The following article is the fourth in the series by Paul K. Ainsworth, a Tennis Parent in the UK (click here to go to his blog) and author of six education books who has given me permission to reprint the series here. Click here to follow him on Twitter. Do you ever wonder
I recently read the following letter from coach Bill Patton addressed to the Board of Directors of USTA NorCal before their May 15 vote on whether to expand ROG competition to 12-and-under players: Dear NorCal Board of Directors, I have been coaching for 25 years, have 200+ continuing education units with USPTA,
Day 1 of Qualies, ITF Tournament 1, Waco, Texas Coach Julius (via text message to me): Game on! Me: What's that mean???? Coach: He just started. Me: Ah, thanks! Keep me posted! Coach: Very rough start. Nerves. Lots of unforced errors. 0-4. Me: Uh oh Coach: 0-6. Playing scared. Poor shot selection and too many short balls
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to comment here or via Twitter or via Facebook or via email - I knew y'all would have some great suggestions for me! I love hearing about your experiences with these different tournaments and how you weigh cost vs. value.
My son has been asking to play an ITF tournament for over a year. Since there are very few even played in the US these days, it wasn't hard to deter him. However, a friend's mom told me I should sign him up for the one in Waco, Texas, because