The APTA is proud to announce the formation of the APTA Junior Tour. Formerly known as the Viking Tour, the APTA Junior Tour will be led by Tom Safford who has been working closely with David Kjeldsen to ensure a smooth transition.
Viking will also continue to be the lead sponsor for the Tour.
Our thanks go out to John Embree, President, Prince Americas and to David Kjeldsen, former Viking CEO, for all of their support in making the APTA Junior Tour a great experience for our junior platform tennis players.
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 11, Issue 3, January, 2010
The APTA is seeking new worthy platform tennis court projects from around the country to help fund - Are you interested?
Mindful that a stated mission of the APTA is to grow the great sport of platform tennis, as well as the quandary that it's hard to justify courts if you don't yet have players, and yet it's hard to attract new players if you don't have courts for them to play on, the Board of Directors of the APTA decided several years ago to experiment with a Grant Program. The concept was and is to solicit proposals for grants to help build publicly accessible platform tennis courts in areas where the sport has great growth potential.
The first grant was made in 2006 toward a pair of courts at the Chapel Hill Tennis Club. At the initiative of Rich Green, a NY transplant to this tennis rich area of North Carolina, this small and inexpensive tennis and swim club embraced Rich's v[...]
At Tim McAvoy's invitation, I write with great and growing news on what is arguably the single most important mission of the APTA: to grow our great sport to the prominence in this country and beyond that we all think is worthy. Each of us has seen how players who are new to the sport light up after their first few games saying 'Wow, this game is great fun," or the like. We've witnessed juniors who wander into a paddle tennis cage with great curiosity, start banging a ball around with friends, and get hooked. It's a terrific sport, and we'd like to see it grow further and faster. [enlarge image to read more]
Platform tennis technology continues to evolve, making the sport more enjoyable and easier to play. The key components to determine a paddle's playability are: weight, density and composite materials, surface area, grit, hole sharpness, rim style and grip length.
Most of today's paddles come standard with grit and sharp holes. It is the other things that will ultimately define an end-user's preference in equipment.
With the introduction of EVA Foam paddles and the record sales of the Viking OZ back in the 90's, manufacturers have committed to altering foam paddle core densities for new paddles.
Eleven of the 17 paddles comprising the 2009 lines are 2008 remakes. Three more are remakes with minor alterations.
While Viking comes out with major innovations every few years, Wilson's new [K] line is the year's greatest innovative change in 2009. Not necessarily better or worse tha[...]
The APTA, in conjunction with talented and experienced tournament directors, is compiling a resource inventory to assist tournament directors. From small local events to National Championships, you will find documents that will provide a guideline for you and your volunteers. Many of these documents are now available at Tournament Support
The site includes documents such as: Tournament Director Handbook, How to Conduct a Draw, Draw Sheets in Detail, Rules of Platform Tennis, Standardized Warm-up.
Coming soon: Budgets, Timelines, Organizational Charts, On-Line Registration Information, Entry Form Template and Hut Commander Playbook.
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 11, Issue 3, January, 2010
Last season was a nightmare for the platform tennis ball industry. Wilson was criticized for two reasons: their balls came out late and the ball wasn't as bright as their Viking competition. On the other hand, the Wilson ball's flocking held up much better in competition than Viking's and it seemed that there were fewer Wilson "wobblers" (balls that were not properly balanced) than Viking wobblers.
Players will also notice changes to both the Viking and Wilson balls this season.
Orlando Retirement Community to Build Six Platform Tennis Courts
The inaugural meeting for a Paddle Instructor Committee, or PIC, was held at the Villages in Orlando on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. Anderson DaSilva, Manager of the Truman Recreation Center, hosted the meeting.
Village of Bonita resident, Joe Russo, Sr., volunteered to be the instructor. At the meeting, he discussed the following:
A. The new ground-level paddle court design used here
B. Demo of current play equipment
C. Sources of equipment
D. Membership in the APTA
E. Update of APTA Rules
F. A flyer on paddle in The Villages to be given to newcomers
Other discussions and activities included:
1. Outline of free teaching clinics, court play regulations and court times by Anderson
2. A 33 minute DVD on paddle (and ask for comments)
3. Question and answer period
4. Discuss next PIC meeting time and date
Uihlein and Marino Team Up to Take Men's Title.....Delmonico and Main Win Women's Charities.........
It was a beautiful platform tennis day and the play was outstanding when the women took to the courts at the Chicago Charities.
The 2009 women's draw was missing many of the big-name players such as Lauren Zink, Cindy Prendergast, Laura Parsons and Susie Keane; however, the talent level was still exceptional compared to most other ranking tournaments.
Kerri Delmonico and Aila Main worked their way through the draw defeating Sally Cottingham and Liz Hayward in the quarter-finals and then Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan in the semi-finals on their way to the final.
Quarter Final Prop-Schneebeck & Doten-Schwartz.3rd set tie break - Prop-Schneebeck are up in the breaker 6-1. Ad-hoc commentary provided by energized viewers in the hut
Heather Prop and L[...]
Family: Wife: Paige; Daughters: Devon, Amelia
Residence: Baltimore, MD
APTA President: 1998-2004
John Horine was the President of the American Platform Tennis Association from 1998 through 2004. His presidency will always be associated with improving communications between the APTA Board and its Members
During his tenure, John was responsible for contracting with Dollard Publishing to bring the APTA members Platform Tennis Magazine in 1999. He also was instrumental in getting the Board of Directors to create an official website The site, www.platformtennis.org has gone through a few revisions over the past few years, and has evolved to be a great source for current and archived news and information.
We sat down with John Horine to catch up on his thoughts on the new directions taken by the APTA.
Can you tell our readers what you have been doing on an[...]
John Embree has had a long and storied history in the world of racquet sports. Growing up in Chicago, he moved back to his home town in the Windy City to take a position with Wilson Sporting Goods. He remained there for 17 years, rising to the title of Vice President and General Manager of Wilson's global racquet sports. He subsequently left Wilson to become part owner of tennis apparel manufacturer Balle de Match.
"I went to Balle de Match because the owner needed marketing and sales help," Embree said. "I thought I could use my tennis connections to grow the business. Wended up tripling sales in three years." That firestorm of sales helped Embree get his next position, as he was tapped by Prince CEO George Napier in March of 2009.
"When I started with Prince, the economy was in a trend heading south and consumers stopped their spending," Embree said "Consumers are now changing th[...]