The Value of Level-Based Play with Greg Chambers

Greg Chambers

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Welcome to Season 8, Episode 7 of the ParentingAces Podcast! In this week’s show, the focus is on level-based play. That is, playing tennis against opponents of a similar skill level regardless of age or gender.

My guest, Greg Chambers, is the Director of Tennis at the Ensworth School in Nashville, TN. He has a long history in our sport and is bringing his experience and passion to players of all ages through the tournaments and events he runs at the school. 

Ensworth has an amazing tennis facility, made possible through funding by a very generous sponsor. The facility rivals that of top Division I colleges with both indoor and outdoor courts, a covered viewing area, and ample parking for players and fans.

Greg was one of the Early Adopters of UTR, putting on one-day events and multi-day tournaments over the past 4 years. We discuss the pros and cons of these events and how they compare to those sanctioned through our governing body. We also discuss how parents and coaches can use UTR to help their junior players reach their highest potential in the sport.

You can find out more about the Ensworth School here. To contact Greg Chambers directly, email him at chambersg@ensworth.com.

Thank you to my son, Morgan Stone, aka STØNE, for our new 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: FacebookTwitterInstagram.

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One Comment on “The Value of Level-Based Play with Greg Chambers”

  1. UTR is terrible for juniors. We started hearing about it about 2 years ago. It has escalated to the point where every parent and kid knows every players UTR to the 2nd decimal place. They also know that college coaches use UTR. And they know that every game lost to a lower rated player hurts their ratings. So now you see kids playing cautious, not going for shots, trying to beat lower ranked players 6-0,6-0. You also see much more cheating. Kids who used to be content to win 6-3, 6-2 while trying some shots and going for it, now feel the need to play cautious or cheat to win 6-0,6-0. UTR is very aggressive in their marketing and has done a great job infiltrating tennis and has many people fooled. Its fine for pro players where their are lines people and score keepers. But it is absolutely awful for junior tennis where the pressure to win every game for college recruiting and to play cautiously as to not lose any games is prevalent. Over the long term it will crush the development for those kids who are obsessed with it.

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