In partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has launched the “Coaching Tennis” online course through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.
The course provides information on tennis coaching philosophy and techniques, as well as managing the team and its practices. “Coaching Tennis” expands upon the USTA’s teaching philosophy, and serves as a basis for coaches to develop their own individual coaching styles and techniques.
Units on warm-up (and cool-down) activities, skill acquisition, tactics and positioning are included in the course, along with sections that focus on competition and match play. The course includes bonus resources like fun games that teach players skills and help to build team unity. Other resources illustrate static and dynamic stretches, doubles players’ roles and responsibilities, and partner drills.
“Coaching Tennis” supports the USTA’s goals of increasing participation in tennis and improving education for tennis coaches with a student-centered curriculum.
“Providing educational opportunities is essential to enhance the skills of high school coaches nationwide,” said Glenn Arrington, Director, USTA High School Tennis. “Our partnership with NFHS allows us to make a positive impact in our sport by ensuring high school tennis coaches are provided valuable resources to help their players.”
“We appreciate the work of the USTA in making this course available for tennis coaches,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Educational Services. “We are pleased to add tennis to our list of sport-specific courses since all of our states are involved in hosting championships in this highly popular sport. We believe this course will be very beneficial to many coaches throughout the country.”
Tennis becomes the 15th sport with an online course through the NFHS Learning Center. After starting with two courses – Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid for Coaches – in 2007 through the NFHS Coach Education Program, the NFHS Learning Center now offers 42 online courses – 18 of which are free – and has expanded its reach to contest officials, students and music adjudicators. Since the launch of www.NFHSlearn.com in 2007, the NFHS has delivered more than four million courses.
Tennis is the eighth-most popular sport for boys at the high school level and ranks No. 7 for girls with 157,240 and 182,876 participants, respectively, according to the 2014-15 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey.
The “Coaching Tennis” online course is the second initiative between the NFHS and USTA in the past three years. In 2013, the NFHS partnered with the USTA to support and promote the USTA’s “no-cut” policy for high school tennis teams, which allows every student who wishes to play high school tennis to be a member of a team.