Hey gplracer, remember me? We have similar age/size boys and exchanged some emails a while back.
Personally, I started my son playing matches before he was ready at 8 and stopped shortly thereafter. We trained and played some team tennis at 9 and 10. Now at 10 1/2 we've struck what seems to be a good balance for him: 1 private, 1 clinic, 1 session with me during the week and a practice match or tournament on the weekends. We're doing only 1 or 2 tournaments per month - some USTA and some round robins / super sets. Not in a hurry to play a huge tournament schedule. Practice matches with quality players works well right now.
We back this down a little during basketball season, but it's a good balance for us right now and each kid will be different.
"More Sureshs, less Maxima for a better TT." - Power Player
Last edited by BMC9670; 01-16-2013 at 10:41 AM.