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The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is coming to Florida

December 28, 2006 03:08 PM

The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is coming to Florida for a Teaching Essentials Certification Workshop Jan. 20-21 at Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis in Treasure Island.  

According to PTRtennis.org, the Professional Tennis Registry was founded by world renowned coach Dennis Van der Meer to educate, certify and service tennis teachers and coaches around the world. PTR membership offers unparalleled educational materials, opportunities, career assistance and most importantly, worldwide recognition and respect.

Workshops are based on a fundamental and standardized teaching method and emphasize fundamental group teaching techniques.  The Teaching Essentials Certification includes three main points of instruction.  The first is how to demonstrate and actively learn the PTR method for group lessons for the serve, forehand and backhand strokes.  The second is to display and discuss successful corrective techniques which can be applied to common stroke problems found in the serve, volley, forehand and backhand.  The final point demonstrates specialty shot teaching progressions for the volley, spin serve, half volley, topspin lob and drop shot.

Julie Panton of Clearwater Beach is a certified USTA official, the director of tennis and head professional at Willis S. Johns Center, and she is the grassroots instructor at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center.

“I have attended this certification workshop," she said.  "It was so valuable for a tennis player looking to improve their game and become a tennis professional in future.”

Sessions will be held Jan. 20-21, 2007:
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (includes testing)

Treasure Island is a convenient location for future tennis professionals in region 3.  All Florida players looking to become certified are welcome to attend each PTR Workshop session. 

PTR membership and certification are not included in the workshop fee. Many workshop attendees join PTR before the workshop so they can begin to prepare for the certification testing. PTR certification ratings are awarded to those members who pass all five parts of the exam. 

If you would like to get involved, please call 800.421.6289 or visit the website at www.ptrtennis.org. You can also register directly via the web at www.ptrtennis.org/workshop_registration.

We hope to see you there!






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