March 29, 2009

Coach Scott Paschal Raising Some Heaven With Christiantennis.net In Miami, Florida!

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Christian Tennis Outreach, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 12:16 pm by Scott Paschal

Roger Federer signed ICTA God is Good Baseball for ICTA Women's Pro Tennis Team Fundraiser

Roger Federer signed newly designed and embroidered ICTA God is Good Baseball Cap for ICTA Women's Pro Tennis Team Fundraiser

Women's Draw and Stadium

Women's Draw and Stadium

ICTA President, Scott Paschal, introducing ICTA Global Outreach to tennis fans.

ICTA President, Scott Paschal, introducing ICTA Global Outreach to tennis fans.

ICTA Global Outreach has a fantastic location near the Grandstand, Beach Tennis, Fila Touring Camps, and Royal Caribbean Cruises!

ICTA Global Outreach has a fantastic location near the Grandstand, Beach Tennis, Fila Touring Camps, and Royal Caribbean Cruises!

Tennis fans worldwide have joined ICTA Membership.  Christian books are travelling worldwide!  A body of believers is gathering!

Tennis fans worldwide have joined ICTA Membership. Christian books are travelling worldwide! A body of believers is gathering!

Melody Snelen, ICTA Women's Pro Tennis Team member, giving away ICTA God is Good fans.  These fans have John 3:16 on the back and information on ICTA's Travel Tour packages to 2009 US OPEN!

Melody Snelen, ICTA Women's Pro Tennis Team member, giving away ICTA God is Good fans. These fans have John 3:16 on the back and information on ICTA's Travel Tour packages to 2009 US OPEN!

View from inside ICTA Outreach booth as people excitedly join ICTA Global Membership

View from inside ICTA Outreach booth as people excitedly join ICTA Global Membership


ICTA Full Time Academy Student, Mark (from Mexico), setting up ICTA Global Outreach booth.

ICTA Full Time Academy Student, Mark (from Mexico), setting up ICTA Global Outreach booth.

Stadium

Stadium

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March 27, 2009

Scott Paschal and International Christian Tennis Association @ Sony Ericsson Open

Posted in Athletes in Action Tennis, Christian Discipleship, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Christian Tennis Outreach, Fellowship, ICTA, Sports Ministry, Tennis Devotionals, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 12:38 pm by Scott Paschal

ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, with new ICTA members!

ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, with new ICTA members!

I’m having a great time here at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

ICTA Global Missions is hosting a large-scale outreach offering free Christian materials to over 300,000 tennis fans.

These two ladies with me in this picture are new ICTA members… and I had a great time with them yesterday, and again this morning as they came by ICTA’s booth on their way to watch a match in the Grandstand.

In our outreach booth we offer free Bibles and Christian books. ICTA also offers a free membership to anyone who would like to join.

Our membership has grown by about 150 people the first couple of days.  Engineers, tennis pros, teachers, writers, financial investors, dentists, students and much, much more…  a lot interesting people.

I’m having a really nice time meeting them.

Will send more updates as time allows.  I have internet access here at our booth, but little time to write so far.

Thanks for your prayers as International Christian Tennis Association brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world’s 5th largest pro tennis tournament.

God bless!

Coach Scotty

ballboy4jesus@yahoo.com/386 793 0557/www.christiantennis.net

March 21, 2009

Scott Paschal Considers Coaching Outstanding Russian Teen…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 7:52 pm by Scott Paschal

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I’ve been in contact with a Russian player whose got some skills….

She’s good.  Really good.

Talented.  No question she has the gifts needed to do well.

17 and gung-ho to achieve success.  It takes that kind of passion.  You have to really, really want to be the best.

Yes, she is a Christian.

I am considering adding her as part of my academy and part of our pro team.  Rach would be an awesome mentor for her on the pro circuit.  So would Melody.

She isn’t as strong as Anastasia.

ICTA Florida Academy's Anastasia Kharchenko, hitting forehand during ITF $50,000 Challenger

ICTA Florida Academy's Anastasia Kharchenko, hitting forehand during ITF $50,000 Challenger

Ana is a very strong player.

