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Before this past weekend’s local tournament even started, my son told me that I wasn’t “allowed” to post any pictures or status updates on Facebook about it. I asked him why. He told me, “Because it’s just a Georgia Level 4, Mom. It’s no big deal.” I, of course, respected his wishes. (He never said anything about keeping it off my blog!)
As I thought more about my son’s request, I realized just how far he has come tennis-wise and maturity-wise in the last year. He played this same tournament last Fall (except he played in the 16s instead of the 18s as he did this year). When he entered the tournament a year ago, he hadn’t won a single tournament since he was in the 10s . . . not a single one! And, last year, he won this More >
This week, I did something I hadn’t done for 14 years – I went to work for a boss other than myself.
When it was getting close to the time for my son to get his driver’s license, I had one of those AHA! moments and realized I was going to need something else to do with my afternoons once my chauffeuring skills were no longer needed. While I was very content with my schedule of teaching fitness classes, playing tennis, Facebooking, Tweeting, blogging, and hosting my radio show, I knew my mental health was going to suffer if I didn’t find a reason to get out of my house for at least a few hours each week. So, I started telling everyone I knew that I was looking for part-time work.
Part-time, for me, meant (1) I couldn’t work Mondays or More >
It’s been a crazy week in the world of junior tennis! In case you’re feeling as overwhelmed as I am, I thought I’d summarize what’s going on and my recommended action items.
- USTA has adopted changes to its Junior Competition calendar that will become effective in 2014. If you haven’t yet seen it, the new 2014 tournament calendar is here. Some interested parties who feel that the changes should, at the very least, be delayed for further study, have created an online petition and are seeking signatures. If you would like to view and/or sign this petition, click here.
- NCAA has passed new rules affecting its year-end Championships effective September 1, 2012, for the Spring 2013 tournament. The rules are purported to be in the interest More >
The following is an email that I received this morning from Robert Sasseville who runs several junior tournaments in the Southern Section. Please take the appropriate action and feel free to pass along to others who want to be informed. Thank you!
It was great having you in Rome for the GA Jr. Open. I hope you had an enjoyable time.
With 650 players, 7 sites, and 4 days to play it, we didn’t get much of a chance to chat. If we had, I’m sure the 2014 National Tournament Schedule would have been at the top of the list of things to discuss.
Since we had players from 13 sections, 24 states, and the District of Columbia, many of you are interested in play outside of your hometown, home state, and home section. This aspect of competition is More >
“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward achieving it” – Anonymous
My son started his sophomore year of high school today. For me, it’s been a day of reflection because I’m realizing how quickly these next three years are going to go by and how soon my son’s years of dreaming about playing college tennis are going to either become his reality or not. I’ve got to admit it’s kind-of taking my breath away.
Lately, I’ve been talking to several different people about my son and his tennis goals. I’ve been listening to lots of different advice about the best way for him to achieve those goals. I’ve been trying to reconcile the advice with our time and money constraints to come up with a Plan (yes, with a capital “P”).
One of my More >
Patrick McEnroe (General Manager of Player Development) – along with both Lew Brewer (Director of Junior Competition) and Kent Kinnear (Director of Player ID & Development) – has been at both the Boys and Girls 12-and-Under National Hardcourt tournaments this week holding Q&A sessions with parents and coaches. The main purpose of these sessions was to discuss the 2014 changes coming to the national junior competition schedule. Click here to listen to the session held in Atlanta recorded by our friends at High-Tech Tennis (Julie & Danny do apologize for the poor audio – the tournament site was bustling with players, parents, and tourney officials!).
I’ve listened to the session, read lots of comments from other parents and coaches, and More >
I know I blogged last week (or was it the week before???) about my son getting his driver’s license. Well, this past weekend, he actually drove himself to a local tournament – no mom, no dad, no coach, no backup.
Yes, I was a bit nervous letting him get himself to his warmup and then his first match. I worried that he would get lost. I worried that he would forget to pack something important, like his racquets or his cooler. I worried that he wouldn’t leave himself enough time and would be late. As usual, all my worrying was a complete waste of energy on my part!
On the first day of the tournament, my husband and I took our own car to the site to watch our son play. My husband wound up leaving after the match – a tough loss – and I More >
The further we get in my son’s junior tennis journey, the more I realize how many mistakes I’ve made along the way. Given that my stated purpose for writing this blog is helping others avoid the pitfalls I’ve experienced, the following is a list of some things I would do differently IF I could start this whole process over again. I’m sure there are things I’m forgetting about (selective memory?!?), but this is a good jumping-off point.
- I would interview several coaches before choosing one for my son. I would also interview several of the parents of children training with those coaches to get their input on things such as time commitment, financial commitment, expectations, discipline, fitness training, nutrition training, communication More >