Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

Guidelines to remain in place

As the incidents of COVID cases continue to grow in Illinois, we ask all players to continue to adhere to the safety guideline put in place. We have had a successful first half of the season so lets continue to play it safe, social distance and wear your mask when entering the paddle hut. Should we see players not adhering to these guidelines we will cancel all matches and play by men at KLM for 10 days.  

According to Bill O’Brien, we have not heard of a single instance among our 1,000+ players of someone contracting COVID while playing the game. Several players have contracted the disease from a family member or some form of outside socialization and they have immediately contacted their club and have taken the proper steps to self-isolate until cured and have done a good job of contacting anyone they might have seen.

So, have fun out there and good luck during the second half of the season.

Guidelines:

  • Masks must be worn at all times in the paddle huts. Players are not required to wear masks on the courts. All players should always keep a mask in their paddle bag and comply with mask and social distancing regulations.
  • Players may enter the KLM hut only to use the restrooms, replenish their water supplies, procure needed medical supplies or the defibrillator, or to take shelter from lightning and heavy rain. Social distancing in the hut must be maintained at all times. Please limit your amount of time spent in the hut.
  • No Socializing after matches without masks. Covid-19 can easily spread among players that socialize without masks within 6 feet of each other for more than a few minutes. We ask you not to hang outside or inside and drink beers before or after your match. Please depart KLM after your match.

For more information, see the Hinsdale Paddle Club Covid-19 Safety Recommendations.

Thank you for your help in adhering to the APTA, CPTC and HPC guidelines along with the State and Local guidelines during this Pandemic.

Congrats to Dave Williams & Don Abbs, Winner of the 2020 H2O C Draw Open

24 Teams Participated in the 2020 Hinsdale C Draw Men’s Open

C Draw Winners Dave Williams and Don Abbs center along with runners up Mark Parry and Rob Cook. Tournament organizers Bill O’Brien pictured far left and Kevin Lannert far right.

Congrats to Dave Williams and Don Abbs, winners of the 2020 Hinsdale H20 C Draw Open. They beat out Mark Parry and Rob Cook.

Team Silberberg/Padgett prevailed over Kalsi/Stomberg in the consolation final. The consolation reprieve winners were Laurence/Mannarino.

 The tournament took place at both KLM and Salt Creek on Saturday, October 3, with finals on Sunday, October 4. Thanks to our sponsors Concklin Insurance, the proud insurer of the HPTA and Bulkmatic-Quality Driven, provider of dry bulk shipping. A special thank you to Bill O’Brien and Kevin Lannert for helping to organize the tournament and keeping  track of all the winners and losers throughout the weekend.

CPTC 2020-21 Men’s Winter League Season Starts Sept. 22

Men’s winter league paddle matches to start up the week of Sept. 21. Should for any reason the league be cancelled before Dec. 10, the Players Pass fee ($150) will be refunded. Please view the 2020 – 2021Guidelines for CPTC Matches.

Please note, access to the KLM Hut and other clubs may be limited during the league season. There may not be food and drinks served during the matches as you have been accustomed to in the past. A ‘League Fee’ will be due once we have a better handle on the cost of the league itself. The league fee will be much less than previous years if no food and drinks are provided.

We will do our best to provide what we can for league matches while following local Village of Hinsdale and State of Illinois guidelines. Please view the Covid-19 Safety Recommendations for Platform Tennis. We will pass along additional updates as they come available.

USO Paddle Day Raises $5,950

100% of proceeds goes directly to USO of Illinois

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event a success!

Hinsdale Paddle Club’s participation in USO Paddle Day, February 1, was a great success! The event raised $5,950 with 100% going directly to the USO of Illinois to support the heroic men and women that serve our country. Throughout Chicagoland the event raised over $50,000! 

Thank you to everyone from the local paddle clubs that participated, including a special shout out to the Weekend Warriors. Additional thanks goes to Merrill Lynch Wealth Management for providing the food and volunteers, MillerCoors for the beverages and the many generous raffle donors.  Alison Ruble, Regional President for the USO was in attendance, along with Terry Lemke, former Marine, and current USO Midway Center Director.  We were honored to be joined by active duty LT Kate Woods and Major Alhaja Giwa Falana (Nikki) who graciously shared their stories about the USO’s impact on their lives during the party.  Hope to see everyone having a good time for a great cause again next year!   

Heather Prop and Wendy Shpiz Take First at Hinsdale Women’s Challenge

32 Teams Participated in the 2020 Hinsdale Women’s Challenge

Pictured left to right: Winners Heather Prop/Wendy Shpiz and finalists Sandy Cvetkovic/Marina Ohlmuller.

Congratulations to Heather Prop and Wendy Shpiz, winners of the 2020 Hinsdale Women’s Challenge NRT/Viking President’s Cup Qualifer. The event took place on Friday, February 7 with a full draw of 32 teams. The tourney highlight was a fiercely battled semifinal match of three hours pitting Sandy Cvetkovic and Marina Ohlmuller against Denise Murphy and Chris Maglocci. Cvetkovic/Ohlmuller eked out a win with a score of 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 and a 7-5 tiebreaker score. The other side of the draw was a hard-fought battle by Liz Hayward and Hallie Bodman against the top seeded team of Heather Prop and Wendy Shpiz. Prop/Shpiz won the tight match 6-3, 7-5. Then it was all Prop/Shpiz in the final against Cvetkovic/Ohlmuller with a score of 6-3, 6-1.

Billy O Red Zone Tourney Raises $3,600

100% of Proceeds go to Common Hope

Bill O’Brien congratulates Kevin Collins and Mike Cremmins winners of C Draw.

The Hinsdale men’s paddle tennis community rallied again to honor Bill O’Brien in the Billy O Red Zone tourney, raising $3,600 for Common Hope, an organization in Guatemala that focuses on the education of kids in poverty. The tournament was held on the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

A big thanks to Doug Brown for organizing this event and Private Vista for sponsoring the beverages!

Congrats to all the winners.

  • A Draw Winners: Dave Robare and Matt Guido
  • B Draw Winners: Tim Brankin and Chris Barb McKone
  • C Draw Winners: Mike Cremmins and Kevin Collins

Hinsdale Paddle Club Women Raise Over $1,000 for Common Hope

 Jane McCole and Margaret Hawn take home coveted Red Zone jackets!

The women of Hinsdale Paddle Club raised over $1,000 for Common Hope, an organization in Guatemala that focuses on the education of kids in poverty. Winners of the women’s Billy O Red Zone Tourney, held Saturday, November 30, were Jane McCole and Margaret Hawn who took home the coveted Red Zone jackets. 

Village of Hinsdale, HPTA reach milestone agreement for management of KLM facility and Burns Courts

Agreement benefits players, the Hinsdale Park District and the HPTA!

The Village of Hinsdale (“VOH”) and the HPTA (“Hinsdale Paddle”) have reached an agreement whereby the HPTA will manage all paddle functions at KLM and Burns effective July 1, 2019. This is an exciting change for Hinsdale Paddle, and should solidify its status as the premier public program in the Chicagoland area.

The agreement provides a funding framework that will allow for the complete renovation and expansion of the KLM Paddle Hut facility beginning in spring 2020, as well as continued improvements to the courts at KLM and Burns Park. The agreement will allow the HPTA to expand the programs and training it offers to its members while keeping membership costs inline with previous years. For Hinsdale Park district, the agreement will allow it to re-direct financial and manpower resources towards other priorities.

For more details, see the October 10, 2019 article in The Hinsdalean.