News from the Tennis /Industry Association
“The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the launch of an educational curriculum program, “Coach Youth Tennis,” to improve the quality and standards of teaching tennis to kids and enhance the long-term development of children in the sport. The program consists of a series of online courses and a hands-on workshop introducing participants to the fundamentals required for success in working with children ages 10 and under.
“Elevating the quality and standards of teaching tennis to our youth will have lasting impact on our sport for years to come,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe. “’Coach Youth Tennis’ provides tennis teachers of all levels with the tools necessary to teach the sport to children.”
The USTA worked in collaboration with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), in developing the curriculum, which serves as a pathway to Tennis Professional Certification through the PTR and USPTA certification programs. Beginning in 2014, all individuals who want to become a certified teaching professional will need to complete the “Coach Youth Tennis” curriculum.”
Even though the above sounds like great news, it is in fact a step back.
The foundation of the techniques released is close stance on groundstrokes, early preparation, and the like, in general reinforcing the USA’s path of the past.
Most of Europe and a substantial part of Asia and Argentina, on the contrary, start kids open stance, and follow various principles well explained in Modern Tennis Methodology, which started to be applied in those countries en masse after the release of my first books in 1989 and 1992 and my work on ESPN International in the 1990s as well. Those kids are the champions of today. Even Roger Federer had my book and the Master Strokes DVDs in 2005.
The modern techniques are great both for coaches and for players. The materials are low cost. The 11 DVDs cost, streamed, $47, the Best of Oscar streamed DVD $17. The 1992 book can be seen for free at www.tennisteacher.com/eBook.html.
There is a link to more than 100 short videos, for free, in http://www.youtube.com/user/thewegnermethod/videos?flow=grid&sort=p&view=0