to grow Wheelchair Tennis
Erin Maher | April 1, 2019
Wheelchair tennis will continue to roll throughout the United States, thanks to Net Generation’s new wheelchair tennis curriculum.
In 2017, the USTA unveiled Net Generation, its revolutionary brand developed for youth to inspire the next generation of greats. Since its launch, Net Generation has continued its promise to deliver kid-friendly tennis and to grow the game. In its first year, over 300,000 players and parents registered with accounts on the Net Gen website.
Now, Net Generation can be enjoyed by all, thanks to the USTA Wheelchair Tennis Team.
Jason Allen, Wheelchair and Technical Manager for the USTA, has adapted the USTA Net Generation curriculum for wheelchair tennis, making it easier than ever to get more kids and people on the tennis court and enjoying the sport.
“The entire project started last year in January,” said Allen. ADVERTISEMENT “I made adaptations to all six Net Generations books, the community and coaches curriculum to Net Generation.
In February, The USTA wheelchair team handpicked leaders in the sport of wheelchair tennis, including Net Gen Wheelchair Tennis Providers, section staff, and National Wheelchair Committee members to attend a three day, immersive camp to learn the new Net Generation Wheelchair Tennis curriculum.
“We showed participants the entire strategy,” said Allen. “We taught them how to start a wheelchair program as well as how to help others start a program.”
The camp also taught participants how to track data and budgeting. A portion of each day was spent on court, with participants sitting in wheelchairs to demo drills. They were then asked to pick one activity and demo it for the group.
Team USA coach John Devorss of Salem, Oreg., attended the camp.
“I was really impressed with the work that they’ve done,” said Devorss. “The Net Gen curricula has just been so helpful; I think it’s just going to be a real game-changer for us. Back when I started coaching, it would have been so helpful for me. It’s wonderful to have the means to get people started.”
Players and parents can anticipate the Net Generation wheelchair tennis curriculum to be online by the beginning of May.
For more information on Net Generation, click here.