They would make a good team hitting and laughing and traveling and deepening their faith, together, while growing as WTA players.

I’m not saying it’s going to happen.  I’m still just considering.

I tend to take a really, really long time before I agree to coach a player full time.  It’s a big decision to me.

First, I want to make sure I am the right coach for the player’s needs and goals.  That’s important.  The player and I need to be on the same page in life before I agree to invest  in them.

Then, I make sure the player’s parents aren’t jerks.  Honestly, the worst part of coaching  juniors can be dealing with parents.

But, I want to stay in a positive mood here…

So, back to our subject at hand.

I basically make a living reading people.

My former student, Alina Sufiarova, #5 Jr Russia. Alina is now coach in Moscow.

My former student from 2002-2003, Alina Sufiarova, reached #5 Russia G16s. Alina is now a tennis coach in Moscow.

I study them.

Think about this for a minute…

Let’s say I coach maybe 6 -10 players full time.  Say just 6 for this little thought thingy…

Ok, …6 players x 24 hrs a day is…

144 hrs.

That’s 144 hrs of player management time that is packed into my brain in a 24 hr period.

Constantly managing what they eat, their tennis &  education, sleep, faith, how they get along with each other, their goals, emotions, etc.  All the stuff.

That’s 1008 hrs in just a week.

Over 48,000 hrs a year, people.

Some coaches and players wonder how I see things that they miss.  I tell them to bring players from 17 nations and 15 US states into your home and heart full time and you will be able to start seeing things others miss, too.

I think that’s why I can take on suicidal players and not really flinch.

And can comfortably advise players via email, text, skype,etc….

So, 48,000 hrs a year.

Let’s just take the last 5 years and do the math…

48,000 hrs x 5 years = 240,000 hrs.

Dang.

How many weeks is that?

4615.

4615 weeks of player management experience in just 5 yrs.

Dang.

4615 weeks divided by 52 weeks (1year) is 88 years.

Yep, my brain was basically crammed with 88 years of player management experience during the last 5 years.

Considering people work full time at 40 hrs a week from around age 25 until retirement at around age 65…

I’ve worked about 2 lifetimes of full time work in the last 5 years.

Dang.

No wonder I have gray hair.  Or as Putri, my Indonesian player, puts it… “Scotty, your hair is black and white.”

Ouch.

Back to this Russian kid.

I don’t know what I want to do, yet.

I’m still kicking the tires.

But, I’d like to ask that you keep this in your prayers.

It’s a big deal to me.

I only want the players here that God sends.

Ok, well that’s about all for today.

Ana, Kev, Rach, and Hiro went sightseeing in Lima. Tennis, Missions, Life Experiences... awesome!

Ana, Kev, Rach, and Hiro went sightseeing in Lima. Tennis, Missions, Life Experiences... awesome!

We leave Monday for Miami on a large-scale mission trip outreach to 300,000 rabid tennis fans swarming the Sony Ericsson Open.

The ICTA Women’s Pro Team is doing great work in Peru.

From Skype.com conversations, it sounds like they are meeting and impacting other players in neat ways.

My friend Kevin (Lindsey’s Dad) flew down there for a couple days. He’s having a blast, too.

God bless!

Coach Scotty

386 793 0557/ballboy4jesus@yahoo.com

skype: scottpaschal.christiantennis.net

www.christiantennis.net

March 20, 2009

ICTA Travel Tour to 2009 US OPEN: Get the details here…!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 2:28 pm by Scott Paschal

ICTA Travel Tour to 2009 US OPEN brochure

(click above!!)

Our ICTA Travel Tour to 2009 brochure is ready!

Check out our PDF pic version in the link above.  This link will show you how the software version of the brochure looks, before we print it.

When you look at the PDF pic, realize our actual paper/hard copy itself is a tri-fold brochure.  (When folded it will not look like the PDF, which is just a flat, unfolded piece of paper version.)

What that means is the right side of the PDF’s top pic is the brochure’s cover.  (Basically, the whole PDF top pic is the back of the paper before it is folded… if that makes any sense.)

