8:00 AM: Breakfast and Partnership Exhibition
9:00 AM: (Opening Session) Don't Fence Yourself In: Olympic Fencer Nzingha Prescod on Coaching Strategies and Motivating Young Athletes
Olympic Fencer Nzingha Prescod grew up in Brooklyn and found fencing as a young girl. Prescod would go on to compete at Columbia University and become a two-time Olympian and World Championship medalist. She retired from the sport due to injury and is now introducing the game to NYC youth through the non-profit Fencing in the Park, while also serving on the board of USA Fencing. Prescod discusses coaching strategies, inspiring sportsmanship in young athletes and the efforts she’s made to welcome new players into her unique sport.
10:30 AM: PTR On-Court Session: Liven Up Your Lessons!
PTR's Tito Perez helps you fine-tune your teaching techniques in preparation for the expected increase of group and private lessons in 2022. Understand how to better generate an environment of team spirit and become a "station master" by making every class both organized and fun! Hone your craft and get a better understanding of the structure of the lesson.
11:45 AM: Regional Meetings/Lunch
1:30 PM: Tennis, Anywhere?
Jason Spiers demonstrates how you can teach tennis in any space—all you need is a little creativity and a lot of energy. Learn several unique activities that can make a tennis activation a great experience for all, including participants, volunteers, and coaches. This fun, interactive session is open to everyone.
2:45 PM: USPTA On-Court Session: The Art of Doubles
In this presentation, Jason Speirs, owner and director of tennis at Empire Tennis Academy, will dive into doubles drills and games construction, along with curriculum building to help move your program forward, whether for juniors or adults. Jason will demonstrate several drills and games with specific design elements that target particular themes for you to use in your clinics and programs. Come prepared to participate on and off the court.
4:00 PM: Recruiting and Engaging Coaches in 2022
Top industry experts from the United States Professional Tennis Association, United States Tennis Association and the Professional Tennis Registry all recognize that recruiting and engaging coaches is a top priority in 2022. Hear how these governing bodies of the sport are tackling this issue in the year ahead as well as strategies for recruitment.
5:00 PM: Break/Network with Tennis Colleagues
6:00 PM: Cocktail Hour
7:00 PM: Awards Dinner and Ceremony
View the list of this year's recipients here.