We walked numerous events, shows and seminars to bring you the top 3 exciting events, guaranteed to grow your potential as a tennis teacher and tennis community leader. These events will allow you to learn from the pros, and learn from each other in the tennis community. They are a lot of fun with a variety of thrilling sideshows. Mark your calendars, and be at all three events if you want a quick grasp of the latest in tennis or consider one event each year over the next three years.
August 27-30, 2011 New York:
Includes new product introductions, Hall of Fame ceremony and Tennis Teachers Conference (TTC). Following the first three hours of The Tennis Show, the exhibitor booths will close at 5 p.m. for the TIA Tennis Forum with TIA President Jon Muir (beginning at 5:30 pm), the Hall of Fame Award Ceremony, and the USTA TTC Opening Session. At 7 p.m. the Tennis Show will reopen and remain open until 9. The USTA Tennis Teachers Conference is scheduled to run from Aug. 27 to 30 and will feature keynote speakers Rick Macci, Nick Bollettieri and Jim Courier. (The US Open tennis tournament, the last Grand Slam event of the year, begins Aug. 29 in nearby Queens, N.Y.)
2011 USTA Tennis Teachers Conference
September 19-24, 2011, Saddlebrook Resort, Florida:
The United States Professional Tennis Association is headed back to Saddlebrook this year for the USPTA World Conference on Tennis. It is the country’s largest gathering of tennis professionals, industry leaders and representatives, manufacturers, wholesalers and media. In addition to the educational offerings, USPTA hosts its International Tennis Championships, Board and Executive Committee meetings, nighttime parties, industry meetings, the nation’s largest tennis-only buying show, silent auction, awards presentation and more. This is the premier educational event for the tennis industry, designed to put you at the top of your game with classes from the world’s leading experts.
USPTA World Conference
February 24-27, 2012, Orlando, Florida
The days will be filled with excellent presentations, on-court demonstrations and interactive sessions with top coaches from around the world. Evenings will allow you time to unwind with family or network with colleagues while enjoy all the culture and excitement that Orlando has to offer. Your family will be busy all day enjoying the free Water Slide, Rock Climbing Wall, Pitch & Putt course, miles of jogging trails with free bike rentals, kayaks and paddle boats on Lake Windsong, Racquetball courts, basketball hoops and more – all included in your room rate! The hit the town at night enjoying free shuttles and discount coupons to Downtown Disney, Cirque de Soliel, The House of Blues, and much more!!
PTR International Tennis Symposium
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Little things can add up when it comes to making those long hours of
practice payoff on match day. For instance, knowing the tournament rules and code of conduct is a good idea. Checking equipment the previous evening and getting a good night’s rest can make a difference on the big day. Arrive at the tournament site early and well fueled and always complete a proper warm-up routine.
Fueling for the Match
Go bananas, go nuts; salad with chicken; peanut butter crackers; nonsugar cereal; potatoes and pasta – yummy. All easy-to-prepare or outof-the-box foods that a busy parent can offer to ensure the kid is well
fueled on match day. The high-carbohydrate plan helps store glycogen in the muscles and liver as fuel for activity. Once again, avoid high-fat and spicy foods.
Eat three to four hours before reporting time so food is completely absorbed from the stomach. At the tournament site a light snack of portable foods ought to keep junior happy. Fun and healthy snack ideas include trail mix, happy face rice cakes, ants-on-a-log celery sticks, fruit juice popsicles, mini-bagels, and fruit yogurt. Kids don’t sweat as much as adults do and are less able to cool off. They also absorb heat more easily. These factors increase the risk of dehydration in kids. Give children a squeeze bottle of water or sports drink and remind them to take gulps before, during, and after the match. A sports drink is tasty, will supply energy, and turns on thirst, encouraging kids to gulp frequently.
For afternoon matches, taking a cat nap, playing board games with friends and family, or getting a massage from the on-site masseuse are
all great ways to achieve some calm before the storm. If little junior has an early morning match, parents ought to help him wake up at least a few hours before the competition. You don’t want a groggy junior sleep-walking to the court.
