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Serving Success: Utilizing Game-Based Coaching for All Players
Karl Davies
Session Description

Session Description: This unique, games-based workshop is designed with a specific purpose in mind: to provide you with the knowledge, strategies, and tools to inspire players of all ages and abilities to engage in the wonderful sport of tennis. In today's rapidly advancing sports landscape, traditional coaching methods are being reshaped by more dynamic and participative approaches. Our workshop embraces this shift based on the latest research, focusing on the integration of interactive, game-based strategies that make tennis not just a sport, but a fun, engaging, and life-enriching experience for everyone. Participants will engage in immersive activities and discussions, learn from research, and dive into innovative training methodologies that cater to diverse player needs and goals.


About the presenter

Karl Davies (Ph.D.): Karl is currently Director of Community Education and Parent Support for USTA. Karl is responsible for leading and managing educational initiatives designed to promote tennis within the community through the lens of the USTA’s American Development Model. Before his move to the USA, Karl served with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as a programming consultant working with National Tennis Federations and National Olympic Committees in over 50 countries worldwide. To fuel Karl’s passion for coach education, he has been a presenter at ITF Coaches Workshops, ITF Level 3 certified coach (highest qualification), and delivered ITF coaching courses worldwide. Karl has a doctorate in Human Movement Science.


Breakout Session - School tennis: Introducing Tennis in Any Space
Tony Stingley
Session Description

In order to grow tennis participation, we need to introduce youth to the sport and meet them where they are - in schools. This interactive session will take place "on-court" at the hotel to demonstrate how we can transform a gym, a parking lot or hotel ballroom into a space to play tennis. Participants will discuss how to build and strengthen partnerships with schools and take part in activities and games from USTA’s schools curriculum.

About the presenter

Tony Stingley: Tony has been with the USTA since 2017, and his current role is Senior Manager, Community Outreach. Tony’s responsibilities include creating the resources and training to assist physical educators to expose their students to tennis. Tony is also responsible for creating resources and training to assist communities in introducing tennis to all ages, kids and adults.


Prior to joining the USTA National team, Tony worked for the USTA Northern Section as the Section School Coordinator, and Section Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for 20 years. Tony is certified with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) as a professional in Adult Development, 10 and Under, 11-17, and Performance categories. Tony is also wheelchair tennis certified through the PTR. Tony also has an Elite Professional certification through the United States Professional Tennis Association. Tony is a member of the USTA’s On-Court Faculty and is a Level One Tennis Trainer for the Special Olympics.


Additional affiliations include Advisory Board Member to Inner City Tennis, Minneapolis MN and St. Paul Urban Tennis, St. Paul MN. Tony is also a life member of the Martin Luther King Tennis Buffs Minneapolis/St. Paul MN.



General Session - Creating an Inclusive Culture Where Players, Coaches & Staff with Diverse Abilities Can Succeed
Session Description

Disability Inclusion is EVERYONE’s responsibility. Give yourself the tools needed to welcome, engage and support players, staff members, volunteers and peers with intellectual or developmental disabilities or neurodiversity to be successful in your existing programs and work settings. With simple strategies and creative approaches, these players (or peers) can flourish allowing their talents and abilities not their differences to shine. This session includes a basic introduction to inclusion philosophies, proper terminology and disability etiquette, and concludes with best practices on communication, working with families and creating a culture of inclusion.

About the presenter

Lisa Drennan, MERGE Consulting: Lisa has a long career dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities to be active and engaged within their community. She teaches our community how to become more inclusive in their practices. Starting as a direct support worker at New England Village, a residential community for persons with developmental disabilities, she climbed the ranks and expanded her experience to be named the Director of the Sollar Wellness Center, a first-of-it-kind building offering aquatics, fitness, sports, arts and education specifically designed to meet the needs of persons with diverse abilities. As the Director of Inclusion for her local YMCA, she created an array of recreation, wellness and sport opportunities using varying inclusion models. At her company, MERGE, she provides comprehensive consultation, and staff training to community recreation, camp, & sport program providers to help them meet their inclusion goals.


High School Tennis - What to Teach in 72 Days (or less)
Gary Pina
Session Description

Season calendars are short for high school tennis - players need to learn the five major shots in a very limited time. In addition, coaches are often navigating large rosters with a wide range of playing ability. This session will showcase tools to help set up practices and the season for middle school, JV and high school varsity players including hand/eye coordination, stroke development and consistency, adapting to different skill levels all while making it fun to learn.


About the presenter

R. Gary Pina: Gary is a lifelong teaching professional certified by the PTR. He has coached college, high school, community tennis, he's a high school ambassador, pickleball ambassador. He is also a USTA New England Past President. Gary serves and has served on numerous USTA National Committees, including: Multi-Cultural-Diversity, Junior Team Tennis, Schools, High School, Nominating and Presidents Committee.


A New Model for Youth Tennis
Danielle McNamara
Session Description

Start a conversation about the need to approach youth tennis in a different way that will hopefully in time produce changes that increase youth participation and retention in the sport. 


About the Presenter

Danielle Lund McNamara: Danielle is a former USTA New England junior player who went on to play college tennis on a full tennis scholarship at the University of Michigan. She was a Big Ten Champion, All Big Ten player, Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year and a two-time Captain. After college she was a longtime college coach at Yale University and the University of Texas. As Head Coach at Yale, Danielle led the team to four Ivy League titles, four ECAC titles and a top-20 national ranking. From January 2022-June 2023, she was the Director of Coach Education at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.  She recently launched her own business, DLM Coaching, where she works with younger junior tennis players to help maximize their full potential on and off the court as well as helping junior players navigate the college tennis recruiting process.

The Importance of Mental Development for All Players
Eva Borras
Session Description

This session will showcase how coaches around an athlete at any level can create a great impact on a player's mental development. Participants will discuss practical applications and strategies that can be used every day on and off the court.


About the Presenter

Eva Borras: Eva is a former WTA pro, holding a career-high ranking of No. 500 in the world. She has worked all over the world for the past 20+ years as a sport psychologist and mental performance consultant. She spent time at the Juan Carlos Ferrero Tennis Academy-Equelite in Spain, the Emilio Sanchez Tennis Academy in Florida at the University of South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University, the Manchester Athletic Club and has also worked as a private mental performance consultant with pros and formation athletes. She currently works in New England with Montoya Tennis.  

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