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USTA School Tennis

USTA School Tennis

The USTA Southern Section is dedicated to introducing tennis to children of all ages in schools throughout Alabama.  Schools that commit to the program are eligible for resources such as teacher trainings, equipment and curriculum materials necessary to run a quality tennis unit and extracurricular program. 

• Free 3 hour trainings that show P.E. teachers how they can successfully offer tennis to their students even if they have limited or no experience with the sport and without the need for real tennis courts.
• Curriculum kit that was designed in collaboration with Dr. Robert Pangrazi and includes 8 lesson plans based on NASPE standards, as well as, an instructional DVD and CD with station signs.
• Schools that meet the requirements listed below are eligible for access to free and discounted equipment (rackets, foam or low compression balls).
• Free organized play workshop designed to show after school providers, parent volunteers, etc exactly how to organize and coordinate students in structured play formats
• Extracurricular program kits and models for elementary and middle school leagues

• Staff member at the school district level completes the School District Application
• A minimum of 12 P.E. teachers from the school district participate in the 3 hour inservice
• Schools join USTA as organizational member- $35 per year
• P.E. teacher offers at least 6 contact periods of tennis per year
• Schools run an extracurricular (after school, before school, during recess, etc) play-based program or be able to show how they are directly connected to an after school league run by an outside organization
• Any free equipment the school receives must be shared with the extracurricular program that takes place at the school or the after school program run by an outside organization (Community Tennis Association, park and recreation department, YMCA, etc) at a site off of school grounds

High School no-cut coach initiative

The USTA is promoting the idea of no-cut high school tennis teams so that more students will have the opportunity to play on a team with their friends while representing their school.  Coaches that join this initiative receive the following items:
• No-Cut Coach recognition certificate and commendation letter
• Recognition letters and a press release template sent to the athletic director and principal for participating schools
• 1 year subscription to Racquet Sports Industry magazine
• Official USTA No-Cut Tennis Coach cap
• Official USTA No-Cut Tennis Team banner (3' x 5')
• Top Ten Drills and Games CD
• USTA Guide to Tennis on College Campuses
• Consideration for the No-Cut Coach Starfish Award, whereby two coaches are selected for special recognition at the USTA Tennis Teachers’ Conference during the US Open
• Access to USTA's No-Cut Advisory Team for assistance and ideas for managing teams with limited courts
• Frequent updates of games, activities and practice plans

CTAs that partner with local schools are eligible to receive a starter equipment kit for use in new QuickStart format that begins anytime from October 23, 2008 through Spring 2009. This offer is good for the first 50 CTAs that apply. These programs should meet the School Tennis standard – occur during the school year on school grounds, or if off-campus, the teams are based on where the players go to school.

The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 28. The equipment kit has a retail value of $639 and will include: 6 – 21” rackets, 6 – 23” rackets, 6 – 25” rackets, 3 dozen foam balls, 1 dozen low compression balls and 1 – 18’ net. Registered CTAs may purchase additional equipment using the attached vendor sheets.

Note that although the application is 7 pages long, only the first 2 need to be completed. Pages 3-7 will "autofill" from information provided on page 2.

Please contact Keith Wilson for more information at 334-462-6051 or keithwilson4077@bellsouth.net