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10 & UNDER TENNIS & HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS PROGRAMING?
From: Florida Tennis Magazine
During these days of
tight high school budgeting one might wonder how will 10 &
under tennis fit into my high school tennis planning? I
can hear it now, “I don’t have enough time now”, “The
season is too short”, “I can’t spend the time I need with
the team now”, or “How can Pre-School & Elementary
school age children help my program”? Except for the
last quote, all are true but fixable problems.
Let’s start with the last remark first; I would first ask are
you just planning for this season or the future? If your
plan is like that which we encourage our players to look like,
it’s a journey to the future, this years districts, or if we
are lucky the State Championship, is just one stop along the
way. If it’s true that the fundamental mark of leadership is
character, than what better way to mentor our team’s growth
then reminding them that when we give to others, we receive even
Did I hear, too short a season; what better way to build team
pride & bonding then sharing their knowledge with these 10
& under players? How better to give a team a sense of unity
& accomplishment then knowing their time and dedication
helped with the development of a new generation of others. You
say we don’t have time to develop players. I’m sure you
emphasize listening, watching and doing;
Another way the team
development will hasten is through instructions to others. Often
I hear one of my highs school players yell “turn, turn,
turn” and observe not only the 10 & under rotate their
hips and shoulders but also observe one of the high school
students reinforcing their stroke properly or hear another
player comment, “I need to keep working on that”. I’m sure
those high school coaches who volunteer in this USTA program can
give many more examples of leaning through instructions.
Did I hear I can’t afford the cost of additional balls? It’s
obvious you did not attend last years FACA tennis workshop. I
discussed multiple uses of Quick Start tennis balls for
developing your team. If you go to www.fhstca.org you can find
an outline of the presentation. I have learned that having the
entire team performing the same drills as often as possible
builds team unity. Quick Start tennis balls also helps with
developing proper technique. The fundamental of technique is
needed at all levels and the different balls provide that
By joining with a local NJTL or USTA chapter you may not only
find additional community support you may also find a source for
financial support and programming; (see www.district15njtl.org
for other programming) And your players even receive volunteer
hours they need for most colleges. Keep in mind these 10 &
under players will grow and some day go to high school. They are
our Future! Best of all the pure enjoyment you will receive when
working with these 10 & under is almost illegal.
Coach John Danise is the Executive Director of the Florida High
School Tennis Coaches Association & Tennis Chairman for the
Florida Athletic Coaches Association. John is a PTR/USTA train
High Performance Coach at Sebastian River High School. He can be
reached by going to www.fhstca.org
LOCAL NJTL CHAIR, BOBBIE DANISE, JOINS HIGH SCHOOL COACHING STAFF
Bobbie started playing tennis in 1990 and started volunteering at USTA/Florida Sections events in 1992.
Her different positions included, umpire, recreational coach, Junior Team Tennis coach, assistant coach of AAU Junior Olympic teams, and assisted District Director for USTA/Florida, District 15.
As Chair of District 15 National Junior Tennis Learning Association, Bobbie has expanded the association’s tennis programs from juniors to seniors, from Saturdays to after school and from the local tennis courts to the schools.
In the 2012 season, Bobbie joined the Sebastian River High School tennis coaching staff.
She is a mother of five, Grandmother of eleven, mentor to dozens, a Professional Tennis Registry and USTA member and a recipient of numerous awards.
John Danise, District 15 NJTL Assoc. Tennis Director
& Sebastian River High School tennis coach, attends USTA
Player Development workshop.
hundred & ten National coaches, doctors, psychologist,
therapist, trainers, and tennis pros attended the Tennis
Performance & Injury Prevention Conference in Tampa.
Agenda included injury prevention & performance and speakers
representing ATP World Tour, WTA, United States Olympic
Committee, Society for Tennis Medicine & Science, USTA
Junior Development, and USTA High Performance Coaching.
discussion was on Biomechanics of Strokes and Movement as well
as Overtraining, Exercise & Growth, and Development Issues
in young tennis athletes.
