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Teachers, coaches & directors learn effective tennis techniques

May 18, 2006 11:02 AM

USPTA Master Professional and USTA national trainer Glen Howe conducted a USTA Recreational Coach Workshop May 13 at the Orlando Fitness and Racquet Club.  In cooperation with MG Tennis, USTA Florida Community Coordinator Shelly Licorish put the event together.

Twenty-nine eager tennis enthusiasts gained experience in developing children and adults in the game of tennis.  The six-hour workshop emphasized fun, interactive ways to teach tennis to large groups of both children and adults.

Participants included high school coaches, physical education teachers, tennis program directors/ coaches and local summer tennis camp coaches, all enthusiastic to learn effective ways to teach new students the game.

The course provided a basic overview of large group teaching, team practice, tennis techniques, teaching with the Games Approach and effective use of teaching aids.

Clifford Vines of Sarasota scribbled in a notebook all day so he would not forget the new techniques presented at the workshop. 

“This is great stuff,” Clifford said.  “I want to be able to bring all these fun teaching techniques back to my students.”

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Participants were treated to an impromptu lesson on teaching adaptive tennis.  Glen was able to demonstrate, with the help of Ronald Brooks of City Tennis Inc., who is blind, a few teaching techniques.  Everyone cheered enthusiastically when Ron was able to hit the ball with a few audible repetitive instructions from Glen.

All attendees expressed that after the workshop, they felt well equipped to get both children and adults playing the great lifetime sport of tennis!  They were very interested in the new equipment that allows beginner students to excel early.

If you missed this workshop, there are more scheduled!  For more information call the USTA Florida section office: 386-671-8949 or visit the Web site: USTAFlorida.com, click on Community Tennis and then Workshops for an up-to-date listing.

 

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