Get to the tournament site 30 to 40 minutes before reporting time and check in at the tournament desk. In the early rounds, the tournament desk can provide only an approximate start time for matches. A new site and the hustle and bustle of parents, players, coaches, and officials can be intimidating for a young child. Fill up waiting time by getting to know other parents and players. Many lasting friendships have blossomed at tournament sites.
If the coach is available, an older kid may like to discuss the game plan, or perhaps set up a short 15 to 30 minute hitting session on a practice court to loosen up the muscles and groove in a specific shot.
Following a standard set of pre-match rituals will reassure the player that every match is, in fact, like any other, allowing relaxed and focused play.
“Take your passion and make it happen.” – lyrics from the song What a Feeling.
Let’s start with a worst-case scenario. Your community, umm Pleasantville has no courts and no players. Worst of all nobody is interested in tennis, except you. What do you do? How do you pique community interest? And how can you go about building a tennis loving community?
Hello, USTA. The United States Tennis Association is the governing body of tennis in the United States (More info: usta.com). The USTA consists of 17 geographical sections. Sections have districts and community tennis associations (CTAs). Many thousands of volunteers and professionals run these organizations, coming together to support tennis programs all over the country.
Linking with the USTA
If you’re a coach or a tennis player, chances are you’re already linked to the United States Tennis Association (USTA). For a parent new to tennis, linking with the USTA can help locate organizations in your area dedicated to promoting tennis and find programs to develop a tennis pathway for your junior.
If your area is not served by a CTA, the USTA can help you start one by providing financial grants and volunteer support. You don’t have to be a tennis player to develop a CTA.
A start-up group helps, but one passionate individual is enough to get started on the road to building a tennis-loving community (More info: usta.com).
Our tennis specialists at Mansion Select have identified a grant opportunity for your tennis facility and community. The USTA’s plans to invest $5 million over the next three years to foster growth in 10 and Under Tennis in 100 markets across the country, the organization also has made available money to help public facilities install shorter courts and to paint blended lines on existing full-size tennis courts.
The USTA’s Facility Assistance program offers competitive grant applications to tennis facilities that are open to the public and that meet other guidelines. (More info, visit usta.com/facilities.)
Categories for funding are:
Category 1: The USTA offers up to $4,000-to be matched by the local community-for basic facility improvements such as fixing court amenities, 10 and Under Tennis lines, etc.
Category 2: Up to 20 percent of the total project cost or $35,000 maximum to resurface existing courts at public facilities.
Category 3: Up to 20 percent of the total project cost or $50,000 maximum for new construction or existing facility reconstruction and expansion.
The cost to line courts for 10 and Under Tennis is approximately $200 to $400 per 78-foot court. Converting an existing 78-foot court to four permanent 36-foot courts is estimated to be $8,000 to $10,000 per 78-foot court.
Other facility assistance services include offering facility concepts, design review, construction document review, RFP and bid document review, and concepts for 36-foot and 60-foot facilities.
To take advantage of the USTA’s Facility Assistance Program, complete and submit the online assistance form at usta.com/facilities.) The form can be completed at any time during the year. A USTA representative will then contact you within 30 days to talk about your needs.
Spring forward to a wonderful tennis season!
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My name is Baylee. I am six years old. I am in first grade at Sunshine Elementary. I have a big brother Alex and a little sister Alycia. I like Christmas because: It brings me joy! I love tennis. I started playing when I was four. My parents drove me to practice and my coach Mr. Ader always made the practice so much fun.
I like reading life stories of tennis stars. I have read about Chris Evert, Monica Seles, Venus Williams, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, and John McEnroe. Reading about these great players makes kids like me want to learn how to play. But us kids couldn’t do anything without our parents and coaches.
There needs to be a lot of help for parents and coaches so they can do a good job teaching us to play and how to be good sports. And we need to be able to get better and better without having to worry so much about winning all the time. Sometimes it’s hard to find a court, Santa, so we need lots of places to play, too. Will you see what you can do for all us tennis kids out there?
What Baylee wants most for Christmas is a puppy. I also want two polo shirts – one for my Dad and the other for my favorite coach Mr. Ader. We will have cookies for you. Mom will have a nice mixed salad for the reindeer.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays,
How a Good Quality Net can Enhance Your Enjoyment of the Game?
