As PPTA President Nate Parsons made clear from the beginning, the main goal was to raise the bar and become better teaching professionals. Good news is that they accomplished it!
The convention began with speakers Jean Kempner and former PPTA President Mike Rahaley sharing their experiences after more than 20 years of teaching paddle. Kempner discussed the importance of growing local programs while Rahaley entertained the crowd by telling pros his funny drills names.
Paddlepro.com owner Bob Considine covered topics related to the trends in paddles, balls and also shared some of his own teaching tips. The last speaker was legend and Hall of Famer Hank Irvine, who kept the audience captive for an hour and gave an amazing, witty, and inspirational speech.
After all presentations were over, some of the attendees participated of the certification course lead by Rahaley, Kempener and PPTA Treasurer Nathan LeFevre. The conference took place at the beautiful Center Court Athletic Club, located in Chatham, NJ.