USTA Adaptive Committee:
May 1, 2018
Survey results are in!
We’re EXCITED! To date, 235 Adaptive Tennis program locations have registered with the USTA. Now, the subcommittee in charge of finding those programs has expanded its mission to include serving their needs. A survey was sent out earlier this year to identify what those needs are.
We asked what you, our registered programs, are doing, what you need to continue and improve, and how we at the USTA level can assist you in your efforts.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to answer our questions.
Seventy programs responded, and here’s what we found out:
• 54% focus on skills, drills and games.
• 70% hold their clinics for 60 or 90 minutes.
• 45% average 15-25 athletes per clinic.
• 37% meet at least 30 weeks per year.
• 74% offer programming at no charge to the participants.ADVERTISEMENT
• 50% seek events to promote program, competitive play opportunities and interaction with other organizations for additional activities.
• 56% requested a tournament that focuses on skills, full court singles or full court doubles.
• Main sources of revenue include fundraisers, individual donations and USTA grants.
• Greatest expenses include equipment, coach fees, and travel for athletes.
• Wish lists include: transportation for athletes, equipment, curriculum, coach training, court space and additional volunteers.
In summary, many of our registered programs are well established and meeting on a regular basis throughout the entire year.
You seek opportunities or events to promote your program, interact with other organizations, and play competitively. Finally, even though programs are established, additional resources are still needed to aid sustainability and growth.
The next project for our subcommittee is to create a guide to help you find the resources you need. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, check out our:
Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions – and Answers
How do I find a curriculum to use with my athletes?
• The USTA National Adaptive Committee has compiled a list of free curricula available to everyone. To learn more, click here.
How can I get funding to support my program?
• Start local first! Adaptive grants are available to registered programs at the district, state, section and national level. The dates and processes for applying for these grants vary by location. For more detailed information about national grants, click here.
(The deadline has passed for 2018; this is to familiarize you with the required format. Future grants will be announced in subsequent newsletters.)
How can I collaborate with other organizations?
• Check out the USTA Registered Adaptive Program national database and contact programs near you. To find other programs in your area, click here.
- Published for the 2018 June Adapt It! Quarterly Newsletter