The Development of Excellence

“In 1985, Dr. Benjamin Bloom in collaboration with other researchers from the University of Chicago conducted a study to understand how world-class talent is developed.  They interviewed 120 people who had achieved world-class success in such diverse fields as art, athletics, music, and academics.  Among those interviewed were concert pianists, sculptors, tennis champions, Olympic swimmers, research neurologists, and mathematicians.

The results of the study indicated that successful individuals had very similar learning and development phases.  In his book, “Developing Talent in Young People,” Bloom divided development phases into the early years, middle years, and late years.”

Tim Gibbons

ONcourt: The book, Developing Talent in Young People by Benjamin Bloom, is essential in understanding why it is important that developing youngsters receive the proper type of coaching depending on their stage of development. If you do not follow these time tested principles you incur the chance of not maximizing the talent of the youngsters. The question that deserves to be asked is, does tennis development in this country respect these principles?

To read Tim Gibbons’ article on Bloom click here.

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

ONcourt Interviews NGTL Co-Founder Yves Boulais

It does not matter that you get your rating playing locally or that you had spent an insidious amount of money playing the ITF junior tour tournaments. Your rating is your level of play (you get no bonus for playing more or playing far away). This allows us to break free of the ITF competitive structure potentially saving us time, money, and headache. We see this as a great opportunity to improve the logistic of our sport.

Brandon Burke (son of ACE President Doug Burke) Elected to WTA Board

As revealed in a recent news release issued by the WTA Tour – Brandon Burke has been elected to the WTA Board of Directors (to start officially in September). Oncourt got together with Brandon to delve a bit more into his background and to gain some insight into this wonderful appointment he has attained at such a young age.