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2021 Upcoming Courses

NATIONAL COACHING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (NCCP)
TENNIS INSTRUCTOR COURSES 

October 22-24, 2021 and October 29-31, 2021
Regina Sportplex, Regina
1717 Elphinstone Street
Click here to register for Regina
November 26-28, 2021 and December 3-5, 2021
Lakewood Indoor Tennis Centre, Saskatoon
1635 McKercher Drive
Click here to register for Saskatoon

Course Facilitator: MERHAY TESFA ENDRIAS 

Tennis Saskatchewan administers the Tennis Instructor Course and the Club Pro 1 Course of the Tennis Canada / National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).  Applicants must complete all per-requisites before moving on to the next level.  Registration is to be completed on-line on a first pay – first entry basis.  All fees must be paid in advance.  VISA and MasterCard are accepted. 

A minimum of 6 participants (per course) will be required for a course to proceed. 

Participants should come prepared to participate, both on and off court – please bring your racquet. 

For further information, please contact Tennis Saskatchewan at  306-780-9410 or email at tennissask@sasktel.net    

COURSE INFORMATION 

Cost:
$500.00 (plus GST) (on-line registration only)
Registration includes $63.00 one year TPA Membership
(please contact Tennis Saskatchewan at 306-780-9410 for financial assistance opportunities)  

Registration Deadline:
Regina Course – October 16, 2021
Saskatoon Course – November 20, 2021

Minimum Age:
All candidates must be turning 16 years of age or older at least one year after the course start date. 

Please note that those candidates who are 15 years old turning 16 within 1 year of the course can do all in-course testing. However, even if they have successfully completed all of the course elements, they won’t receive their Tennis Instructor certificate until their 16th birthday. 

Play Level:
To complete the Demo Test Evaluation, candidates need to have a play level of at least 3.0 

Certification is comprised of demonstration, teaching, knowledge, professionalism and Making Ethical Decisions evaluations.    

E-Learning Modules must be completed before the course starts (approx. 3 – 4 hours needed to complete).  

Candidates will not be given access to their results until both the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) module and all 8 e-learning modules have been completed.  

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. The mission of instructor course is to develop instructors who will stimulate players’ growth and retention, and promote tennis as a sport for life, by delivering a quality tennis program. 

Commitment: 5 days 

Minimum Age: 16 years (may take course at 15 years and be evaluated but can only be 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) 

To maintain active certified professional status: TPA membership in addition to professional development every 4 years (or another certification course) 

Please click on link below to get information on the following: 

  • What is the Instructor Course? 
  • Who is the Course For? 
  • What Will I Learn? 
  • What are the Course Prerequisites? 
  • How will I be Evaluated? 
  • Who will lead the Course? 
  • Who will deliver the Course? 
  • What is a typical course schedule / structure? 
  • How do I register for the Course? 

Instructor Course Information Guide 

Equipment 

  • Bring your racquet, note pad and pens.

Attire 

  • Proper tennis attire is required for the duration of the course (i.e. non-marking soles, track suits and proper tennis shirts, shorts or skirts).

Meals 

  • Participants are responsible for their own meals (breaks provided).

Accommodation  

  • Participants are responsible for their own accommodation.

Attendance 

  • 100% attendance is required to be eligible to be evaluated.

To maintain active certified professional status 

  • TPA membership in addition to professional development every 4 years (or another certification course).

Course materials 

  • To access all course materials, you must first register to the course. This sign-up process will automatically sign you up for the Instructor Course, for the Tennis Professionals Association (TPA) and create a new Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) account or connect your pre-existing CAC account to your TPA account. The course material will be in the My Course section of your TPA account. Please follow the instructions in the pre-course work document.
  • The following participant materials are required for use during the course so please bring copies:

    • In-Course Workbook 
    • Instructor Evaluation Guide (digital copy okay) 
    • MED Coach workbook (digital copy okay) 

IMPORTANT: The Pre-Course Online Modules MUST be completed before the course begins.  Candidates will not be eligible for the course until these modules are completed and approved by the Course Facilitator on the first day/night of the course.  

NOTE: THE ONLINE MODULES WILL TAKE 3-4 HOURS TO COMPLETE 

Making Ethical Decisions Evaluation (MED) 

  • This is a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) requirement for all sports.  The training module for this evaluation will be on the first weekend of the course.  This competency is evaluated in an on-line evaluation to be completed between the 1st and 2nd weekends of the course.  Please look at the pre-course work document, “Instructions for MED online evaluation” section, to learn how to complete this evaluation.  Note: please do not attempt to complete the MED before the MED training module has taken place during the course.

Safe-Sport 

  • The Tennis Professionals Association (TPA) and Tennis Canada are committed safeguarding tennis by delivering safe sport education and training, developing best practices and implementing current and comprehensive policies. As part of your registration, you will need to complete: a background check, accept the Code of Conduct, the declaration and complete the Respect in Sport for Activity Leader online module. These items need to be completes in order to be certified. 

Once you have completed the course, you will be evaluated (on the final day of the course).  If all competency evaluations are successfully completed, and you have completed the On-line MED evaluation, the Safe-sport pre-requisites, you will be certified as an Instructor. 

