Welcome to the 2021 Spring Academy season. Due to the ongoing pandemic, for this season (Mar-May), we are only allowing Level III-V athletes with specific protocols in place. Our hope is to add opportunities for Level II athletes in early summer and Level I athletes in the fall. Sign up below and contact Kathy Avery kathy-avery@hotmail.com with any questions.

 

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2021 SPRING TRAINING ACADEMIES

 

SPT Spring Academy sessions will soon begin at 10 SPT locations. Be sure to register as either an Athlete or a volunteer.

Necessary health and safety precautions and restrictions will be enforced due to the challenges of the pandemic. Restrictions include limiting the number of Athletes and volunteers at each training site and modified levels of play.

We have confirmed 10 of the 18 SPT sites will be open. For returning Athletes and volunteers, you are encouraged to register at a site that you may or may not have previously attended. Click now to view the training sites.

The level of play and number of participants permitted each week will be the primary restrictions specific to our training.

Additional precautions and personal protection for each participant include wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer and social distancing.

The registration process will give more detailed explanation of restrictions and weekly confirmation procedures specific to the chosen site.

For further explanation, you may always contact your site coordinator, or Kathy Avery at Kathy-avery@hotmail.com or Jim Hamm at jim_hamm2003@yahoo.com.

Athletes & Coaches

Eligibility:

Special Pops primarily follows the rules of eligibility as established by Special Olympics North America. Special Pops requirements are:

  • Minimum age requirement to train is age 6
  • Minimum age to compete in a tournament event is 8
  • Person must have a diagnosed intellectual disability
  • Current medical registration on file at Special Olympics office within a reasonable period after participation begins
  • Able to provide his/her own transportation

Skill Levels:

Tennis experience and competency is not a qualifier to participate in Special Pops as either an Athlete or a Volunteer.

The most important characteristics are:

  • Interest in the sport
  • Best effort

Equipment:

Athletes and volunteers are not required to bring any specific tennis equipment. The minimum requirement for each is to have court-approved footwear.

Volunteers

At each of our events, we utilize volunteers in on-court and off-court capacities. Tennis experience and knowledge is a plus but not a requirement for all activities. Your involvement and passion for helping others is far more valuable than your knowledge or skill level as a tennis player. Tennis teams, school groups, families, neighborhoods, and individuals are all encouraged to get involved.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Passion for the population and helping others
  • Energetic
  • Availability
  • Tennis skill and knowledge of the game required for some on-court volunteers

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Training athletes: instructor, ball feeder, court control
  • Ball person
  • Umpire
  • Unified partner (please see specific requirements below)
  • Coach
  • Site coordinator
  • Chaperon
  • Administrative support

Events include: 

  • Training academies: 8 weeks during spring- locations throughout metro Atlanta. Some locations provide an extended schedule for training.
  • League Play: Early Fall
  • Special Olympics Georgia State Games: May/June (see requirements below)
  • Annual Fall Classic Adaptive Tennis Tournament
  • Fundraising events
  • Other – If you have expertise you’d like to share, please contact Special Pops at serve@specialpopstennis.org

Enjoy the thrill of making a difference in the lives of our athletes while enriching your own life. For more information about volunteer opportunities with our organization and the programs we offer, please contact us