Maximize your child’s tennis experience.
Crosscourt Consulting provides families with the knowledge and framework necessary to navigate the youth, junior and collegiate tennis systems effectively.
Crosscourt Consulting provides families with the knowledge and framework necessary to navigate the youth, junior and collegiate tennis systems effectively. Our goal is to help families design a master plan that includes key benchmarks in a player’s tennis development through proper goal setting, tournament planning, periodization schedule and developmental planning. Combined, these items ensure a proper and progressive pathway to maximizing your child’s ranking and rating. With a rapidly evolving competitive system, Crosscourt Consulting will act as your resource and advisor in managing the complex choices of becoming a successful competitive player.
Just Getting Started?
Is your child just starting his/her tennis journey? Let Crosscourt Consulting help you navigate, plan and monitor the critical early steps in assisting your child to grow and love the sport through proper guidance, planning and mentoring.
This includes understanding:
- The USTA system
- Net Generation
- Youth Progression (10 & Under Tennis)
- Key benchmarks
- Selecting a training program
- Selecting a private coach
- The advantages of group and private coaching
- Understanding and selecting the correct equipment
- The advantages or disadvantages of playing multiple sports
- How much tennis should your child play
We will provide you with tools and information to answer these and many more questions associated with your child’s entry into the sport of tennis.
Ready to Compete?
Now that your child is enjoying playing tennis and training, it’s time to explore the competitive options. The competition pathways for your child are vast. The competitive formats, competitive structures and commitment levels vary based on age and skill level. This is where Crosscourt Consulting can help you design a flexible and goal driven program to maximize your child’s tennis experience.
Through our combined 70 years of experience as players, coaches, advisors and leaders in the tennis industry, we can help you chart a course that is appropriate and process driven.
- Selecting the correct level of play
- Understanding the points per round system
- How many matches should your child play
- What age group should your child play
- Should your child play up in an age group
- The role doubles plays in a ranking and standing
- The difference between state, sectional, regional and national play and how to qualify
- Qualifying for sectional or Super 6 events
Let us help you determine what would be best for your child:
- Is Junior Team Tennis (JTT) the best way to start
- What are the benefits (and the potential drawbacks) of playing on a school tennis team
- How do USTA tournaments work
- How do you sign up for the tournaments
- How do you know which tournaments to sign up for
- What do all the different levels mean
- Should your child play doubles
- How can your child manage both school and competing
- How can you find the right balance for your family
- Is a full-time academy a good option for your family
- When should your child play up an age group
- Does your child need additional fitness training
- How can you best prevent your child from getting injured
- How can you best develop mental toughness in your child
- Is your child ready for nationals
- What are the different types of national tournaments
- What are zonals and intersectionals
We can work with you to set realistic goals for your child and to develop a meaningful plan for how to meet these goals.
Understanding Rankings, Ratings, National and International Play
Once you are entrenched in the competitive system, understanding the many ranking and rating systems is a crucial component in maximizing opportunities and advancing to the next level. Crosscourt Consulting will help you understand the USTA national competition system, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) events, Universal Tennis Ratings (UTR), Tennis Recruiting Network (TRN).
In addition to the many ranking and rating systems, there are competitive opportunities encased in all of them. Crosscourt Consulting will help you chart a course for your child to qualify for:
- USTA sections zonal team
- inter-sectional team
- levels 1, 2 and 3 national events
- ITF events
- UTR competition
At this level it’s common for families to explore the home schooling model many of the top players subscribe to. At Crosscourt Consulting we will assist you with deciphering the data and precedents to help you decide what is best for your family and rising star.
- USTA Tennis: Each of the 17 USTA sections is structured differently. The USTA system is a points per round (PPR), earned advancement model. Some USTA sections will have district rankings, state rankings and sectional rankings. Coupled with the PPR system is a parallel ratings system called Junior NTRP. Let us help you strategize and navigate USTA tournaments. Crosscourt Consulting will you navigate:
- How PPR rankings are accrued
- When your child “ages up” vs when they should age up
- How their ranking can affect acceptance into sectional and national events
- How seedings are determined at tournaments, both sectional and national tournaments
- Tennis Recruiting Network (TRN) rankings. These increasingly important rankings are based on a completely different formula than USTA rankings. Crosscourt Consulting can help you to:
- Understand how your child becomes ranked by TRN
- Understand how their age groups work
- Understand why college coaches are looking at these rankings
- Universal Tennis Ratings Universal Tennis is a world wide rating system and tournament provider to players of all ages and abilities. Crosscourt Consulting can help to see:
- How your child’s rating compared to all other players
- The components to calculate a UTR
- Why coaches, academics, and college teams use the rating
- How and where its used in the USTA system
UTR currently host over 2,000 tournaments world wide. This number is growing monthly and is a viable option for sectional, national and international competition from juniors to professional players.
- International Tennis Federation (ITF) The ITF is the governing body of junior and professional events around the world. ITF events operate under their own entry, ranking and competive rules. ITF events are a pathway to a junior world ranking. The ITF pathway uses different parameters than the USTA system, in deterring acceptance and level of events you a player can register for, however there is some crossover in acceptance to certain USTA events. ITF events also require a player to register for a IPIN (International Player Identification Number). Crosscourt Consulting can help you understand and plan a schedule to competing in ITF events.