“As the sun set on the Rochester horizon, John Horine took to the court to play the 75th and deciding match of the 2000 President's Cup. Because of an upset earlier in the day at the hands of a strong Region VI team, Horine and partner, Scott Freund, had been handed an opportunity to redeem themselves for their earlier loss. Even though the commentary of Bob Costas and the cameras of ESPN were missing, this match contained all the drama, excitement, plots, and subplots of any of the more widely covered sporting events.
As the match progressed, the score remained close and teammates from both sides started to cheer louder, causing a crowd of 75-100 people to convene around the court. I turned to fellow Region VI player Dan Magee, who had been a President's Cup virgin just eight hours earlier in the day, and asked him what he had learned from playing in the tournament. Magee ha[...]
What's the difference between a good platform tennis facility and a truly wonderful one? More often than not, it's a warming house. While a facility can boast the best courts with the newest lighting and heating systems, history has shown that its success will be limited if there is not a central place where players and spectators can congregate and keep warm when not on the court. On the other hand, even a modest two-court facility can become a buzzing beehive of paddle activity when it is supported by a well-designed paddle house.
Paddle is by nature a social sport. A paddle house, therefore, serves a variety of purposes. It is not just a place to keep warm while you wait your turn for a court. It is perfect for carrying out those all-important side aspects of the sport like joining together for drinks and discussion and being with fellow players. Watching others play is a significa[...]
Rich is widely regarded as the best man to ever play platform tennis and was first introduced to platform tennis at the age of 18 by his high school tennis friend, Jay Edwards. Six years later, after graduating college, Jay got Rich to take platform tennis more seriously. At the ages of 23, Rich and Jay entered their first paddle tournament. On that day a star was born. In his first round match in his first platform tournament, Rich defeated Keith Jennings and Chauncey Steel, the previous season's national champions.
Born: Born March 2nd, 1953 in The Bronx, New York, Rich currently lives in Northfield, Illinois, 30 minutes from downtown Chicago.
Profession: Head Racquets Pro at the Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield for the past six years. Rich has been teaching tennis and platform tennis for over 20 years.
Family: Rodman (9), Lindsay (6), Kevin (3) and wife Susan
The Viking Cup Adult/Child Tournament was held on November 12, 2000 in three age categories.
12 and Under Championships
Hissey-Hissey def. D'Elia-D'Elia 6-7, 6-4, 7-5
15 and Under Championships
Barinski-Barinski def. Gafney-Gafney 8-4
18 and Under Championships
Nolan-Nolan def. Nunziata-Considine 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
A significant development occurred during the first half of the year after many years of discussion within the APTA. Under the leadership of APTA President John Horine the Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame (PTMHOFF) became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization thanks to the work of Cincinnati player/attorney, Andy Giannella.
The PTMHOFF now stood alone from the APTA with its own Board and fund raising capabilities, although the latter had to wait of IRS approval of the 501 (c) (3) status.
APTA President John Horine in the PTM column From the APTA...
Many people have called and e-mailed me regarding the recent size of tournament draws. In several areas, the numbers of teams signing up for tournaments has been smaller over the past few years. I have noticed the same trend in the event that I run, the Maryland State Men's Championships. For many years, we had full draws of 48 teams. In the last four years, the numbers have been approaching 32 teams. Upon doing some research, I found that most teams not participating did so for good reasons (i.e. Injury, work, family or other commitments). In some cases people
could not play for several years. However, virtually everyone I spoke to still plays and intends to play in the future events. I have also spoken to league players and captains around the country. In nearly every conversation, the numbers are up in league play. This[...]
Anyone who has run an APTA sanctioned tournament knows that one of their many responsibilities is the ominous task of collecting dues from those participants who are not members of the APTA. I will never forget the first time I had this responsibility. I mentioned the dues payment to one of the participants who responded by saying, "Why should I pay APTA dues? What benefits do I get from being a member? If they are like most organizations they surely don't do anything, and besides, I probably don't want whatever they are selling."
At the time I fumbled to find an appropriate response, even though the answer was obvious to me. It seems only logical that by supporting the governing body, you are supporting the infrastructure for the sport. In addition, in a sport as small as platform tennis your voice will most likely be heard when you have questions or concerns. This line of thinking i[...]
Bob Brown, chair of the APTA Rules and Equipment Committee, on a proposal to eliminate the singles lines:
Why do we have white lines defining a singles court when the game of platform tennis is rarely, if ever, played by just two people? That is the question that was raised by the APTA Rules and Equipment Committee in a recent proposal to the Board of Directors to eliminate the unnecessary singles lines.
If this were done, the lateral service line would be extended (by two feet per side) to the outside service line. The concern would then be whether the wider service box would have any effect on the play of the game. The committee has conducted some play tests and preliminary results have concluded that the wider service box does not have any noticeable effect on the game.
However, the Board decided that it would be appropriate to advise the membership of this proposed change an[...]
APTA President John Horine provided an update in the March and September From the APTA columns in PTM:
I am very excited about the progress the APTA Board has made so far. In the past, APTA Board discussion of a Hall of Fame has never gotten off the ground. I am determined to make this a reality. This is where you, the APTA member, come in.
A significant development occurred this spring/summer for The Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Foundation. The Hall of Fame became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization. Thanks to the work of Cincinnati player/attorney, Andy Giannella, the Hall of Fame now stands alone from the APTA with its own Board and fund raising capabilities.
You can bet one of the first goals will be to begin fund-raising for a permanent location (Note: This had to wait for an application to be made to the IRS for approval of the 501 (C) (3) [...]