Posts tagged junior tennis
Three years ago at this time, my son was in the midst of his high school tennis season. It was his freshman year, and he had made the Varsity squad. He was so excited to have the opportunity to train with his teammates, one of whom had already committed to play college tennis the following year, and compete against the Big Boys from schools all around the state. While there were a few snags along the way, it was a great season for him and for his team. They won the Regional competition and made More >
My husband and I rarely go out to movies anymore. With a DVR, Pay-Per-View, and AppleTV, there really isn’t much need. But, after hearing from multiple friends and family members about the movie Whiplash, we decided to bite the bullet and spend the small fortune required these days for movie tickets. It was money very well spent!
For those who haven’t seen the movie yet, I won’t spoil it for you. Suffice it to say that, in very general terms, it’s about a teenage drummer who is aspiring to be More >
This past Fall, I announced that ParentingAces would be giving out a Best Tournament Director Award to shine a light on those men and women who go above and beyond for the benefit of our junior players. I opened up the nominations back in October and received 21 unique names. Those of you who submitted nominations really took the time to describe the why behind your nomination, and each of the nominees deserves to be recognized for his/her great work. For a while, I considered giving the award More >
As I mentioned in my previous post, the folks at Universal Tennis Ratings did some extensive pre- and post-event analysis of this year’s Boys and Girls 16s and 18s Winter Nationals draws and outcomes (click here for their online work).
In addition to the numbers, UTR co-creator Dave Howell provided the following in-depth analysis:
Upsets abound . . . or maybe not so much!
Scrutinizing the main draw of the Winter Nationals B18s, you can find 17 matches which went against the seedings. Seems like More >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >