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Competition Training Center Held at Furman University

September 15, 2009 03:14 PM

USTA SC held an intense training workshop for SC juniors and their parents the weekend of September 12-13 at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University. Part of the USTA national program of Player Development, this Competition Training Center (CTC) event brought together 20 of the top juniors from the boys and girls who are involved in the 10s, 12s, and 14s divisions of USTA SC tournament play. The young players enjoyed a great weekend in sessions led by both Charly Rasheed (Chaiman of the USTA SC Player Development Committee) and Mark Smith (Chairman of the USTA Southern Player Development Committee and SC’s CTC organizer).  Charly introduced the Momentum Tennis System to the players, while Mark held a two-hour parent information meeting featuring a presentation entitled “Parenting My Champion.”  (See lots of pictures of the players and the presentation after the article.)

Paul Scarpa, the head men’s tennis coach at Furman since 1965 and an inductee of the SC Tennis Patrons Foundation Hall of Fame, spoke to the group about the mindset a player must maintain on the court. The players also had a question and answer session with Bobby Browning and Robby Arua, who are both freshmen student-tennis-athletes at Furman. Bobby and Robby assisted on and off-court for the entire weekend. Bobby is a product of our South Carolina CTC program, while Robby participated in the CTC program in Georgia.

John Sheffield, the Executive Director of USTA SC, assisted with the presentation to parents, and was on hand to handle any questions that the group had. John also took the awesome pictures that are posted here!

This event was one of fourCTC sessions planned for the fall season in SC. The next one will be held at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter on Saturday October 24th from 10am – 6pm. The remaining two sessions will be held in Lexington (a one-day CTC at the Topspin Racquet and Swim Club) in November and in Myrtle Beach ( a two-day CTC at the Prestwick Tennis Club) in Myrtle Beach in December. Mark and Charly will be present at the remaining sessions, assisted by other top PTR and USPTA pros in SC.

USTA’s national Player Development Department, headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, has designed and revised the curriculum of these training sessions, held in all 50 states, for the top players in the younger age groups over the 20 years of the program to accomplish the following:

  • Supplement the instruction students are receiving from their local tennis professionals with the latest techniques and theories from USTA’s Player Development and Sport Science departments
  • Bring top players together to practice and drill with each other in a non-competitive environment to foster teamwork and raise the overall quality of play in the state
  • Give parents an opportunity to learn more about junior player development, sport science theories and practices (e.g. nutrition, strength and agility training, periodization), how to work productively with their child and his/her coach, and ways to cut costs in the development of their young star
  • Let professionals and volunteers in USTA’s national player development system get a closer look at SC’s best talent for possible selection to regional (Atlanta, GA) and national (Boca Raton, FL) training camps. Several SC juniors have already attended these other training centers earlier this year for 2, 3 and 4-day sessions.

 For more information about this program, you can contact Smith, Rasheed or Sheffield – their contact information is located on this Website under the About US tab on the left, Committees/Player Development for Rasheed and Smith, Staff Directory for Sheffield.