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[tennisbiz] Re: Teaching students

From: Mike Rush <>
Date: Thu 17 May 2001 22:19:02 -0500

I really appreciate the responses to my questions about legitimacy of
charging the team members that I coach when they take a 'lesson' from me.
 I hope to get more responses. I would like to wade in on the CTA
thread. When I moved to the town I live in I heard there was a CTA, so I
joined. I was promised plenty of activities to plug into and a list of
other CTA members in the mail so that I could find practice partners. I
received neither and when I found out that the CTA ladies had a doubles
league I inquired about a men's doubles league. CTA leadership told me
that no one was organizing men's doubles but that they would love it if I
would take it on. When I did, I was immediately put on the leadership
board as the men's double's chairperson.

A year later I joined the USPTA and immediately discovered what I
consider to be a conflict of interest between CTA's and USPTA programs.
I don't own a tennis club, but as a USPTA member I wanted to organize
tennis programs that would be fun and exciting but most of all reliable.
Participants would, of course, pay for involvement in activities that I
organized. A CTA is a volunteer organization, subsidized by the USTA.
The local tennis player wonders why they should pay to belong to a club
or organization when they can participate in the CTA for free. I don't
blame them, but our CTA really doesn't do anything. It has no current
programs either for adults or juniors, yet it maintains its monopoly over
programs in our town. "If you want to play tennis, call your local CTA."

I finally resigned my post and am teaching all the private and group
lessons that my schedule will allow. Do the readers see a conflict
between the USPTA club owner/teacher and the CTA?

Mike Rush
Received on Thu May 17 2001 - 22:29:50 CDT

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