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TDM Workshops

May 24, 2007 03:10 PM

By Michelle Pinkus

In May, 16 workshop attendees in Tallahassee had the opportunity to work on a live tennis tournament using TDM, or Tournament Data Manager. The workshop marked the culmination of a three-session series devoted to TDM. A total of 90 coaches, umpires, tournament directors and staff attended these workshops, which were held on January 21st in Tampa, April 27th in Plantation, and May 18th in Tallahassee.

The main focus of the TDM workshops was to educate the tennis community about the program and increase awareness of its various features. TDM is a program used to run tennis tournaments while providing and storing a wealth of information.

Ann Brown, USTA Florida Staff Liaison, said the program is “quicker, more accurate and efficient, and has more features” than its predecessor, Tennis Management System. TDM provides organizational tools for tournament directors and is also an easy way to link tournament results with the ranking system. Brown, who was also the organizing force behind the workshops, hopes that by increasing people’s awareness of what the program can do, more people will actually use those features.

While TDM has been taught in the past in annual meetings, this is the first year that the three-workshop series has been offered – and also the first time that TDM has been covered as a separate topic. Each 5-hour workshop covered a bulk of information which primarily focused on scheduling functions and, in Tallahassee, use of the program in a real-time setting. Training was led by TennisLink members; the Tampa workshop was led by Adnan Zaidi and David Rubio, while training in both Plantation and Tallahassee was led by Jerry Thorner and Joyce Englert

“Jerry and Joyce have been around since the inception of TDM about 9 years ago," said Brown.  "Both of them were very helpful and extremely knowledgeable.”

Englert, USTA Online Network Services and Project Lead for USTA University, is currently training the Active staff to take on training roles for programs she has helped develop. She was the Project Lead for TDM back when USTA first started the project, which led her to do training at the Florida workshops. Englert was very enthusiastic about the reception of the training. “According to a survey that we gave the attendees, the comments were great and the scores were perfect,” she said.

Individual comments on the surveys indicated that the training was very knowledge-intensive and the participants really benefited from learning how to use all the functions that TDM offers. Brown was also very pleased with the workshop. “I really enjoyed meeting people that I had been in contact with over the past few years and finally putting a face to a name.”

When asked about the future of TDM workshops, Brown replied, “The Tallahassee workshop was the last one this year, but I anticipate the same schedule to be followed next year, with three workshops in the different regions of Florida.” Englert also does not predict any changes in the following years, although the final schedule has not been set.

TDM is available for use in both USTA Sanctioned Tournaments and local tournaments. Users must have a USTA membership. For more information regarding TDM, please visit the USTA website at www.usta.com.






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