Newsletter - ADDvantage Are Family 12:00:00 AM<div>One of the definitions of family in the Merriam-Webster reads like this: &#8220;A group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation: FELLOWSHIP.&#8221; By this definition, it is very simple to say that the members and divisional and national staff are truly a family. Sure, we all have a passion for the sport of tennis.A Decade of Teaching Experience at the Age of 25 12:00:00 AM<div>When he started teaching tennis, it was just for community service hours during summer vacation. He loved the sport, but teaching wasn&#8217;t something that came easily for him in the beginning.</div><div><br></div><div>&#8220;To be honest, my first summer doing this was pretty rough when I was 15,&#8221; Julian Danko said.5,920 12:00:00 AM<div>Anyone got any idea what this number means? And, why would I title my message with it? <br></div><div><br></div><div>As everyone knows, we require our members to take 12 hours or six credits of education every three years. We started this program back in 2014 with the expressed purpose of elevating the standards of our tennis-teaching professionals and coaches (our mission).Remembering Rosemary Luther DeHoog 12:00:00 AM<div>Rosemary Luther DeHoog, former president of USPTA Eastern, passed away on October 25, 2018 after a brave battle with cancer. Rosemary&#8217;s tennis career spanned over five decades as a player and as an instructor.The Future of Subsurface Irrigation is Here 12:00:00 AM<div>Did you know that 3 of every 4 clay courts that are built today are constructed with sub-surface irrigation? In the 1990&#8217;s, the concept of HydroCourt transformed the clay court industry. It was adapted early on in places like Florida and Southern California, but now is being utilized around the world in every climate imaginable.Create Your Path to New Players 12:00:00 AM<div>I think every club has a program for recruiting new adult tennis players. How they find your tennis program may be different everywhere.</div><div><br></div><div>Many tennis pros count on their members to reach out to them.Through the Strings: How Tennis Fueled Roger Crawford to Aim High 12:00:00 AM<div>For 30-year USPTA Professional Roger Crawford, the odds have always seemed stacked against him. Born with a physical challenge that affected all four of his limbs from the elbows and knees down, Crawford could have let his disability limit him.Sports Psychology for Kids - Fun, Effort and Self-Confidence. 12:00:00 AM<div>The fundamentals, principles and skills of sports psychology should be the foundation of youth tennis from the very beginning when kids start to play sports. We believe that means starting from ages 5-6 and building on those basic skills through ages 7-12.What’s Next? 12:00:00 AMIt is common knowledge that our beloved industry is not near as healthy as it should be. We have the best game on the planet, yet the metrics for both casual and core players over the past few years are flat to declining.Mind your P’s for Perfecting Play 12:00:00 AM<div>While I&#8217;ve been teaching tennis for seven years and have been certified for three years, I&#8217;ve been playing and coaching tennis for 27 years. As a USPTA certified professional, I&#8217;ve been working within the youth tennis program for the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section in Woodbridge, Virginia and its&#8217; affiliate, TGA.No Coil Characteristic and Screen 12:00:00 AM<div>How many coaches have experienced this?&nbsp; A player arrives for a lesson and announces their intention of learning to swing and serve like their favorite player. The coach goes to work, offering analysis and technical cues in hopes of bridging the gap between their student and the generational athlete they hope to emulate.Why your Racquet Sports Facility Should Consider Adding Platform Tennis! 12:00:00 AM<div>Platform Tennis, with its multigenerational appeal, has been exploding across the country over the past 10 years. Platform tennis, which is affectionately known as &#8220;paddle,&#8221; by its enthusiastic followers, is a fun, exciting, fast-paced game which is easy to learn but uniquely challenging to those with advanced racquet skills.Keep it Simple 12:00:00 AM<div>Keep it Simple. How often have we all heard this statement when teaching our students new techniques or even if we are working with a beginner for the first time? I have been teaching for more than 40 years and have been exposed to many different styles and approaches in communicating, educating and delivering instructions.High School Cross Sport Athletes 12:00:00 AM<div>Today&#8217;s high school athletes are encouraged to specialize in one specific sport, but, as we know, to be a well-rounded athlete it is important to play multiple sports. Skills gained from different sports enhance an athlete&#8217;s overall ability and talent.Up Your Game with Continuing Education 12:00:00 AM<div>Continuing education in any field is paramount to success. Every industry evolves and changes, so why should tennis be any different?