My son is laying the smack down

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  1. arche3

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    My 11 year old son is now laying the smack down to all his usta playing 6 days a week academy coached friends.... lol. He is coached by me. 2-3 days of tennis per week. 5'5" 145lbs. One day tennis per week during football season.

    His academy friends are shell shocked. I'm ecstatic. Since this past summer destroying the other kids and the adults at my club. He won't be a pro he is not that good but his game is coming along very well. It's classic to see grown men get destroyed by an 11 year old kid.... love tennis. :) just thought I'd share. Ha! I feel like brad!
     
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    Don't you hate that you have to fork over $$$$ when you know as much or more than the other coach.
     
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    I'm also getting a great tennis practice partner out of it. As long as my kid will still play with me as he gets better than me.
     
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    That's cool... 2-3 days of serious tennis is better than 5-6 days of fool around tennis playdates.
     
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    That's a shame... you must have been doing a pretty shoddy parenting/coaching job. She is only 8 yrs old, homeschooled (no outside influence) and is tuning you out already? Maybe 10 and up... but 8? I'm not knocking you but what decent coach sends their kid for outside help at 8.
     
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    Nothing wrong with that... just feel that the money could be spent better somewhere else.

    Unless you're not telling us something... that's she's getting the training for free?
     
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    Well some of them are cool. But a couple parents had their kid go to a different coach now. They always bragged about how this place is one of the only usta high performance centers in the area. Blah blah the usual.
    This past Sunday one of the kids had a melt down and broke his racket and started crying. He is 11 as well. He missed 3 fhs in a row and lost it. Was saying he has a practice match later so this match with my son doesn't count. While my kid was blasting balls and basically having fun. The other kids dad had to stop the match because the kid was so distraught. My son would never get upset over a tennis match.

    I always told my kid to play and hit your balls. no pushing. They will one day all go in. The academy kids all hit the same ball. A moderately paced top spin ball. It just so happens to bounce right into my sons wheelhouse and he just crushes it. Over and over. Hitting on the rise and driving the ball down into the court. His fh is actually harder than mine now. He hits with a straight arm and I have a slight bend. So he gets a lot of leverage. With sidespin even lol. Its really developed into a weapon. I certainly think my kid can play tennis for a college team when the time comes. But he is more into football now.
     
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    Hey Arche.......it's great that your son is doing great at 11 having you teaching him. He crushes balls now. Is part of it because he is really big and strong for his age? 5' 5'', 145 lbs at 11 is over 99th percentile for wt and height on growth chart. He sounds like he has a football player built!! How's the other kids' sizes compared to him?

    We have this one really good boy at my daughter's academy. He has been really big and strong. One time when he checked in to play a 14s age group tourney, the TD wanted to card him. He believed he was 18 then, lol.
     
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    Yes, she's good size too. Good advantage.
     
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    Yeah he is a lot bigger than his tennis friends. he is built like a football player for sure. Most of the other kids are around or under 5'. 85lbs?
     
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    Heck, you got a monster!
    In 8th grade, I was 4'9" and 72 lbs., playing 90's exponent basketball and longjumping in the spring. In 10th grade, I STARTED both ways in JV football at 5'1" and, ..... ehem, 101 lbs. Rule you had to weigh over 100 for football in those days.
    One of my ex girlfriends has pictures of herself in 5th grade at 5'7" and 140 lbs. :shock::shock:
    Ingrid Shutter was 6' tall in 5th grade. When I saw her 45 years later, she was exactly my height. Ended up she slouch's, wore flats, and me in my contruction work boots with arch supports.
     
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    What the heck is 90's exponent basketball??? A modified version for short kids?
     
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    How do even remember such stuff? Or do you just make it up? That was like a 100 years ago.
     
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    Ball for midgets? :p
    But only midgets that can throw a football 100 yards.
     
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    I think lee d is a ttw computer program.
     
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    Yeah me too.
     
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    ga and TCF

    I think it's great that you are now relieved of teaching duties, tough to be parent and coach forever. Also, at these early ages having a great hitting partner to reinforce technique and strategies can be even more important. I feel that a parent who can hit with their kid saves a lot of $$$ in academy fees. One hour lesson and 6-10 hours with dad hitting can work really really well.
     
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    i agree couldnt have said it better.
     
