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USTA Glossary

May 25, 2008 12:04 PM

ATA (American Tennis Association): A tennis association that has historically promoted player development and playing opportunities for African Americans.

ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals): An international association of professional tennis players that provides competitive opportunities with tournaments in its TOUR. It became limited to male players after the formation of the WTA for women.

Board Leader/Leadership Team: A member of the Board of Directors of the USTA responsible for oversight of a division.

Board Liaison: A member of the USTA Board of Directors who is responsible for two-way communication between the board and Division Council and selected committees.

OD (Board of Directors): Elected volunteers that are responsible for the policy management of the organization. The board is made up of the five officers plus nine directors at large and the immediate past president.

BRC (Blue Ribbon Commission): A group of USTA volunteer leaders appointed by the BOD to assess the USTA with respect to its organization and effectiveness. Special attention was given to the USTA culture and environment focusing on perceived conflicts and distrust between BOD, the sections (sectional leadership) and the national staff.

Chief Executive: Staff Executive responsible for day-to-day operations of a major business unit (Professional Tennis; Community Tennis Development).

CTA (Community Tennis Association): Any multi-purpose, incorporated, geographically defined not- for-profit volunteer tennis support organization which supports or provides comprehensive programs.

CTDW (Community Tennis Development Workshop): Workshop to improve the development of community tennis programs.

Committee Chair: Individual appointed by the President to coordinate the activities and deliberations of a volunteer committee and participate on the Division Council.

Committee Members: Individuals appointed by the President to participate in volunteer committee activities and deliberations.

Committee Vice Chair: Individual appointed by the President to assist Committee Chair and to assume the duties of the Chair as assigned or needed.

Department Heads: Staff managers responsible for day-to-day department operations.

Department Staff: Staff members with committee liaison responsibilities.

Division Council Chair: Individual appointed by the President to coordinate and integrate the activities of committees within a division and to facilitate two-way communication between a division and the Board.

Diversity: The distribution or existence of differences in culture, ethnicity, race, gender beliefs, socio-economic status, physical ability, appearance and ideas.

Division Director: Staff manager responsible for day-to-day division responsibilities.

DNTRP (Dynamic National Tennis Rating Program): DNTPR is the current system used to determine the level that a player is rated based on demonstrated ability and/or performance.

Executive Committee: A legislative body responsible for approval of rules and/or regulations of the of the USTA. The committee is made up of one delegate from each of the 17 sections, the Board of Directors and the past presidents of the organization.

Executive Director: Staff Executive responsible for day-to-day operations of all business units.

First Vice President: A member of the Board of Directors who assists the President and assumes the duties of the President as assigned or needed. Possibly a Division Leader.

Friend at Court: A manual used to help interpret the rules of tennis.

Gang of 51: A group representing sectional leadership of the 17 sections made up of the president, delegate and executive director of each section.

HP (High Performance): The High Performance tennis program is the USTA player development program available to our top US players and those that have shown the potential to be outstanding players in the future.

IHRSA (International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association): A trade association serving the health and fitness club industry

IT (Internet Technology): A discipline dealing with the knowledge and capability of handling data and communications electronically.

ITF (International Tennis Federation): The international governing body for the sport of tennis.

ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association): A governing body regulating competitive tennis for institutions of higher learning in the United States.

KPI (Key Performance Indicator): A factor that can be used as a metric in determining how well a group has met its goal.

Membership: There are five primary membership classes: Sectional Associations, Direct Clubs and Organizations, Organization Members, Individual Members and Honorary Members. Frequently the term membership is used in reference to those with voting rights at the annual meeting of the membership. That voting power is determined by the Organization Member fees in dollars combined with the number of individual members in each section and is exercised by the Section Delegate.

Multicultural: Refers to diversity of races and ethnic groups.

MCW (Multicultural Coaches Workshop): Workshop to improve the effectiveness of minority coaches and to address special problems they might encounter.

NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association): Governing body for collegiate athletic competition between institutions of higher learning.

NJTL (National Junior Tennis League): Founded by Arthur Ashe, the national program to introduce tennis to youth.

NTC (National Tennis Center): The tennis facilities at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park in Flushing, NY. The NTC is owned and operated by the USTA and is the site of the US Open.

NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program): an enhanced tennis rating system that generates player ratings at regular intervals over the course of a season.

PBIF (Performance Based Incentive Funding): A system used to partially fund sections based on their success in obtaining goals in specific areas associated with the USTA mission.

PTR (Professional Tennis Registry): An international association of tennis teaching professionals founded to educate, certify and service tennis teachers and coaches around the world.

President and Chairman of the Board: Volunteer head of the Association responsible for volunteer appointments and general oversight of Association activities.

RCW (Recreational Coaches Workshop): A workshop designed to share knowledge and skills with coaches and community tennis instructors.

SCP (Star Companion Program): A software program previously used ranking purposes in conjunction with TMS. This program is not adapted to the new USTA progressive ranking system and is no longer used.

Section Delegate: The elected official of a USTA Section who represents the membership of the Sectional Association. The Section Delegate is also a member of the Executive Committee.

Section President: The chief elected official of a USTA Section.

Section Representative: Individual appointed by the Section President to participate in information sharing sessions related to a division.

Strategic Plan: A designated procedure for achieving the USTA mission.

TDM (Tennis Data Manager): The software program that is currently used by tournaments committees to help organize the tournament, post the draws and the results electronically and to provide data to the new USTA Ranking Program that will calculate and post the progressive rollover ranking of players throughout the year.

TennisLink: A system designed to assist tennis activities by electronic registration, collection of fees and posting of communications. This technology is actively used by tournaments, leagues and the membership department.

TIA (Tennis Industry Association): The TIA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the interest of its member companies by oversight of the industry and its needs. The TIA is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the sport and pursuing the growth and vitality of tennis.

TMS (Tennis Management System): A software program that was previously used to assist the tournament committee in organizing the tournament, posting the draws, posting results and entering those results into the Star ranking system. The Star ranking system is no longer used and TMS is rarely used except for a few non-sanctioned tournaments that are not considered for ranking and do not need to post their results on the Internet.

TTC (Tennis Teachers Conference): Conference for tennis teachers, coaches and teaching professionals presenting information and techniques to help improve their effectiveness.

USTA (United States Tennis Association): The national governing body for US Tennis.

USTA Pro Circuits: Series of tournaments organized by the USTA to give developing professional tennis players competitive opportunities. The circuits include the following designating the levels of prize money for each: Challenger ($25,000 - $75,000), Futures ($10,000- - $15,000 and Satellite ($10,000).

USOC (United States Olympic Committee): A committee with representatives from the national governing bodies of each sport recognized for participation in the Olympic Games.

USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association): The world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals.

USRSA (United States Racquet Stringers Association): A worldwide organization of racquet technicians, teaching professionals, racquet sports retailers, manufacturers and sales organizations, and tennis, racquetball, squash, and badminton enthusiasts.

WTA (Women's Tennis Association): An international association of professional female tennis players that provides competitive opportunities for their gender. The WTA Tour is the world's premier presentation of women's tennis.

WTC: Women's Tennis Council

WTT (World Team Tennis): WTT is a professional tennis presentation that features the biggest names in the world playing together in an innovative co-ed team format.

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