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2015

Board Member Profile – Jim McCready

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He's Back! Years of Service on the APTA Board: First year of current term; 1981-1985 Region I President; 1985-1988 Executive Director Family: Wife Myra Years Playing: 45 How did you get started playing platform tennis? As a teenager, I was introduced to the game at the Innis Arden Golf Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, by Don White (a previous APTA President). Other people who influenced me were George Schmid, a Senior National champion, who was somewhat of a father image. He helped me learn the classic game. He was from the wood paddle era and believed in defensive strategy. I worked with Bob Callaway in the late 1970s and early 1980s, teaching paddle at Callaway's Paddle Tennis Center and with Doug Russell, at The Manhattan PTC and the Apple PTC, so obviously those men are very significant to me……. [Click image below to read the full article] Source: Platform Tennis[...]

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2014

So you want a thriving Junior Program? Laurie Hissey shares some thoughts

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In 2012, Radley Run Country Club in West Chester, Pennsylvania, invested in two paddle courts. An unfortunate "hundred year" flood had washed away the tennis courts, and as the club worked on its reconstruction, it wisely included platform tennis courts. Two short years later, Radley Run has three men's and women's paddle teams each and a junior program bursting at the seams with over 70 active players. How did our club attract over seventy children each week? Here are a few key components………[Click image to read more] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issue 2, 2014

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2014

Men’s National Rankings – Rules and Guidelines revised

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The men's ranking system has been revised for this season. In addition, the APTA has added Live Scoring to more tournaments, so rankings are now updated more frequently. Men's Doubles National Rankings will be published online after Chicago, Hinsdale, Cincinnati, Short Hills, and Nationals. To receive an official end-of-the-year ranking, a team must play 3 events together, with one of those events outside of their home region. Nationals is considered an out-of-region event no matter its location and is the only NRT with this designation. NRT points for a specific tournament exist for 12 months and are replaced by the following year's event. Removal of any earned NRT points due to rules infractions or punishment for player behavior will be enforced as instructed by the APTA Players Committee. [Click image below to read more] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16[...]

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2014

New President’s Cup Procedures

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The format for the President's Cup has been in flux ever since it started back in the 1970s (Men) and 1980s (Women). There was yet another tweak to the popular Tournament in 2014. WOMEN'S RULE CHANGES Region VIII has been eliminated. This changes the match play format back to a seven-team round robin, where matches are best of two sets to four games. No one ranked individually in the top 16 may play in the President's Cup. There are new line-up and points system regulations. Please see below for the full explanation. MEN'S RULE CHANGES If a player is invited to play for his home region, he is not eligible to play for Region VIII. Line-ups and subs will not have to be submitted prior to the event. A list of participants is still required. The designation of players as "subs" or "Court 1" will no longer be necessary in advance of the event. Captain's will exchange lin[...]

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2014

Volunteer of the Month – Cam Lanphier

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Moving Region VI Onwards and Upwards Did you know that all of the platform tennis courts in California are in Ross, part of Marin County, about 20 miles from San Francisco? There are three at Lagunitas Country Club, where our volunteer of the month Cam Lanphier plays, as well one public court in town and a couple of private courts. That is it! In the largest state, the other paddle tennis is better known, but our sport is alive and well in Ross and continues to attract high-level players. Cam Lanphier grew up in Pelham, New York, where she fooled around with platform tennis as a teenager when courts were added at her club. She didn't really start playing seriously until she moved to Ross in 1988……….. [Click on image below to read full article] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 issue 2, 2014

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2015

APTA President Rob Coster steps down. Bill O’Brien become interim President

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Interim President Bill O'Bien explains the rational for the decision. "Rob is stepping down from the Presidency for all the right reasons. He has been working to start up a company in the court building business and his efforts are starting to take shape. He saw that being in the court building business while also being President of the APTA could later be perceived as a conflict of interest and so he asked to step down to avoid any potential shadow being cast onto the APTA. One of the really wonderful aspects of this game is the classy way in which most everyone associated with the sport conducts themselves and this is just one more example of that behavior." O'Brien went on to thank Rob for his service to the APTA and the game. "First of all, I want to thank Rob Coster for his service to our game. The energy he brought to Eastern Connecticut, as a player and a force for growth[...]

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2014

APTA Service Award – Duane Hayden and Joe Russo

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Two long-time proponents of the game received the APTA's highest award this year for their impressive involvement in the sport of platform tennis. Both Duane Hayden and Joe Russo were completely surprised when they were given their awards and were feted in their communities. They both have been active in the game of platform tennis for decades and have served the sport in very diverse ways. Avid players each, they continue to be ambassadors for the paddle world in different regions. [Click on images in the sidebar to read full article] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issue 2, 2014

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2015

Profiles of APTA Board Candidates

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The candidates for the Board were: Scott Bondurant, Patty Hogan, Sara Lanthier, Mark Parsons and Justin "J" Stanley. SCOTT BONDURANT (Nominated for President) Scott is not a newcomer to the APTA Board. He served as a Vice President from 2003 to 2009. More recently he has been Chair of the Men's Players Committee and President of Region V. He is amazed by the growth of the game in recent years and looks forward to doing what he can to keep it going….. [Click on images below to read full profiles of the candidates] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issue 4 March/April 2015

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2015

Board Member Profile – Aila Main

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Aila Main Residence:New York City Occupation:Interior Designer Years of Service on the APTA Board: 6 (Women's Players Committee (WPC) and Women's Ranking Committee (WRC) for longer) Family: Daughter Sophie 11, dog Sam 6 Years Playing: 15 How did you get started playing platform tennis? When I was first married, we moved to Princeton, New Jersey, and they had a paddle team there, which my tennis partners suggested I join. Having just moved East from California, I loved the opportunity to be outside in the winter….. [Click on image below to read more]

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2015

2014 APTA Viking Clinics and Exhibitions Concluded

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From the northern climes of Toronto, Ontario, to the central south of Charlotte, North Carolina, the APTA Viking Clinics and Exhibitions traveled to eight cities with over 400 participants and 500 fans marveling at the exhibitions. The geography covered and the exposure offered is exactly why the APTA invests so much time and capital into this program. The events continue to draw crowds to public-access courts and reach new players in areas where there is plenty of room for growth……. [Click images below to read the full article] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issue 4 March/April 2015

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