Make the Most of Your Prince Benefits

Have you made the most of all the benefits available to you as a member under the USPTA/Prince partnership? Prince is committed to ensuring all players are “fitted” for the optimum equipment for their game, and working with skilled, motivated USPTA tennis-teaching professionals plays a critical role in achieving that goal. The first and obvious benefit of the Prince partnership is the Team Prince equipment package available to USPTA Professionals. There are currently four Prince equipment packages available that are sure to fit every member’s needs. To get more information contact your local Prince representative ... more
Building Champions of Character Through Tennis

by Kim Bastable, USPTA

Remember the story of the frog in water? If you drop a frog in boiling water, it will hop right out. But if the water is heated slowly enough, the frog will not jump out. He will never realize what’s happening until it is too late. Well, that actually happens in tennis, too. The evolution of the junior tennis player occurs so slowly that no one realizes it’s happening. We start a junior in beginner clinics at 8 or 9 years of age and before we blink, they are smacking 100 m.p.h. serves and looking at colleges. And like the frog, sometimes the heat of competition, pressure ... more
Magic Seven

by Bob Anderman, USPTA Master Professional

When I started teaching tennis more than 60 years ago, I never came across anyone who was instructing on how to teach tennis. Instead I just taught like I was taught. Instruction was teacher centered, not student centered. Just do what I do. If the student didn’t understand what you were saying it was his fault. He was not listening or just not athletic enough to play tennis. This was a simple approach, but not effective. Of course in those days tennis teaching was not a profession, but only a summer job. There were very few full-time tennis positions ... more
Tulane’s Rick Dickson to Headline USPTA Awards Luncheon

USPTA’s annual awards celebration held during the 2015 USPTA World Conference will feature Rick Dickson, athletic director for Tulane University in New Orleans. Now in his 15th year in this position, Dickson has not only sustained Green Wave Athletics, but has led its transformation to a model Division I athletics program. In this Q&A, he talks about his background, college athletics today and good food in New Orleans. You’ve served as athletic director for several schools. How did you get involved with college athletics as a career? After earning a bachelor of science from the University of Tulsa (’77) and having ... 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 Look Ahead

As is our custom, April is a time when our entire association’s leadership gathers here in Houston for our two-day semi-annual Executive Committee meeting. Made up of 43 people representing the past national presidents, the Board and two representatives from each division, this group is the governing body of our association. It takes its responsibility of charting the path for the USPTA very seriously. While our agenda was full of important topics, we had hoped to have a little friendly competition ... more

Past President's message

Tom DaglisBe First to Communicate at Your Facility

As a manager supervising personnel, I often give out task assignments, communicate to staff, and oversee projects that mandate results. When something doesn’t go the way I planned it, or if a staff member works on a task and does not complete it to my expectation, the first person I look at is myself. I ask myself, “Did you thoroughly communicate exactly what you wanted accomplished and the means on how to complete it?” ... more

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