The bottom PDF pic is the actual inside sections of the brochure… you will see a welcome letter, some ICTA Fun Facts, and our 2009 US OPEN  Travel Tour schedule and prices.

ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal

ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal

Visualize it all as a tri-fold brochure, not a flat piece of paper, or it might get confusing!

And, call me soon if you want to go with me to the 2009 US OPEN on our first-ever ICTA Travel Tour!

We have a limited amount of availability!

God bless,  Scott Paschal

March 17, 2009

Congratulations to International Christian Tennis Association Boy’s International Junior Tennis Team!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:56 pm by Scott Paschal

Congratulations Guys! Awesome Tournament and Awesome Examples to Others!

Congratulations Guys! Awesome Tournament and Awesome Examples to Others!

I had a great time!

The weather was good and the tennis was fun to watch.

The International Christian Tennis Association boy’s junior tennis team recently competed in a Florida junior tennis tournament.  I had a blast taking them, as well as coaching them.

The tournament was held on clay.   Kids were sliding everywhere… clay dust was blowing around… rallys were long….  I love dirt ball!

Mark and Luke (above) walked away with some serious tennis trophy bling, huh!?  Aussie  did well, too, making the semi-finals.

When I coach here in Palm Coast, I really enjoy watching my players grow.   I enjoy my small part in God’s big plan for their lives.  It truly is an honor for me.

This current group of players is the most special group to me I have ever had.  They are by far the most loving and kind.  Their teamwork together is amazing.  And I can’t say I’ve ever had a group willing to work harder.

They are really a blast to hang around… and they keep me young, for sure! 🙂

Over the last 8 years or so, I’ve been privileged to coach players full time from 17 countries and 15 US states.  These players have gone on to play high school tennis, NCAA tennis on scholarship, travel worldwide on the ITF Pro Circuits earning elite ATP and WTA rankings, and have competed in all four Grand Slams… Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and US OPEN.

I’m not trying to brag.  Not at all.  A lot of coaches have done a lot more than me!

I am just looking back at all of the incredible memories.  All the experience I have gained.  All the lessons I have learned from teaching and investing in others.  And I see this current group of kids really benefiting.

I’m currently rolling towards my 24th year of coaching tennis.  Dang, time does fly.

Today, as I work to develop and prep for our upcoming ICTA Global Outreach to the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open beginning next week in Key Biscayne (Miami), Florida… and as our very special ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team is practicing, competing, sharing, and gaining valuable experience for three weeks in Lima, Peru… and as I reflect not only on the fun I had with the guys at the junior tournament, but also on the years of personal development God has blessed me with…

… I can’t help but to be very humbly thankful.

My life has been far from easy, but it has be close to Him.

God bless you!

Coach Scotty

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association, President

March 15, 2009

Scott Paschal Discusses, “Stupid, Abusive Parents Are Ruining Lives”

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 12:27 pm by Scott Paschal

ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, at Pacific Life Open during ICTA Outreach to 300,000 tennis fans

ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, at Pacific Life Open during ICTA Outreach to 300,000 tennis fans

Why would a father hit his daughter in the face?

It makes no sense, yet it happens constantly in junior tennis.

I see fathers and daughters traveling together on the junior and pro tennis circuits all the time.

You may only see world class tennis happening on the tennis court as two players fight to win.  Yet, after the match much abuse often occurs.

Why would a big, strong, grown man hit his 12-14 year old daughter in her face with his fist?

I will tell you why.

Because he is a stupid coward.

Fathers who abuse their daughters are often just fools who know little or nothing about tennis, so their answer to everything is to scare and abuse their children.

By the time the daughter begins to get good at tennis,  maybe a top national junior level, hard work alone is no longer all that is needed for the daughter to improve.

To reach an elite level it takes a world class tennis coach, or even a team of tennis coaches, to properly develop a player to reach the WTA ranked pro level, or top 20 ITF junior level.

Since Pop has no idea about tennis because he has never played it or taught it… he doesn’t know what to do, so be simply begins hitting his child harder and harder after she plays poorly in matches… or sometimes even when she plays well and wins, but does not win big enough!

