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June 6, 2013 09:50 PM

USTA Florida Coaches Commission Conducts Camp in Jacksonville

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Members of the USTA Florida Coaches Commission conducted a Region 2 (Jacksonville area) junior camp on May 18, 2013, for juniors 12-16 years of age at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Teaching pros Danny Witt and Pat Jenkins organized the camp, which featured match play and special appearances by former college players and pros.
"The Coaches Commission ran a really nice match camp," said USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone. "It was good tennis, lots of match play and very organized."
Making appearances and assisting were former Florida State player Noah Schnell, former ATP World Tour Vice President Weller Evans, and former Wimbledon finalist MaliVai Washington.
"This was specifically a competition and match-play format camp," Witt said. "Mal did stop by and gave a very nice talk and answered questions for the group of 20 kids. We would like to give a special thanks to UNF and their beautiful new facility, and of course coaches Adam Schaechterle and Audra Cohen."
The USTA Florida Coaches Commission was formed in 2012 with a mission supported by the USTA national body to enhance coaching, junior development and programs, and junior tennis leadership in Florida.
For additional information contact Andy Gladstone at gladstone@florida.usta.com.

Clearwater to Host Cardio Tennis Training Course in July

Cardio Tennis Logo resized.jpgA Cardio Tennis Training Course will be held in Clearwater at Countryside Country Club on July 20, 2013, presented by Michelle Krause. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a cost of $150, and the registration fee includes lunch, a manual, a music CD, drill DVD's and more.
"Cardio Tennis has truly become the 'Third way to play tennis,'" Krause says. "This training course teaches the fundamentals of Cardio Tennis and everything you need to know to make it a success at your facility. Research shows today's active consumer is looking for fun social group activities where they can get a great workout in a short period of time. Cardio Tennis is the answer."
The course teaches the fundamentals of Cardio Tennis, including: What is Cardio Tennis, its purpose and benefits; The six components of Cardio Tennis; Key ingredients of a healthy curriculum; The importance of heart rate monitors and how to use them; Proper warm-up activities, Cardio games and drills, cool down activities and cardio blasts; Drill-based vs. play-based exercises; Marketing and Making Money; Tools for success; and How to market and make money with Cardio Tennis.
For more info or to register go to www.CardioTennis.com.

4 Panhandle Women Help SEC Teams to NCAA D-I Championships

by Scott Harrison, USTA Florida Region 1-West (Panhandle) Columnist
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Alexa Guarachi (Destin) for the University of Alabama, Erin Stephens (Santa Rosa Beach) for the University of Mississippi, and Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler (Gulf Breeze) for Auburn University all helped their respective women's tennis teams advance to the 2013 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships in May.
Guarachi had the best run of the four. Her Crimson Tide team advanced two rounds before falling in the round of 16 to California. Guarachi was also in the individual singles and doubles championships as well. After beating the second seed in the second round, she advanced to the singles semifinals before falling to Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska.
Guarachi teamed with Mary Anne Macfarlane to make the semifinals of the doubles. The team topped Purdue, Florida and second seeded Georgia before falling 7-5, 6-4 to UCLA. Alabama's overall record of 21-6 was an indication of several firsts for the program. It was the first time in program history the team had advanced to the round of 16, and the first time individual singles and doubles players advanced to the semifinals.
Stephens had an 18-14 record for the Ole Miss Rebels. She played mostly No. 4 singles and some No. 3. She also played doubles in over half the team's matches. Ole Miss lost to Duke in the first round of the tournament.
Kasler and Pfeifler helped their Tiger teammates to beat St. Mary's of California in the first round. Pfeifler won the deciding point for Auburn. Auburn then fell to California in the second round. Auburn's overall record of 19-9 was the best since 1989. The NCAA appearance was the first for the Tigers since 2009. Kasler and Pfeifler both played Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles. Kasler was 24-8 while Pfeifler was 18-12. They had a strong doubles season as well, playing some with each other and some with other players.
Congratulations to all four women for a terrific 2013 collegiate season. Next year, Panama City's Brittany Lindl will join the Tennessee's women's team in the SEC.

2013 Pensacola Sports Association's 36th Annual Racquet Round-Up Expands to Five Sites

The Pensacola Sports Association's (PSA) 36th Annual Racquet Round-up will expand to five sites in 2013.
Parents of 6-8 and 9-12 year olds may chose between Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, June 3-5; the University of West Florida in North Pensacola, June 14; Hollice T. Williams Park in downtown Pensacola, and Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze on July 25 and 26; and the Pensacola Naval Air Station on July 29.
All clinics, prizes, t-shirts and refreshments are free of charge. Upwards of 400 children participate each year.
In addition to the PSA, the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida is a major sponsor of the event.

Free College Recruiting Tennis Webinar for USTA Members

NCAA_college info.jpgPlaying collegiate tennis can be a life-changing experience, but first you have to understand the ins and outs of the recruiting game. Here's your chance with the help of the USTA.
Exclusive for USTA members, Florida juniors and parents can view a NCSA athletic recruiting webinar on June 10, 2013, at 8 p.m. CST. Join recruiting expert Paul Putnam to activate your recruiting profile by signing up for a recruiting education class created especially for USTA members on the basics of college tennis recruiting.
Putnam will break down everything from when to start to how to pick a school, and will be answering all your questions. This is an exclusive opportunity provided by the USTA for all members. NCSA was founded in 2000 to help student athletes and their families navigate the competitive and often confusing world of college recruiting.
Space is limited, so register now to reserve a spot. For more information or to register go to http://recruit.ncsasports.org/LP=161.





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