USTA, PTR, USPTA to present 10U Conference
The USTA, together with the PTR and USPTA, will host a two-day 10 and Under Tennis conference that will feature coaching/teaching presentations from world-renowned speakers on topics such as how to work with young players, growing your business, and player competencies. Patrick McEnroe, general manager of USTA Player Development and the U.S. Davis Cup captain, will be a featured speaker and presenter.
The conference, “Developing Your 10 and Under Players and Program,” will be Aug. 12-13 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla.
Tennis industry experts from the U.S. and around the world will be on hand to help educate coaches on how to use 10 and Under Tennis formats in teaching and training young players in ways that cultivate a love for the game and maximize kids’ long -term development. Presenters include Wayne Elderton (Canada), Simon Gale (U.S.), Laramie Gavin (U.S.), Rita Gladstone (U.S.), Craig Morris (Australia), Anne Pankhurst (England), Bernard Pestre (France), and Butch Staples (U.S.).
The conference will be held in conjunction with the Americas Games, a competition for 10 and under players featuring teams from the Caribbean and U.S. The players from the Americas Games will also be integrated into the on-court presentations. The conference also is in partnership with USTA Florida and with the Blackman Tennis Academy.
“Tennis is indeed a sport that grows upward from its grassroots, and by making the sport easier for kids to play and enjoy, they’re much more likely to get involved in it and stick to it,” McEnroe says. “We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of our potential.”
The two-day conference rate is $150 for USPTA/PTR members and $180 for non-members. The daily rate is $90 for USPTA/PTR members and $100 for non-members. The two-day rate and the daily rate include daily lunches. Hotel rates at the Boca Raton Resort and Club are $125/night plus tax. Visit www.usta.com/youth-tennis.
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