[tennisbiz] USTA Junior Development
<x-charset iso-8859-1>I would like to respond to Tim Coleman's comments. He said for the US to
develop more and better junior players we need more courts and more
organized play. I totally agree with both comments but I would also like to
add to his list.
Just throwing these kids out on a court and having them play is not the
answer to creating better tennis players, though. You can create more
tennis players this way but not better players. These players need good,
solid instruction of how to play the game. Starting with the rules and
court etiquette and continuing with solid stroke mechanics. This means they
need a qualified coach who can teach them these things.
For these players to get better they also need support from someone, usually
a parent or guardian, sometimes a coach. This supporter has to be willing
to sacrifice some of their time. This time can come in many forms. It can
be hitting with the junior, bringing them to tournaments, playing doubles
with them, etc.
So, I would like to add to Tim's list. Coaching and a support structure will
need to be added to not only create more tennis players but also better
tennis players. With these additions, these players will only be limited by
their natural ability and their willingness and desire to improve.
Received on Fri Apr 25 2003 - 07:26:05 CDT