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Tennis Briefs(4): Parent Resources, Events and Grants

March 12, 2014 05:30 PM
March Tennis Parent Resources at USTA Florida 'Growing Champions for Life'

Growing_champions_USTA_FloridaThis month's fresh tennis parent content is now available at the USTA Florida "Growing Champions for Life" website, a partnership with David Benzel's organization dedicated to creating cohesive families and principle-centered athletes who win at life, not just at sports.

The article "The Sport Parent Paradox -- Less is More" examines the question of how much energy is required of parents. Does a talented child need more from you?

This month's Positive Parent Video, "Fake It Till You Make It" reveals the results of research on how an athlete can use his body to increase confidence levels. Be sure to check out the video's companion Game Plan PDF document to put this concept into practice. 

In an audio interview, coach Sal Lombardo shares the strategies he has used over a 34-year career coaching youth sports. Most notable is his approach which focuses on improving the belief system of each young player for achieving higher levels of confidence in life, not just sports. He also describes the "best practices" of positive parents.  

The free webinar "Better Than a Zipper -- How to Improve Family Conversations" will be available online Thursday, March 20.

"Check out the whole page to find other resources that will help you create the most positive sport family environment possible!" Benzel says.

For more information go to www.ustaflorida.com/growingchampions.

TOPS'L to Host USTA Florida Kids Team Tennis Challenge in May

JTT-Sun-2Kids love playing on teams, from junior team tennis to middle school tennis to high school. Now the new USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge is bringing recreational team play to Emerald Coast-area children.

USTA Florida's Team Tennis Challenge, presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, will be hosted by the Tops'L Beach & Racquet Resort in Miramar Beach on May 17-18, 2014.

The two-day tournament will host teams with a minimum of two boys and two girls, and no more than eight players per team. Age divisions include 10-under Advanced, 12-under, 14-under, and 18-under, with three skill divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced. All age 12- to 18-and-under intermediate/advanced teams need a minimum of two boys and two girls. 10-and-under advanced and all novice teams are gender-blind with a minimum of four players.

These "BYOT" (bring your own team) events do not require previous team tennis league participation. Both USTA members and non-members can participate, with USTA members receiving a $10 discount on registration. Team registration closes on May 7, 2014. To register go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.

"We have seen consistent demand across Florida for more open, recreational formats of play," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "The new USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges offer fewer restrictions, allowing more teams to participate."

USTA Florida strongly encourages coaches to register teams early.

"The partnership with USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges is a great fit for Wilson Racquet Sports and our shared vision to attract more youth participation," said Erika Offerdahl, promotions manager for Wilson Racquet Sports. Coaches and players can also connect with USTA Florida via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BYOTeamTennis.

For more information or to register go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.

USTA-Masters-Tennis-No-Shield_co_webGrants Available from USTA Florida Section Foundation for 'Masters Tennis' Adult Short-court Programs

Florida tennis facilities and organizations can receive up to $500 to start a Masters Tennis program, providing adults a tennis alternative on 60-foot courts (marked within a regulation 78-foot court) with the lower-compression "orange ball." Masters Tennis in 2014 is a demonstration sport at the Florida State Senior Games.

The grants are distributed through the USTA Florida Section Foundation, the official grant-making arm of the USTA Florida Section.

Masters Tennis recreational programs can be delivered by community tennis associations (CTAs), tennis clubs, parks and recreation departments, 55 Community homeowners associations, not-for-profit service organizations and other tennis entities. The 60-foot short-court option applies to a wide array of Florida players -- veterans looking to get back in the game after injuries, players who can no longer cover a full court, or adults newer to the game looking for a fun challenge.

"Clubs and players in Florida with our older demographic have been asking us for a program like this for years," says USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth. "Anyone can play with the smaller racquets, slower balls and smaller courts. Players who left the game due to age or injuries can again play with this format, truly making tennis the 'Sport of a Lifetime.'"

Players can use their regular racquets, or smaller racquets which provide more control. Masters Tennis programs are currently being played at more than 20 sites across the state of Florida, the largest in Lee County (southwest Florida) hosting approximately 80 players in five park locations, and The Villages.

To apply for a program grant, applicants and organizations must be a current USTA member in good standing, should demonstrate meeting a compelling need in the community, and practice and provide services without discrimination as protected by law.

To apply for a Masters Tennis program grant or for complete pre-application information go to www.ustafloridafoundation.com/sharethelove/equipment-grants/ 

Play DaysClearwater to Host Giant Tennis Play Day in April

One of the largest annual Tennis Play Days in the U.S. will again entertain families and youth in the Tampa area when the Suncoast Tennis Foundation, USTA Florida, Advantage Yours Tennis and the City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation Department host a Tennis Play Day on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater, Fla.

"The Tennis Play Day scheduled in Clearwater will once again be a huge event," says Suncoast Tennis Foundation Executive Director Judy Foster. "We estimate from past Play Days that there will be more than 350 youth and adults participating in all levels of fun tennis play. Kids 10 and under will have their special programs, while teens and adults will benefit from playing with area pros to get pointers to improve their games. Adults can also play-test a huge selection of all the newest tennis racquets by the top equipment manufacturers. This is a real family event so we encourage all ages to join in."

In addition to racquet play-testing opportunities from Babolat, Dunlop, Head, Prince, Volkl, Asics, and Wilson, other activities will include free tennis lessons from area teaching professionals, special promotions and discounts for participants including a free $10 gift card from Advantage Yours Tennis for the first 100 registered players, food and drinks, prizes, and more.

Parents can also learn for about local club programs, ROGY Tennis (Red, Orange, Green, Yellow ball progression) events, area USTA Florida Kids Team Tennis Challenges and more.

The Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex is located at 1000 Edenville Ave., Clearwater, Fla., 33764.

For more information contact Judy Foster at (727) 725-3681 or Advantage Yours Tennis at (727) 442-7923, or visit the Suncoast Tennis Foundation website at www.ourtennis.net.






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