Posts tagged junior tennis

Facilitating Match Play

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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 >

Is There A Way to Make Junior Development Less Costly?

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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 >

Tennis Level Does Not Equal Tennis Level

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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 >

Letter from a Young Player

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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 >

Our Emptier Nest

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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 >

Taking a Note from Youth Soccer

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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 >

One Bite At A Time

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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 >

The Elephant in the Room

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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 >

My Letter to USTA

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John Drew Smith Tennis Center – Macon, GA

Gentlemen,

My son recently competed in the Georgia State Qualifier in Macon which started the end of May. As it turns out, it was his last junior tournament since he will age out July 1st. I would like to share some thoughts and observations with you so that this state Level 1 event can be improved moving forward.

You may remember that I wrote to you after last year’s tournament as well. Many of my concerns were resolved for the 2015 event. However, new More >

Maximizing Your Tournament Budget

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Today’s guest post is courtesy of Todd Widom, a junior coach in South Florida. Todd competed in USTA junior tennis and reached a #5 ranking in US Boys 16s and held the # 1 ranking in US Boys 18s. That success earned him a full athletic scholarship from the University of Miami. After reaching the semifinals of the NCAA tournament in 2003, he decided to test himself on the pro tour. Due to multiple injuries, Todd’s career was cut short, and he retired from the More >

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