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PTR Week 2014 - Professional Development Courses

The Symposium includes some of the best educational opportunities available in the industry. Symposium Registration includes over 40 on-court and classroom presentations on a wide variety topics, including topics of all courses/workshops offered. If you would like more specialized training in an area, we offer professional development workshops. You will earn 3-5 Continuing Education Units for each one you complete. If you are interested in attending any listed, register early as space is limited and they fill up fast.

All courses are $55 unless otherwise noted.

Instructing Wheelchair Tennis Certification
with Harlon Matthews

This course is for tennis teachers and coaches to augment their existing PTR certification with a certification to teach wheelchair tennis providing them with the skills required to teach wheelchair players and other special populations. Workshop participants actually use wheelchairs in order to understand the special skills required to maneuver the wheelchair and to hit from a modified elevation. Mobility, stroke production and general wheelchair basics are all covered in the curriculum. Attendees will understand the components of chair construction, as well as learn that the degree of disability will vary with each wheelchair athlete. The course is also valuable for rehab workers and Physical Therapy specialists who want to offer tennis as a rehabilitation tool. This hands-on course is generally taught by Harlon Matthews, PTR Clinician of the Year, a Top 20 National Wheelchair Player in the A division. All attendees receive the course manual and additional resources for teaching wheelchair tennis.

Wednesday, February 19, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Website Development
with  John MacDonald

Learn everything you need to easily put your own personal or business website on the Internet.  Topics include creating, changing, deleting pages and making your website work for you and your readers/customers.  Support even continues after the class is over.

Wednesday, February 19, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Strategies & Tactics - The 6 Zones
with Mark Fairchilds

The purpose of this course is to understand how IMPORTANT court positioning is in singles and doubles.
Course attendees will learn how the 6 Zones work and essential skills to be effective in each of these zones.  Key topics include the difference between Modern Doubles and Classic Doubles, the most important zones in doubles, the one drill the top Spanish players do for singles and lastly the one zone to master in singles.  The course is a must see if you teach a majority of basic doubles clinics or need to understand how to take the next step in developing your singles players. Click here for Course Outline.

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Directors of Tennis
with Doug Cash

The purpose of this course is to foster the skills to make you a better Director of Tennis. These skills include hiring staff, launching, coaching and motivating your pros to success. Additional topics covered are Budgets, Evaluating Staff, Increasing Memberships, and Conflicts and Problem Solving. Doug has successfully launched the careers of more than 1,000 Directors of Tennis. And he will share the keys to enhance your career.

Friday, February 21, 3:30pm-6:30pm
Teaching Advanced Techniques
with Leo Alonso

Tennis is changing and clearly the pro players are using new techniques. In this course, you'll analyze those new strokes, new footwork and balance, to understand how they work and how to optimize them for your players' game. As we've experienced the advantages of teaching using progressions, the course will discuss the progressions for teaching the new techniques. Technical and tactical concepts will be discussed as well as how to handle the evolution of a young player. From Leo's work with ATP/WTA players, he will share his knowledge of the new techniques to make you a better teaching professional.

Friday, February 21, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Effective Leadership Skills – the Keys to Being Successful
with Greg Lappin

When at work- you are always being a leader. A tennis pro with a student; a pro and tennis director; a director with the club manager. This course will present essential leadership laws that are universal for all interactions. This interactive class will give everyone- from a beginning pro to a seasoned  tennis director a tangible plan that will produce immediate benefits. The principles of effective leadership and management  will be clearly explained and  laid out in a simple, yet profound plan. This course will be rich with action items  guaranteed to  assist in your professional development.

Friday, February 21, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Racquet Stringing and Strings – The Basics and Much More
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.

Saturday, February 22, 9:30am-12:30pm
Developing Player Performance: both Mentally and Physically
with Pat Etcheberry

Pat will discuss developing your players' performance , both mentally and physically. Pat will bring Martha Cobo, formerly Head of Sports Psychology at IMG Academy with him and they will discuss how to ready a player for competition from a physical, strength and conditioning standpoint as well as the very important mental process. You will see how to tie the mental and physical trainings together to increase a players odds of winning more matches.

