PTM 1010 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL TENNIS MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

Review of career opportunities in the tennis industry, as well as qualifications and responsibilities associated with them. Feeding skills and basic tennis theory is included. Students will complete all Coach Youth Tennis requirements and National Cardio Tennis Certification.

Offered: fall


PTM 1250, 1260, 2250, 2260, 3250, 3260, 4250, 4260 PROFESSIONAL SEMINARS (0.5 credit each)

Experts from the tennis industry conduct educational seminars on topics such as teaching, pro shop operations, and club management. Six workshops are required for graduation. Pass/fail courses.

Offered: fall and spring


PTM 1450 TEACHING METHODS I (3 credits)

Students will learn the basic concepts of teaching tennis to both groups and individuals. Focus will be on the structure of the class and proper ball feeding techniques. Students will learn how to manage large groups and various learning styles in addition to providing a student-centered experience with the proper use of progressions. Students will complete the USTA Teaching Essentials I workshop as part of this course. Students will be prepared to take the PTM Ball Feeding Assessment Part I and the PTM Teaching Basics Part I Assessment.

Offered: spring


PTM 1700, 2700, 3700 INTERNSHIP I, II, III (1 credit each)

Learning operational aspects of the tennis industry through a minimum 320-hour paid work experience. Good academic and program standing is required. Students are monitored by a faculty member to complete checkpoints during each internship. An employer evaluation is required at the completion of the internship. Requirements for each internship must be met before registering for the next internship. These courses are offered every semester. All students who are participating in a paid internship are subject to random drug testing prior to and during employment according to the Reeves School of Business Drug Policy.

Prerequisites: Seniors who have a GPA of 2.5 may be eligible to participate in a five-month extended PTM 3700 internship with the approval of the PTM or permission of the department chair/school dean


PTM 2450 TEACHING METHODS I (3 credits)

Utilizing more advanced techniques in the management and execution of tennis coaching, students will learn to integrate tactical situations with technical development for players. Use of the Net Generation application, development of appropriate lesson plans and effective analysis of stroke production will be topics in this course. Students will complete the USTA Teaching Essentials II workshop as part of this course. Students will be prepared to take the PTM Ball Feeding Assessment Part II and PTM Teaching Basics Part II Assessment.

Offered: spring


PTM 2500 RACQUET REPAIR & TENNIS TECH (3 credits)

Introduction to the techniques used in proper racquet repair and stringing as provided by the USRSA and to the use of technology in the tennis industry. Students will prepare for the USRSA Professional Racquet Advisor designation and may elect to pursue the Master Racquet Technician certification. Students will also learn how to use statistical and video analysis in the coaching of tennis players using the RacquetFit program in addition to using ball machines and other technology for effective operations. Students will be prepared to take the PTM Statistical Analysis Assessment and the PTM Video Analysis Assessment.Offered: fall


PTM 3300 TENNIS FACILITY MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

The management of tennis facilities as a business is covered, including planning, event planning, programming, financial management, pro shop operations, marketing, and risk management.

Prerequisites: junior standing, permission of the PTM Director, or permission of the department chair/school dean
Offered: spring


PTM 3360 DOMESTIC BUSINESS EXPERIENCE (3 credits)

An American business is a dynamic process that brings together people, consumers, technology, natural resources, and human initiative in a constantly changing and competitive environment. To understand the framework in which a business operates, students will travel for an exploration and learning opportunity from the business. This course will require research and class time at an off-site location as selected by the professor of record. An additional fee will apply to cover the costs of travel and lodging. Travel for student conferences and conventions is prohibited as part of this course.

Prerequisites: Permission of the PTM Director or of the department chair/school dean


PTM 3400 SPORT SCIENCE IN TENNIS (3 credits)

The understanding of Sport Science in the coaching of tennis is a basic requirement in the tennis industry. This course will allow students to learn the principles of biomechanics, motor learning, sport medicine, sport psychology, strength and conditioning, nutrition and injury rehabilitation and pre-habilitation. The topics covered in this course will be utilized in PTM 3450 Advanced Teaching Methods as students learn to apply concepts in this course with actual player development on the court. Students will be prepared to take the PTM Sport Science Assessment.

Prerequisites: PTM 1010, PTM 1450, PTM 2500 and PTM 2450 or permission of the PTM Director. Offered: Fall


PTM 3450 ADVANCED TEACHING METHODS (3 credits)

Applying the topics covered in PTM 3450 Sport Science in Tennis, students will learn to implement those concepts into actual development of players of all ages and abilities while learning the American Developmental Model (ADM). The ability to assess, create developmental plans and review progress with the player (and parents when necessary) are critical steps in the process. Students will complete the USTA Teaching Essentials III workshop as part of this course. Students will be prepared to take the PTM Advanced Teaching Assessment.

Prerequisites: PTM 1010, PTM 1450, PTM 2500, PTM 2450, AND PTM 3400 or permission of the PTM Director.

Offered: Spring


PTM 3600 FACILITY MANAGEMENT & OPERATIONS (3 credits)

Students will explore the sport and hospitality industries from concept and development to management and operation with examples from sports venues such as golf courses, tennis facilities, water sports and spas. The course covers facility planning, staffing, front and back of the house management, physical plant maintenance and sustainability practices.

Prerequisites: PTM 1010, PTM 1450, PTM 2500 and PTM 2450 or permission of the PTM Director.

Cross-listed: RMT 3600 & SMA 3600

Offered: Spring


PTM 4300 FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

The course covers the fundamentals of food, beverage and labor controls. The student will be exposed to the concepts of food cost, beverage cost, menu engineering, labor cost, purchasing and inventory requirements, labor factor analysis, staff training and legal issues in the handling and serving of alcoholic beverages. The course is rich in hands- on demonstrations, menu design and costing activities. The course requires a fee to cover specific PGA requirements for PGM students.

Prerequisite: RMT 1700 or equivalent PGM or PTM internship course

Cross-listed: RMT 4300 and PTM 4300

Offered: fall and spring


PTM 4500 PTM CAPSTONE COURSE: OBTAINING SPECIALIZATIONS (3 credits)

Students who obtained their certification as a Certified Tennis Professional from the USPTA and/or PTR during their junior year have the opportunity to obtain one or more specializations offered by the organizations. Specializations are set by the individual organizations and the tennis industry and may change at any time in the future. The Methodist PTM Program does not control the specializations offered. Students will collaborate with the instructor in a group setting but will perform much of the required work for the specialization in an independent manner. Current specializations include the following:

  • USPTA Facility Management
  • USPTA Pro Shop Operations
  • USPTA Wheelchair Tennis
  • USPTA Competitive Player Development
  • PTR Level Three Junior Development
  • PTR Level Three Adult Development
  • PTR Level Three Performance Development

Prerequisites: PTM 1010, PTM 1450, PTM 2500 and PTM 2450 in addition to either PTM 3300 & PTM 3600 or PTM 3400 & PTM 3540, or permission of the PTM Director.

Offered: Spring


PTM 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN TENNIS MANAGEMENT (1-3 creits)

An opportunity for a well-qualified upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Credit is to be determined.

Prerequisite: approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, PTM Director, the school dean and Provost