New USTA PPR Point Table for 2012

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  1. Tennishacker

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    The USTA junior player development is a total failure, and anybody that works in that system is also a failure.

    The goal of the USTA Junior Player Development was to create an American Champion, meaning a grand slam winner. They have not produced one male or female champion yet.
    They have spent many millions, made numerous coaching changes, brought in new directors ever couple years, but none of that has had any effect on produce an American Champ.

    So you tell me if that's a failure or success.
     
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    These are really good points that I never even thought about,
    thank you for raising them so everyone is aware of the hypocrisy of this organization.

    Yes, I forgot about how the reduction of the draw size was announced along with,
    or coinciding with the increase in the wild cards.....

    Or how there is still no clear, transparent understanding or rules or point pyramid on who gets them...

    And that is one area, a lack of transparency that can really anger people.

    Point in fact I can think of one boy who got a WC this summer who is a 4 star player for the USTA
    and is lower on the national point scale, but yet he still got a wild card over 5 star players who were higher on the national point scale, in both age groups, I might add.

    And yes, amazing point, what organization announces these rule changes 2 months before.

    How does one plan for a change IF THEY DON'T KNOW IT IS COMING.

    Come to think of it, have they announced it?

    The only place I read about it was here, on this board.

    My section has sent no notification about this, nor does anyone know in my section.
     
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    New directors every couple of years? So 3 over the last 6 years? I don't believe that to be an accurate statement. Also, I don't believe the sole objective of the program is to create a Grand Slam champion. People in the business have the utmost respect for a Higueras, Berger, etc... Just my opinion, but characterizing anyone that works in that system a failure is purely uneducated, misinformed or emotionally charged. Donald Young, Melanie Oudine, and Madison Keys all recently turned to the USTA. Apparently they didn't consult with you prior to making a decision.

    If we apply your logic to the private sector, we should just shut down American tennis and call it a day. Americans exponentially spend many more millions in the private sector on thousands of kids at academies all over the US and none have been able to produce an American Champion in recent years. A big fat bagel. From Smith to Newcombe to Weil to Saviano to Uncle Rick or Grandpa Nick - bagelocity with the gringos. Talk about cardiac arrest. Anyone that works in those programs or supports those programs in any capacity must be failures too. Please.
     
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    US academies suck too lol... I never bought into the academy hype for young kids. I think it will be crazy tennis parents that will grow a new US champion.


     
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  6. Number1Coach

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    No way it will obama he promised change .
     
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    I guess I should have said a sporting governing body. I didn't think anybody would think otherwise on a tennis forum, but I guess that is my bad.

    Do you know why Sock thanked Berger and the USTA? Because they paid for everything for him including travel expenses for the tournaments. Plus, he knows that is his only chance to get a WC into pro tournaments down the road.

    Here is a list of 4 players who were all #1 in the country when they went to Boca full time under Berger; Jordan Belga, Konrad Zieba, Joseph Di Giulio and Tyler Gardiner. Now where are they in the rankings?

    All I am saying is that for as much money that he is making and as much money as they are throwing into the system down there that they should be putting up a lot better numbers than they are.

    Take both champions at Kzoo this year. They both go to public school, both of them played HS tennis, and both of them have "normal" lives for the most part. Maybe the USTA should take notice.
     
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    That's garbage. You can't compare KZOO champions to raising someone to compete on the tour. Was Novak raised "normal" or Fed? Not a chance in Hades.
     
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    No one cares about success with the private academies. Their failures are not supported by our wallets, but USTA's is. Comprende?
     
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    Dear Chalk,
    It seems you are an USTA insider. Could you enlighten us how US junior tennis will benefit from the Point Table change? If the goal of USTA Player Development is not limited to producing US GS Champion then what is it? Maybe to produce more qualified US players for D1 programs? How are they helping regular 4-5 stars? I know how much Eastern section players benefited from the presence of USTA Training Center at NTC.
    Very much:)
     
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    Who paid for Novak and Fed's tennis? Private tennis academies. Murray would have been a better example if you wanted to argue since he was a product of the LTA.

