2022 Eastern Tennis Conference

We thank you for attending our 2022 Eastern Tennis Conference and making it such a huge success.


Photos of the event, including the Annual Awards Dinner, will be posted here shortly.


After a brief hiatus, the Eastern Tennis Conference is swinging back into action. We are happy to announce that USTA Eastern's annual professional development gathering will be held in-person on March 5, 2022, at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel in Mahwah, N.J.


It has been two years since we were last able to gather, and we hope that the return of our signature event will empower you to hit the court running in 2022. In addition to offering networking opportunities with the best and brightest in the industry, the conference will once again feature several on-court demonstrations courtesy of the USPTA and PTR, as well as informative panel discussions on a variety of topics, including coaching strategy and recruitment, player engagement, and much more.


The safety of our guests, speakers and panelists is of paramount importance, and for this reason, the in-person portion of our conference is by invitation only so that we may respect capacity restrictions. 


Below, find a tentative schedule of events at the 2022 in-person Eastern Tennis Conference. We will add more information as it becomes available. All sessions and speakers are subject to change.

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.




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