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Miami Set to Implement QuickStart Tennis

December 1, 2008 07:46 PM

Miami Set to Implement QuickStart Tennis

Cathy Nordlund, USTA Florida S. Region 8 Community Coordinator, held a QuickStart Workshop at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Miami on Saturday, Nov. 1.  Over 40 people showed up, including 19 individuals from the City of Miami who plan to expand USTA Jr. Team Tennis programs to parks throughout the city, plus a number of staff from Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreation. 

“It is exciting for tennis in the City of Miami,” said Nordlund.  “There is a wonderful push from the community for more USTA tennis programming in the area and this training will help build quality tennis programs people are looking for.”

QuickStart Tennis is a new format of play for children 10 and under which was introduced in February 2008 by the USTA.  Facilities nationwide are beginning to adopt the new format of play which focuses on scaled down equipment for children newly introduced to tennis.  Two facilities in Miami have planned to offer QuickStart Tennis;  Sans Souci Tennis Center recently received a grant from USTA Florida to assist in their efforts and the newly re-opened Tamiami Tennis Center is set to begin QuickStart Tennis at their site soon.

The 3-hour interactive on-court QuickStart Tennis workshop is for beginner tennis teachers, recreational coaches, parent coaches, Jr. Team Tennis captains and volunteers who will be working with 10 and under beginners, particularly those in a team tennis setting.  The workshop gives an overview of the QuickStart Tennis format and the QuickStart Tennis practice plans.  The goal is to introduce the new format of play to adults in a fun, yet instructive way so they can turn around and teach their kids using the same method.

“I really enjoyed the workshop because I was learning and having fun at the same time,” said one participant.

Another added, “The most important thing I learned was the difference it makes to use different size balls [modified tennis equipment].”

To view all pictures from the workshop, simply CLICK HERE!






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