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Tennis Officiating Internship Offered for Current College Undergrads

December 16, 2010 11:34 AM
officialsThe United States Tennis Association (USTA) Officials Inclusion Council has announced it is accepting applications for the 2011 Accelerated Chair Line Training Program (ACLTP).

This six-week internship trains, certifies, and provides mentoring by current USTA chair and line officials in order to develop the next generation of officials for on-court and off-court assignments at tennis tournaments across the United States. Once certified, ACLTP interns will be provided with a unique opportunity to develop skills through on-court experience. Referees, chair umpires, and roving or line umpires are USTA officials who make sure that a tennis match is conducted under the fairest possible conditions under the rules of tennis.

ACLTP applicants must currently be enrolled in a college undergraduate degree program, be available for six weeks to travel to tournaments, and be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future without requiring sponsorship. Prospective program participants must show an eagerness to learn, must pass the written USTA Officials Certification Test, adherence to the USTA Officials Code of Conduct, and show the ability to perform as an official, chair umpire, rover or line umpire at a tennis match.

Other qualifications include USTA Member in good standing, 18 years of age or older, eyesight correctable to 20/20, effective communication skills, and tennis experience/familiarity a must. Program participants must also successfully complete a background screening, and pass the officials Provisional Exam covering rules and procedures of tennis officiating.

The internship requires extensive travel to tennis tournaments around the United States for six weeks (seven days/week), and a stipend of $500 will be paid upon successful completion of the internship. The program will run approximately from May 24 through the first week in July in 2011. All reasonable work-related expenses will be paid, and the application window closes on Feb. 4, 2011.

To apply for the 2011 Accelerated Chair Line Training Program, go to http://tbe.taleo.net/NA12/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=USTA&cws=1&rid=1728

The USTA Officials Inclusion Council (OIC) is part of the USTA's efforts to promote and develop a dynamic and inclusive officiating community representing all officials, from sectional/national to grassroots/professionals, and to share ideas, concerns, and vision. The mission of the USTA Officials Inclusion Council is to support the achievement of the USTA, the diversity strategy, and to create an inclusive, respectful and supportive environment.





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