First USTA Town Hall Listening Meeting Saturday Nov. 17; NLI Signing Announcements From Around the Country
The first USTA Junior Competition Town Hall Listening meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, November 17, at the Sheraton Hotel in Reston Virginia. Lew Brewer is scheduled to speak at the Mid-Atlantic section's annual meeting and awards luncheon with the topic "Understanding the Upcoming Changes to the Junior Tournament Structure." This gives the impression that the changes are a done deal, which was not my understanding from the statement after the October Tennis Industry meeting in Chicago, but I could be misinterpreting the above title or the statement. For more, see this post from Parenting Aces.
There have been some tentative plans formulated for additional Town Hall meetings, but I must emphasize that these are not final, nor are they likely to be the only meetings the USTA will be conducting on this topic. However, in case one of these is near you, you might want to save the date, and double check for details in the upcoming days and weeks, when I expect to have a more formal announcement from the USTA.
November 24: Boys & Girls 14s National Open, Rocky Hill, CT
December 16: ITA Convention (for convention attendees only), Naples FL
December 26: 16s & 18s Winter Nationals, Scottsdale, AZ
December 27: 12s & 14s Winter Nationals, Tucson, AZ
Jan. 10-13: Southern Section annual meeting, Atlanta, GA
Feb. 15-17: Texas Section annual meeting, Grapevine, TX
Obviously, there are some major markets that can be expected to be have their own Town Hall meetings, including Florida, Southern California and the Midwest sections.
After three days, the signing announcements are starting to roll in, so I'll provide links to the ones I've found, with the names of the school and the recruits(s). Not all are for fall of 2013. Some are financial aid commitments for spring of 2013.
Florida--Diego Hidalgo, Maxx Lipman, Elliott Orkin, Josh Wardell
Florida State--Jake Albo, Grayson Goldin, Jose Gracia, Jack Haffey
LSU--Justin Butsch, Hobie Hotard, Eric Perez
Notre Dame--Josh Hagar, Eddy Covalschi
Texas Tech--Hugo Dojas
UCLA--Gage Brymer, Joe DiGiulio, Mackenzie McDonald
Western Michigan--Ruben Greiner
Arizona State--Kassidy Jump, Gussie O'Sullivan
New Mexico--Rachana Bhat, Dominique Dulski, Emily Olivier, Meredith Hopson
North Carolina--Hayley Carter, Jamie Loeb
South Carolina--Caroline Dailey, Brigit Folland
SMU--Anna Anderson, Macie Elliott, Mary Wright
Western Michigan--Meika Ashby, Tracy Kuhle