Good to Great Characteristics of Outstanding Teaching Professionals

By Kirk Anderson, USPTA Master Professional

We can all learn and grow by studying and observing what great teaching professionals do on a daily basis. It is a best practice to identify the characteristics that make someone outstanding in their profession and attempt to master and integrate those qualities into your daily routine. But let’s consider what makes the best, not for a year or two, but over a period of 15 to 20 years or even more. Let’s take a closer look at what makes teaching professionals successful year after year. ... more
Great Speakers on Tap for World Conference

For the last few years, USPTA members Josh Jorgensen and Levander Kelley have been vying for the top spot as the USPTA’s Top Education Participant. Both make continuing education a priority, and their accolades are proof of that. “Continuing education has given me several important benefits,” Jorgensen said. “First, it has made me a more effective coach through continual exposure to coaching best-practices and the opportunity to compare notes with other event attendees. Second, continuing education has introduced me to an energizing network of speakers and participants who share ... more
Put Your Playing Skills to the Test

USPTA Professionals will have the opportunity to show off their playing skills at the USPTA World Conference in Indian Wells, Calif. The USPTA Masters Invitational, which last year was limited to qualifiers from the Surface Championships, will be opened up to all current USPTA Professionals this year. Prior to open registration, those who competed in the Surface Championships and qualified for the Masters will receive a special invitation for the event. The tournament will be played from Sunday, Sept. 25, through Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden... more
USPTA Serves up Groundbreaking Ceremony

USPTA and USTA Florida officially broke ground June 3 on their new office building sites in the Lake Nona (Fla.) Sports & Performance District, digging into a pile of tennis balls instead of dirt. More than 100 USPTA and USTA representatives along with local dignitaries and media were on hand to witness the event. “Today we start a journey,” said USPTA President Chuck Gill during his address to the crowd. “This is an exciting day for USPTA.” Gill said that three years ago, USTA’s Virgil Christian approached the USPTA Board with an idea of a large tennis project. Over the next couple of years, the Board and USPTA CEO John Embree ... 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 Underutilized Assets

When was the last time you visited the USPTA website? When was the last time you checked out the totally redesigned website, As I travel around to division conferences or speak to USPTA members on the phone or in person, I am amazed at how few people make a point of using these assets in their daily work life. The information that is housed on is voluminous. Now the relaunch of can be an incredible tool for our ... more

President's message

Chuck Gill Tennis Professional 2020 ... Stay Ahead of the Changes!

Here we are in the year 2016. While many of our U30 members have trouble believing this, 10 years ago, FaceTime and selfies did not exist, the BlackBerry was still a viable form of mobile communication, Blockbuster was a thriving $5 billion dollar business, Wikipedia and Google were just starting to gain mainstream popularity, and the organic food industry was about 10 percent of the nearly $40 billion dollar industry it is now. Many thought Whole Foods ... more

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