if you are interested in participating in a camp
in your area.
Take your paddle game to new heights!!!
Gerri Viant and Mike Gillespie have combined their expertise with Wilson to bring to you the cutting edge of Platform Tennis in the Performance Paddle Camp 2003. Viant and Gillespie have a combined 17 National Title and they play the game competitively today. Gerri and Mike are Level 1 Certified Teaching Professionals and National Testers, as well as Instructional staff contributors for the Platform Tennis Magazine. Gerri is on the founding Board of Directors of the US Professional Platform Teachers Association. They are full time teaching professionals, teaching tennis and paddle tennis during their respective seasons.
Platform Tennis has made strides over the last decade and has become a very exciting game played on all levels and PPC delivers their teaching and playing expertise to their students on their own level. The PPC paddle camp offers three programs for your club to choose from. Customize your camp according to the needs of your group.
Performance Paddle Camps are
designed to take your game to a higher level. For repeat campers
the format will be different, allowing for more time spent on
playing situations and match play. An evaluation period has
been added which will enable us to critique our campers and
make specific recommendations to improve their games. From there,
we will be incorporating drills to work on fundamental strokes,
moving right into positioning,strategies, situation plays and
match play. Campers will keep their player evaluation cards
at the end of camp, to help them stay focused on the areas of
their game that need improvement. Performance Paddle Camp will
immerse you in paddle, and give you time to gain confidence
in shot execution and selection, which frequently gets rushed
over once the competitive season starts.
"We've had Performance Paddle Camp in Winnetka for several years, and it has been enormously successful. First year campers are excited about using what they've just learned and repeat campers are excited about both the review and the new elements. For everyone, it's a great transition into the season. Many of our teams have incorporated "2 dots" and other Performance Paddle techniques into their play. The focus on positioning alone has improved our teamwork tremendously. From beginner to advanced, the camp is well worth it. Keep up the good work, and see you next year."
WPTC Winnetka, IL
Just a quick thank you for an awesome and "overwhelming" two days at Waynesborough. I am so excited to take my game to the next level and although I did not attend last year's camp, I feel as though I now have my own foundation from which to build. You both, as well as Jay and Christi, did a fantastic job of sharing "so much" in so "little time", that is quite a challenge in itself...thanks for your expertise and your enthusiasm...It was great to meet you...I will tell my sister (Carol Weir) that I finally had the pleasure...I look forward to a great season...best of luck to you as well.
"Performance Paddle Camp was the best decision our club has made for their paddle members. It helped all the teams improve because together we were learning the same technique while learning the best strategies of the game. Everyone improved from beginner to advanced. Beginners learned the foundation of the game the proper way and the advanced players were able to take their skills to a new level by learning from the best! Gerri, Mike and Christi were excellent teachers -- organized, logical, patient, fun and brilliant in their approach. We are all looking forward to the fall when we can do it again!"
Port Washington Yacht Club
Port Washington, NY
"For the last five years we have started our paddle season
with Paddle Performance Camp clinics. Gerri & Mike continue
to bring new strategies and drills -- to sharpen our skills,
game tactics and partner communication. And we have fun at the
same time. Many of our players return year after year-that is
a strong endorsement!! We have a wait list for spots for the
Fall 2003 clinics. "
Lakeshore Athletic Club
"Mike and Gerri have brought the Wilson Performance Paddle
Camps to the New Canaan Field Club for 6 years, since its inception.
This exciting event marks the kick-off to our club season. It
is a great way for new members and players to meet each other
and get introduced to this great sport. For experienced players
it provides an opportunity to make the annual transition from
New Canaan Field Club
"Mike, Gerri, and the team of pros use their years of
tournament and teaching experience to provide exciting group
instruction and personalized attention. Each year brings new
drills, skills, and strategies. I have found it a valuable
and fun event that has improved my understanding of the game
and disciplined my play. I look forward to this event every
year for the fall weather, great camaraderie, and wonderful
Platform Tennis Chairman, New Canaan Filed Club
President Fairfield County Platform Tennis League
"Gerri and Mike taught me that the transition from tennis
to paddle can be so easy. I wish I had taken the camp the
first year instead of the third! Learning the positioning
defines who takes each shot, so my partner and I can focus
on our execution (spins, etc.) and not worry about being in
each other's way. I told my husband we shouldn't play together
until he took the camp. Now we play tournaments together and
have a great time."
I wanted to thank you and your Performance Paddle Camp staff for making a much needed trip to Philadelphia, and more importantly Aronimink Golf Club. I've felt privileged to be involved in your paddle camps the last two seasons, and always leave feeling more enlightened than the last season.
