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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. WHAT IS NET GENERATION?

Net Generation, Official Youth Tennis of the USTA, represents a whole new vision of youth tennis. We believe every player is great in their own right and our mission is to celebrate the power of fun, friendship and play that tennis inspires. We are the Next Generation of Greats. 

 

Q. HOW CAN TENNIS TEACHERS AND COACHES BENEFIT FROM NET GENERATION?

Net Generation is the USTA's youth brand for tennis and a great way to help introduce new players, or further engage existing players and parents, into our sport. Net Generation will continue to be the brand for all junior tennis content and teaching materials, as well as USTA junior programs. Teachers and Coaches who join the USTA will gain access to junior teaching resources and digital tools within the Net Generation movement. Plus, joining the USTA connects you with a community of coaches who strive to move tennis forward.

 

Q. HOW DO I ACCESS NET GENERATION CURRICULUM, LESSON PLANS AND RESOURCES?

All tennis teaching tools and resources are now available on usta.com's Tennis Service Center. To get the most out of USTA's tools, make sure to add your public profile to our coach directory from your usta.com coach profile. Also, gain access to our world-class comprehensive curricula, digital tools and the Net Generation mobile app, by completing the USTA’s Safe Play program.

 

Q. DOES NET GENERATION HAVE A MOBILE APP?

YES! The Net Generation App gives you easy access to the Net Generation resources on the go including our whiteboard feature. However, you must complete the USTA’s Safe Play program to access resources on the mobile app. 

 

The mobile app is free to use and available for download from Apple or Google Play Android App stores. Click the links below to download.

Google Play for Android

App Store for iOS

 

Q. DO I HAVE TO BE SAFE PLAY APPROVED TO ACCESS THE APP?

Yes. You must complete the USTA’s Safe Play program to access resources on the mobile app. In addition, coaches who are part of a Professional Tennis Organization, such as the USPTA and PTR, will have access to everything available including our assessment tool and all practice and play plans. Users do not need Safe Play approval to access the school curriculum.

 

Q. AS A COACH, HOW DO I SEND ASSESSMENTS TO A PLAYER OR PARENT FROM THE NET GENERATION MOBILE APP?

You can use your phone’s native sharing utility to send an assessment to players/parents. We recommend sending the assessment to yourself first and then writing a short customized message to the parent/player along with the assessment. If you are connected to a player on the Net Generation Mobile App, you can send assessments directly to them or their parents as a progress report.

 

Q. IS IT POSSIBLE TO PRINT NET GENERATION RESOURCES?

You can download and print practice and play plans on the usta.com Tennis Service Center in the resource library.

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SCHOOLS

Q. WHO CAN ADD A SCHOOL PROGRAM AND HOW DO I ADD ONE?

A school program is a PE program run by a teacher or a school employee.  Access free standards-based curricula and equipment to help grow tennis in your PE classes by registering your PE classes on usta.com.  Middle or High School Coaches can also get access to free practice plans and additional resources to help your team succeed when they register their teams here.

 

We highly encourage Schools to register every year. Old programs can be copied so it is super easy to renew. 

 

Q. HOW DO I FORM A SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP?

The focus of the Net Generation School program is to create partnerships between schools, local School Partners and USTA Section or District to give students the opportunity to learn, play, and enjoy the game of tennis. By signing up for the Program, the School, School Partner and USTA Section or District involved must agree to partner with the United States Tennis Association (“USTA”) to support Net Generation at the School. Click here to view the partnership agreement.

 

If a School doesn’t currently have a Partner, email netgenerationschools@usta.com or the local USTA Section which will put you in contact with our local knowledge asset so you can choose the registered School Partner that’s right for the School.

 

Q. ARE SCHOOL TENNIS WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED ON THIS SITE?

There will be a link from the provider’s profile to take them to “Find a Training” http://ct.usta.com/schools/WorkshopList.  For workshop organizers, the workshops will be registered through the same system ct.usta.schools system as they have been before.  A fully-integrated training registration system within Net Generation will be developed for utilization in the future.

 

Q. HOW MANY TEACHERS ARE NEEDED TO SCHEDULE A TRAINING AND HOW LONG WILL A TRAINING SESSION TAKE?

We recommend 10 attendees per training to create a large group environment, but since the fulfillment requirement for workshops and training is changing, the Section can choose how many people need to attend each training. Each training session will take three hours to ensure continuing education credits for attendees.

 

Q. WHAT IF THE SCHOOL DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR A TENNIS COURT?

The curriculum has been designed to work in non-traditional spaces as well as gymnasium formats. 

 

Q. WHAT IF THE SCHOOL HAS DOUBLE CLASSES AND TOO MANY STUDENTS?

The vast majority of the activities in the lesson plans are partner-based so students are occupied by working together to learn. The station signs that are in the current curriculum will also be available digitally as an option for schools with limited space and large classes. 

 

Q. WHAT IF THE TEACHER HAS NO EXPERIENCE WITH TENNIS?

Between the free in-person training, online modules, and the relationship with a School Partner, teachers don’t need any prior experience! The curriculum has also been designed with this teacher in mind.

 

Q. CAN THE SCHOOL HAVE VISITS BY A TENNIS INSTRUCTOR?

Schools are encouraged to work closely with their School Partner so the School’s offering can be enhanced and so students can begin to get familiar with a deliverer of tennis from outside their School.

 

Q. HOW DOES A KID'S TENNIS CLUB FIT INTO THIS?

The resources for what was previously known as a KTC are going to be rolled into the appendix of several of our deliverer manuals as a resource for hosting after-school or similar programs. After-school KTCs will now simply be after-school programs that are either run by a certified coach, a community play deliverer, or a teacher.

 

Q. MY SCHOOL HAS MULTIPLE ORGANIZATIONS WHO WANT TO BE OUR SCHOOL PARTNER, HOW DO I CHOOSE?

If this is the case, please contact netgenerationschools@usta.com. Though we will never mandate which partner you choose, our local knowledge team will work hard to help connect you to the School Partner that best fits your needs. The final decision on who is the school’s partner always rests with the School..

 

Q. WHY CAN'T MY SCHOOL PARTNER BE OUR HIGH SCHOOL COACH?

Our goal with School Partners is to find a tennis outlet for your students that is off-site so they have a natural landing place should they wish to continue tennis outside of school. If your High School Coach is a certified pro or if they work within a Community Program external to the school, they absolutely can be a School Partner. 

 

Q. CAN THE SCHOOL HAVE VISITS BY A TENNIS INSTRUCTOR?

Schools are encouraged to work closely with their School Partner so the School’s offering can be enhanced and so students can begin to get familiar with a deliverer of tennis from outside their School.

 

Q. WE ALREADY HAVE A SCHOOL PARTNER AND HAVE BEEN RUNNING TENNIS IN PE, WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP?

First of all, congratulations!  If this is the case, you are making the most out of being involved with the Net Generation Schools program and now we get to help you build on the success. Please contact netgenerationschools@usta.com and we will work with our local knowledge team to identify the most appropriate next steps based on your needs.

 

Q. I CURRENTLY OPERATE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMMING BUT I AM NOT A TEACHER OR ADMINISTRATOR AT THE SCHOOL, CAN I JUST SIGN UP MY SCHOOLS FOR THIS AND REMAIN THE CONTACT PERSON?

Unfortunately not. All Schools must be signed up separately from their partner and then linked to their school partner after their registration is completed. This is to ensure the safety of our students.

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