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What's New in The Midwest in 2012
USTA College Information Session at the ACC Tournament
Changes in the Tar Heel Qualifier
What's New in The Midwest in 2012   2012 has brought many new changes for junior competitive tournament players. National USTA has made significant changes to the tournament schedule which have reduced opportunities for many. Meanwhile, the Midwest USTA has responded to the requests of players and parents with several notablechanges: • Midwest now "owns" the elevated tournaments (Levels 1-5); this should ensure more consistent standards for tournaments, including:
o No matches starting before 8am
o 12 hours guaranteed between matches from one day to the next
o For 14s, 12s, and10-and-Unders, no matches start/resume after 9pm
o For 16s and 18s, no matches start/resume after 10pm
• Efforts made to better distribute elevated tournaments (Levels 1-5) geographically (53% in Michigan and Ohio, down from 71%)
• All events begin on Saturday
• There are elevated tournaments during all holidays, so less school is missed
• New 2-day 32-draw tournaments added
• Many more doubles added, most with a one-match consolation
• All are Feed-In Consolation
• Boys and Girls 10s compass draws added
• Concurrent events of different levels held on same weekend, allowing players to sign up for both Let us know your thoughts on these changes....join our Facebook community!  
USTA College Information Session at the ACC Tournament High school players, parents, and coaches are invited to attend a College Information Session hosted by the USTA on Saturday April 23rd at the ACC Championships, held at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary NC.
Changes in the Tar Heel Qualifier Changes in the Tar Heel Qualifier We have found information about the 2011 Tar Heel Qualifier changes posted at on since the first of the year but know that some folks are still just finding out. We encourage you to make a regular stop at from time to time as that as forum is used to distribute the most information. But, in case you have not visited the site or have and have questions, please read the following.
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Junior Tennis Player Footwork The following is an example of the summary that the coach can put together after a meeting with the player and parents. As you can see it outlines the goals, both developmental and ranking based. Most importantly it outlines the steps in achieving those goals.


A coaches summary after the Parent-Player-Coach Meeting

October 30, 2009
  • Forehand inside the court needs to be addressed starting with the footwork and the lean of the upper body. (Junior) is currently rushing and the swing plane is breaking down, and therefore the ball goes down. This will be worked on this winter and in the upcoming years. I do not want him changing his grip further around in order to hit this shot.
  • Left hand on the volley needs to be closer to right arm. (Junior) currently swings the arm open therefore losing all the support out of his shoulders. (Junior) is also volleying from below the net too often and will continue to work on shot selection and closing speed.
  • Footwork is clunky and non efficient. He is out of position too early in points and hovering the baseline does not allow full strokes. I will move him closer to the line as he gets older. I would really like (Junior) to focus on this area 3x per week. He will need to continue to work on this area nonstop. Jump Rope, use a speed ladder, and a lot of cone court work. (Junior) needs a parent to drive this area of his training. If he is going to realize full talent he will need to do the little stuff outside of hitting.
  • Discipline in points need to improve. (Junior) can stay in a point as long as he wants too. He shows signs of impatience and will need to continue to work on point construction against better players, not bailing out when the short ball shot does not immediately present itself. This is as much as a maturity issue as anything else.
  • Always come forward on the right ball. This is as much as a maturity stage as anything else.
Match Play
  • Play all/most designated events in the 12’s
  • Win a Southern Level 3 in the 12’s
  • Begin looking at National Level 3’s maybe 3 events this year.
  • Play most NC level 4 as a 14.
  • Play National clays, National hard courts in the summer - MUST
Ranking Guidelines
  • Least important area of development
  • Top 30 in South this year
  • Top 15 in South next year
  • Top 50 in US by the time he is 12
Last Updated on Saturday, 31 October 2009 02:33
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