The TIA's "State of the Tennis Industry" meeting will be Monday, Aug. 26, at the Grand Hyatt New York, beginning at 8 a.m. The meeting is free and open to all in the industry, however space is limited. Those interested in attending should visit TennisIndustry.org/Meeting for more information and to register.
New research by the Physical Activity Council of 40,000 Americans shows children who do not have physical education (P.E.) are more than twice as likely to be totally sedentary outside of school. And, children who have physical education are two to three times more likely to be play sports and be active outside of school than children without physical education.
PlayTennis.com, the one stop portal for consumers to find out about all things TENNIS, has recently been relaunched and is beginning to gain traction as the premier tool to connect current and potential players to the sport by allowing them to find places to play, find instruction, connect with retailers, locate programs, and much more! Providers can get involved in the effort, too, by signing up to be listed on the site and helping promote the URL with free marketing materials provided by the industry.
Sign-up to host a Free Tennis Play Event any day in September to kick-off your fall program promotion!
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that it is developing an educational curriculum, consisting of a series of courses and workshops, that focuses on the development of young players. The USTA will work in collaboration with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), in developing the curriculum, which will serve as part of the pathway to PTR and USPTA certification.
Thousands of retailers recently received postcards from the TIA urging them to “have a voice in your industry” by joining the TIA Retail Division. In addition, manufacturer sales reps received packets that include material they can bring to their retail accounts to help promote the Retail Division.
For the first half of 2013 the TIA has been focused on industry efforts to grow the game and the business of tennis. Under the direction of TIA President Greg Mason—whose two-year term commenced at the beginning of 2013—and our board of directors, we continue to focus our efforts on our key strategic platforms.
Since its inception in 2009, the TIA's Careers In Tennis intiative has been geared towards highlighting the viable career paths in this industry. Now, with more than 2,000 registered job seekers, and a constant "pool" of more than 1,000 jobs, the www.CareersInTennis.com website has become one of the "go to" sources for finding a career in the industry.
PlayTennis.com—the single platform for all things tennis, designed to bring people into the game and keep them playing and connected to the sport—is up and running. Even though some of the site’s exciting features are still being fine-tuned, check out PlayTennis.com’s redesign, as the site continues to see increased use by both consumers and providers. As the industry pools its resources to spread the message about playtennis.com, more than 100 million potential consumers could be reached!
Like any business, you need to use all the tools you have to get ahead, including industry research, such as the recently released 2013 edition of the “State of the Industry” report. Here a few of the key findings of the report and what they may mean for tennis providers. (You’ll find more analysis of the research in a story in the upcoming July issue of Racquet Sports Industry magazine.)
To learn more about industry research and reports available, visit TennisIndustry.org/Research or email firstname.lastname@example.org.