USPTA launches Professional Tennis Coaches Academy

May 5, 2009

The United States Professional Tennis Association today announced the launch of Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I. The PTCA I is the first part of what will be a broader online academy system to provide enhanced educational curriculum, including business, lessons, player development and more, all available online.

The PTCA I combines audio, visual and text formats, as well as short quizzes at the end of each section to optimize the learning and review experience. Within teaching skill topics, there are examples of tennis lessons using progressions and videos to improve a teacher’s quality of private and group lessons. The business and programming section includes facility and pro shop management, equipment and Little Tennis. Advanced player development covers anatomy of a shot, common shots, specialty shots, rules of tennis, strategy and tactics, and effective planning and drills.

This educational benefit allows tennis-teaching professionals to review all the critical material for the certification exam and further their tennis education from the comfort of their own home or office via their computers.

The PTCA and its offering of online tools allows the USPTA to accommodate more people who are interested in beginning a career as a teaching professional based on the convenience of the certification and education process.

The PTCA I also includes brand new instructional information that will be available to members who were certified before Jan. 1, 2008. They can receive 4 educational credits upon completion of the course.

“We are very excited to provide these extensive online tools and educational opportunities to potential teaching professionals and existing members,” said USPTA CEO Tim Heckler. “This is a valuable educational resource and it being online helps to overcome the barriers of distance and time, allowing people to get certified and receive continuing education via their computers.”

For more information visit or call 800-USPTA-4U.