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tennisforlife77 02-12-2013 06:27 AM

Lew Brewer strikes again
 
Lew Brewer's arrogance reached new heights yesterday at the barely civil So Cal listening meeting when a father spoke eloquently about his concern that the USTA was taking the fun out of tennis. Lew told him there was a plate of cookies at the back of the room and he should take one home to cheer his kid up. Is this guy for real - must know where the bodies are buried at the USTA to hold onto his job. He is an embarrassment to the organization not to mention he barely had command of the fact surrounding the effect of the changes.

chalkflewup 02-12-2013 06:39 AM

Just curious, what examples did the father cite that are taking the fun out of tennis?

tennisforlife77 02-12-2013 07:01 AM

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Originally Posted by chalkflewup (Post 7208798)
Just curious, what examples did the father cite that are taking the fun out of tennis?

There were a number of comments made that the new 32 draw level 2 and 3 tournaments had become soulless events with the kids forced to play sometimes 4 matches in a day and up to 10 over a 3 day period. Age groups at different locations forcing families to split up if there is more than one kid playing etc - comparison to the old Copper Bowl/ Quicksilver events. Asked for a show of hands at the end of the meeting one parent out of about 50-60 in attendance expressed support for the changes and the direction USTA is taking - it was pretty one sided. Lew tried with a straight face to argue that there was support out there for the changes but couldn't explain where they were last night!

Number1Coach 02-12-2013 07:30 AM

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Originally Posted by tennisforlife77 (Post 7208774)
Lew Brewer's arrogance reached new heights yesterday at the barely civil So Cal listening meeting when a father spoke eloquently about his concern that the USTA was taking the fun out of tennis. Lew told him there was a plate of cookies at the back of the room and he should take one home to cheer his kid up. Is this guy for real - must know where the bodies are buried at the USTA to hold onto his job. He is an embarrassment to the organization not to mention he barely had command of the fact surrounding the effect of the changes.

He offered the wrong option to the dad should have offered Disneyland not cookies but what people are not getting here in the USA is we want " everything" to be " fun" and positive and that's where we miss the point , competition is not suppose to be fun it's a challenge but for the spectators it's entertainment . I agree with Lee on this one .

tennisforlife77 02-12-2013 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Number1Coach (Post 7208879)
He offered the wrong option to the dad should have offered Disneyland not cookies but what people are not getting here in the USA is we want " everything" to be " fun" and positive and that's where we miss the point , competition is not suppose to be fun it's a challenge but for the spectators it's entertainment . I agree with Lee on this one .

Brad - not sure everyone would agree with you but it's a legitimate point of view particularly for a kid like DB where it's life,death or the pro tour. Lew could have made that point without patronizing his constituency if that was what he was trying to say. Unfortunately i don't think that was the case here. Lew was tongue tie and blurted out the first thing that came to mind!

chalkflewup 02-12-2013 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Number1Coach (Post 7208879)
He offered the wrong option to the dad should have offered Disneyland not cookies but what people are not getting here in the USA is we want " everything" to be " fun" and positive and that's where we miss the point , competition is not suppose to be fun it's a challenge but for the spectators it's entertainment . I agree with Lee on this one .

Competition is absolutely supposed to be fun and challenging. It's called "love of the game" bro. Listen to Fed talk - the guy LOVES and respects the game.

tennis5 02-12-2013 08:19 AM

Lew
 
Double post.

tennis5 02-12-2013 08:22 AM

Lew's comments in bold - odd sense of humor?
 
Tee shirts and Tennis is like Obama's Healthcare Plan ?


From Parenting Aces - Lisa Stone's words

"I reached out to Tim Russell, Patrick McEnroe, Lew Brewer, and others to get a better understanding of what USTA is trying to accomplish with its changes to the 2014 Junior Competition schedule. I emailed them the link to my article along with some specific follow-up questions. While Patrick did reply that he would call me to discuss my questions, I haven’t yet heard from him. However, I did have multiple lengthy phone conversations with both Tim Russell and Lew Brewer – a big thank you to both gentlemen for taking the time to talk with me – and here’s what I found out during those calls:

( I pulled out some of Lew's comments - strange at best. )


USTA has stated that it decided to reduce the draw sizes (see page 3 of the FAQ) partially because it wants to reduce costs for families and shorten the tournaments so players miss fewer days of school. Justifying the 128 draw size in the boys nationals in Kalamazoo, traditionally a great recruiting opportunity for college coaches, Lew said, “Honestly, while there are coaches who are interested in the 129th player to the 192nd player, more are looking at that top 128.” ...

.. Lew went on to say that if a player wants the Kalamazoo t-shirt that badly, he (Lew) would send him one.

