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There’s No “I” in T-E-A-M

Jim Courier, Bob Bryan, John Isner, Mike Bryan, Ryan HarrisonI know I've written a lot lately about high school and college tennis, but it's just where I am right now, so please indulge me one more time! I watched this past weekend's Davis Cup matches with great interest, not only because

When Hard Work Leads to Lucky Breaks

My son to his high school tennis coach (after not being in the lineup for 3 consecutive matches):  "Coach, when you put me in the lineup last week, did I do what you asked and expected of me?"  Coach's response:  "Yep."  Son's next question:  "What do I need to do

What Is Sportsmanship?

Parents and coaches, please watch this short clip from Dr. Jim Loehr on the importance of sportsmanship. Dr. Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, CEO of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 15 books including his most recent, The Power of Story. Jim Loehr's contention is that managing energy, not time,

Pardon My Gushing, But . . .

When I first decided to write this blog, I made a promise to myself that I would steer clear of self-congratulatory pieces praising my kids (and myself) for their accomplishments.  However, today I'm giving myself a "pass," so please bear with me! The path to success is usually pretty twisty and

Rituals, Superstitions, & Quirks – Oh My!

The photo above is from my 15 year old son's room.  His shoes are lined up perfectly - perfectly spaced, perfectly aligned - what 15 year old boy does that???  And, yes, the rest of his room, as well as his racquet bag, is similarly arranged.  During tournaments, he eats