ITA Collegiate Coaches Attend USTA Player Development College Coaches Workshop

ITA Collegiate Coaches Attend USTA Player Development College Coaches Workshop

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Courtesy: Geoffrey Russell, USTA Player Development

BOCA RATON, Florida - USTA Player Development Incorporated recently hosted a College Coaches Workshop in conjunction with the Men’s Pro Tour Transition Camp (which included 18 players: 14 college players and 4 juniors). USTA Director of Coaching, Jose Higueras, facilitated the three day discussion with twenty top college coaches along with Jay Berger, USTA Head of Men’s Tennis. Collegiate tennis is a very important piece of the player development pathway, as it provides an excellent opportunity for junior players to mature personally, physically, competitively, and mentally.

On Day One of the workshop, Higueras took the coaches through an in-depth look at the USTA Player Development Teaching and Coaching Philosophy. The philosophy is geared around a progressive approach to teaching players, from their initiation to the game to professional tennis. Within the USTA Coaching Philosophy, the game is described and taught using a framework of hands, feet, eyes & mind. Hands describes the grips and stroke production. Feet refers to a player’s footwork and movement. Eyes and Mind refers to ball recognition, shot selection and tactics. The progressive model of training is designed to ensure successive levels of mastery and continual improvement of those three areas.

The workshop then went on-court where Higueras demonstrated the drills, utilizing hand feeding, racquet feeding, and live ball drills. What followed was a lengthy discussion on how the USTA's cooperation with tennis coaches can help improve the transition of American players from junior competition to college varsity tennis and from college varsity tennis to professional tennis.

Together, the collegiate coaches and USTA staff discussed a variety on other various topics, including:

1. The challenges facing American tennis.
2. What coaches are looking for in potential recruits.
3. What is lacking in American juniors.
4. What the USTA can do in the earlier stages of development to create better players.
5. When a player should forgo college and pursue a professional career.

The goal of the workshop was for the college coaches and USTA coaches to develop a system for working together to help develop more world-class American players. There has never been a time where college tennis has been more important in the development of our top junior players. The USTA is committed to college tennis and the opportunity it provides in developing the next generation of world class professionals.

Special thanks to all the coaches who attended the workshop:

USTAPD

Zack

Warren

BYU

Peter

Wright

California

Mat

Cloer

Florida State

Andy

Jackson

Florida 

David

Fish

Harvard

Dennis

Emery

Kentucky

Bobby

Bayliss

Notre Dame

Peter

Smith

USC

Brandon

Coupe

Stanford 

Chris

Woodruff

Tennessee 

Michael

Center

Texas

Clint

Letcher

Arizona State

Traci

Green

Harvard

Ramiro

Azcui

Indiana

Patty

Fendick-McCain

Texas

Mark

Guilbeau

Virginia

Jill

Hultquist

Washington

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