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.
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.
The USTA is offering 100% funding to add 36- and 60-foot playing lines for school tennis programs, which will make it easier for organizers and teachers to offer tennis at school, and make it easier for students to excel at the game.
One of the programs designed to bring adults into the game—and perfect for the Rally the Family campaign—is Play Tennis Fast (PTF), which is designed as six one-hour "Play To Learn” group socials that use low-compression ROG balls and shorter courts to introduce or welcome back adult players to tennis.
The Cardio Tennis International Trainer Summit will be held Nov. 27-29 at the LTA National Tennis Centre in Roehampton in southwest London. Eighteen world-class tennis and fitness professionals from 11 countries will participate in the Summit.
In support of small businesses throughout the country, the sixth annual Small Business Saturday will be Nov. 28. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving and celebrates the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and boost the local economy. Tennis shops and facilities are encouraged to sign up for Small Business Saturday by visiting www.shopsmall.com.
A “Rally the Family” campaign designed to bring more players into the sport of tennis was unveiled by the USTA and TIA at the 8th Annual TIA Tennis Forum, held in New York City during the 2015 US Open. The new family tennis initiative will be rolled out to consumers in March, said Kurt Kamperman, the USTA’s chief executive of Community Tennis.
It was at the US Open in 2005 when Cardio Tennis made its national debut, with sessions and demonstrations in the Indoor Courts building that included celebrities and major media coverage. Launched by the TIA in conjunction with the USTA, the focus of Cardio Tennis is on health, fitness, and cardiovascular exercise. As a result of the fitness-based element and social atmosphere, the program has grown its participation base in the U.S. to more than 1.6 million Americans.
Tennis facility owners and managers should mark March 23 to 25 on their calendars now, as the third annual Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference takes shape in Miami, during the Miami Open pro tournament. Among the important topics will be the new, industry-wide “Rally the Family” campaign and how tennis facilities can take advantage of this nationwide initiative to help boost business while increasing participation for all ages.