Member Stories: Brenda Cullin and Pam Tullberg

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

Brenda Cullin and Pam Tullberg, both Elite members, recently won the gold medal at the 2013 National Senior Games Championships. The games were held in Cleveland, OH a few weeks ago. They competed in the age 50-54 tennis doubles competition.

Their semi-final match against a team from Florida was a marathon match with Cullin/Tullberg finally winning 15-13 in a third set super tiebreak. The final against the home team from Ohio also went three sets. With the pair from Wisconsin winning the Gold 10-6 in the final set to be crowned the National Senior Games Champions.

Pam Tullberg and Brenda Cullin

Congratulations to our National Champs!

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Tennis Sportsmanship and Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts

Sportsmanship — an often neglected fundamental of sports. It’s an area of competition that gets plenty of attention, but for all the wrong reasons.

The pouting, the crying, the trash talking, the gloating. We’ve become so accustomed to these behaviors that we lose a significant factor of enjoyment for the sport itself. So the next time you head out on the court, here are some do’s and do not’s in the world of good sportsmanship.

DO NOT: Cheat or play dirty to win. You may pocket a victory by stooping to dishonest behavior, but you will lose respect of your peers and compromise your integrity.
DO:  Play fair! Play by the rules. Pass it on.

True winners never cheat.

DO NOT: Be negative just because something doesn’t go your way. No one likes a Negative Nelly!
DO: Stay positive with yourself after all points. Take each match as a chance to improve your game and grow.

  Continuously talk trash or smack talk. Save all that energy and focus to concentrate on your performance because talking trash doesn’t make up for a lack of skill, it just shows a negative aspect of your character on and off the court.

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DO: Give credit where credit is due. In fact, go a step further by complimenting your opponent on a good play or giving a “nice job” type pat on the back.

DO NOT: Be a sore loser. Sometimes you are just going to get outplayed. Accept it. No one likes to lose, but why let a loss keep you down? So don’t sulk, don’t cry, and definitely do not swear or throw things – seriously, racket and ball abuse are just inexcusable.
DO: Lose gracefully. End each and every match with a smile, firm handshake and compliment on your opponent’s performance. Get feedback from your coaches, teammates and find out what you can work on so that next time you can be a graceful winner. And when you win? Stay classy. Your performance will speak for itself. 

At Elite, we offer extensive tennis programs for both youth and adults. Visit our website for more information.


Is your child the next Wimbledon Champ?


They can be… It’s no secret that today’s top tennis pros have been playing since they were old enough to stand. Athletic development is like learning a foreign language — in order for it to really stick, you have to start young, when the brain is at its spongiest. As a result, children who participate in sports are able to apply all they’ve obtained through athletics to their educational and career goals. In fact, studies have shown that young athletes have higher test scores! And that over 80% of female and male Fortune 500 Execs played sports in their youth!

We’ve put together a list of the benefits to playing tennis – and they just so happen to be the necessities for grooming your future tennis pro or CEO.

 The communication youth regularly encounter before, during and after playing or training for tennis allow them to become familiar interacting with other people and creating friendships. Networking is key to future career success, and to network you need exceptional socialization skills.

Cognitive Development. For success as a tennis player, they need to tap into their mental resources (perception, decision-making, problem solving, memory, creativity, etc.) to learn where and when to move during a match.  This means during their time spent playing tennis, they are also enhancing their cognitive abilities. Enhancing cognitive abilities will help children improve their grades.

Work Ethic and Accountability. Children will learn to be responsible for their development and success by being dedicated to lessons, practicing their skills and making accurate line calls during a match.  This reinforces the value of hard work and accepting responsibility, which will filter into their every day lives.

Competition. Tennis teaches how to compete fairly with opponents. Children learn to win graciously and lose with honor. Learning the value of achievement, and the dedication it takes to obtain a goal. Gloating after a win or making excuses for a loss will not work in life.

Self Esteem.  Healthy feelings of enjoyment, competitiveness and physical challenge are inherent in tennis. Increased self-confidence on the court will increase self-confidence in the classroom, office and more.

