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From:  Florida Tennis Magazine

February 2012

During these days of tight high school budgeting one might wonder how will 10 & under tennis fit into my high school tennis planning?  I can hear it now, “I don’t have enough time now”, “The season is too short”, “I can’t spend the time I need with the team now”, or “How can Pre-School & Elementary school age children help my program”?  Except for the last quote, all are true but fixable problems. 

Let’s start with the last remark first; I would first ask are you just planning for this season or the future?  If your plan is like that which we encourage our players to look like, it’s a journey to the future, this years districts, or if we are lucky the State Championship, is just one stop along the way. If it’s true that the fundamental mark of leadership is character, than what better way to mentor our team’s growth then reminding them that when we give to others, we receive even more.

Did I hear, too short a season; what better way to build team pride & bonding then sharing their knowledge with these 10 & under players? How better to give a team a sense of unity & accomplishment then knowing their time and dedication helped with the development of a new generation of others. You say we don’t have time to develop players. I’m sure you emphasize listening, watching and doing; 

Another way the team development will hasten is through instructions to others. Often I hear one of my highs school players yell “turn, turn, turn” and observe not only the 10 & under rotate their hips and shoulders but also observe one of the high school students reinforcing their stroke properly or hear another player comment, “I need to keep working on that”. I’m sure those high school coaches who volunteer in this USTA program can give many more examples of leaning through instructions.

Did I hear I can’t afford the cost of additional balls? It’s obvious you did not attend last years FACA tennis workshop. I discussed multiple uses of Quick Start tennis balls for developing your team. If you go to you can find an outline of the presentation. I have learned that having the entire team performing the same drills as often as possible builds team unity. Quick Start tennis balls also helps with developing proper technique. The fundamental of technique is needed at all levels and the different balls provide that reinforcement.

By joining with a local NJTL or USTA chapter you may not only find additional community support you may also find a source for financial support and programming; (see for other programming) And your players even receive volunteer hours they need for most colleges. Keep in mind these 10 & under players will grow and some day go to high school. They are our Future! Best of all the pure enjoyment you will receive when working with these 10 & under is almost illegal.

Coach John Danise is the Executive Director of the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association & Tennis Chairman for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association. John is a PTR/USTA train High Performance Coach at Sebastian River High School. He can be reached by going to





January 2012

Bobbie started playing tennis in 1990 and started volunteering at USTA/Florida Sections events in 1992.  Her different positions included, umpire, recreational coach, Junior Team Tennis coach, assistant coach of AAU Junior Olympic teams, and assisted District Director for USTA/Florida, District 15.

As Chair of District 15 National Junior Tennis Learning Association, Bobbie has expanded the association’s tennis programs from juniors to seniors, from Saturdays to after school and from the local tennis courts to the schools.  In the 2012 season, Bobbie joined the Sebastian River High School tennis coaching staff.

She is a mother of five, Grandmother of eleven, mentor to dozens, a Professional Tennis Registry and USTA member and a recipient of numerous awards.



John Danise, District 15 NJTL Assoc. Tennis Director & Sebastian River High School tennis coach, attends USTA Player Development workshop.  

December 2011

One hundred & ten National coaches, doctors, psychologist, therapist, trainers, and tennis pros attended the Tennis Performance & Injury Prevention Conference in Tampa.

The Agenda included injury prevention & performance and speakers representing ATP World Tour, WTA, United States Olympic Committee, Society for Tennis Medicine & Science, USTA Junior Development, and USTA High Performance Coaching.

Much discussion was on Biomechanics of Strokes and Movement as well as Overtraining, Exercise & Growth, and Development Issues in young tennis athletes.




Serving Notice

Taylor Miller, the No. 1 singles and doubles player on the Sebastian River girls tennis team, signs to continue her career at Marion Military Institute


Sebastian River senior Taylor Miller is looking forward to being part of something new.

Miller signed a national letter of intent to continue her tennis career at Marion Military Institute, a junior college in central Alabama. The school's program is in its first season this year.

"It's a new team and a great opportunity," Miller said. "They are just starting out and will have a good team, and I would like to be a part of that."

Marion contacted Miller in late November, but she wasn't sure about her interest at first because she hadn't planned to attend a military school. However, she didn't dismiss the idea and soon saw the offer as a good opportunity.

