Racquet & Paddle Sports Conf. to Showcase Products, Education

The inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference (RPSC) Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla., will break new ground in this industry in a number of ways.

The RPSC, which is a show for industry businesses and professionals, will be at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), co-located with the PGA Merchandise show—the first time a major tennis and racquet sports conference has shared space with the golf industry’s premier showcase. The Tennis Industry Association is working with Reed Exhibitions, which puts on the PGA Show, to also produce the RPSC.

“Reed has helped to grow the PGA Show into the ultimate resource for the golf industry,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “The PGA Show draws more than 40,000 attendees, and many natural synergies exist between the golf and tennis industries. We have a tremendous opportunity to highlight the tennis industry and grow the business of tennis and racquet sports.”

The RPSC also includes an expanded Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference (visit TheTOMConference.com), held at the OCCC, which will showcase education sessions by top experts and consultants. There will also be a “One2One” curated buying summit, and plenty of networking opportunities. A 60-foot youth tennis/pickleball/POP Tennis court and a full-size padel court will be installed in the exhibit hall.

Importantly, the conference not only includes tennis, but also other racquet and paddle sports, such as pickleball, POP tennis, platform tennis, padel, and more. Manufacturers and organizations in these sports will be located in the RPSC area in the OCCC’s exhibit hall.

The conference opens on Wednesday morning, Jan. 23, at the OCCC with a welcome by the TIA that will include research and industry insights. That will be followed by a session featuring the Disney Institute on “Creating a ‘Disney Experience’ at Your Business.” Other sessions on the first day include “How to Transform, Modify and Reinvent Your Facility,” a roundtable on “Innovative Marketing Promotions and Programming,” “Hiring and Staffing,” and “The New ‘Business’ of Tennis Development.”

At 3:30 p.m., the action shifts to the USTA National Campus for the “Lake Nona Experience XX19,” which will include an “Innovation & Technology Demo Day” and a Welcome Party, along with tours of the premier USTA facility. At the National Campus, attendees will be able to playtest the latest products from equipment manufacturers.

On Thursday, back at the OCCC, the finalists in the fourth edition of the TIA’s popular Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge will present in front of a panel of judges and an industry audience in a “Shark Tank”-like competition. Sessions will include “The Changing World of Racquet & Paddle Sports” and a roundtable on “Connecting and Cashing In on Pickleball and Other Short Court Sports.” Other sessions on the second day include a roundtable on “Promoting Tennis As a Fitness/Wellness Sport,” a “Manager’s Club Talk” and “Retail Marketing.”

Friday will start with “Implementing UTR Into Your Business,” followed by a “Guide to Online Tennis Facility Management Software.” Roundtable discussions will focus on “Winning Digital Marketing Strategies,” followed by an Open Forum for all attendees. Friday afternoon will also include optional breakout sessions.

For the complete updated schedule, including speakers and presenters, visit racquetpaddlesportsshow.com or TheTOMConference.com.

For industry businesses and professionals, registration for the Show Preview of the Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference is free. For the TOM Conference, registration is $350 for TIA members and $450 for non-TIA members, until Dec. 14, when registration is $395 for TIA members and $495 for non-members. Register at racquetpaddlesportsshow.com.

For questions regarding the TOM Conference, contact the TIA team at meetings@tennisindustry.org or 843-686-3036. For inquiries about exhibiting, contact Stephen McCullough at smccullough@reedexpo.com. For all other inquiries, contact the RPSC team at inquiry@racquetpaddlesports.com.