    All I am saying is that the best the USTA didn't win the National Championship. You have to go back to Donald Young to find a player the USTA "developed" that won it. It is obvious that their way of training hasn't produced anything under Jay Berger. If they are trying to build world champions, it isn't working.

    The USTA gave 5 of their Boca boys WC into the US Open boys qualies. With only 1 of them making it to the main event. One of them has never won anything over a Level 3 tournament. I think that is pretty sad considering how much money is pumped into that system each year.

    Like BSPE84 said, I could care less about the private sector because I am not paying for that.

    The new point system only favors kids in the USTA HP program because they know they will get into anything they want regardless of results.

    Why don't they make it easy? The top 4 guys who didn't get in off of their rankings get the first 4 wildcards and the other 4 are given to any 4 players of their choosing with a written explanation of why they received them.

    Do you know why you will never see this? Because they don't want to uncover things like how a kid who missed the cutoff to the Easter Bowl by 2 spots(who was the runner up in the Hardcourt Super two years prior) was passed over for another player who was 350 in the country. This same player was also given a WC into the Winter Super just prior and didn't win a match.
     
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    ? huh? lol.

    Obama is gonna make a grand slam champ? he might do a better job than usta and the us academies actually... :)
     
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  13. tenniscp

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    Let me get this straight! So you contend that the fathers or mothers of the kids training in Boca or getting WC are friends with Jay or Jose? In other words, parents of Halebian, Papa, Kwiatkowski, Madregallejo, Corinteli, Devine, Opelka, Townsend, Frenkel, Keys and etc are all friends with the powers that be?

    Please tell me that you have evidence to support this claim and not just making an outrageous statement like that kid in class that needed to act up to get teacher's attention!
     
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    The kids you have named that were number 1 at one point are still doing ok. They are not dominating their age groups but are doing ok. They were given a chance by USTA to train there for a year or two, it did not work out very well and they either left or were asked to leave. Those kids not having grand results lately hardly translates into them not being good players.

    On the other hand, the other kids that train in Boca are doing rather well. I think Halebian won Orange Bowl in 16 s, semis in !8 s, Kerznerman won a couple of Supernats, so did Opelka, Devine, Corinteli, Halebian, Del Corral. Girls are doing very well, such as Taylor Townsend, Crawford, Doyle, Frenkel, Kenin and others. Other kids are always getting either 3 rd place or 4 or 5 th. They are winning ITF s and etc. Kozlov is apparently with USTA now and is winning his share of matches at the tender age of 13.

    So it works both ways. Does USTA have all the right kids training in Boca? Probably not! But certainly the kids who are there have reached a certain level of excellence and tennis standards. I would be interested in hearing your list of kids who you think deserve to be there!
     
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    There are more longer term and broader impacts that will continue to fall out of this. The decision to change the amount of tournaments and restructure is a huge row of dominoes just beginning to fall. It will be the next "wrong decision" they have to right in 5 years, after the damage is done. The attempt to save people money that didn't want to travel, or commit, or both, will cost junior tennis so much more.

    And so the 14 year olds who have 5 years to play in the new system will be screwed?
     
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    Those kids are great players, but can they compete in the pros?
    Under the USTA, I don't think so.

    I would guess to say that the majority of those kids will end up playing college tennis.
    Money well spent by the USTA player development!
     
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  17. tenniscp

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    Maybe you are right or maybe not. Taylor Townsend is already 350 WTA at 15, Madison Keys is also high on WTA at 16. Halebian and Kwiatkowski are already ranked on ATP, granted not even in the top 1000 but still. The others are either too young or just about making their first baby steps on the pro circuit (playing probably qualies of the Futures and etc).Time will tell! I guess. So, I would like to hear the kids you would like to spend the dollars on?
     
