Women’s Paddle Tournament

Old Farm hosted the first Women’s Super B tournament on Saturday, February 20, 2021 with 16 players from clubs in the Metro DC area.  It was an exciting day of paddle, despite the extreme cold, blustery wind and icy conditions.

Eight teams paired up to compete in a main draw, consolation rounds, reprieve or last chance bracket with a guaranteed 3-match minimum. Sandy DeCain and Liz Forgione won in a 3-set match against their opponents, Mary Fauth and Susan Komoso, in the finals to take the prize as the winners of the inaugural tournament.

Beth Hunter and Liz Browne, the tournament co-chairs, were thrilled with the success of the tournament in large part due to Karen Friedman with Long and Foster for sponsoring the event and assistance and support from Ed Staunton, Kent Hunter, Langdon Hample, and Chris Hitler.

Another tournament is planned for next year!

Platform Tennis 

Platform Tennis is traditionally played from November to April, but can be played at anytime throughout the year. It is a doubles only sport governed by the rules established by the American Platform Tennis Association(APTA). The sport is affectionately referred to as “Paddle” tennis and is a great cardio sport that is growing rapidly.

Reservations up to March 18

Reservations March 19 – May 19

Rules of Paddle Court Use 

  1. All players to wear appropriate shoes when playing 
  2. All players should reserve court time prior to use and list players and guests 
  3. A playing session is 90 minutes as reserved 
  4. Guest fees are $10/day and can be paid to Ed Staunton, by the host or guess via Venmo        @Ed-Staunton-1 
  5. Courts and area are to be kept clean by players at all times 
  6. Court abuse of wire or paddles are strictly forbidden.  All play on courts shall be played according to the rules of Paddle(APTA) or Pickle. No alternate games are allowed on the Paddle courts.
  7. Congregating before or after play is discouraged
  8. To insure court availability during high demand on weekends/holidays, all players are limited to no more than two reservations (of the same four players) without special permission from the tournament director.

Paddle Contacts 

League Play – Chris Hitler, chris.hitler@ires-llc.com , 312-404-7933 

Tournaments – Ed Staunton, ed.staunton958@gmail.com , 301-943-0509 

Paddle Committee – Scott Speier, scott@speierlaw.com , 240-432-6331

Paddle Tennis Invitational Tournament a Big Success

The 1st Old Farm Invitational paddle tournament was played with 16 players in the draw and sponsors Eaglebank, DMV Leasing, and New Columbia Solar. This was a key to success and could not have happened without the efforts of Langdon Hample. The eventual tournament winners were Tony Suroco and Justin Fishel.

The weather was fantastic and play ran from 8AM-3PM. Tournament Director, Ed Staunton said, “all the stars lined up for a perfect Tournament day with music throughout and all matches competitive. Most importantly all had a great time”.

He added, “Old Farm has added over fifty new Paddle members in the last two weeks due to the new League that just started”. League Commissioner, Chris Hitler said Old Farm members competed in a Combine on the night of November 9th. These sixty players were drafted to one of six teams the next day. League play started November 16th and will run through March.

Ed also indicated there are dates for the next Tournament, Sat/Sunday, January 2nd/3rd. There is also a rumor about a Women’s only Tournament, February 20th. It’s going to be a very busy winter for Paddle lovers.