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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Hispanic Outreach, Free Play Days, More

August 13, 2013 09:00 AM

Florida Hispanic Outreach Tools Through Upcoming "Tenis Para Todos" Workshops

mediawall-tenis-para-todosUSTA Florida has launched its Hispanic Outreach Initiative "Tenis para Todos" to bring tennis to more Hispanic communities. As part of this initiative, USTA Florida is hosting a series of workshops in August and September in Orange, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.
The workshops are intended to educate pros, volunteers, parents and people in the community on best practices in reaching out to Hispanic communities. The one-day workshops will be led by High Performance Coach Gustavo Granitto Tennis Director of GTC Tennis Consultancy and are open to everyone.
"It is an excellent opportunity for pros, volunteers, administrators of tennis facilities, and parents to learn about new strategies of attraction and retention of the Hispanic-Latino community, which is a big part of the population in Florida," Granitto says.
Workshop participants will learn the physical, mental and social benefits of getting involved in tennis, how to motivate and develop young players, the business aspect of reaching out to Hispanic communities, and the tools and services that USTA Florida offers through "Tenis para Todos."
The workshops will include on- and off-court activities and simultaneous translation in Spanish is available, if requested. USTA members can attend the workshops at a discounted rate.
Workshop Details:
Aug. 17 -- OakStreet Park, 717 N. Palm Avenue, Kissimmee, FL 34741
Aug. 24 -- GTC Tennis @ Pembroke Isles, 1400 NW 169th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
Sept. 28 -- Ocean Club, 795 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL33149
For more information on "Tenis Para Todos" workshops and a full list of events, visit www.ustaflorida.com/tenisparatodosworkshops or www.USTAFlorida.com/español.

Titusville to Host Nickelodeon-USTA Free Tennis Play Event for Kids, Families

mediawall-WWDOP-2013-graphicTennis and the Nickelodeon network team up for fun on Sept. 28, 2013 from noon-3 p.m. when the Outback Tennis Facility in Titusville, Fla., will host a USTA Free Tennis Play Event in celebration of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play.
USTA Free Tennis Play Events, taking place throughout the country from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 in an effort to get kids active, introduce kids to competition in a fun, low-pressure setting where results are not documented and kids have the opportunity to get additional play experience.
"The event will offer on-court tennis games and activities for players of all levels," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Molly Zimmer. "I challenge the entire family to come out and play at this free event."
USTA Free Tennis Play Events serve as a great place to try and sample tennis, with the extra added excitement and benefit of Nickelodeon. During the event, kids will have the opportunity to play tennis as well as participate in a variety of tennis skill and game challenges that can be done individually or in teams. All activities will be arranged to address every skill level and age. Even parents are encouraged to join in and play as well.
"The USTA's partnership with Nickelodeon and participation in its Worldwide Day of Play provide a wonderful platform for us to encourage millions of young people everywhere to begin leading a more active and healthy lifestyle, and that playing tennis is a great activity to make that happen," said USTA Past President Jon Vegosen. "Through our 10 and Under Tennis programming, we are able to get more tennis racquets in kids' hands at a younger age, cultivate their love and enjoyment of playing tennis, and help stem the onset of childhood obesity."
10 and Under Tennis features the right-sized equipment for kids age 10 and under, utilizing smaller, lighter racquets and softer, lower-bouncing balls, and kid-sized nets and court sizes. 10 and Under Tennis is creating a whole new generation of players in the U.S., introducing kids to tennis in a fun format rather than with the frustration of regular tennis balls that bounce over their heads, heavy adult-sized racquets and too much court for little legs to cover.
Information will also be available for parents and players on local Florida junior team tennis leagues and other local play opportunities. Junior team tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club. Teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and utilize the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues.
For more information or to register call (321) 267-8924.

Port Orange, Fla., to Host 10 and Under Tennis Workshop Training

10andunderlogoRecreational tennis coaches as well as parents, teachers, camp or school staff who work with the age 10 and under population can get trained in the latest USTA 10 and Under Tennis methods when USTA Florida host a 10 and Under Tennis Workshop in October.
Airport Road Park in Port Orange, Fla., will host a 10 and Under Tennis Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All participants must pre-register online. The workshop is free to USTA members and $20 for non-USTA members.
The 3-1/2 hour interactive on-court workshops gives an overview of 10 and Under Tennis and the six variables that all programs should adhere to for success. Each participant receives a set of 10 and Under Tennis practice plans.
For parents the workshop provides the perfect inroad to get involved and become a tennis volunteer with the 10 and Under Tennis play format in a USTA Jr. Team Tennis league, providing the perceived competence of being a tennis coach and learning the basics for working with small children of beginner and intermediate levels.
Airport Road is the only public park facility in Volusia/Flagler and Brevard counties with both 36-foot and 60-foot youth-friendly courts. The workshop will be conducted by USTA National award-winning trainer Rita Gladstone.
10 and Under Tennis allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
To register or for more info go to http://10andunderworkshop.eventbrite.com.
For additional information or questions e-mail Molly Zimmer at zimmer@florida.usta.com.





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