Teaching Professionals are absolutely critical to growing the game and provide instruction and programming for players of all ages and skill levels throughout Florida. Whether you’re just getting started or want to grow in your role – you can find the resources and information available to you below.
The entire tennis industry has come together to analyze the most pressing needs and top concerns of all involved in our sport, and then collaborate on programs that can provide the immediate and longer-term support that is needed. Please click the Tennis Industry Resource Guide below to access the latest list of resources focused on financial assistance and relief.
Special Olympics Florida Provider Guidelines & Protocols
Special Olympics Florida in partnership with USTA Florida is excited to return to in-person training for tennis activities beginning September 8 with a phased in approach lasting 8 weeks culminating with local/virtual competition. Coaches and volunteers who intend to lead any in-person trainings must have completed the steps and training provided in the guidelines and protocols below.
Tennis Teaching Professionals undergo a series of classroom, online, and on-court instruction with USTA accredited organizations. The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) & Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) are USTA accredited organizations that provide a variety of certification programs. Not sure what type of membership is the right fit? Read about the differences below for each organization.
The USPTA Professional membership category is designed for tennis professionals that teach tennis as a full-time career. Professional members typically hold positions ranging from assistant pro to head tennis professional at sports clubs and other recreational facilities.
The USPTA Elite Professional membership category is designed for those tennis professionals that have demonstrated expertise in all aspects of tennis teaching and management. Elite Professionals typically hold positions ranging from head tennis professional to director of tennis and beyond.
Master Professional is the highest recognition offered by the USPTA. It is reserved for those members who have demonstrated mastery of all aspects of tennis teaching and management, as well as achievements over the course of their career. Master Professional applicants must have held Elite Professional rating for 10 years and completed 80 hours of specialty courses.
School Coaches are responsible for delivering competitive tennis in schools throughout Florida. USPTA encourages School Athletic Directors to sign up their schools, and all tennis coaches at a school will have access to the benefits. This is an annual membership (August – July) fee per year.
Full access to TennisResources.com – a website with hundreds of hours of drills, tips, instructional videos and more
Interactive online practice planner containing hundreds of drills to help you build custom lesson plans for your team to help you stay organized during the busy school year
School subscription to Tennis magazine
School subscription to Tennis Industry magazine
USPTA member pricing for USPTA national and division events
Beginning in 2020, the USPTA will launch Tennis Instructor, a certified membership category to take the place of the Recreational Coach category. The Tennis Instructor category is designed as a first step into a career as a tennis teacher, or for those who want to give back to the game by teaching part-time.
It’s now easier than ever to incorporate wheelchair tennis into your program lineup. Whether it’s running a beginner clinic, hosting a tournament, or integrating wheelchair play into your existing programs – it’s important to have the education and insight to provide your participants the best experience possible. Interested in coaching tips, certification, and additional education opportunities? Check out the options below.
Coaching wheelchair tennis players
USTA Wheelchair Tennis Coaching Manual
The USTA Wheelchair Tennis Coaching manual provides coaches with background to the sport, detailed information on the various types of disabilities and play, and other key components to coaching wheelchair tennis successfully.
The USPTA Wheelchair certification opens up new teaching opportunities for professionals and encourages the growth of wheelchair tennis. The wheelchair certification allows teaching professionals to work with wheelchair players and instruct other teachers on this sport.
Continue to grow in your role and career! USPTA-U and PTR Education provides teaching professionals with thousands of hours of classroom training, training videos, webinars, podcasts, articles, and more. Click links below to find out more today!
USPTA-U provides teaching professionals with thousands of hours of training videos, webinars, podcasts, article, and more. Click below to go to USPTA-U on USPTA.org today.