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Stelse Competing in Americas Team Games

Stelse, far left, is competing in the first annual Americas Team Games in Boca Raton, Fla.
Scottsdale native Cole Stelse, 8, is currently participating in the first ever Americas Team Games, a 10 and Under event meant to give young players an opportunity to train and interact with kids from different countries and cultures. The Games provide the best 10 and Under players in the Americas with a week of high performance training and skill evaluations. Players are participating in team competition, on-court training, educational sessions, and off-court social activities.
Four boys and four girls were invited to be on each team. North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, are participating. The Games are held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in conjunction with Blackman Tennis Academy and last from August 11-15. 
In addition to the Americas Team Games, a USPTA/USTA Coaches Workshop will be held, focusing on 10 and Under Tennis. The workshop will highlight coaching education pertaining to training and teaching practices for 10 and Under Tennis development. Experts in the field will educate coaches on how to use 10 and Under formats in teaching and training kids in a manner that cultivates a love for the game and maximizes long-term development.
The 10 and Under Tennis format uses shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring so kids can learn to play quicker and have more fun in the process. The concept of the Americas Team Games is to emphasize teamwork and development while de-emphasizing outcome by focusing on learning and having fun.
Cole is currently ranked 17 in the Southwest Section in Boys 12 singles. In May, he won both the singles and doubles of the 10 and Under Slam Series US Open Championships.
For more information about the Americas Team Games, check out their website here.