Coaching Nine Valuable Life Lessons from Tennis

By David F. Berens, USPTA

Coaching. What exactly is coaching? Patterns on a chalkboard? The X’s and O’s of plays and formations run ad nauseam in practice until they become second nature to the athletes on a team? Recruiting of individuals to your team? It is all of these and more. I have been practicing my own coaching art for more than 16 years and have boiled down my technique to practicing five basic strategies – that’s it, just five. However, during those years, I came to realize that I was missing a gigantic ... more
Getting Philosophical

By Bert Poole, USPTA

I have been coaching college tennis for the past three years and it has been the most rewarding and joyful endeavor of my professional life. Working with college age student-athletes has been a great challenge and I truly love it. More importantly, my coaching experience has been very meaningful to me as I strive to instill the values in our players that will serve them well throughout their collegiate careers and for the rest of their lives. It’s quite a responsibility and it is the primary reason that I have decided to clearly define my ... more
Handicapping Makes all Your Players Better

By Gerry Berkheimer, USPTA

Handicapping in tennis drills and games is to give the lesser player one or more advantages in order to try and equalize his chances of success with the better player. Conversely, handicapping creates a more difficult but doable challenge to the higher player. It is a more level playing field and handicapping gives the lesser player a chance to win that he would not have otherwise. This makes the better player focus more on his mission of accuracy on the court and gives inspiration to the underdog ... more
Prolong Your Career

By Ian Griffin, USPTA Master Professional

The USPTA is working hard to make tennis a sustainable lifelong profession. The U30 initiative along with the partnerships in insurance and retirement address both ends of the career ladder timeline. As a lifer, I’ve at one time or another practiced every one of the following: Take Time Off There are huge demands on a professional’s time and body. Perhaps even greater are the demands on that professional’s self: the demands of people if you’re coaching or even if you’re not. Those people can never be overlooked ... 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 CEO A New Day for USPTA

Jan. 2, 2017, will go down in the history of the USPTA as a milestone. For the first time in our history, all U.S.-based certified members in good standing and under the age of 65 will have had to complete the professional development requirement of 6 credits in a three-year period by that day. For those of you who completed the required 12 hours of education and development, CONGRATULATIONS! ... more

President's message

Chuck GillHappy New Year!

Happy New Year to all! I wish a happy and prosperous 2017 to each of you in our USPTA family. First, congratulations to all of you who fulfilled your professional development requirements for the past three-year cycle. By engaging in our education, you have demonstrated a commitment to raising the bar, and have shown why USPTA is again leading the way in providing relevant ways for our pros to be better at what we do! As of press time, more than 85 percent ... more

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