Newsletter - ADDvantage Pro by the Numbers 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">February 2016 -- So you ask, what is the deal with these Master Pros? Read on for interesting facts about USPTA Master Professionals.&nbsp;</font><div><font face="Arial"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"><br></span>In 1983, the USPTA announced a new class of membership &#8211; Master Professional.Up Close & Personal: Q&A with Prince Brand Manager Miguel Rosa on Prince-USPTA Member Benefits 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">February 2016 -- Prince regional Brand Manager Miguel Rosa is passionate about his job and the opportunity it brings for him to work directly with USPTA members. Covering Florida and parts of the Caribbean gives him a large area to cover and plenty of opportunity to help educate &shy;USPTA members on the Prince &shy;benefits.</font><div><font face="Arial"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"><br></span>&#8220;I honestly enjoy being able to meet and help the many diverse &shy;USPTA Professionals that live and work in my territory.Rainy-day Tennis on the Racquetball Courts 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">February 2016 -- Early on in my career I added racquetball and squash to my list of sports just because they were related racquet sports and because I could get a racquet workout indoors on a rainy day. The obvious next step for me, since tennis was my main sport, was to play tennis on the racquetball courts on rainy days.Trip of a Lifetime to the US Open 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">February 2016 -- The vibrant atmosphere of the US Open was highlighted by the suite we enjoyed on the mezzanine level of Arthur Ashe Stadium,&#8221; Chuck Poteet recalls, &#8220;with great food and unbelievable seats to view the matches.&#8221;</font><div><font face="Arial"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"><br></span>He&#8217;s referring to the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he and his wife Freda enjoyed at the US Open after winning the grand prize in the Tennis Thanks the Troops contest.</font></div><div><font face="Arial"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"><br></span>Tennis Thanks the Troops is a campaign organized by ThanksUSA, which since 2006 has provided more than $11 million in educational scholarships to the children and spouses of our servicemen and women. Awardees represent all military branches&#8212;Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve&#8212;and come from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.Individual/Family Health Insurance Options 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">January 2016 -- As an individual trying to independently purchase health insurance for yourself &#8211; and perhaps for your family &#8211; you probably feel overwhelmed. High prices and few affordable choices are one part of the challenge; understanding complex policies plus the consequences of health care reform is another.Q&A with USPTA’s National Tester – Sid Newcomb 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">January 2016 -- <b>In October, USPTA announced the hiring of Sid Newcomb as the &shy;Association&#8217;s National Tester. Get to know Sid and what he plans to bring to the certification process.</b></font><div><font face="Arial"><br></font></div><div><ol><li><span style="font-family: Arial;"><b><i>Explain what your new role as &shy;USPTA&#8217;s National Tester entails.</i></b>The role of the national tester is to work closely with the head testers from each division and the national testing committee to provide a certification training and testing process that is consistent and uniform across the entire country and all countries that are working with the USPTA.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial;"><b><i>What made you decide to apply for the position? </i></b>&nbsp;I applied for this position because I felt like at this time in my career, I would like to invest my energy in having a positive influence on our great sport on a scale that is bigger than the role I have had at one club as the tennis director.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial;"><b><i>What goals do you have for testing and certification?</i></b> &nbsp;My goal is to participate with our testers and head testers to provide the best certification process in the world for our organization&#8217;s applicants.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial;"><b><i>What are you most looking forward to in your new position? </i></b></span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="font-family: Arial; white-space: pre;"></span><span style="font-family: Arial;">I am looking forward to the many challenges that lie in front of me and the organization as we are heading to some real changes both in processes and in moving the World Headquarters to Lake Nona, Fla.Prince TeXtreme Promises a Racquet for Every Player Type 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">January 2016 -- USPTA official racquet partner, Prince&reg; Global Sports, set the tennis world on fire when it unveiled the world&#8217;s first oversize racquet, the Prince Classic, 40-years ago. Ever since then, the company has continued to revolutionize the game of tennis through a relentless pursuit to innovate and develop racquets with game-changing technologies that set the standard.TGA and USPTA Work Together to Provide Professionals a Unique Opportunity to Ensure Their Future 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">January 2016 -- The USPTA, diligently on the lookout for ways to impact its membership and ensure the future for tennis professionals nationwide, has discovered a landscape-changing endeavor that is bringing youth and families into tennis.