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    This is what I'm hearing. Since I pay the USTA and I can't vote for those appointed to run the Junior High Performance, and since they are not transparent (enough for me), and since they have not shown they have the magic formula to produced a GS champs, they should either all be fired or this arm of the organization disbanded.

    Reading between the lines this is what I hear. My kid was not chosen or is not good enough to be selected by the USTA so I'm going to ***** about it with what I perceive to be a logical argument.

    In the mean time many kids are training outside the flawed USTA system catching up and overachieving without the systems subsidy. Not a peep. Since the system is flawed, why would anyone want their kid in it? With my little dues payment to the USTA every year who cares?
     
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    USTA high performance goes back a long way before Boca. I think it started in 1998. It was originally head quartered in Key Biscayne. I visited there several times. The goal was ALWAYS stated as to identify and then develop American tennis champions.

    They had several regimes in Key Biscayne, then 2 in Boca. Since its inception they have spent many millions and produced some nice college players. That is a failure. They have been playing this tune for 14 years. Lets name the top players they have developed......

    But the goal is American champions: Press release from 2003.

    http://www.texas.usta.com/News/2003..._TO_LEAD_USA_TENNIS_HIGH_PERFORMANCE_PROGRAM/

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 3, 2003 -- USTA Executive Director Rick Ferman today named Paul Roetert, Managing Director, USA Tennis High Performance, and Eliot Teltscher, Director of Tennis Operations, USA Tennis High Performance. The USA Tennis High Performance program is charged with creating the optimal environment and competitive system to support America’s top prospects and facilitate the development of world-class American tennis champions.

    Davis Cup Coach Jim Courier and two-time Grand Slam singles semifinalist and U.S. Davis Cup team player Todd Martin have joined Fed Cup Captain Billie Jean King and Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe as Special Advisors to the USA Tennis High Performance program. They will provide regular input on the direction of the program, identifying top prospects and providing assistance in training. Martin becomes the program’s first-ever player/coach.

    "With Paul and Eliot assuming leadership roles, we are fortunate to have two unique skill sets to continue our commitment to High Performance," said Ferman. "We have an experienced manager in Paul and an accomplished player and successful coach in Eliot. Their experience, combined with that of Jim, Todd, Billie Jean and Patrick, will strengthen our program going forward."

    "The ability to hire from within is a tribute to the staff we have in place," said Alan Schwartz, Chairman of the Board, President and C.E.O., USTA. "Paul and Eliot understand the challenges and opportunities we face in maximizing the results of USA Tennis High Performance at each of the 17 Sections of the USTA as well as nationally. The addition of Jim Courier and Todd Martin, two great American champions, brings exciting new resources and coaching talent to the program."

    Roetert, based at USA Tennis High Performance headquarters in Key Biscayne, Fla., will oversee the management and administration of the USA Tennis High Performance program which includes enhanced coaches education programs, top supplemental coaching and training, sports science, international junior competition, and USTA Pro Circuit and tour events. He was named Director, Administration for the USA Tennis High Performance program in September 2001.

    Teltscher, a 10-time ATP titlist and coach of two national junior champions and some of the United States’ top players--including Pete Sampras and most recently Taylor Dent--will oversee all tennis and training components of the program, including the launch of the USA Tennis High Performance Training Center at AEG’s Home Depot National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

    Teltscher will be supported in this new position by Lynne Rolley, Director of Women’s Tennis, and Rodney Harmon, Director of Men’s Tennis as well as by Jose Higueras, who will be working with players throughout the program. Teltscher rose to a career high world singles ranking of six and represented the United States in Davis Cup competition three times. The former men’s tennis coach at Pepperdine University and All-American at UCLA returned to the USTA last year as National Coach, a role he held from 1998-2000.

    Roetert and Teltscher will lead the USA Tennis High Performance program following the departure of Paul Annacone, who this month rejoins Pete Sampras as full-time coach.