Saturday, February 22, 4:00pm-7:00pm
Junior Development: Adapting Live Ball and Play Situations to Create Effective Practices
with Butch Staples & Oliver Stephens

This 3 hour specialty course will present training methods for 3 levels of players lower level teens (green ball), high school players and USTA tournament juniors. You will learn how to set up drills and live ball situations for all three levels. As well, you will learn  how to make adaptations according to the different levels.  This workshop will be interactive with an open exchange of ideas. You will observe some of the latest athletic development exercises that you can use you in your program, as well as live ball drills and intuitions situational play that will help your students become more effective during matchplay situations.  The format will allow you to participate in some of the activities which will enhance your learning and retention.

Sunday, February 23, 2:00pm-5:00pm
with Michelle Skelley

This 3 hour workshop is designed to help you get a fantastic Pre-school program up and running using the concepts and skills from the Tennis Whizz Program. It is an interactive, on-court workshop that will demonstrate and examine:
•Understanding Children
•Using the Tennis Whizz System
•Creating an Environment for Learning through Play
•The 6 Elements - Movement, Body, Objects, Balance, Space, People
•Introducing Literacy, Numeracy and more in your lessons
This workshop is designed for coaches wanting to begin a Pre-school program, those looking to improve their existing Pre-school program, and anyone interested in Tennis Whizz.

Sunday, February 23, 2:00pm-5:00p
Etcheberry Experience - Strength & Conditioning Certification
with Pat Etcheberry ($470 for PTR Members)

With Pat Etcheberry's certification program for fitness, strength and conditioning philosophy and techniques, you can teach gifted athletes to become champions. You will be given the tools to promote your new Etcheberry Certified status and possess the training secrets that have been instrumental in making so many Grand Slam champions. This is a two day, hands-on clinic that includes classroom presentations and on-court workout sessions. You will be given an Etcheberry Certification manual prior to your arrival to help you prepare for the clinic. Register in advance at or call 800-382-4717

Sunday, February 23, 2:00pm-7:00pm & Monday, February 24, 8:00am-3:00pm
Human Performance Institute's Mental Toughness Certification
($575 for PTR Members)

Based on the life's work of world-renowned performance psychologist Dr. Jim Loehr, the Human Performance Institute has developed a proven system to support coaches in teaching their players to become better competitors under pressure. A must-have certification for any ambitious coach, the Mental Toughness Certification Program provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step effective method to acquire specific training techniques to help students perform at their personal best in competition. Chosen as the official Mental Toughness program of the USTA, the Institute's practical, science-based Mental Toughness Certification Program is the most highly acclaimed mental training solution in today's tennis world. Coaches can implement this field-tested training system into any competitive program. Attendees earn 10 MAP points. For more information, contact  Bruce Highfield at 407-399-2046 or

Sunday, February 23, 2:30pm-6:30pm, Monday, February 24, 8:30am-6:30pm & Tuesday, February 25, 9:00am-12:00noon

Cardio Tennis Training Course

This course teaches the fundamentals of Cardio Tennis and everything you need to know to make it a success at your facility. You will learn about creating a healthy curriculum, the importance of using and how to use heart rate monitors, the six components of Cardio Tennis, proper warm-up activities, Cardio games and drills, cool down activities and cardio blasts, drill based vs. play based exercises and how to market and make money with Cardio Tennis.
Monday, February 24, 9:00am–4:00pm
PTR members: $135 (Use promotional code PTR2014)
Non-PTR members: $150
To register, call 843.473.4504 or visit

TRX/Cardio Tennis Training Course

This course combines TRX Suspension Training bodyweight exercise and Cardio Tennis to deliver an on-court, cutting-edge program that improves strength, power, flexibility and balance for overall tennis performance. With four lesson plans and more than 30 TRX exercises, this course delivers everything you need to build your business. You will also learn the principles and benefits of Suspension Training, how to properly perform and cue exercises and how to modify and regress exercises to accommodate any fitness level. Business tips and best practices. Pre-requiste: Must be current with Cardio Tennis education (taken the CTTC course within the last 3 years)
Tuesday, February 25, 9am–5pm
PTR members: $265 (Use promotional code PTR2014)
Non-PTR members: $ 295
To register, call 843.473.4504 or visit

Discounted Combo Registration for Both Cardio Tennis Courses -Feb 24 & 25
Register for both courses for special rate of $350. To register, call 843.473.4504 or visit

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