Originally Posted by OneTennisParent
The lure must also be recognition by TennisRecruiting.net. I can only speak for myself, but my primary goal is a scholarship. if any new organization is not accepted by the rating system college coaches look to, it becomes just another practice session.
That being said, I would participate just to stick it in the eye of the USTA.
Setting scholarship as the "primary goal" is a slippery slope that parents should avoid at all costs.
My primary objective with respect to tennis is for my kid to enjoy playing the sport. The life lessons, memories, and friendships just happen if you play the sport for the love of the game. And if your child has success, he/she will have the opportunity to earn a scholarship. If not, there are still great tennis programs available in college for kids that aren't quite good enough but still love the game.
Respect the game and play the sport for the right reasons. Participating in an event just so you can "stick it to the USTA" is a destructive mindset. You'll catch more bees with honey than vinegar.