PTM: How did you become an APTA president?
JHH: I had been on the Board for two years as president of Region III when then APTA President Charley Stevens asked me if I would like to be vice-president along with Nancy Mangan. I had brought up several new ideas before the Board during that time, including the APTA Visa card, the Board teleconference, and the website. I had also been working closely with Charley trying to secure national sponsors for the APTA.
PTM: How long is your term?
JHH: Charley Stevens passed the torch to me after the meeting in 1997. The term of office of President, as with all Board positions, is one year. I have been re-elected the past two years.
PTM: How long have you been into platform tennis?
JHH: My stepfather introduced me to the game in the mid 70's. I began helping him (and my mother) run the Maryland State Men's tournament in the early 80's.[...]
Horine's column in PTM, From the APTA..., had this update:
“The Board of the APTA has had a busy summer getting ready for this season. Beginning with the magazine you hold in your hands, there are many subtle and not so subtle changes.
With constructive criticism from you, our members, the layout, typeface and printer have changed. The mailing will be timelier and we have added a new department, sports psychology. All will hopefully make for a first class magazine.
The web site has also changed. Visit us at www.platformtennis.org. We have added several more categories. Check out the "National Champions." How many times have Scott and Flip won? Or how many National titles do Bill and Dave Childs have?
Look up the "Hall of Fame" to see who has been awarded the highest honor in our game.
This year each Region will have its own page under "Regions" to post local news, pr[...]
The Wired 12/4 paddle is an exceptionally lightweight paddle with an average weight of 12.4 ounces. Its components consist of an aerospace-derived biaxially-woven, graphite-reinforced foam core; a highly textured two-ply cross-matched fiberglass skin; and a high-tempered aluminum full metal jacket. While designed for the two-handed backhand player, it remains a central-weighted, center-balanced paddle.
The Wired 13/6 has an average weight of 13.6 ounces and is slightly head weighted. Two years in the making, the Wired paddles have been tournament tested by some of the game's premier players. "Get Wired...Play Platform!"
Source: From the APTA, Platform Tennis Magazine Vol.2 Issue 1, September, 2000
Have you ever seen a platform tennis court installed? Have you ever even thought about it? The design of the aluminum court calls for all the actual manufacturing to take place in the factory. In theory, the subsequent on-site installation is a simple process of putting the parts together like a giant erector set. In reality, working with augers (the drill to help dig footings) concrete piers, manually carrying and precisely placing 500 pound deck panels, tightly lacing steel screen sections by hand with square comers and a perfectly flat plane, working with steep changes in grade, snow storms, torrential downpours, and sweltering heat, R. J. Reilly’s installation crews might take issue with the idea that platform tennis court installations are, in fact, simple. They will, however, categorically convey that when they are through, the court will be picture-perfect and ready for the best[...]
On the Friday prior to the Short Hills national ranking tournament, the PPTA Board of Officers met to finalize their testing and certification process. The effort to start the organization for teaching professionals began 18 months ago and has included a series of meetings and feedback from the country's top teaching professionals in each APTA region.
As part of the recent meeting at Beacon Hill the PPTA completed certification for its initial group of members (Gary Horvath, Hank Irvine, Patty Hogan, Gerri Viant, and Rich Maier). The PPTA tentatively plans to hold an open meeting for prospective members at the APTA Nationals in Rochester and may conduct an initial offering of the test in the Tri-State area at the end of the season.
The mission of the PPTA is to improve the standards of the teaching profession and help increase awareness in the sport. PPTA President Gary Horvath sai[...]
April 1, 2000 - Wilson Racquet Sports announced the sale of its platform tennis ball business to Viking Athletics (Lindenhurst, NY), the market leader in platform tennis balls, effective immediately. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Viking owner David Kjeldsen came to us with an offer we felt was fair and reasonable for us to exit this aspect of the business," said John Embree, Vice President/General Manager, Wilson Racquet Sports. "Because the market is so small, it probably makes sense to only have one supplier of balls. Therefore, we came to a mutually beneficial understanding.”
While Wilson Racquet Sports was no longer in the platform tennis ball business, it continued to market its platform tennis paddles and accessories.
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Issue 5, May, 2000
Note: Wilson had decided to exit the ball business in 1999. The purchase and sale agreeme[...]
Mark Fischl had some thoughts…..
“One of the many topics of conversation at the 2000 Nationals was on what to do about those all too familiar backdraw defaults. The question arose after the teams of Conklin/Kinney and Cosimano/Haller each had to pull out due to injuries following their round of 32 losses. While these injuries were legitimate and ail four players have a proven track record for attending backdraw events (i.e. Chicago and Short Hills), many other players choose not to bother once they are out of the main draw. Backdraw defaults have long been a concern of the APTA. After the 1994-1995 season players were penalized by having to forfeit any points won in the event if they chose not to play the backdraw matches. This was deemed to be an insufficient deterrent due to the fact that the points revoked were generally insignificant if the loss was in an early round. As a res[...]
The gospel of platform tennis continues to spread beyond the borders of the good old USA. R.J. Reilly recently completed three new platform tennis courts in conjunction with European Platform Tennis AG (just outside Zurich). The Sportcenter Stork decided to complement its tennis and squash courts with three new Reilly All-Aluminum Courts. The courts are ideally sited for viewing, as they are placed inside a small stadium which allows spectators to watch play from all sides. They can simultaneously take in the beautiful surroundings in this glorious Alpine setting.
The club hosted a grand opening of the courts in which many members and local sports enthusiasts watched the game played for the first time. Following the exhibition the guests tried it themselves. Jim Reilly, Vice- President of Sales and Marketing of R. J. Reilly, paired up with accomplished player and Reilly court builder[...]
Patty Hogan, Tonia's college classmate, was responsible for getting the sister-in-law team together. Tonia had met future husband Tim Mangan at Bobo's wedding in 1983 and began playing with Bobo after getting married in 1992.
Born: Yakima, Washington
Profession: Head Pro at the Noe Pond Club in Chatham, New Jersey, for the past four years (tennis and platform tennis instructor for the past 14 years).
License Plate: BOBOPRO
Children: Zealand (8), Corey (7), and Trevor (3)
Marital Status: Bobo's husband, Frank, is an Investment Banker at TD Securities in New York City.
Past: When it comes to platform tennis family history, the Mangans are famous. Bobo was introduced to `paddle' as a child by her mother, Nancy, and her Uncle, John. Nancy had a high women's national ranking and John was the men's national champion. If that wasn't enough, legendary Hank Irvine[...]
APTA President John Horine reported on the development in the From the APTA column:
"Speaking of the web site, this season's tournament results are being posted on the site. On the "Home Page", scroll down to and click on "Check Results." Look for your event by region or National Ranking. This year we are posting entire draws, including all consolation draws. So, if you know someone from Kansas City who played in the Chicago Charities, you can check the web site and see how they fared."
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine Vol.2 Issue 2, November, 2000