A father who does this is a coward and a useless person.

He is a fool.

He is harming her not just physically, but emotionally.  These scars can last for life.

When the daughter was little her father would slap her to let her know she must win.  This usually made the daughter work very hard.  She did not want to be hurt anymore, and she had no where else to go.   She played harder hoping to avoid the physical abuse from her father.

The father learns that giving his daughter physical pain makes her win or try harder to win.

But, after a few years, the daughter reaches an upper level of junior tennis and hard work isn’t enough.  Now, it takes intelligent hard work.

The father has no knowledge of world class or pro tennis player development.  He has no idea how to develop a pro tennis player.

His answer to why she is losing is to physically beat her!  His answer to his lack of knowledge is to hit her in the face.

The father is a stupid fool.

Her father is a selfish, insecure idiot.

I wish he would try to hit me.

That would be funny!

I am 6′ 4″  (193cm) tall and weigh 235lbs (106kg).  I would love to see these stupid “Dads” try to hit me like they do their 95lb (45kg) daughters.

Honestly, I would probably break him in half…

Is my wording too harsh for you, right now?  Then you most likely have very little knowledge of Eastern Europe junior tennis.  You may not know anyone who has been beaten physically.

These foolish fathers who abuse their little girls are usually angry, bitter men who failed in their own sport.

They are often from Eastern Europe…Russia, Ukraine….

Often, these men do not have jobs.  They do not work to support their family!  They often drink too much vodka, and feel sorry for themselves that they are failures.

They spend all day saying hateful words to their daughters.  They spend all day telling their daughters how bad the daughters are!

All day this angry, abusive man keeps telling his daughter how  terrible she is as a tennis player!   Then they expect the daughter to have enough confidence to play well and win matches!

Stupid fools!

The Moms are usually no better than the Dads, but the Moms usually just yell at their daughters while the Dads physically abuse them.

But, basically Mom allows Dad to beat and bruise and shove and kick the daughter… because Dad also does the same thing to the Mom.  Mom is usually beaten into submission, then becomes as hateful and abusive as Dad.

It is a difficult lifestyle for all of them.

So, how do you help a player who is being abused by a parent?

It is difficult.

I have a friend who I will see in Miami next week.  He is a person who counsels people for a living.  His name is Chuck.

Chuck loves Sport Psychology.  He has counseled ICTA Academy’s  WTA ranked pro players over the last several years.  Chuck counsels many, many people each week.  I think he is one of the best at what he does….

Chuck wants to help me to help players and their parents.

Chuck and I agreed to possibly make a video, together.

We want to talk about Parent-Child relationships as related to world class junior tennis development.

Honestly, deep down these abusive fathers often truly want their daughters to become successful.  They just don’t know how to make it happen, so their answer is to physically abuse their daughter.  It is all they know how to do.

The father needs education, both in world class tennis player development and in how to develop a healthy parent/child relationship.

The father usually had abusive parents who did the same thing to him, so the painful cycle of abuse keeps rolling along from generation to generation.

I believe educating the fathers and daughters is a good first step in healing both, and possibly improving the quality of lives of players throughout Eastern Europe and beyond.

To all the daughters out there who are forced to endure such horrible abuse…

Know that Coach Scotty and everyone here at International Christian Tennis Association loves you.  But more than that, know that Jesus loves you, and He sees your life at all times.   God is not happy with the abuse your father does to you.  But, God can take anything evil that happens to you and He can turn it to good!

If you do not believe God is real or do not want to hear about God,…  know that daughters that have an abusive father often have a difficult time embracing a relationship with God.  The daughter usually finds it confusing and painful to have a relationship with anyone that resembles a “father”  figure in her life.

The Bible often describes God as our heavenly father… so the daughters who have an abusive father struggle with accepting God’s role in their life

Hopefully, our upcoming video can begin to offer help!

I would like to see fathers become smarter, both on and off the tennis court.

I would like to see fathers stop hitting and kicking and cutting and scaring their daughters.

