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QuickStart Tennis Play Day a Smashing Success

April 28, 2008 02:59 PM

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By Adam Ross 

On April 26, a great time was had by all as the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation played host to the first QuickStart Tennis Play Day in South Florida.  Parents, players and tennis staff were excited to implement and try the new format of play in a competitive environment at the Broward County tennis facility.    

Bob Cooper, tennis director of the City of Plantation and Lowell Coffman, assistant director, welcomed 26 children in three age divisions: 6 and under; 8 and under and 10 and under.  Coffman was very pleased with QuickStart calling it "another effort by the USTA to make tennis accessible to young people."  Bob Cooper was also very enthusiastic about the event, referring to QuickStart Tennis as a "great idea", noting that this was "another weekend activity that parents and kids could do together." 

Kim Gutierrez, her husband Mark and their 10-year-old daughter, Jenna, traveled from Stuart so that Jenna could play in the event.  Ms. Gutierrez and her husband coach soccer at their local school and noted that QuickStart was beneficial beacuse her child could play right away and get away from drills which were less exciting.  She said that this was similar to the evolution of coaching in soccer; getting kids to play right away was key for them to have fun.  She added that with QuickStart Tennis, her daughter was "having fun and that was all that was important."

Parents were involved on-court and assisted with keeping score, especially with the younger children.  Parents like Mark Stevenson and Maria Stevenson were all smiles as their children participated.  Their daughter Laura had a great time playing while her younger brother John ran around the courts having fun.  Parent Dean Hawley advised that his 6-year-old son, Dean Jr., had been playing tennis for over one year and that this was his first tournamant.  Dean said that Dean Jr. loves tennis and that it was "great to have the parents involved." 

All players were treated to a pizza party and provided with Certificates of Participation.  The winners were given trophies as well, although it was emphasized that all who participated in the event were winners.  Not surprisingly, the Veltri Tennis Center will be incorporating QuickStart tennis into its junior training program.  As Lowell Coffman and Bob Cooper discussed, QuickStart tennis is not just about instant competition and less drilling for young tennis players - most importantly it makes tennis fun! 

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