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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.
Track tennis matches to build better players PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Gerard Ho   
Junior tennis higher age group

"Did I make that many unforced errors on my forehand?" my son, a Division I college tennis player, asked. "Well…yes. Let's take a look," I replied, showing him the stats I had charted on my iPhone during one of his recent team matches. "I knew I made some mistakes on my forehand but I didn't know there were so many…I guess I need to be more patient next time. Let me see my first serve percentage." he said, eager to check out the rest of his stats. We sat down and started a good discussion about the match while going over his and his opponent's stats on my iPhone.

Before I started charting my son's tennis matches, it was very difficult to discuss and analyze his matches together without getting into an argument, especially after a loss. We often had different perceptions about a match and the discussions would degrade into a debate about whether he had made too many unforced errors or whether he had been aggressive enough. As he started playing more and more tennis tournaments, I realized that I would need objective data about his play to identify what aspects of his game were working well and which needed improvement. Until the iPhone came out two years ago, I attempted to gather these statistics using paper and pencil. It was cumbersome, and I didn't get to enjoy the matches because I was busy writing and checking off boxes. Entering the data into a computer later so I could track his progress was tedious and time consuming, and finding a useful format was elusive.

Now, instead of tracking the stats on paper, I use Tennis Trakker Pro for the iPhone and iPod Touch to chart tennis matches. The icon-based interface is intuitive and easy to use. Each icon represents the type of shot that either starts or ends a point. During the match I just tap on the icon that represents the type of shot produced and the program automatically calculates the stats based on my entries. If I make a mistake, I can use the "undo" function to go back to the previous point and correct it. If I miss any of the points played because of a phone call or other distraction, I can use the "Edit" function to update the game and/or set scores. At the end of the match, I can also email the stats to a coach or my wife. One of the greatest things about this app is that while I'm entering the data on my iPhone, I can actually watch and enjoy the point being played and still have a free hand for a coffee or cold drink!

Now, instead of tracking the stats on paper, I use Tennis Trakker ProThe latest version of Tennis Trakker Pro also has an "Upload" function that allows me to upload my saved matches to, a website that's a repository of all my matches where I can look at them on a computer. There are several advantages I find in uploading the data from my iPhone to the web server. The biggest advantage is tracking my son's long-term progress. Yes, the data is all in my iPhone, but it's easier to look at the seven matches he played against player X on the computer where the larger screen allows me to see, not only the statistics of each individual match, but also the overall trend of the matches. Also if I loose or switch iPhones, I know that all of my matches are on the web server. The other nice thing about data upload is that I can upload the data as many times as I want during a match and someone who is not present at the site but has access to a computer can see the live score. The best feature is that I can look at all of the matches together and analyze the progress of my son over time: did his first serve percentage get better from January to June? Of course, it is a long-term approach since you'll need to upload several matches for the analysis to make sense. Uploading your saved matches to the web is not required, but it's a smart choice if you want to track a more serious player or one who seems likely to continue playing for the foreseeable future.

If your son, daughter, or student plays tennis competitively, consider charting their matches. I believe you will find the process easy and rewarding if you use the right tool.

Gerard Ho is the owner of Tennis Trakker Pro 2.0

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 May 2010 12:49
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