I would like to see fathers begin to build their daughter’s confidence.  And show their daughters  they are loved and cared for.

It would be good if our video can be translated in Russian and Ukrainian, too, … and seen throughout the Eastern Europe ITF junior tennis circuit.

I realize what I am wanting to accomplish can seem pretty impossible, but somebody has to do it.  The ITF hasn’t stepped up to serve.  So, I will do my part and hopefully along the way someone is helped.

If my work can help even just one abused girl discover God’s plan for her life… then I have succeeded.

If I can help even one father to realize education in world class tennis player development is the answer, not physical abuse… then I have succeeded.

And if I can open your eyes and hearts and prayers to helping others, and/or to helping me to help others… then I have succeeded.

God bless!

Coach Scotty

March 11, 2009

Scott Paschal Teaches, “How To Get More Value For Your Money”

Posted in Christian Tennis Academy, Florida Tennis, Parent Coach Relationship, Scott Paschal Tennis tagged , , , , , at 12:29 pm by Scott Paschal

14 Year Old Luke from S. America

Investing in Your Child's Passion for Jesus Pays Big Rewards in Your Family's Legacy. This Is a Pic of Luke, My 13-Year Old Fulltime Student/Goofball from Central America... 🙂

What do you invest in?

I mean, where do you put what is valuable to you?

You are probably thinking about money right now. But, let’s go deeper than that.

Sure, money is needed. And, yes, it is valuable.

Yet, money is finite.

You know the hours and hours you invest in your tennis game? It pays off as you improve. The people who want to practice an hour a week can only dream of owning your game.

You chose to take your skills to a professional level. Commitment and perseverance met opportunity. You do what it takes and wisely invest.

Life is about wise investing.

Life isn’t about money.

Money is finite.

Life is infinite.

Jesus talks about eternity. The things of this world are finite.

What is real, then?

Is a chair real that is here today, but is completely gone 500 years from now? Is a building real that is built in 2009, but is never seen or remembered in 2709?

How powerful is Nero, now? Or Pharaoh?

They were finite.

What is real is that which is eternal.

So, why invest in anything except that which is infinite?

Life isn’t about money.

Money is finite.

Go deeper.

Focus on eternal investing.

Get more for your money…

God bless,

Coach Scotty

President,   International Christian Tennis Association   Inc

March 10, 2009

Christiantennis.net Quick Serves

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:10 pm by Scott Paschal

March 24, 2009: Ana has won 4 matches in a row in Peru!  Go ICTA Pro Team…!

March 23, 2009: ICTA Academy & Staff driving to Miami to set up Outreach booth on site at Sony Ericsson Open. ICTA Academy Jr Boy’s Team is staying on sailboat in Key Biscayne harbor!

March 20, 2009: Brochure printed (view)! Packing trailor with ICTA Christian materials for mission trip (see 03/13). ICTA Boy’s Tennis Team competes tomorrow in Florida jr. tournament.

March 19, 2009: ICTA Travel Tour to 2009 US OPEN brochure designed.

March 18, 2009: All new artwork designs on ICTA clothing & accessories to be unveiled at our booth during 2009 Sony Ericsson Open. (see March 13, 2009)

March 14, 2009: ICTA Boy’s Tennis Team goes undefeated in first day of Florida junior tournament.

March 13, 2009: ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, announces ICTA Global Missions will attend world’s 5th largest professional tournament, the Sony Ericsson Open, in Key Biscayne, Florida, from March 23-April 5th.

March 12, 2009: ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team arrived safely in Lima, Peru where they will compete in singles and doubles during a 3-week tour of 3 ITF Pro Circuit tournaments.

March 10, 2009: ICTABlog nears 70,000 visitors.




March 9, 2009

Scott Paschal Is On A Mission!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:56 pm by Scott Paschal

Fulltime ICTA Academy Student, Mark, From Mexico.

Fulltime ICTA Academy Student, Mark, From Mexico.

I don’t know what is going on, but lately I can’t stop reading Philippians.

Seriously, every day I’m studying this stuff. Not just every day… every morning, every break, in the evening, before bed.

