Question about the New Player Program

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  1. DaynaDawn

    DaynaDawn New User

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    Hello to all!

    Upon checking out the local usta programs through the internet, I
    have found a program near me. One of the programs is "New Player
    Adult Program," I can't seem to get any clear answers from them as
    to what it exactly means.

    Is it for brand new players (that have never played), or is it for new players to the program (that know how to play-but just joined their program)?

    Can anyone tell me what it means?
     
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  2. sureshs

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    Not sure about this. A few years ago, the USTA made a big deal about "Tennis Welcome Centers" which were supposed to be beginner-friendly facilities. It seems to have sort of died out.
     
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  3. sureshs

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    Google shows a bunch of clubs offering this program. Probably means they offer beginner clinics with a teaching pro.
     
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  4. goober

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    Did you call up the tennis center and ask them directly?
     
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  5. DaynaDawn

    DaynaDawn New User

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    I didn't call the usta center, but I finally did get ahold of someone
    at a local tennis center yesterday.

    Funny, she didn't know anything about the usta program listed "New
    Player Program" but they do have local leagues here. (Spring thru Fall).

    She said mostly all the tennis activities were basically put on hold due to the Monster Tornado our area suffered last May (Joplin,MO).

    Good news was, the leagues would start up again in the spring and
    even newbies like me were welcome!

    I may be in my late fourties,but I have been an avid fan of the sport
    since back in my preteen days and have never stepped out of my
    comfort box to learn the game.

    Lookout local mates, here I come!! lol
     
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  6. joesucks

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    If Tulsa is not a big drive ... we have lot of programs here ... check with La Fortune club, we have several leagues, coaching centers, drills and lots of clubs including an USTA sanctioned tournament.
    Several players from Joplin and Grand lake area do play in the leagues.
    http://lafortunetennis.com/
     
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  7. sureshs

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    Most front desk people have no idea about these things. This kind of program is just some thing that clubs register for under pressure from the USTA, and then life continues as usual. The Tennis Welcome Center concept required special attention for beginners, a separate shielded court where they would not feel inferior and fetching balls from other courts, a mentor program etc. Ultimately, it was just a banner, and pros available for lessons, as always.
     
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  8. DaynaDawn

    DaynaDawn New User

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    Hey! Thanks very much for the info!

    I will check La Fortune club out!

    I actually live in Grand lake area (w/e) and Joplin (mon -Fri). Tulsa is
    only one fast highway away!!
     
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  9. DaynaDawn

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    Interesting! Thanks for the insight!
     
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