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2003

The Spirit of Platform Tennis - video by Eric Taylor featuring David Ohlmuller, John Schmitt, Chris Gambino and Mike Cochrane

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The video was shot at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Briarcliff, NY and produced by Fox Meadow member and indie film producer Eric Taylor. It shows the fun of paddle competition and the spirit of the players. The foursome involved were: David Ohlmuller, Chris Gambino, Mike Cochrane and John Schmitt. Source: Eric Taylor

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2005

Junior paddle, past and present – a short history of the ups and downs. Kudos to David Kjeldsen, Robin Fulton and Patty Hogan for revitalizing the junior game

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Alexia Pereira and Luke Scrivanich
Alexia Pereira and Luke Scrivanich

Maura Judkis provided a summary of efforts to grow junior paddle over the past decades One of Whitney Snyder's most poignant memories from his childhood in Sewickley, Penn., is the slow scratch of a shovel being dragged across a snow-covered aluminum floor. While his weeks were filled with middle school, his weekends were devoted to platform tennis. Instead of waking up early on wintry Saturday mornings for cartoons, Snyder would go to the paddle courts at 7 a.m. and hear the scraping shovel that signified the beginning of his early morning group lesson. The 1970s generated junior paddle leagues across the country. Both Snyder and his friend Bill Hallett recalled their junior paddle days as being sponsored by enthusiastic parents who were willing to teach the game and send their children to the Junior Nationals by the bus load. "There really weren't pros teaching the game," said Ha[...]

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2014

APTA Board Member Profile – John Noble

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John Y. Noble Residence: Lake Forest, Illinois. John Noble was born in Berkeley, California, grew up in Lake Forest, and graduated from Lake Forest High School and Ball State University. Occupation: Noble works, as an Owner and Vice President of Sales, with his brother in a unique healthcare company—PathFinder Health LLC—that focuses on connecting people with doctors, so that more people can engage and follow through to improve their health. Family: He has three beautiful daughters, Susanna, Sarah and Catherine, and a wonderful wife, Susan, who has been and continues to be of great support. Tennis and service have been major influences in his life; his grandfather presided over the Westerns for many years and his father served as president of the Chicago District Tennis Association. Getting into the game: Being friends with a good number of the Chicago-area tennis pros, who tau[...]

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2014

APTA Volunteer of the Month – Barry Snyder

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Many years ago, a young Delaware lawyer, Barry Snyder, made a discovery far more momentous than any legal writ: Paddle is a lot more fun than most racquet sports. "I was in my 20's when I played my first platform tennis tournament," Snyder explained. "I was used to tennis events where, because I wasn't very good, I would quickly lose my first match and head home. There were no parties, and there was no socializing." But in paddle, he found a sport with tournaments that guaranteed at least three matches, and at which adult beverages were expected to be quaffed after matches, sometimes between matches, and on occasion, during matches. He was hooked. Paddle became a sport that eventually sparked his favorite mantra: "Play paddle! Have fun!" It now adorns a license plate on his car. Every paddle area has its Mr. or Mrs. Paddle - many of whom have been celebrated on this page. He or she[...]

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2014

Inauguration of Viking Low Bounce League

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It's mid-March and the last platform ball has hit the aluminum. The platform leagues across the country are crowning their league champions. But for many of us, we experience a sense of withdrawal that kicks in right after the season is done. The desire to compete more and socialize with friends continues to fuel us. To add to that feeling is the plain fact that the weather in mid-April thru the beginning of June has not warmed up—it's still platform weather. Along with the want for more platform, there is also a sense of wondering among the league champions. A wondering if my teammates and I are the best team in the country at our level….[read more - click on image] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 15, Issue 4 Feb/March 2014

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2014

APTA Board Member Profile – David Lee

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David Lee Residence: Darien, Connecticut Occupation: Investment Management Years of Service on the APTA Board: 1 Family: Wife, Jenny; Daughters, Isabel, 18, and Julianna, 16 Years Playing: 10 How did you get started playing platform tennis? The first time I played platform tennis was in 1994 at the invite of a friend. I had played competitive junior tennis and thought it would be a breeze. However, many service faults, missed drives, and screen embarrassments later, I thought the game was silly and I didn't play again for almost 10 years. In 2003, I joined the Milbrook Club in Greenwich, CT, which had three courts and a solid core of players. My tennis friends encouraged me to give it another go, and this time I also took some lessons. From there, my playing took off. The camaraderie, sportsmanship, and mental aspects of the game made it addicting. I also realized that while my b[...]

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2014

Volunteer of the Month – Peter Dampf

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Recruiter, Captain, Commander, Communicator If you were at the Nationals last year at Indian Trail Club, there is a good chance you saw Peter Dampf in action. He seemed to have all the answers. He knew who was playing and where, how to update the Live Scoring, and where the balls were kept. He also knew about half of the players, having recruited many of them for his Division 1 team in the Westchester League (WPTL) in Greenburgh, New York. Dampf plays platform tennis about three times a week, but has recently had to restrict night match play due to some vision issues. As a non-playing captain, he sets the line-ups and will put himself in for at least one match as long as it doesn't hurt Greenburgh's chances for a top-seeding in the yearend Division 1 tournament. His dedication to his team is note-worthy. And his post-match emails are legendary. With humor and wisdom, he discusses e[...]

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2014

The future of the court – more innovation

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Court construction has come along way from that first deck built in 1928. New technology is being put to work to make them better all the time. PTM had the update. Ideas, Aspirations and Actualities Have you been on a court that seemed different recently? Did you just notice that some courts have different colors? Courts have been changing bit by bit over time, but major changes could be in the future. What does the court of the future look like? What if it didn't have snowboards? Even in the snowy Northeast or the frigid Midwest? What if the courts weren't aluminum? What if the surface didn't have grit since it never got slippery from the snow? Can't you hear the knees and backs out there applauding? All the other elements of the court—lights, door locks, wires, net posts—could be or have been reconceived as well. There are innovators out there thinking aboUt the court m[...]

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2014

Junior Nationals

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Despite the postponement almost 100 teams converged on the Philadelphia area for the 2014 APTA Viking Junior Nationals. Across the board, a fantastic group of athletes and parents. Each age group has earned their special award. Nindy Pike covered the event for PTM. Boys 10 & Under: Where The Wild Things Are What you might see on the court when young boys are on the court: sunglasses, puffy coats, loud high-fives, hunter-safety hats, dance moves. What you will definitely see: topspin drives, low screens, and some fist pumps. The champions, Charles Brossy and Griffin Cramer, have won four junior tournaments this season. The finalists, James Lorenzetti and Trevor Ramirez, have won one gold together, and one gold each with partner Charlie Stuhr. A small but mighty foursome. (Heard in the hut: "They are so cute, I could eat them up!") Girls 12 & Under: Your Smile's So Wide Ten[...]

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2014

APTA Volunteer Of The Month – Steve Webster

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A Strong Proponent of the Game in the Midwest A transplant from the East Coast, Steve Webster has now spent more time in the Midwest than where he grew up, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He has embraced the Midwest and embodies the spirit of it. He's not just a really nice guy. He is an important part of the Indianapolis platform tennis scene. Webster started playing platform tennis for fun at the Glen Ridge Country Club in New Jersey at about age ten. It wasn't until he went to college at Lake Forest College, in Illinois, that he really started playing more. He joined the Chicago scene in its infancy, playing at the Onwentsia Club and was one of the masterminds with Rod Workman behind the growth of the game. In the 1980s, there was a "rule" that pros weren't allowed to play in the league. Webster and Workman started the movement to change that rule. The pros then started investing the[...]

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