Newsletter - ADDvantage & USPTA – A Partnership of Innovation 12:00:00 AM<p>February 2015 -- In addition to its global headquarters moving to Atlanta, Prince Global Sports recently marked the one year anniversary of its not so secret weapon: a flagship, first of its kind, advanced tennis innovation facility on site at IMG Academy in &shy;Bradenton, Fla. Outfitted with state-of-the-art product and performance-testing equipment, it is the premier global destination for product and athlete performance and development.Should You Learn, Live and Love the “7 Habits” as a Tennis Professional? 12:00:00 AM<p>February 2015 -- Many people believe that &#8220;The 7 Habits of Highly &shy;Effective People,&#8221; by &shy;Stephen Covey is just another self-help book, but they are wrong. In fact, it is not a self-help book or course but rather an operating system that supports you making monumental change in your personal life and your professional relationships.A Tennis Career Off the Court 12:00:00 AM<p>February 2015 -- I always knew I wanted tennis to be my career &#8211; my father is a coach, my mother works for the USTA, and I practically grew up at a summer tennis club in Cape Cod that my family ran. It made sense that tennis would always be a big part of my life.2XU Compression Apparel Enhances Performance, Recovery on and off the Court 12:00:00 AM<p>February 2015 -- When tennis player and coach J.J. Whitlinger started training for a triathlon in 2010, he decided to give compression apparel a try.Basic Tips for Club Tennis Professionals 12:00:00 AM<p>February 2015 -- During my years as a USPTA Professional, I have learned so much from other professionals, and I thought I should pass along some of those basic tips. These will help you avoid pitfalls and give you a long career at your club.Tennis Department Success Depends on all Departments at Your Club 12:00:00 AM<p>February 2015 -- 7 Steps to Integrating Other Departments into Your Tennis Program:</p><p>1. Invite other department heads to your tennis staff meetings.USPTA Mourns the Passing of Vic Braden 12:00:00 AM<p>January 2015 -- Tennis icon Vic Braden passed away Oct. 6, 2014.Arthur Ashe Kids Day 2014 12:00:00 AM<p>January 2015 -- The USPTA once again hosted a court at Arthur Ashe Kids Day on Saturday, August&nbsp; 23. USPTA Elite Professionals Jeff Rothstein and Mark Savage co-led the design and implementation of the day&#8217;s event for the USPTA court activities.Tips for Parents of Young Athletes – Do’s and don’ts for parents to keep in mind when their children play tennis 12:00:00 AM<p>January 2015 -- One thing that I love to do is watch my children play sports. It can be the most exhilarating experience or one of the most frustrating.What is a USPTA Master Professional Worth? 12:00:00 AM<p>January 2015 -- You have spent countless hours working toward and earning a classification called USPTA Master Professional, and often your clientele or tennis consumer base is not aware of your significant accomplishment. I offer these tips for current and aspiring USPTA Master &shy;Professionals:</p><ol><li><strong>Market yourself as a USPTA Master Professional.</strong> That means the designation should be on your business cards, email signature, club newsletter articles in your salutation, in your posted bio in the pro shop, any signage around the club, on your teaching baskets, etc.“ELITE” = Team Excellence at the Mississippi Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Center 12:00:00 AM<p>January 2015 -- The USPTA has maintained a reputation for being the most prestigious organization for Tennis Teaching Professionals all over the country.&nbsp; With this reputation, comes the responsibility for upholding and encouraging extremely high standards among the Courthouse Racquet and Fitness team of Teaching Professionals with whom all hold membership in the USPTA.Deadly Doubles Behaviors 12:00:00 AM<p>November/December 2014 --&nbsp;The chemistry between good doubles partners looks like magic from a distance. Just think about the Bryan Brothers, Woodford and Woodbridge, or Navratilova and Shriver.Big Turnout in Big Apple for Tennis Teachers Conference 12:00:00 AMNovember/December 2014 -- T<span lang="EN">his year&#8217;s World Conference had a new look as USPTA combined its efforts with the USTA to host the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York in August. With the highest attendance at the TTC since 2008 and a fantastic day at Flushing Meadows, it&#8217;s easy to say the conference was a success.TTC Renews Passion for the Profession 12:00:00 AMNovember/December 2014 -- W<span lang="EN">hat a conference! A huge thank you to the USTA and the USPTA for organizing and putting this great conference together! I came away with many new ideas and concepts that I have already began implementing in my lessons; however, the most valuable take-away for me was a renewed passion and excitement for teaching tennis.