PTR, USPTA Announce Collaborative Tennis Teachers Effort
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) have announced a landmark and unprecedented programmatic alliance in an effort to elevate the standards of tennis teaching professionals across the U.S.
The collaborative efforts include both associations embracing the pathway presented by the USTA for 10 and Under Tennis education by adhering to the minimum standards set in the curriculum and testing to be developed in Stage I and Stage II for all new professionals looking to become certified in 2014 and beyond.
In addition, PTR and USPTA have agreed to require and monitor continuing education for certified members. PTR has four certification pathways: 10 & Under Tennis, 11 to 17, Adult Development and Performance.
Both associations will support child welfare and safety education, certification and ultimately licensing of teaching professionals in the future in conjunction with the USTA, USOC and any other organization that oversees childhood education. Finally, there will be an open door policy for members of either association to participate in each other's symposia or conferences at the member registration rate. Attendance will count toward continuing education credits for each member for either organization.
"PTR believes that this is a step in the right direction to strengthen the tennis teaching industry in the United States," said PTR President Jorge Andrew. "This commitment is important for the growth of tennis."
USPTA President Tom Daglis says the collaboration will raise industry standards.
"The USPTA believes the industry should have a strong voice representing the population of teaching professionals," Daglis said. "An alliance to elevate the standards of teaching professionals is a step toward accomplishing that goal."
PTR is a global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 14,600 members in 117 countries. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game. The USPTA, founded in 1927, strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers 70 professional benefits to its more than 15,000 members worldwide, including certification and professional development.
Free Tampa Adaptive Tennis Camp for Children and Adults in July
The charitable organization Tennis for Fun will host a free adaptive tennis camp for special-needs children and adults on July 16-18, 2013, from 3-4:30 p.m. daily at the Harbour Island Athletic Club in Tampa, Fla.
Tennis instructor and Tampa Preparatory School rising sophomore Paige Leavy will lead the adaptive camp, which on the final day will feature party snacks, prizes and awards.
"My main goal is for the campers to have a fun learning experience while playing tennis," Leavy said. "I want to share my passion and enthusiasm I have for the sport. I am so excited and looking forward to seeing and meeting everyone."
Harbour Island Athletic Club is located at 900 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, Fla., 33602.
The Tennis for Fun program, based in Tampa, was awarded the 2011 USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award, given to a program or program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community. Tennis for Fun is a volunteer organization that provides opportunities for athletes with special needs to have fun playing tennis while learning basic life skills and socializing.
Tennis for Fun was founded in September 2000 by Nathan Moore, a Tampa high school student, with the goal of creating positive and fun activities for athletes with special needs in the greater Tampa area.
For more event information contact Paige Leavy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 230-0400. To learn more about Tennis for Fun go to www.tennisforfun.org
Tallahassee to Host 10 and Under Tennis Workshop in August
Recreational 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 August in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Golden Eagle Tennis Center in Tallahassee will host a 10 and Under Tennis Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All participants must pre-register online, and the workshop is free to USTA members and $15 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.
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.
For additional information or questions e-mail George English at email@example.com.
Florida Region 1-West (Panhandle) Tennis News Round-up
by Scott Harrison, USTA Florida Region 1-West (Panhandle) Columnist
Sakey Named USPTA 2013 Pro of the Year in District 1
|Brian Sakey (left) receives the 2013 USPTA Pro of the Year award from USPTA District 1 President Michael Edge
Gulf Breeze's Club II tennis professional Brian Sakey was named the 2013 United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) 2013 District 1 Pro of the Year.
The USPTA is the world's oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals. With more than 15,000 members worldwide, USPTA offers more than 60 professional benefits to its members, including certification and extensive educational opportunities. Over 1700 of those professionals comprise the Florida Division -- one of the largest divisions of the association.
Michael Edge, director of junior tennis at Roger Scott Tennis Center, was named the new president of District 1 USPTA pros, and Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort (Destin) Director of Tennis Joe D'Aleo has been named to the Florida Board of the USPTA. All three pros are actively involved in all aspects of tennis, from beginning juniors and adults to tournaments and charity events.
Nearly 325 Kids Participate in the First Three 2013 Pensacola Sports Association's Annual Racquet Round-Up Clinics
The first three Pensacola Sports Association's (PSA) 36th Annual Racquet Round-ups were held at Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola in June at the University of West Florida in North Pensacola, and Hollice T. Williams Park in downtown Pensacola.
The free-of-charge clinics included prizes, t-shirts and refreshments as well as lots of tennis with the age-appropriate balls. The first three clinics drew more than 300 kids to all the activities. Parents, coaches and local high school players were among the hundreds of volunteers helping on the courts.
The PSA has two more chances in July to reach more beginning kids with July 25-26 clinics at the beautiful revamped Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze, and on July 29 at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. The PSA hopes to draw a total off 600 kids after the last two clinics.