When you manage a tennis court at your club, apartment block or home, it is not easy to overlook the high cost, increased maintenance time and poor player experience when one purchases a poor quality tennis net. A quality net can pay you back surprisingly well, here’s how:
♦ Polyester duck headbands are preferred on hard courts because the duck material absorbs the ball’s energy and doesn’t speed up the ball. Although, balls tend to skid off vinyl material, vinyl headband is common on soft courts because they’re easier to clean and more dirt resistant.
♦ Use good quality headbands because when you hit a ball and it impacts the top of the net, the good headbands absorbs the ball’s energy and prevents it from bouncing back all around the tennis court. As a result the ball falls near the net making it easy to pick up, which means more playing time.
♦ Quality Nets make your tennis court look superior and your members feel good which helps you increase club membership.
How to Minimize Maintenance Cost and Time on Tennis Nets?
♦ Nets Weakest Link: Do you know the stitching between headband and net body is a nets weakest link? In poor quality nets the stitching comes apart and the netting falls out of the headband. That’s because of the constant pounding by the tennis ball towards the top 8-inches of the net, especially the center line of the court. So you would want to choose a net with heavy-duty lock stitching or reinforced stitching which is UV and Mildew resistant.
♦ Headband Quality: Some manufacturers use poor grade materials which will become weak causing it to crack and deteriorate. The headband falls apart long before the rest of the net has reached the end of its useful life. Select the headband made up of heavy-duty vinyl or polyester duck, with double layers and lock stitching to hold the layers together.
♦ We have noticed that net body gets weak in the top 5 or 6 rows that’s because most low shots that you hit will impact at the top of net, especially the serve, hit near the top and center. So we recommend a net with 3.0 mm or 3.5 mm net body with double netting at the top 5 or 6 rows which provides double protection where the net needs it most.
To know more about tennis net selection go to:
Mansion Select’s Easy Guide for Tennis Nets
Choosing the right net can increase overall enjoyment of the next game at your court.
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Your Friends at Mansion Select
The USTA (U.S. Tennis Association) can help your tennis community paint permanent lines for 36- and 60-foot QuickStart Tennis courts, designed for children 10 and under. USTA’s Facility Assistance Services announced the funding assistance program covering 50% of the cost of the lines. While the national USTA office provides 50% funding assistance, you may be able to get additional funding from your USTA section office.
The Quickstart tennis format shows you how to adapt your tennis facility (in just minutes!) for younger kids, and take advantage of softer balls, smaller racket sizes, lower net height, and even a new scoring system! The USTA Junior Team Tennis for 8s and 10s, and even many USTA tournaments will now use the Quickstart Format. A standard 78-foot court can accommodate four 36-foot QST courts, or one 60-foot court.
Many tennis facilities, like the Andy Roddic Kids Tennis Courts at Horseshoe Bay, Texas have painted permanent QuickStart Tennis lines onto regular-size courts, which aids in setting up for children’s tennis programs. The QST lines are usually in a color shade related to the surface of the court, so that they are unobtrusive when the standard 78-foot court is used. The Rules of Tennis do allow USTA National/Sectional/District events or tournaments to be played on courts with additional lines, such as those used for the QST format, and recently the Intercollegiate Tennis Association approved a rule change to allow its competition courts to have permanent QST tennis lines.
To apply for national USTA funding, go to http://ct.usta.com/pfa/
To know more about quickstart tennis equipment go to Mansion Select’s Quickstart
We wish you and your facility all the best, and hope to generate more community funding sources for you in upcoming newsletters.
Aces to you,
Your Friends at Mansion Select
Pack your bags, & experience an awesome tennis vacation.
A week’s vacation at a nice tennis resort can help a tennis player, mom or dad get away from it all, yet keep the bearings greased for the upcoming season. Book a few lessons for the entire family with the hotel pro. Ask that the lesson be fun and relaxed. Mix in all the other fun activities the resort has to offer kids – the pool, a kids club, or perhaps a mini-circus. Your are guaranteed to have a ball. More importantly, your kid will identify tennis with all the other fun activities she enjoyed during the vacation. Perhaps, the smartest way to get your kids interested in tennis for a lifetime of health and happiness.
