About GlamSlam Tennis
We coach women age 40ish and over who play league tennis. We show you how to compete with confidence and enjoy being part of a true team. We’ve experienced the power and joy of being part of a true team and we want all ladies league players to experience it too.
Playing League tennis can suck the joy out of the game for women. Wanting to join a league team is a natural step for the newly addicted adult tennis nut. Yet for women, this experience is often severely stressful.
We also have a theory as to why Ladies League Tennis is so challenging for players, teammates, captains and teaching pros. So many women discover tennis later in life after the kids are in school or their work life has calmed down. Most of these women never played sports before. When they discover tennis they fall in love with it. They can’t get enough. They are the quintessential “tennis nut.” Soon they join a league or club team. It looks like fun and the outfits are so cute!
Now it’s match day and these women are facing the pressure of competition for the first time in their lives. Yikes! They did not play youth or high school sports. They don’t have the years of experience dealing with their nerves. They lack any coping strategies. On top of that, it’s also the first time many of these gals have been on a team. So now you have a group of anxious women trying to play team tennis in a pressure situation. What a recipe for disaster.
Too often teaching pros just roll their eyes and shake their heads at the “drama” surrounding ladies league tennis. In addition, a lot of team captains stop captaining after a year or so. They too get tired of the drama.
The problem is that no one is showing them how to handle their nerves or how to build a successful team. This is such a bummer cause these are very learnable skills. Most coaches and teaching pros grew up playing team sports so these skills are second nature to them. Pros know how to teach tennis skills yet have no idea how to help women with the mental game, team dynamics or developing a doubles game plan tailored to their level.
Our mission at GlamSlamTennis is to show women tennis player’s how to compete with confidence and enjoy being part of a true team. We’ve experienced the power and joy of being part of a true team and we want all ladies league players to experience it too. Magic happens when all players on the team are on the same page going for a common goal. This does not happen by accident. True teams must be built. We’re here to show ladies league tennis players how to build, compete and win as a team.
To achieve our mission we develop materials, products and events designed to create winners individually, as a doubles team and as a league team. We focus on:
- The Mental Game
- Doubles Development
- Team Dynamics
- Team Captain skills
Our Way of solving it:
We believe women do a better job coaching women.
Why women only? Cause the women’s game is different. Yes, we all hit ground-strokes, serves and play the net. Yet that’s where the similarities end. There’s the mental game, the emotional game and the social game – all completely different for men and women.
All of our master coaches are women. No one knows the women’s game more than we do. Our Master Coaches bring decades of experience and wisdom in the women’s game directly to you. We work on every aspect of your game.
We create a unique opportunities for like- minded tennis gals to gather, hang out and train together.
You receive on-court coaching during match play so we can help you make on the spot tactical adjustments. We see your game under pressure and then help you craft your own winning game plan.
What we are really up to:
To change the culture of women’s league tennis from catty in-fighting and daily drama to one where women love to play the game as a team and where teammates strive together to play their best on match day.
We realize that a tennis match is a microcosm of the culture we live in. Team tennis has the power to teach women how to work together under pressure. Now that’s a skill we need more of in this world!
Why do I start GlamSlamTennis? Why did I jump into the fray of “ladies league tennis?”
Because I didn’t like what I saw in ladies’ league tennis. Players are not taken seriously. My observations brought me back to my junior tennis days and then the emotions kicked in. I loved tennis as a kid. I played every day even if that meant 5:30am! I trained physically when it was not commonplace. I studied nutrition as a teenager – now that dedication. I poured my heart and soul into the game and yet I was not one of the top juniors in the Portland area or even at my club.
I remember watching other players – some who did not work as hard as I did, get all the pro’s attention. I realized that my passion was not enough to garner the coach’s attention – they just wanted to work with the best juniors. Wow – that was painful.
This is what I see happening at the “ladies league” level of the game. I see so many female players at the 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 level who just LOVE tennis. They cannot get enough of the game. Their passion is infectious – to me. I do what I do because I’m inspired by any player who truly strives to get better – even if they never win a national championship, a gold ball or make to the 4.5 or 5.0 level.
I get it. Your passion is enough for me. It’s the fuel I run on.
About Kathy Toon
Kathy Toon is the guru of mental focus and shot intention! She is the founder of GlamSlam Tennis and the GameFace System, a 4-step program that focuses on mental performance for athletes. Kathy is a professional sports trainer and has worked with hundreds of tennis players as well as other athletes to help them be the best they can be. Besides her blog and newsletter, Kathy’s articles on tennis team success are featured online in the Norcal USTA’s Competitive Edge Series.
Additionally, she is a senior trainer for the internationally recognized Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), having conducted hundreds of workshops for thousands of coaches, athletes, and parents across the country. She worked for over 14 years for the University of California-Berkeley women’s tennis team (Division 1) and helped them achieve three NCAA championships. It was here where she helped create the GameFace System. Kathy is primary author of Get Your Game Face On! and Get Your Game Face On! Doubles.
Kathy played Division 1 tennis at Pepperdine University and received a BA in Sports Psychology at San Diego State University.
About Mary Pat Faley
Mary Pat Faley is a spirit of boundless energy! She is the tennis pro at Calabasas Swim & Tennis Center in Southern California and a renowned professional tennis speaker/consultant travelling around the country sharing her tennis teaching secrets with tennis pros and players all over the country.
She published her book, Winning in Tennis and Life in 2009, which provided a blueprint for healthy living on and off the court. Soon after, she created the program, Mary Pat’s Force of Three – designed to help tennis professionals run productive, challenging tennis drills for groups of 4-10 players on the tennis court. Mary Pat has been a featured tennis professional on the Tennis Channel series Celebrity Tennis showcasing her Force of Three. She has also been featured in many one-minute clinics on the Tennis Channel.
Mary Pat played tennis at University Of Alabama, Birmingham on a full scholarship and she was sectionally and nationally ranked. She has coached middle school, high school and college tennis, working with thousands of players, many who have gone on to receive college scholarships and national rankings. Many of her students have become full time tennis professionals at various clubs around the country.
For more information check out her website and tennis videos: www.MaryPatFaley.com
We offer regular clinics, an annual Academy, and an off-court team (All Access team) on an interactive free app called EduFii that acts as a “Coach in your Pocket.“ We also have books and videos for sale in our web store.
GlamSlam clinics are good for any female tennis player as long as they are interested in being competitive. Because of the sophistication of the program’s tactics, USTA ratings from 3.0 to 5.0 are best served.
We serve adult female athletes who are playing competitive league tennis.
The Academy, live clinics and a just for you tailored coaching. The Academy is a three and a half day expierence is like no other in tennis. With hundreds of our students advancing to post season play and dozens of them winning natithe box and do things a bit differently. Our “women-only”, live, on-court clinics are all the rage .Our clinics are conducted much like the GameFaceSystem founders ran their collegiate team practices, serious and seriously fun.
We primarily focus on women’s tennis but we do offer clinics from time to time that include men, such as mixed doubles clinics.
Any entry point works, whether a live clinic, our All Access team on Edufii, or our annual Academy. A good way to start is to sign up for our newsletter, which links to our blog on the website. You can like our Facebook page, too. The newsletter and Facebook page will alert you to clinics and other content that might be of interest.
We do recommend you buy Get Your Gameface On! if you want to train with our coaches. It’s an important stepping stone to playing competitive tennis. As Jimmy Connors said, tennis is 90% mental!