My kids have taken lessons from five different tennis instructors. [We stopped lessons with two because their progress stagnated. Two other instructors they were with (who we would have stayed with forever) moved away. Their current instructor we want to keep forever.] None of their past tennis instructors, even including their current instructor [who we adore beyond words], actively encourage students to enter USTA tournaments. I spoke to another parent of a tennis player yesterday at a USTA tournament, and she (a golf instructor) expressed the exact same mind-boggling confusion at teaching pros in the entire tennis community. Let me clarify what I mean by "actively encourage since I'd assume that all tennis instructors probably "passively encourage" students to enter tournaments, meaning they're happy to hear when a student goes into a tournament. Active encouragement goes beyond that. I'm a private music instructor. All of the good instructors I know of put their students into various recitals, festivals and competitions. The really good ones don't even ask the students about recitals and festivals - they just put them in. Most students love and expect this. A very, very small minority (like probably literally 2% of students) will request not to participate the next year for whatever reason. Without various events, there are no goals, the bar is set lower, and the vast majority of students don't develop nearly as well. If I were a tennis instructor instead of a music instructor, I'd do something similar, because I would consider my students' involvement in tournaments to be a critical part of my own "curriculum" I'm using with the student. I might e-mail all of my students once a month with a list of various upcoming tournaments and letting them decide. I might take a little time during their lessons to say, "Let's see what events you might enter for next month." Or maybe even just something as hands off as taking 15 minutes during their very first lesson: "Parent, let me train you on how to search for tournaments and enter into them. They will make a huge difference in your child's game." And then I would tell the parent when the child is even remotely ready to participate in various classes of tournaments. Any one of these things (or all of them) would be so easy to do. And who benefits? Not just the student, but also the teacher, big time. The student and parent spend their time, money and energy gaining all kinds of experience on the tennis court, the tennis instructor does almost nothing (especially if they take lesson time to do it!), and yet it is the tennis instructor's reputation that is furthered by the player's more rapid increase in skill. The instructor gets to take all the credit! But instead, it seems parents are just expected to figure everything out on their own, and I know for a fact that some are not lucky enough to ever do so. I just don't get it at all. If a pro approaches you for lessons and tells you exactly what they want out of lessons, that's one thing. But when someone with no clue about anything (which is a majority of students/parents) says, "We are signing up for tennis lessons. Tell us what to do," so many of them give them tips on technique/strategy and leave it at that, completely ignoring the off-court factors that can be as significant as on-court factors. Part of telling students what to do should be to point out to them all the ways available to get them valuable experience on the tennis court, right? Even if the instructor has to spend extra time outside of lessons searching on the USTA tennislink website (which again is very minimal - only takes a few minutes to see what's coming up in the local area over the next month), pretty much every teacher on Earth has "maintenance time" outside of their lessons, whether it's normal scheduling, office hours for school teachers, or repertoire selection / festival registration for music teachers. And let's not even get started about how this relates to tennis advocacy, furthering the popularity of the sport. Anyway, I'm really curious what various tennis instructors out there have to say about this. Why do you not promote more? If you do promote tournaments, why do you think this behavior among teaching pros is so rare? I'm really curious if there is some factor I'm overlooking here.