Great questions asked.......
Snipped it down and added my own thoughts in brackets.
Notes from the 1st USTA Town Hall Meeting 11/17/12
USTA Town Hall Meeting
Mid-Atlantic Annual Meeting — Reston, VA
Representing the USTA: Lew Brewer, Director Junior Competition
those with lots at stake — college, scholarships, etc.
Lew Brewer (LB):
the tournament structure is there: if it works for you use it, if not, don’t
[ Sounds like take it or leave it........]
the junior tennis competition committee was asked to look at changes that would increase player development, increase affordability, and decrease missed school (and missed work for parents)
[ Nobody asked him about why Winter Nationals is going bye-bye when it is during EVERYONE'S SCHOOL VACATION ACROSS THE ENTIRE US?
How do you "increase player development" when you have cut away the tournaments ( remember there were many national tournaments in 2010, Copper Bowl, was the most well known,) and now in 2014, you cut out Winter Nationals and the Easter Bowl, and your reduce the draws of the remaining two nationals - are you kidding me, that is increasing player development?
I do agree with "increasing affordability", as many kids will stop playing tennis after years and years of playing the same few kids over and over again....., and yes this will save the parents money. No more court time to be paid.]
in 2014 draw sizes for hard courts and clay courts will be reduced (assuming USTA approves committee’s recommendation to postpone this change for 2013)
[ Wait a minute........... the USTA didn't approve this change for 2013????????????????????]
Coach Chuck Kriese (CK): I agree with the reduction. The field at Kalamazoo has been diluted. Recently, there were 51 defaults in the backdraw. Lots of kids cramp the first day because they are not prepared to win, they are there just to have shown up. But maybe there can be a qualifying tournament.
[I like Chuck Kriese, but a lot of kids cramped the first day and threw up, ( kid on left hand side court in the flower pot), but he kept on playing. The first day was SUPER HOT this year......
51 defaults in the backdraw of the national of 192........
Has anyone ever looked at the backdraw of a sectional tournament since the new point system went into effect?
With ONE NATIONAL POINT PER WON MATCH, who stays anymore. No one...... ]
Q: If there were 51 kids pulling out of the backdraw, the majority was actually those kids who came expecting to win and wanted only to be part of main draw. It was not kids who were so excited just to get in.
Q: There are amazing kids who are between 128 and 192, or even alternates who get in and have phenomenal tournaments.
It is also much better for college coaches to have larger draws.
If a parent doesn’t want to travel, they always have that option.
LB: We could debate this issue all day and would still disagree.
[Wow, is that a response or a deflection?]
Q: Have you studied the impact of those kids between 128 and 192?
LB: Yes, we studied players who lost 1st round to see how they did in backdraw but I don’t have the results with me. There have been kids who have done very well, even a kid who made it to quarters of Kalamazoo.
[Yes, I wrote my term paper, but I don't have it with me....]
Q: much better for college coaches to have larger draw sizes.
If player is injured in summer out of luck unless they have Easter Bowl or winter nationals.
[Excellent point, why is this not addressed by LB?]
Q: at NCAA division 1 tournament, only 22 of 128 players were american.
[ That number of 22 is not right, it is higher. ]
CK: Very big and serious issue.
Only Americans in top 50 or 60 can easily play — otherwise competing against all international players.
$63 million in scholarships given to foreign players.
Q: So can’t the uSTA address this issue and help US kids play tennis for US colleges?
SS: this issue is incredibly upsetting and we have to do something.
Q: If we are not competing well internationally, how do we improve kids beyond top 50?
LB: Most kids better served by competing locally
[ Is this a listening tour or a done deal?]
Last edited by tennis5 : 11-19-2012 at 02:44 PM.