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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 NCTennis.com 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 www.nctennis.com 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.
My child's opponent is making bad line calls, what can I do to help? PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Do not get involved during the match. This is a teachable moment. At the conclusion of the match speak with your child only, never the opponent, ever, and help coach your child. Options for your child are:

  • Getting a line judge from the tournament referee or rover
  • Hit the ball safer into the court

Please remember you cannot make a call from outside the fence, at the side, the baseline, or the net. The perception is different. Many players actually see the ball out or hope so hard. Most players do not cheat. There are some cheaters at every level, and you will all know them. If it is your child fix it. Remember the pros have judges on every line and they get overruled and miss calls.

Parental Advice

Being a tennis parent is hard and thinking your child's opponent is making bad calls is not an easy thing to watch. Here are some suggestions from experienced tennis parents. If you have some suggestions, please add them using the comments section below this article.

Your child may not feel cheated! Make sure you are not the one running to them after their match telling them that their opponent was a cheater. Your perception may have been wrong and if your child lost their match it gives them an excuse for losing. Remember, it is up to your child to notice and correct this situation during their match. Your job is to make sure your child is aware of the options he/she has if they feel they are being cheated. I made the mistake of letting my child use cheating as an excuse for losing a match and they started thinking every time they lost it was because the other child cheated, even when it was a fair match! This is a mistake I would not want to make again.
If you are convinced a child is making bad line calls, try this execise, it helped me. Kneel at the baseline and have a friend place balls on either side of the opposite baseline. Now try and determine which balls are in and which are out. Try this standing also. You will be surprised how often you are wrong!
Before you start bad mouthing the other child and his parents, remember these are people you will regularly continue to see if your child continues to play tennis. I made the mistake of acting nasty to one of the parents and my child ultimately ended up being good friends with the child I thought was cheating. I was very embarrassed for my previous behavior and ended up apologizing to them. It would have been better to never have acted poorly in the first place. This was a bad example to set for my child.
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