    "The groundwork for the future of USA Tennis High Performance is in place with a system of coaching, guidance, top facilities and a competitive environment for training and coaching," said Roetert. "Working collaboratively with Eliot and our entire USTA family, we can make a greater impact with the top emerging players."
     
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    treeman10....its quite a score for the kids at Boca. Nice facilities and at night they have this wonderful study hall, lots of laughing and kidding around.

    Then after years of free training they go on and get nice college scholarships. Pretty sweet gig. They are nice enough kids, although some are a little rude and leave their trash on the courts, but they work hard. However it is a lousy way to allocate junior development funds.
     
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    What organization in the private sector would be allowed to fail their mission time after time?
    None, instead of spending 200K to develop college players, spend the money to grow the game. We need more kids playing, increasing the base numbers of players in the US.
     
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    Exactly, its not that we want to pick different kids to spend millions on, still needle in a haystack no matter who is trying to pick 20 kids.

    Its that we don't agree with the system that has failed to produce a big name player in 14 years. The money is better spent spread out across junior tennis in general, the cream will rise, the top coaches and academies will then take care of training the kids that emerge.
     
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    I agree with this line of thought as opposed to singling out individuals. I like you fail to see the value the overall system has brought to developing American pro talent. On the other hand, like when Sampras, Courior, Aggassi and Chang came along, much of that was due to circumstance. It will happen again, the problem is a crystal ball is needed to predict when.
     
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    Let me explain the problem to you in simple terms. When you have a USTA trained player playing up all the time and then getting a WC into Super without being endorsed over a player who beats USTA player in local tournaments and not getting a WC this pi$$es people off. Especially if USTA player does nothing at the Super. And they keep changing the rules forcing non-affiliated kids to spend more and more money just to qualify for these National tournaments while their players are trained for free, can get into any tournament they want and even cheat during matches. I guess they want the majority of US competitive junior players to quit. And this matches up very nicely with your view that increase of foreign players in US college tennis is due to the fact that most of US junior players are not good enough. How is USTA helping them to become good enough?
     
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    This isn't the case in hand at all. Quite the contrary. When our son was invited to go he was 13 years old. When you go down there and see how little supervision is given to them, then you would understand why we chose to not send him. Christian Garay's parents felt the same way and that is why he didn't go. Maxx Lipman, the same thing. These are just a few.

    The problem is that money could be better spent on 100 players rather than 20, and probably turn out much better results.

    Take ANY player who is semi-talented and train them for 5 hours a day. Let them know that no matter what that they will get into any tournament that they want. Then tell them that they don't have to worry how much anything costs, if their homework has to be finished by the end of the week, etc. ANYBODY would get better in that scenario.

    If the USTA seriously wants to make a champion they should take the top 10 Americans when they graduate from college and start paying for their training and travel at that point. Believe me, the college system will more than weed out the weak ones.
     
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    Back to the new points system.

    Do I believe that a player should get more points for every round. Of course I do. The problem is how they roll it out and when they role it out. This should have been the biggest thing in bold print right on the front of the junior page as soon as the decision was made. They should have sent an email out to EVERY player that has played any tournament this year.

    The problem that I have is that it is very transparent of how many wildcards they have for Supers and how many players are at Boca. The same goes for the WC spots into the ITF tournaments from the USTA. How many from the HP program have to play the qualies first? I'm not talking about the G4 and G5, I am talking about the G1, GB1, etc.

    When you lay up a plan like this it will be hard to look like you failed after a few years. I can hear it now. Look how many of our players are in the top 100 of the ITF....

    The other thing they are trying to do by making the points so high for the Supers is that hardly anybody plays the 16-18s Winter Supers because it is freezing there. For the past 5 years there have been at least 3 or 4 times they had to wait for the frost to clear the courts to play in the morning. Why do you think you hardly see any college coaches going, besides the fact that it is between Christmas and New Years.
     
