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USTA Junior Tournaments Survey

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Image courtesy of USTA

To all Tennis Parents, junior coaches, and junior players: USTA has posted an online survey on junior tournaments, the current structure, and what changes (if any) people would like to see. It is crucial that as many of us as possible take the time to answer the survey questions, giving thought and care to our answers, as I suspect the Junior Competition & Sportsmanship Committee will rely heavily on the responses to formulate a junior competition structure and schedule More >

We Must #SaveCollegeTennis

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I’d be willing to bet that, for most of our kids, college tennis is the goal. Maybe not The Dream, but definitely The Goal. But what will college tennis look like by the time our kids get there? For my kid, that’s only one year from now. Let’s take a look at what’s there as of today and what’s coming down the pike . . .

  • Right now, as a result of Title IX, a fully-funded Division I women’s tennis team has 8 scholarships to distribute; a fully-funded men’s team has 4 1/2. That means, if you’re More >

Steve Johnson, Sr: Tennis Parent & Tennis Coach

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Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson

The following interview originally appeared in print on Frank Giampaolo’s website. He asked me if I’d share it with y’all, so, of course, I said yes! I’ve also included my interviews with Steve Johnson both on the ParentingAces radio show and at the 2013 US Open. Enjoy!

     

Frank’s Interview with Steve Johnson, Sr

Tell the readers about your background as a tennis parent & full time tennis coach?

I feel privileged to have a beautiful family and a career that More >

What I Learned At The NCAA Championships

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Once again taking the advice of my tennis mentor, Colette Lewis, I would like to share what I learned by attending this year’s NCAA Division I Tennis Championships held at the University of Georgia. Be sure to check out the fun interviews I did during the tournament on the ParentingAces YouTube channel (click here)!

  • Student-athletes have more heart than pretty much anybody in the world. They are willing to lay it all on the line over and over again for their teammates, their coaches, and More >

College Info Session at 2014 NCAAs

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The last time the NCAA Division I Championships were held at UGA in Athens, USTA hosted a college information session with a fantastic panel of college coaches, college players, and others (click here to read my post on that event). This year, UGA is again hosting the Championships, and USTA and USTA Southern are partnering to offer an information session for junior players, parents, and coaches. Click on the link below for the particulars:

2014 Info Session at NCAAs Flyer

Hope to see you More >

Icy Hots Leave Players Lukewarm

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Thank you to a fellow Tennis Parent for providing this detailed analysis of the new Points Per Round schedule and Designated events in the Southern Section. Please feel free to share what’s happening in your section in the Comments below.

All it took was one Icy Hot [Designated Tournament] in Norcross [GA] to convince parents and players that Southern Level 2s (STA2s) weren’t worth the time and expense of travel.

Take away the National 5 points, decimate the early round points, and players were More >

2014 Georgia Rules & Regs

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I received the information below from my son’s coach this afternoon. It was sent to Georgia coaches on Friday, March 14, 2014, nearly 3 and a half months into the competition year. According to the footer on the document below, these 2014 Rules and Regulations were adopted in February of this year.

The major changes for 2014 include the Points Per Round tables, the Performance Waiver available for direct entry into the June Southern Closed (the winner of which gets direct entry into the Summer More >

Having Enough Refs – What’s It Worth To You?

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There has been so much written about the prevalence of cheating in junior tennis. We all know there need to be more officials present at the tournaments. The question is: how much would you parents be willing to pay for this necessity? Please take a moment to answer the poll question below, and I’ll be submitting the results to USTA’s Junior Competition & Sportsmanship Committee as well as to the USTA Junior Competition staff. Your vote is anonymous.

For a refresher on how tournament entry fees More >

Let’s See How This Is Playing Out

About a year ago, I published an article titled Quota Insanity written by well-known journalist/broadcaster Antonio Mora. In that piece, Antonio predicted that the quota-only system of entry into national tournaments would lead to meaningless events with meaningless outcomes because the draws would leave out many of the country’s top-ranked players. Turns out, Antonio is a pretty good prognosticator. Just take a look at what’s happening in next weekend’s Closed Regional tournaments around the More >

Bonus Point Changes for 2014

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The following was posted by Sandy Hastings, Managing Director of Junior Competition for the Southern section, on a Southern section tournament website. It’s also posted on Southern’s website at http://www.southern.usta.com/Juniors/tournaments_rankings/2014_junior_updates/. I believe it may apply to all USTA sections across the board, but please double-check with your section’s head of Junior Competition to be on the safe side! Does it concern anyone else that USTA has implemented these new More >

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