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Changing the Game Project: “Our Biggest Mistake: Talent Selection Instead of Talent Identification”

20. December 2013

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Changing the Game Project: “Our Biggest Mistake: Talent Selection Instead of Talent Identification”

Many youth sports coaches claim to be great talent identifiers, and point to the results of their 11 year all star team as proof. Yet they are not talent identifiers. They are talent selectors. The difference could not be more striking, or more damaging to our country’s future talent pool in many sports.

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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: “The Times They Are A-Changin’”

2. November 2013

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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: “The Times They Are A-Changin’”

Canadian tennis is at an all time high in terms of international performance and public perception of the popularity and growth of the sport. The goal of Tennis Canada’s development department strategy of developing world class players has had some resounding success:

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Oncourt: “The ACE 2008 Team Tryouts Overview”

4. October 2013

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Oncourt: “The ACE 2008 Team Tryouts Overview”

The ACE 2008 Team Tryouts were held last weekend at all 3 ACE Tennis locations: Toronto Tennis City, Astra Tennis Club and Cedar Springs Health, Racquet and Sports Club. The 2008 ACE Team concept is a talent identification program aimed at 5 year old kids who will turn 6 years old in 2014. This program is an experimental one to test some aspects of player development in tennis. The concept is to group a selection of players in a structured 30 week team environment in which they will be exposed to a scientific approach to player development following Tennis Canada guidelines and the ACE Tennis Mantra.

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The Bear, Davis Cup #9: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part One

20. September 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #9: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part One

It’s a beautiful fall morning in gloomy Belgrade. Euphoria is in the air. We have a real opportunity on the last day of the Davis Cup semi-finals against the heavy favorite team from Serbia led by the #1 player in the world Novak Djokovic. Today Canada will have a chance to win the tie and ascend to the Finals until the last point is played. What an opportunity to live this improbable experience. What a full day it will be. I have been fortunate to witness many exceptional tennis experiences in my life but this one will rate as one of the greatest ones ever. Can you imagine, we are leading 2-1 on Sunday morning after unbelievable twin wins of 10-8 in the fifth set?

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ACE Team: “WANTED: Athletes Born in 2008!”

11. September 2013

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ACE Team: “WANTED: Athletes Born in 2008!”

Great athletes to become great tennis players! 36 ATHLETES BORN IN 2008 12 athletes in Vaughan, Davisville and Burlington to be part of the "ACE -2008 Team"

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All You Need To Know About the SAT: Part One

3. September 2013

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All You Need To Know About the SAT: Part One

What is the purpose of the SAT? SAT exists because it is the only comprehensive standardized test hat US colleges and universities can use to determine how applicants compare in academics. Suppose a tennis coach is looking for left-handed doubles player to fill a gap on the roster and has three good applicants, one from the USA, one from Russia and one from Canada. Admission departments and coaches have no way to compare the school marks of the three applicants, because each comes from a different part of the world and has gone through a different school system. It would be like comparing apples to oranges to bananas! However as every SAT is the same, no matter where in the world it is written, the marks can be compared.

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