And speaking of fun, the PBI Tennis Show held at some tennis resorts is an extraordinary event for both the young and the young-atheart. Developed by Peter Burwash, the show is a sophisticated production serving up an eclectic mix of music, humor, slick racket and ball control skills, and educational tips on the game (More info: pbitennis.com)The fun activities offered by resorts, combined with regular hitting sessions in a relaxed setting, can reinvigorate your entire tennis family. Working with the resort Pro, even for just a few sessions, will often yield a fresh evaluation of the game. Some resorts, like the Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, offer all three surfaces – hard, clay, and grass.
There are a plethora of options available when choosing the right tennis resort. Consider whether the resort offers the following:
♦ A trained and certified Pro.
♦ Well-attended clinics for all age groups.
♦ A variety of court surfaces.
♦ Player matching service. Parents who play tennis will find the service that matches up players for friendly hitting sessions a welcome feature.
♦ Professional and amateur tournaments. Resorts often host tennis tournaments. A week of watching a WTA challenger event, combined with daily clinics, is a great idea.
♦ Fun activities like the PBI Tennis Show and the Club Med Circus.
♦ Cost-saving tennis packages.
In addition to using the resources of your travel agent and the many online travel sites, you can also find books specializing in tennis vacations: “Tennis Camps, Clinics and Resorts” by Joanie and Bill Brown, and “The World’s Best Tennis Vacations” by Roger Cox are two great sources of information. You can also search the online resort guide (More info: tennisresortsonline.com).
Just about every good hotel in the world located in a “sunbelt” has tennis courts, and every tennis-loving family can find places to play tennis on vacation. However, resorts specializing in tennis serve up a unique experience somewhere between the “total immersion” of a camp and the do-nothing solitude of a beach pad.
A kid may excel at tennis. This does not automatically mean he has to take up tennis as a career – professional player or coach. A good tennis player can choose to become a scientist, entrepreneur, cop, or musician. Who’s to say a top junior won’t turn his tennis excellence into an ivy-league scholarship, major in business, and become a wildly successful entrepreneur? That said, realize that tennis can play a major role in achieving success in any field. The self-discipline, focus, organizational skills, strategic thinking, physical fitness and, most importantly, friendships developed playing tennis are all invaluable, no matter what career path one ultimately follows.
There are many ingredients that go into a successful doubles team and choosing a player to share the court with you is not a decision to be made quickly. Greg Moran, tennis pro and best-selling author ( Tennis Doubles Beyond Big Shots, Book+Video Combo), says the first step towards building your own dream team is to sit down and take an honest look at your game both physically and mentally.
1. What are my tennis goals and how much time can I devote to improving my game? Whichever scenario best describes your current level of commitment, your future doubles partner should share the same.
2. How effective is my serve: first and second? The serve is the most important shot in the game of doubles and if yours is a weakness, you’d like a partner who’s confident and aggressive at the net.
3. Would I rather hit groundstrokes or volleys? If you love to live at the baseline, your partner should be able to end points up at the net. If you prefer to volley your way to victory, find a partner who can join you at the net or set you up with strong groundstrokes.
4. Do I consider myself aggressive or conservative on the court? If you’re an animal at the net, look for a steady partner who can set you up and also help you weather the inevitable moments of inconsistency that all aggressive players go through. If you’re more lamb than lion, find a teammate who loves to be up close and can pick off your opponent’s floating shots.
5. When the big points arrive, do I want the balls to come to me or would I rather they go to my partner? If you’re not yet comfortable in the pressure situations, find a partner who thrives on the big moment and prefers to play the ad side because that is where many of the big points (40-30 or 30-40) are played.
Auditions aren’t always Singing and Dancing
Once you know what you’re looking for in a partner, the next step is to go where the players hang out and conduct informal auditions. Bob Griffith, a dedicated 4.0 USTA player from Redding CT, has found several long-term doubles partners by attending doubles clinics and social mixers at his club.
As you play with different people, ask yourself if you feel comfortable with their style of play, their personality and mentality. From there you can put together a list of potential partners, gather a few phone numbers and set up some practice matches. Then, after spending more time on the court together, finally your ah! ah! moment. Your dream doubles tennis partner!
Aces to you,
Your Friends at Mansion Select