Important Update

We are very excited to announce the resumption of our very popular adult beginner program Love to Learn, Love to Play! We are resuming in most of the areas around the state, and if there isn’t a program in your area, but you’d like to help us get one started, we would love to hear from you! We recognize that each facility and community may have additional restrictions or guidelines when hosting this program. We ask players and providers to work together to follow all USTA Florida safety guidelines and any additional recommendations that pertain to your area.

Beginner Tennis Safe Play Guidelines 

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For frequently asked questions regarding resumption of USTA Florida Leagues visit our Here To Serve page.


Love To Learn

  • Player Level: Beginner (just starting or returning)
  • Ball Type: Red, Orange, or Green
  • Session Formats: Fun drills, games, & friendly competion
  • Program Length: 6-8 weeks
  • Session Length: 60 minutes (recommended additional 30-90 minutes after week 3)
  • Coaching: Professional during weeks 1-6, volunteer ambassador play sessions starting at week 4
  • Recommended Next Steps: ‘Love to Play’, clinics, or lessons

Love To Play

  • Player Level: Intermediate (completed a ‘Love to Learn’ or similar instruction)
  • Ball Type: Orange or Green
  • Session Formats: Fun mentored match play
  • Program Length: 4-6 weeks
  • Session Length: 60-90 minutes
  • Instruction: Mentored fun, and interdependent match play
  • Recommended Next Steps: Clinics, casual play, or formal tennis program play

Schedule Recommendations

It’s important to create a schedule that is convenient and consistent for your participants.  Below are some recommendations for setting up a schedule that is attractive to participants and helps create the best experience for all. 

  • Ask members and other club players for their input regarding the best time(s).
  • You will need 1 – 3 courts
  • Plan for 1 hour at the same day and time

Registration Recommendations

It’s critical to creating an easy and convenient way for interested participants to sign up, and for you to get the information you need.  Below are registration recommendations.

  • Provide online registration.  Online registration allows you to capture the information you need and a link you can share in many places.  We do not recommend using paper sign ups or “call/email to register” as they are often inconvenient, problematic, and difficult to manage. There are a variety of online registration options.  Click the links below for more information.
  • Determine what information you want to capture.  We recommend making it simple and limiting what information you are asking for upfront.  Additional information can be captured later on after sign up if need be (i.e. waivers, emergency contact info, etc.).  Some basic information to capture at sign up can be:
    • Name
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Address
  • Determine how the payment will be taken. Online payment at sign up is typically the easiest and most convenient method for both you and the participant.  If online payment is not an option notify the participant that payment will be taken on site. 

Promotion Recommendations

Now that you have the dates/times and a way to sign up, it’s time to get the word out and sign participants up.  We have you covered with step-by-step guidance to marketing your program.  

  1. Add your event to the USTAFlorida.com calendar and your club/facility online calendar.
  2. Add the event to your club/facility Facebook page Events & add USTA Florida as a co-host.
  3. Add your event to your club/facility Google Business listing
  4. Create and distribute flyers.  

Get More Promotion Guidance Register to Add Events to USTAFlorida.com

What takes place during Weeks 1-6

For weeks 1, 2, & 3 participants will take part in a fun 1-hour sessions learning and practicing the basics of tennis.  This includes:

  • Warming up
  • Equipment
  • Court layout
  • Footwork
  • Serving
  • Basic strokes

During weeks 4, 5, & 6 the sessions increase by 30 minutes.  With the Love to Learn Ambassador players will:

  • Practice rallying on a short court
  • Practice scoring with an Orange Ball on a 60′ court
  • Practice doubles positioning on a full court
  • And getting registered for the upcoming Love to Play sessions!

 

Follow Up

When the 6 weeks conclude the Ambassador plays a key role in keeping touch with players & helping them get registered for Love to Play.  Ambassadors also assist in preparing for the upcoming Love to Play sessions. 

Schedule Recommendations

Just like your Love to Learn program it’s important to create a schedule that is convenient and consistent for your participants.  Below are some recommendations for setting up a schedule that is attractive to participants and helps create the best experience for all. 

  1. Plan for 1 hour on the same day & time.
  2. Plan for a minimum of 3 courts.

Line Up An Ambassador

Volunteer Ambassadors play a vital role in the Love to Play Program. 