For more information on the Tennis Canada coaching certification program, view the Coaching Development System.

To view a list of actively certified coaches in Saskatchewan, visit the Tennis Professionals Association website.

Click here to register for Regina
Click here to register for Saskatoon

 

In order to ensure all certified instructors, club professionals and coaches maintain “active certified status” based on their level of certification; there is a minimum ongoing professional development requirement. This is critical to maintaining or developing your knowledge, problem-solving, technical skills or professional performance standards. The TPA offers and endorses (with its partners) a wide variety of professional development opportunities. 

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 2800. 

Coaching excellence demands that every Canadian tennis instructor/coach/pro (for the remainder of this text the individual will be known as “Coach”) pursue professional development opportunities and keep abreast of new trends in the sport. 

To be classified as “ACTIVE”, a certified coach must:  

  1. have achieved full certification at a particular level 

and 

  1. be a member of the “Tennis Professionals Association”.

To maintain “ACTIVE” status, a coach must either:  

  1. Attend a tennis certification course at the level immediately above the level at which he or she is fully certified (note: it can also include taking a new stream of certification).  The expiry dates for each certification level will be as follows: 
  • Instructor: 4 years expiry 
  • Club Pro 1: 3 years expiry 
  • CP2, CP3, Coach 2, 3, 4 and 5: 2 years expiry

or 

  1. Attend one of the following prescribed professional development opportunities (Recertification opportunity).
  • Coaching Conference (endorsed by Tennis Canada or PTA) 
  • Professional Development Course in-person or online (endorsed by Tennis Canada or PTA) 
  • Auditing a previously attended certification course (only if the previous course that has been taken has been updated) 

The Expiry dates for each level is as follows: 

  • Instructor: 4 years expiry
  • Club Pro 1: 3 years expiry 
  • CP2, CP3, Coach 2, 3, 4 and 5: 2 years expiry 

Coaches who do not fulfill the above requirements will be classified “INACTIVE”. 

The Instructor course (NCCP Context: Instructor – Beginner) is the first level of the Tennis Canada’s “Recreation – Tennis for Life” certification stream, focusing on the LTAD Stage 2 “FUNdamentals”.

This course is for anyone interested in the competencies required to introduce starter players to the game of tennis. Instructors are trained to use Progressive Tennis in group lessons (1.0 – 2.5 level) at 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.

The Instructor’s role in our tennis community is critical. For tennis to grow and for players to stay in the game, they need to experience enjoyment and improvement. In this course, you will experience and develop the qualities associated with a positive, motivating leader. As well, you will be trained to scale and modify the game your students can experience success with activities that challenge them with the right skills and play for their level. More specifically, you will learn to:

Lead and communicate effectively

  • Display professionalism and enthusiasm
  • Control the focus and attention of a group
  • Present clear and correct visual demonstrations with concise explanations
  • Provide positive interventions that apply tactical and technical tools to improve performance

Manage play and practice environments

  • Plan and implement “Learn to Play” curriculum employing Progressive Tennis so starter players can successfully serve, rally and score.
  • Set up and maintain a group environment that is active, safe, and challenging while applying group organizational tools
  • Organize play and apply competition tools using a variety of competitive formats, set-ups and scoring

Be resourceful

  • Awareness of Tennis Canada’s Wheelchair course and “Active Start” initiatives
  • Awareness of Tennis Canada’s Pathway programs including Le Petit, Tennis for Schools, and Learn to Play

Follow a process for making ethical decisions consistent with the Tennis Canada Code of Ethics.

  • Minimum certification requirements: None
  • Participants must be 15 years of age or older (must be at least 16 years of age to be certified)
  • Minimum level of play:  3.0 level player
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Completion of pre-course workbooks or e-learning modules prior to the beginning of the course.
  • Become a TEMP member of the Tennis Professionals Association.

There are 4 (four) categories of competencies candidates must complete to achieve Instructor certification:

  1. Knowledge
  2. Leadership/Professionalism
  3. Demonstration (Playing and Fundamental Skills)
  4. Teaching (Unfolding a Lesson)

In addition, candidates are required to complete the Coaching Association of Canada’s Making Ethical Decisions Instructor stream online evaluation.

Candidates must achieve a “met standard” rating on all of the evaluations to be certified. If candidates achieve an “incomplete” rating on any evaluations, they must re-take that evaluation (or in the case of the knowledge evaluation workbook components, complete them). If they receive an “incomplete” on 3 or more of the 4 evaluations (1, 2, 3, 4), they must re-take the entire course at full price.

Candidates have 18 months from the date of their original course to complete all evaluations; otherwise, they must re-take the entire course at full price.

  • 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.

For further information, please contact Tennis Saskatchewan by email at cd.tennissask@gmail.com 

Tennis Saskatchewan also administers the Club Professional 1 course, which is the next level of certification beyond the Instructor Course. If you are a Tennis Canada Certified Instructor, are at least 17 years of age, and are interested in taking Club Professional 1, reach out to Tennis Saskatchewan by email at cd.tennissask@gmail.com.

To view a list of Club Professional 1 competencies, visit the TPA website.