Caribbean / U.S. Virgin Islands

USPTA: Certifying Local

Tennis Coaches

June 10, 2019

In June, we had the opportunity to receive Kelvin Rivera (professional elite) and Sid Newcomb - National Head Tester for the USPTA - to train and certify a group of coaches from the Caribbean Section.


On June 6 and 7, the group of instructors formed by Camille Rodríguez, Fernando Negrón, Jorge Rodríguez Zayas, Juan Oscar Ríos, Zulema Zelaya, Manuel Julbe, Victor Marcial and Carlos Cotto, met at the Dorado Beach Resort and Club where they received theoretical education, drills, and on-court evaluations.


The purpose of USPTA shall be to elevate the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches. 


The United States Professional Tennis Association is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development, with more than 12,000 members worldwide. They offer unequaled opportunities for the coaches to improve their teaching skills and increase their business knowledge. 



At the same time, a group of 28 participants, were part of the Play Tennis workshop given on June 6 to 9 at the Municipal Sports Complex of Caguas.


This workshop was led by Cecilia Ancalmo, Oderaiza Soto and Daniel Caballero. Its goal is to help participants understand how to present tennis to beginner players of all ages, organize and conduct tennis sessions in a fun and effective learning environment.


After taking the course, the participants will be able to work with junior players, 10 and under and beginning adults. The participants will have knowledge of the basic situations of play (phases of the game), tactical intentions ( strategy and tactics), and pertinent technical instruction to provide beginning players.


This type of workshops benefits our Section, both,  players who are growing with a more structured knowledge, and instructors to continue their work in the teaching of the correct technique.


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