Coaching Information - Professional Tennis Registry
Professional Tennis Registry, the largest global organization of tennis teachers and coaches, offers the most recognized tennis teaching certification in the world. A service oriented organization, PTR prides itself on providing its members with the best possible benefits and customer service, making PTR membership a tremendous value.
Members receive a myriad of terrific benefits including subscriptions to Tennis and PTRís own award winning publication, TennisPro. In addition, members keep abreast of the industry with two e-zines - Bob Larsonís Daily Tennis News and TennisOne, the premier tennis instruction site on the internet.
PTRís NetWorks jobs bulletin is available to members on line, as is Scholarship Scout, a great spot for coaches to help promising students find college tennis scholarships n the USA.
Preferred pricing on products from PTR sponsors, including HEAD racquets and bags, Gamma string and court accessories, Gamma ProTour tennis balls, clothing and shoes from Diadora, Playmate ball machines, DecoTurf court surfaces, and much, much more. PTR even offers qualified members free Jamaican vacations with its Visiting Pro program.
A resurgence in the popularity of tennis has created an amazing opportunity for those who have been considering teaching tennis part-time or as a career. There are more jobs than there are qualified, certified teaching pros to fill them. To address this issue in the USA and Canada, PTR created PTR on Campus as a way for full-time students age 16-23 to join and become certified at a price that meets their student budget. PTR will even travel right to their college or university to conduct its Tennis Teaching Essentials Certification Workshop.
PTR Certification lends impressive credentials to any resume. The certification process incorporates a basic, fundamentally sound teaching method with a standardized test. To become certified, PTR members review the Preparation for Certification DVD they receive upon joining, and register for a convenient PTR Tennis Teaching Essentials Workshop. The PTR certification test is given at the conclusion of the workshop.
PTR provides its members with unsurpassed service and professional development opportunities long after they become certified. The organization helps guide members through their tennis teaching careers with books, manuals, DVDs and continuing education.
PTRís International Tennis Symposium & $25,000 Championships is a must for any teaching pro who wishes to boost his or her skills and knowledge. With nearly 60 lectures and on court presentations conducted by some of the best names in the industry, members return to their jobs rejuvenated and loaded with new information, programming ideas, drills and business acumen to bolster their tennis careers. At the Trade Show, held in conjunction with the Symposium, attendees can visit 40-plus exhibitors and demo the latest equipment. The $25,000 Championships gives tennis teachers and coaches the change to show their playing mettle and compete for prize money. Canadaís Karl Hale has won several PTR Championships and in 2006 was named PTR Pro of the Year.
Professional Development Weekend is another great way for members to learn and expand their teaching abilities. Although much shorter in duration than the International Tennis Symposium, PTR Professional Development Weekend is packed full of popular courses and workshops.
In an effort to ensure the growth of tennis, PTR promotes wheelchair tennis by offering Instructing Wheelchair Tennis Workshops and hosting the annual PTR/ROHO Wheelchair Tennis Championships, which is part of the NEC Wheelchair Tour and an ITF Series I event. PTR was the first certifying organization to include a wheelchair tennis module in its certification materials.
In addition, PTR is the Official Tennis Training Partner of Special Olympics International. For eight years, PTR has hosted the Special Olympics Tennis Championships on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and trains volunteer coaches who work with Special Olympics athletes. PTR co-authored the Special Olympics Coaching Quick Start Guide for Tennis to ensure that coaches understand the nuances of teaching tennis to Special Olympics athletes.
PTR Foundation, the charitable arm of PTR, procures and distributes funds and equipment for charitable activities, grassroots tennis and player development efforts. The Foundation works diligently to introduce the game in places where people might not otherwise have access to the health and social benefits of tennis, like inner city youth programs and the Tennis for Africa Project. In addition, members send used racquets to PTR for Racquet Round Up. The racquets are regripped and restrung with string donated by Gamma, and distributed to grassroots programs.
As an international organization, PTR works diligently with tennis federations around the globe, including its close relationship with Tennis Canada, to grow the game. With 13,000 members in 126 countries, the PTR family makes a world of difference.
For more information about PTR, visit www.ptrtennis.org To host a workshop at your school or tennis facility, contact PTR CEO Dan Santorum at 800-421-6289.
Professional Tennis Registry
PO Box 4739, Hilton Head Island, SC USA
843-785-7244 ē fax 843-686-2033