USPTA Certification

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United States Professional Tennis Association

The CEO of Transitioning Forward in Belchertown, MA, Allen Fitzsimmons earned a master of science in management from Simon Business School and a bachelor of arts in economics and political science from the University of Rochester (UR). While attending UR, he joined the varsity tennis team. Today, Allen Fitzsimmons holds current USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) certification, teaching other players and competing at the tournament level.

The USPTA provides official certification in the United States and more than 80 foreign countries. To qualify for certified USPTA membership, individuals must pass an application/exam process, meet relevant tennis experience requirements, agree to abide by the USPTA Code of Ethics, and generate or plan to generate a major portion of personal income from tennis instruction. In addition to a general “professional” designation, the USPTA offers both “elite professional” and “master professional” designations, which are more difficult to obtain and carry greater esteem. The organization also offers specialized certification in areas that range from school coaching to wheelchair play.


USTA Foundation’s Military Outreach Reunites Warriors Through Tennis

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Military Outreach

Allen Fitzsimmons, owner of Transitioning Forward, is interested in helping people move easily through life transitions. Allen Fitzsimmons, of Belchertown, MA, is an avid tennis player in the USTA.

The United States Tennis Association works with returning military to help with the transition from military life to civilian life. There are approximately 22.7 million military veterans in the United States. USTA Foundation’s Military Outreach includes introducing tennis to wounded warriors as a form of physical rehabilitation. The Wounded Warrior tennis training offered by the USTA encourages returning military personnel to reconnect with other military veterans in sportsmanship, brotherhood, and competition.

For some of the returning military members, this is an opportunity to engage in physical activity in a non-judgmental setting with other military personnel, active and retired. For other players, it is a chance to improve their lives and connect with their families.

Sports can give veterans focus and a way to return to a more normal civilian life. The US Tennis Association’s goals with physical therapy are for the military veteran to increase physical activity while decreasing stress and social anxiety.

The USPTA Recreational Coach Certification

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United States Professional Tennis Association

Allen Fitzsimmons is a small business owner and sales professional with experience owning three small businesses. A business operations and marketing expert, he is currently the principal at his company, Transitioning Forward, based in Belchertown, MA. Outside of his work, Allen Fitzsimmons has played tennis competitively for many years and is a USPTA-certified instructor.

Including more than 15,000 members, the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is a professional association for tennis coaches and professionals. The organization was founded in 1927 and seeks to advance the sport of tennis as well as raise the standards of its members. The association also provides a number of different certifications for professions in tennis.

One such certification offered is the USPTA’s recreational coach certification. Designed for individuals who are coaching tennis part-time, such as coaches at schools or recreational facilities, the accreditation ensures that coaches remain current on the standards of the USPTA. Requirements to be a recreational coach include attending in-person USPTA workshops or taking the Professional Tennis Coaches Academy I online to learn the basic teaching standards for the sport.

United States Professional Tennis Association


United States Professional Tennis Association

Outside of his responsibilities with the Belchertown, MA-based firm Transitioning Forward, Allen Fitzsimmons is a USPTA Level 2 certified tennis teaching professional. The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) offers tennis instructors such as Allen Fitzsimmons a number of professional development initiatives, such as the High
Performance Coaching Program.

The High Performance Coaching Program gives USPTA-certified tennis teaching professionals the opportunity to improve their skills and receive instruction from some of  the country’s leading coaches. Designed to foster personal and professional growth, the program engages participants in a variety of events and focuses on providing ongoing
instruction to participants. The benefits of program participation range from monthly  coaching sessions and event-based programs to educational workshops and sessions that occur throughout the year.

Admission to the program requires USPTA approval, and applicants must meet at least one of the program’s entrance qualifications, which includes serving as a current member of the USPTA and possessing certification as a Level 1 coach in the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). Other areas of consideration include completion of the Sports Science competency Test, current coaching involvement, and coaching history. Instructors who complete the High Performance program will receive a certification of completion from the PTR and the USPTA.