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Please click here to read today’s ZooTennis.com post which includes information from USTA’s Scott Schultz and Lew Brewer on the calendar changes.Share this:
“If you don’t like us, find a way to get rid of us!” That was Patrick McEnroe’s response to a parent’s question regarding the 2014 Junior Competition Changes at last summer’s Girls 12 Nationals in Atlanta, and it was really the beginning of my extensive coverage of the new calendar that USTA was planning to implement beginning January 1, 2014.
Now that the calendar changes have been finalized and approved at the National Board level, I figured I should do a sort-of recap of the process around the changes and how they came to be . . .
- Some time in 2011: Jon Vegosen, then president of USTA, charged his Junior Competition Committee (JCC) to devise a new national tournament schedule. Please note that the JCC was chaired by Tim Russell, a More >
- Bill Mountford
- Dave Haggerty
- Lew Brewer, though he arrived a bit late and stayed mostly at the back of the room.
The following information is a conglomeration of several emails that I received after the meeting. If you were there and have something to add, please do so in the Comments below.
Sadly, attendance was rather small, but those in attendance seemed to be fully aware of the changes and were fully engaged in the discussion.
The initial issue that came up was in regards to why the USTA is reducing the number of national tournaments. The conversation started with traditional schooling and the desire to try and reduce the number of days players will miss. A few of the parents voiced their disagreement More >
- Scott Schultz
- Bill Mountford
- Lew Brewer
- Ellen Ehlers
- Greg Hickey – SoCal President
- Michael Cooke – NorCal President
I’m happy to report that I have heard from several folks who attended last night’s meeting in Los Angeles, and that there was once again overwhelming opposition to the 2014 changes.
There were 61 attendees including several parents, coaches, USTA representatives, and even a tennis journalist. Some people who had planned to be there didn’t make it because they thought it was at UCLA (I’m not sure how or why they had incorrect information regarding the meeting location). School-night traffic on the LA freeways made it impossible for some parents to get there, but, still, 61 people came.
During the More >
It was an interesting day yesterday, to say the least! I had spent the previous several days preparing my talking points for Sunday’s “listening” meeting as well as for my pre-meeting meeting with Lew Brewer and Andrea Norman, the new chair of the Junior Competition Committee (Andrea was a member of the JCC that created the 2014 changes and is now chairing that same group). Peter Lebedevs, also a member of the current JCC - and an active USTA volunteer, coach, and tournament director at both the junior and professional level – joined us, too.
The pre-meeting meeting was very informative. We talked for almost 2 hours about the changes and the impetus for them (I’m still not 100% clear on the “why” behind them other than that USTA is More >
This coming Sunday I will be attending, finally(!), a USTA “listening” meeting. I’ve been working on my talking points for the past several days and hope I have the opportunity to share them live and in person during the meeting.
Earlier this week, I received an email from USTA’s Bill Mountford putting me in touch with Andrea Norman, the new Chair of the Junior Competition Committee. Andrea and I, along with Lew Brewer, will be sitting down together Sunday morning before the “listening” meeting, presumably to get to know one another a bit and to discuss what’s in store for our junior players. I will of course be reporting on the outcomes of Sunday’s meetings, so please check back early next week for any updates.
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The link above is to the handout given to attendees at yesterday’s “listening” meeting at the ITA Coaches Convention in Naples, Florida. The pages are reversed – my apologies for not being able to figure out how to edit them in Adobe – so be sure to scroll to Page 2 for the details. NOTE: Lew Brewer just emailed me a cleaner version of the handout which I’ve linked to above.
The meeting was led by outgoing USTA president, Jon Vegosen, and incoming USTA staff liaison to the Junior Competition Committee, Bill Mountford. Lew Brewer was also in attendance. For more information on the meeting, please see today’s ZooTennis post by clicking here – Colette was there and gives a very thorough analysis.
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The following information was emailed to me by a parent who was in attendance at the Reston, VA, “listening” meeting held by USTA. I am reprinting it exactly as it was sent to me. Please read and share with other tennis parents and coaches so our voices will be heard. Thank you.
USTA Town Hall Meeting
Mid-Atlantic Annual Meeting — Reston, VA
Representing the USTA: Lew Brewer, Director Junior Competition
Scott Schultz, Managing Director, Youth Tennis
Scott Schultz (SS): Introduction
wants to really listen and wants participants to leave feeling like they have listened
This is 1st town hall meeting
This is not about kids going pro. These proposed changes affect critical group of kids: those who devote the More >
The following is copied directly from today’s ZooTennis.com’s post – clicking on the link will take you to the complete post.
The first USTA Junior Competition Town Hall Listening meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, November 17, at the Sheraton Hotel in Reston Virginia. Lew Brewer is scheduled to speak at the Mid-Atlantic section’s annual meeting and awards luncheon with the topic “Understanding the Upcoming Changes to the Junior Tournament Structure.” This gives the impression that the changes are a done deal, which was not my understanding from the statement after the October Tennis Industry meeting in Chicago, but I could be misinterpreting the above title or the statement. For more, see this post from Parenting Aces.
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I got word from a parent in the Mid-Atlantic section of a meeting being held this Saturday (November 17th) at which Lew Brewer of USTA will be discussing the proposed changes to the junior competition schedule. This may be THE “listening meeting” for that section, so I urge all parents and coaches in the area to attend and report any significant news to the rest of us via the Comments section on this post or via our Facebook page.