The 2016 TIA Facility Census is now under way. Facility owners/managers should take a few minutes to update and/or add to their information in the TIA’s facility database. Information in the database is available to consumers through search engines and tennis websites, so when potential customers are looking for a place to play tennis or find programs, they can easily find your business.
A “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge” will take place at the 2017 TOM Conference March 27-29, showcasing new and innovative products designed to help grow tennis businesses. From now until Feb. 15, companies and individuals can submit their pitch for their products, software, services, etc. Finalists will have the opportunity to present to a panel of judges at the 2017 TOM Conference in Orlando.
Donald Tisdel, a longtime member of the USTA board of directors, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2016 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2017 issue. Tisdel led off the magazine’s 16th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.
A Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force is being assembled to help spread the message of health, fitness, wellness and tennis. The effort is led by Dr. Jack Groppel, who is the Health & Wellness Advisor for the tennis industry.
Health IQ, a life insurance broker for the health conscious, has joined the Tennis Industry Association as a new Corporate Partner. Health IQ will become the official life insurance option within the TIA’s TennisInsure®.
A just-released study suggest that regularly playing racquet sports such as tennis can help stave off death, while sports such as soccer and running may not help people live longer. The study of more than 80,000 people by Oxford University and researchers in Finland and Australia indicated people who played racquet sports regularly were least likely to die over the nine-year study period, reducing their individual risk by 47 percent compared to people who did not exercise.
The tennis marketplace continued to struggle through the third quarter of 2016, as racquet units at both wholesale and pro/specialty declined, as did ball and string wholesale shipments.
Throughout the summer and fall, the TIA hosted a free series of educational webinars for the industry on a variety of important business topics. Nearly 2,000 people signed up for a webinar in the series, and recordings of the webinars are available online at TennisIndustry.org/webinars.
The Cardio Tennis staff is in the process of setting its training courses for 2017. Currently on the calendar are Level 1 and Level 2 training courses, along with other training and appearances at national events. Go to CardioTennis.com to check the current schedule and sign up for a training course near you.