Newsletter - ADDvantage the Most of Your Prince Benefits 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2015 -- Have you made the most of all the benefits available to you as a member under the USPTA/Prince partnership? Prince is committed to ensuring all players are &#8220;fitted&#8221; for the optimum equipment for their game, and working with skilled, motivated USPTA tennis-teaching professionals plays a critical role in achieving that goal. </p><p>The first and obvious benefit of the Prince partnership is the Team Prince equipment package available to USPTA Professionals.Building Champions of Character Through Tennis 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2015 -- Remember the story of the frog in water? If you drop a frog in boiling water, it will hop right out. But if the water is heated slowly enough, the frog will not jump out.Tulane’s Rick Dickson to Headline USPTA Awards Luncheon 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2015 -- USPTA&#8217;s annual awards celebration held during the 2015 USPTA World Conference will feature Rick Dickson, athletic director for Tulane University in New Orleans. Now in his 15th year in this position, Dickson has not only sustained Green Wave Athletics, but has led its transformation to a model Division I athletics program.Silent Auction Returns to World Conference 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2015 -- The USPTA Silent Auction benefiting the USPTA Foundation will return to the USPTA World Conference in New Orleans this September.&nbsp; This annual event is held in conjunction with the Buying Show on Thursday, Sept.Magic Seven 12:00:00 AM<p>June 2015 -- When I started teaching tennis more than 60 years ago, I never came across anyone who was instructing on how to teach tennis. Instead I just taught like I was taught.ReImagine Tennis as Never Before 12:00:00 AM<p>May 2015 -- ReImagine Tennis, a new initiative from Prince and Sport Court International, was a huge hit at the recent TIA Summit and TOM Conference in Indian Wells, Calif., as the program and the new Prince Sport Court were officially introduced. With the introduction of the new courts and the ReImagine Tennis program, tennis can be played on safer, fun and colorful surfaces; tennis can be played anywhere; and tennis can be played by adults and kids alike on official 36' and 60' sized tennis courts with properly sized equipment.America’s First Female Four-Star General Applauds USPTA’s Support of ThanksUSA 12:00:00 AM<p>May 2015 -- When Ann Dunwoody retired in 2012 as the Armed Forces&#8217; first female four-star general, she could look back at a 38-year Army career and a profound legacy. Chief of Staff of the Army, General Ray Odierno said, &#8220;Ann is a leader who lived our Army values, who always led from the front.Why should you aspire to become a USPTA Master Professional? 12:00:00 AM<p>May 2015 -- When I first began coaching, the cell phone and Internet did not exist. I was extremely interested in becoming a better coach,&nbsp; so I reached out to three others who at that time were considered the best in the country.Grand Canyon University Joins USPTA PTM Program Family 12:00:00 AM<p>May 2015 -- Students who have a love-at-first-set attitude about tennis now have another university where they can learn how to make the sport their profession no matter how well they serve and volley.</p><p>Grand Canyon University in &shy;Phoenix has announced that this fall it will introduce the first tennis management program among NCAA Division I schools.Tennis Heads to New Orleans in September 12:00:00 AM<p>May 2015 -- For the first time, the USPTA is going down to the Big Easy this fall to once again host the premier event in the tennis industry. The 2015 USPTA World Conference is set for Sept.USPTA 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.