On Friday, March 16, 2012, the Huntington Country Club in Long Island, New York, was the place to be as APTA President ,Tim McAvoy received the APTA's highest honor for his outstanding efforts on and off the court. Introductions began with Nationals Co-chairman, Duane Hayden (along with Tim Mangan) welcoming the crowd and introducing APTA Hall of Fame Member and keynote speaker Steve Baird. In attendance were hundreds of players, friends and family members traveling to Long Island to show their respect and appreciation for Tim.
The transcript of the induction speech delivered by Steve Baird introducing the 78th recipient is shown in its entirety below.
Where do you start when talking about Tim McAvoy's contributions to the game? Well you start with his mom, Lucie Bel McAvoy, who was a pioneer of the game in the greater Philadelphia area and a Hall of Fame member (inducted here 20 [...]
It began with lunch. Two friends at Hajime-Sushi in Harrison, New York, were talking about one of their favorite sports. Nothing unusual in that, right? But then one of them floated the idea of starting a website for like-minded enthusiasts. The other looked up from his Tolcu-Jo and said, "Let's do it." PaddlePlayer.com was born.
That was nearly a year ago. Since then, PaddlePlayer.com has become a great website to visit for all things platform tennis.
It features articles written by the sport's most knowledgeable players and followers, video tips from pros, and full coverage of all major paddle tournaments and events— all with the goal of promoting the sport and helping players at all levels improve their game. Some of the most recognizable names in the sport—Mark Parsons, Alex Bancila, Drew Broderick and Johan du Randt— share their knowledge, tips, and opinions through inst[...]
Congratulations to the 2012 Men and Women of Chicago and the Midwest. The victories marked a repeat of the 2011 President's Cup, in Chicago, where the Region V men and women swept the competition. The victory this year in Long Island represented the Region V men's third straight title — as they were also victorious in the 2010 Philadelphia President's Cup.
The President's Cup was established in 1978. In the first few years, the event was held separately from the APTA Men's and Women's Nationals. Since 1982, the competition has been held at the site of the Nationals the day before the start of the tournaments.
To qualify for the President's Cup, players earn points for every win they receive in APTA sanctioned tournaments throughout the season. The top point-earners are awarded the privilege to play for their region. Only the top 8-ranked doubles teams are banned from competing.
Live Streaming Video Captivates Audience
There is the Tennis Channel. And then there is the Platform Tennis Channel. For anyone that didn't have the pleasure of playing or watching the Nationals from Long Island this year, the next best thing was watching it on the home computer.
Ken Packert, a physics teacher and a member of Huntington Country Club, joined the 2012 APTA Nationals Committee to handle all video projects. Fortunately for the Committee and the paddle community at large, he was uniquely qualified to handle the first live streaming ever shown on the APTA website.
To make sure Nationals would run smoothly, the group planned a test run at the Long Island Invitational in December of 2011. By Nationals, he knew what equipment he needed (simple webcams) and which wires to string up.
He also got the best seat in the house. A tiny balcony above the deck at the paddle hut[...]
Weston Golf Club, in Weston, Massachusetts, was the host of the 2012 APTA Board Meeting and Annual Meeting. Despite two warm spring days beckoning, the board was able to tackle its full agenda. As the governing body of platform tennis, the APTA continues to look for ways to improve communication within the sport throughout the country, build the game by making it accessible to all corners, and streamline rules and tournament and Nationals coordination.
Hellos and Goodbyes:
One important order of business was voting in new board members and saying farewell to those who have served their three-year terms. The APTA Board approved three new members—President of the APTA, Rob Coster, of Region II, Steve Caccam, also from Region II, and Sara Lanthier, of Region IV (the Canadian connection). Tim McAvoy chaired the Friday meeting as outgoing President of the APTA. He will be missed. The Bo[...]
Ready or not, here comes the 2012/2013 platform tennis season! I'm very pleased to share with you that, due to the tireless efforts of passionate volunteers around North America, the game we love is thriving more than ever. Platform tennis might be relatively small when compared to the more mainstream games we play, but recent revelations portray our game in a different light.
While working through bankruptcy reorganization this summer, court documents listed the Viking Platform Tennis division of Prince Sports as the crown jewel, representing close to 20% of Prince's business. At the APTA annual meeting in Boston this past spring, a representative of Wilson Sports stated that platform tennis represented "the single fastest growing segment of their entire company" Many of the platform tennis court manufacturers are using one word to describe their business recently: "crazy!" Maybe our[...]