USTA Florida announced the launch of an all new provider resource webpage in March, aimed at supplying the Florida tennis community’s vast range of providers with education, guidance and the tools they need for continued success.
The page, www.USTAFlorida.com/Providers, serves as a hub of information for all different types of providers. All providers – school teachers, coaches, NJTLs and tennis teaching professionals – can access a wealth of information and training to help improve your game and prepare to serve your customers when tennis play resumes.
Each week, USTA Florida will break down what resources are offered for each provider category. This week we’re focusing on school providers.
A student’s love for sports usually blossoms in school where tennis is offered in a variety of ways: physical education classes, formal in-school sports programs and even after-school tennis programs. USTA Florida recognized the crucial need to provide physical education teachers, coaches and after-school program providers the materials needed to be successful in helping students develop that connection to the game. Our School Providers page offers a wide range of guidance and tools to help teachers and coaches start a program or take an existing program to the next level.
Physical Education Teachers
It’s now easier than ever to offer tennis as part of your school’s physical education program. One of the biggest resources featured in this section of our provider webpage is Net Generation, the official youth tennis brand of the USTA.
The Net Generation school curriculum was developed with PE classes and teachers in mind. The curriculum is customizable and designed for anyone, regardless of experience. Physical education teachers can find the tools to teach tennis right at their fingertips with turnkey lesson plans for grades k-12 created in conjunction with SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators).
The After-School resources section provides everything you need to know about USTA Florida’s After-School Tennis Program, a “Learn to Play” program for elementary students 10 & under designed to engage more players in the game of tennis. The program uses modified equipment to promote early success, with a focus on challenge and skills that helps develop a passion for tennis and builds the foundation for future achievements.
Below is a list of the information available about the After-School Tennis Program:
- Program and provider requirements
- Financial and equipment assistance
- Equipment pack breakdown
- Beneficial resources
- Contact form to help you get started
High School Coaches
If you are an established coach, tennis professional or a teacher and tennis fan organizing a team for the first time, there is a wealth of resources to help you organize a successful squad – whether it’s a traditional tennis team or a no-cut program.
In this section of our Provider webpage, you can find information about becoming a Net Generation provider. Net Generation supports the more than 340,000 high school players and coaches nationwide with team manuals, checklists, and no-cut coaching tips. Besides Net Generation resources, coaches can also find important information from the Florida High School Athletic Association about district, regional and state championships.
Tennis Industry United
In this unprecedented time, the entire tennis industry has come together to analyze the most pressing needs and top concerns of all involved in our sport and then collaborated on programs that can provide the immediate and longer-term support that is needed. This section highlights the Tennis Industry Resource Guide that offers a list of resources focused on financial assistance and relief.
Looking for something you can’t find here? Have a need? Let us know! USTA Florida will continue to add resources to www.USTAFlorida.com/Providers in an effort to keep providers informed, up to date, and supported. Contact us below with your suggestions.