"I was open to everything, but military school was not on the highest part of my list," Miller said. "It was kind of a surprise, but I looked at the Web site and it's a really good school. They gave me the opportunity to go there and I'm going to take it."

Miller recently talked to an old friend, who took a similar route last year and was assured by her decision.

Former Sebastian River tennis player Katrina Eromin is now playing at the Air Force Academy and told Miller she was happy with her decision to attend a military school, though it was difficult at first.

"I talked to her recently and told her about my offer, and she told me to take it, that it was a good opportunity," Miller said.  "I really enjoyed hearing her say that."

The fourth-year starter for Sebastian River also received some encouragement from coach John Danise, who had been working with Miller since middle school.

Danise is an ex-Marine and holds a "fine regard for the military," but he also liked what he heard about Marion coach Charles Wright and thought the community college would be a good stepping-stone for her career.

"The coach, I think, took an interest in the players beyond their tennis skills," Danise said.  "I felt it would be a good mixture with all of Taylor's values, and it would provide her a little more discipline, so I thought it would be something to explore.

"I told her not to dismiss it because it's a military college, to examine it and see what she thought.  I think it will be a very good place for her to go."

Miller enters this season at No. 1 singles and doubles and will be a co-captain for a second straight year.  Danise said her strengths lie in knowing the game, and though she has all the strokes, she still has some growing to do.

"She hasn't become the tennis player she is capable of being yet, but as she gets physically stronger we will see that," Danise said.  "They are not only getting a good tennis player at Marion but also a person very friendly, outgoing and not afraid to accept responsibility and a person who is respected by teammates."

Now Miller can enjoy her senior season without the concerns that go along with college planning.

"It's a big relief - now I don't have to worry about where am I going and I can look forward to my next tennis season after this," Miller said.


Local doubles team reaps honors at International Tennis Symposium .

BY BILL VALYO.  Feb 2008

In general, most people associated with the sport of tennis are good people.

You don't pick up a paper and find that the last guy to win a U.S. Open championship was fighting outside a bar at 4 o'clock in the morning.

You don't see trash articles about tennis folks.

In fact, many of them put back more than they have gotten out of the sport.  It was reported that Andre Agassi gives more money back to charities than any other athlete. It also was reported that Roger Federer returns from tours to write a thoughtful blog about his sport.

You don't see that done with National Football League or Major League Baseball stars.

I received news about Bobbie and John Danise, this area's truly good people and ardent tennis boosters, being honored recently at the Professional Tennis Registry, International Tennis Symposium in Hilton Head, S.C., and it is with great pride that I report it here.

Bobbie and John joined tennis-teaching professionals from around the world at the annual event in Hilton Head.  John's busy schedule had him joining 15 other high performance coaches for an eight-hour session, which emphasized working with 10-year-old and under tennis players.

The next few days saw the husband and wife going in different directions, attending some of the 6O-plus on-court and classroom presentations.

Bobbie was surprised to learn from these sessions how important her District 15 NJTL tennis program was to the progressions recommended by the International Tennis Federation and the High School Performance Coaching Program.

In a later session, Bobbie enjoyed hearing John's remarks, as a member of the High School Coaches panel.  John is president of the Florida High School Coaches Association.

There was a very important honor bestowed on John during the event.  He won the state's PTR member of the year award.  He has served eight years as a board member of the USTA/Florida section and was the second president of the PTR/Florida section.

I have had the pleasure of watching John teach youngsters in tennis programs around Sebastian and Vero Beach.

Even as a spectator watching him teach, you get the feeling that tennis can be an easy game to play.  He teaches it that way.  Basic fundamentals rule the session.  Then it's mastering the techniques of all the strokes.

My short experience trying to learn the game as a matured player tells me that I should have looked to instruction from a teacher such as John Danise.  I can't figure out how to return the variety of shots that my opponents smash back to me.

Of course, my opponents are not Andy Roddick and Roger Federer.  But if I only knew what to do when a ball comes back to me like a big balloon and I'm so deep in the court that my backside is up against the fence.

John Danise will take his added knowledge of teaching tennis back to the courts where he has had much success teaching the Sebastian River High School girls tennis team - and they will prosper because of it.