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  1. This is perhaps the best explanation that I've read thus far. Thanks! Morris King, Jr. World Class Coach MAGIAN World Class Tennis www.magian10S.com (official website) @magiantennis (follow on Twitter) facebook.com/morriskingjr (on Facebook)

  2. regarding using the LetUsKnow email address . . . apparently, USTA has only received about 100 emails to date. to me, that indicates one of two things - either we're not getting the word out to people in an effective manner OR those affected by the changes feel like it's a "done deal" and don't want to waste their time sending an email. i urge all of you, even if you do feel like your voice won't make a difference, to speak out - if you're in favor of the changes, let USTA know; if you're opposed, let USTA know.

  3. Well said. Re-working a flawed proposal will just result in another flawed proposal. The USTA needs to start from scratch and work up a proposal that has the backing of its constituency.

  4. I have been following the debate in regards to the "New USTA National Junior Competition Structure" scheduled to begin in 2014 and agree with almost all of the arguments to redo the competition structure for 2014. I am more familiar with the USTA U10 Mandate which is also wreaking havoc throughout junior tennis. While reading through the USTA document outlining the 2014 changes I came across mention that the U10 Mandate is the reason they are making the changes! This is taken straight from the USTA document. "Why did the USTA make these changes? With the expectation that the new 10 and under initiative will be successful and create a significantly larger pool of junior players from diverse backgrounds, and to prepare an appropriate national tournament structure and rating/ranking system for the future which: • is affordable and will ensure that competitive tennis opportunities are available for all American juniors regardless of their economic circumstances and where they reside; • supports the importance of a traditional American education and does not require students to short-change their academic careers; and, • creates an environment to generate a base of more and better American junior players to fill the ranks of collegiate programs and for the most outstanding of these become potential future American professional champions. The 2 issues are linked by the USTA! and yet I have heard that the USTA does not want to address the U10 Mandate at the listening sessions. There is more to the U10 Mandate but I will not take up more space. Just wanted to point out that the 2014 National Junior Competitive Structure and the U10 Mandate are linked. Interesting.

    • thanks for your comment, lawrence! for my readers, please note that lawrence and his mom, blanche, are my guests on Monday's ParentingAces radio show airing at 12 ET.

    • Lawrence - could you get Andy to weigh in- the best player of the current generation. That would be powerful!!

  5. Yes. Would love to post on Tom Walkers page. Bur again, would rather eat glass than expose myself to the USTA. It's like living in China, which I have.

  6. The Usta needs to understand that any individual sport is probably not affordable. Is the equestrian community reaching out to less affluent? No way. In the attempts to please all, the USTA pleases no one. Instead of MANDATING, and if economic concerns are such a big issue, then get a dedicated junior development director... Not a part timer and announcer to boot.I'm sure his economics are firmly in place. If economics are such a concern, then put the money into the players. What a top heavy ineffective organization. Sooooooo frustrating

  7. Come on Tmom... there's safety in numbers... go like Tom's page amd let others know about it.

  8. Yeah. You're right will do

  9. Geoffrey, Andy is not going to weigh in on this issue..... I find it tragic that the legends of the sport are not more involved. One of the players I never thought about that has been forgotten is Mary Pierce......2 time Grand Slam winner....not bad....her father Jim Pierce has commented on Tom Walker's facebook page.......

  10. Here is the deal regarding U10 Tennis.....give me something to read or you get this Here we go.....the USTA needs to follow up on this information Why Tennis? The choice of tennis training as the venue for this research is as follows: 1) Tennis challenges nearly every part of the body and mind. It challenges both athletic skills, emotions, decision making skills, intellectual skills. Tennis makes demands on the frontal lobe, limbic system, visual processing, Parietal Lobe, Medulla, Cerebellum, and the entire neuromuscular infrastructure of the human body. 2) Tennis is an eye-to-eye combative sport so all aspects of combative competition come into play; 3) Tennis is an individual sport so the subject is isolated and must perform on their own every second of match play and practice. 4) Tennis can be studied in a small area of 150 by 50 feet. In this ares video and observation are easily carried out USTA where is the data?

  11. There are so many smart people in US tennis. Just by virtue of college tennis, we have more coaches with more knowledge than anywhere else in the world by a long shot. The problem with US tennis is the governance of the USTA. It is a system where only people with a lot of spare time on their hands would ever want to really get involved. Hence the a large amount of people who end up making decisions are volunteers with no real successful knowledge or track record in tennis. The USTA should be reaching out to the Wayne Bryan's, Chuck Kriese's & Jack Sharpes of the world and use them for their knowledge. Instead those types of people are largely looked upon as pains in the butt. This junior competition situation is just the last in a long line of awful decisions made by committees of people who for the most part aren't the A team, the B team, the C team or even the D team in their space here in America. I have sat on committee after committee and it makes me want to scream with the lack of knowledge about what most of the members are making decisions about. I have sat on a committee where a person didn't know that Pat and John McEnroe were related. Volunteers should NEVER craft policy. Experts should. I hope this new President who does have some pedigree is wise enough to tell the volunteers that he is going to use the wisdom of experts to craft policy and will use the volunteers for tasks that they are good at. If there is a lawyer who wants to volunteer, then that lawyer should volunteer in legal. If a restauranteur wants to volunteer, then they should work on food at tournaments and fund raising events. But just because someone has enough free time on their hands to sit on one of these committees does not make them expert enough to make decisions. This is not the first time that the tennis industry had a complete lack of faith in the USTA. When Alan Schwartz took over, the tennis industry hated the USTA. Alan did a good job of getting them back. Today with U10 mandates, PD and now this, I am afraid the divide is greater than ever. Volunteers should not run a $300,000,000 business.

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