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President’s Cup: Region IV women and Region II men capture the Cups

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Women's President's Cup: The Women's President's Cup took place on Thursday, March 13. Top women from six of the seven APTA regions competed for the prestigious cup. For the third time in four years, the Region IV women (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toronto) won the title. The team players included: Nancy Budde - Nathalie Lemieux, Holly Peck - Karen Henke, Lynn Thompson - Chrissy Johnson, Kathy Allen - Ann Turner, and Sandra Odenbach - Vicki Nagy. Men's President's Cup: On Friday morning, while the women were taking to the courts for their main draw first round matches, the men were playing their President's Cup matches. For the second time in the Cup's 32-year history the Region II men won the event. The last time they did it was... in 2007! The team players included: Bill and Leo Power, Jerry Albrikes, Greg Bennett, Rob Pierce, Johan du Randt, Matt Dana, Jeff Mitchell[...]

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Hall of Fame Inductees: David Kjeldsen and Ftitz Odenbach. MIA were Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager

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At the Saturday evening banquet during the Rochester Nationals, the 2008 Hall of Fame inductions took place. Patty Hogan read the introduction for inductee David Kjeldsen and Walt Peckinpaugh did the honors for inductee Fritz Odenbach. The remaining two inductees, Scott Mansager and Flip Goodspeed were still on the court at 8 p.m. and were unable to attend their own induction, due to their opponents 3 1/2 hour previous round of 16 match. They eventually finished their match by 10:30 and their induction was postponed until January 2009 at the Cincinnati Midwestern tournament. Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 9, Issue 5, May, 2008

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APTA Board Meeting

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The new APTA website - overview and ideas to consider: Paul Wiggin gave a detailed report on the new website and led a general discussion. The site has gotten off to a great start and will continue to grow in size, quality and contribution. He suggested that the general mission of the website is to support the APTA Mission. 1) The APTA wants the site to be the repository for things such as the rules of the game and the history of the game. 2) The APTA wants the site to support the "grow the sport" and "increase player enthusiasm" parts of the APTA Mission. News items and instructional videos will help support this aim. 3) The site's cost is approximately $7,000 to create and about $1,500 per year in ongoing costs. This provider does not give the APTA a perfect platform, but for the price is reasonable. 4) The APTA now has the ability to process credit card transactions for a "$3.0[...]

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Junior’s rule!

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The 2008-09 paddle season is here and the future of our sport is very promising. Junior paddle is on the rise with a record number of sanctioned tournaments (16) scheduled for this season. The season kick off tourney is on October 25 in Cleveland and the 2009 Nationals in Long Island on January 31st. Players of all levels are encouraged to sign up and will receive a tournament favor. Consider getting your child involved in tournaments. If they do not have a partner, contact the tournament director. They often get similar requests. It will be a positive learning experience. [enlarge image to read more]

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Rule changes – “carry” and “double hit” allowed if stroke is continuous, and modification to rule when ball rebounds off screen into strikers court

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The APTA Rules Committee (Martin Sturgess, Bob Callaway, Steve Nycum and Mike Stulac) filed this update with PTM: There have been a couple of rule changes that you should be aware of before your next venture on to the court. No, the let rule has not been changed and lobs out of the court are still a loss of point. However, a major change passed by the Board at the May 2008 meeting is that a "carry" or "double hit" is now a legal shot providing that the player uses a continuous motion, and hits the ball before it reaches the screen. This rule has been changed mainly because it is felt that a "continuous motion" is a much clearer concept and thus should eliminate disagreements. Tennis made this switch many years ago for the same reason. To summarize this rule, any ball struck using a continuous motion is now legal. In 2007, a rule was established that if player A strikes a [...]

