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Tennis Briefs(3): Kids' Tennis Clubs in Miami; Wheelchair Winners; More

May 27, 2014 02:48 PM
Coaches Schooled in Kids' Tennis Clubs in Miami
 
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The Boys & Girls Club of Miami hosted a free Kids' Tennis Club coaches workshop for community tennis providers on May 24, 2014, attended by 36 participants from the Miami area.

The event was organized by USTA Florida Miami-area Tennis Program Coordinator Cathy Nordlund, and presented by USTA National faculty member Susan Allshouse. Participants learned how to introduce tennis in non-traditional spaces such as gyms, playgrounds and multi-purpose rooms with no courts required, and no teaching experience necessary.

"We had a variety of attendees from not-for-profit organizations such as Urban Promise to the Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation staff, Special Olympic athletes who wanted to learn to mentor others, physical education teachers, summer camp staff and USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) pros," Nordlund said.

The three-hour workshop also included sessions on how to adapt any space for tennis using kid-friendly equipment; large-group management techniques that can be used in any physical activity setting; and how to direct and supervise basic tennis and fitness skills using activity stations and the Tennis Skillastics game.

Upon registering as a Kids' Tennis Club, participants will receive free Kids' Tennis Club Playbooks, Kids' Tennis Club Pocket Playbooks, Youth Achievement bag tags, a Sportsmanship Poster, recognition letters and certificates for offering tennis. Additionally, USTA Florida is offering free Kids' Tennis Club Starter Kits containing racquets, balls, court markers and more to those clubs in need via an online application at www.USTAFlorida.com/KTCkit.

Kids' Tennis Clubs are designed to give children the opportunity to try tennis in a safe, supportive, extracurricular setting. With tennis sized right for age and ability, it's easier and more fun than ever for kids to play -- even if they've never picked up a racquet. Organizing Kids' Tennis Clubs for elementary school students, as well as intramurals and interscholastic team play at the middle school and high school level, is an excellent way for kids to experience camaraderie, cooperation and individual self-growth.

For more info on Kids' Tennis Clubs and school tennis go to www.ustaflorida.com/schools.


Florida's Patel Wins, Dietrichson R-up at Atlanta Open Wheelchair Tennis

 
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Tallahassee's Sunil Patel captured two titles, and Deland's Signe Dietrichson was a runner-up at the Atlanta Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Series-1 event on the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour, held May 7-11, 2014 at Dunwoody Country Club in Atlanta.

The unseeded Patel won the Men's Wheelchair C Singles division with a victory over top-seeded Cole Wooten of Georgia in the final 6-2, 6-4, then teamed with Wooten to win the Men's C doubles title.

Dietrichson finished runner-up in the Women's Wheelchair A Singles division to Vicky Schmidt of Grand Rapids, Mi.

In 2012 the ITF upgraded the tournament from a Series-2 to a Series-1 as a U.S. Major Championship on the ITF Tour. The Atlanta Open, now in its 29th year, was honored as the 2013 USTA Southern Wheelchair Tournament of the Year.

For additional tournament info and to see the full slate of winners go to http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=149901.


USPTA Florida Certification Exams in June-July

USPTA_logoThe United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) provides tennis-teaching professionals with the opportunity to earn certification by participating in certification exams scheduled nationwide in 2014.

Upcoming exams:

June 23 -- Tuscawilla Country Club, Winter Springs, Fla.
July 13-14 -- The Oaks at Boca Raton, Boca Raton, Fla.
July 21 -- The Villages, Ocala, Fla.

USPTA's certification and education programs are designed to elevate the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches. The certification process was revised for 2014, streamlining the certification categories and testing process.

All certified members are required to earn 6 credits of continuing education every three years to maintain their membership. To help them achieve that, USPTA offers the World Conference, division conferences and workshops, DVDs and online courses.

For more info go to http://uspta.com/default.aspx/MenuItemID/2169/MenuGroup/HOME.htm.
 
 

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