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Old 08-06-2012, 04:10 AM   #2
chalkflewup
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Originally Posted by crosbydog View Post
My 11 year old has been taking privates once a week for a year now from the relatively best coach in our area. We have shlepped down to Florida a couple times for her to take 4 lessons with a name coach. She qualified for her section's sweet 16 tournament in the 10's after Playing a year but now in the 12s she can only beat mediocre or younger Players. After spending a ton of money on 3 lessons with a name Florida coacher his week she again beat a mediocre player and a 10 year old, 4th and 5th seeds, in a Local Florida tournament until she lost in the back draw semi finals to another mediocre player from Venezuela. So my question is when do you pull the Plug and move on? She is somewhat driven and does want to improve and says tennis is her sport. (she does volleyball too for the camaraderie but can't make the select teams) Is she washed up in tennis at 11? Is she doomed to mediocrity because we live in the ******* and there are no good coaches? Except the #1 G12 is from Ohio
I think some soul searching needs to be done...

What do you mean by pull the plug?
If she loves it, why move on?
Do you believe her level of play has stalled because of where you live?
What are her goals for tennis?
Are her goals aligned with your goals?

Doomed to mediocrity is a bit strong in my opinion. If my kid was mediocre in something that he/she loved, then they're a champion in my book.
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