Earlier on this site Coach Robert Lansdorp responded to a post from Dr. Ray Brown entitled “The Fall Of American Tennis”. In it Robert took issue with the idea that “now” it is the “parents”. I am sure he is as tired of all the different voices chiming with a different reason for failure as anyone else. In his response he explained it is much more the fault of the coaching today here in the USA than it is the parents. He places the blame squarely on the Player Development system the USTA has here in the USA.
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The following is the second of two fantastic emails penned by Dr. Ray Brown. This particular email deals with the analysis of the “Bureaucratic Mind”. His attempt here is draw attention to the idea just because someone from the USTA has put forth an idea or a marketing scheme does not automatically make it accepted as fact.
Dr. Brown is a tennis coach located in Houston, TX. Coach Brown is an internationally recognized expert in high performance tennis training having published over 200 articles on advanced tennis training at TennisONE.com (US based), Procomparetennis.net (Great Britain) and Mid Atlantic Match Point (Virginia) and now Tennis World USA. From the urging of many local parents and coaches, Dr. Brown founded the EASI Academy in the summer of 2007.
Every time Coach Tym writes an email I get a little giddy! I see it in the inbox and I know it will be good. I know there is going to be something pertinent in the text of his comments that I am going to be able to take away and use later. He is on my list of coaches to visit and spend some time with. I am always learning and he is always teaching and as long as he will keep sending me emails I will keep putting them up for others to see. He is a one-of-a-kind coach and he is a treasure! Everyone should read more from Coach Tym!
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One of the best tennis coaches I have ever known and learned from was Coach Jim Leighton of Wake Forest University and the Old Town Club in Winston Salem, N.C. In the early days, as legend has it, on any given Sunday you could find Dennis Van Der Meer or Vic Braden sitting in the shop discussing tennis technique and strategies with Coach Leighton. I do not know if this is true or not but he was one heck of a coach.
Here are my picks for “suggested resolutions” the USTA could adopt going forward into 2013. I read these in this order on the We Coach Tennis radio show on December 30th, 2012. Hope somebody was listening. If not, now I have written them out so they might be better understood.
This week with the “Road Not Taken” we are looking at two teams in very different parts of the country. New Mexico State University is located in the southwest at Las Cruces, New Mexico. Boston University, is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Both schools compete at the Division 1 level.