USPTA Conferences Provide Test Ground for Prince

The USPTA division conference season proved to be the perfect testing ground for the new ­TeXtreme racquet collection from Prince. As the official racquet and ball supplier for the USPTA, Prince had representatives on-site not only to answer questions about products, but they also provided attendees with an opportunity to test drive the new racquets before they were available to the general public. And the response was enthusiastic! The four TeXtreme frames will make it much easier for a player to choose the right fit," said one USPTA pro at the USPTA Texas conference... more
2XU Aids Injury Prevention
by Mark Schminke, USPTA

It’s no surprise that compression gear is regarded as the go-to for athletes. It seems like every clothing company makes it, and every box store seems to sell it. But with the over-abundance of options, one can get lost in appearance, while forgetting the true intended purpose of compression. Apparel company 2XU brings compression to a whole new level; one that most of us didn’t know existed. In order to adequately review 2XU’s compression gear, I need to define what makes compression gear so beneficial. Compression clothing has been proven to improve athlete performance before, during and after activity through ... more
My Search for “Mission Accomplished”
by Bob Love, USPTA Master Professional

There is no such thing as teaching – only learning! Your mission is to create a positive learning environment for your students.” Those were the opening words of Dr. Eugene Smith, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, to my math methods class at Wayne State University, Detroit, in the fall of 1967. They “hit” me like a sledge hammer! That mission statement has stuck with me for 48 years as I still seek to create a positive learning environment. The journey has been long, challenging and continues today. ecause of my background in education and engineering, I resolved to use a step-by-step process ... more
Ten Commandments of Coaching
by Jimmy Royalty, USPTA

As a USPTA tennis professional it is very important to put your best foot forward. This will in turn grow your business and you as a professional. So many times I see common mistakes made by teaching pros that can directly affect the way they are viewed by the tennis community. This is what sparked, “The Ten Commandments of Coaching.” The following is a list of 10 things that can make or break you and your tennis program. Attire It is very important that you portray someone who looks the look. Having the proper clothing is a very important part in fulfilling your role as a tennis coach. Most teaching pros have some sort of sponsorship that may provide clothing. ... more

Who are Your Cardio Tennis Key Stakeholders? Try this new approach to grow Cardio Tennis fast!
By Mike Woody, TIA Global Cardio Tennis Trainer

Cardio Tennis Professionals across the country have a significant stake in growing their programs with new ideas and better understanding of customer motivations. Not only are there financial implications of growing Cardio Tennis, but this unique fitness experience can boost interest in the overall tennis agenda of your organization ... more

CEO's message

John Embree, USPTA CEOA Blur of Activity

The first quarter of every year is an exciting time for our association and for the industry in general. These three months are a time when plans are set in motion for the year, division conferences are conducted, endorsees begin to activate their affiliation with our members, and industry meetings are held. Coming out of our January Board meeting, there are a variety of new initiatives that will be announced as the year progresses. I am stoked about what 2015 will bring! ... more

Vice President's message

Alan Cutler The Time is Now

As we all know, all USPTA certified members (excluding international members ?and those over 65 years of age) need to earn 6 educational credits (12 hours) over a three-year period. Well, the first year is gone and many of you still have not started. We hear all kinds of reasons including, “I don’t want to take the time off” or “It’s too expensive to travel.” There is good news – USPTA is making continuing education free and convenient. ... more

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