Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) announced a landmark and unprecedented programmatic alliance in an effort to elevate the standards of tennis teaching professionals across the country.
The collaborative efforts include both associations embracing the pathway presented by the USTA for 10 and Under Tennis education by adhering to the minimum standards set in the curriculum and testing to be developed in Stage I and Stage II for all new professionals looking to become certified in 2014 and beyond.
In addition, PTR and USPTA have agreed to require and monitor continuing education for certified members. PTR has four certification pathways: 10 & Under Tennis, 11 to 17, Adult Development and Performance.
Both associations will support child welfare and safety education, certification and ultimately licensing of teaching professionals in the future in conjunction with the USTA, USOC and any other organization that oversees childhood education.
Finally, there will be an open door policy for members of either association to participate in each other’s symposia or conferences at the member registration rate. Attendance will count toward continuing education credits for each member for either organization.
“PTR believes that this is a step in the right direction to strengthen the tennis teaching industry in the United States,” said PTR President, Jorge Andrew. “This commitment is important for the growth of tennis.”
“The USPTA believes the industry should have a strong voice representing the population of teaching professionals,” said USPTA President Tom Daglis. “An alliance to elevate the standards of teaching professionals is a step toward accomplishing that goal.”
About PTR: PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 14,600 members in 117 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. It is headquartered on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
About USPTA: Founded in 1927, USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers 70 professional benefits to its more than 15,000 members worldwide, including certification and professional development.
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