Coach in Training

The Coach in Training (C.I.T.) program at Yonkers Tennis Center is designed to provide young adults with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain hands-on experience in a professional environment. Our program aligns with the New York State Learning Standards for College and Career Readiness. We have an organized pathway that enables young adults to progress through three distinct levels, which will enable them to take on more responsibilities and, at the highest level, have the opportunity to work special events for compensation.

Benefits for Junior Player

  • Work at a club that has one of the top 10 and Under Tennis programs in the country

  • Hours spent can be used as community service hours for high school or internship credits for college
  • Letter of recommendation provided

  • Learn and Improve on pertinent life skills, such as teamwork and leadership skills
  • Opportunity to coach in various community tennis programs outside the club

  • Access to USTA 10 and Under and USTA Recreational Coaches Workshops, and certificates of attendance from the USTA
  • Coach In Training Certificate from Yonkers Tennis Center

C.I.T. Levels

C.I.T.’s will progress through 3 different levels at the discretion of the director and based on the amount of C.I.T. hours worked. C.I.T.'s that volunteer for 1-2 seasons can become eligible to be compensated for their work as Junior Pro at Yonkers Tennis Center. This work can include, but is not limited to, special events, Play Days and tournaments, birthday parties and more. Compensation will be granted to Assistant Pro C.I.T.‘s who, in addition to working the set amount of hours, maintain outstanding performance and professionalism. This will also be at the discretion of the director.

There are 2 sessions per year:

  • Winter Season: September through May
  • Summer Season: June through August for summer camp
    • Max 8 spots per week

    Generally, CIT's do 1-2 full seasons of volunteer work before they become eligible to earn compensation as a Junior Pro.

    Responsibilities

    • On-court and off-court assistance

    • Delivery of the 10 and Under Tennis teaching format for kids 10 and under

    • Set-up and tear down of all equipment before and after each lesson/clinic/camp/tournament

    • Assist pro staff with organizing players and be prepared to take charge of small groups of players during tournaments.
    • You will be given opportunities to lead in programs such as:
      • USTA Tournaments and Play Days (held on Saturday afternoons and evenings September through June and sporadically throughout the summer)
      • Summer Camp (junior lessons and camp games, Monday – Friday)
      • Junior Programs (junior clinics from September – June)
      • Community events, such as mall events, in-school and after-school programs

    Eligibility

    • At least 14 years of age

    • Knowledgeable/have a background in tennis

    • Comfortable coaching/working with younger children of all ages and abilities
    • Positive and enthusiastic in all tasks

    • Motivated to improve knowledge and skills

    • Responsible and timely on a daily basis

    • A team player

    • Professional in appearance; wear tennis attire at all times

    • Most importantly, must LOVE working with kids and be a positive role model

    Coach In Training of the Year Award


    The Coach in Training of the Year award recognizes a CIT that has gone above and beyond during their time on court. The CIT of the Year recipient exhibits leadership, sportsmanship, hard work, dedication and ability to motivate not only the players they work with, but also their peers with whom they work alongside each day.

    As the recipient of the CIT of the Year, the selected junior player will be awarded the following:

    • $1,000 scholarship to be used at Yonkers Tennis Center over the next year
    • Their name engraved as the first CIT of the Year recipient on the CIT of the Year plaque that will be displayed throughout the year in the club

    Apply

    To apply for a Coach in Training position, please complete the Coach in Training Application Form.


    For questions on the C.I.T program, please contact Alexa Goldberg, agoldberg@yonkerstennis.com