Newsletter - ADDvantage 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.Grow Tennis by Growing the USPTA Foundation 12:00:00 AM<p>July 2014 -- You know that USPTA&#8217;s mission is to elevate the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches. But did you know that USPTA has a foundation whose mission is to provide donations devoted to programs that help economically disadvantaged people learn tennis? The USPTA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation that was established to serve as the charitable arm of the USPTA.If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now ... 12:00:00 AMby By Stephen C. Dettor, President, 10-S Tennis Supply</p><p>July 2014 -- Have you ever said or thought, &#8220;If I only knew then what I know now?&#8221;&nbsp; Have you ever pondered how great it would be if we aged in reverse?&nbsp; Imagine the possibilities if you were able to pair the wisdom acquired through time and experience with the energy and passion of youth!</p><p>Much has been made of the &#8220;aging&#8221; issue faced by the tennis industry in general and the teaching profession specifically.The Hardest Working Clay Court in the Southland 12:00:00 AM<p>July 2014 -- <em>Thomas Penner makes the case for clay courts making better players on hard courts.</em></p><p>On a recent summer evening my father-in-law, Ray, and I broke from his weekly lesson to check on the six Hydrocourt dark boxes at the rear of this still young Har-Tru clay tennis court. A heat wave had hit the Southland and a dry white &#8220;hot spot&#8221; had begun clouding the court&#8217;s southern baseline.How to Get the Most Education at the Tennis Teachers Conference 12:00:00 AM<p>July 2014 -- </p><p><strong>1&nbsp;&#8211;&nbsp;Register.</strong> Make the first step toward your continuing education and register to attend the conference. While there are several ways to earn your education credits at home, nothing beats being here.Understanding the Value of Attending the Conference 12:00:00 AM<p>July 2014 -- There are many reasons why a professional should consider attending this year&#8217;s Tennis Teacher&#8217;s Conference: networking, education and the buying show. While these are vital reasons to attend, there are other benefits of the conference, such as a planned &shy;vacation.Conference Education Information 12:00:00 AMJuly 2014 -- <span lang="EN">The 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York, in conjunction with the US Open, is a four-day conference, beginning on Aug. 22.Meet some of the 2014 Featured Speakers 12:00:00 AM<p><font face="Arial">July 2014 --</font></p><p><font face="Arial"><strong><font size="4">Paul Annacone&nbsp;</font></strong> <img border="0" align="Right" src="" width="221" height="300"></font></p><p><font face="Arial"><em><strong>Paul Annacone is the former coach of all-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and former World No. 1 Pete Sampras.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><em>What will you be speaking about at the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference?</em>&nbsp; <br>I will be participating on the Grand Slam panel where we&#8217;ll have a discussion about various topics surrounding the events.</font></p><p><font face="Arial"><em>What is the biggest challenge facing touring coaches today?</em> <br>Understanding the complexities of the individuals we work with.Q & A: PlayYourCourt joins Tennis Thanks the Troops in Nationwide Fundraiser 12:00:00 AM<p>July 2014 -- ThanksUSA, a provider of post-secondary school scholarships to the children and spouses of members of the Armed Forces, has a new champion. founder and CEO Scott Baxter recently matched his passion for tennis &#8211; he&#8217;s a USPTA certified professional &#8211; with his deep appreciation of military families.TGA: Reaching Kids through Tennis 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2014 -- In September 2013, USPTA announced a partnership with TGA Premier Youth Tennis, an exciting program and business model that increases USPTA members&#8217; revenue and drives traffic to their facilities. The partnership will help grow tennis at the grassroots level and provide USPTA members with a business ownership opportunity.2014 Tennis Teachers Conference 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2014 -- The premier event in the tennis industry heads to the Big Apple this year to bring together the leading tennis-teaching professionals and coaches in the industry for a weekend of education capped by visiting the most exciting Grand Slam event in the world.</p><p>USPTA will be joining the USTA in hosting the Tennis Teachers Conference in New York, Aug.Meet some of the 2014 featured speakers at the Tennis Teachers Conference 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2014 -- </p><p><strong><font size="4">Bill Kurtain<img border="0" align="Right" src="" width="194" height="203"></font></strong></p><p><strong><em>Bill Kurtain is the owner and president of Winning Touch Tennis, a full-service, tennis management company.</em></strong></p><p><em>Please give us a brief synopsis of what you&#8217;ll be speaking about at the TTC.</em><br>I will be speaking about the need to raise awareness of developing a career plan for tennis-teaching professionals after their &#8220;active teaching career&#8221; is over. Specifically, to begin to transition to the business side of the tennis industry in a variety of venues.