Master the Power of Doubles Instruction

By Kim Dillard, USPTA Master Professional

Teaching doubles can and should provide some of the most powerful and useful tools to our students that they can use throughout their lives. A teaching pro should develop a player to be connected to his or her partner, both mentally and physically. Mentally, a good doubles player needs to have good communication and listening skills in order to make smart, positive decisions on the court during a match. These two skills are essential throughout life. Teaching players to be flexible helps them to be able to change tactics ... more
Creating Passionate Problem Solvers on the Court

By Jeremy Carl, USPTA

As a coach, what is your greatest joy? Is it seeing your player win a match? Or is it seeing your player utilizing a philosophy you helped foster to confidently change the course of a match that shows his or her love and respect for the game? While each coach approaches this answer personally, I want to suggest that the best way to create tennis players for life is to ensure they understand completely the problem- solving aspect of the game. One the greatest joys I find as a coach comes with seeing a player get the point of strategies and drills in such a way that he or she incorporates those strategies and drills ... more
Enhance Your Performance With Compression Apparel

For today’s tennis player, much of the equipment has changed dramatically from what was considered “performance” in the 1980s and 1990s. Racquets have evolved from wooden to carbon fiber to high-end performance materials such as TeXtreme, Balsalt, Aero, Speed and Burn. Strings have improved from synthetic nylons and natural gut to hybrid combinations of polyester “spin” strings to “no notch” string combinations. But what about apparel? Not much has evolved in tennis clothing. Sure we have moisture wicking and other high-end, lightweight fabrics for cooling and ventilation, but performance apparel in tennis is not really considered to be true performance apparel. ... more
USPTA Returns to California for Annual World Conference

After three long years, the USPTA World Conference is heading back to the West Coast and a brand new location – the beautiful and serene Indian Wells, Calif. Join us in sunny California at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Sept. 25-29, to relax, network and learn … and pick up your required professional development credits. What a perfect way to #GetYour6! This event brings together tennis-teaching professionals and coaches, manufacturers and industry representatives in an experience unlike any other in the tennis industry. Rub elbows with leaders of the tennis world while at the same time learn the new-est teaching techniques, tried-and-true business methods ... 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 The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same

As most of you are aware, we commenced a project at the end of last year to chronicle the history of the USPTA in a book being produced by Acclaim Press. Members were asked to submit their biographies and pictures for inclusion that will be coupled with a myriad of national articles that paint a picture of our glorious 90 years as an association. I cannot wait to see the finished product scheduled for release at the end of the year.  ... more

Vice President's message

Ken McAllisterThrough the Years, USPTA Remains Focused on Certification and Education

In late 1974, I took my USPTA Certification Exam from then tester Tim Heckler. I received a P-1 (now Elite Professional), which I did not deserve. Those who took the test with me – Dave Sivertson (later to be USPTA Pro of the Year) and Joe Csandli, a prominent Houston director of tennis – will attest to that. Even though I had coached high school tennis for 10 years, the test proved to me how ... more

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