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.
2020 DTS Showcases Update
The DTS Showcase in NJ is still on!
Due to COVID-19 reopening plans and the NCAA’s extension of Division I recruiting “dead period” through the end of July, the DTS Showcase at Mercer County Park, NJ, will take place August 4-6, 2020. Boys will play the 4th and 5th. Girls will play the 5th and 6th. Click below for more details and to register. If you have already registered for the NJ Showcase, your application will automatically be transferred for these new dates.
DTS is excited to announce it's first VIRTUAL SHOWCASE!
Since 1997, Donovan Tennis Strategies (DTS) has been the leader in college recruitment consulting for tennis players. For the last 20 of those years, we’ve also run the DTS College Exposure Series, featuring three of the biggest and most successful recruiting showcases anywhere in the world. We are excited to announce a new addition to this summer’s College Exposure Series — our first ever DTS Virtual Showcase! The Covid-19 crisis has created unprecedented challenges to all aspects of life, including college tennis recruiting, and we have committed to executing a creative and helpful response for recruits and college coaches alike.
We look forward to leading the way in this expansion of recruiting offerings, and hope you will join in!
DTS Showcase at Harvard/Milton canceled for 2020
Due to the unpredictable status of COVID-19 and related facility restrictions, the DTS Showcase at Harvard (then moved to Milton Academy) has been canceled for this year.
Important Note: If you have made hotel reservations at the Marriott Boston/Quincy, you must call to cancel your reservation. Thank you!
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 of playing multiple sports
- What competition systems and formats are appropriate for a new player
- How many matches are appropriate for your child to play in a calendar year
- How to register for tournaments and sectional play
- USTA Early Development Camps
- Parent resources and tennis education
We will provide you with information to answer these questions and many more 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.
This includes but is not limited too:
- Determine the correct level of play
- Understanding the points per round system and point per match events
- Understanding the difference between ratings and rankings and the importance of both
- How many competitive matches should your child play in a calendar year
- What are the Super 6 events
- When should your child play up an age group
- The importance of doubles and how it impacts a singles ranking
- How to qualify for sectional and national events
- High school tennis: the pros and cons
- Training opportunities, what’s the best environment for your child
- Online schooling as a dedicated athlete
- How a developmental plan streamlines player development
- What is a periodization schedule and why your child needs one
We will work with you to set realistic goals for your child and to develop a meaningful plan for how to meet these goals.
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).
This includes but is not limited too:
- USTA sections zonal team
- Inter-sectional team
- Levels 1, 2 and 3 national events
- ITF events
- UTR competition
- ITA Summer Circuit
- Is home or unlinking schooling appropriate for your child
- USTA Tennis: Effective January 1, 2021, all 17 USTA sections will be operated under 1 unified competitive system. This includes the level of events, points per round, and much more. Crosscourt Consulting will help you strategize and navigate the new system so your child can maximize their tennis experience.
- 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
- 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 competitive 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 an IPIN (International Player Identification Number). Crosscourt Consulting can help you understand and plan a schedule for competing in ITF events.
- Universal Tennis Ratings: Universal Tennis is a worldwide 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 it’s used in the USTA system
UTR currently hosts over 2,000 tournaments worldwide. This number is growing monthly and is a viable option for sectional, national, and international competition from juniors to professional players.
- 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