On Grassroots Tennis PART 2

A coach who is willing to spread the game of tennis must also be willing to put down a little money.

BE the mobile tennis center.   Where you go, Tennis can happen!

Also, when you find a skilled player don’t let a lack of racquet stop them.   Let them use your racquet or have a couple of extra racquets (that are nice) and give them away.  That is a show of good faith (or goodwill) and that helps to build a bond.   Also, people who are not experienced, they think “a racquet is a racquet”   They are not concerned with Babolat vs Prince vs Head vs Wilson or even the concept of the “Player’s Racquet”

Allowing a player to use a nice racquet is something they will appreciate because they will be able to tell the racquet is designed for hitting balls.   Don’t let potential players wallow in the graveyard of bad equipment.

AND you must be an AMBASSADOR TO THE GAME!

Another way to help spread the game is to make sure you have some competition and play your matches on public courts.   If you have a good opponent and you will have a tough match you should play out in the open so people can watch; many people have not seen a competitive tennis match up close and in person.  If you can run and hit topspin then maybe they think you are a Professional (and you are!  A teaching Pro!   And you have the secrets to the game!   You are the one who can bring tennis into their life and into their community)


 

If you are training an apprentice and/or a Protege.  They need to have something to train for!   Give them a goal or maybe it is just to defeat you!    It will help them greatly if there are local tournaments and/or USTA junior tournaments for them to play in.   That way you can help them with forehands and backhands and serves and say something like “okay so in 3 weeks from now we are going to have you play in a tournament”  “stay focused because these kids will be able to hit balls and run and it is NOT going to be easy”

Getting your student/protege thinking about the tournament will help keep their mind “locked in” and thinking about tennis and winning matches and keeping the balls in play

(End of Entry)

(Spread the Game of Tennis) (in the picture is Rick Macci with Venus and Serena)

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The Tennis Match (Amateur Diaries)

I was on court battling hard.

I just missed a backhand in the net.

I was working extra hard to defeat my opponent!  I MUST win!

It was looking like a tough match.  I had to play one of my rivals, JOSH!  I was very worried about losing.  If I lost, he was sure to post some kind of lame status on his Facebook Wall.  I could not allow that to happen.

I went to serve.  As I threw my ball up in the air, something caught my eye.  I swung and missed!

“HA HA !   Fault!” Josh yelled at me.

I looked to my left.  It was only a squirrel. Damn!  I thought extra hard inside my own mind.

I was battling hard for my points.  But Josh won the game.   We had to change sides.

“Man, I am hitting the balls great.” Said Josh.

Josh is extra annoying and he enjoys telling me how good he is at tennis.  I MUST defeat him to silence him.

We began to play points again.  I was soon to strike a backhand but then a young woman ran by the courts.  She was jogging.  I think she might have been a goddess.  She had brown hair and was in GREAT physical shape.  I could tell that she was wearing LuluLemon brand yoga pants.  I began to wonder “What is her name?”  “Is she close to my age?”

“Game.” Said Josh.

CRAP!  LuluLemon girl cost me that whole game.  I was completely out of it.  Now my whole mind was on LuluLemon.   Will she return?   Please God, I hope she is running in a circle so she shall return and see me defend my honor against the evil Josh.

(End of Entry, Tennis Diaries)

Showing Respect to Aaron Swartz

He was a prodigy and a genius.   Rest in Peace to Aaron Swartz.   Cause of Death: Suicide.

One man who collaborated with Swartz once said: “I have never worked with someone who could operate ON THE LEVEL that he could.”   He was saying that Swartz had the amazing power of an ultimate level programmer/coder and the ambition of a hardcore activist for change.

He began working with computers at a young age!  He was a great worker when it came to “RSS” (whatever that is)    HOWEVER, he was collaborating with GROWN ASS MEN and they would e-mail Aaron and ask him questions etc etc etc and they were impressed but he would not come to the face-to-face meetings to which Swartz said: I am a 15 year old kid so my mom won’t let me come.      They were blown away, they wanted to meet him even more and they were impressed by his skill and his level of work!

Swartz was one of the key players and original powerhouses when it came to REDDIT.  Thank you Aaron Swartz for your work with Reddit!

Aaron Swartz was a powerhouse and a brilliant mind.   It is truly sad that he committed suicide because I FEEL that he could have been a force for change similar in strength to Che Guevara or Nelson Mandela.  Swartz had that kind of power and force to him.

I recommend the movie:  “The Internet’s Own Boy:  The Story of Aaron Swartz.” (very fascinating film)

Stay Fluffy my friends

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

 

Competing Review: JOY (Jennifer Lawrence)

Joy was an excellent film.

What it truly does highlight is how the VERY ambitious JOY must struggle against her own family and her own “circle” in order to become successful.

Joy is almost a representation of ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand.   They key character – Joy – is a powerhouse.  Her mind is full of ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.   However, she has been burdened with a family of parasites who drain her.

As the movie is occurring, one truly does fell sympathy and support for JOY because there are so many forces working against her and she can not seem to get a positive break!

I would recommend the movie to anyone who has ever had an idea about making a business or people who like to support others who are in a troubling situation.

Thank you.  STAY FLUFFY

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

SHORT TERM 12

Gotta Say, Short Term 12 was a great movie.   It had MAJOR FEELS!   I did not cry but I came close (to crying).

The movie is about life at a facility for teenagers where they live there short term; like 5 weeks up to 3 years.  It is supposed to be a “safe environment” where they can live and work through their problems.   The movie is basically told through the lens of the main character played by Brie Larson.  Her eyes can kill.

If you are the kind of person who feels empathy (and sympathy) for others, then this movie is going to hit you in the heart.   The film just works on lots of different levels.

Also, if you consider yourself to be someone who “likes GOOD movies” then I have to give this movie a DOUBLE RECOMMENDATION because of how good it is.  It is not a comedy but it does have some humor.

As somebody who has worked with kids and teenagers, I can relate.

BIG RECOMMENDATION from DJ ROBO BISCUIT.

-Biscuit; “stay fluffy”; Sunday May 22, 2016