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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): 10-U Player Dev., USTA National Chps., Campus Showdowns

August 15, 2011 02:09 PM
41 Coaches Attend 10-U USTA Player Development Workshop at IMG Academies

Advanced coaching for 10-and-under tennis players was put under a microscope when USTA national, the USTA Florida Section and IMG Academies hosted a USTA Player Development Workshop on Aug. 7, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla.

Forty-one certified teaching pros from the U.S., and one from Germany, along with USTA national and USTA Florida staff experienced a full day of activities centered around the USTA's 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format.

"10 and Under Tennis is only going to be successful if it is delivered properly by an army of tennis teaching professionals," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "Whether it is introduced via recreational players or high-performance players, most children ages 10 or younger can benefit from the QuickStart Tennis play format. We need to change the way tennis is delivered and introduced to this new generation and these tennis workshops are a vital way of getting that change started."

Morning sessions included a classroom presentation with Paul Lubbers, Ph.D., USTA Director, Coaching Education, on "USTA Coaching Philosophy & Under 10," and an on-court session with USTA National Coach Jean Desdunes on "USTA Professional Development Teaching Progressions."

"This workshop, with it's focus on High Performance 10 and Under Tennis and the USTA Player Development teaching and coaching philosophy provided an in-depth education on recruitment, retention, and development parameters of young athletes," said USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Coordinator Jeff Davis. "Is there anything more vital to the future of American tennis than all of us working together to establish a pathway which enables kids to maximize their passion for tennis, their fundamental skills and their athleticism?"

Following lunch, USTA Florida's Rita Gladstone  led an on-court clinic titled "Teaching & Training for 10 and Under," featuring physical training components and the red, orange, and green ball levels of play. The day ended with the session "Programming & Competition for U10."

"The stars were aligned with a great facility, great speakers and a great audience," said USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone. "When you see many of the coaches taking notes you know that the workshop is a good one. It was great."

Susie Bessire is the USTA Florida tennis program coordinator for the region including Bradenton.

"The first question I received at the end of the day was, 'When will you be holding the next training and we hope it will be at IMG,'" Bessire said. "Seeing that so many of the best coaches from around the state were willing to spend 7-1/2 hours on a Sunday to attend this workshop speaks volumes as to the level of interest they have in learning more about the 10 And Under market and how to grow it. Matt Huffman and the entire staff at IMG Bollettieri were top notch and really a pleasure to work with, and contributed to the many positive comments and feedback I have received from the coaches who attended."

Florida's Crawford, Keys Win USTA 18 National Doubles, US Open Wildcard; del Corral Wins 12s

Florida's Samantha Crawford of Tamarac and Madison Keys of Boca Raton won the doubles crown at the USTA Girls' 18s National Championships over the weekend at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

The pair train together at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, and with the win earned a main draw wildcard from the USTA into the women's doubles at the 2011 US Open. 

In the final the No. 2-seeded Crawford-Keys topped unseeded Jennifer Brady of Boca Raton and Kendal Woodard of Georgia 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Brady-Woodard toppled the No. 1, 7, and 9 seeds en route to the final.

The lone Florida singles winner at the USTA National hardcourt singles age-division championships was Alexander del Corral of Doral, Fla., who captured the championship at the USTA Boys' 12s National Championships in North Little Rock, Ark.

The No. 2 seed, del Corral upset top-seeded Nathan Perrone of Mount Laurel, N.J., 6-2, 6-2 in the final. del Corral was also the runner-up in doubles as the top seed with partner Patrick Kypson of North Carolina, losing to the No. 2 seeds Sam Riffice of California and Noah Schachter of Washington 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

In other USTA Nationals results, No. 14-seeded Jake Devine of Boca Raton finished runner-up in singles to No. 2-seeded champion Cameron Klinger of San Jose, Calif., 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-1, at the USTA Boys' 14s National Championships in San Antonio, Tex. Klinger also won the doubles title.

No. 6-seeded Mia Horvit of Parkland, Fla., was runner-up in singles at the USTA Girls' 14s National Championships in Peachtree City, Ga., losing to top-seeded Lauren Goodman of Fort Wayne, Ind., 6-2, 6-2.

Jacksonville University, Florida Tech to Host USTA Campus Showdown Tennis

USTA Campus Showdown logoJacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., and Florida Tech in Melbourne, Fla., will host USTA Campus Showdown tennis tournaments in the coming weeks, open to all men and women players.

The Florida Tech event will be on Aug. 27, 2011, and the Jacksonville event on Sept. 3-4, 2011.

A USTA Campus Showdown is part of the USTA player development program, featuring short format tournaments open to juniors, college players, professionals, and adults. Draws are compass draws for both singles and doubles. Singles matches are generally one set with a tiebreaker at 5-5. Doubles are 8-game pro sets with tiebreakers at 7-7.

In Jacksonville the men's match play will be Sept. 3, and women's match play on Sept. 4. The tournament is a non-sanctioned, non-ranking event where junior players, college players and adult players can face different styles of play and competition.

The entry fee for the event is $10 for singles and $5 for doubles. For more information or to register, contact Justin Miles, JU men's and women's tennis coach, at (904)256-7411 or jmiles3@ju.edu.

To enter or for more information on the Florida Tech event, contact coach Bill Macom at bmacon@fit.edu.






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