Platform Tennis is an American racquet sport enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages. It is the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather. This unique appeal attracts people who desire fresh air, competition, and social engagement – all on a chilly winter’s day or night.
Most of the rules follow regular tennis including scoring. Besides the small court size, there are however significant differences between paddle and tennis. There is only one serve allowed — no second chance. The equipment is different as well. The game is played with a short-handled, hard-surface racquet and a sponge rubber ball. The most intriguing difference, however, is the use of the screens or wires to keep the ball in play.
All these factors combine to make platform tennis “the chess game of racquet sport,” according to the American Platform Tennis Association.
The courts are a gathering place for families and friends, young and old, men and women, to socialize, stay fit, and have fun during the winter months.
Regular play is scheduled by Scott Speier, who can be reached at (301) 468-5657. Non-club members can purchase annual “Paddle Only” memberships for $295 per person or $425 per family.
For further information, contact Scott or view our Platform Tennis page on oldfarmpool.org.
Do you miss those summer friends already? Do you want to help fund some necessary repairs this off-season too? Do these great things and have a great time too by coming to the First Annual Old Farm Pool Oktoberfest. To make our Oktoberfest a success, we need some supplies from you (see below). Please sign-up for what you can bring!
The pool will provide entertainment, grills, venue and some basic meats and organization. The proceeds from your $10 per adult donation will be used to offset some necessary repairs around the pool during the off season.
See you there!
Thanks for a great summer and thanks for fantastic closing weekend. Lots of people were at the pool taking advantage of the beautiful weather and the opportunity to spend time with our neighbors and friends.
Closing day was lots of fun. The Curley’s Q BBQ truck was a great hit, lots of puppies joined the “Puppies in the Pool” festivities and lots of people helped store all the deck furniture. Thanks to all of you who stayed and helped. We could not have done it without you.
Once again, a special Thank You to all of the members of the Board of Directors who organized all of the weekend events including the movie night on Saturday, the food truck and the overall work it takes to keep the pool running.
This has been a great summer and hopefully left everyone with fond memories. Even with the summer being over, there are still lots of things happening around Old Farm Pool. Pickleball continues on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. Come and join us. Paddle Tennis will begin in November and we are planning an Octoberfest event in……wait for it…..October! More info will be coming out soon.
Thanks again for a great season.
Sad that summer has gone by too quickly? Wish you were still at the beach?
Join us on Saturday, August 29th at 7:00pm for our end of the season bash! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Munchies, subs and drinks of all kinds will be provided.
Be sure and RSVP that you will be there on the event’s Facebook page.
Adults only please, thanks!
It’s hard to believe that the 2015 season is starting to come to a close with only two more weeks to enjoy the pool. There are several events coming up and below are the pool hours for once MCPS open on August 24th. Remember, you can always see our pool hours on our website too.
- Monday–Thursday 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Friday 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Saturday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Labor Day (September 7th) 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
On the social event side, there is a party scheduled for this Saturday August 29th starting at 7:00pm. More info on that located here. We will be hosting a movie night on Saturday September 5th and our closing day is MONDAY September 7th. We will publish the full schedule of events for closing day very soon.
Just a reminder, if you have been a long-time member of Old Farm Pool, we are looking for pictures as part of a project being put together by GFCA. Please check your basements for pictures from the pool including swim meets, events, family gatherings.
Thanks and hope to see you at the pool.
We have a treasure trove of very sad goggles, towels, shirts, sweatshirts and other cherished items in our lost and found. Please stop by soon (before the end of the season) to see if any of these lonely items belongs to you. Anything left unclaimed by the end of the season will be donated.
The Greater Farmland Civic Association (GFCA) is looking for pictures taken over the years of events at Old Farm Pool to include in the community photo album. If anyone has old photos, hopefully going back to the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s of swim meets, events or other activities taken at Old Farm Pool, please let me know.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the pool
Just a quick note to say thanks to all the volunteers who helped make Saturday a very special July 4th at Old Farm Pool. I especially want to thank Katie Tietgen, Amantha Linke, Cindy Zelaya and the team of Chris and Dee Dee Loftt as well as all the others who helped organize activities, run concessions, flip burgers and dogs, paint faces, grease watermelons. After a rough start, the weather cooperated and we had a great day to enjoy the pool and spend time with neighbors and friends.
Thanks again for a great job!
As you may have read in an earlier post to the Old Farm Pool website, the community July 4th activities begin with our annual parade which winds from Farmland Elementary School to the Old Farm Pool. Shortly after everyone’s arrival at the pool, we will continue the fun with an action packed celebration which includes face painting, nail painting, relays, races, cannon ball competition, coin toss and sooooo much more. There will be lunch for sale from the grill and the concession stand too.
This event is fantastic but yes, it does takes a village to put it on. In fact, we can’t do it unless we get some volunteers. Please look for an activity or two you can assist with so that we can carry on this wonderful annual Old Farm Pool tradition. Thanks for signing up and let’s make this a July 4th to remember!
This message is provided by the Greater Farmland Civic Association:
It’s time to celebrate America with our Annual July 4th Parade! The Greater Farmland Civic Association invites one and all to join in the parade from Farmland Elementary School to Old Farm Pool, which will be open to everyone after the parade.
The parade starts at 10:00 am at Farmland. We will have flags, visors and tattoos for everyone to show their red, white and blue! Once again, we will have our local firefighters and police officers leading the parade.
If you have a convertible and want to show your neighborhood spirit by being in the parade, please let me know. Deck them out in your finest patriotic gear and fill them with your neighbors who can wave to the crowd! If you have one, you should show up a little early so that we can line you up
For the kids: start decorating your bikes, trikes, wagons or yourselves in red, white and blue!
We will be awarding prizes in the following categories:
- Best Wagon
- Best Stroller
- Best Bike with training wheels or Tricycle
- Best Bike
- Best Pet
- Most Patriotic
- Best other forms of transportation (scooters, rollerblades, basically, anything that is powered by humans but is not a bike).
We’re also looking for musicians to display their talents during the parade. It would be great to have a local band or group of musicians in the parade. If you want to do so, please let me or our resident musician, Marta Vogel (firstname.lastname@example.org) know.
Show your community spirit by sponsoring an American Flag! They will be lining the Parade Route and your family name will be prominently displayed underneath your flag. Your family can sponsor a flag for only $20.
Space is limited. Please sign up soon. If you wish to pay by cash or check (made out to GFCA), drop it off in an envelope, along with your name, address, phone number and how you wish to be recognized on the sign we will put under your flag at my house (11703 Hitching Post Lane. You can also pay with PayPal at www.greaterfarmland.org
IMPORTANT: A parade doesn’t happen by itself!!! We need volunteers to put up and take down the flags, sign up the contestants on the morning of the parade, put up and take down the street closing pylons, hand out the flags and visors, put on the tattoos and be judges for the parade. Please e-mail me as soon as possible at email@example.com and let me know how you wish to help.
Let’s have a great parade!
11703 Hitching Post Lane