As we get closer to the end of 2015 and start getting ready for 2016, change is in the air for the world of fitness. While recent participation studies by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) indicate that the top five fitness pursuits in the U.S. are (1) walking for fitness, (2) running/jogging, (3) using a treadmill, (4) working out with free (hand) weights, and (5) using a stationary bike, there are some significant trends in fitness which are having a big impact on our approach to staying in shape.
Cardio Tennis, launched in 2005 by the TIA in conjunction with the USTA, now has more than 1.6 million Americans taking part in this successful health and fitness program.
The tennis industry and PHIT America are combining efforts to help promote the sport of tennis and increase physical activity throughout the country. Tennis facilities, tournaments, organizations, CTAs, teaching pros, etc. will soon be able to designate PHIT America as an official charity for their local tournaments and events.
Registration is now open for the 2016 Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference, which will be March 23-25 in Miami during the Miami Open pro tournament. To register for the conference, and to take advantage of a discounted rate at the Hilton Downtown Miami and tickets for conference attendees to the Miami Open, visit TheTomConference.com.
FedEx and UPS will be increasing their shipping rates for the new year, which will affect those at the TIA Associate Membership level and above who use the TIA’s PartnerShip shipping program. The UPS rate increase will take effect Dec. 28 and new FedEx rates will be in effect Jan. 4.
The USTA Nominating Committee is seeking qualified candidates to serve on the 2017-2018 USTA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. For complete details regarding the nominating process, the timeline, requirements and duties of the USTA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, and a link to the online application, click here. Application deadline is February 1.
The third quarter of 2015 was bumpy for the tennis marketplace overall, with only strings and ROG tennis balls growing in wholesale shipments. Racquet unit shipments continue to lag, although pro/specialty retailers showed minor growth in racquet unit sales. However, there appears to be some early signs of overcoming the rust from issues in the greater shipment environment that nagged the industry in 2014 and continued into 2015.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced three moves for the executive staff at the new USTA National Campus, which is being constructed in Orlando, Fla. Kurt Kamperman will become Chief Executive, Community Tennis and USTA National Campus. Craig Morris has been hired as General Manager, Community Tennis and Youth Tennis. Tim Cass has been hired as General Manager, USTA National Campus.
Americans may soon see relief from the increasing costs and expenses to get physically active and healthy, with the announcement from U.S. Senate leaders in support of the PHIT Act, the top legislative priority for PHIT America and the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Last week, the PHIT Act received the support it needs from four U.S. Senators—two Republicans and two Democrats—who are now committed to supporting the PHIT Act.
Plans for “Rally the Family,” a new industry-wide campaign announced during the US Open that is designed to bring more players into the sport of tennis, continue to be refined in preparation for testing in select markets this fall and winter. The new family tennis initiative is expected to be rolled out to consumers in March.