This is just a quick post to explain that I have a ton of catching up to do here. I never properly concluded the ITA Indoor results and then Signing Day Fall 2009, which I ignored.
Basically I was on the road last week and had a really crummy Internet connection. Then I returned only to have the server I host everything on crash for about 15 hours. That was painful to watch.
I did get to spend a few minutes with Timon Corwin face-to-face and should probably discuss that too. Heck, there’s no time like the present. Timon is a great guy and we really just caught up. It is exciting to see the sport growing and to have the USTA so focused right now on developing the younger 6-10 age group. The USTA will be pushing the QuickStart format and encouraging more play, both casual and competitive, in several ways.
I was also able to hear Dr. Robert Pangrazi, who has been instrumental in developing the Schools curriculum for the USTA, as well as Dr. Dan Gould, the Director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State, who has been an adviser as well to the USTA. Both gentlemen are leaders in their respective fields and were just amazing to hear. As the parent of two small children, I could’ve listen to their advice for hours.
And then of course was the release that there are now over 30 Million tennis players in the U.S. That’s exciting for the future of the game.
I will write more soon. Promise.