&nbsp; In order to stand out, pros need to evolve and grow with the industry.3 Simple Tactics to Help Your Players Get More Aggressive And More Consistent 12:00:00 AMAt the club or high school level, most players can get more aggressive, or more consistent, but not both. This is often because players at this level tend to confuse being more &#8220;aggressive&#8221; with hitting &#8220;harder,&#8221; which to them usually means muscling the ball instead of swinging faster and looser.How to Fuel Your Passion: Become a Buddy Up Tennis Coach! 12:00:00 AMPassion and enthusiasm are two necessary ingredients for a successful and sustainable tennis program. There is no better example of this than the athletes, coaches, and buddy volunteers at Buddy Up Tennis.A New Day 12:00:00 AMAt the USPTA General Membership Meeting during the TTC in New York, President Gary Trost had an opportunity to update those in attendance to the latest developments on the accreditation process and where things stand. Not only were his remarks timely, they were relevant to our plans that relate to certification standards and continuing education.What’s in it for me? 12:00:00 AM<b>What's in it for me? </b><br>That&#8217;s a question I hear a lot from our members at USPTA; and we understand. As a trade association, we are in the business of providing a benefit to our members.The Magic of the Grip Jump 12:00:00 AM<font size="3">This quick maneuver has snuck under the radar as being the newest and most clever way to vary a player&#8217;s spin on the ball. Many seasoned senior players have used this grip jump for years, but now you&#8217;re seeing this tricky maneuver being used by many of the young big hitters.10 Reasons to Play Tennis For Individuals with Autism 12:00:00 AM<img src="" style="border: 0px solid black; margin: 5px; vertical-align: baseline; float: right;" alt="" width="300" height="610">Tennis is a social sport because an individual must play against an opponent in singles competition and share a team with a partner for doubles. Many of our program participants would prefer to play tennis alone but they are taught the rules and format, for both at the beginning of each program.Learn from the Pro - Tennis Thanks the Troops Events Support Military Families 12:00:00 AMOn tennis courts across the country, USPTA tennis professionals are uniting by honoring military families. ThanksUSA&#8217;s Tennis Thanks the Troops (TTTT) program is a charitable beneficiary of events hosted at clubs and public facilities across many USPTA divisions.Sport psychology for kids WHEN SHOULD IT BEGIN? 12:00:00 AMOne of the greatest baseball players of all time is Yogi Berra, Hall of Famer for the New York Yankees. He was an All-Star catcher 18 times and won 10 World Series titles as a player, more than anyone in history.Recognizing our Very Best. 12:00:00 AMOne of our least publicized assets, yet one of the most important, is our own USPTA Hall of Fame. We spend so much talking about the matters that are at the forefront of our association today that not enough time is dedicated to celebrating those figures who have contributed so mightily to our organization over the years and to the game in general.Embrace Technology to Enhance the Game and the Places We Play 12:00:00 AMI remember when I first started teaching the game of tennis. The club where I began my career was still espousing continental grips and one-handed backhands, this despite considerable evidence that the game was moving to topspin grips and two-handed backhands.Short, Cheap, and Easy 12:00:00 AMThe three reasons given for why people don&#8217;t play more golf or tennis, or take it up, are always the same: takes too long, costs too much, too hard. But it does not always have to be this way.A New Direction for Racquet Head Speed: Adding Precision to your Coaching by Subtracting Doubt. 12:00:00 AMNick&nbsp; Bollettieri, the legendary coach, wrote in a 2008 TennisLife magazine article that &#8220;Generating this (racquet head) speed consistently is the solution to a more powerful game.&#8221; This sounds compelling. <br><br>But, will swinging with a high racquet head speed cause the ball to travel faster to the opponent&#8217;s court? The answer is sometimes.This is Your Team of Leaders. 12:00:00 AMAs we pass by the first six months of the new USPTA national board of directors and our latest board of directors meeting in Oklahoma City, it is important that I take this opportunity to explain to you the national board&#8217;s jobs and committees. This will give you an update on where we are headed and how we will address issues facing the association.