Paddle Tennis Update

The Old Farm Paddle League kicked off November 16th, 2020.  There are six teams comprised of ten players each.  To ensure parity across the teams, the league held a player combine (friendly matches to give Captains an opportunity to observe players) and draft the prior week.  Players range in skill from beginner to highly advanced.  Teams play four matches (i.e., lines) every week against one opponent.  Team Captains determine the partners for each match.  Each match is a best of three set competition and is worth one point (if a team wins all four matches, they earn 4 points).  Teams cumulate points throughout the 13-week regular season to determine the playoff seeding.  The #1 and #2 seeds will get a first round bye in a single elimination season ending tournament to crown league champion.

After four weeks of play, the results are as follows:

1 Where Eagles Dare 13 28
2 Mondays Mavericks 10 23
3 Washington Paddle Tennis Team 9 18
4 Holy Sneakers 7 17
5 The Titans of Paddle Exile 5 16
6 Live Wires 4 10

In addition to the league, Old Farm is hosting several paddle tennis tournaments.  The Old Farm Invitational Tournament occurred on November 14th, 2020.  Eight teams faced off in a 3-match guarantee tournament.  Justin Fishel and Tony Soruco finished as tournament champions.  On January 2nd, 2021 the Smash Tournament will be held.  There will be sixteen teams split into a ‘A’ and ‘B’ brackets of eight teams each, but with a similar 3-match guarantee format as the Invitational.  Planning is underway for a women’s only tournament in February.  Details coming soon!

The extended pool season is finally over, but Paddle Tennis and Pickleball are taking off.

We had a fabulous fall season at the pool, a first for Old Farm.  The FINS program kept our kids fit and gave lessons, water aerobics occurred twice a week, triathletes trained twice a week in the morning, and masters swimmers swam three times a week in the mornings.  At times the parking lot was as full as a hot summer day on the weekend.  We are sad that the pool itself is now finally closing, but never fear, we are called Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club for a reason.  If you have a Continuing Membership you have access to our Paddle Tennis and Pickleball courts.  If you are not an OFP Continuing member, you can have a Pickleball or Paddle Tennis only membership.  Just check out our Activity menu item at the top of the page.  These are popular and growing sports, so be aware that there are tournaments, leagues, and a reservation system for Paddle Tennis.

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.