What activity can you do with kids in the middle of winter when its 15 degrees out?
Put them on the paddle courts of course! That is exactly what happened January 11, as 184 players took to the courts for the 2003 Junior National Championships hosted by the Beacon Hill Club in Summit, New Jersey.
Seven area clubs, 28 courts in all, saw non-stop action as a record number of players battled it out in hopes of winning a National Title. At day's end, four teams left with championships medals and "Champion's Chairs" while the other 88 teams left with the satisfaction of knowing they competed their best.
The winners in the 10-and-Under championship were Will Burchenal and Thomas Killian (Summit, NJ). They topped Ryan Hissey and Scotty "THRASH" Safford (West Chester,PA) 6-2, 6-3 in the finals.
Terry Keegan (Fairfield, CT) and Liam Bohannon (Westport, CT) won the 12- and-Under champ[...]
Gary Horvath paid tribute to those that made it happen:
The quiet resurrection of the junior circuit has to be included in this list of events that will shape the game in the years ahead. Junior paddle has seen its rebirth as a result of renewed support for the APTA Junior Nationals, increased programming by teaching professionals, and the creation of the Viking Cup and Viking Junior Tour. This season, over 180 players participated in the Junior Nationals. Patty Hogan, Junior Nationals Tournament Director, was impressed both with the level of enthusiasm and the improvement in the level of play.
This season also marked the first year of the Viking Junior Tour. There have been four junior tournaments held so far this season with over 350 participants. Two more are definitely scheduled and two additional tournaments are tentatively scheduled for this season.
A year after entering t[...]
One hundred and eleven men's teams negotiated their way to Philadelphia to compete for the prestigious, year-end, National Platform Tennis Championships, March 8th and 9th. When the dust cleared on Sunday afternoon, the defending National Champions, Scott Mansager and Flip Goodspeed had been upset in the semifinals by Mike Stulac and Bill Anderson. Stulac and Anderson were then defeated by David Ohlmuller and Chris Gambino in two hard-fought sets in the finals. For Ohlmuller and Gambino, the victory was especially sweet as they recaptured the National Championship from two years ago.
"We had a great year, capped off by an amazing Nationals," said David Ohlmuller. "The tournament was first class all the way. The atmosphere made it feel like the US Open," exclaimed the three-time National Champ.
With Mother Nature cooperating and providing partly sunny skies and temperatures i[...]
With defending Region IV champs missing several veteran players, the Region III dark-horse men's team delivered a stunning victory in front of their hometown fans. After four rounds of competition, Region III had won 18 out of a possible 20 points, mathematically winning the Cup prior to the final round against a strong Region I (NY/NJ) squad.
Lead by the undefeated play of John Stefanik and Tim McAvoy at #1, Region III started strong and never let up, bringing the Cup back home for the first time since 2000, when Captain Pete Mathews led the team in Rochester.
As with every PC victory, this year was a total team effort. The up and coming rookie team of David Caldwell and Blake Cordish went 4-1 at #4. Also, Chris Gorman, another first-time PC player, joined forces with Fred Gumbinner in the #5 slot and also went 4-1. They too, went undefeated in their first four matches. The veter[...]
During his tenure as the chair of the APTA Rules and Equipment Committee Robert A Brown had conducted a number of surveys of service holds and breaks, in part because of the no-let decision in the late 1990s. In 2003 he updated his earlier work with and analysis on the 20003 Senior Men's 50+, 60+ and 70+ championships and filed the following report with PTM.
In discussions with players about the "pros" and "cons" of the no-Jet on net cord serve rule, the conversation usually progresses to a question as to whether the server In platform tennis has an advantage in serving. The "con" proponent will generally comment that this is the case and that the no-let rule further favors the server. While there Is a modicum of truth to the latter comment, It is not a significant factor, since most of the net-cord serves are returnable and the Incidence of the "dribbler" occurs on less than one-half[...]
The first platform was built in Scarsdale, NY and was ready for play in late November, 1928.
Initially it was used for badminton and deck tennis but the discovery, soon afterwards, of the racquets and balls used in paddle tennis1 lead to the creation of the game we know today.
Despite a number of experiments with modifying the physical dimensions of the court over the years the court configuration adopted by the Founders has stood the test of time, as did the one-serve rule and playing the ball off the wires.
For more details on the initial experiments with the game please see The Early Years 1928-1934.
Note 1: Paddle Tennis was developed by the Reverend Frank P. Beal as a child in Albion MI. Later in life when he had moved to New York City and was the Associate Minister of the Judson Memorial Church he introduced the game to New York City playgrounds in the early 1920s
The APTA started looking for a simple new logo during the latter half of 2002 and a contest was announced with the winning designer earning an individual life membership to the APTA.
At the May Board meeting the logo designs submitted in response to the search for a more modern logo were reviewed and the one submitted by Connie Welch was selected. The new logo was to be be the new masthead for the organization.
The original logo for the APTA had been designed by John Ware in the early 1960s and had been replaced in late 1977 as part of the celebration of 50th anniversary of the game in 1978.
APTA President John Horine covered the developments in the From the APTA... section of PTM:
At the APTA Board meeting in May, we heard from Rob LeBuhn who wanted to organize and formally train umpires so that the Nationals and each region will have certified umpires for all of its events. The Board whole-heartedly supported Rob and his idea.
The Board also formally approved the Promotions Committee, a group of Board members, players, court and equipment manufacturers who have gathered to brainstorm ideas of how to grow the game in dominant areas of the country.
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 1, September, 2003
Viking Athletics announced Viking Kids' Day 2003 would take place Friday, October 31st at the Chicago Charities Platform Tennis Tournament.
Dave Ohlmuller, National Sales Manager, Viking Athletics had this to say:
"Viking Kids' Day is going to be a wonderful experience for all the kids that participate in the event. We are thrilled to have such incredible support from the top regional and national teaching professionals and top ranked players for this event. The extent of the player commitment is a testament to what a worthwhile experience Kids' Day is going to be for the participants. The kids will have the opportunity to receive instruction from many of the top instructors and players in the game of platform tennis."
The following Viking Professionals and top players committed to participate in the Viking Kids' Day:
Mike Rahaley, Mike Marino, Tim Mangan, John Milbank, Sco[...]
Henry Burchenal (Summit, NJ) and John Donnally (Madison, NJ) have played together now for three years. Henry • and John won the 12-and-under Nationals in 2002 and lost in the semi-finals of the 14-and-under Nationals in 2003.
They are both 8th graders who also excel in tennis, hockey and lacrosse. They are looking to improve on their semi-final finish in last year's nationals by practicing more before this year's tournament!
Henry plays the ad court but his strength is at the net where he loves to hit his favorite shot, which is his backhand volley. John's strength from the deuce court is his return of serve. Both players love the challenge of difficult screen shots.
Henry keeps his 2002 Viking National Championship chair in his room along with his gold medal prominently displayed. John doesn't know where his gold medal is and thinks his brother traded him something for the ch[...]