Hiring an Active Certified Coach

 

The Value of Hiring an Active Certified Coach

Within a highly competitive tennis industry, one of the key elements to differentiate your facility and the services you offer to your members and participants is the expertise of the tennis professionals/coaches you hire.  Tennis Canada’s Coach Development Program ensures Instructors, Coaches, and Professionals receive the best training and guidance, which in turn, ensures the highest quality of instruction and service for your clients.

Tennis Canada recognizes the value in hiring an “Active Certified Coach” for your program, club or facility.

An Active Certified Professional is:

  1. A fully certified Instructor, Club Professional or Coach
  2. A current member of the Tennis Professionals Association
  3. A professional who meets the minimum requirement for ongoing professional development (every 2 years except for: Instructor – every 4 years and Club Professional 1 - every 3 years).

 

The Benefits of Hiring a TPA Member Professional

The Tennis Professionals Association (TPA) is a member-based association devoted to growing the profession of tennis coaching throughout Canada. The TPA was developed by Tennis Canada for Canadian certified Instructors, Coaches, and Club Professionals. Since its inception in 2004, the TPA has grown from 800 members to over 2750.

 

Liability Insurance: All certified coaches and professionals receive $2,000,000 of liability insurance and access to purchase a medical and dental insurance program through Manulife Financial.

Members receive access to a variety of online coaching resources.

 

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Members also receive up to 40% off of various discounted products, services and events through our partners. Click on the logos below for more information on how to take advantage of these benefits.

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, the Tennis Professionals Association offers and endorses (with its partners) a wide variety of professional development opportunities which are critical to maintaining or developing coaching knowledge, problem-solving, technical skills or professional performance standards.  

  • Coaching Conference (endorsed by Tennis Canada or PTO)
  • Professional Development Course or Program (endorsed by Tennis Canada or PTO)
  • High Performance Mentor Program
  • NCCP Multi-Sport Module
  • Wheelchair Workshop
  • Cardio Tennis Workshop
  • Le Petit Online Course

 

Finding the Right Fit

In order to help you and your team in the selection of the “right” certified coach, the Tennis Professionals Association offers two services:

  1. Searchable database of all Active Certified Coaches
  2. List of all Year Round Facilities with Active Certified Staff

 

In addition to these services, the following brief descriptions of the skills and competencies obtained at each level of certification may help guide your decision in staff selection.

  1. Instructor
  2. Wheelchair Workshop
  3. Club Professional 1
  4. Club Professional 2
  5. Club Professional 3
  6. Coach 2
  7. Coach 3
  8. High Performance Mentor Coach Program
  9. Coach 4
  10. Coach 5

 

Instructor

Instructors are trained to introduce players to the game using Progressive tennis in group lessons (1.0 – 2.5 level) at tennis clubs, parks, community courts and in school gyms. This course develops the leadership skills of an enthusiastic instructor who organizes practice and play, makes tennis accessible and simple to learn, and promotes friendships that support the growth and retention of starter players.

Commitment: 5 days

Minimum Age: 16 years (may take course at 15 years and evaluated/certified on or after 16th birthday)

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 3.0

Role in Industry: Beginning Instructor (Summer Camps, Park and Rec, Seasonal Clubs)

 

Wheelchair Workshop

Leaders are trained to introduce wheelchair starter players to the game using Progressive tennis as well as wheelchair mobility skills in group lessons in tennis clubs, at parks, community courts, in school gyms as well as rehabilitation center gymnasiums. This workshop develops the leadership skills of an enthusiastic wheelchair tennis instructor who organizes practice and play, makes tennis accessible and simple to learn, and promotes friendships that support the growth and retention of starter players.  

Commitment: 1 day

Minimum Age: 16 years (may take course at 15 years and evaluated/certified on or after 16th birthday)

Minimum Certification Requirement: None. However, any person with certification will have this professional development course appear on their TPA coaching record.

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: None

Role in Industry: Leader in Active Start Wheelchair Programs (Summer Camps, Park and Rec, Seasonal Clubs)

 

Club Professional 1

Club Professional 1s are trained with the skills required to become an entry level assistant pro at an indoor facility or community club leader. This course develops the skills and attributes required to deliver private and group lessons (1.0 – 3.5 level), design basic lesson content, run introductory programs (socials, round robins, and tournaments) and provide solid customer service to members.

