Platform Tennis

Information

PLAY OUTSIDE ALL YEAR LONG!

A fun, social, and year-round sport! Platform tennis is an outdoor racquet sport for any age that combines elements of tennis and racquetball. The game, which is mainly a doubles sport, is played with a solid paddle and a spongy ball. The court is 1/3 the size of a tennis court and surrounded by screens that let players keep the ball in play after it hits off the court and then the screens.

It is simple to get started—all you need to do is show up at the courts any Saturday at 12:00pm with a pair of sneakers to participate in our FREE Clinics. Our instructors will provide you with all the equipment and instructions you will need to get started.

Our six courts are located next to the tennis courts at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex. 

 

Social Events
Weekly Drop-Ins – Leagues – Social Tournaments – Cook-Outs

We’ll be looking for you at the courts!

Pro Shop

The Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex features a full-service Pro Shop, open seasonally. The Pro Shop offers:

Open Daily Memorial Day Weekend through September

7:00 am – 12:30 pm
3:30 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Racquet restringing
  • Racquet regripping
  • Tennis, pickleball and platform tennis balls for sale
  • Membership information
  • Vending machines
News

Veterans Tournament: The Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Association will host its second annual Fun-Raising Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Tournament proceeds will benefit the Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care “We Honor Veterans” program.

Platform tennis clubs in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are invited to compete and the first 64 applicants will reserve a spot. The cost is $40, and the entry deadline is Sept. 21.

The tournament will again be held at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex on 11443 Manklin Creek Road, in Ocean Pines. Players should check in no later than 7:45 a.m. and a welcome ceremony is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Play generally begins at 8:30 a.m. and, last year, the final match was over by about 4 p.m.

The inaugural tournament raised $8,500 for the Catch a Lift foundation, which helps post-9/11 combat-wounded veterans recover and rehabilitate, both physically and mentally, through physical fitness, motivation and support. The foundation was started by David and Toni Coffland, both Ocean Pines residents, in honor of their son, U.S. Army Spc. Christopher J. Coffland, who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Event co-chair Susan Walter said the tournament this year would benefit the “We Honor Veterans” program. Michael Petito will chair the event.

“Michael and I have met with Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen at the Ocean Pines facility and it is truly a beautiful environment, with a room to be provided for any veteran who needs end-of-life care,” Walter said. “Our mission is to raise funds to provide for any veterans, either in this facility, or if their need is for in-home hospice care. We have asked Ms. Capan to earmark our donation to any local veterans in need.”

To download a tournament entry form, visit https://www.oceanpines.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-TOURNEY-entry-form-and-donation-request.pdf.

Registration checks should be made out to “Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Association” and mailed to Susan Walter, 36 Capetown Road, Ocean Pines, Maryland 21811.

Donation checks may be made out to “Coastal Hospice – We Honor Veterans program” and mailed to Susan Walter.

For questions about the event, contact Walter at cbreeze601@verizon.net or Petito at map11946@yahoo.com.

Drop-Ins: Drop-in sessions are open to all, members and those wishing to play on a drop-in basis. No advanced sign up is required. The formats vary depending on the number of players. We often play 4 game sessions or first team to win 4 games to keep the wait times short. It is a great way to meet the players. Anyone looking for exercise, fresh air, friendly competition, all-year-round outdoor play & lots of social activities. Paddles & balls will be provided and sneakers are required. Contact Jim Freeman at jimisfreeman@verizon.net or call 215.704.4592.

Costs and Fees

PLAY 3 & SAVE! Ask about our combo rate for all 3 sports!

Platform Tennis Memberships
Amenity memberships are available to Ocean Pines residents and property owners. Associate memberships are available to those who are not residents or property owners.

2019-20 Amenity Membership Rates

  • Family – $260
  • Individual – $155

2019-20 Associate Membership Rates

  • Family – $370
  • Individual – $220

Attention Racquet Sport Members & Guests – Please sign in at the Pro Shop prior to heading to the courts.  By signing in, you help us keep track of court usage/availability, maintain accurate statistics and validate memberships.  Thank you!

Click here for amenity membership applications.

For additional information please call 410-641-7717 or the Pro Shop at 410-641-7228.

Platform Tennis Drop-In Times

These drop-in sessions are open to all, members and those wishing to play on a drop-in basis. No advanced sign up is required. The formats vary depending on the number of players. We often play 4 game sessions or first team to win 4 games to keep the wait times short. It is a great way to meet the players.

Sunday 7:00 – 8:30 pm 

Wednesday 10:30 – 12:00 pm 

Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Drop-in for Timeless Tennis and Pop Tennis

Thursday 5:00 – 6:30 pm 

Saturday 9:30 am – 12:00 pm 
Free introductory lessons are available (following drop-in) at noon. Contact Jim Freeman at 215-704-4592 or jimisfreeman@verizon.net for more information.

Timeless Tennis at the Platform Tennis Courts

Araceli Popen

Timeless Tennis offers a new and exciting opportunity for the Ocean Pines racquet community. Whether one is a tennis player, a platform tennis player, or someone who wants to try out a new activity, Timeless Tennis offers a unique experience along with exercise, fresh air and almost year- round play.

It all began with tennis and platform tennis player Araceli Popen. Araceli introduced the game in Ocean Pines when she discovered that the dimensions of the platform tennis courts were the same as those recommended for Timeless Tennis. Araceli explained that the hard court surface in Ocean Pines is perfect and that the 12-foot-high screens surrounding each court are just an added bonus because the balls stay within the court so the players  do not have to go far to  retrieve them.

Playing Timeless Tennis on a shorter and narrower court has many benefits. When Timeless Tennis is played on regular tennis courts, lines need to be drawn so that the court measurements conform to USTA recommendations.  Playing on platform courts is great for tennis players who want to work on their technique, for new players and for those who need a smaller court.

Araceli said, “When my husband Mike and I first discovered the platform tennis courts in the 1990s, I thought it would be a great way to get back in shape for tennis but because as we were so busy driving our children to tennis tournaments and swim meets, we didn’t have time to join then. We joined platform tennis in 2012 and got hooked on the sport. Timeless Tennis is fun because we get to play both tennis and platform tennis and enjoy the many different events that the platform tennis community offers.”

Araceli has a lot to offer. She has played tennis for many years and has run free summer clinics in Dover and Georgetown, Delaware for over 14 years. Her father started a USTA -sanctioned junior tennis tournament in 1973 and when he retired 16 years later, she carried on his legacy by running the tournament for an additional 20 years. In 2011 Araceli was inducted into the Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame.

Timeless Tennis drop-ins are held every Wednesday from 4-6 pm at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex. For more information, contact Araceli at aspopen@yahoo.com or call 302-270-8118.  After a 30-day free trial period and free lessons, the purchase of a platform tennis membership or a drop-in fee will be required.

Events

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