Lastly, we discussed the online survey that USTA did a couple of years ago. Overwhelmingly, those who took the time to answer the survey questions said they would prefer tournaments have smaller draws so they would take fewer days to complete (and, as a result, be less expensive for families and require missing fewer days of school). I pointed out to Lew that nowhere in the survey was it mentioned that the results would be used to justify the changes that we’re now seeing in the national schedule. I told him that if USTA had disclosed the fact that they were going to use the survey responses to justify cutting the draws at our country’s top junior events, I was sure parents would have answered differently. Best case scenario is that this is a case of poor communication on USTA’s part. Lew Brewer says, “No one expects everyone to agree with the plan for 2014, but it WILL become effective on January 1, 2014. I think a lot of this mirrors the health-care debate. There are many who want to appeal the affordable care act. It is scheduled to become fully effective on January 1, 2014. Just like our plan, very few Americans have read the affordable health care act and are reacting to what is broadcast on the news or the blogs. The smart money – the insurance companies and healthcare providers – are preparing for 2014, because they can’t afford to be left behind if the law is not repealed.

coaching32yrs 02-12-2013 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Number1Coach (Post 7208879)
He offered the wrong option to the dad should have offered Disneyland not cookies but what people are not getting here in the USA is we want " everything" to be " fun" and positive and that's where we miss the point , competition is not suppose to be fun it's a challenge but for the spectators it's entertainment . I agree with Lee on this one .

I agree with Chalk on this one coach. You have to love the battle, love the challenge. One of the things I remind myself when down in tough battle- enjoy the moment enjoy the battle. Helps me relax, play better.

jigglypuff 02-12-2013 08:37 AM

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Originally Posted by tennis5 (Post 7208982)

The smart money – the insurance companies and healthcare providers – are preparing for 2014, because they can’t afford to be left behind if the law is not repealed

:shock: I need to find where he is going next. I would love to talk "smart money" and "healthcare" with him at one of these public forums.

tennis5 02-12-2013 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by coaching32yrs (Post 7209012)
I agree with Chalk on this one coach. You have to love the battle, love the challenge. One of the things I remind myself when down in tough battle- enjoy the moment enjoy the battle. Helps me relax, play better.

There are many different sides to this question about competition, and many different arguments to be made pro or con.
( compounded by issues of age, maturity, goals, siblings playing at the same site, etc).

I think the OP is stating that a serious question by a parent was met with a sarcastic and frankly, belittling response.

"Take a cookie" is not an appropriate answer by the Director of Junior Competition for USTA Player Development.

jigglypuff 02-12-2013 08:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Number1Coach (Post 7208879)
He offered the wrong option to the dad should have offered Disneyland not cookies but what people are not getting here in the USA is we want " everything" to be " fun" and positive and that's where we miss the point , competition is not suppose to be fun it's a challenge but for the spectators it's entertainment . I agree with Lee on this one .

I think you're taking what the dad is saying out of context... what most people are referring to is the "fun" in competing with kids all over, not just the same old ones in their backyard.

chalkflewup 02-12-2013 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by jigglypuff (Post 7209041)
I think you're taking what the dad is saying out of context... what most people are referring to is the "fun" in competing with kids all over, not just the same old ones in their backyard.

I wasn't talking about what the Dad said, I was referring to N1C's remark.

TCF 02-12-2013 10:26 AM

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BMC9670 02-12-2013 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by TCF (Post 7209326)
BB....to you and me tennis can be hard work for kids and not all fun and games. But we still need people to play against along the way.

The majority can choose other sports or just play tennis casually. If the parents think the USTA changes take the fun out of tennis, they have the options of moving on. Very few look at tennis with our goals.

So if we only look at junior tennis as hard work, no fun, goal of being a pro, and eliminate the attraction for every one else, the 12s-16s will have about 2 kids at each tournament.

I think you (and Lew) are misinterpreting what was meant by "fun". At this level, we're not talking about cookies and T-shirt fun, we're talking about the fun of battling through large draws, meeting up with many rivals, keeping connections that may be useful someday, etc.

Someone said above that the "soul" is being taken out of these tournaments. I think that says it much better. Events need to be electric, exciting, challenging, and make kids feel like they are competing for something worthwhile, instead of just slogging it out for Dad.

TCF 02-12-2013 10:47 AM

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BMC9670 02-12-2013 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by TCF (Post 7209396)
No I totally get what the definition is in your eyes and other parents eyes and agree thats how it should be.

I was strictly talking to BB about how he and I need the USTA to retain your definition and be fun rather than being designed just for those of us who have pro goals.

Oh right... I forgot that you two had the secret sauce and everyone else is just there for your kids' improvement. No wonder so many kids of crazy tennis parents wind up hating the game.

TCF 02-12-2013 11:01 AM

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Number1Coach 02-12-2013 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by jigglypuff (Post 7209024)
:shock: I need to find where he is going next. I would love to talk "smart money" and "healthcare" with him at one of these public forums.

Please let's not bring up the anti-semi who's in the White House !we will lose this thread

Number1Coach 02-12-2013 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by TCF (Post 7209326)
BB....to you and me tennis can be hard work for kids and not all fun and games. But we still need people to play against along the way.

The majority can choose other sports or just play tennis casually. If the parents think the USTA changes take the fun out of tennis, they have the options of moving on. Very few look at tennis with our goals.

So if we only look at junior tennis as hard work, no fun, goal of being a pro, and eliminate the attraction for every one else, the 12s-16s will have about 2 kids at each tournament.

Fair enough on your point but once again I believe when your in your kids face off court hugging them and telling them you love them then when your on court telling them this is gonna be work it's not meant to be fun but grueling and follow it with your the best and I believe in you it settles well with the kids .


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