<p dir="LTR" align="LEFT">Often with any routine, whether it be tennis or otherwise, one of the toughest challenges we face as professionals is burnout and stagnation.Invest in Yourself 12:00:00 AMNovember/December 2014 -- I<span lang="EN">t is important to invest in yourself through education. The best way to do this is by attending tennis conferences.2014 Honorees 12:00:00 AM<p>November/December 2014 -- <span lang="EN">USPTA recognized tennis coaches, industry leaders and volunteers during its annual national awards presentation at the Tennis Teachers Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. These are the leaders who go above and beyond to help the sport of tennis.</span></p><p><span lang="EN"><strong>Paul Waldman</strong> became the first recipient of the <strong>USPTA President&#8217;s Paul Waldman Award</strong>.Coach Your Students in Sport and in Life 12:00:00 AM<p>November/December 2014 -- As a coach, what are your goals? Do you teach a &#8220;win-at-all-costs&#8221; mentality? Or do you strive to win while also pursuing the goal of teaching life lessons through tennis? </p><p>Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization that works to develop &#8220;Better Athletes, Better People&#8221; by providing youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience, offers three principles to help you coach your students in sport and in life.</p><p><strong>The ELM Tree of Mastery</strong><br>While winning is important and learning to compete is one of the major life lessons available through sports, not everyone can win every game or match.Sins of Omission 12:00:00 AM<p>November/December 2014 -- "Sorry,&#8221; is one of the most common words on a doubles court. Most of my students utter it when they make a mistake, though some, during the point, shout it reflexively as they offer an easy floater to the other team.USPTA Masters Invitational Tournament Features “Best of the Best” 12:00:00 AM<p>September/October 2014 -- Play in the USPTA Surface Championships and you could be invited to participate in the USPTA Masters Invitational, a brand new event that will be held at the 2015 USPTA World Conference in New Orleans. This tournament, which replaces the International Championships, gives USPTA-certified Professionals an added opportunity to showcase their skills and earn more prize money.Mark Your Calendars – November 15 is USPTA’s National Education Day 12:00:00 AM<p>September/October 2014 -- This year has brought many changes to USPTA, and one of the biggest is the implementation of the continuing education requirement. There is a renewed commitment to our mission of &#8220;elevating the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches&#8221; that spearheaded this initiative.Military Mom Ensures Tennis and Education Make a Winning Combination 12:00:00 AM<p>September/October 2014 -- When Bonnie Vona first picked up a tennis racquet more than three decades ago, all she hoped for was a bit of fun and exercise. Little did she know that, one day, tennis would bring a tremendous amount of good to her life and the lives of countless others.A look at USPTA Florida U30’s and first time convention goers 12:00:00 AM<p>September/October 2014 -- </p><p><strong><em>Convention experience:</em></strong></p><p>First of all, big GIANT thank you to USPTA and especially U30s and Jason Gilbert for getting me involved in the organization, and participation in first USPTA Florida Division Convention ever. It was a wonderful experience to meet new people, connect, learn, listen, participate, and just be part of it.Never too Soon to Plan for Your Future 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2014 -- USPTA announced at the end of last year a new vendor-supported, supplemental retirement program for Professional-level members. Vendors such as Prince, NetKnacks, Nike/Fromuth and Hop-a-Razzi are making voluntary contributions (based on qualifying purchases) to a supplemental retirement plan.Tips and info on the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference 12:00:00 AMAugust 2014 --<p><strong><span class="NSNewsletterTitle"><em><font size="4" face="Verdana">Tips for the conference:</font></em></span></strong></p><ol><li><font face="Verdana"><strong>Look beyond the schedule.</strong> There&#8217;s more to attending the conference than just sitting in a lecture. Keep your eyes and ears open as you walk from session to session.<b>International Experience and Team Events</b> – <br><i>How important is it for junior tennis players to get exposure in team events and international tournaments? How can we increase this exposure for U.S. players? 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2014 -- Tennis is an internationally recognized individual sport. From an early age, to high school, and to college, the benefits from team and international experience are exceedingly apparent.