Roger Scott Tennis Center Hosts First-ever Beginner Adult Jamboree
Roger Scott Tennis Center (RSTC) in Pensacola held it's first-ever Jamboree for new and beginning adult tennis players on June 28-29. Although the turn-out was low for the free event, organizers were encouraged to try again with possibly a better date and time.
RSTC used the "Green Dot" ball for this event. It has only 75% of the compression of a regular tennis ball, so it is easier to control and rally back and forth. The two-day event lasted from 4-6 p.m. each day and included instructional clinics on Saturday, and organized match play on Sunday.
Christmas in June a Continued Hit for Tallahassee Tennis Players
by Kelly Tucker, USTA Florida Region 1-East (Tallahassee-area) Columnist
The fifth Annual Christmas Connection Tennis Tournament, sponsored by Catholic Charities and the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs Department, was held in early June at Forestmeadows to raise funds for Catholic Charities.
A round robin format consisting of 6-game pro sets with no-ad scoring was used for the popular one-day tournament. Participants were given the opportunity to purchase poker chips allowing them to play "Let Agains" (one let per game per team), which added to the excitement of the competition.
Catholic Charities aims to fulfill the wishes and basic needs of hundreds of needy families from all religions, races, and ethnic backgrounds in Northwest Florida each holiday season. In addition to the Christmas Connection, programs administered by Catholic Charities such as counseling services, emergency family assistance, and refugee resettlement programs benefit from the tournament's proceeds which totaled more than $4,200. More than $700 in player prizes was also donated by local merchants helping to offset some of the tournament's expenses.
The Christmas Connection is one of the largest charity events held in Tallahassee each year. According to Tournament Directors Chuck and Candace Bunker, "The continued success of the tournament is a testimony to the strong support of both the tennis and business communities. The generosity from the players and local business owners allow Catholic Charities to continue to administer this vital program. We are grateful for the partnership we have developed with City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs Department."
According to Glen Howe, city tennis superintendent, "While we are seeing a decline statewide in participants for these types of tournaments, the Christmas Connection has been able to continuously draw a solid base of players with a very well-run event."
Glen believes that the success of the tournament is due not only to the support of volunteers, but because of the one-day tournament format which seems to be working in the community.
Women's 6.5 -- Tracy Propp/Debra Hall (winners) and Diane Houston/Blaise Harvey (finalist)
Women's 7.5 -- Gina Byerts/Donna Jaks (winners) and Sue James/Wanda Eberhart (finalists)
Men's 6.5 -- Dennis/Green (winners) and John McManus/Charles McManus (finalist)
Men's 7.5 -- Rich Garnett/Ken Hovey (winners) and Dane Claire/Carl Scheurman (finalists)
Men's 8.5 -- Larry Johnson/Travis Sykes (winners) and Santiago Molina/Harold Brown (finalists)
Mixed 6.5 -- Greg Birkmeier/Jennifer Birkmeier (winners) and Ken Hovey/Tracy Propp (finalists)
Mixed 7.5 -- Dave Arciaga/Bobbie Rushing (winners) and Robert Wright/Lauren Dupuis (finalists)
Mixed 8.5 -- Eric Mann/Michelle Eubanks (winners) and Roby Kendall/Cathy Kendall (finalists)
UF's Embree Named 2013 ITA National College Player of the Year
Florida's Lauren Embree and Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins were announced this week as the 2013 ITA National College Players of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Additionally, USC's Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian were named the ITA National Women's Doubles Team of the Year, while Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke were honored on the men's side.
The ITA College Player of the Year Awards are given to the male and female singles players who have had the most outstanding year in college tennis. The collegiate players will be honored on Saturday, July 13 in Newport, R.I., at a special Awards Luncheon during the Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, and immediately prior to the 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
Florida's Embree concluded her four-year career in Gainesville with a staggering 117-16 singles record, including a 26-3 mark during the 2012-13 season, placing her 12th on Florida's all-time career wins list. Embree began her senior campaign in tremendous form, as she claimed the 2012 ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Championships singles title. From there she went on to represent Team USA at the 2012 Master'U BNP Paribas, an eight-team international tournament, guiding the Americans to their third title in the last four years.
In the spring season, Embree led the Gators to their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament title. Her 10-0 mark in the SEC gave her an unblemished 38-0 career record in conference play, which earned her SEC Player of the Year distinction for the third time in her career, making her the only player in the conference's storied history to earn the award three times.
She was also named the ITA Senior Player of the Year, becoming the first female player since 2006 to win the award after being named the ITA Rookie of the Year earlier in their career. Embree also earned ITA All-America honors for singles this season, making her a five-time ITA All-American (four singles, one doubles).
Other past ITA National Players of the Year from Florida schools are Audra Cohen, Miami (2007-06), Megan Bradley, Miami (2005), Jill Craybas, Florida (1996), Mark Merklein, Florida (1994), Lisa Raymond, Florida (1993-92), Halle Cioffi, Florida (1988), and Vicki Nelson, Rollins (1982).