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May 31, 2007 10:47 AM

This summer, join parents, league players, volunteers and coaches and teach tennis to beginners in your area. You know the game and now the USTA can give you the tools needed to get started at a Recreational Coach Workshop (RCW). RCWs are the first step for anyone interested in teaching or coaching tennis. They are interactive and an excellent primer for new coaches, as well as a valuable refresher course for those with teaching experience but who seek more current methods and effective tools.

Taught by a specially trained, certified teaching professional, these active 6-hour sessions cover:
• Teaching large groups
• The games-based approach to coaching
• Running effective team practices
The Top 10 Games Every Coach Should Know

“We understand the importance of those teachers and coaches who are working with players at the recreational level,” said Kirk Anderson, Director, Recreational Coaches and Programming, USTA.  “These people play a significant role in determining if a player continues to play tennis.  We want to give the workshop participants exciting ways to introduce the sport and fun activities to keep kids and adults playing.”

Every workshop participant will receive lesson plans and sample equipment in an effort to make the learning process fun and easy.

Current RCWs scheduled for 2007:








Port St. Lucie

Susan Allshouse

Whispering Pines



8/9 Lynn HavenAngela Holliman
 TBD8am-2:30pm $25
9/29 Vero BeachSusan Allshouse
 TBD9am-3:30pm  $30 









Past RCWs

On May 19, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., USTA National Trainer, Dede Allen hosted a RCW at the Jacksonville Beach Tennis Center.  According to Dede, “The weather couldn’t have been better with bright blue skies, no smoke from surrounding wildfires, and a pretty breeze in the morning.  The attendees were also great – everyone participated and seemed to have a good time”.

A total of 30 people participated in the beaches annual RCW.  Special thanks to Jim Watford, head pro at the tennis center, and his staff who were very accommodating.  Dede commented, "He and his staff were there to help out, yet ended up taking part in the workshop!”

On Saturday, May 26, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Miami, USTA South Region 8 Community Coordinator, Cathy Nordlund, and USTA National Trainer, Susan Allshouse, hosted a RCW.  A total of 60 attendees participated, which included staff from Parks & Recreation in Miami-Dade County, the City of Coral Gables, and the City of Miami Gardens.  Additional attendees were from the South Dade YMCA, PE teachers and others who wanted to learn the basics of teaching tennis at the grassroots level.

“Our participants play a valuable role in promoting the game of tennis,” said Cathy.  “We thank them for their commitment to teaching this lifetime sport, and I hope we have given the coaches some fresh and innovative ideas to keep both kids and adults playing.”






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