4 results for month: 09/2013


Living the Sport… Parenting Your ATA Athlete

During a recent ATA parent meeting, I observed eager young parents taking in all that they could, and it reminded me of the beginnings of my ATA journey… and little did I know. … I sat next to a tennis mom in the bleachers watching a UT match where her son and my son were on court together as ball boys.  She told me her son was a SuperChamp player at ATA.  I did not grow up in the USTA Texas junior system, and I had no idea what she meant by that.  The next month, my son played a SuperChamp player at the Texas Open.  It was a tough match.  At the time, I had no idea that my son was the underdog and the result was an upset.  The ...

The Religion of Tennis

from Carol The commitment to elite tennis is a challenging one.  It takes a great deal of time, money, faith, and sacrifice along the way.  You may be at the beginning of this process or somewhere in the middle, or perhaps you are coming to the end of youth sports and embarking on the college process. This journey is not only a commitment from your child, but from you and perhaps even from your entire family.  It changes the dynamic of how you spend your weekends and holidays.  It restructures how you will spend your money and your vacations.  It may also be a challenge to explain to your friends who just don't quite 'get it'. When my son ...

Have Your Cake & Eat It Too? : College & Beyond

from Carol Choosing the right college is like baking a cake.  There are many ingredients that go into the mix to create the desired chemistry and tasty outcome.  Colleges can offer: academic challenges, rich cultural experiences, spaces to develop new aspects of personality, a network of mentors, career opportunities, a place to continue developing as an athlete.  The amount that each of these flavorful ingredients weigh in on a final decision varies in as many ways as there are people. In a recent talk I was giving to a group of parents who were embarking on the college process with their first-born, I asked,  "How many of you, today, would ...

Integrity =/= Manipulation

Integrity does not equal manipulation.  Being truthful in thoughts, words, and deeds offers strength and wholeness which will withstand over time the threats of outside pressures.  Manipulation, on the other hand, is a temporary solution which asks for, assumes and expects similar results through the use of fear, omission or denial. When thoughts, words and deeds are in unison and fully integrated in intent and impact, nothing is more powerful, softer and yielding than the blanket of moral fiber which is tightly woven and able to cover and protect a multitude.   I wonder: what colors you will spin and weave today?