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    I agree about the Mobile, AL timing and location. It really messed things up when the Easter Bowl decided to go the ITF route for the BG18s back in 2005.

    I love Kzoo but you have to admit it is terrible when it comes to flights or rental cars.

    The problem is that the USTA makes decisions really quick without a lot of thought going into them. Perfect example is this year's BG18s National Open Nov 25-27. One of them is in Pensacola, FL and another one is in Mobile, AL, which is about an hour away.
     
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    Agreed,
    My child played 12,14's in winter's in Tucson, then 16,18's in Phoenix.
    So we spent Christmas day traveling to the Winter Super's many years. Those were some of the best family Christmas memories. "dad are we there yet"

    Although early mornings were cold, by mid morning, most kids were down to their shorts or skirts. It is what it is, if you don't make a big deal about it, then your kids will not care.

    I would like to see the indoors return to the USTA Junior schedule since a large part of our country plays indoor during the winter months.
     
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    Hello everyone. I am a new poster but have been following TT for a while, especially the junior thread. I have a son who plays USTA tournaments in one of the more competitive sections. He loves the game, has a high section ranking and would play 24/7 if I let him, but I have held back from the traveling, missing school, etc. However, when I read threads such as this one where I learn of all the changes that the USTA makes, I'm starting to think that maybe I have done some harm to my son. He has never played a Level 1 national. The only nationals he has played are Level 3 that are in our state that I can drive to in a reasonable amount of time and where he could only miss 1 day of school. It seems that every time we go to one of the higher level state tournaments another boy has announced that he started home schooling.

    Neither my husband nor I played tennis as children. Nor does my son attend one of the well known academies that are in our area so there is little guidance about the junior national scene. I was quite content to continue on the path that we have been on but there have been so many USTA changes, I'm not sure what is right. Even in our state the USTA has reduced draw sizes in the higher level tournaments that it will make it difficult for him to age up and earn national points by playing in our state's sectional tournaments.

    I am starting to not trust the USTA because I believe that all of the changes will only benefit who they have picked as the successors of American tennis. My son is a very talented player and I feel that USTA will prevent him from achieving his potential by putting up all these hindrances in front of him. Am I wrong?
     
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    What age group?
     
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    12 and under
     
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    For what its worth, please complain to your USTA sectional office.

    Maybe if we do a "occupy USTA" they might listen to us.
     
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    How talented? Socal or Florida? Top 10 in section? Playing 14s as well? How long before he ages out?

    You don't have to answer if you get my drift. The USTA and its system won't really hinder him or his potential if you are good enough. He should have garnered enough points under the old system to get him into 14s. If he's good enough, doing well at the USTA segments in your region plus whatever meager points he gets from sectional play next year should be enough. The problem is for everyone else who is on the fringe...
     
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    He is 12 but will be turning 13 in the middle of next year. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I was not well in tuned with the "way of junior tennis" so I believe that he started too late in playing in the 14s. Before the state USTA changes he would have been able to get into the B14 designated level tournaments based on his B14 ranking. Not any more. He is working to improve his B14 ranking but it can be difficult in a state with so many great players. He wants to play in a tournament every weekend and is very concerned with his ranking. I always tried to discourage his obsession but now I thinking that he has to start chasing points. (And yes, He is top 10 in his section.)
     
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    What are your goals ? Playing and traveling can be a major waste of time and money for 16 and unders, no need for level 1 tourneys unless your college bound then I would do a few at 16 then a lot more at 17 ,18 .
     
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    Welcome to this tennis board.

    If you ask a question, you can get ten different answers, and then a change of thread to boot.

    Sift through, and do what feels right as the parent, not what everyone else is doing.

    You mentioned every tournament you attend, you find out another junior is being homeschooled.
    My opinion......... homeschooling for tennis is not a good option
    unless you tell me that your junior is so talented that he won the 14's Orange bowl when he was 12,
    and will definitely be one of the top 100 making money as a pro.