Miller, the No. 1 singles and doubles player on the Sebastian River girls
tennis team, signs to continue her career at Marion Military Institute
River senior Taylor Miller is looking forward to being part of something new.
signed a national letter of intent to continue her tennis career at Marion
Military Institute, a junior college in central Alabama. The school's program
is in its first season this year.
a new team and a great opportunity," Miller said. "They are just
starting out and will have a good team, and I would like to be a part of
contacted Miller in late November, but she wasn't sure about her interest at
first because she hadn't planned to attend a military school. However, she
didn't dismiss the idea and soon saw the offer as a good opportunity.
was open to everything, but military school was not on the highest part of my
list," Miller said. "It was kind of a surprise, but I looked at the
Web site and it's a really good school. They gave me the opportunity to go
there and I'm going to take it."
recently talked to an old friend, who took a similar route last year and was
assured by her decision.
Sebastian River tennis player Katrina Eromin is now playing at the Air Force
Academy and told Miller she was happy with her decision to attend a military
school, though it was difficult at first.
talked to her recently and told her about my offer, and she told me to take
it, that it was a good opportunity," Miller said. "I really enjoyed hearing her say that."
fourth-year starter for Sebastian River also received some encouragement from
coach John Danise, who had been working with Miller since middle school.
is an ex-Marine and holds a "fine regard for the military," but he
also liked what he heard about Marion coach Charles Wright and thought the
community college would be a good stepping-stone for her career.
coach, I think, took an interest in the players beyond their tennis
skills," Danise said. "I
felt it would be a good mixture with all of Taylor's values, and it would
provide her a little more discipline, so I thought it would be something to
told her not to dismiss it because it's a military college, to examine it and
see what she thought. I think it
will be a very good place for her to go."
enters this season at No. 1 singles and doubles and will be a co-captain for a
second straight year. Danise said
her strengths lie in knowing the game, and though she has all the strokes, she
still has some growing to do.
hasn't become the tennis player she is capable of being yet, but as she gets
physically stronger we will see that," Danise said.
"They are not only getting a good tennis player at Marion but also
a person very friendly, outgoing and not afraid to accept responsibility and a
person who is respected by teammates."
Miller can enjoy her senior season without the concerns that go along with
a big relief - now I don't have to worry about where am I going and I can look
forward to my next tennis season after this," Miller said.
doubles team reaps honors at International Tennis Symposium
BILL VALYO. Feb 2008
general, most people associated with the sport of tennis are
don't pick up a paper and find that the last guy to win a U.S.
Open championship was fighting outside a bar at 4 o'clock in the
don't see trash articles about tennis folks.
fact, many of them put back more than they have gotten out of
the sport. It was
reported that Andre Agassi gives more money back to charities
than any other athlete. It also was reported that Roger Federer
returns from tours to write a thoughtful blog about his sport.
don't see that done with National Football League or Major
League Baseball stars.
received news about Bobbie and John Danise, this area's truly
good people and ardent tennis boosters, being honored recently
at the Professional Tennis Registry, International Tennis
Symposium in Hilton Head, S.C., and it is with great pride that
I report it here.
and John joined tennis-teaching professionals from around the
world at the annual event in Hilton Head.
John's busy schedule had him joining 15 other high
performance coaches for an eight-hour session, which emphasized
working with 10-year-old and under tennis players.
next few days saw the husband and wife going in different
directions, attending some of the 6O-plus on-court and classroom
was surprised to learn from these sessions how important her
District 15 NJTL tennis program was to the progressions
recommended by the International Tennis Federation and the High
School Performance Coaching Program.
a later session, Bobbie enjoyed hearing John's remarks, as a
member of the High School Coaches panel.
John is president of the Florida High School Coaches
was a very important honor bestowed on John during the event.
He won the state's PTR member of the year award.
He has served eight years as a board member of the USTA/Florida
section and was the second president of the PTR/Florida section.
have had the pleasure of watching John teach youngsters in
tennis programs around Sebastian and Vero Beach.
as a spectator watching him teach, you get the feeling that
tennis can be an easy game to play.
He teaches it that way.
Basic fundamentals rule the session.
Then it's mastering the techniques of all the strokes.
short experience trying to learn the game as a matured player
tells me that I should have looked to instruction from a teacher
such as John Danise. I
can't figure out how to return the variety of shots that my
opponents smash back to me.
course, my opponents are not Andy Roddick and Roger Federer.
But if I only knew what to do when a ball comes back to
me like a big balloon and I'm so deep in the court that my
backside is up against the fence.
Danise will take his added knowledge of teaching tennis back to
the courts where he has had much success teaching the Sebastian
River High School girls tennis team - and they will prosper
because of it.