The politics surrounding governing boards at clubs and homeowner associations are infamous. The tasks facing governing bodies at Clubs or Home Owner Associations are far too numerous to list here, but one of them often is to oversee a tennis or fitness department. In investigating the inherent politics of Boards, we will separate the country … More Board of Ed: The Board Itself Might Be In Need of Education
It happens every year. The summer comes to an end, and so does the job of the Director of Tennis. Data seems to suggest that there is a higher turnover among tennis Directors than Fitness directors. And by turnover, we mean termination – not moving on to a better job. What are the reasons behind … More The Top 5 Reasons Directors Of Tennis Are Terminated
I’m always asked how I retain such good professionals over several years, especially when they are independent contractors. It’s not easy – keeping 1099 workers at your facility is a tough task. But it’s possible and as the saying goes: paying your instructors handsomely for hours on the tennis court or gym floor speaks volumes. … More Retaining Your 1099 Independent Contractors
by Ed Shanaphy For those of us in tennis or fitness who “own” our merchandise shop and do all the buying and selling within our own company, August is a perplexing month where we are always left asking: Should I have a sale before I close up shop? Every year, starting in May, I hear … More Should I Have an “End of Season” Tennis Shop Sale?
A Three Part Series From Beyond The Baselines – Part One By Christine Murphy I admit, I’m a tennis ‘Boomer’, introduced by my Dad to the sport at the tender age of 8. As a fireman and tennis pro, he created a wonderful family tennis lifestyle full of lessons, tournaments, and practice sessions that he … More Wellness & Tennis: Partnership Within The Lines
Members we are told are a family. We grow up with the membership and as we stay at a club longer and longer, we become part of that family as we watch the juniors grow into legacy memberships. That’s partly true, but it’s important to keep a fine line between service to the membership and … More Staff Communication Leads To Member Retention
by Ed Shanaphy, Director of Tennis Roger has just won his 20th Grand Slam singles title. Unreal. He’s perhaps the greatest singles player to ever walk on our planet. The accolades are sincere and worthy and it is a pleasure to watch his grace, athletism, and sportsmanship. He is a wonderful role model for younger … More Is Roger Federer Hurting Tennis At My Club?
The Future of American Club Tennis & Fitness is Fresh, Appropriate Programming How do you reinvent the wheel? How many ways can one create a tennis program that is fitting for a country club while instilling the true desire to play tennis and increase play in our community as a whole? We have seen programming … More Programming The Future Of Country Club Tennis & Fitness
The gym and tennis court can be a microcosm of life. Issues that we see in life are dealt with by making firm decisions. To be your personal best in the gym, one must be disciplined and make a clear decision to “stay the course” and improve. Same holds true on the tennis court. And … More Continuing Education For Your Fitness and Tennis Professional Staff
How FLSA employement legislation can cause financial pain for hiring country clubs and home owner associations … More Exempt versus Non-Exempt Tennis Professionals – The FLSA On The Courts