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The USTA player development program is totally flawed. I live in Florida and we attended both the part time and full time program in Boca. It was a total disaster and very un-friendly environment. The coaches are very negative and do not want any parental involvement, even if the parent is /was the coach. I saw Mr. McEnroe 2 times in a year and a half. The directors are totally disconnected and the whole culture is totally political. Not the best players get the most opportunities but the ones that "agree" and suck up to the coaches. Most of the coaches have no development experience (i.e. Eric Nunez) and other coaches have anticuated methods (i.e. Andy Brandi)
Maybe they view parental involvement in the coaching process as a big no-no. What do you feel about that? What do you think about Donald Young and his parents?
There is a multitude of successful parent/player stories which made world class players.
Well, I'd count Murray and Nadal in that category. But what if the parent is not technical minded?
You find a coach that has proven developmental experience. Who has the USTAPD developed?
I am not defending the USTA in any shape or form. If anything, I am of your opinion. But I would tend to think it is better to leave parents out of the training process, unless he/she are technical minded.
There are many roles the parents can take from general support to actual training. But they are an important part of the equation for success
As long as they don't "yo yo" the emotions of the young player. I have seen that way too many times at the local level. Too much chastising and downward talk.
It is hard being a tennis parent. Only tennis parents can relate. But only the parents really know their kids more than anybody.
I did a sixty page research project on USTA junior development and its results. Pretty sad, that a 20 million a year budget has produced zilch over 20 plus years. Currently pretty much a good ol boys network. i feel money would be better off spend tracking local coaches who have knack for producing high ranked and skilled players on a consistent and provide them funding, with special attention to providing lessons for lower income kids that show an interest in tennis. Sadly, the USTA PD just wants to pick off top kids and separate them from their coach and parents and claim any success because of their handy work, Sad situation.
Well, there's your answer Fernando. Hal knows what he's talking about. Too bad it very well might be the case.