Washington DC - WTEF - Junior Competitive Prog with Zina Garrison

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  1. allenkau

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    Washington DC - WTEF - Junior Competitive Prog with Zina Garrison

    There's 2 levels.

    Level 1 is M/W/F from 4pm to 6pm
    Level 2 is Tu/Th from 4pm to 6pm

    Anyone heard of this? Any experience with this? Was this around last summer? last spring?

    Its an 45 min drive for me so the commute is a big commitment.
     
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  2. BigGuy

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    Yup, heard of it.

    One of my players has been in that for a while now (#1 singles at a DC high school). I don't know if it has helped his game but I know that he frequently speaks with Zina and has lots of pictures of himself at her house etc., for what it's worth! Have no idea about the quality of instruction, but it's vaguely encouraging that at least it's not a program where they use a famous player's name who has little to nothing to do with it.
     
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  3. allenkau

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    The cost of it is very very affordable when comparing to area clinics. Zina must be doing it for free ?
     
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    i have not personally dealt with Zinas program but i know the WTEF is a great foundation and from my experience the staff is superb, esp jeff and willis
     
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  5. BigGuy

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    Probably not

    I wouldn't assume she is doing it for free. Perhaps WTEF is paying her with proceeds from Legg Mason/Citi Open, etc.

    Now that I think of it, I think she has definitely shared some things about mental toughness with my player, which are valuable lessons for junior players for sure.
     
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  6. allenkau

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    Going to check it out today...

    Sucks that I will have to miss the finals to get to the camp today to "try" it out.

    But again, a class act from WTEF to allow us to come take a look before committing to the commute.

    I don't think my son is in the same league as the top High School players so he may end up better suited for Level I which is on Tues/Thurs.

    Thanks for the comments folks.
     
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    I had a student in the program, I was not impressed with what he learned. It appears to be a feel good program.

    DC public schools # 1 is nothing to brag about
     
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  8. sureshs

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    What can you do in 2 hours? Is this something that will repeat? In that case, will you be driving 45 mins each time?
     
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  9. allenkau

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    3 days a week... 2 hrs each day....
    spend 1.5 hrs driving each day....

    We will see. I will post impressions.

    thx all
     
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  10. allenkau

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    My situation...

    I have been working with him about 6 days a week (2 hrs a day). He lacks motivation on about half of those days since its just not FUN to be with dad so much.

    I can see it since when he does go and play a match, he actually plays better and tries harder.

    I am here at WTEF and there's only 7 kids today but he looks to be having a great time. He is playing kids that are slightly better than him and I think he loves it. I want to see if we can do this twice a week and then I can still work with him privately on the other days. Hopefully, he would be eager to work on refining skills so he can compete better.

    Zina was very nice. She came over to me and brought over an existing parent. She has been here the whole time either watching the kids or talking with the parents.

    I am still on the fence. It took me 43 minutes to get here today. I am also kinda bored not being on the court myself and working with my son.

    Thanks for the feedback so far....
     
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  11. allenkau

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    Sureshs

    You are right that 2 hours isn't that much. I am also not really looking for too much instruction from this program. I can get him a lot more balls feeding him myself. But having a couple of boys at around the same level is good for him. When I watch him play with other kids and he hits shots that I don't see him hit in practice, I get upset and happy at the same time. Why can't he put that same effort into solo practice.

    I plan on doing this only Twice a week on Mon / Friday and then work with him on details of strokes / shots on the other days. Sprinkle in 2 tournaments a month....

    Others

    I am actually a little in awe of how friendly everyone was at WTEF. I felt they went above and beyond talking to me about what I am looking for. Introducing me to some other long time program parents to answer all my questions. Zina was not only approachable. (Actually, she came approaching me while I was working on my laptop). She offered her phone number in case I had any more concerns and questions. She expressed her desired to have a good core group of boys pushing each other and that my son would fit right in. She is a serious class act in my book.

    I encourage any MD / DC / VA area juniors to take a good look at this program. It might not be catered to the cream of the crop. But I think Zina is promoting tennis as a sport and there must be plenty of juniors that can benefit from this program.
     
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  12. sureshs

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    How many other coaches are there?
     
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  13. allenkau

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    Yesterday. With 7 kids, there was 3 coaches total watching / encouraging. I was told that all of the kids were basically there year round. There was no drilling at all. They did some light shortcourt warmups and went straight to round robin no ad sets.

    They did about an 3/4 mile run at the end.

    There's at least 15 courts at this complex.

    I was happy that my son was right about middle of the pack as far as abilities. He was probably the slowest mover out.
     
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