Early Development Camps, 1.5-hour sessions prior to Green and Orange Ball tournaments for players age 7-10, will expand throughout 2019 in Florida to emphasize fundamentals and overall athletic development for players and parents seeking additional USTA Player Development opportunities.
“We’re pairing EDC camps with USTA Florida’s Green and Orange Ball tournaments to help assess players and maximize their proficiency in the level they are in,” says USTA Florida Director of Youth Tennis Jason Gilbert. “After a player participates in an Early Development Camp Tournament, they will receive an evaluation on how his or her competencies are matching up with the ball color they are using. Parents will receive the assessments from the section staff after the EDC coaches compile the data.”
Early Development camps are the beginning of the TEAM USA Pathway designed to provide additional training opportunities for tennis players ages 7-10 in each USTA section. The camps emphasize fundamentals and overall athletic development while keeping the activity fun. The camps are geared toward players already competing in USTA-sanctioned tournaments and/or Junior Team Tennis.
An example of an EDC camp would be a 1.5 hour session from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to an orange or green ball one-day tournament. When the camp ends, coaches would finalize the evaluation to share with parents, and players would receive a sufficient rest period before the tournament began. Tournaments with EDC camps are facilitated by certified EDC Assessment Coaches trained through USTA Player Development.
“The Youth Progression Pathway has been successful in Florida, and now we are improving the pathway even more by adding a development component,” Gilbert says. “With the addition of EDC Camps directly before tournaments, developing skills and technique will also be an essential part of the program, which will create a more complete player.”
2019 Green Ball Tournaments/EDC-Qualifier Schedule:
Jan. 26 — Delray Beach, ProWorld Tennis Academy
March 16 — Ft. Myers, Three Oaks Park
April 6 — Orlando, Star Island Resort
May 24 — Clearwater, Countryside Country Club
June 7 — Clearwater, Countryside Country Club
July 20 — Gainesville, Haile Plantation Country Club
Sept. 28 — Orlando, Green Ball Sectional Championship, USTA National Campus
2019 Orange Ball Tournaments/EDC-Qualifier Schedule:
June 22 — Delray Beach, ProWorld Tennis Academy
June 22 — Gainesville, Haile Plantation Country Club
July 27 — Pensacola, City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation
Aug. 10 — Orlando, Star Island Resort
Oct. 26 — Orlando, Orange Ball Sectional Championship, USTA National Campus
Additional sites will be determined by February 2019.
For additional information on EDC Camps or junior tennis in Florida go to www.ustaflorida.com/youth-tennis.
For questions regarding the new EDC Qualifier Tournaments contact Jennifer Wysocki at firstname.lastname@example.org or (407) 917-9827.