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Tennis Briefs: New Shortened College Format; Cardio Tennis Training

August 12, 2014 08:50 AM
New Shortened Division I Tennis Format Announced

NCAA_Tennis_LogoIn an effort to shorten college tennis matches to make them more fan- and TV-friendly, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has announced a new, shorter dual-meet format for Division I college tennis beginning at the start of the 2014-15 season. 

Highlighting the format changes are switches to no-ad scoring in both singles and doubles, one set of doubles rather than an 8-game pro set, and no warm-up with opponents.
The ITA dual-meet format is endorsed by the NCAA Division I Tennis Committee for implementation in the 2015 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships (pending approval at the September meeting of the NCAA Championships/Sports Management Cabinet).

Matches will additionally be shortened by the "Clinch/Clinch" rule which says once the doubles point has been clinched, the remaining doubles match shall be stopped; and in singles, once the team match has been clinched, any remaining singles matches shall be stopped (unless otherwise agreed upon by both coaches prior to the start of the dual meet match).

The changes are not without controversy as more than 172 Division I schools have signed a petition asking to delay the implementation of the new rules to shorten college tennis matches.

"The drive to change the NCAA Division I Tennis format has been going on for more than two years, and the ITA's operating committee's decision to adopt no-ad is a result of pressure from the NCAA and several high-profile athletic directors to make college tennis 'relevant,'" writes Colette Lewis who covers college tennis for zootennis.com. "Seeing lacrosse and softball and even college bowling on ESPN, there is a fear that tennis, especially men's tennis, is threatened with extinction, so this is the committee's response to that threat."

The ITA hopes the new format will provide faster and more fan-friendly matches, greater excitement and entertainment in the games, an easier-to-understand scoring system, and "mental toughness with more pressure points."

"Our goal is to maintain the integrity of the game, and at the same time, make our team matches more exciting, grow the sport and gain new fans," said Princeton head men's tennis coach and ITA Division I Operating Committee member Billy Pate. "Collectively, we decided to move forward and leave personal agendas and preferences aside. We started this process with many diverse opinions and directions, and we have arrived with an almost unanimous decision by the Operating Committee to support a dynamic proposal concerning the dual meet format."

Upcoming Florida Cardio Tennis Training in Palm Beach, Naples

Cardio Tennis.jpgTennis and fitness professionals have the opportunity to become a "Licensed Cardio Tennis Professional" at upcoming Cardio Tennis Training Courses to be held at The Club at Mediterra in Naples and at The Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

The 7-hour course, which offers PTR and USPTA certified teaching professionals continuing education credits, will be held from 2-7 p.m. on Sept. 13 in Palm Beach and on Sept. 26 in Naples.

Fitness professionals are also encouraged to attend the training course, which is accredited by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Participants who attend and successfully complete the training course will receive a one-year complimentary Cardio Tennis Authorized Providership ($100 value) and a certificate of completion as a Licensed Cardio Tennis Professional.

Cardio Tennis, a popular and growing fitness and tennis program managed by the Tennis Industry Association -- the not-for-profit trade association for tennis -- is a high-energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout. It is a very social and fun class for players of all ability levels taught by a certified tennis teaching or fitness professional. The program is currently delivered in more than 30 countries around the world and has more than 1.4 million participants in the United States.
"The Cardio Tennis program bridges the gap between the tennis and fitness worlds," says TIA Cardio Tennis Manager, Michele Krause. "Not only is Cardio Tennis a way for tennis facilities to make additional revenue, but also a great program that appeals to those who are interested in fitness outside of the gym."

To sign up for the upcoming Cardio Tennis Training visit www.CardioTennis.com.





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