Commitment: 9 days

Minimum Age: 17 years

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 4.5 (refer to course information page for more details)

Minimum Certification Requirement: Instructor

Role in Industry: Entry Level Club Professional at year round facility; Club Professional at community or seasonal facility; Park and Rec Program Leader

 

Club Professional 2

Club Professional 2s are trained with skills required to become a solid, well-rounded club pro at an indoor facility or a leader at a season facility or community club. This course develops the knowledge required for a comprehensive understanding of the business as it relates to the tennis department, including the skills necessary to plan and deliver a full array of effective off court club programming. Additionally, this course develops the skills and attributes required to deliver game based private lessons (up to 4.5 level) and group training in a multi-court environment in conjunction with an Assistant Pro.

Commitment: 7 days

Minimum Age: 18 years

Minimum Industry Experience: 2 years full time at year round facility, or 3 years at seasonal facility or community club

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 5.0 (refer to course information page for more details)

Minimum Certification Requirement: Club Professional 1

Role in Industry: Full Time Club Professional, Head Professional at community or seasonal facility

 

Club Professional 3

Club Professional 3s are trained with skills required to occupy the position of Tennis Director or Head Professional with a strong understanding of overall tennis and club business as well as leadership in staff supervision and professional development. This course develops proficiencies and competencies in management, programming, service excellence, financial, marketing and promotion within a club. Additionally, this course develops the skills and attributes related to training and upgrading the on court skills of professional staff.

Commitment: 12 days

Minimum Age: 21 years

Minimum Industry Experience: 5 years full time (30 hours or more/week) at a large year round community club or yearly club as Coach 2 or Club Professional 2

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 5.0 (refer to course information page for more details)

Minimum Certification Requirement: Club Professional 2

Role in Industry: Tennis Director, Head Tennis Professional, Senior Tennis Position within a club, seasonal or community tennis facility

 

Coach 2

This performance coaching course is suitable for committed coaches working with competitive oriented juniors up to an International U12 standard. Coach 2s are trained in the role of a performance coach working with juniors from 5 – 12 years of age to develop a strong foundation (technical, tactical, physical and psychological). Major course topics include: designing a training program respecting the requirements of the LTAD stage of the athlete; managing a junior development program; planning a practice; coaching during practice; coaching and providing support during competition; analyzing performance; and ethical coaching.

Commitment: 25 days

Minimum Age: 18 years

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 5.0 (refer to course information page for more details)

Minimum Certification Requirement: Club Pro 1

Role in Industry: Coach at an Academy or Junior Development Program, Head Coach for U12 Program (½, ¾, Full Court Green or U12 Full Court), Personal Coach for U12 Player, Club Level Adult Competitive Coach

 

High Performance Mentor Program

The purpose of this program is to provide certified coaches with additional skills, knowledge and experience which will ultimately be required to develop players capable of being successful (success being defined as Top 50) playing international tennis.

Program Requirements: A 3 year commitment to the program, be Coach 3 Certified or in process or committed to attaining Coach 3 certification, commit 3-4 weeks each year to Tennis Canada, and commit to being involved with Provincial U12 Program (if opportunity is made available).

Program Selection: Selection to the program is by invitation only at the discretion of Tennis Canada. Playing background, commitment and passion for player development, leadership, coach certification level, present coaching environment and coaching results will all be considered.

Role in Industry: National Coaches at National Training Centres, Top Coaches who will work full-time at the Clubs/Academies  many of which are Tennis Canada Tennis Development Centres), Coaches who work Provincially/Regionally in U12 Training Programs, Provincial Coach at Nationals

 

Coach 3

This performance coaching course is suitable for committed coaches working towards developing top international Canadian players. Coach 3s are trained in the role of high performance coach working with national level juniors 12 – 18 years of age in the “Consolidating” stage of the LTAD. Note: the Consolidating stage for international players is generally reached at 12 – 14 for girls and 13 – 15 for boys.  Major course topics include: designing a training program respecting the requirements of the LTAD stage of the athlete; managing a junior development program; planning a practice; coaching during practice; coaching and providing support during competition; analyzing performance; and ethical coaching. Coach 3s are also trained in the role of a performance coaching leadership position within an academy or club.

Commitment: 25 days

Minimum Age: 21 years

Prerequisites: Minimum level of play: 5.0 (refer to course information page for more details)

Minimum Certification Requirement: Coach 2

Role in Industry: Coach at an Academy or Junior Development Program, Leadership Position in Academy, Personal or Travelling Coach, Provincial Coach at Nationals, Canada Games Coach, Club Level Adult Competitive Coach

 

Coach 4

Coach with a track record of developing and working with players (ages 15 – 23) to an international level in the “Learning to Perform” and “Learning to be a Pro” stage of the LTAD.

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 2 years (or another certification course)

Currently being re-developed.

 

Coach 5

Coach working with professional players at an international level (ages 22+) in the “Living as a Pro” stage of the LTAD. Achievement of significant performance results over an extended period of time.

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 2 years (or another certification course)

Currently being re- developed.