Parents of our participating student-athletes are very important 'partners.'
This page is intended as a resource for new "tennis parents," to help them to help their children learn about the sport. Below is information about many tennis related subjects; for example, where to find tournaments, how A's & Aces Tournament Training Team players can request need-based-scholarships and travel gas stipends to tournaments, and how to explore opportunities to donate or receive, “gently used” equipment, clothes, or shoes for a child. Links to the complete Rules of Tennis and instructional videos are also provided, as well as links to sites where current USTA Louisiana state rankings and NJTL National Student-Athlete Competition standings can be located.
A proper transition from the red to orange to green ball should be based on sound technique and tactical competencies rather than impatience to skip from one level to the next. When children transition too quickly from one ball to another, there is a much greater likelihood that they will develop technical flaws as a means of compensating for developmentally inappropriate play.
Technical flaws inevitably impede their progress. This results in delaying competitive learning while considerable time being used to correct the flaws. Otherwise, the player cannot optimize his or her skill set, and thus unable to achieve their true tennis potential. For detailed information about this topic click here to read pp 64-73 (the Chapter titled "Transition from the Red to Orange to Green Ball") from the USTA publication, POSITIONING YOUTH TENNIS FOR SUCCESS.
10 & U Tennis Youth-Progression-Pathway System
After piloting by several USTA sections across the country, USTA Southern adopted Youth Progression Pathway System for play that began on January 1, 2017. Click here for detailed info about how children ages 7-10 yr earn virtual stars and trophies in order to progress from Orange 2, to Orange 1 to the final level, Green level 1. Completion of this Pathway will earn eligibility to enter 12 & U tournaments prior to age 11. Click here for the Southern Tennis Association Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
A proper transition from the red to orange to green to yellow ball should be based on sound technique and tactical competencies.
List of Recommended Tournaments (September-December 2018)
Fall-Winter 2018 tournaments recommended for A's & Aces Travel Tournament Training players.
Find ALL Louisiana Tournaments here. (Scroll to the appropriate YEAR, then to the MONTH you are interested in.)
2018 Southern Junior Levels 1 through 4 Tournaments
How to find USTA tournaments
Online, go to http://tennislink.usta.com. Enter your zip code, select the "All Junior" option and click Search. The resulting list of tournaments will be displayed in order of date or distance from your zip code according to your choice. You can refine the search by selecting the YEAR, and MONTH you are interested in.
A's & aces is a USTA Net Generation provider. As the official youth tennis of the USTA, Net Generation was designed to make it easy for parents and kids to find themselves in the game. If you are the parent of a child please create your own USTA account first here. Your child’s information can be added later. Players 13 and over can create their own account. click the Net Generation image to the right to watch 'LEARN TO PLAY' videos. Getting good requires good practice. It means mastering the basics and finding your own style. The USTA and its Net Generation platform want to put you on the road to greatness. Click here to learn more. (Also see the Instructional Video Information section below.)
UNIVERSAL TENNIS RATING (UTR)
Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) is a global tennis player rating system whose goal is to produce an objective, consistent, and accurate index of players' skill in the game of tennis. UTR is a number between 1–16.5 that players are automatically allocated based on their level of play. Three factors go into the rating: Competition, Score and Recent History. From the top pros to the youngest competitors, UTR rates all players on a single 16-point scale, without regard to age, gender, nationality, or locale of a given match. Click here to go to the UTR website, and click the UTR image to the right to watch a video and learn more about "How UTR Works. (Also see the "Rating Systems Information" section below.)
ParentingAces is a website "For Tennis Parents By A Tennis Parent" with a mission to help educate junior tennis parents navigate the murky waters of junior tennis development, competition, and college recruiting. The site includes many Articles, How-Tos, Links, etc.
Description of Different Types of Draws/Formats:
- Compass Draw
- Round Robin Draw
- Tournament Terms/Formats
Need-Based Tournament Scholarships for A's & Aces Particpants
A’s & Aces student-athletes can apply for a tournament scholarship to both A's & Aces-hosted tournaments and non-A’s & Aces-run USTA-sanctioned tournaments. NOTE: There is a limited budget for scholarships and priority is given to those who demonstrate A's & Aces values on and off the court, are excellent representatives of the organization, and are competing in high-level tournaments.
