Thread: Video redux
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:52 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by Alohajrtennis View Post
I think it's more that people want to videotape their player playing a good player as there is more to learn. Watching videotape of your player beating an opponent 0,0 might be fun, but there's not too much to learn from it. Watching the videotape of you player lose to a better player definitely yields more insight onto your own player.

I suspect there are players and parents in all sports who don't appreciate being recorded; however, tennis appears to be unique in taking a stand against it, at least in some sections or locales. Which I think is a shame because it is probably the sport that has the most to gain from it, for several reasons, including in that it is also unique in its prohibition against coaching and one of the few sports where kids "officiate" there own matches.

In the first regard, having videotape is much better then the coach saying "remember when it was 30-0 in third game of the first set and you.." after the match.

With regards to cheating, videos cameras can serve as a deterrent. In fact, each section should have a supply of a couple dozen Bloggie or flip video cameras and mounts and should have two cameras mounted, one each side, for each round of sixteen match and above at a L3-L5 tournaments.
Agree on all points. I actually had one dad pitch a fit about recording a match, and when asked why, he stated that his older daughter was caught cheating 4 times in a match and her opponent posted the bad calls on YouTube which embarrassed her and damaged her college options. I was stunned. Not only did he not repudiate her behavior, but he all but stated that his younger daughter was going to do the same thing, and he didn't want it revealed. The ref backed him up, and I had to pull the camera down.

However, the USTA is not really interested in preventing cheating. They are revenue-focused.
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