How much are the Full Time Tennis Academies?

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  1. WARPWOODIE

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    I happened upon your blogs and find it very informative. English may not be your first language, as it is not mine either. Not many people can say/claim they are bilingual.:)
     
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  2. tennisconsultcom

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    I am from Russia originally. Just try to write useful articles. My son has been playing tennis for 9 years, 5 in Belarus and 4 in America.
     
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  3. tennisconsultcom

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    What about a result for that money? Does an academy develop a player's development plan with goals for 3,6, 12 months and take responsibility for whole training process?

    If the goals are not achieved, will an academy pay money back?
     
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  4. chalkflewup

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    Will a university issue a refund if Johnny fails all his classes?
     
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  5. tennisconsultcom

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    There is another question :)

    When you bring your kid and show that you have money, in most cases, you will hear that your kid is very talented and an academy is happy to accept him/her into its high level program. I hear that from hundreds parents.

    If your kid does not have good SAT and GPA, he /she cannot become Harvard student.

    The problem, that in many cases coaches are sure 100% that a kid has zero chances to play tennis on high level. 90% of the coaches never tell to parents about that.
     
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  6. sureshs

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    There are also many private colleges which charge a lot and accept students with lower scores.

    Also there is no SAT and GPA in tennis for young juniors.

    Admitting a child into an academy does not mean that the child will make it as a pro. Just like getting into Harvard does not mean you will get a Nobel prize.

    If parents want to spend tons of money to give their children a certain experience, it is up to them.
     
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  7. chalkflewup

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    Buyer beware. No refunds.
     
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  8. Woolybugger

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    for maybe the 0.5% of tennis juniors it is worth it, but for the rest of the 99.5% - waste of money.
     
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  9. Rina

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    I agree that for most it is a waste of money. Best to enroll in a great after school program if available. Have a great coach who truly cares and believes, don't uproot the familiy and don't stop caring for your other children if you have them. Also, don't abandon the tennis playing child to academy staff. Show me a young teen who eats properly, takes vitamins, goes to bed on time to be ready for early practice and knows how to treat heat rash, chafing... even if all of this is provided there are very few kids that will get attention they need, not necessarily as a potential "pro" but as a growing kid. Even the most devoted coach is not a parent. On the other hand if there is an academy in your town that has what your kid needs and wants and tennis is your child's(not your) passion to which he/she will devote everything and you can help with online/homeschooling and this kid is already a smart kid with great grades who knows how to study and has that kind of discipline, I think you should try it for a year and see what happens. One year if academy is not boarding and not incredibly expensive might allow you to say, we provided you the chance, it is up to you now to make it happen. Plus, you'll never hear in the future "you ruined my life!"
     
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  10. tennisconsultcom

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    I entirely agree with you.
     
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  11. Soianka

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    Thanks for your website, articles and advice. They are great.
     
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  12. Rina

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    Thank you for taking time to write that.
     
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  13. NLBwell

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    And last summer, at band camp ...
     
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  14. crosbydog

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    My daughter "dropped in" for a couple of group
    lessons when we were in town for Spring Break. The people
    running it were nice and so were the kids. I was disappointed the
    "drop in" classes are not available this week because of their summer camp. I did observe a coach at Everts that I will try to get my daughter a lesson with on the next trip. Not impressed with Rick Macci's group
    lessons. Not much feedback and afternoon sessions are
    just point play and not much feedback.
     
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