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2010 USTA SC Van der Meer All Star Camp

February 8, 2010 06:08 PM

The 25th Annual USTA SC Van der Meer All Star Camp was held February 6-7 at Lexington County Tennis Complex.  The All Star Camp gathers the best players from the 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s age division for a weekend of top level instruction and match play.  This year’s camp featured USTA High Performance, and Men’s National Coach, Jay Berger.  Jay helped conduct drills, assisted the teaching professionals and gave a very informative presentation followed by a question and answer period for the players and their parents. 
Other luminaries attending the camp included Bill Ozaki, USTA Southern Director of Programs & Player Development, Sandy Hastings, Managing Director of Diversity, Grants, Jr. Competition & Schools, Jorge Andrew, USPTA and PTR Master Teaching Professional, Dr. Sophie Woorons-Johnston and Steve Zalinski, USTA Southern Tennis Service Representative to SC.  
The students enjoyed the tutelage of a dozen teaching pros including Ben Cook-Daniel Island Club, Carl Hocker-Spartanburg CC, Cadill Maharaj-Club at Dunes West, Jack Miller-Club at Dunes West, Brian Parkkonen-Van der Meer, Justyn Schelver-Van der Meer, Mark Smith-Pebble Creek, Chip Wilson-Lexington County Tennis Complex, Tedi Doncheva-Rock Hill Tennis Center, Judit Trunkos-Topspin, and Joann Lee-Player's Club.
 The weekend started off on a brisk Saturday morning.  Rain had moved through the night before, but the Lexington Tennis staff did a great job in getting the courts ready for play.  After a quick introduction and motivational speech by Jay, players divided into age groups and took to the courts for drills.  Players trained on movement, footwork, forehand and backhand technique and all other aspects of their game.  In addition sports medicine trainer Jeff Touchet was on hand educating players on the importance of proper physical care and how proper form can both enhance and prolong your playing career. 
As noon rolled around, players enjoyed a very tasty lunch.  After lunch, there was a presentation ceremony honoring Dennis and Pat Van der Meer, long time patrons of the All Star Camp.  This was the 25th anniversary of the camp’s rechristening in their honor and players and coaches showed their appreciation for all the Van der Meers have done.  Afterwards, Jay Berger gave a great presentation on the teaching philosophy of the USTA National Training Center and answered players’ and parents’ questions on high performance training. 
That afternoon, players joined each other on teams, and they played a mock Davis/Fed Cup series and had great fun challenging each other to play at the top of their game.  Sunday featured more match play, and players headed home at mid-day after a great weekend of tennis and camaraderie.