This is an email exchange between Wayne Bryan and another Coach. He sent it to me and I like it because he is just plain honest about what he has said through and through. There are those who would say Coach Bryan must have some hidden agenda. I say not. I say if he has a hidden agenda then he certainly is not going about it the right way to win with the USTA. He is doing it in such a way that does not work within the USTA structure. It is the power of him being forthright and honest that is propelling the message forward and making a difference. I particularly like the paragraph that begins with “Lastly, and most importantly…”
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Lastly, and most importantly, I hope you will always tell it like it is. Say what you truly feel and think. Speak truth to power. Do not hold back just to get perks from the USTA or get nice Committee assignments or to avoid perceived retribution by our heavy handed governing body. To me, that kind of “group think” and bowing to the USTA has gotten us into this situation where everyone is in a state of despair and so disgusted with the USTA and state of American Junior Tennis.
Wayne Bryan to Coach “A”
This is an email exchange between Wayne Bryan and a few other leading tennis coaches. It illustrates a situation I believe is happening all around the country in cities and towns. These kids that excel are the ones that the others tend to follow or want to do as well as. They serve as motivators from my perspective. They are the “seeds” to the game that one day grow into the “trees” of the game. I could not agree more with these guys. I love reading the exchange.
Wayne Bryan is in Blue. Lawrence Roddick is in Green. Chris Bovett is in Purple.
This Sunday join us for an hour as we discuss tennis with the great Vic Braden. Vic has been an inspiration for me over the years. When I first picked up tennis my father would sit me down in front of the television each week during a period of time where they would broadcast the Vic Braden Tennis Show on the Public Broadcasting Channel. I would sit and watch it and I remembered a lot of what he did and said. Years later I was pleased when I was able to purchase his video series. I first got them on VHS, wore them out and then got them again on DVD. Great Stuff!
"In theory, a heavier racquet should help to reduce arm injuries. There is anecdotal evidence from veteran coaches that arm and shoulder injuries increased when heavy, wood racquets were replaced with modern, light racquets at the end of the 1970s. When you strike a ball coming towards you, the ball tends to push the racquet head backward as your arm swings forward. Alternatively, the head slows down while your hand is still accelerating. Light racquets get pushed backward more than heavy racquets. A sudden twist of the arm or the wrist, repeated many times, can result in tennis elbow and other injuries. The problem is magnified by the fact that light racquets need to be swung faster to pack the same punch as heavy racquets, so the impact shock is likely to be greater, especially if you miss-hit the ball near the tip of the racquet or near one edge."
Cross and Lindsey in Technical Tennis:
Below is a revealing email correspondence between Craig Jones and Wayne Bryan regarding the summit in Southern California at the Riviera Country Club. The email was entitled “Thinking of CJ Roddick”. Good Stuff! (Earlier I confused Craig Jones with Craig Cignarelli on this post. I am wrong more than I want to admit and sometimes I am just an idiot. Good thing this is not the New York Times though.)
On this Sunday we have “The General” Greg Patton on the show. Here is a preview of the show and a clip from tennis great Luke Jensen describing Coach Patton. Hope you can catch the show Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 on Blog Talk Radio!
This week the road not taken goes to the NCAA Division III level and we take a look at two teams from that obscure NCAA Division where the most important thing is academics and athletics is a distant second. At the Division III level all the things people want to point to as being wrong with collegiate athletics are solved. Programs are not run by money and schools have the right perspective on programs–winning is not supposed to be the number one goal. D-III schools compete in athletics as a non-revenue-making, extracurricular activity for students; hence, they may not offer athletic scholarships, they may not redshirt freshmen for non-medical reasons, and they may not use endowments or funds whose primary purpose is to benefit their athletic programs.
Also, under NCAA rules, D-III schools “shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics leadership, ability, participation or performance”. Financial aid given to athletes must be awarded under the same procedures as for the general student body, and the proportion of total financial aid given to athletes “shall be closely equivalent to the percentage of student-athletes within the student body.”
The guest tonight is the one and only Justin Gimelstob. We were finally able to connect with Justin and some say it was our best show yet. I was worried throughout the show if was I was going to be able to pull it off and do a good enough job to keep Justin interested and I think we did that on the show tonight.