Workshop Descriptions

PTR Certification and Education Workshops are the most successful training courses available for tennis teachers and coaches. More than 300 PTR Workshops are conducted on five continents each year.

Workshop participants have varying backgrounds including: tennis teaching professionals, college coaches, middle and high school coaches, professionals making a career change, league tennis players, parents, etc. All workshops are led by specially trained PTR Clinicians. 

Many workshop attendees join PTR months before the workshop so they can prepare for certification testing. PTR certification ratings are awarded to those members who pass all parts of the exam.

NOTE: Workshops are subject to cancellation if a minimum number of registrants are not met. A decision whether or not to cancel will be made at least one week prior to the date of the workshop. If you plan to fly to the workshop, please contact brian@ptrtennis.org  before making your flight reservation.

IMPORTANT: For the Certification Workshop, please review your study materials thoroughly before the event. If you are in need of additional assistance please contact Brian Parkkonen at (843) 785-7244 or brian@ptrtennis.org.

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Level III Programs

Junior Development Level III Program
PTR Level III Programs are available to coaches who have obtained a PROFESSIONAL rating in the corresponding PTR Level 1 certification. PTR Level III Programs will be four (4) days in length. There will be additional coursework completed by the coach post course within a specified time frame. Assessment will be continuous and competence based (pass/fail). Specific domains covered during the Level 3 Junior Development Level III program are below.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
1. Progress coaches from the Level 1 10u certification to a higher level of information and coaching ability on the red, orange and green court
2. Progress coaches from the Level 1 11-17 certification to a higher level of information and the ability to coach on the yellow court
3. Ensure coaches know what is possible for players to achieve on different courts
4. Develop a high level of coaching skills, knowledge and behaviors to work with red, orange, green and yellow ball players
5. Enable coaches to develop the physical/technical/tactical/mental, emotional and social /competitive skills for red, orange, green and yellow ball players
6. Working with parents
7. Develop a greater knowledge of teaching doubles to junior players
8. Develop club programs, schemes of work and set goals for sequences of lessons

COURSE CONTENT
Programs and lessons
1. Red, Orange, Green and Yellow ball program structures in a progressive club system
2. Schemes of work and goal setting based on competencies for each age and stage
3. Progressive and sequential lesson plans with clear objectives that teach and develop singles and double play

Coaching Knowledge Areas
1. Athletic skill development and its relationship to technical skill development
2. What is possible for the players to achieve on each court
3. How players develop skills
4. Technical parameters and the process of technical analysis
5. Tactical to competitive abilities in all game situations
6. Processes of cognitive, mental, emotional, social and competitive development
7. Growth, maturation and development 8. Working with parents

Coaching Behavior

1. Communication skills with individuals and groups
2. Setting positive athlete centered environments

Coaching skills
1. Organizing coaching, players, and programs
2. Goal setting
3. Evaluation and monitoring
Performance Level III Program
PTR Level III Programs are available to coaches who have obtained a PROFESSIONAL rating in the corresponding PTR Level 1 certification. PTR Level III Programs will be four (4) days in length. There will be additional coursework completed by the coach post course within a specified time frame. Assessment will be continuous and competence based (pass/fail). Specific domains covered during the Level 3 Performance Level III program are below.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. To progress coaches from the Level 1 Performance certification by giving them a higher level of coaching knowledge and ability to work with 10-13 and 14-17-year-old performance players.
2. To increase each coach’s range and level of the coaching skills that contribute to the development of junior performance players in an optimal manner.
3. To develop the appropriate coaching behaviors that ensure successful coaching practice with junior performance players.
4. To help coaches understand the processes required to plan appropriately for junior performance players, in terms of club and individual plans and lesson plans.
5. To help coaches understand the physical/technical/tactical/cognitive, emotional and social /competitive skills needed by 10-13 and 14-17 junior performance players.
6. To develop and improve coaching practice to create high-quality environments for working with the parents of junior performance players.
7. To develop a sound knowledge of the current standards of performance in singles and doubles for young performance players.

COURSE CONTENT

Programs and lessons
1. Individual program planning for performance.
2. Goal setting and attaining appropriate standards with young players.
3. Lesson plan structures and % of different content areas for different age groups.
4. Progressive and sequential lesson plans that teach and develop singles and doubles play for individual players.

Coaching Knowledge Areas

1. What it is possible for players to achieve in each age group.
2. What limits the performance of individual players.
3. The importance and nature of athletic skill at different ages in relation to technical skill development.
4. How players acquire, learn and develop different skill.  
5. The technical parameters + the process of technical analysis.
6. The tactical to competitive abilities in each game situation.
7. The process and acquisition of cognitive, mental, emotional, social and competitive skills.
8. The importance and impact of growth, maturation, and development on young players.
9. The different components of working well with parents.

Coaching Behavior

1. The different communication skills needed for individuals and groups of different ages.
2. How to create positive and effective athlete centered environments.

Coaching skills
1. How to organize coaching, players, and programs.
2. How to set meaningful goals with different players.
3. The importance of developing and applying high-quality observation skills.
4. How to adapt programs and lesson for players on an individual basis.
5. How, when, why and what to demonstrate.
6. How to coach skills in the open environment of tennis.
7. How, when and why to give feedback to players and parents.
8. The importance of developing high-quality evaluation and monitoring skills of both players and self.

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Isaac McBroom was an absolute pleasure to work with. He did an exceptional job. The Hall of Fame cannot wait to move ahead towards our next training session with the PTR as we all move that much closer to being a well-rounded member of the PTR.
Ryan Harry, Head Tennis Pro
Intl. Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport, Rhode Island
I have been in tennis for 23 years. The information in this Performance Workshop was more valuable than anything I have taken away from other conferences in the past 15 years. Brian is extremely knowledgeable and provided a positive learning experience. I feel as if the PTR is current with Tennis and is moving Forward!
Jimmy Royalty, Head Pro
IMG Academy
Bradenton, Florida
The workshop was fantastic. Tom Ruth did a great job of creating an environment that was interactive, informative, and very enjoyable - it was a great experience for attending my first PTR Workshop. Thank you very much!
Chrissie Lissner, Assistant Director of Tennis
The Reserve at Lake Keowee
Sunset, South Carolina