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Women’s 40+ and 60+ Nationals coverage and Women’s Senior Rankings

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The weather forecast was dire. The flu bug was hitting the area hard. By Wednesday morning, the draws had shrunk to a total of 50 pairs. Those who played enjoyed a great day of paddle, friendship, camaraderie, favors, food and fun - and mostly good weather. In the 60-and-over tournament, Helen Garrett and Sandy Simmers won for the 4th time in a row (and 5th overall) and took their gold medals home to Virginia. Betsy Heidenberger and Jan Shelburne took the 40-and-over gold medals back to Maryland. The new team of Louise Cash and Mary Fenton kept the 60+ silver medals in New Jersey, and Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan kept the 40+ silver in Region I. Other winners include: 60+ 3rd Place - Ginny Sniatkowski & Ruth Weil; 60+ 4th Place - Winnie Hatch & Sharon Hummers; 60+ Consolation - Colleen Burns-Keenan & Birgit Maio defeated Christa Ruppert & Dolores Krzanowski; 60+ Last Chance[...]

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Elizabeth “Buffy” Briggs (1926-2008)

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Buffy Briggs
Buffy Briggs

Buffy Briggs died on October 30, 2008, after a long bout with cancer. She was 82 and lived in Vero Beach, Florida. Buffy teamed with Charlotte Lee to win the Women's Nationals in 1963 and 1964, and in 1968 she was runner-up with Do Deland. Shortly thereafter, her playing career was curtailed by a fall from a ski lift, seriously injuring her shoulder. Although her competitive activity was ended, Buffy was a major contributor to the administration of women's activities , serving as Women's Tournament Director for the APTA over a period of ten years during the 1970's. She also served on the APTA Board. She was responsible for creating the point system, still used today, for ranking players and for use in doing seedings in women's draws. She also created reprieves for women's events, to provide further information for ranking and seeding. She traveled extensively to all of the women'[...]

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Premier Cup at Plainfield CC, NJ won by Cochrane and Estes

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On October 11th & 12th, Region 1 and Plainfield Country Club (Edison, New Jersey) played host to the 4th Annual Premier Cup. An invitational event for the top eight Men's teams from the final year end standings. This year, such as others, a few teams had scheduling conflicts which allowed teams just outside of the top 8 to grab the opportunity to spend the weekend playing against the best in the country. Event coordinators David Dodge(Premier Platform Tennis) and Jason Gray decided to go east after Guy Moore (Director of Racquet Sports at Plainfield Country Club) put together a package that would be perfect for the event. Plainfield is located 30 minutes outside of NYC has a pristine tennis and platform facility and program featuring four platform courts situated beautifully around a platform hut that overlooks all courts. Presenting sponsors Premier Platform Tennis along, with[...]

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LIPTA hosts Viking Junior Tour event

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On Saturday, December 13, 2008, the Long Island Platform Tennis Association ("LIPTA") hosted its 6th Annual Viking Junior Tour tournament at the Garden City Country Club, the Cherry Valley Club and the Garden City Community Park. With Christmas less than two weeks away, the children received a surprise early morning visit from that jolly old Nordic man with rosy cheeks and a little round belly - that's right, David Kjeldsen, founder of Viking Athletics, was there to provide his support, wearing his trademark "horns"! LIPTA is grateful to Viking Athletics for its sponsorship of the Viking Junior Tour, and for providing the children with a memorable platform tennis experience (and great favors). Among the four age divisions, thirty-two (32) teams participated, and countless parents and grandparents cheered. The level of paddle was extraordinary, the good sportsmanship was commendable[...]

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APTA Board Adopts Trial Foot Fault Awareness/Enforcement Policy

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Fred Gumbinner, Chair of the Players Committee filed the report in PTM As most of us are aware, foot faulting has become a pervasive problem in the game of platform tennis - both at the social level and at the competitive tournament level. It has been exacerbated by the fact that there is often resentment or even outrage when a player calls a foot fault violation.The one enforcing the rule as opposed to the perpetrator is sometimes labeled the "bad guy."This phenomenon does not occur when one calls a dearly out ball out; yet it does with respect to foot fault violations, even though both instances constitute a loss of point under the rules of the game. There is no need to discuss the policies against foot faulting as there is almost universal concurrence that players should not foot fault. Various ideas have been suggested and debated as to how to effectively enforce the foot fault[...]

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