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Lexington hosts 10U Tri-State Camp

Twenty-one top 10 & U players from Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina gathered at Lexington County Tennis Complex April 9-10, accompanied by an array of top coaches from these states, for a weekend of High Performance Training and match play.  South Carolina was represented by 7 players from around the state, and Palmetto Tennis Center’s Tom Ruth was selected as the SC Coach.  Jorge Andrew, Director of Tennis at LCTC, assisted in coordinating the player accommodations, court time, and other operational aspects of the camp.  This event was one of 3 total 10 U camps hosted in the Southern Section this weekend, with the other two being  in Chattanooga, TN and Jackson, MS. aDSC_1329

Fitness testing, which included footwork drills and a 60’ dash, was utilized during the warm-up on the balmiest day Lexington has seen so far this year.  The newly implemented 10 & U competition format with orange low compression balls on a 60’ court with a 25" racquet was used for this camp when the on-court warm-ups and drills began.  The focus on the 10 & Under play format allowed players to further develop their game by using proper grips, improve direction on shots, and attacking on short balls to develop an all-around game.  The players competed against each other in various formats, from learning when to come to the net and when and how to change the direction of the ball from the baseline, to both singles and doubles match play, all of which was supervised and assisted by coaches on each court.

Parents were also involved in the camp and attended a presentation by Bill Ozaki, Southern Director of Programs and Player Development, on information from rankings & standings, to sports science and how players should hydrate and eat before, during, and after matches.  For many, this was the first time their players were invited to participate in a Southern High Performance Camp, and many were impressed by the level of play by not only their children, but the utilization of the new equipment and court.  Parents, coaches, and patrons a were offered a glance as to how tennis will change in the coming years with 10 & U tennis regulation into competitive play.

Coaches gathered after the completion of the camp on Sunday afternoon to provide an evaluation that will be sent to each player’s parent on what they are currently doing well and what they can improve on.  A few players, selected by the coaches, will be invited to a second USTA Southern camp, which will include players from the other two regional camps. 

If your player is interested in participating in similar 10 & U camps in South Carolina, please contact Jessica Amick, Junior Competition Coordinator at amick@sctennis.com.

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