Posts tagged junior tennis
Today’s Guest Post is from Ryan Segelke, founder and CEO of High Altitude Tennis in Colorado.
Before we get to the story of a parent dream killer, let’s start with a challenge for all the parents who are reading this article: I invite each HAT family parent (current, past, potential) to open your mind and consider the fact that it’s easy to fall into some traps when supporting your child’s athletic dreams. However, that is 100 percent understandable More >
The following appears on the TennisLink page for an upcoming Georgia Super Champs (Level 3) tournament:
USTA Georgia has asked us to pilot / test a new scoring format at this GA Level 3 tournament. ALL matches in the 12s-18s, both main and back draw, will play three sets. But, they will be short 4-game sets, with the score starting at 2-games-all. This format allows the normal ebb and flow of a full 3-set match to be maintained, without the “sudden death” mindset of tiebreakers. At the same More >
Ever since my son arrived home from his stint in SoCal, he’s been arranging hitting sessions and practice matches for himself. He’s built up a nice network of hitting partners around Atlanta, and they meet up at a public park or neighborhood courts for a no-cost training session that keeps both players match-tough and in top physical shape. After 10+ years of paying for drills, lessons, and tournaments, I can tell you my bank account has greatly appreciated the break (see my last post for more More >
We’ve all seen the estimates of how much it costs to take a junior player from beginner all the way to college or the pro tour (click here for a thorough breakdown). Upwards of $300,000. That’s insane!
What if there were a way to significantly reduce that number? After having gone through this journey myself, I have some concrete ideas that could make tennis more affordable without jeopardizing the quality of training and development. I welcome you to add your suggestions in the Comments More >
Today’s post is written by Coach Todd Widom. Enjoy!
I think there is a misconception in the tennis world that you need to be playing with higher level tennis players, junior or professional, in order to become a higher level tennis player. Level does not equal level. If you want to maximize your potential, you need to put your blue-collar work ethic on and get to business. This is something that should be done in a disciplined manner. The tennis player needs to understand how they are going to More >
I know there are many people out there who don’t feel cheating is a problem in junior tennis . . . or at least they don’t feel it’s a widespread problem that needs to be discussed. I disagree, and since this is my website, I will continue to facilitate a discussion around what we can do to eliminate this added stressor on our young players.
The following letter was sent to me by the child’s mom who also gave me permission to print it here. I have removed the child’s name but have left the More >
I knew my nest was going to be empty this month. I just didn’t know it was going to be this empty.
We spent a week at the beach with our extended family as we do each summer. We had a great time, enjoying the sand and each other’s company with a little tennis thrown in for good measure. At the end of the week, my husband and I drove our son to the Destin airport for his flight to LA then headed home to the Atlanta ‘Burbs for some “alone time.” We had spent the More >
The past two guest posts from Bill Patton about what we can do to put an end to gamesmanship and cheating in junior tennis have sparked some passionate discussion.
I’m at the beach this week with my extended family and was talking with my sister-in-law about my niece and nephew’s youth soccer experiences. They are 7 and 9, respectively, and are just embarking on the Youth Sports Journey.
Earlier in the day, I was kicking around a soccer ball with Max and More >
This is Part 2 in a series by coach, radio host, & author Bill Patton. Click here to read Part 1.
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
We must first endeavor to make a commitment to fair play, and for our children to do the same, then engage with others who have that shared commitment. For those on the fence, we need to bring More >
Today’s guest post is by coach, author, and radio host Bill Patton. His latest book, How to End Cheating in Junior Tennis, is available online at this link: www.Amazon.com. Enjoy!
“It’s alarming to note that 38% of junior tennis players play only one tournament prior to dropping out of tournament play. We need to do all we can together to create a fair tournament experience as the main feature to help encourage our new competitors to More >