In response to the letter in the July issue titled “Show Us Something Better,” I invite Wayne Elderton to attend any of the Little Mo sectional, regional, national or international events and watch the girls and boys in the 8-, 9- and 10-year-old yellow-ball matches!
My daughter is 8 and got off the dead orange ball at age 6. Her frustration was high at first as she got used to the regular bounce and the 27-inch racquet, but that took a very short time as her muscles developed. As a teaching pro, it is sad and telling to watch 10- and 11-year-olds who have never hit a ball above their shoulder.
While I appreciate what Red, Orange and Green balls has done for the quantities of young players, some of us remain skeptical as to the overall quality. Players outside the U.S. also seem to get most of our college scholarships — without ROGY.
Just look at the amazing aces playing Little Mo if you don’t believe me!
Bill Pantsari, USPTA
A couple of years ago, I was playing tennis in my Sunday night group — me being the only woman there, with 23 men — when one of the players suffered a heart attack two courts away. As a tennis instructor and a director of a charity tennis camp for kids, I’ve taken many CPR classes. I immediately ran over to the court, tilted my friend’s head back and began compressions. He was turning blue, but I kept working on him. It turned out, the man had a completely blocked artery. He had surgery and is back playing tennis.
The scary thing was that when I told somebody to get the AED (automated external defibrillator), nobody knew what I was talking about, and the person upstairs at the desk had to look around for it. What?? Shouldn’t these lifesaving devices be located courtside, rather than upstairs? And shouldn’t staff — and as many members and players as possible — be trained or at least familiar with how to use them?
After this happened, I began looking around, noticing how few AEDs there actually are at tennis facilities. Let’s get the word out. This is a no-brainer. Putting aside all the possible legal and liability issues, wouldn’t it be better for a club to invest in an AED as a precautionary matter, rather than need one and not have it within reach?
Director, Camp Esmeralda
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