Originally Posted by Surecatch
Match experience is invaluable. To me there is no such thing as waiting for the game to be ready. Once she can keep from getting blown off the court, get her in there if she wants to. Match play is an important component of the development process/learning curve. Learning to win is not always as easy as learning the strokes and the strategy.
It's common knowledge that juniors at the top of the 10 & 12's rankings usually disappear once they reach the 18's.
If you allow a junior to compete without the proper stroke foundation, winning by just keeping the ball in play, then you set them up for failure, regardless of how mentally tough they are.