering to offer an information session for junior players, parents, and coaches. Click on the link below for the particulars:

2014 Info Session at NCAAs Flyer

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College Recruiting Information

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Those of you who have been following ParentingAces for a while have probably heard me mention Ross Greenstein and Scholarship for Athletes, right? Well, Ross’s sister company, SchollyLife, has created the SchollyGuide, an online video series for the college recruiting process. The SchollyGuide is available for purchase at www.schollylife.com for $300; however, SchollyLIfe is offering the SchollyGuide free to ParentingAces subscribers.

Use the coupon code ParentingAces at checkout to get this 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 >

Ignition

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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 >

Why You & Your Kid Need to Attend College Matches

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Used with permission of zootennis.com

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 >

My Son Said the “F” Word

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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!

We left very cold and very windy weather in Atlanta Thursday afternoon to travel to Naples, Florida for the ITA Coaches Convention Junior Showcase, a one-day event being More >

The Invaluable Experience

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Photo courtesy of Ralf Cheung & The Daily Trojan Two-time USC All-American Tennis Player Says College Sports are the Experience of a Lifetime

Reflecting on her successful college tennis career, Danielle Lao, a two-time All-American at USC thought she might have some valuable information to share with others either enrolled at colleges and universities around the country, thinking about playing college sports, or even sports fans wondering what the college experience is like for a elite More >

Holidays, Family, & Expanding Our World

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The holiday season is upon us. Every year, it seems to sneak up earlier and earlier, catching me completely off guard. This year is no different. Beginning with the convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukkah last week, I have a feeling I’m going to be playing a mad game of catch-up for the next several weeks, so please bear with me as I try to continue writing and sharing all-things-junior-tennis-parent-related albeit a little more slowly than usual.

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College Tennis: What’s the Problem?

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Every few months, it seems, we hear of another proposed tweak to our college tennis format, whether it’s a new scoring system, a recruiting contact rule, or an eligibility change. Lately, these proposals have been met with an outcry via social media, and, luckily, so far, those crying loudest have come out on top. But how long and how loudly can we cry before The Powers That Be become inured to our outrage?

I understand that coaches – and athletic directors (ADs) – are concerned about budgets More >

The Gift of A Mentor

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A couple of years ago, we were at a designated tournament in Mobile, Alabama, and my son struck up a conversation with a young man from South Carolina who was 2 years ahead of him in school. That conversation was the beginning of what was to become a really important relationship for my son.

The young man, Christian Harris, is now a freshman playing tennis for Clemson University. He and my son have stayed in regular contact, even playing each other in a sectional tournament last year, and More >

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