Residence: 112 Bayville Ave. Bayville, New York 11709
Years of Service: APTA Board of Directors - 2nd term, LIPTA VP - 6 years, Director of Racquet Sports at Nassau Country Club - 31 years
Family: Wife - Tonia, 3 children Brooke 17 years old, Jack 14 years old, Caroline 10. Wife Tonia plays with my sister, BoBo Mangan Delaney, my mother Nancy Mangan a Hall of Fame inductee, and my uncle John Mangan who is also in Hall of Fame.
How long have you been playing platform tennis? I've been playing for 40 years. I started playing competitive paddle at the age of 16, and I am now 56.
Have you ever won any major tournaments? No, I have not, but I've been nationally ranked for 25 years in the Open, Ranked top 10 in 45+,50+,55+, Husband/Wife top 4, Mixed 50+ ranked 2, and was a 5-time runner up in Husband/Wife.
What do you feel is your contribution to the APTA Board? Creati[...]
"The 2010-11 season has quickly come upon us. This year the PPTA will continue to offer top level instruction videos, clinics and platform tips. The organization this past year added many new PPTA instructors. If you are looking to improve your game there are local PPTA pros in your area. To find your local Professional go to
Being charged with putting on the biggest tournament of the season is no small thing, and, in the case of the 2011 Chicago Nationals it was an outright miracle of organization and coordination.
John Noble, Matt Garavaglia and Shannon Vinson, coordinators of the event, had to arrange for 84 courts of play at 22 sites all within a 25-minute radius of Chicago's North Shore Corridor for 452 competitors.
The trio had to coordinate everything from ensuring the bleachers were delivered and installed on time, to putting together the program and merchandising for the event. Thankfully, there were 175 volunteers who were organized by Walter and Ann Fyk.
"They are a wonderful couple and they organized it by day, by club, by time slot. They ran with it," Vinson said. "We needed many volunteers to execute the weekend. The level of excitement for the event to return to Chicago was high[...]
Residence: Northfield, Illinois
Years of Service on the APTA Board: 2
Family: Three adult children: Amanda (27, married), Megan (26), and George (23)
Years Playing: 15 years
Have you ever won any major tournaments? Only in my mind. I'm there to be first-round cannon fodder and get the pullovers. I did win a first round match in the Nationals once and a back, backdraw in the Mixed Nationals several years ago.
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Whenever there's a national tournament to be played, you can usually count on Bobo Delaney's name somewhere in the winner's circle. This year, she took National titles for the Women's 40+, 50+ and Open Mixed.
Despite tying the record for five Mixed Nationals titles and a lifetime of winning that began with her first Junior Nationals in 1976, Delaney said she still gets nervous when she walks into the wires for tournament play.
"You definitely still get nervous. Some days are better than others. I've competed my whole life in other sports, and I used to get more nervous when I was younger. There's the pressure to win, then the pressure of being a Mangan, with the family being good in the sport," she said. "I've gotten better at controlling that. The nerves are still there, but by playing a lot and competing, you just get better at managing it -controlling it. There's always pressure[...]
A team competition starts the ball rolling at Nationals
You may have seen the designation PCQnext to the name of many tournaments on the APTA tournament schedule and wondered what it meant. PCQ means President's Cup Qualifier.
So what is President's Cup? It is a region versus region tournament that takes place the day before the Nationals. The APTA divides the country into seven regions and each region sends a men's team and a women's team to the competition. This year there will be an 8th team, the Independent team, which will consist of players who did not qualify for their regional team.
Spots on each team are earned through season-long competition. Each region has its own rules regarding qualifications. Some require participation in three tournaments, some only two. Points are awarded on the basis of how a team or an individual does in a PCQ designated tournament. Many playe[...]
Dear Platform Tennis Community,
On behalf of my wife, Nancy, and the entire McAvoy family, thank you very much for all your support over the past four months.
Since my Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma diagnosis in November last year, the outpouring of love and positive energy has been inspiring. As I have told several friends,
I never felt alone during all of my treatments, including my 17-day stay at the spa in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The doctors there had never seen someone respond to treatment and recover from treatment more quickly than me and when I returned home on March 10th, I began my recovery process to get back into the game - which is still ongoing but feels great!
Given my ongoing recovery, I am pleased to be able to step back in to "active duty" with the APTA, effective Friday, April 1st. [enlarge image to read the full letter]
Changes in format will create a PC final and offer top men a spot on the teamEarlier this year, the Men's and Women's Players Committees submitted changes in the President's Cup format to the APTA Board for their consideration and approval. The APTA Board has voted to move forward with the suggestions made by the Players Committees. For the upcoming President's Cup competition in New Jersey this March, the following changes will be implemented on a trial basis:
1) Regional teams will consist of a minimum of ten players and a maximum of thirteen players.
2) Each team should consist of players who reside in that region. Cases where someone plays regularly in one region and lives in another will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the President's Cup Committee.
3) If all seven regions enter a team, a team consisting of players who did not qualify for their regional team will for[...]
Growth is a good thing, but requires management. So, after careful consideration and planning, the Professional Platform Tennis Association President, Nate Parsons, has announced that effective August 1, the PPTA has hired Missy D'Alise as Member Services Administrator.
D'Alise, a PPTA pro from Hinsdale, Illinois, has been a long-time friend to the PPTA, helping out with the organization's needs behind the scenes whenever possible, Parsons said.
"Some of the changes that we'll be making next year, including [Missy's] role, are all based on the fact that the PPTA has seen growth by a factor of 30 to 40 pros this year. Administration is a huge job," Parsons said. "Missy is one who's a PPTA pro, helped in the area, has a good background, so I approached her as becoming a director of everything as far as the PPTA home office is concerned."
D'Alise will tend to member services, as we[...]
March 10th was the day and Chicago was the place that kicked off the year's most exciting week for platform tennis... the 2011 APTA National Championships. The Glenview Club, located in Chicago's northern suburbs, was well-prepared to be the host site for the week-long paddle festivities.
Under Nationals Chairmanship of Shannon Vinson, Matt Garavaglia and John Noble, qualifying members for the 2011 President's Cup began play on Thursday morning. For the first time, all seven regions fielded both Men's and Women's teams.
Defending champions, Men's Region V (Illinois, Michigan and the Midwest) and Women's Region I (Eastern New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) were looking to repeat last year's performances.
Region V Men repeated their 2010 performance in capturing the President's Cup and Region V Women won their Cup in front of their hometown crowd.