The USTA Training Center, at the StubHub Center in Carson, hosted the 2015 Competition Training Center (CTC) “kickoff weekend” on February 21-22. Alec Horton, Southern California Tennis Association Director of Junior Competition and Geoff Russell, USTA Manager of Player ID, teamed up to build on the existing USTA National Player Development-SCTA partnership.
Horton said, “There are currently six Competition Training Centers in the following areas – Central Coast (Ventura/Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield), Los Angeles (South Bay), San Fernando Valley (Northridge), San Gabriel Valley (Claremont), Orange County (Costa Mesa) and San Diego (Rancho Santa Fe).
“The twenty best players between the ages of 9 and 13 within a geographic area were invited to participate. This year marks the return of Player Development’s involvement in the program, and many of the top USTA National coaches were on hand to oversee the match play. And, coach and team training took place at the event.
“The highlight of the two days was having José Higueras, USTA Director of Coaching, work with the coaches, as well as the players and their parents. A complete curriculum was developed for each group, which resulted in an educational and inclusive experience.
“The CTC Program takes place from February through June, and includes a mixture of competition, team matches, fitness work, sports science information, as well as skill and strategy development. The season concludes with the CTC Team Cup, that is scheduled June 13-14 at The Claremont Club.”
Questions about the Competition Training Center Program, or information about the team match schedules should be directed to Alec Horton at (310) 208-3838 Ext. 222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org