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Earlier this week, I received an email from Bill Mountford, currently USTA’s Market Development Specialist and one of the guys present at the 2nd listening meeting in Rocky Hill, CT. He was coming to town for the USPTA’s 10-and-under coaching workshop and wanted to meet me. He said he had no proposed agenda for this meeting but simply wanted to sit down and chat. I figured it would be a great opportunity to ask him some very pointed questions about the 2014 junior comp changes and where things were heading. I was right.
The main point that came out of our 2 1/2+ hour conversation is that many of the parents and coaches who came to the first two listening meetings seemed either uninformed or confused over exactly what the 2014 junior More >
The two spreadsheets above were created by Robert Sasseville, a member of the group that met with the USTA folks in Chicago in October. Robert has run the Girls 14s Nationals for the past 30 years and has been involved in junior tennis in some way, shape, or form for over 40 years, so he’s seen the evolution of the competition calendar and ranking system over a long enough period of time to understand clearly how the 2014 changes will impact our junior players.
The first link shows a comparison between the 2014 national competition opportunities and those in 2012 and 2009, including the new More >
The following information was emailed to me by Jason Lampione – tennis coach, mentor, and writer – who was in attendance at the Rocky Hill, CT, “listening” meeting held by USTA. These are simply Jason’s notes taken during the meeting – he will be compiling his own analysis of them over the next day or so which I will then post on ParentingAces for you to read.
This second meeting was led by incoming USTA President Dave Haggerty and USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis Kurt Kamperman and was attended by 30-40 (exact number unknown) parents and coaches. I have inserted my comments in italics at the end of certain bullet points below.
USTA released a statement via email to some key people after the meeting – that statement is posted More >
Given that it seems to be crunch time with the last-minute scheduling of the first two “listening” meetings, I have spent countless hours over the past few days going over the proposed changes to the 2014 junior competition schedule, talking to very experienced people about them, and trying to understand the “why” behind them. I have come to the conclusion that, tennis-wise, there is nothing in the proposal that helps our kids and plenty that has the potential to hurt them. So, I am choosing to tell USTA in no uncertain terms that I want them to throw out the proposed changes – just get rid of them entirely – and start over. Use the research and data that the Junior Competition Committee has been collecting over the past two years to help More >
I am working on compiling a list of speaking points that we can all use when attending the USTA listening meetings. As you know, the next meeting is this Saturday, November 24th, in Rocky Hill, CT – for those of you in the area, please try to make it and, if you’re so inclined, give the rest of us a de-briefing afterward.
What I am hearing from USTA is that we need to present clear, detailed alternatives to the proposed junior competition changes. These meetings were created as an opportunity for those in attendance to voice well-thought-out ideas that will improve junior tennis for our kids. My hope is that those of us in the proverbial trenches can come together and show USTA a better way of doing business on behalf of our young More >