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Welcome to Season 8, Episode 22 of the ParentingAces Podcast! In this week’s episode, I chat with Cory Brooks, the ITA Senior Director of Championships, Rankings and Membership about the 2019 ITA Summer Circuit. Be sure to check out our new News & Notes feature at the bottom of the page!
The Summer Circuit is one of my favorite series for junior players as well as incoming college freshmen and other college players looking for quality competition during their time off from school. These tournaments are held on college campuses across the US and offer the opportunity to play both singles and doubles for a relatively low entry fee. You can read more about the Summer Circuit and find all necessary links in my recent article at https://parentingaces.com/ita-summer-circuit-2019/.
If you have more questions about the ITA Summer Circuit in general, you can reach Cory at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the ITA website. Otherwise, Cory suggests reaching out to the Tournament Directors for questions regarding specific events. You can find that contact information on the UTR event page for the particular tournament.
In the podcast, you will hear Cory reference a new aspect to this year’s Summer Circuit. For more information on the NCAA rule regarding prize money for college tennis players, see this excerpt from the NCAA website:
Can a student-athlete accept prize money?
In all sports except tennis, a student-athlete or prospective student-athlete may accept prize money as long as the amount of the prize is less than or equal to his or her expenses for participating in the competition, such as meals or lodging. The prize money may not pay for expenses of parents or coaches.
In tennis, a prospective student-athlete may accept up to $10,000 per year in prize money. Once he or she has accepted $10,000 in prize money in a particular year, he or she may accept additional prize money on a per-event basis as long as the amount of the prize does not exceed his or her expenses. A current tennis student-athlete may accept prize money as long as the amount of the prize is less than or equal to his or her expenses for participating in the competition.
Thank you to my son, Morgan Stone, aka STØNE, for our intro and outro music this season! You can find more of his music at SoundCloud.com/stonemuzic. If you’re interested in House Music, please be sure to check out his social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
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News & Notes
- The NCAA DI Championships Semifinals start this afternoon at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, FL. I will be there Sunday for the Men’s and Women’s Team Finals as well as for the first round of the individual tournament on Monday. If you’ll be there, too, please let me know so we can connect! The tournament is being televised on the Tennis Channel. For more information, click here.
- The NCAA DIII Championships Elite 8 begin Monday, May 20th, at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. For more information, click here.
- The NAIA Championships begin today at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL. For information on the men, click here. For information on the women, click here.
- We have added a Certified Coach Membership to our options. If you are a tennis coach certified by USPTA, PTR, WTCA, or iTPA, you are eligible to join our site at a discount. For more information, click here.
- Our panel is almost finalized for the Tennis Parent Info Session on College Recruiting for Female PSAs on August 23rd in New York! This is going to be a great event for parents of female players looking to play college tennis! For more information, click here.
- If you are a Premium Member (or are considering upgrading your Free Membership), be sure to take note of all the amazing discounts and offers from our “partners”! Premium Members, click here to see everything available to you – we have added even more summer camp discounts! Free Members, suffice it to say if you take advantage of just one of these offers it will more than pay for your upgrade!