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Miami Kids 10-Under Tennis Challenge; April Parent Resources

April 7, 2014 11:13 AM
Miami Kids 10-Under Team Tennis Challenge in June

JTT-Sun-2Kids love playing on teams, from junior team tennis to middle school tennis to high school. Now the new USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge is bringing recreational team play events to Miami-area children.

A USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge for 10-under players, presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, will be hosted by the Tamiami Tennis Center in Miami, Fla., on Saturday, June 28, 2014.
The one-day tournament will host gender-blind teams of no more than six players per team. Players must be age 10 or under to compete, with "orange ball" and "red ball" divisions.
The USTA Youth Tennis format allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, low-compression low-bouncing 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.
These "BYOT" (bring your own team) events do not require previous team tennis league participation. Both USTA members and non-members can participate, with USTA members receiving a $10 discount on registration. Team registration closes on June 23, 2014. To register go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.
"We have seen consistent demand across Florida for more open, recreational formats of play," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "The new USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges offer fewer restrictions, allowing more teams to participate."
USTA Florida strongly encourages coaches to register teams early.
"The partnership with USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges is a great fit for Wilson Racquet Sports and our shared vision to attract more youth participation," said Erika Offerdahl, promotions manager for Wilson Racquet Sports. Coaches and players can also connect with USTA Florida via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BYOTeamTennis.
The Tamiami Tennis Center Tennis Center is located at 11201 SW 24th St., Miami, Fla., 33165.
For more information or to register go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.

April Tennis Parent Content Via USTA Florida and 'Growing Champions for Life'

Growing_champions_USTA_FloridaThis April's fresh tennis parent content is now available at the USTA Florida "Growing Champions for Life" website, a partnership with David Benzel's organization dedicated to creating cohesive families and principle-centered athletes who win at life, not just at sports.

For info on teaching children to manage their own confidence levels, USTA Florida members can register for the FREE webinar "The Best-Kept Secret of Self-Confidence", online Thursday, April 17. Parents can gain an understanding about how to discuss the confidence game with young athletes...for sports and school.

This month's article, "How to Recover Swagger," provides children with a two-step exercise for regaining lost confidence. 

This month's Positive Parent Video, "Teach Your Kids What Works in Life," provides a balanced approach to having essential conversations about family values.

The April audio interview is with professional triathlete Mandy McLane, whose involvement with sports began with competitive swimming at age five. Her interest in athletics continued throughout high school and led to a track and field scholarship at Clemson University. Mandy was an Olympic hopeful until a serious injury took her out of the game at the end of her college career, yet she reinvented herself as a triathlete at the professional level. 

"Check out the whole page to find other resources that will help you create the most positive sport family environment possible!" Benzel says.

For more information go to www.ustaflorida.com/growingchampions.






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