Juniors who break racquets out of anger...

Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by tacoben, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. tacoben

    tacoben Semi-Pro

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    For the first time ever, I saw a junior player, Boys -14s, slam his racquet in anger after a controversial loss. So, what is a parent to do...even if you agree it was not a fair conclusion?
     
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  2. kme5150

    kme5150 Rookie

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    Very simple. You make them pay for it. Whether you have to sell their PlayStation on Ebuy or not. It assures that it will not happen in the future.
     
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  3. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    How do you handle the situation when a 40 year old does it?
     
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  4. tennis5

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    I was sitting next to the racquet rep ( Wilson, I think) when Koslov was playing and lost.
    He threw his racquet upon losing. I turned to her and said, "I guess he doesn't value the racquets".

    Ok, controversial loss. Got it.
    It is frustrating, but breaking your racquet is not the answer.
    At that moment, I wouldn't say anything.
    But, a few hours later, I would calmly discuss what he could have done differently to avoid that loss.
    And I get it there are not enough refs ( and the few they have are paid peanuts - bigger controversy).

    That being said, there has to be a repercussion for breaking a racquet....
    I mean what happens when he is driving and someone cuts him off? Does he speed up and hit them?

    So, either he pays for 1/2 of a new racquet or takes a week off from tennis.
    But, there has to be a lesson learned.
     
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  5. db10s

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    Well they have to buy a new racket, dont they?
     
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