Newsletter - ADDvantage Conferences Provide Test Ground for Prince 12:00:00 AM<p>April 2015 -- The USPTA division conference season proved to be the perfect testing ground for the new &shy;TeXtreme racquet collection from Prince. As the official racquet and ball supplier for the USPTA, Prince had representatives on-site not only to answer questions about products, but they also provided attendees with an opportunity to test drive the new racquets before they were available to the general public.2XU Aids Injury Prevention 12:00:00 AM<p>April 2015 -- It&#8217;s no surprise that compression gear is regarded as the go-to for athletes. It seems like every clothing company makes it, and every box store seems to sell it.My Search for “Mission Accomplished” 12:00:00 AM<p>April 2015 -- There is no such thing as teaching &#8211; only learning! Your mission is to create a positive learning environment for your students.&#8221;&nbsp; Those were the opening words of Dr. Eugene Smith, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, to my math methods class at Wayne State University, Detroit, in the fall of 1967.Staff Spotlight – Randy Jenks 12:00:00 AM<p>April 2015 -- <strong><em>What do you do at USPTA?</em></strong> My job is to manage, support and promote the business of our members and divisions on, our club and community website content, and tennis program management platform.</p><p><strong><em>What&#8217;s your education background?</em></strong> I attended Coastal Carolina University and University of North Florida.Ten Commandments of Coaching 12:00:00 AM<p>April 2015 -- As a USPTA tennis professional it is very important to put your best foot forward. This will in turn grow your business and you as a professional.Prince Gives Players TeXtreme Advantage 12:00:00 AM<p>March 2015 -- This spring, Prince&reg; Global Sports is launching a new line of racquets featuring &shy;TeXtreme<sup>&reg;</sup> technology. As the Official Racquet of the USPTA, Prince sees this new line as a game-changing opportunity to solve the technical and performance contradictions of today&#8217;s racquets.Leadership and Coaching 12:00:00 AM<p>March 2015 -- What makes a great leader, and how does that relate to being a great coach?&nbsp; Great coaches tend to be great leaders, but are you born with those skills or can they be developed?</p><p>Much money has been made in attempting to define leadership. And while an accurate definition of a leader still alludes us, we all know a leader when we see one.USTA to Launch Thousands of Tennis Play Events 12:00:00 AM<p>March 2015 -- Studies have shown that an early, positive experience in sports is vital and creates a lifelong commitment to an active lifestyle. During the month of March, the USTA will launch thousands of Tennis Play Events throughout the country in celebration of World Tennis Day taking place on March 10.Recharge Your Batteries With the 5L Formula for Success 12:00:00 AM<p>March 2015 -- For many, teaching tennis is a dream job &#8211; sharing your passion with eager students, being outside all day, seeing your coaching make a difference in other people&#8217;s lives. But sometimes, it doesn&#8217;t always go your way.USPTA Changes Benefit Young Pros 12:00:00 AM<p>March 2015 -- Many changes have been made lately, and all of them have our organization going in the right direction.</p><p>First, the reform to the certification process as well as the required educational credits are a big step in making our association more reputable.Prince & 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.