Click to download the A’s & Aces Tournament Scholarship Criteria and Application Form.
Parents of A’s & Aces student-athletes who provide transportation to out-of-town USTA-sanctioned tournaments for teammates can apply for a gas stipend that may contribute towards the costs.
Download the A's & Aces gas stipend Application Form here.
Hand-Me-Down Tennis Equipment, Shoes & Clothes
Kids outgrow and/or wear out shoes, clothes and rackets quickly! A’s & Aces welcomes donations of “hand-me-downs” from Program friends and participants, and redistributes them to A’s & Aces participants who indicate that they would like to receive them. If you have “gently used” equipment, clothes, or shoes that your child has outgrown, but are still in good condition, please call or send an email to Outreach@AsAndAces.org. If you would like to be contacted when we have items that may be appropriate for your child, please fill in and submit the A's & Aces Participant Equipment, Shoes and Clothing Questionnaire to Outreach@AsAndAces.org.
USTA Serves Special Report: More than a Sport: Tennis, Education and Health - Full Report
Youth participation in tennis is a catalyst for educational gains when compared to non-athletes and participants in other sports. Research indicates that young people who participate in tennis get better grades, devote more hours to studying, think about the future, aspire to attend and graduate from university, and are less likely to report being suspended or expelled from school.
Tournament Tips for Parents and Players
Tips for Parents of Young Tournament Tennis Players by Todd Upchurch, USPTA
TIPS FOR TOURNAMENT PLAYERS by Dr. Larry Lauer & USTA Player Development Coaches
Dr. Lauer is the mental skills specialist for USTA Player Development
What Tennis Parents Need To Know About Muscle Cramps by TrueSport
Friend at Court is the book of rules and regulations under which tennis is played in the United States. It is recommended reading for players, parents, coaches, teachers, tournament directors, league officials, and anyone who wants a finer understanding of the game. This book contains the:
• ITF Rules of Tennis;
• USTA Regulations;
• The Code;
• ITA rules and regulations; and,
• Glossary of terms commonly used in tennis.
A working knowledge of the ITF Rules of Tennis, The Code, and USTA Regulations is essential to playing the game the way it should be played. The Rules of Tennis are determined by the International Tennis Federation, of which the USTA is a member. We suggest that the ITF Rules
(pp. 3-47) and the Code (pp 48-54) be read first.
Watch the best players in the world execute various shots. You will not only have a front row seat as you watch these superstars, but you will have the opportunity to manipulate the image by slowing it down and advancing it frame-by-frame, so that you can view their technique in a manner that can be very helpful to players learning these techniques.
However, in recent years Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) has become the informal global standard of skill in tennis. UTRs are now a primary index that college tennis ....
- National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP)
- Junior Tennis Rating Program
- Tennis Skills Assessment Form
USTA junior rankings are based on points earned by winning matches in USTA sanctioned tournaments.
- Louisiana Ranking Regulations
- Endorsement to Southerns
- Points Per Round
The USTA SOUTHERN junior rankings are based on the USTA Southern Points Per Round (PPR) system. All players must have accumulated a minimum of two hundred (200) points to be eligible for a ranking. The number of points earned by winning a match depends on the "round" the win occurred in (e.g., round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals), bonus points earned by defeating a highly ranked player, and the level of the tournament. Level 5 is the lowest and level 1 is the highest. For example, in 2015 the winner of a level 5 tournament will earn 80 points, while a level 1 winner will earn at least 2560 points, plus any bonus points earned by defeating highly ranked players.
USTA National Junior Tennis & Learning Info:
Through more than 500 nonprofit youth development organizations, the NJTL network provides free/low-cost tennis and education programming to more than 225,000 under-resourced youth.
Stan Wawrinka's arm is tattooed with the following quote from Samuel Becket: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."
- 2015 French Open Champion
In other words:
Good, better, best,
never let it rest.
Until your good is better,
and your better is your best.