Tennis Teaching Professionals undergo a series of classroom, online, and on-court instruction with USTA partner organizations. The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) & Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) are USTA partner 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.
USPTA Memberships Types
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.
PTR Membership educates and certifies tennis oaches. Benefits include an internationally recognized certification, liability insurance, education resources, and more.
For coaches seeking certification outside of the US, PTR has several international office for assistance with joining, renewing, and membership assistance.
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Get advice and insights from USPTA Professionals on a variety of different topics including coaching, parent-coach relationships, court maintenance, and more.
TennisResources.com provides high quality instructional videos for coaches & players of all levels.
PTR offers a full lineup of webinars to stay at the top of your game. Click the link below to check out the PTR Webinar Sers & PTR Hour.
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.
USPTA Wheelchair Certification
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.
PTR Wheelchair Certification
The PTR “Instructing Wheelchair Tennis” course is primarily for tennis teachers and coaches to augment their existing PTR certification with a certification to teach wheelchair tennis.
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PTR offers four levels of education for PTR Certified Teaching Professionals to expand their knowledge and offerings from the basics to coaching high performance athletes.
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