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Upcoming USTA Florida QuickStart Tennis and Coaching Workshops

March 15, 2010 07:00 PM
The USTA and USTA Florida offer multiple varieties of on-court tennis workshop for the recreational tennis instructor, physical education teacher, tennis coach or tennis program volunteer. To see which workshop might fit your needs, visit the USTA Florida workshops page at:

The Ft. Walton Beach Tennis Center is the most recent facility to host a QuickStart Tennis Workshop, with 24 workshop participants earlier this month.

"QuickStart Tennis is the USTA's new official format for 10-and-under children to learn and play the game, and the QuickStart Tennis Workshops offer coaches, physical education teachers and parents the basics for getting kids age 5-10 playing tennis immediately," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Florida Panhandle area George English, who oversaw the Ft. Walton Beach workshop. "The smaller courts and racquets and foam or decompressed balls get kids playing tennis right away, and the workshops provide an overview of the QuickStart Tennis format and the six variables that all QuickStart Tennis programs should adhere to."

QuickStart Tennis allows any child between ages five and 10 to start playing tennis almost immediately, even if he or she has never picked up a racquet before. Plus, just like other popular sports with youth versions, the QuickStart format stresses the importance of play and team competition. And since most kids love team sports, this new format is now part of the USTA Jr. Team Tennis league. Kids will now have the opportunity to play with their friends while developing their skills.

Upcoming workshops:

Tallahassee -- Recreational Coach Workshop
Saturday, March 20, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Forestmeadows Park and Athletic Center, 4750 Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Fla.
Contact: George English, English@florida.usta.com

Orlando -- Recreational QuickStart Workshop
Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Orlando Tennis Center, 649 West Livingston Street, Orlando, Fla.
Contact: Shelly Licorish, Licorish@florida.usta.com






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