Coaching tennis is never easy, but it did just get easier.
The USTA recently launched an education curriculum program, “Coach Youth Tennis,” designed to improve quality and standards of teaching tennis to youth. The program will enhance the long-term development of children in the sport and aims to keep kids involved as they get older and improve.
Its biggest and most important goal? Getting more kids playing in tennis programs.
“Coach Youth Tennis” consists of a series of online courses and a workshop that will introduce participants to the fundamental required for successfully teaching tennis to kids younger than 10. It will allow coaches will keep the kids on the court and having fun.
This newly-released program is a collaborative effort between a number of entities focused on growing tennis: the USTA, the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Individuals who complete the program can gain professional certification from both the PTR and USPTA certification programs. Moving forward, individuals who want to become a certified teaching professional will need to complete the “Coach Youth Tennis” curriculum.
“Elevating the quality and standards of teaching tennis to our youth will have lasting impact on our sport for years to come,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe. “’Coach Youth Tennis’ provides tennis teachers of all levels with the tools necessary to teach the sport to children.”
Working together, the combined resources and industry support between the USTA and the other organizations will serve as a tremendous opportunity for tennis in the U.S.
“This partnership is part of the USTA’s continuing effort to bring more children into the sport,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis. “These educational resources will impact tennis teachers and coaches throughout the country, with information on how to best deliver the sport to kids, as well as on maximizing their business.”
For more information on Coach Youth Tennis, visit coachyouthtennis.com.