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I recently met with Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes to talk about various aspects of junior and college tennis. Ross grew up playing junior tennis and went on to play at the University of Florida. He now works with junior players and their families to navigate the college recruiting process, so I trust him as a reliable resource on matters having to do with junior tennis and college.
He asked me to give him the down-and-dirty rundown on what’s going on with the USTA’s proposed changes to the junior competition schedule and the feedback I’ve been hearing from other parents as well as coaches. Then, he shared with me what I consider a brilliant solution . . .
Instead of making the draws smaller at the big national tournaments More >
I urge you all to read Steve Bellamy’s Open Letter to the US Tennis Industry published online at http://tennisinsiders.com/?post_type=featured_story&p=1323
Below is Wayne Bryan’s comment on the Letter . . .
a) The most important aspect of this is to get lots of input and opinions from all over the country – – – from experienced club pros and public park coaches and college coaches and high school coaches and academy coaches and veteran ‘n passionate parents from Florida to New York to Georgia to Texas to Nebraska to North Dakota to California to Oregon and everywhere in between.
b) Study the history of the National Schedule and Rankings over the past 30 years.
c) Remember that when the USTA asked my pal and great coach and mega More >
I received the following press release earlier today and wanted to share it with y’all – take a peek and share your thoughts in the Comments box below:
New website helps junior tennis players find matches, easing challenges for parents. Helps juniors become more competitive too.
Finding competitive matches for junior tennis players – something parents struggle with all the time – just got easier thanks to a new website recently launched by Paula McLure, a junior tennis mom.
The site – www.juniortennnismatch.com – allows parents find tennis partners for their juniors all over the country. Players under the age of 18 are considered juniors.
With more than 250,000 junior tennis players nationwide (some 20,000 in Texas alone) there should be More >
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 >
There is a lot of complaining going on in the Tennis World – from players, from coaches, from parents, from tournament directors, from journalists – I hear it all the time! And blame – WOW! – every organization is getting blamed for the demise of American tennis, from USTA to ITF to USPTA to NCAA . . . the list goes on and on.
This blog was born out of complaints that I had myself and that I heard from other tennis parents, so I get it – I’m not innocent in the Blame Game; in fact, far from it! But, if we just continue to complain and do nothing to change the status quo, then where does that get us?
A group of brilliant tennis minds is coming together to DO SOMETHING. There’s a brand new resource online called American Tennis Journal More >
ZooTennis.com posted the following email sent from the outgoing and incoming USTA presidents to Tim Russell and others involved in the Junior Competition Committee and Player Development – it confirms my wariness (click here for the link to the full email):
Yesterday afternoon, I received a link from the folks at TennisRecruiting.net to the following article on their website:
This week, a group of people concerned with junior tennis – Steve Bellamy, Robert Sasseville and Kevin Kempin – were able to spend several hours speaking with USTA leadership (i.e., Dave Haggerty, Gordon Smith, Kurt Kamperman) about the planned upcoming changes to USTA Junior Competition. That group is pleased to say that there was a very open and candid exchange of ideas.
The group shared many, if not all, of its concerns about the proposed new competitive structure, and the USTA definitely listened. The group also got a better understanding of the USTA’s long-term objectives for making these changes. Long story short, 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 >
A friend recently posted an article on Facebook about our local public high school, the one my son attends and from which my daughters graduated. The article is about 5 years old – and a bit lengthy – but many of the student observations and quotes are still very applicable today. And, re-reading it now that my son is in his sophomore year is really making me think about the path he is on and the path I am on with him as he gets further into his high school career and closer the end of his Junior Tennis Journey.
If you want to take the time to read the article, I promise it will make you think, or re-think, about how you interact with your child(ren). And, if it doesn’t, it should. We are raising our children in an era of very high More >