Teaching red ball, orange ball and green ball tennis to beginners
by Greg Grover, USPTA Master Professional
Why do so many 10 and under American youngsters play soccer and/or baseball or softball as opposed to tennis? The answer is simple: they play the game sooner rather than later (younger), on shorter rather than longer playing fields, with smaller and lighter equipment in time-friendly, non-elimination formats (nobody wins and nobody loses) with adult involvement
(parental guidance and encouragement and adult supervision). more
FBT60: Building a strong mind, body and game
by Stan Oley, USPTA
Have you ever gone in to get a routine physical from your doctor and thought everything was going to be fine? I did. And I was wrong.
Prior to this physical I had been experiencing more injuries, was tiring quickly, snoring during sleep, and had acquired an ongoing bout with acid reflux. In my mind, I was attributing these things as just part of getting old. more
Keeping it real in the high-tech world
by Rod Heckelman, USPTA
Today’s technology provides us with all the tools we could ever need for communicating. It seems that almost every few months we are given another great high-tech tool that will help us reach our customer base. But these new powers of communicating may be creating a dependency that is not always productive when it comes to reaching our goals. With this enhanced communication platform, we can often be deceived into believing that we are communicating more effectively. more
Certification Exam Preparation – Stroke Production
by Ryan Thompson, USPTA
I had been working as a full-time professional for a year and a half when I decided it was time to join the USPTA and obtain my tennis-teacher certification. My coworker at the time had recently completed his certification and communicated the importance and benefits of becoming a certified teaching professional. It had been several years since I had taken any kind of exam, and I knew that I would have to be well prepared if I wanted a positive result. more
The importance of using the cardio balls
by Michele Krause, TIA Cardio Tennis Manager and Ted Murray, TIA Cardio Tennis Coordinator
The Cardio ball is one of the six components of the Cardio Tennis (CT)session. Without these it is not truly Cardio Tennis. The purpose of this article is to make it clear what balls are to be used during the various aspects of the Cardio Tennis class in order to make it as effective as possible. Lets look at the what, why, where and how. more
Pat Williams: Basketball Hall of Famer, motivational speaker, father of 19
We are excited to announce Pat Williams as the keynote speaker for the USPTA awards luncheon at the World Conference in Orlando. To say that Williams is very accomplished is an understatement.
Social networking now: Online networks offer advantages & benefits for keeping members in the loop
When Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast of the U.S. in October, thousands of residents were without power, water and heat for weeks. The day after Sandy hit Long Island, Randall Ruder, CCM, CCE, general manager of the Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., had video taken of the club’s condition for insurance purposes, as he had following previous storms. But because of the magnitude of that storm, Ruder decided to post the video to YouTube and email the link to Beach Point’s 650 club families to reassure them the club was still standing.
Staff spotlight: Kathy Buchanan
Director of Computer Services
How long have you worked at USPTA?
I started at USPTA in June 1986 as a data entry clerk. Over the past 27 years my skills have evolved and my title has changed several times, and now I’m the Director of Computer Services.
Nominate a deserving USPTA Professional
USPTA is accepting nominations for the 2013 National Awards Program through July 2. All Professional-level members are eligible. If you know of any fellow members who go above and beyond on and off the tennis court, here’s your chance to nominate them.