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Florida Tennis News: Palm Beach Youth League, Gullikson at Conference

February 15, 2013 09:57 AM
Palm Beach Youth Tennis Kick-off on Feb. 23 at Delray Beach Kidz Day
 
USTA-JTT_2c.jpgOpen to all junior tennis players age 12 and under, the USTA Palm Beach County Youth Team Tennis Winter Season Kick-off event will be held in Delray Beach, Fla., on Feb. 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during Kidz Day at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.
 
"For advanced 12-and-under players there will be advanced and intermediate full-court play with yellow balls, and for novice 12-and-under players there will be full-court play with the lower-compression green-dot balls," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Janet Sprague. "For 10-and-under players there will be orange and red ball play on 60' and 36' courts."
 
The event will showcase the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
 
"I think that it is an advantage from the beginning," said Maria Sharapova regarding the USTA's 10 and Under Tennis initiative. "It is much easier to have the lighter balls, and much easier to have a smaller court and I think it gives them a better sense of the game in a way. Whereas you are coming onto the tennis courts for the first time, and since it is one-on-one sport, it can be quite overwhelming. So for a young player that is trying it out, I think it is a wonderful opportunity."
 
Youth team tennis leagues bring kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. The youth team tennis program is in partnership with the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section (USTA Florida), which provides assistance to youth tennis leagues throughout Florida, and organizes USTA Florida Section-level Jr. Team Tennis regional and state championships throughout the year.
 
For more information contact Janet Sprague at Sprague@florida.usta.com.
 
 
Gullickson to Highlight Tennis Teaching Conference in Weston, Fla.
 
midtown athletic clubJunior tennis programs are exploding in popularity from coast to coast, thanks in part to the USTA's mission of growing the sport through 10 and Under Tennis.
 
On March 25-26, 2013, many of the country's top teaching tennis professionals will converge upon Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, Fla., to attend a unique tennis coaches conference dedicated to junior tennis. With presentations that explain the needs and development of junior players at different stages in their development, the Evolution Tennis Conference will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the game for ages 6-16.
 
Highlighted by former U.S. Davis Cup Captain Tom Gullikson, topics and skills will be presented by outstanding coaches from North America, South America and Europe who have worked successfully with players ranging from beginner all the way to the pro level. After his 1987 retirement from the tour, Gullikson became one of the original members of the USTA's Player Development Program, coaching players such as Todd Martin, Jennifer Capriati and Andy Roddick.
 
"Evolution is a unique event where all presentations explore the needs and development of junior players at different ages and stages," said Butch Staples, one of the country's most well-respected junior tennis coaches and a senior advisor for Midtown Athletic Clubs national tennis program. "Our featured speakers will provide an overview of the entire journey a young player experiences from age 6 to 16, explaining the priorities at each stage. Presentations will identify what to teach and when, and will make the connection between the skills they teach at 10-and-under and the coach's priorities for older athletes."
 
A registration fee to attend both days is $195; or one day for just $119. Fees include all seminars and lunch. Special overnight rates are available at partner hotels upon request. To register, visit www.evolve9.com or for more information, contact Midtown Weston Tennis Director Maury Bozman at (954) 382-2582 or via maury.bozman@midtown.com.
 
 
 
 
 

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