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TO:             S C Tennis Officials & Prospects                                                          
FROM:       Kurt Wassén, SC Chairman of Officials
SUBJECT:  Certification Schools
DATE:        December 30, 2003

There will be two Sectional USTA Officials Clinics in SC in 2004.
 
The first one will be in Columbia, SC the weekend of Jan. 23-25, 2004 and will be taught by Sue Pranke and Jerry Moore, National T/Es.

The second one will be in Greenville, SC the weekend of February 20-22, 2004 and will be taught by Jim Flood, a National T/E from California.

This year, for the first time, we shall hold a ONE-day Referee Clinic on Sunday, March 7th at the Lexington County Tennis Center. This clinic is designed primarily to accommodate club pros that want to be certified so they can referee their local tournaments; however, any referee can attend to re-certify. Both the rules and referee tests must be taken and passed to become certified.

All ITA officials are particularly urged to attend at either Columbia or Greenville since these will be the only ITA clinics scheduled in SC until after the conclusion of the ITA spring season. All college conferences expect their officials to be ITA certified. Anyone wanting to become ITA certified must also attend the Saturday rules clinic and pass the Part 1 exam.

A Registration Form is attached which must be completed if you plan to attend any clinic.
Please return promptly! Or you can soon register on-line at www.sctennis.com.

The first clinic will be held at the Holiday Inn, Northeast located at 7510 Two-Notch Road just north of the I-20 exit. A block of rooms is being held until Jan. 16th. When calling for reservations [803-736-3000] identify yourself as a USTA official attending the clinic and you will be granted the special rate of $67 tax/night [S or D], including breakfast.

For the second clinic in Greenville on February 20-22nd, details will be sent later to those registering once location has been determined.

A Provisional Clinic will be held each Friday evening of the Sectional Clinics for anyone who has never been certified, or not attended a clinic since 2001. Such individuals may also attend the Saturday-Sunday clinics, but only if they first come Friday night.

Referees who choose to only come to the Sunday referee clinic do so at their own risk, as you must take and pass the Saturday rules exam in addition to the referee exam. Very little time will be spent in the referee clinic reviewing rules. The USTA strongly recommends that all referees attend the Saturday clinic. We realize some find it difficult to come both days, so you better brush up on your FAC ahead of class if you are just coming on Sunday unless, of course, you choose to just attend the special One-Day Referee Clinic on March 7th.

Other SC clinics: District Clinic [Ump & Ref] will he held in Charleston on July 10-11 at The Citadel.
 
Other Sectional Clinics scheduled are: Raleigh, NC on Feb.14-15 and Hickory, NC on Mar.6-7 [contact Jane Scott at Jane @ nctennis.com or 336-852-8577];
Nashville, TN on Feb. 13-15 [contact Clyde McCampbell @ 615-373-9861].

Some neighboring District Clinics scheduled are: Savannah, GA Umpire-ITA [Feb. 21-22], Augusta, GA, Umpire-Referee [Mar. 27-28] and Umpire-Referee-ITA [Sept. 11-12]. Go to gatennis.com to sign up and get details on any of the GA district clinics. They require advance registration and charge a fee payable at the door.

If you have any questions or special problems, contact me at 843-768-1878, or kwassen@aol.com.

 

 
 
 
 
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