Professional Development Courses

Sunday, February 11 - Sunday, February 18

Senior Development Certification

Sunday, February 11, 9:00am-7:00pm
PTR is the only organization that provides on court training workshops in the United States to help coaches prepare for teaching Senior players. The Senior Development Workshop is aimed specifically at coaches who want to give quality group lessons to beginning and existing players along with efforts to retain them in the sport. (read more).
Earn 12 Continuing Education Hours
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Girl Power Camps & Boy Survivor Camps (the subtle differences)

Monday, February 12, 9:00am-12:00pm
with Emma Doyle

Earn 3 Continuing Education Hours

Adaptive Tennis Certification Workshop

Monday, February 12, 9:00am-5:30pm
with Nancy Hoekstra and Scott Weaver
Fee: $100

This certification will provide instructors with the skills required to teach players with intellectual/physical disabilities, who will reach more closely to their fullest potential through sport professional instruction. Upon completion, participants will be qualified to receive coaching certification from Special Olympics as well. The course will cover the following:

  • Athlete Behaviors
  • Strategies to Improve Learning
  • Adapting Your Lesson Plans to Accommodate Special Needs      

    Lesson Structure
    Psychological Components
    Special Olympic Levels

  • How to Effectively Utilize Volunteers
  • Hands-on Training Working with local Special Olympics Athletes

Earn 8 Continuing Education Hours

The New Way to Play/Teach Doubles

Monday, February 12, 12:00pm-3:00pm
with Leo Alonso

Different ways to play effective doubles - drills to run your lessons - how to organize team practices for doubles.
Earn 3 Continuing Education Hours

Miss Hits

Monday, February 12, 2:00pm-6:00pm
with Judy Murray

Earn 4 Continuing Education Hours

The Physical & Technical Aspects of Evaluating & Correcting the High Performance Serve

Wednesday, February 14, 6:30pm-9:30pm
with Dr. Mark Kovacs

Earn 3 Continuing Education Hours

Improving the 10 Level Determining Factors

Wednesday, February 14, 6:30pm-9:30pm
with Edgar Giffenig

We commonly divide instruction in four categories: Technical, tactical, mental and physical. This is not necessarily wrong but there is a more effective way to do this. By identifying more specific factors influencing performance we can improve the focus of our instruction and obtain better results. In an effort to do so I find the following classification more helpful:

  1. Consistency: The ability to hit the ball over and over with similar results.
  2. Precision: The ability to direct the ball exactly where you want it and with the chosen characteristics.
  3. Footwork: The ability to move around the court efficiently.
  4. Perception and Anticipation: The ability to interpret available information to help you prepare early for the next shot.
  5. Spin: The ability to control the ball with different types of spins.
  6. Variation: The ability to hit the ball with the desired combination of height, direction, spin, speed and length.
  7. Ball speed: The ability to hit the ball fast.
  8. Performance Under Pressure: The ability to play your best regardless of the circumstances.
  9. Camouflage: The ability to hide the characteristics of your shots.
  10. Decision Making: The ability to consistently choose that shot that will give you the best probability of winning the point.

The idea is that anyone’s playing ability is an average of their performance in each of these factors, and that by helping them improve in any of these areas their level of play will automatically improve. During the course we will explore each of these factors and identify the best strategies to help players improve.
Earn 3 Continuing Education Hours

Racquet Stringing 

Thursday, February 15, 8:00am-11:00am
with Eric Burke
Hands-on course to learn all the basics of strings and stringing. Inspecting racquets before stringing and troubleshooting problems that may arise will also be addressed.
Earn 3 Continuing Education Hours

New Metrics for the Player Development Pathway

Thursday, February 15, 4:30pm-7:30pm
with Craig O'Shannessy

Earn 3 Continuing Education Hours

11 to 17 Certification

Friday, February 16, 2:00pm-7:00pm & Saturday, February 17, 9:00am-4:00pm
PTR is the only tennis teaching organization currently providing education/certification to coach 11 to 17 year olds. The objective of the workshop is to teach coaches how to create a club/facility environment in which young people between the ages of 11 and 17 can learn, play and enjoy tennis. (read more).
Earn 12 Continuing Education Hours
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STMS-PTR Tennis Medicine and Sport Science

Friday, February 16, 2:00pm-5:00pm
with Ben Kibler, MD, Past President STMS; Mark Kovacs, PhD, Executive Director, iTPA; and Neeru Jayanthi, MD, Current President, STMS

This innovative workshop will include some of the world's top experts in tennis medicine and sport science to review the latest on court stroke evaluations and modifications to improve stroke efficiency and reduce injury risk. Also, the latest in technology, injury prevention, and a Q&A will be included.
Earn 3 Continuing Education Hours