    Looking for scholarship money - academics is the way to go, the brain doesn't get injured.

    Is the USTA corrupt, throws money at a few kids, lavishes themselves with ridiculous salaries
    and tries to steal any good player by waving a wc at them - yes to all.

    Forget them.

    Up here in the North, they injure the ones they have.

    If your junior is good, he will rise to the top in the section.

    If you are in a good section, Florida or Socal, you don't need to travel.
    You have enough good competition where you are.
    The money for flights, hotels, tournament fees add up.

    Remember it is junior's journey, not yours, and try to have some fun along the way.

    Best line I ever read on this site ( and sorry I can't give it the proper credit or exact wording)
    The kids love tennis until the parents get involved, and mess it all up.

    Good luck :)
     
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    Sorry, I am confused here......

    Turning 13 in spring of 2012?

    If you are talking designated sectionals,
    don't you have qualifiers to get into the sectional?

    Can he use his 12 national rankings to play up into the 14's national now?

    If he is a highly ranked junior in his own age group, you do have some options.

    And if he isn't, you can still do the qualies to get into the sectionals.
     
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    I think you misunderstood the USTA changes. Anyone can still enter designated tournaments. It is just the national points from those designated are going to be less. If your son is highly ranked nationally in 12s, he can use it to get into Regional Segments and Nationals in the 14s. With only half a year left, I would start playing mostly 14s designated. You can let the 12s sectional ranking slip as that is no longer your goal.
     
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    You as the parent must be involved your the one putting up all the $$$$$$$ ,so make sure you watch how your money is being spent and on who.
     
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  44. jigglypuff

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    It depends, for 80% of the people, it is a waste of time. The parents can justify it any way they want (mini-vacation, bonding time, fun experience etc..), but it's pretty obvious their kids are not going to top schools or make a living on the tour.
     
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  45. jigglypuff

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    One thing for sure, DB's team has done exceptionally well regarding allotment of $$$.
     
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  47. TennisFan2Day

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    mojojojo - I agree, that is the only way to do it.

    Tennis5 - that is some great advice. Great Job!!!

    Chris Diaz is proof that you don't have to spend a ton of money to get noticed. He didn't play a ton of tournaments but when he did he would always do pretty well. He was always near the top in his section so he was able to play Kzoo. Now he is at Ohio State where he always wanted to be.
     
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  48. Tcbtennis

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    First of all, I would like to thank you all for your responses. I do appreciate your time.

    My goal for my son is college tennis. I believe that he is solid enough to play Div 1 tennis. I do not believe in homeschooling for tennis (at least at my son's young age). When my son hears that another one of the boys that he competes against is starting homeschooling (there have been 4 since the school year started) he feels as though he is going fall behind them.

    My son doesn't have a high national ranking because he hasn't played a lot of national tournaments. He has played the Level 3s that have been in our state and has some national points from our states designated tournaments.

    Until I started reading the posts in this forum I thought that we were on the right path for Div 1 tennis. No need to travel out of state because the level of competition where we live is high. No need to chase points because cream rises to the top. He has risen to the top of his section, but most of you seem to be saying that in order to play Div 1 tennis we do have to travel out of state, my son does have to chase points.
     
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  49. Number1Coach

    Number1Coach Banned

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    If your wanting college ? D1 is not that hard to achieve just continue to work hard off court and keep his strokes fine tuned ,keep his competition at a moderate level while he is under 16 then turn it up. I know a kid who has taken this route and is allready having the top colleges looking in on his recruiting page at 15yrs old and he is looking to turn pro this year. So much can happen between now and the future my advise "preparation". Best to you and your son .
     
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  50. MarTennis

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    Why not Occupy USTA.

    I bet they would take notice and listen, esp., if you laid the groundwork with the tennis media and twitter.
     

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