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Competition Training Center Gathers Top Players at Topspin Club

November 19, 2009 02:42 PM

USTA SC held an intense training workshop for SC juniors and their parents the weekend of November 14-15 at the Topspin Club in Lexington. Part of the USTA national program of Player Development, this Competition Training Center (CTC) event brought together 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 Mark Smith (Chairman of the USTA Southern Player Development Committee and SC’s CTC organizer), Carlos Lozano (USTA SC Central Area Director, and Head Pro at Topspin) . 

This event was one of four CTC sessions planned for the fall season in SC. The next one will be held in Myrtle Beach ( a two-day CTC at the Prestwick Tennis Club) in Myrtle Beach in December. Mark and Charly will be present, 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.

 

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