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After School Instructors Needed!

October 20, 2009 06:18 PM

USTA Central Arizona successfully launched a new after school tennis program in 5 school districts and 12 schools across the Greater Phoenix Area. Over 200 children were introduced to tennis by using the QuickStart Tennis Curriculum. QuickStart tennis is a new play format to help children learn the game of tennis with equipment that is age and size appropriate. Just like other popular youth sports (i.e. basketball, soccer, and baseball/softball), QuickStart Tennis stresses the importance of play and team competition. Students will have the opportunity to have fun playing tennis with their friends and develop skills that will become the foundation of their tennis game as well as their life.

Every day USTA Central Arizona and its partners help kids learn not just a sport of a lifetime, but self-confidence, sportsmanship, and the habits of an active, healthy lifestyle. We are committed to making sure that all kids have an opportunity to play and learn from this lifetime sport.

The overarching goals of the Schools Program are:

· -Children to have fun learning how to play tennis

· -Help young people succeed in life, using tennis as the pathway

· -Offer a consistent and successful curriculum, designed by world renowned educator Dr. Robert Pangrazi (ASU)

· -Get more kids playing tennis at a younger age

· -Grow the base of community tennis players

· -And, ultimately, create more tournament players (and, possibly the next world champion)

USTA Central Arizona is looking for instructors for their after schools tennis program. You do not need to have a tennis background to qualify to become an instructor in the program, as we will provide all the training necessary to make you an effective teacher and coach. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about working with kids and who have a passion for education. The goal of our program is to make sure that every child has fun playing tennis and leaves the program a more well rounded individual. Some of our best instructors are parents and teachers of our children (past and present). In order for our program to grow we need help in recruiting instructors.

We are seeking instructors in the following school districts:

- Dysart Unified School District

- Chandler Unified School District

- Madison Elementary School District

- Washington Elementary School District

Instructors are paid $30 per class. In an effort to get more of our own membership involved in helping grow this program, we will be offering a FREE USTA league session to all of our instructors as a token of our appreciation for teaching starting in January 2010.

Each class takes about an hour and a half (15 min. before start of class, 1 hour class, 15 min. wrap up). Our most effective instructors spend an additional 15-20 minutes preparing for each class. The more you come prepared to class, the smoother that class will run.

All instructors will be required to participate in a QuickStart Teachers Training. A QuickStart Training is an interactive, on-court program designed for tennis teachers and coaches working with players at the recreational level. Taught by 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

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girl hitting forehand

USTA Central Arizona is anticipating having over 500 children participating in the first 6 week session, January 2010. In order for this program to continue to grow, we need your help! Staffing qualified instructors (instructors who have a passion for tennis and education) is the only thing holding us back from growing this program. USTA Central Arizona is 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! Help give back to tennis! Together, we can change the lives of many of our young children by giving them the gift of tennis.

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 lifetime, please contact:

Geoffrey Russell Taylor Cochrane

russell@phoenixtennis.com cochrane@phoenixtennis.com

480-639-6700 480-639-6704

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.

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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. 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.