Start off with Video Ask audience how many of them are running any programs that are youth based Go over quiz answers-prize for tables…..(JTT Bag).
If were looking to grow youth participations-look at retention
The number one reason is to have fun!
The top ten reasons, also pay attention to number 7 as part of a team is on the list.
Today we are going to go through the youth pathway of tennis. We will have 2 local organizers talking specifically about what has worked in their communities, if I may ask for you to please save your questions until the end as we have a lot of great information to share with you as well as there will time at the end for questions and networking with each of the presenters and getting more information for anything that may work for your community program. These are just two examples of ways to get our youth involved in tennis, and I know everyone in this room also has some great ways.
Positive first experience: mAs with any sport in order to keep coming back and wanting to learn more, a child needs to have a positive first experience.
An introduction to tennis can happen in various locations. Included in your resource binder is the USTA’s Adopt a school hand book which can also be used where kids are-YMCA, Boys and Girls Club etc…. Look at handbook to add to this.
Spontaneous play-Letting kids be creative, and have fun, hitting balls off of a garage door, on a home court, in the driveway or with friends. Once kids are excited about tennis they start to play on their own-make up games, build basic skills.
Now I am going to hand off to Lou Lepore, a Physical Education Teacher from the Reading School District who has become very involved in the City of Readings Park and Rec schools program. He will be detailing an example of supervised play.
Lou hand off to Justin for Structured Play.
Hand off to Kasey competitive play
QuickStart Tournaments Rule change for 2012- also in resource binder All 10 &Under sanctioned tournaments will be held on 60 foot courts with the orange low compression ball All 8 & Under tournametns on 36 foot courts-with red ball. A great way to end a season
Junior Tournaments are a great way to offer a competitive play opportunity for your players, as well as a way to bring in revenue or funding. Can reach juniors this way as well to keep them coming back Start out running Dr-7 or beginner unranked
Mike Kennedy and Meghan Goodwin can assist you with this in our office.
Don’t want to leave the adults out! Way to keep parents inolved or another avenue to gain mone or volunteers, identify pied pipers. -Multiple matches in a short amount of time. – Guarantees multiple matches for participants – Provides incremental steps for new players – Friendly environment cultivates camaraderie and sportsmanship.
Flex Leagues offer fun and competitive matches for players of all levels—from beginner to advanced. You’ll get all the thrills, excitement and fun of USTA League, but on your own schedule. You play whenever it’s convenient for you—weekends, mornings, nights, even on your lunch hour! Looking for coordinators-raise money for CTA
Within your table you have markers and a piece of paper –to share your ideas on supervised, structured and competitive play that you offer and how it has gotten started. As all of you have lots to share. If you have specific questions for Lou-and the city of Reading, Justin or on USTA programming in general you can go to the resource tables, materials will be available now and after the final session. We will have a TSR help facilitate each table.
Tennis play pathway_-programming final
Top Ten Reasons Kids Play Youth Sports1. To have fun2. To improve their skills3. To stay in shape4. To do something they are good at5. The excitement of the competition6. To get exercise7. To play as part of a team8. The challenge of the competition9. To learn new skills10. To win According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA)
Where the kids are!Park, Playground,Local CommunityCenter or SchoolAdopt-A-SchoolHandbook
Adopt-A-School HandbookTips for taking tennis to a School, YMCA, Boysand Girls Club Sell your program How to meet with decision makersCreating Interest Lunch time tennis demo Assembly outline/class visitGames and Play FormatsResources
Reading’s Tennis PhilosophyMake available the game of tennis that emphasizes fun, increases wellness & self esteem and teaches life skills that participants can carry over to their everyday lives. a. Using Quickstart to introduce tennis b. Fun first approach (healthy happy environment) c. Fun with other kids (social skills/ladies and gentlemen d. Fund with adults positive role model/leadership e. Fun playing tennis "Using tennis as a way to connect with our kids"
Introduction to Tennis1. School Assembly a. By grade level b. Classes2. Physical Education Lessons a. 3 lessons/weeks long b. Play right away
Additional Play3. Early Bird Tennis-Tennis Club a. 45 minutes before school starts b. Assigned days by grade level c. Students report with completed homework and behavior chart. d. Spectator Section and Jobs
Keep Them Playing!4. Players Club “Ballers” a. Identified students play 1 hour and 15 minutes after-school b. 10-12 Students selected c. High Performance Players d. Winter play at Tennis Indoor facilities5. Tournaments/Special Events a. Students play against other schools b. Rotating Basis (every student goes)
USTA Jr. Team TennisMany ways to run leagues: Start small Key organizers Word of mouth
10 & Under Team TennisPhiladelphia Area Team TennisAssociation (PATTA) Quickstart Leagues One Location focusing on local community Kids sign up for leagues, then divided 2 divisions- 8 and under, 10 and under Kids play and keep score All Star Tournament
10 & Under Team TennisWhy It Could Work for You? Kids are able to rally with Quickstart Team concept like other sports Transition to 11& Over Can use non-tennis facilities
11& Over PATTA JTT Spring and Fall LeaguesLow cost travel leagueCoaches/Clubs set up their own team Parents High School Coaches Tennis ProsMembership and uniformAdvancementTennis Link- Easy Registration
11& Over Jr. Team TennisRunning a Team (Existing League) Very Easy Secure Courts Practices Fees Add-On’s Comparison to other sports
11 & Over Jr. Team TennisWhy It Could Work for You? Next Big Thing Great for Intermediate Players Gives Play Opportunity outside of school Advancement
How to Utilize Parent Volunteers10 & Under Ball Tossers Phone Chain Score Keepers11 & Over Team Manager
QuickStart Tournaments10 & Under Rule Change-2012 9-10 on 60-foot courts with orange low-compression tennis balls and regulation nets. (3 feet at the center) 8 & U on 36-foot courts using red foam balls and nets at a height of 2 feet, 9 inches. www.usta.com/rulechange
Junior TournamentsFundraiser for your CTA/NJTLA good way to reach junior players toexpand your programs.DR-Level 7 or beginner unrankedtournaments.
Junior Tournament Sanction Requirements1. Tournament Director and have Organization Membership2. Complete Tournament Request Form3. Complete TDM & TennisLink Training4. Secure courts5. Run tournament!
Adult Opportunities To Grow and ConnectOne Day Tournaments Limited Time Commitment Non-Elimination Competitive Introduction Social Impact
Adult LeaguesFlex League Flexible schedule Singles, Doubles & Mixed By ability level (NTRP)USTA League Adult, Senior, Super Senior, and Mixed
Share Best PracticesSupervised Play School Tennis Community TennisStructured Play Team TennisCompetitive Play Tournaments Leagues