New Courses to Debut at PTR International Symposium

Hilton Head Island, SC — Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will debut several exciting, new professional development workshops at its International Tennis Symposium in February. They are designed to enhance the knowledge and skill levels of the tennis teachers and coaches who participate. The Symposium will be held February 13-18, 2010, at PTR Headquarters on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Nearly 1,000 tennis teachers and coaches from around the world are expected to attend the Symposium. Many of the industry’s most notable speakers will be among the more than 50 presenters. Subject matter ranges from tennis business to teaching tactics to injury prevention and treatments. The Symposium includes some of the best educational and networking opportunities in the tennis teaching profession. In addition to the many on court and classroom courses that are included with the Symposium registration, PTR also offers 14 professional development workshops, five of which are new this year, including:

  1. Mental and Emotional Skill Development at Different Ages — Tennis is a challenging mental game for anyone, especially for young people. Young players develop a wide range of mental and emotional skills between 5-18. The coaching environment can help or hinder that development. This practical course is intended to help coaches first understand the stages and processes of mental and emotional skill development in young people, and then identify relevant coaching strategies and opportunities for the different stages. Anne Pankhurst — Saturday, 02/13
  2. PTR Player Development — This is the first of its kind session on the future of coaching, powered by the TennisLMS teaching platform. In this course, attendees will learn how to provide advanced coaching training, and how to use the TennisLMS platform to maximize a coach’s impact on students and profits. Participants will learn how to use Video Analysis, Match Analysis, Fitness Analysis, Annual Planning, and how to assess players in all aspects of the game: Technical, Tactical, Physical, Mental and Strategy. Each participant will receive five one-year subscription licenses for TennisLMS/PTR Edition ($1,999 value). Kelly Jones & Sasha Frljanic — Monday, 02/15
  3. Growth and Maturation of Young Players — This course comes from a very different place than many courses for tennis coaches. It will increase the understanding of coaches of the enormous impact that a particular stage of growth and maturation has on the possibilities and abilities of a young player in both training and competition. This course will identify and clarify exactly what happens as young people mature, and provide coaching strategies for each stage of development. It will concentrate especially on players of both genders between age 10-18. Anne Pankhurst — Tuesday, 02/16
  4. Directors of Tennis Course — The purpose of this course is to foster the skills that will make every participant a better Director of Tennis. These skills include hiring staff, as well as launching, coaching and motivating staff pros to success. Additional topics covered are budgets, evaluating staff, increasing memberships, and conflicts and problem solving. The presenter, Doug Cash, has successfully launched the careers of more than 1,000 directors of tennis, and he will share the keys to enhance a coach’s career. Doug Cash — Tuesday, 02/16
  5. Best Drills from Around the World — Attendees will see the best drills from around the world demonstrated and explained in detail. They will learn how to design drills and effective rotations that can turn the ordinary into fun and exciting drills that players love. The course will mainly cover drills that can be used by club players (not just high performance players). Each attendee will receive a booklet containing diagrams of all the drills covered in the course. Jorge Capestany — Wednesday, 02/17
  6. Also making its debut to the tennis world at this year’s Symposium is Cardio Tennis for Kids, an invigorating children’s tennis program with an emphasis on play, fun and fitness that will provide an option to help fight childhood obesity. Cardio Tennis for Kids complements QuickStart and PTR Kids Tennis and can be incorporated into a club’s current programming. The three hour workshop will be conducted by Michele Krause, National Cardio Tennis Program Manager, and members of the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team. Thursday, 02/18

In addition to the many courses and workshops available, the Symposium offers a tournament, tennis trade show, theme parties, and a myriad of networking opportunities. PTR teaching pros can compete for prize money in the $25,000 Championships. The Tennis Trade Show offers all attendees the opportunity to visit 45-plus companies and organizations exhibiting their new product lines, latest technologies and services. Four evening dinner parties, including Gamma’s Casino Night, an adidas and Head Fashion Show, and PTR Awards Banquet provide time for everyone to relax and have fun.

For complete information and registration, visit

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with 14,000 members in 122 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.


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