As most of you know by now, I recently moved from Atlanta to Orange County, California, to be closer to my three kids. One of the first things I did upon moving was to reach out to the USTA Southern California (SCTA) office to find out how I could get involved in the local tennis scene, both from the Junior side as well as from the Adult side. After all, I wanted to be sure I had a place to keep playing myself!
Almost simultaneously to my move, former top professional player, Scott Lipsky, contacted me to let me know of his new position: Director of Player Development & College Readiness with the SCTA. What incredible timing!
USTA is piloting Scott’s position in its Southern California section with the idea of rolling it out nationwide if things go as planned. The top 200 or so junior players in the SoCal section have been identified for regular match play with coaching, small group camps, and college information sessions for both players and parents with the possibility of a local college combine (modeled after the Lake Nona event) later in the year.
Scott and I had lunch last week to discuss how the SCTA and ParentingAces might be able to work together to assist Scott in his new role. Among other things, Scott is charged with helping local junior players get ready for and fully understand the college recruiting process. Having played at Stanford himself, Scott is very familiar with how college tennis works at the highest levels but wanted some assistance in understanding how best to educate SoCal families on all levels and divisions of college tennis. To that end, he told me about a series of camps he had in the works.
As it turns out, the first of these camps was held last weekend in Irvine for the girls and in Carson for the boys. Over the coming months, the camps will be planned for specific birth years so coaches can tailor the information appropriately. This first one was for 2003s, 2004s, and 2005s – basically, high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
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