Coaching Tennis Successfully

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As a coach, your success depends on the success of your players. In Coaching Tennis Successfully, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) combines the expertise of winning coaches with the experience of USTA players to serve up a comprehensive guide that ensures your success. They offer specific teaching tips and mentoring concepts for managing a winning tennis program.

An organization known for its teaching prowess, the USTA explains how to instruct players in strokes, footwork, volleys, overheads, and serves. In addition to teaching the basics, this book will assist you in effectively integrating game strategies and tactical concepts into your lessons to facilitate the development of well-skilled, competitive players.

Reaching beyond strokes and strategies, this essential handbook covers both on-court and off-court management duties:

-Demonstrating a sound approach to coaching and playing tennis

-Maximizing practices with structured plans and drills

-Communicating with your team

-Training players to withstand the physical and mental challenges of the game

-Developing a mentoring relationship with individual players

As owner and operator of the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world--the U.S. Open--the USTA knows tennis. And, with access to some of the top names in tennis coaching, the USTA knows coaching. Competitive teams, confident players, and thriving tennis programs all emerge from educated coaches, so get the edge in this one complete guide--Coaching Tennis Successfully.


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Motivating Players
Coaching Plans
Coaching Technique
Coaching Tactics
Coaching Matches
OffSeason Training for Tournament Play
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The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the governing body for tennis in the United States. The USTA's membership consists of more than 670,000 individuals and thousands of organizations, including schools, park and recreation departments, community tennis associations, and tennis clubs.

Encompassing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam, the USTA is composed of 17 geographical sections, each of which maintains its own staff to administer USTA programs, establishes its own tournament schedule, and issues its own rankings. Thousands of volunteers and full-time personnel implement the varied USTA programs on the sectional, district, and local levels.

The USTA is known as the owner and operator of the U.S. Open Championships, one of the four Grand Slam professional tournaments in worldwide tennis competition. The U.S. Open is the highest annually attended sporting event in the world. In addition, it owns 96 pro circuit events throughout the United States and selects the U.S. teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic Games, and Paralympic Games.

National coordination and administration of the USTA's efforts are facilitated by the full-time staff at the national headquarters in White Plains, New York, the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, and the USA Tennis High Performance headquarters in Key Biscayne, Florida. The USTA works closely with the two major coaching certifying organizations--the U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). These alliances emphasize coaching education and development through an ambitious offering of coaching seminars, workshops, and conferences.

Ron Woods coordinated the development, and wrote selected chapters, of this new edition of Coaching Tennis Successfully. Ron has served the USTA for almost 20 years as director of player development as well as the director of the USTA's Community Tennis Programs. He was a college tennis coach for 17 years and has been a member of the United States Olympic Coaching Committee and the International Tennis Federation Coaching Commission. Woods has written or contributed to many coaching books and videos over the past 15 years. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Westport, Connecticut.

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