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    Sorry, Arche3, I hope your son does well in whatever he wants to do.
    How can I forget something that only happenned 55 years ago? I still remember the fire across the street in 1955, when I was 6.
    I still remember careening down the hallway on my red wagon at age 4, before kindergarden.
    90's exponent, for those of you who don't play school sports in junior high, was the old way to separate the big kids from the little kids, in this case, both trying to make the school basketball team. They assign a number to your age, your grade, your weight, and your height. Most varsity basketball (talking 9th grade, junior high) players were taller than 5'9", and usually heavier than 130 lbs. How's a little talented tyke to compete? I represented the students in every faculty vs student basketball game (usually on rainy days) since 8th grade in Bball. I was smaller than most 7th graders. Tough luck.
    So, 90's are for little tykes, or 8th graders, who probably would play for the school the following season, but like JV in football, they aren't quite there YET.
    When I got to 9th grade, I played unlimiteds, started small forward, at under 5' and less than 90 lbs. Although I sucked at scoring, I averaged 17 rebounds a game for 8 games against other junior highs.
     
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    Google "90s exponent basketball" and only the top two hits are relevant. First hit is this thread. Second hit is a post at another message board by a poster with the screen name of LeeD, oddly enough. So far, no independent confirmation that such a thing exists. :)

    Is there any explanation for the origin of the name, or did someone decide to randomly pair "90s" with "exponent" just for fun?
     
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    LeeD is right on this one. This is all old school stuff. It was very common in the non-tennis sports world.

    90 Exponents

    more links
     
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    It saddens me that Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 future
    is becoming a reality. People now believe in the
    Lord wiki and refer to google as the "complete"
    record of our past. The death of truth and facts may
    be upon us soon. They are now malleable entities
    altered to manipulate the pawns if needed and
    subject to personal taste.
     
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    Not sure what you are smoking, but the simple fact is that the name 90 Exponent makes no sense. The link that explains it talks about adding up factors and getting a sum. Sounds like someone did not know what the word exponent means when they came up with the name. Because I know what exponent means, I found it confusing. Go look the word up in a printed dictionary if you like.
     
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    You missed the point of my comment.
    That people are taking the info they
    find using google and wiki
    as gospel. Did you know that if two
    people both type the same search
    words and do a google search they may
    get different query results returned?
     
  32. slice bh compliment

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    ^ The gospel according to wiki?
    Yes, that wuz written by Saint Wiki back in 2003, after the Dumass wars of 2002.

    The people of uhmerikka done lernd alot frum it and things got rilly gud aftr that error. I mean era.

    Now, in the 24th and a half century, peeps are happier and less gayish, and there's not that many of us. We got unoversol helthcair and the birthrate is low cuz the testosterone count is low among both men and womans. It's rill kewl cuz we don't need condoms much anymore.

    Anyways it's kewl your boy is putten the smack down on peep's azzes man i edmyer that. i like money and i like sports. We could of had more sports and school and stuff but when I got my degree at Sam's club, things were pretty ofishent and we didn't had thyme fur a lot of extravernicular activatees. Cuz mainly we jes relyd on St. Wiki fur are research and fur testes and stuph. And then insteda reading and righting and boring stuph, we got rill familyer with social media and cool games like Kanye West NFL and Honey Boo Bolympics.


    ok so if yule ixcews me I am werken with today's leading psyentists on solving the great garbej crysis and the problem with dumasses these days.

    EDDET:
    hay weight a minnat i wonder wut the gospol uv st wiki done sed about garbij. They're's gotta be thumbthin in their about it, write Scro'?
     
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    Honey Boo Bolympics

    Love it.
     
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    He is a cool guy
     
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    Yea, I want to be like LeeD when I get to his age.
     
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    And I want to be like sureshs.
     
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    My kids 11 and he has been doing good against his peers as well. He's not as big as your kid, but he is bigger than average. In the U.S. a lot of kids that play tennis havn't played a lot of other sports. So your kid probably has athletic experience/advantage as well. Whenever I need a reality check I look at some of the older kids and look at some of the kids on youtube. Those really good kids play all the time. To be able to beat those kids a kid won't be able to just play twice a week.
     
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    You are right, a "regular" kid isn't going to compete with one where the family makes everything about junior's tennis. This is why you need to set realistic goals. No matter how good you are there are always people that can give you a 0 & 0 beatdown. And then more that can beat those people 0 & 0 and so on.
     
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    You are right, a "regular" kid isn't going to compete with one where the family makes everything about junior's tennis. This is why you need to set realistic goals. No matter how good you are there are always people that can give you a 0 & 0 beatdown. And then more that can beat those people 0 & 0 and so on.


    Yea, I've been down that rout personally years ago. Entered some tournament and got smoked by some guy that could angle his one handed backhand like nobody I'd ever seen before. He won the tourney btw. I've played a lot of hockey and tennis and always thought that tennis was the harder sport(unless you can't skate). With my kid he has never experienced that and I am kind of protecting him from a beat down until I think he can handle it as just a learning experience.
     

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