I would first like to explain to you what the camps have meant to my staff and me. I have been teaching paddle for the past eight years...or so I thought! What I now realize is that for all but the last two seasons I was teaching my players how to "play better tennis" on the paddle court. I can say with great confidence that all of my student’s strokes have improved dramatically over the years. Only one problem, although they were "hitting" the ball better, they were not really playing better paddle. I'm probably not alone in this style of instruction. Your camps made it perfectly clear that the execution of the "strategy of paddle" was really where the matches are being won and lost, not by the best hits. My staff and I with your help have found a standardized method of teaching both the important strategies and techniques unique to paddle alone.
The impression you have made on my students has been even more dramatic than on the staff. For the first time my members have a plan that they can utilize at every level of competition, from beginner to tournament players. It is so encouraging to hear our players reinforcing the strategies that the instructors have been preaching in practices and lessons. I can assure you that Aronimink has bought into "the system" for which the strategy is affectionately named. Every week at interclub practices my students are explaining the reason for winning was "our opponents didn't know the system."
Having the camp at Aronimink in October has made us better, more credible paddle instructors and has raised the level of play, and more importantly the level of awareness at every level. Thanks again, we all can't wait to see you again next year.
Director of Racquet Sports
"As a full-time tennis professional for over 15 years,
Performance Paddle Camp gave me the opportunity to grow as a
teaching professional. Gerri and Mike taught me the basics and
then the finer points of paddle through their incredible system.
I now teach tennis in the summer and am a full time PPTA certified
Platform Professional in the winter. A whole new career has
opened up for me and I owe a lot of this to Gerri and Mike."
Christopher Pucci - Full time tennis/platform tennis professional
Indian Trail Club, Franklin Lakes, NJ
Certified Professional, Pro 2 in the PPTA
"I have been a full time teaching pro for over 25 years
and have had the opportunity to be exposed to many of paddle's
top teaching pros and players. But when my path crossed paths
with Performance Paddle Camp and Mike and Gerri 4 years ago
I was exposed to a whole new level. They are the "quintessential"
professionals- representing every aspect of our sport- manufacturers,
players and other teaching pros. They enthusiastically promote
the sport- not just themselves. I have found them to be unselfish
and generous about sharing their vast knowledge as players and
teachers. That is what makes them true ambassadors of paddle.
We have a very active paddle program here in Pittsburgh and
we have been lucky enough to be on PPC's schedule the last 4
falls for "kick-off" camps. My players are always
thrilled with their product and professionalism. Campers leave
feeling inspired and totally prepared for the upcoming season.
We always have repeat campers and I think that is the true testament
to how effective their system is. Gerri and Mike are constantly
updating and revising their presentation and it always feels
fresh. They make my job so much easier because when they leave
campers are playing with precision and purpose. We have all
benefited from our exposure to PPC."
Christi Hays, full time teaching pro- tennis and paddle- Pittsburgh
Level 1 Certified Pro-PPTA; USPTA Pro 1; PTR Professional; Master
Racquet Technician (USRSA)
"Performance Paddle Camp is an excellent way to take your
game to the next level. Gerri and Mike have a well thought out
approach to the game. Their camps are great for all levels of
play. I have adopted many of their teaching principles in my
Head Racquets Professional Patterson Club. Certified Professional
PPTA & USPTA
The Patterson Club
" The opportunity to teach with Gerri Viant and Mike Gillespie
in Performance Paddle Camp has been an eye opening experience
for me. Their insightful vision of the game of paddle, and how
it should be played, has taken me to another level as both a
teacher and a player. The impact of their clearly defined division
of the court, and the responsibilities of each player, has enabled
me to raise the level of play of my students. Their seemingly
endless supply of drills have made my lessons more fun and effective.
Lastly, it is Gerri and Mike's commitment to the game of paddle
that has driven them to make Performance Paddle Camp the game's
J ay Fraser
Certified Professional - PPTA.Fulltime Paddle Professional
Ridgewood Country Club and Essex Hunt Club
" Through clear and concise communication, Performance
Paddle Camps has given me the knowledge I need to explain the
skills and strategies of the game of Platform Tennis to my students.
Having been a camper myself, I have seen how professionally
organized and informative PPC is run and the positive responses
from their participants. Gerri and Mike's passionate and enthusiastic
approach to the game and teaching process encouraged me to pursue
my PPTA certification. Blending their on court playing and teaching
techniques with the study of the rules and regulations of the
game, I was able to obtain my PPTA certification within a few
months. I now feel well prepared and qualified to teach paddle
to the best of my ability."
Susan Tarzian, Director of Tennis
Garden City Recreation, Garden City, NY 11530
*prices may vary according to travel distance
All fees include a camp T-shirt, players' manual, and prizes.
For additional information please call:
Gerri Viant (914) 715-7947
Mike Gillespie (203) 273-0717