Barnes Tennis Center College & University Scholarship Seminar Benefits Families

Barnes Tennis Center College & University Scholarship Seminar Participants
Barnes Tennis Center College & University Scholarship Seminar Participants

The Baurle family of Carlsbad was searching for information on athletic scholarships and found answers at the recent Fall College & University Scholarship Seminar held at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. The free event was sponsored by Southern California Tennis Association. Mark Winters, who has extensive experience as a tennis journalist, teaching professional, college coach and national leader in the field because of his scholarship expertise, was responsible for the presentation. Over two-dozen attendees gained vast knowledge on the nuts and bolts of navigating the world of college scholarships.

“I loved the idea on how to market your child from a coaching perspective,” said Ruth Baurle. “I learned about the importance of including other information such as when your child plays multiple sports.”

Eric, Ethan and Ruth Baurle
Eric, Ethan and Ruth Baurle

Ethan Baurle, a freshman at La Costa Canyon High, is beginning his quest for a tennis scholarship and the family believes Winters’ information will put them on the right track. Other discussion points included tips on college visits, new NCAA rules, the use of social media and ways to utilize text messages in communicating with coaches.

Points touched on also included intangibles such as when to contact coaches, the types of responses to expect, and how best to utilize participation in college sponsored tennis camps and showcase events.

“I thought this workshop was very comprehensive,” said teaching professional Josh Jorgenson, Vice President of the USPTA North County San Diego Division. “I liked the advice on how to sell yourself to coaches as a doubles expert and the value of portraying yourself as a team player.”

The San Diego event was the first of five free Fall College & University Scholarship Seminars. Winters will be offering the same valuable information at the following locations throughout December.
December 3 (Wednesday) – Rancho San Clemente Tennis & Fitness Club in San Clemente at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Steve Johnson (949) 492-1515
December 4th (Thursday) – Westlake Athletic Club in Westlake Village at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Chris Dudeck (818) 889-6164
December 10th (Wednesday) – Flint Canyon Tennis Club in La Canada at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Horacio Tamborini (818) 790-3355
December 11th (Thursday) – Upland Tennis Club in Upland at 7:00 p.m. Contact: Paul Salvador (909) 985-2725

Reservations are not needed and the talks are open to the scholarship candidates and their parents, along with tennis professionals, who are anxious to learn about the process. For more information about the College & University Scholarship Seminar Program, contact Mark Winters through e-mail or at markw@scta.usta.com or calling (310) 208-3838.

Karen Ronney
San Diego Tennis Service Representative

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