Posts tagged tournament officials
I mentioned on our Facebook page a while back that I had spoken with Tim Russell, Chair of the USTA’s Junior Competition Committee, and that he shared some useful information with me. Two of the specific issues I addressed with him had to do with cheating in junior tournaments and the non-uniformity of junior tournament officials in terms of enforcing the rules. After speaking with Tim for almost an hour, I realized that it all comes down to, once again, parents being advocates for their children.
Tim Russell says that the USTA believes in “fair play.” Juniors are allowed to continue entering tournaments until point penalties keep them out. In order for a player to be penalized for cheating, the officials on duty must write him or her More >
School isn’t the only place – the Junior Tennis World will give you time off for bad behavior, too! And, yes, I do speak from personal experience.
I haven’t really addressed the whole area of conduct and suspension points on ParentingAces yet, so I figure now is as good a time as any given that my kid just avoided a very close call with a 3-month tournament suspension. I suspect there are junior tennis players who will get through their entire tournament career without ever receiving a code violation or suspension point, but my kid isn’t one of them.