The United States Tennis Association Eastern Section, in conjunction with the USTA Long Island Regional Board and local pros and volunteers, has been promoting tennis in local schools by introducing students to the new QuickStart Tennis USTA program. This new play format utilizes “kid-sized” equipment, easier-to-understand scoring, shorter nets and smaller courts to make tennis more fun for juniors. One way of introducing the game has been for the USTA coaches to take over gym classes and in a 8:1 student to coach ratio that has kids playing and having fun in just minutes.
In the past year, QuickStart Tennis has been introduced to thousands of Long Island’s children and 100s of physical education teachers, PTA parents, volunteer instructors and others.
The goal of the program is to develop tennis as a team sport, get the kids playing and having fun faster, and learning to love the sport of a lifetime. Many of Long Island’s tennis clubs have also seen the value of the QuickStart format and have been promoting QuickStart lessons, tournaments and leagues for their members.
Contact the USTA Eastern Long Island representatives through their Web site, www.eastern.usta.com, to find out how to bring the QuickStart Tennis program to your school or organization.
Volunteer pro Daniel Burgess (third from left) and PTA moms from Merrick promote the QuickStart Tennis program
Volunteer pros visit George A. Jackson Elementary School in Jericho, N.Y.: Steve Haar, Sandy Hoffman, Teacher Erica Nichols, Bill Mecca, Jared Rada and Steve Abbondondelo
Kids in Freeport learning tennis from USTA volunteers
Jericho’s George A. Jackson Elementary School students enthusiastically welcomed the USTA
<p>Jared Rada is director of tennis for Sportime at Roslyn. He has been coaching and directing tennis programs for the past 10 years. Jared holds a BA in business with a concentration in marketing from Hofstra University. He is a USPTA certified coach, as well as a certified speed, agility and quickness trainer. He may be reached at (516) 484-9222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.</p>