As most of you are aware, this is the first season of the Roving Foot Fault Judge. I have not received an update on the experiences in other regions, but I will report on the first tournament where we used RFJs in a Region III PCQ Tournament. We did it at the Mid-Atlantic Championships, held at the Chevy Chase Club (and Columbia Country Club) in Washington, DC.
The bottom line is that it was a great success. [enlarge image to read for report]
FAULT - Roving Foot Fault Judges. Where were they at the first large APTA tournament of the season? I watched over 15 hours of matches at the Chicago Charities, and I didn't hear one foot-fault called - although I saw a lot. I thought the new APTA rule was roving foot fault judges were to be used at all national ranking tournaments. Maybe I was in the wrong place at the wrong time when I was watching? Funny, I didn't see any at the Sound Shore Invitational either. Surely I will see them next weekend in the APTA Presidents back yard for the Long Island Invitational.
ACE - Peachtree Paddle, Atlanta, Georgia. Gotta love any platform group that gives out great car window decals to their members. The three-color design really stands out. Contact them and maybe you too can get one.
ACE - Videographers. With the technology available today, there is a lot of great information regarding p[...]
Our sport is growing, and growing quickly. This is evidenced by the number of websites devoted to league play and area play across the country. While I am sure I am missing quite a few, below is list of sites that I recently compiled. (If you know of others, please let me know.)
Clearly some of the sites are updated almost daily. Sadly, others haven't been updated in over a year. Some are hokey; some are professional to the max. Some are purely data driven; others are all about the story. But the bottom line is they seem to work for the groups they serve.
If you have a half hour or so, spend some time visiting each of the sites. You may get ideas to share with your league webmaster to make your site better.
Please let me know your favorite. Mine is the Western Pennsylvania Platform Tennis Association. [enlarge image to read more]
I've had a lot of discussions over the past couple of seasons with a number of players about the lob "bounce out" loss of point rule. I think this rule should definitely be changed for the following reasons:
1. Lobbing effectively in platform tennis requires a lot of skill in a 22 feet deep court (note: a tennis service box is 21 feet deep). Any lob hit high/deep enough to bounce
out of the court would give the net team enough time to get under the ball and decide whether or not to play it out of the air. It is difficult to get your opponent much behind the service line with low trajectory lobs even if they would land deep untouched and the good overhead hitters handle the high/medium depth lobs pretty well. A higher trajectory lob would come down steeper and if hit deep enough would force the overhead hitter to take an additional step back thus creating more potential offensive oppo[...]
Residence: Chicago, Ill.
Family: Wife: Susan; Daughters: Brooke, 13; Cara, 11
Occupation: Asset Management
Hobbies: Tennis, Golf, Travel
Do you have an awareness of the fact that you're playing guys that could be 30 years your junior?
I'd be lying to say that it isn't fun to be able to compete with players that are a lot younger. It's still fun to be out there playing in the open division. The other thing is platform is very conducive to continuing to be able to play, to compete at older ages simply because it's a smaller court and it's all doubles. If you can find a partner that can cover a large part of the court, you can hang in there.
Do you prepare differently mentally than you have in the past?
Not really. I would just say that I probably don't get as nervous about matches as I used to. I just go out there and take them as they come.
The APTA Service Award was created in 2009 to honor the spirit of volunteerism that has been so important to the health of our sport. Candidates for the Award will exemplify volunteer service according to three criteria:
1. Volunteerism without any expectation of a personal gain pure giving versus doing something that might advance their business or standing in the community.
2. Efforts that are transformative efforts that create new potential or bring substantive change to the sport on a National or Regional basis.
3. Efforts that have a sustained impact on our sport over a period of years.
Source: Paul Wiggan, Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 11, Issue 4, March, 2010
As he completed his term, the APTA board surprised Mark by recognizing his devotion to the sport and numerous achievements as its leader by making Mark the first recipient of a new APTA Service Award.
Mark Fischl served as President of the APTA from 2004 through 2009, a period of rapid growth for our sport. Though Mark hails from a region steeped in the sport's traditions, his emphasis on gender balance and geographic diversity has meant nationwide impact.
Mark devoted countless hours to the APTA. He continues to be involved in many ways even after his term ended. He is active in the Players' Committee, with participation in exhibitions, and he led the effort to rescue the platform tennis program in Huntington, New York. His genuine enthusiasm continues to be highly contagious.
When asked about his tenure, Mark shared that he takes great pride in the effectiveness of fellow boar[...]
Tim McAvoy, a Phoenixville, PA, native, graduated from Penn State in 1980, worked 18 years with GlaxoSmithKline and the past 10 years with Marvin and Palmer Associates—an institutional money management firm.
Tim was introduced to platform tennis by his mother, 1992 Hall of Fame inductee Lucie Bel, and has been playing competitively since 1982. Tim has been a member of the Region III men's President's Cup team over the past 25 years and is a former Men's 45 and Mixed Doubles National Champion, with John Adams and Diane Tucker, respectively.
Tim served on the APTA Board from 1999- 2006, was a founding member of the Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Foundation and currently serves on the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Tim also serves on the Philadelphia MAPTA Board.
Tim and his wife Nancy, have four children: Tom (20), Jen (18), Lindsay (16) and Wil (14) [...]
Hall of Fame inductee, Paul G. Sullivan, died on February 4, 2009 in Vero Beach, Florida, at the age of 82.
He was born in Brooklyn, lived most of his life in Scarsdale, New York, and in recent years, Vero Beach. He attended Princeton University, and served in the Navy as a radioman in Annapolis. His work career spanned over 50 years, first with Hayden Stone and then with Smith Barney.
Paul served for many years on the Board of the American Platform Tennis Association, and was APTA President from 1963-1965. He was also President of the Fox Meadow Tennis Club from 1967-1969.
During the 50's and 60's, he was a major contributor to the activities of the APTA serving, among other things, as Chairman of many National Championships and as Chairman of the APTA Umpires Committee. He was also a USTA umpire, and served in that capacity at the U.S. Open and at Wimbledon.
He was instru[...]
Hometown: Randolph, NJ
Spouse and Kids: Wife: Jessica. Daughters: Caroline (8), Katie (5)
Hobbies: Gardening, Golf, Skiing
Personal Note: Wrote Options on Futures: New Trading Strategies
Paddle used: The National
Favorite shot: The "Dagger"
Sports experience: Played tennis in high school
Team accomplishments: 2006 and 2009 NJ State champs, 2008 Chicago Charities champions
Platform tennis partner history: "I used to play with Chip Dyer. He moved to Colorado four years ago and I hooked up with Steve."
How do you train for the season: "I do not train. I try to play all year round. Night paddle in summer is great."
Nutritional regimen, vitamins, stretching, etc.: "I drink Gatorade and I never stretch."
When did you start playing platform tennis? "After College. Charlie Stevens (Paddle Legend) got me into the game."
What do you like most about platform [...]