The PTR has formed a new subsidiary—Professional Pickleball Registry, or PPR—and has signed a multi-year agreement to become the Official Education and Certification Partner of the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA).
“The USAPA is a progressive organization that has helped turn pickleball into one of the fastest growing sports in America,” says PTR CEO Dan Santorum. “Many PTR members have begun, or are strongly considering, adding pickleball instruction and programming. As a professional membership organization, it’s important to provide PTR members with all the tools they need to do their jobs better, to better serve their students/employers, and to improve the overall health of both sports.”
Pilot certification workshops will begin in mid-July, with PPR certification workshops for pros and ambassadors beginning on Sept. 1.
“Not only has PPR patterned their pickleball program after their successful tennis model, but they have demonstrated a desire and willingness to work directly with USAPA to incorporate us in the planning and development process,” says USAPA Executive Director Justin Maloof.
PPR and USAPA both see pickleball as a complimentary sport for tennis. PPR’s curriculum and certification are being professionally designed by five-time USAPA National Champion, two-time US Open Pickleball Champion, and PTR/USAPA member Sarah Ansboury, who will serve as PPR’s educational consultant and lead clinician for pickleball related activities. For more information, visit pprpickleball.org