By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
The USTA is launching an educational curriculum program, “Coach Youth Tennis,” designed to improve the quality and standards of teaching tennis to kids and to enhance the long-term development of children in the sport.
The program consists of a series of online courses and a hands-on workshop that will introduce participants to the fundamentals required for success in teaching tennis to kids ages 10 and under.
“Coach Youth Tennis” is a collaborative effort between the USTA, the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Those who complete the program can go on to gain professional certification from both the PTR and USPTA certification programs. Beginning in 2014, all individuals who want to become a certified teaching professional will need to complete the “Coach Youth Tennis” curriculum.
“Elevating the quality and standards of teaching tennis to our youth will have lasting impact on our sport for years to come,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe. “’Coach Youth Tennis’ provides tennis teachers of all levels with the tools necessary to teach the sport to children.”
The educational curriculum establishes a set of standards for tennis teachers and coaches, ensuring that children will be taught the proper essentials of the game.
“This partnership is part of the USTA’s continuing effort to bring more children into the sport,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis. “These educational resources will impact tennis teachers and coaches throughout the country, with information on how to best deliver the sport to kids, as well as on maximizing their business.”
For more information on Coach Youth Tennis, please visit CoachYouthTennis.com
And to get your kids started in tennis, and to find a youth tennis facility and program near you, visit YouthTennis.com