Options post USTA changes

Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by Tennisstringz, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Tennisstringz

    Tennisstringz New User

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    Sounds like its a done deal. The USTA in their desire to help a few elite homeschooled, academy, national training center kids, has screwed over hundreds of kids trying to get college scholarships.

    So what options do current juniors, sophomores, and freshmen have to compete and be seen against other high level players from other areas not in their designated region?

    The proposals only take care of a handful of elite kids. Many lower level five stars, almost all four stars, and every three star player now is shut out from any national exposure. I guess these kids are undeserving of college D1 exposure in the USTA s mind, since they are being left out. When foreign kids are awarded more scholarships, we have the USTA heads to thank.


    I hope another organization emerges in the next couple of years to fill this voud. Baseball, basketball, and many other sports have optios. Why is there a monopoly in tennis. USTA should be relegated to old hacker leagues as and foam ball baby leagues for what they did here to all these kids.
     
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  2. Keysmickey

    Keysmickey Rookie

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    I honestly think the only real solution is for all of you with young kids is to pull them from competitive tennis and find another acceptable and competitive outlet (there are options). In a couple of years the usta will wither as pat Mac once again becomes the mediocre brother and the money coffers and money teat of the usta shrink and eventually the usta will remember what the usta actually stands for.
     
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  3. Tennisstringz

    Tennisstringz New User

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    I wish I could pitch my idea to Agassi or someone like Luke Jenson or people that really care about the state of American tennis through all levels:

    Please, someone make a series of tournaments based on these principles:

    National tournaments for AMERICAN freshmen through seniors, stratified for what type of college the players would like to attend and by their recruitment rankings. Major D-1, Mid level D-1, Academic and small school. Kids will show how they compete vs the kind of players they will compete against in college.

    College coaches can see the hundreds of the type of players they can actually get at their school... all by attending a few tourneys. Sometimes they can identify an underranked stud. Kids can pick up college information packets for dozens of schools. It would help simplify a really tedious process.

    Kids can plug into tennis recruiting.net during the tourneys and get an idea of who is checking them out in person, early in the process.

    Coaches are there watching, so cheating should probably be greatly reduced. You never know who is watching.

    Kids will have a chance to fill out questionnaires for teams so that coaches know who wants their program and they can see the kid in action. This will simplify recruiting and save tons of money for coaches.

    This will be a high stress activity, and will help show who can handle pressure situations... plus everyone is in the same boat, so it is shared misery.

    The way the USTA has set these things up is cruel. Most kids are trapped in their own sections, playing only the friends they've made in the past few years... sometimes practice partners. They will directly cost a friend to not get a scholarship by beating them over and over. There is no chance to go out and beat strangers. The USTA leadership is detached and frickin clueless. A National stage for the college recruiting period is important, and a format like this would help everyone.

    Why is there NOT something like this...
     
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