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Help Wanted: Instructors Needed for After-School QuickStart Programs for Madison & Washington Elementary and Chandler Unified

July 13, 2009 07:55 PM

USTA Central Arizona is proud to announce its partnership with three more school districts:  Madison and Washington Elementary and Chandler Unified, where they will be offering after school tennis programming to young children. The goal of this program is to introduce tennis to children by using the QuickStart curriculum that was created by the United States Tennis Association.

USTA Central Arizona will be seeking full time instructors to help manage these programs.  If you or anyone you know has any interest in helping shape the lives of young children, and getting them introduced to the sport of a liftetime, please contact:
Geoffrey Russell
(480) 516-1174

All instructors will be required to participate in a Recreational Coaches Workshop (RCW).  A RCW is an interactive, on-court training program designed for tennis teachers and coaches working with players at the recreational level. Taught by a specially trained, USTA Certified Trainers, this active 3-hour on court session gets you introduced to the QuickStart Curriculum and covers:
• Teaching large groups
• The games-based approach to coaching
• The QuickStart Tennis format
• Running effective team practices
• The Top 10 Games Every Coach Should Know

USTA Central Arizona will begin hiring instructors for the fall beginning June 1, 2009.  We are looking forward to working with individuals who have a passion to help promote and develop the growth of tennis, as well as help shape young children’s lives through the sport. We look forward to revolutionizing how tennis is taught to children in the schools, and we need your help!

QuickStart Format
The QuickStart Tennis format works by getting kids into the game immediately. Within the first hour of stepping onto the court, they are actually playing the game, rallying with one another, moving around and having fun. Scaling the game down to their size helps make the learning process easier and a lot more fun.

The majority of youth sports have followed this very formula for years. Baseball begins with smaller bats, smaller fields and progresses from tee ball, to coach pitch, to player pitch. Basketball and soccer also employ similar methods, including shortened playing surfaces and appropriate sized equipment. That helps ensure that your kids' first experiences in the sport will leave them overjoyed not overwhelmed.

The shorter and narrower courts give kids the confidence and ability to cover the entire court. Kids have trouble controlling full-sized racquets because they are too long, too heavy and the grips are too large. Jr racquets are proportionate in length and weight and have the grips that fit smaller hands. This makes it easier to control. And balls that bounce at a height equal to kids' playing abilities allows for better and longer rallies and allows them to build all-court games.

By being introduced to this style of play from the start, young children will gain confidence by seeing their own immediate progress, making them more enthusiastic about continuing to play and improve. QuickStart Tennis enables kids to have more enjoyable experiences early on in the learning process and having fun is always a factor in keeping kids involved.