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Old 09-05-2012, 10:34 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by treeman10 View Post
If he is really talking about 4 and 6 year olds, even 9, ya that is overaggressive, but part of the tennis scene for sure. It sucks those parents in and as Chalk said, the wallets fly open. On the other hand, our player was the poster child for an academy from 12 on, and that was actually very helpful to us. First, we weren't paying for training from then on, and it also put him on the map with the section and USTA. You can be #1 in a section but if you don't play the game, you can be overlooked for opportunities. So we let the academy play the game since we didn't necessarily like the suck up required to be "a chosen one." That resulted in better hits and being "sought after" not just for their events and Carson/Boca visits/training, but for hits with better players here and elsewhere. So we got what we needed from them and they got what they needed from having him as a player, which was more players. In our case, it was a fair trade. But there is certainly blatant overselling going on out there, I see it all the time and feel terrible for those parents tossing their money into the wind.
Thanks for posting this. Obviously, a lot of these kids and their families are in similar quid quo pro deals.
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