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Tennis Briefs (4): Florida Afterschool Network Partnership, USPTA, More

February 27, 2014 08:26 AM

After-school Tennis Partnership with USTA Florida, Florida Afterschool Network (FAN)

Florida_Afterschool_Network_logoThe USTA Florida Section of the United States Tennis Association and the Florida Afterschool Network (FAN) in February announced a partnership that will expand after-school and out-of-school tennis opportunities for elementary and middle school-aged youth.

"The Florida Afterschool Network is proud to enter into a partnership with USTA Florida that will provide more students with expanded learning opportunities," said FAN CEO Joe Davis. "Studies show that there are tremendous benefits when youth participate in structured experiences after the school bell has rung, and USTA Florida's after-school curriculum is an ideal way for kids to learn while also being active and having fun."

The collaboration will target various venues including schools, parks and recreation, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, not-for-profit community programs, and collaborative efforts which include a combination of partners.

"The FAN partnership supports our strategic initiatives of growing and fostering recreational youth tennis programs via play opportunities such as Kids' Tennis Clubs and Play Days," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "Working with FAN to identify a number of after-school provider sites will help us achieve our organization's mission."

Highlights of the partnership include:

  • After-school program representatives attending USTA Florida information, education and training sessions or workshops
  • After-school programs registering as an active Kids' Tennis Club
  • After-school programs receiving additional resources and equipment, including professional training/educational sessions led by national trainers at their home facility, starter Youth Tennis equipment (age-appropriate balls, tennis rackets, other teaching aids), and various Kids' Tennis Club resources
  • Local and state staff support to ensure quality tennis delivery and evaluations
  • Opportunities to attend regional, state and/or national tennis workshops/conferences
  • Scholarship opportunities from USTA Florida for facility staff to attend workshops/conferences

"By becoming actively-involved USTA Florida organizational members, we will have open dialogue and also be able to more effectively track the progress of the Kids' Tennis Clubs. In turn we can better support the kids and the facilities," said USTA Florida Recreational Tennis Coordinator Carla Williams.

For more information on Kids Tennis Clubs or creating after-school or out-of-school tennis opportunities, visit www.ustaflorida.com/schools. To learn more about the Florida Afterschool Network go to www.myfan.org.

March 4 Deadline for Kiwi 'One-on-One Doubles' Tennis Tourney

One_on_One_LogoOne-on-One Doubles is quickly becoming know as "the third game of tennis." In addition to singles and doubles, now players can hone their doubles skills with the game that pits two singles players against each other, but playing cross-court tennis only. The doubles alleys are good, and players have to serve and volley on both first and second serves.

One-on-One Doubles tournament events, endorsed by USTA Florida, include food, live music and more, part of a four-tournament circuit in Florida in 2014. The first event will be held on March 7 at the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour Beach.

"One-On-One Doubles tournaments have a party atmosphere, with the rockin' blues band performing during the tournament," says organizer Ed Krass. "Good food, beer and wine is all available. Players will be treated to a special reception party towards the end of the four-hour tournament. With a $2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize, $750 third prize and $250 fourth prize, many players will be encouraged to enter. The Compass tournament format is short sets to 4 games, no-add scoring. If a player loses early, they can keep on playing in the compass draw."

The $80 entry fee includes tournament play, the Player Reception Party, and the Rockin' Blues Concert. A $15 guest fee admits guests to the Player Reception Party. The one-division event (men and women in the same draw) will be played on green clay (Har-Tru).

Events on the One-on-One four-tournament Florida swing will be:

March 7 -- Kiwi Tennis Club, Indian Harbour Beach
Enter at: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=152396
April 5 -- Hawks Landing Club, Plantation
Enter at: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.?aspx?T=152395
May 3 -- Buckhorn Springs Tennis and Swim Club, Valrico
Oct. 25 -- Avila Golf & Country Club, Tampa

The winner of the Florida Grand Prix Circuit with the most points earned will receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to play in the national event, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Nov. 9, 2014.

"This tournament will be a true event not to miss for any competitive tournament player wanting to test his or her serve-and-volley skills on half a court," Krass says. "There will be no doubles partner, so this game will show who is the best One-On-One Doubles player with the most skillful all-court game."

For more information about One-On-One Doubles tournaments, visit www.oneononedoubles.com or call Ed Krass at (813) 684-9031.

USPTA Florida Certification Exams in March

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:

March 10 -- Countryside Country Club, Clearwater, Fla.
March 16-17 -- The Oaks at Boca Raton, Boca Raton, 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.


USTA to Attempt Guinness World Record 'Largest Tennis Lesson'
in Celebration of World Tennis Day

bnp-paribas-showdown-2014-posterThe United States Tennis Association announced that in conjunction with World Tennis Day on March 3, 2014, it will launch thousands of Tennis Play Events nationwide throughout the month of March. To help garner excitement for the initiative and to inspire youth, the USTA will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Tennis Lesson."

The event, which will be held on March 2, will feature more than 250 children from local youth organizations in the New York area participating at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

The event coincides with the World Tennis Day celebration at New York's Madison Square Garden, which will feature US Open and Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray facing former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and a sibling doubles match-up between the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, and the McEnroe brothers, John and Patrick in the BNP Paribas Showdown. The USTA will hold a special presentation recognizing  the World's Largest Tennis Lesson preceding the evening's tennis matches at the Garden.

Joining the efforts to get kids excited about the sport is Judy Murray, mother of Andy Murray, who will participate in the special presentation and on-court youth tennis demonstration with local New York City kids.

"I am excited to be part of the USTA's efforts to enrich the lives of young people," Judy Murray said. "Tennis is a fun way for parents to play with their children and encourage them to lead an active and healthy lifestyle."

The world record attempt will take place March 2 from 9-9:30 a.m. EST at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Participating youth organizations include the New York Junior Tennis and Learning and the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education programs, among others.

The Guinness World Record presentation is scheduled to take place at 6:15 p.m. EST on March 3. The doubles match will be featured on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. followed by the singles match on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

To find a Tennis Play Event and information how families can get involved, visit www.youthtennis.com.






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