Posts tagged USTA
If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the latest HBO sports documentary, State of Play: Trophy Kids, that is currently airing on HBO and HBO Go. Here is the trailer:
I was deeply affected – I am still feeling the impact of Josh and Justus, Steve and Derek, Jamie and her twin boys, and Andre and Amari – by the parents and the young athletes profiled by producer Peter Berg, and my husband and I have continued to discuss these families over the past several days. I just can’t seem to get More >
This past weekend, I was exposed to a very different side of junior tennis competition, the Special Pops Fall Classic Tournament. It was like nothing I had ever seen – players and parents and coaches and supporters grinning ear to ear, cheering each other on, hugging at the side changes, gently correcting each other’s mistakes, and generally just finding the joy in being on the tennis court. Incredible!
Let me give you a little background . . . Special Pops Tennis was More >
Below is a link to the information that each USTA section has posted regarding the 2014 junior competition calendar. Those sections that haven’t posted information online yet are indicated below – I will update this article as I receive information, so please be sure to check back over the next few weeks. If you have thoughts or analysis to share, please post them in the Comments. Thank you!
National: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/2014_National_Junior_Tournament_Schedule.pdf (see below More >
It’s October which means those pesky 2014 junior competition changes are just about 12 weeks from hitting us where it counts – in the ranking points!
I know the Mid-Atlantic (click here) and Southern (click here) Sections have made some changes to their schedules to account for the new national qualifying criteria but I’m wondering what the rest of the country is doing? Have you heard anything from your section’s Junior Competition Committee? Have they posted anything on their websites or sent More >
If you follow ParentingAces on Facebook and/or Twitter, you may have seen the article I posted last week – Tennis May Reward Top Players To Play For High Schools – from Gazette.net. Bonnie Vona, Manager of Competitive Tennis for USTA’s Mid-Atlantic section, told the publication that “there is a movement toward ultimately awarding USTA ranking points for high school matches.”
I spoke to Bonnie a few days ago to find out how far along in the process USTA actually is. It turns out, not More >
Every few months, it seems, we hear of another proposed tweak to our college tennis format, whether it’s a new scoring system, a recruiting contact rule, or an eligibility change. Lately, these proposals have been met with an outcry via social media, and, luckily, so far, those crying loudest have come out on top. But how long and how loudly can we cry before The Powers That Be become inured to our outrage?
I understand that coaches – and athletic directors (ADs) – are concerned about budgets More >
While in New York at the US Open, I was invited to cover the launch of USTA’s new initiative – in conjunction with Childhood Obesity Awareness Month – to get kids more physically active. USTA is partnering with the national governing bodies (NGBs) of several youth sports organizations to encourage parents, educators, city planners, and the medical community to create opportunities for children to move their bodies through dance, sport, and play. For the first time in history, children of the More >
A parent just sent me the document below that was distributed during Zonals last week. Maybe it will help clarify the 2014 junior competition calendar? As I mentioned before, there may be some changes to the scheduling, so please hold off on making any firm travel plans at this point. We should know more after the semi-annual USTA meeting in New York in September. You know I’ll report as I get any information!
Sorry about the sideways orientation of the pdf file – I saved it right-side-up, More >
Please click on the link above to see the 2014 National Junior Tournament Schedule. While I haven’t had a chance to evaluate it yet – nor to compare it to the tentative schedule published by USTA back in March - I suspect there is a lot to digest here.
For those of you who have taken the time to analyze the new calendar, please share your thoughts and findings in the Comments box below. I will try to do some work on it myself once my son leaves next More >
After posting yesterday’s article about the 12-and-under changes happening in the NorCal section, one Southern California parent contacted me to let me know of a positive change happening in that section as well.
According to the USTA SoCal website:
Because there already are significant changes to the National Junior Tournament Schedule taking place in 2014, the Junior Competition Committee has decided to not make any changes to the draw size of its Level 2 Designated Tournaments for More >