Healthy Living. Children who participate in tennis beginning at a young age learn the importance of staying fit, healthy eating and exercise. People who have had healthy habits instilled in them are more likely to maintain these habits as adults.

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So where do you go from here? Come on in to one of our Elite Sports Clubs locations or register here. We will get you and your child on track by providing the right tools from the very beginning, keeping focus on the fun, active and lifelong benefits of tennis.  We offer programs tailored specifically to your child’s needs and age group. Check out our 10 and Under Tennis: A Parents’ Guide for more on the benefits, programs and even your role as a tennis parent.


Gave Your All On The Tennis Court? It’s Time to “Treat Yo’ Self!”

Playing tennis is a great way to work every inch of your body (plus, it’s pretty fun). Jumping, cutting, smashing, and twisting; playing tennis is a great way to work every inch of your body (and did we mention… it’s also pretty fun). It’s a game that requires strength, power, flexibility, speed, and agility.

How can you become a lean, mean, bright green tennis machine? (Watch out Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams!) We’ve put together a few important things for you to remember if you want to reap the benefits on the court, and there is only one phrase you need to remember… say it with us now… “Treat yo’ self!”

 1. Massages. Why? Because it feels pretty darn AMAZING. Those 30-minute (or even 60-minutes!) sessions aren’t just for people who love to be pampered. Their advantages reach far beyond that with benefits that include: augmenting flexibility, dilating the blood vessels, improving circulation and flushing-out toxins that can cause muscle swelling and soreness. And, hey, if Wimbledon winner Andy Murray can do it, why can’t you?

2. Physical Therapy. Fact of life: injuries happen. Yes, even for a fine physical specimen such as yourself. Whether a sprain, strain, tear, separation, rupture or an ailment ending in “-itis”, it’s important to take proper steps on the road to recovery. Physical therapists are a necessary tool for evaluation, treatment and education (and since we like you so much, Elite members are entitled to a FREE injury assessment at our S.M.A.R.T. clinics!).

3. Nutrition. Food fuels your body (we know, you’re thinking “thank you Captain Obvious!”). After all that court time you put in, your body’s energy gauge is probably hovering near empty. Pre-, during- and post-match nutrition is critical to your performance as a tennis player–or any athlete for that matter. As tempting as fad diets and theories on sports nutrition may sound, you may consider consulting a dietitian (like Elite’s own Rita Larsen) to learn how to fuel your body, lose weight and healthy eating.

To learn more about the most extensive tennis program in Wisconsin (hint: it’s at Elite Sports Clubs) click here. And for more ways to “Treat yo’ self” visit our website.

What ways do you “Treat yo’ self” after a day on the court? Tell us in the comments!

6 Reasons Your Child Should Play Tennis

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Tennis benefits not just the physical but also the psyche. In an article titled, “Why Play Tennis?” by Jack Groppel, Ph.D., USPTA Master Professional, Dr. Groppel discusses 34 reasons to play tennis. Elite Sports Clubs has highlighted 6 reasons for your children to play tennis. Read the entire article [pdf].

  1. General body coordination.
    Players have to move into position and then adjust the upper body to hit the ball successfully.
  2. Develop social skills.
    Interaction and communication before a match, while changing sides on the court and after play.
  3. Cross-training.
    Tennis is a physically demanding sport that’s fun for athletes who specialize in other sports.
  4. Plan and implement strategies.
    Players naturally learn how to anticipate the opponent’s moves and plan counter moves.
  5. Gross motor control.
    Movement and ball-striking skills that require control of the body’s large muscle groups.
  6. Bone strength and density.
    Tennis strengthens bones of young players and helps prevent osteoporosis in older ones.

Learn more about tennis at Elite Sports Clubs for you or your child. Elite offers lessons for youth players of all ages and skill levels. Register for youth tennis lessons at Elite Sports Clubs.

What do you think has been the best benefit of your child playing tennis? What does your child think is the best part of playing tennis? Tell us in the comments!