That's where the difficulty comes in. There are very few training opportunities being offered even though we face tremendous shortages in qualified chair officials.
If you are interested in becoming a chair official, here are things to remember:
* You must be a certified USTA official. Its not impossible but you have to meet the requirement. Check out the previous post about how you go about getting your USTA certification.
* You must be a certified ITA official. This can only happen after you obtain your USTA certification. Again, check out the previous blog post about how you go about doing this.
* You must be invited or apply for training opportunities. In Texas, we are greatly expanding our training opportunities to include the dates listed below.
NEW CHAIR TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
In order to train more new officials, we will be making available a great opportunity for you to receive actual chair training in an on-court setting. There are numerous opportunities this fall and if you do well, you will be invited to work collegiate matches beginning in January.
During this training you will be given specific chair instruction as well as on-court training in actual matches. The matches may be in an ITA tournament setting or in a UIL setting with the best high school program in the nation.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in the training, you will need to contact Randy McDonald (214 796 7402) as soon as possible so you can get started. You may also email him at email@example.com The opportunities begin very soon so let us hear from you as soon as possible.
During your training you will be able to select your training times from the following list. You will also be able to choose as many opportunities as you would like--remember, the more you practice, the better you will be...
Here are the training dates and times:
July 13-15 ITA tournament at University of Texas at Arlington.
July 27-29 ITA tournament at SMU
August 27 (3:30 p.m.) Highland Park High School Dual match
September 10, 13, 20, 24. Highland Park High School dual matches beginning at 3:30 p.m.
September 22-23 ITA tournament at Tyler Junior College
September 27-28 ITA tournament at Arlington Tennis Center
October 1, 4, 8 Highland Park High School dual matches beginning at 3:30 p.m.
If you are interested, let us know as soon as possible!