TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART ONE: How to be a World Class Tennis Parent
Nurturing a Plan
Developing a Family Philosophy
Choosing a Parental Style
Cultivating Life Lessons
Understanding the Parental Objective
Identifying the Levels of Competitive Tennis
Considering the Economics of Tennis
Establishing Expectations and Guidelines
Mandatory Monthly Video and Pizza Night Meetings
PART TWO: Understanding Talent
What is Talent?
How to Stimulate Your Young Talent?
How is Talent Measured?
How Do We Manage Talent?
PART THREE: The 50Top Tennis Parent
Blunders & How to Avoid Them
NURTURING CHARACTER Blunders
Ignoring your Child’s Brain & Body Type
Managing Without Guidance
Being an Unaccountable Parent
Underestimating the Success Formula
Avoiding the Nurturing Component
Talking Economics Before /After a Match
Thinking Perfect Strokes Are Mandatory
Managing Without a “Hollywood” Script
Ignoring Off Court Training, Proper Nutrition
POSITIVE COMMUNICATION Blunders
Not Acknowledging Your Child’s Efforts
Keeping Them on the Tournament Trail
Playing Them Up Too Soon
Talking at Visual Learners
Parents Words Not Matching Their Actions
Ignoring Your Non-Verbal Communication
Being Arrogant to Lower Ranked Players and Their Parents
Criticizing Other Players
Talking about Your Child’s Peers
NAVIGATING TOURNAMENTS Blunders
Being Un- Flexible
Under Valuating the Importance of Life Skills
Neglecting Pre-Match Routines
Refusing to Play Them Down, When it Might Pump Them Up
Forgetting They Must Be Present to Win Watching Their Matches Versus Charting and Video Taping
Expecting Your Child to Win Their First Few Big Events
Worrying About Things Beyond Your Control
FORMING POSITIVE ATTITUDES: Blunders
Overlooking Goal Setting
Outcome Oriented Questions and Negative Remarks
Focusing Only on Aptitude and Overlooking Attitude
Assuming Your Teen is Organized and Accountable
Misunderstanding Choking Under Stress
Misunderstanding Panicking Under Stress
Freaking Them Out Before a Final
ACCELERATED GROWTH Blunders
Not Seeing Stumbling Blocks as Stepping Stones
Focusing Only on Strokes
Believing Quantity of Court Time is Quality Court Time
Neglecting the Change Over and Between Point Rituals
Ignoring Their B and C Game Plans
Overlooking The Pain Principle
Assuming That Tennis Speed is Only Foot Speed
INTELLIGENT TRAINING Blunders
Not Having an Entourage
Being Oblivious to Periodization
Neglecting Smart Work
Encouraging “One Set Wonders”
Putting Them in the Crowd to Get Ahead of the Crowd
Believing Weekly Lessons are Enough
Going into Battle Unprepared
PART FOUR: Common Questions & Solutions
How do we find the right professional?
A tennis academy has offered us a scholarship. Should we take it?
Mental & Emotional myths of junior competition. What are they?
What does a top player’s weekly schedule look like?
How do we plan our child’s tournament schedule?
In scheduling practice sets, what should my daughter focus on?
My mom only wants me to play with better players, then goes psycho when I lose. Is that right?
Even after a practice set, my dad asks me “Did you win?”
Should my son copy Nadal?
How come so many great juniors never make it?
MAKING WISER CHOICES
How should my son handle cheaters?
How do we help our son overcome his on
How do we spot tennis burn out?
Is high school tennis right for my son?
My son says I’m negative. How do I push…nicely?
My husband wants it more than my son. Can you talk to him?
Is my child a contender or pretender?
My son watches Tennis Channel all day. Is this helping?
What are my child’s chances of going pro?My daughter continually makes bad choices. She sabotages herself. Is this a stage?
My daughter seems to self-destructs every tournament. Can you help?
PARENT AND PLAYER ACCOUNTABILITY
Does my child need mental training?
Why does my child play great in practice, horrible in matches!
My daughter lacks confidence, Why?
There’s not enough time in the day! Help!
Why should I chart matches?
How would match logs help?
What’s a daily focus journal?
My son’s words say he wants to be a pro, his actions say something else, is this normal?
I believe my son’s perfectionism is interfering with his performance. Can you help?
ON-COURT STRATEGIES & TACTICS
How do you beat a moonball, pusher?
Those strategy books seem so technical. Can you make it easy?
My daughter struggles with consistency. Got any tricks?
Is my daughter’s style of play right for her?
My son is losing to players he used to beat. Can you help?
Is the game of doubles really that important anymore?
How do we assist our son in decreasing his unforced errors?
Are you saying strokes are not important?
The Painter’s Analogy
PART FIVE: Questions & Answers
with ATP Star Sam Querrey
PART SIX: Accelerating the Learning Curve
THE TEN ESSENTIAL SKILLS
Brain Types and Body Types
Organizing a Quarterly Schedule for Practice Sessions and Tournaments
Develop Your Child’s Secondary Strokes
Practice in the Manner in Which Your Expected to Perform
Nurturing All Four Sides of a Complete Player
Develop Your Child’s B and C Game Plans
Cultivate Proactive Patterns
Rehearse Closing Out Sets
Between Point Ritual Rehearsals
Follow Your Child’s Customized Evaluation Assessment
THE FIVE ESSENTIAL PARENTAL SKILLS
Arrange a financial budget
Coordinate a realistic schedule
Manage the instructors
Systemize the details
PART SEVEN: Customized Self Evaluation
Organizing Your Child & Your Team
Off Court Training
Match Day Preparation
On Court Physical (Primary & Secondary Strokes)
On Court Emotional (Issues & Solutions)
On Court Mental (Tactical & Strategic)
Ranking Goals: Organizing your Childs Short and Long Term Goals
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