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Greenville Recreational Coaches Workshop a Hit

March 4, 2009 01:59 PM

Are you ready for Jr. Team Tennis? There’s no doubt that these volunteer coaches for the Greenville Jr. Team Tennis program are ready. Twenty seven coaches attended a 6-hour Recreational Coach Workshop. This workshop is an interactive, on-court training program designed for tennis teachers and coaches working with players at the recreational level. Recreational Coach Workshops are an excellent primer for new coaches as well as a valuable refresher course for those with teaching experience but who seek more current methods and effective tools. Attendees typically include:

  • Parents seeking the basics in coaching and organizing team tennis
  • Park and Recreation instructors, high school, and seasonal coaches
  • Coaches teaching kids and adults who are new to the game
  • Current players seeking part-time teaching jobs

Ashlyn Cousins, Greenville Jr. Team Tennis Coordinator, organized the workshop with the USTA for her volunteer coaches. Attendance was open to anyone interested and a few high school coaches drove from Charlotte to participate. With over 225 junior players in the Greenville Jr. Team Tennis program Ashlyn relies on parents and volunteers to coach teams representing facilities and neighborhoods from all over Greenville. Ashlyn was very excited about the RCW and said,

"Greenville has an established tennis community that draws from many neighborhoods, private clubs and schools. Because of this, I have desired that the scope of Jr. Team Tennis participation in 2009 would expand beyond private club kids who have access to Professional instruction as club members. With this emphasis, we have been so pleased with the response from schools and neighborhoods that have not been exposed to JTT in the past. Being that many of our neighborhood and school coaches are new to this program, I felt it was important to equip these volunteers with as much knowledge and experience as possible. The Recreational Coaches Workshop was a key component for training these coaches and preparing them to lead our teams. Participants were given the knowledge to coach or assist with our young teams in very practical ways. It was refreshing to recall when Graham reminded us that it is not necessary to be a professional tennis player to be a good coach. I am convinced that each RCW participant came home with the training, confidence and enthusiasm to lead great JTT teams. Many thanks to Graham Cox and the USTA for bringing this valuable resource to our new JTT program!"

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