Newsletter - addvantage to Fuel Your Passion: Become a Buddy Up Tennis Coach! 12:00:00 AMPassion and enthusiasm are two necessary ingredients for a successful and sustainable tennis program. There is no better example of this than the athletes, coaches, and buddy volunteers at Buddy Up Tennis.Learn from the Pro - Tennis Thanks the Troops Events Support Military Families 12:00:00 AMOn tennis courts across the country, USPTA tennis professionals are uniting by honoring military families. ThanksUSA&#8217;s Tennis Thanks the Troops (TTTT) program is a charitable beneficiary of events hosted at clubs and public facilities across many USPTA divisions.A New Day 12:00:00 AMAt the USPTA General Membership Meeting during the TTC in New York, President Gary Trost had an opportunity to update those in attendance to the latest developments on the accreditation process and where things stand. Not only were his remarks timely, they were relevant to our plans that relate to certification standards and continuing education.What’s in it for me? 12:00:00 AM<b>What's in it for me? </b><br>That&#8217;s a question I hear a lot from our members at USPTA; and we understand. As a trade association, we are in the business of providing a benefit to our members.Sport psychology for kids WHEN SHOULD IT BEGIN? 12:00:00 AMOne of the greatest baseball players of all time is Yogi Berra, Hall of Famer for the New York Yankees. He was an All-Star catcher 18 times and won 10 World Series titles as a player, more than anyone in history.The Magic of the Grip Jump 12:00:00 AM<font size="3">This quick maneuver has snuck under the radar as being the newest and most clever way to vary a player&#8217;s spin on the ball. Many seasoned senior players have used this grip jump for years, but now you&#8217;re seeing this tricky maneuver being used by many of the young big hitters.10 Reasons to Play Tennis For Individuals with Autism 12:00:00 AM<img src="" style="border: 0px solid black; margin: 5px; vertical-align: baseline; float: right;" alt="" width="300" height="610">Tennis is a social sport because an individual must play against an opponent in singles competition and share a team with a partner for doubles. Many of our program participants would prefer to play tennis alone but they are taught the rules and format, for both at the beginning of each program.3 Simple Tactics to Help Your Players Get More Aggressive And More Consistent 12:00:00 AMAt the club or high school level, most players can get more aggressive, or more consistent, but not both. This is often because players at this level tend to confuse being more &#8220;aggressive&#8221; with hitting &#8220;harder,&#8221; which to them usually means muscling the ball instead of swinging faster and looser.This is Your Team of Leaders. 12:00:00 AMAs we pass by the first six months of the new USPTA national board of directors and our latest board of directors meeting in Oklahoma City, it is important that I take this opportunity to explain to you the national board&#8217;s jobs and committees. This will give you an update on where we are headed and how we will address issues facing the association.Recognizing our Very Best. 12:00:00 AMOne of our least publicized assets, yet one of the most important, is our own USPTA Hall of Fame. We spend so much talking about the matters that are at the forefront of our association today that not enough time is dedicated to celebrating those figures who have contributed so mightily to our organization over the years and to the game in general.A New Direction for Racquet Head Speed: Adding Precision to your Coaching by Subtracting Doubt. 12:00:00 AMNick&nbsp; Bollettieri, the legendary coach, wrote in a 2008 TennisLife magazine article that &#8220;Generating this (racquet head) speed consistently is the solution to a more powerful game.&#8221; This sounds compelling. <br><br>But, will swinging with a high racquet head speed cause the ball to travel faster to the opponent&#8217;s court? The answer is sometimes.Short, Cheap, and Easy 12:00:00 AMThe three reasons given for why people don&#8217;t play more golf or tennis, or take it up, are always the same: takes too long, costs too much, too hard. But it does not always have to be this way.Embrace Technology to Enhance the Game and the Places We Play 12:00:00 AMI remember when I first started teaching the game of tennis. The club where I began my career was still espousing continental grips and one-handed backhands, this despite considerable evidence that the game was moving to topspin grips and two-handed backhands.1968 What a Year 12:00:00 AMWe are just weeks away from going to New York for the TTC and our World Conference where we will celebrate 50 years of open tennis and the completion of the strategic transformation of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. This issue provides you with all the information that you need to entice you to join us at this year&#8217;s convention.So You Want To Be A Director of Tennis 12:00:00 AMWhen the USPTA was looking for volunteers among the Master Pros to be mentors for younger pros, I immediately volunteered. I did it in order to play it forward for all the mentoring I was fortunate to receive as I entered the tennis profession over 50 years ago.If You Want to Go Far... Go Together 12:00:00 AMThere is an African Proverb that states &#8220;if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far&#8230; go together&#8221;. I strongly believe this is true for the tennis industry.Setteo: Building Up the Tennis Community 12:00:00 AMSetteo, the biggest racquet sports community, launched a new app for players and the first universal and unisex P2P ranking.