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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Kids Festivals, Workshops; USTA Pro Development Partners NCSA Recruiting

August 8, 2012 11:10 AM
Forestmeadows Park & Athletic Center in Tallahassee to Host 10 and Under Tennis Workshop

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 hosts a 10 and Under Tennis Workshop on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, from 2-5:30 p.m. at Forestmeadows Park & Athletic Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Forestmeadows Park & Athletic Center is located at 4750 N. Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Fla.
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.
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 current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.

"10 and Under Tennis in the Tallahassee area has really grown in popularity with pros, parents, and kids in the past several years," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator George English. "The workshop focuses on helping make tennis fun for kids so that they will stay with the sport and play it for a lifetime."

For additional information or questions contact George English at english@florida.usta.com or (850) 510-6585. To learn more about 10 and Under Tennis, please visit www.10andundertennis.com.

Jacksonville to Host USTA/Nickelodeon Tennis Festivals in Sept., Oct.

Nick_tennis_festival_2012Jacksonville, Fla., will host two community tennis festivals in September and October for children age 10 and under in conjunction with Nickelodeon's 2012 World Wide Day of Play.

The USTA Free Tennis Play Days in celebration of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play aim to gets kids active and involved in local tennis programming. The Jacksonville events will be held on Sept. 15, 2012, from 1-3 p.m. at Boone Park, and on Oct. 6 from 1-3 p.m. at Jack Russell Park. The events will feature on- and off-court activities, a DJ, dancing, face-painting and more, as well as tennis games and play.

"These will be our second and third tennis festivals that USTA Florida is putting on in Duval County since being selected as a 10 and Under Tennis Target Market and receiving the $100,000 grant from USTA national and USTA Florida," said USTA Florida Jacksonville-area Tennis Program Coordinator Amanda Becker. "We hope this event will provide many children with their first on-court experience with tennis and the opportunity to sign up for additional programming."

In the weeks leading up to the event, school assemblies will be featuring tennis at schools surrounding Boone and Jack Russell parks.

"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 Jon Vegosen, chairman of the board and president, USTA national. "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."

In addition to its partnership with Nickelodeon, the USTA has also joined forces with First Lady Michelle Obama for her "Let's Move!" campaign to help get kids moving through tennis and earn their Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). The PALA award recognizes kids who stay active for 60 minutes per day, five days a week for six out of eight weeks

For smaller children, the Jacksonville tennis festivals will feature the 10 and Under Tennis format of play. 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.

"We are also seeking volunteers to help at these two events, no tennis experience required," Becker says.

For more information contact Amanda Becker at becker@florida.usta.com or go to www.USTAJacksonville.com.

USTA Player Development Partners with NCSA Athletic College Recruiting

USTA_Player_Development_logoNCSA Athletic Recruiting announced its official recruiting education partnership with United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. 

NCSA Athletic Recruiting, a team of over 300 former collegiate and professional athletes, will be working directly with the USTA, giving them direct access to recruiting tools and expert advice from the industry leader in college recruiting technology and education, for more than 42,000 college coaches and 500,000 of the nation's top prospects. 

"The mission of USTA Player Development is to develop world-class American tennis players. College varsity tennis is an important developmental step in the player development progression for the vast majority of our junior players, and we are excited to add one more very important component -- recruiting education," said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe. "With the resources of NCSA Athletic Recruiting, we are excited to provide our students, parents and coaches the absolute best recruiting information and technology there is to offer."

Through NCSA's mission of empowering leaders through sports, USTA members will have full access to NCSA's team and technology. NCSA will also host college coach forums and webinars exclusively for USTA members, and present at tournaments at the USTA Sectional and National level.  






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