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  1. PatrickB

    Tennis Scheduling Software Recommendations?

    Anyone had any experience with the non-tennis specific systems like Zen Planner or Mind Body Online? They have very slick interfaces and handle a lot of functionality for pretty reasonable prices.
  2. PatrickB

    Tennis Scheduling Software Recommendations?

    Does anyone have any experience with, opinions on, or recommendations for different tennis facility management software packages? I'm looking into software to handle lesson scheduling/billing for our club, and perhaps eventually growing into other areas. If we go this way, we'd probably want...
  3. PatrickB

    There's a Tennis Channel app that allows free streaming of the French Open!

    It was dropping out on my iPad earlier today, but it's still very nice. Do we know how access is going to be controlled after this week in terms of subscriptions?
  4. PatrickB

    -1 Certified USTA Official

    Just a final note, as I think that pretty much everything that needs to be said has been said. 1. Thanks for the advice and suggestions, everyone. I do appreciate the feedback, though I'm not going to return to officiating this year. Maybe in the future. 2. Yes, NCIS isn't a fly-by-night...
  5. PatrickB

    -1 Certified USTA Official

    I did up exchanging email with the USTA senior counsel. He explicitly refused to provide any legal guidance as to what the waiver actually means and what rights I would retain and waive if I signed the waiver.
  6. PatrickB

    -1 Certified USTA Official

    Here's the relevant section of the waiver, which doesn't mention just lawful use of the results:
  7. PatrickB

    -1 Certified USTA Official

    Well, I can see why NCIS refused to answer because the waiver is covering their rear end. The USTA doesn't actually receive any of my personal information however - just a list of people who passed the background check - so I don't actually understand why *they* refused to answer, especially...
  8. PatrickB

    -1 Certified USTA Official

    My guess is that the waiver isn't worth anything if you could show negligence on the part of NCIS. That's actually my real question, but I'm not a lawyer and am not willing to hire one to work as a USTA official. That's why I asked the USTA (to whom I pay dues and is requiring the check) what...
  9. PatrickB

    -1 Certified USTA Official

    There's nothing I want to hide, no, except to make sure that the people I give my sensitive information to (e.g. SSN, past addresses for the last 10 years, and a wide range of other things that would make identity theft trivial were it disclosed) actually have some incentive to treat that...
  10. PatrickB

    -1 Certified USTA Official

    I took up USTA officiating several years ago, not long after I tore my ACL on court, as a way of staying involved with on-court tennis until my knee healed, and continued it after returning to play through last year, roving and refereeing sectional events and working chairs and lines at ITA...
  11. PatrickB

    Rules or Code Provisions Hardly Anyone Knows

    Even fewer people realize that you can hit it into *their* side of the net to essentially guarantee that you win that point.
  12. PatrickB

    Again With The Footfaulting?

    Another one that most people miss that is surprisingly often is foot faulting the center line. Two common cases I see pretty often: 1. A right hander serving from the deuce side lines up with their front (left) foot just to the right of the center hash mark and the back (right) foot offset...
  13. PatrickB

    Davydenko Join Dunlop

    200 has a similar weight, balance, and flex to the Ozone Tour, but a smaller head size. As much as I'd love to see him using a 200, a customized 300 is more likely, I'd think.
  14. PatrickB

    Dunlop website - new player!?!

    Nice. :) Wonder what he's using...
  15. PatrickB

    College hooking rules for Juniors???

    As an official, I'd *love* to have 1 official per two matches; however, officials aren't free and there aren't that many of us in most places. Would you be willing to double entry fees to all junior tournaments to do this? Where are high school athletic associations going to come up with the...
  16. PatrickB

    Can you coach during early junior tournaments?

    Not formally, though frequently if your juniors are having trouble with this, an official might ask an unaffilitated adult to come on court to help them keep this kind of thing straight.
  17. PatrickB

    College hooking rules for Juniors???

    As an official, I do tend to spend more time on courts where there has been trouble or where players have a history of problematic behavior than on courts where things are running smoothly. And of course, if other matches finish and there are only one or two matches on the courts I'm working...
  18. PatrickB

    Can you coach during early junior tournaments?

    Some tournaments and leagues may allow it specifically (e.g. NM high school rules allow coaching through the fence by the designated coach), but if it's played under straight USTA rules, coaching is generally not allowed at any level of juniors except on authorized rest breaks.
  19. PatrickB

    College hooking rules for Juniors???

    USTA rules are for all USTA sanctioned matches. Some tournaments, leagues, and regions may have local rules which override USTA rules, but USTA rules themselves do *not* vary by region.
  20. PatrickB

    College hooking rules for Juniors???

    As a certified official for several years, I can tell you that this is plain and simply not true. In USTA matches, officials on court must overrule an incorrect out call *immediately*. In particular, if the player has time to appeal, it's *too late* to overrule. Friend at Court is explicit on...
  21. PatrickB

    Did Dunlop get rid of m-fil completely in the AG 4D?

    I'm not saying that the racquets aren't *different*. They clearly are, with different material mixtures and molds such to differentiate one generation from the next. What I'm saying, though, is that the materials they're using aren't really *new*. I'm saying that in most cases I think that the...
  22. PatrickB

    Did Dunlop get rid of m-fil completely in the AG 4D?

    Even if DUnlop changed from mfil to 4d, how much difference do you think the technologies really are? More to the point, do you honestly think that *any* racquet manufacturer's recent new technology is really that much different than their old technology instead of just a sales pitch? The...
  23. PatrickB

    +++++ The Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 User's Group +++++

    I'm a 3.5, use it, and love it. I started using it not long after I started working with a new teacher to develop longer, fuller strokes, and it has worked well for me in that context.
  24. PatrickB

    Lets for balls on court?

    No. If there's a ball rolling onto their court, particularly if it was something that couldn't have been anticipated before the point began, you can reasonably claim a let there. For unofficiated matches, Friend at Court doesn't give you an explicit remedy like it does for chaired matches...
  25. PatrickB

    Quick question on rules for USTA?

    Nothing in the rules forbids the serving side from using either of these formations.
  26. PatrickB

    Quick question on rules for USTA?

    Note that this is only for ITA (Collegiate) matches:
  27. PatrickB

    Lets for balls on court?

    Friend at Court 2010 doesn't say that, in a self-officiated match, you can claim the point: In Chaired matches, however, the story is different:
  28. PatrickB

    Australian Open final- Henin vs Serena

    Maybe it would encourage Serena to improve her fitness and become an even better tennis player...
  29. PatrickB

    Do You Ever Call Your Own Lines In Doubles?

    Then you're oblidged to overrule your partner. Ettiquitte-wise, the best way to do this is probably to go to your partner and tell them that you saw it clearly in so that they can correct their call. If you correct your partner and your return is *in*, you play a let. If your return was out...
  30. PatrickB

    Henin VS Zheng AO SemiFinal

    Well, to be fair, if you took away any top player's biggest strength, they probably wouldn't be a top player. :) In addition, I think that Serena *could* be a much better player simply by improving her fitness. The injuries and footwork problems she has *can* be addressed by doing exactly what...
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