Ambassadors should have the following qualities:

  • Experienced tennis player
  • Strong knowledge of the game and a fun attitude

Need help finding an Ambassador?  We can help. 

Contact Us

Registration Recommendations

Since Love to Play is typically for participants from your Love to Learn program we recommend the following:

  • Use the same registrations system that you used previously.  
  • Capture basic information as before.
  • Provide instruction on how you will collect payment. 

Promotion Recommendations

Since Love to Play is typically for participants from your Love to Learn program, promotion is a little easier.  We recommend the following:

  • Add your event to the USTAFlorida.com calendar and your club/facility online calendar.
  • Gather your Love To Learn participant contact information and reach out to them directly via email or phone.  

Register to Add Events to USTAFlorida.com

What takes place during Weeks 1-6

Below you will find the focuses for each week:

  • Week 1: Traditional warmup, starting a match, and court safety
  • Week 2: Scoring, sportsmanship, and settling disputes
  • Week 3: Lesser known rules of the game & traditional tiebreaker
  • Week 4 : Coman tiebreaker & doubles play
  • Week 5: Alternative scoring formats
  • Week 6: Beginner competition, tournament tips, and continuing play opportunities

Follow Up

After the Love to Play program ends Ambassadors serve as a great resource for players to answer questions, offer guidance on finding play opportunities, or get together for some fun competition. 

The Purpose of Ambassadors

We have found that Ambassadors are key to the success of beginner clinics and those starting match play.  New players often feel intimated bringing their newly learned skills onto the tennis court. With your encouragement and tennis knowledge, new players will gain the confidence to branch out into new opportunities and start their tennis life.

Ambassadors should have the following qualities:

  • Experienced tennis player
  • Strong knowledge of the game and a fun attitude

Ambassador Role in a Love To Learn Program

The Ambassador role begins with weeks 4-6 in the Love To Learn Program.  We recommend that Ambassadors reach out to participants in week 3 to introduce themselves and explain next steps.  From theere your role will be the following:

  • Serve as a point of contact for scheduling and any updates.
  • Facilitate practice play and skill usage that was learned in clinics.
  • Encourage cooperative rallying and introduce concepts of sportsmanship and traditions.
  • Assist with identifying a good time for players to continue to enhance their skill in the game with a Love to Play program.

Ambassador Role After Love to Learn

After the Love to Learn sessions end, Ambassadors continue to play a vital role in assisting participants to continue to play.  A few of the ways Ambassadors assist during this time are:

  1. Helping the Tennis Pro with the scheduling of a Love to Play session.
  2. Assisting with communicating, following up with participants, and questions with registering for Love to Play.
  3. Planning for the kick-off of the Love to Play program.

Ambassador Role in a Love To Play Program

The Ambassador’s role in facilitating practice play is critical to the success of the player. Players will be 6 weeks into their tennis career and will need assistance bringing their newly learned skills into a match situation. The curriculum on the next few pages is an example of how to progress a player to a level where they are comfortable playing independently.

REMEMBER you are not a Teaching Professional! The objective of these play sessions is to develop the overall player, and not focus on technique. Feel free to adjust the game plan to best fit the players you are mentoring.

The Ambassador’s role is to:

  • Engage with adult players to assist so they experience tennis play is a friendly and welcoming environment.
  • Facilitate match play to allow players to learn the rules and the traditions of the game in a judgement free zone. 
  • Mentor by serving as a resource for beginning players to answer questions and help them find appropriate play opportunities.
  • Organize and communicate weekly play sessions encouraging fun, social play with other players at the same skill level.

Ambassador Role After Love To Play

After the Love to Play sessions end, Ambassadors can continue to play a vital role in assisting participants to continue to play.   It’s vital to make players aware of the variety of play opportunities available such as casual play such as round robins, cardio tennis, USTA League play, etc. and how they can sign up.  Ambassadors can serve as a point of contact for questions, guidance, or someone to get together and play with.

Now that the beginner players are engaged, it is important to have more opportunities to improve their tennis career. Get in touch with your Local Play Coordinator or Jen Wysocki to go over “Next Play Opportunities” like Quads or other beginner social play leagues.

Find Your Local Play Coordinator Contact Jen Wysocki

Have Questions or Need Assistance?

We are here to help.  Contact us and let us know how we can help you. 

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