</font><div><font face="Arial"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"><br></span>TGA Premier Youth Tennis, an educational, motivational and innovative youth sports business model, creates a blueprint for USPTA Professionals to impact thousands of students and families in their community. The blueprint empowers USPTA Professionals to use their skills and TGA&#8217;s business model to build a tennis ecosystem throughout their community.The Ins and Outs of the Commercial Facility 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">January 2016 -- <font>A &nbsp;commercial facility is a very popular place for USPTA professionals to work, especially in the Midwest, North, Northeast and Northwest. A lot of the time the weather dictates this and one must have a commercial facility in order to have a tennis business in these locations.Alternative Concepts to Teaching Under 10s 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">January 2016 -- Over the last 10 years of running my tennis school in a suburb of Atlanta, kids were arriving at the courts with very little skill development. Because of the lack of physical education in a lot of the local schools and the parents not working on basic hand-eye coordination training at home, kids were under-prepared for the class.Thoughts on the Kick Serve for Developing Juniors 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">January 2016 -- Players spin the serve for the downward curve created by either slice or topspin. At a higher level of play, these spins are used to open the court or create difficulty for the receiver.The True Warrior 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">November/December 2015 -- <font>In 1968 an amateur tennis player named Arthur Ashe defeated Dutchman Tom Okker at Forrest Hills to win the first ever US Open Men&#8217;s Championship. The victory made Ashe a legend.USPTA World Conference Returns with a Bang in Big Easy 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">November/December 2015 -- <font>The USPTA World Conference returned to its original format in 2015, and with New Orleans serving as this year&#8217;s host for the first time, it was one for the record books.</font></font><div><font face="Arial"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial">Nearly 1,000 people came to the &shy;Hilton New Orleans Riverside throughout the week.</font></div><div><font face="Arial"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial">&#8220;I think this is one of the best conferences we have ever had,&#8221; said USPTA Florida President Trish Faulkner. &#8220;Hotel was great with a friendly staff.Competitive Fight + Emotional Control = Competitive Balance 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">November/December 2015 --&nbsp;<font>Picture yourself walking across a tightrope with your hands out to each side to help your &shy;balance.&nbsp;</font></font><div><font face="Arial"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial">On one hand is &#8220;Competitive Fight&#8221; and on the other hand is &#8220;Emotional Control.&#8221; In competitive athletics and specifically in a tennis match you need both.Pay yourself first 12:00:00 AM<span style="font-family: times;">November/December -- </span><font face="times">For tennis professionals, preparing for retirement is crucial. &nbsp;Who wants to be feeding balls eight hours a day at age 66?</font><div><font face="times"><br></font></div><div><font face="times">In order to be well prepared for retirement at an age of your choosing, pay yourself first! Whatever your age, be sure to establish a retirement plan and contribute to that plan from every paycheck.Remembering Rich 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">November/December 2015 -- <font><b><i>Long-time USPTA member Rich Fanning passed away on Friday, Aug. 21.(Net)work that Conference: 10 Proven Tips to Help You Make Career-Enhancing Connections 12:00:00 AM<p>Sept./Oct. 2015 --&nbsp;Attending important conferences in your&nbsp;field should be an&nbsp;essential element of your career strategy because each of these gatherings represents a golden opportunity to network&nbsp; and build mutually beneficial partnerships with others.Meet the speakers 12:00:00 AM<font face="Arial">Sept./Oct. 2015 -- <font>The USPTA is hosting a wide variety of new and returning speakers at the World Conference in New Orleans this month.USPTA Launches Mobile App for World Conference Powered by Crowd Compass 12:00:00 AM<p><font face="Arial">Sept./Oct. 2015 -- There is an app for everything these days, and now USPTA will have one for the premier event in the tennis industry.Simple Customer Service That Goes a Long Way 12:00:00 AM<p><font face="Arial">Sept./Oct. 2015 -- Customer service takes discipline to make a difference.Elly’s Story 12:00:00 AM<div><div><font face="Verdana"><div>August 2015 -- Elly is a 60-year-old tennis player who first came to me for coaching about nine months ago. Her husband Ron, a naturopathic doctor, had integrated tennis into her program of recovery from a severe stroke she suffered in January 2011.School of Tennis – Building and Ensuring Tennis’ Future! 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2015 -- USPTA Professionals are growing tennis at all levels through successful teaching and coaching careers, and a new fast-growing and innovative career opportunity for them has emerged to significantly enhance their efforts.</p><p>Bringing TGA Premier Youth Tennis franchises to communities across the country is like starting serve up 40-love.Longevity Career Planning 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2015 -- The tennis industry, being a relatively young profession, does not have a clear-cut, easy-to-follow plan for long-term career success. Your physical ability to stay in the business during your later years will require you to change your game at some point in your career.On a Budget in the Big Easy 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2015 -- New Orleans is one of the top travel destinations in the country, but the city is also consistently ranked as one of the best affordable trips in the U.S. Check out a few of these budget-friendly things to do in the Big Easy:</p><ol><li>Listen to the plentiful street musicians strumming on makeshift drums and stringed instruments throughout the French Quarter for free, but leave a tip if you're inclined.</li><li>Walk along the riverfront for a fantastic view of the Mississippi River and the French Quarter.It’s Time for Tennis Pros and CTAs to Reach Across the Net, Shake Hands and Get to Know One Another 12:00:00 AM<p>August 2015 -- As Chairman of the Pro Relations&nbsp;Committee for the North Carolina Tennis Association as well&nbsp;as NC Area 12 Director, which oversees tennis activity in eight to nine counties in Western North Carolina,&nbsp; I am required to monitor tennis professionals and Area 12 (Western NC) tennis activity around the state and my area, reporting back to my NC Board of Directors semi-annually at meetings at our CDW and NC Tennis Weekend events. The committee responsibilities are to act as 1) an advisory committee, helping&nbsp; Community Tennis Associations, small communities wanting to start tennis programs, or just being available to help where needed, when needed on any tennis-related activities in their communities, and 2) a charitable committee, once again helping where needed to raise funds or anything else for communities in their areas or outside using tennis as the &shy;vehicle.