<br><br>The four-year-old company Setteo with the vision to &#8220;Make the world play together&#8221; is writing history with their new app, Setteo Player available on both the App Store and the Google Playstore. The objective is simple: connect 650M racquet sports players worldwide.<br><br>Right now, Setteo is the international reference racquet sports community, offering its services to hundreds of clubs and associations, connecting more than 150k players worldwide.<br><br>The next step in Setteo&#8217;s development is driven by a fundamental change in their technology: they will use the blockchain technology to decentralize the racquet sports ecosystem giving back the power to the players and creating a truly engaged community.<br><br><b>The current observation of the racquet sports ecosystem is as follows:</b><br><ul><li>No easy way to find a partner, a court or a coach, join a match and book a lesson as the community is fragmented and limited to the club environment.Sid's Corner - Learning from a Rookie 12:00:00 AMIts 99 degrees on court 11 at La Camarilla Racquet, Fitness &amp; Swim Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. I&#8217;m at the Southwest Division Conference, in the middle of an education and certification session.Why Breathing is so Important in Tennis 12:00:00 AM<b><font size="5">#1 Importance of breathing</font></b><br>How many of us coaches are spending time at our practices teaching our athletes how to breath and the importance of correct breathing in sports? <br><br>We are trying to find so many ways to correct the stiffness in the stroke technique to create power and accuracy. We are including different kind of mental practices to lower down the anxiety levels and build up the concentration levels.How Video Analysis Can Give You a Competitive Edge 12:00:00 AMThere is an old Asian proverb saying that it is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times. This profound thought is perfectly applicable in today&#8217;s tennis world, where the importance of video analysis is hard to overestimate.May 15, 2017 12:00:00 AMWhy is this date significant in the annals of the USPTA? Simple: on that Monday, the new staff of the USPTA came together for the first time at the Guidewell Innovation Center in Lake Nona, Florida to begin the next chapter of the association&#8217;s history. While we had anticipated that our new building across the street from the USTA National Campus would be completed by this date, we were still a long way away from taking occupancy, which meant we had to convene somewhere.Our Competitive Edge 12:00:00 AMAs we are through the first half of the year I want to start off by saying how honored I am to be on the national board and to represent our great organization. Our greatest asset is our membership and I am proud to be a part of that membership and extremely excited about where it will take us into the future.Confidence: Achieving It and Keeping It? 12:00:00 AMThe most successful tennis players walk, talk and ooze confidence. Confidence shines through these players.Point Importance is Real and Important! 12:00:00 AMThe following article is a response to USPTA Master Professional Ron Woods&#8217; article, &#8220;Why There Are No Key Points In Tennis&#8221;, which appeared in the March 2018 issue of <i>ADDvantage</i>.<i> ADDvantage</i> Magazine and the USPTA welcome the discourse and advancement of differing points of view promoting a healthy exchange of ideas and coaching philosophies. As with all article submissions, the opinion of the writer do not necessarily reflect the views of the USPTA.<br><br>I read Ron Woods&#8217; article, &#8220;Why There Are No Key Points In Tennis&#8221; in the March edition of <i>ADDvantage </i>with great interest.Tennis Thanks the Troops All-American Family Day Bash 12:00:00 AMMay was Military Appreciation Month where we honor the service and sacrifice of America&#8217;s military families. Several anniversaries during the month celebrate the different branches, military spouses and children, culminating in Memorial Day when we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.Here to Help how USPTA Pros can take advantage of their TSR 12:00:00 AMEven though I had some excellent mentors, having a Tennis Service Representative (TSR) to assist me in my early years as a young teaching pro could have helped me in so many ways that would have made a positive difference. <br><br>I would have been a much better pro by taking advantage of the opportunities to further my tennis education.