Philippians is like chocolate. I love chocolate, too. Dark chocolate. I think about chocolate nearly every time after I eat, except after breakfast.

Chocolate after breakfast isn’t good. I’ve tried it. Maybe hot cocoa on a cold day after breakfast….

Anyway, back to my current obsession with this book in the Bible.

ICTA Academy's WTA Ranked Fulltime Student, Anastasia Kharchenko from Ukraine, Returning Serve As She Prepares For a 3 Week ICTA Women's Pro Team Tour in Peru.

ICTA Academy's WTA Ranked Fulltime Student, Anastasia Kharchenko from Ukraine, Returning Serve As She Prepares For a 3 Week ICTA Women's Pro Team Tour in Peru.

I’ve read Philippians about three times a day for the last week or so.

And I’ve studied books that were written to explain more about Philippians.

The books help me to get the big picture of what all was happening back in the day.

And the more I learn the more I want to learn.

Coach Scotty the history dude.

Who would have thought it?

Mark Has Trained w/ Coach Scotty and ICTA for Over 2.5 Years.

Mark Has Trained w/ Coach Scotty and ICTA for Over 2.5 Years.

History Dude’s factoid #1: Philippi has a claim to fame as being the first city in Europe to have a church.

Yep, cool stuff, huh!?

Paul had a vision of a guy pleading for help from Macedonia (Act 16).

This got Paul into action!

He sails out of Troas during his 2nd missionary journey… lands near Philippi… and hikes 10 miles inland to reach the city.

Then and there, Paul starts the first church in Europe!

As an 18 year old teenager, Ana Won 2 Professional Tournament Titles in 2008.

As an 18 year old teenager, Ana Won 2 Professional Tournament Titles in 2008.

This first church stays intensely loyal to Paul… and I really love studying his letter to them.

A God seeded vision… global journey… church planting… loyalty…. AWESOME stuff to learn.

Want some controversy?

Ok, Paul wrote this letter from prison.

Currently a Senior, Mark Will Earn His High School Degree at ICTA Through the Abeka Education System.

Currently a Senior, Mark Will Earn His High School Degree at ICTA Through the Abeka Education System.

I can hear the gasps from “modern day” Christians in the USA striving hard to keep up their godly appearances and reputations.

Yes, Mr. And Mrs. Modern… prissonnn…

Paul even said he was ready to die, if needed, for the sake of the Gospel!

I know, I know…. I can hear your further gasps, as you pull your over protected 19 year old babies closer to your bosom and cover their eyes and ears from such rumor and controversy.

Moving on…

Honestly, I have no idea why God has sparked such a passion inside of me to study Philippians.

But, whatever His reasons may be, I know my life is further growing and improving as I focus strongly on God’s word.

In other news…

  • ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team is flying to Lima, Peru in Wednesday for a missions tour to 3 ITF Women’s Pro Circuit tournaments. This is the first time the team will travel to South America. Please keep this special team and mission outreach in your prayers.
  • ICTA Blog is closing in on 70,000 visitors! January was our biggest month ever with 10,159 visitors. February was a close 2nd with 9934 visitors. I want to thank each of you for telling your friends about International Christian Tennis Association.
  • Remember the Malaysian player who wanted to come train with me, but couldn’t get visa approval? I received word from his Dad recently that he finally did receive his visa! Plans right now are for him to arrive the 3rd week of March.

A lot of neat stuff is happening around here… and is upcoming!

I will keep you guys in the loop and up to date as God further grows and develops both me and ICTA.

Thank you for your prayers, emails, and phone calls of support, advice, and encouragement.  In the chaos that is the fallen US economy and a Godless tennis industry… ICTA is actually growing… and has enjoyed our best year ever.

I’m not sure why, though.

I guess God just wants to keep His hand on us.   That’s what it’s really all about, too.  God blessing.

Thanks for taking a break with me.  I’m going to get back to studying Philippians… and planning an upcoming missions outreach, which I will share with you soon.

God bless you guys!

Coach Scotty

President, ICTA Inc    386 793 0557

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