The USPTA is planning to serve up a little magic this year as the 2013 USPTA World Conference heads to the East Coast. From Sept. 23-27, the largest gathering of tennis professionals, industry leaders and representatives, manufacturers, wholesalers and media will descend on the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort in Orlando, Fla. This is the premier gathering for the tennis industry, designed to put professionals at the top of their game with insight from the world’s leading experts.
This year, the USPTA is livening things up with a new format, new speakers and new events.
Beginning on Tuesday, each day the main education portion of the conference will be themed based on four core competencies within the industry: 10 and Under Tennis, Club Operations/Business, Teaching and Sports Science, and High Performance/Player Development.
Conference attendees will have a large selection of educational sessions to choose from that address current trends and future opportunities for all tennis teachers. Courses are not only informative, but allow USPTA members to earn educational credits toward their Accredited Professional Coach classification, specialist degrees or Master Professional. APC credits are available for all presentations and verification must be established at the conclusion of the presentation in order to receive credit.
One of several key features getting an upgrade this year is the awards presentation. Conference attendees will get to sleep a little longer on Friday with an all new Awards Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Pat Williams, sponsored by new USPTA partner Rezilient Direct. The senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, Williams is one of America’s top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers. He has addressed employees from many of the Fortune 500 companies and is also the author of more than 80 books, his most recent being “Leadership Excellence: The Seven Sides of Leadership for the 21st Century.”
USPTA’s highest awards will be presented to honorees during the luncheon, including Alex Gordon USPTA Professional of the Year, USTA/USPTA Community Service Award and USPTA Master Professionals. The new class of Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced as well. Additional awards will be presented throughout the conference.
In addition to the educational offerings, USPTA hosts its International Tennis Championships, Board and Executive Committee meetings, nighttime parties, industry meetings, the nation’s largest tennis-only buying show, silent auction, awards presentation and more.
The USPTA World Conference is an excellent way to connect with industry leaders and fellow tennis professionals. On Tuesday evening, USPTA will host a social event as a great central get-together. Catch up with old friends, network and make new acquaintances in a casual atmosphere while enjoying pizza and beer. Compete against your fellow colleagues and friends in the 10 and Under Tennis Battle of the Divisions competition. The USPTA buying show is the largest national tennis-only trade show. Exhibitors include tennis equipment, apparel and footwear companies, marketers and wholesalers of hard and soft goods, video analysis, Web-based programs and software, teaching aids, court surfacing and lighting, awards, educational materials, nutrition bars and vitamins, and more.
In conjunction with the buying show, the USPTA will host a silent auction benefiting the USPTA Foundation. Items will be displayed during the buying show and the winning bids will be announced Thursday night. Conference participants will have the opportunity to bid on items such as autographed racquets from some of the top tennis stars in the world, high-quality tennis equipment, gift certificates and more.
For conference attendees, the USPTA is offering several travel deals and discounts. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is offering discounted room rates for participants, and USPTA members can take advantage of their membership benefits and receive discounted rates from Avis and Enterprise for car rentals. In addition, education expenses incurred to maintain or improve skills required by a person in his or her employment are generally tax-deductible.
And don’t forget to include the family: USPTA World Conference attendees have the opportunity to receive discounted tickets to Disney World theme parks. Spouses and other guests who want to get involved with the game will have the chance to take a free private and/or group tennis lesson as well.
For more information on the 2013 USPTA World Conference and to register for this premier event, visit usptaworldconference.com.
- Attire for all conference events is resort casual (Please wear a collared shirt for Awards Luncheon on Sept. 27).
- Education expenses are generally tax deductible. Consult your tax preparer for details.
- Resort check-in is after 4 p.m. EST. Check out time is noon. Plan accordingly!
- Wear your badge every day to all events, and bring tickets to all functions.
- Safeguard your ticket packets. They contain tickets for food, drinks and free merchandise.
- Looking to share a room? We can help! Contact Janice Stollenwerck at the USPTA World Headquarters at 800-USPTA-4U, ext. 113 or email@example.com.
For these tips and more, check the USPTA World Conference website as additional information becomes available: www.usptaworldconference.com