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The best athletes are always looking to gain an edge on the competition. In Compete Like a Champion, Dr. Larry Lauer and Coach Johnny Parkes from USTA Player Development will explore all aspects of high performance tennis and what it takes to become a successful athlete. Our hosts will provide useful tips for tennis players, coaches, and parents.

Visit www.playerdevelopment.usta.com for more resources.

Compete Like a Champion Dr. Larry Lauer and Coach Johnny Parkes

    • Tennis
    • 5.0, 30 Ratings

The best athletes are always looking to gain an edge on the competition. In Compete Like a Champion, Dr. Larry Lauer and Coach Johnny Parkes from USTA Player Development will explore all aspects of high performance tennis and what it takes to become a successful athlete. Our hosts will provide useful tips for tennis players, coaches, and parents.

Visit www.playerdevelopment.usta.com for more resources.

    Journey of a Master Coach with Ola Malmqvist

    Journey of a Master Coach with Ola Malmqvist

    Director of Coaching for USTA Player Development, Ola Malmqvist, joined the podcast team to discuss his journey from growing up in Sweden and falling in love with tennis to playing at the University of Georgia, and his development as a professional tennis coach. Coach Ola goes into detail on examples of how the USTA PD Coaching and Teaching Philosophy is simple, yet comprehensive, and effective. Furthermore, we discuss what qualities make a good practice and how a great coach creates an environment where the player is engaged, getting better and having fun. Many great ideas about how to improve your coaching, especially by creating clear coach-player boundaries www.playerdevelopment.usta.com Instagram: @teamusatennis / @johnny_parkes Twitter: @larrylauer / @johnnyparkes1

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Insights Into the Tennis Player Journey - Andrea Jaeger

    Insights Into the Tennis Player Journey - Andrea Jaeger

    Today's episode is another Guest Speaker Series featuring Andrea Jaeger. Dr. L and National Coach Lori Riffice takes us through Q and A discussion with the former #2 player in the World at age 16. Andrea shares some of her experiences and journeys from a Junior to a Professional player, to founding her charity for children with cancer called Little Star Foundation. She gives a candid recounting of her unique past of reaching such an incredibly high level of tennis at such a young age and then deciding to walk away from her sport to give away her earnings to the charity she founded. www.playerdevelopment.usta.com Instagram: @teamusatennis / @johnny_parkes Twitter: @larrylauer / @johnnyparkes1

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Dr. Nick Dewan

    Dr. Nick Dewan

    Sports Psychiatrist Dr. Nick Dewan joins the podcast to discuss all things mental health and performance. Specifically, Dr. Dewan talks about resilience and how to develop it. We also dive into the difference between temperament and character, and why it is essential for coaches and parents to understand what can be changed and what has to be managed or channeled. We finish with a discussion about COVID-19 and how this influencing our world. www.playerdevelopment.usta.com Instagram: @teamusatennis / @johnny_parkes Twitter: @larrylauer / @johnnyparkes1

    • 59 min
    Gabe Polsky: The Producer Behind "In Search of Greatness" Documentary

    Gabe Polsky: The Producer Behind "In Search of Greatness" Documentary

    The producer and director of the documentary In Search of Greatness, Gabe Polsky, joins Coach Johnny and Dr. Larry to discuss his thoughts on creativity in sport, coaching for creativity and coaching it out of youth. We go deep into several of the themes in the documentary including parenting talented athletes, the need to be creative to survive, the rage to master and balancing freedom and control. Gabe talks about his own creativity in developing the documentary, and how frustration is a part of that process.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Embracing Fear: Reflections on Froglogic Concepts

    Embracing Fear: Reflections on Froglogic Concepts

    This is a follow-up episode to the interview with Navy Seal and performance coach David Rutherford. Coach Johnny and Dr. L examine the interview with Rutherford and go in greater depth into the fears of tennis players. We then talk about how to deal with your fears in effective and healthy ways.

    • 45 min
    Best Practices - Return to Practicing

    Best Practices - Return to Practicing

    Special episode for players! The CLC podcast team focuses on what is happening with players resuming normal training in preparation for tournaments. We focus what are some of the issues to be aware of and provide recommendations for having a healthy return to full out training.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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Vinnie D #23 ,

Visualization Ep

Hey all,
Loved the Visualization ep. You mentioned resources in the show notes. Could you point me in the right direction?

Thanks and great work!

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This helps me understand more of what is required to become a great player

I have been listening for a while now and I love this podcast

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Thank you

I am junior player living in Chicago and it’s very helpful. It helps me to accept the fact that I cannot do what most top juniors in nation are doing due to my family finances. Coaches and hosts are saying all the right things about practicing, tournaments etc however the more I listen the more I don’t understand usta and how player development works. I have one problem , I basically train like it’s told on this podcast , I don’t hunt the points mainly because can’t afford to travel and spend huge money on National tournaments which lead to the conclusion. All the players I train here with that travel mostly every two weeks to a National tournaments at some point are invited by USTA to a camps and they told me that I should be invited but in order to have it happen you have to play couple National tournaments. Basically it’s disappointing to listen to this podcast saying don’t worry about not playing too many tournaments and focus on development more and then players development people make you to play tournaments to be noticed! But review is about podcast and I love it !!!

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