Parents of our participating student-athletes are very important 'partners.'
This page is intended as a resource for inexperienced "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 to obtain 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 provided, as well as links to sites where current USTA Louisiana state rankings and NJTL National Student-Athlete Competition standings can be located.
After piloting by several USTA sections across the country, USTA Southern has recently adopted this system for play that will begin on January 1, 2017. All current 10 & Under Louisiana players in TennisLink should receive a letter from the Louisiana Tennis Association office announcing the player's "Initial Mission Level" by October 15.
Click here for detailed info about how children will ages 7-10 yr will 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.
List of Recommended Tournaments (August-December 2017)
Find ALL Louisiana Tournaments here. (Scroll to the appropriate YEAR, then to the MONTH you are interested in.)
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.
- 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 in 2015. Click here 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 in 2015 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
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.
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.
TIPS FOR TOURNAMENT PLAYERS By Dr. Larry Lauer & USTA Player Development Coaches
Dr. Lauer is the mental skills specialist for USTA Player Development
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.
- National Tennis Rating Program
- Junior Tennis Rating Program
- Tennis Skills Assessment Form
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.