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February 10, 2016

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Never stop learning

For those USPTA-certified Professionals who fall in the 2014-2016 continuing education period, you must earn 6 professional development credits by the end of this year to remain current. Earn all 6 for free and at your own convenience by watching the six online sessions at coachyouthtennis.com. Each session is worth a 1/2 education credit. Upon completion of the sixth course, you will receive 3 bonus credits, bringing the total to 6 credits. Check your credits at documents.uspta.com. Click here for other ways to earn credits. Watch this video for more information.

NOMINATION DEADLINE FOR USPTA AWARDS A FEW WEEKS AWAY

Just a few weeks left to submit nominations for the USPTA National Awards program! The USPTA Awards Committee has moved the awards period to a calendar year, Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2015, and the new deadline is Feb. 28, 2016.

Winners will accept their awards at the USPTA World Conference, Sept. 25-29, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif. Download applications or submit them through the online forms at uspta.com/awards.

HISTORY BOOK DEADLINE approaching

The USPTA history book publisher, Acclaim Press, will continue to accept submissions until Feb. 29 due to the tremendous response and requests for more time. Please send all submissions to usptabook@acclaimpress.com. For more information, see the attached brochure, or click here. To order a book, click here.

USPTA Indoor CHAMPIONSHIPS – SAVE THE DATE!

USPTA Indoor Championships
March 18-20, 2016
The Racquet Club of Memphis
Memphis, Tenn.

To register, contact The Racquet Club of Memphis at tennis.office@racquetclubofmemphis.com or 901-765-4458.

2016 Prince contract

USPTA Pros: It is time to sign up for your Prince contract! To sign up for a NEW contract, go to USPTA.com/Prince and click on "Contract Request Form" after you have paid your membership dues. Use your My USPTA login credentials.

If you had a Prince contract in 2015, contact your Prince Brand Manager to request a new contract. Be sure to check the brand manager list as some territories have changed.

Deadline is Feb. 29.

TENNIS INDUSTRY MAGAZINE WITH ADDVANTAGE INSIDE IS ONLINE & IN THE MAIL

Click the cover to read the February issue of Tennis Industry online, or go to addvantageuspta.com to browse specific stories from this month's issue. Inside:

Professional Development Recognition

The Feb. 2016 issue of Tennis Industry/ADDvantage magazine contained a list of members who completed earning their 6 credits in 2015. Those who completed their 6 in 2014 were featured in the March 2015 issue. A complete list of all professional level members who earned 6 or more education credits between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2015, is posted online here.

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Free e-book for USPTA members

USPTA Elite Professional Frank Giampaolo is offering all USPTA members a FREE download of his e-book, “The Tennis Parent’s Bible (2nd edition).” Giampaolo is a multiple best-selling author and sports education veteran specializing in athletic parental education.

The dynamic between the tennis-teaching professional/coach, athlete and parent has always been a challenge. In order for a tennis-teaching professional to truly be successful, he/she must seek ways to increase family harmony and participation, radically decrease the game's dropout rate, maximize player potential at the quickest rate, and dramatically increase the bottom line to their respective business. Educating tennis parents about their roles and what expectations they should have is essential in developing a healthy, supportive relationship. This book provides forward thinking and helpful hints that should help USPTA members navigate this often uncomfortable scenario. Click here to download.

Meet the TDM Wizard

Looking for the right tool to organize and run best-in-class, entry-level junior tournaments? Meet the TDM Wizard!

The non-elimination format wizard will assist tournament directors in setting up their entry-level tournaments in the TDM system. The wizard guides organizers while setting up and scheduling their tournaments based on the NEF recommendations. All divisions use either shortened scoring or timed matches. Here’s how it works:

  • 8 and under will finish in two hours or less and guarantee each player a minimum of four matches.
  • 10 and under will finish in four hours or less and guarantee each player a minimum of four matches.
  • 12 to 18-and-under events will finish in four hours or less and guarantee each player a minimum of three matches.

The wizard can be used for all age divisions, including adult events. If you already run entry-level tournaments, you will be able to access the wizard in TDM. If you are interested in running an entry-level tournament, please contact your USTA district or section.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

All USPTA-certified Professionals must earn 6 education credits in a three-year period to remain current. Click here for a partial list of eligible activities. Click here to submit verification of attendance. (International members and those who are 65 years of age or older are exempt from this requirement.) For more information, write to education@uspta.org or call 800-877-8248, ext. 147. You can earn all 6 credits for free by completing the six online courses at coachyouthtennis.com!


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