APTA Junior Paddle

2021 Junior Nationals

An unprecedented 374 players registered for the Junior Nationals Qualifiers held in 4 different states. 

The Boys 18 and Under event was completed. The remaining 7 events will be completed on April 17th. 80 teams have qualified to battle it out across the 7 remaining divisions. 

Parents of players will receive an e-mail with their site for play and other tournament information.

2021 Boys 18s Champions- George Bancroft and Conor Zaminksi and Finalists Joe Delany and Josh Frumin 

The APTA offers 3 levels of play for juniors, ages 6-18.  

Level 1- Viking Jr. Tour
Level 2- Challenger Events
Level 3- Skills & Drills and POP UP PADDLE

Level 1 events go by official APTA Rules for play with approved formats and are called The Viking Jr Tour, thanks to sponsorship from Viking Athletics.

Age Groups are U 10's Mixed, U 12's Boys and Girls, U15's Boys and Girls and U 18's Boys and Girls. 

 All players earn National Ranking Points towards a year ending Jr National Ranking. A team's top 2 results determine year ending ranking.  Junior Rankings are posted on the Junior Page of the Apta's website on www.platformtennis.org.

Viking Jr Tour Events are mostly run by teaching professionals who give back to the game.

These pros use APTA approved formats to provide kids and their parents a positive environment for competition.

Thanks to Greg Morgan,  Liz Cruz, Mike Gillespie, Scott Slobin, Dave Broderick, Laurie Hissey, Matt and Mirian Warner, Charlotte Sikora, Brad Easterbrook , Robbie Rowe, Lisa Rudloff, Nathan LeFevre, Nick Bergman and Evan Ambrose for their ongoing efforts to grow the game for Kids by hosting Viking Jr. Tour Events!

The APTA couldn't do this without the Pros!!!! 

Brad Easterbrook, Director of the Ct. Jr.Viking Tour Event each February 
The 2019-2020 APTA Viking Jr Tour schedule is on the  APTA website at

Level 2 Challenger Events
 Doubles or Singles!

Level 2 Events are a great way to get Kids Playing Paddle in a mildly competitive format.

  Level 2 Events are typically "Round Robins" so that kids switch around and play with different partners.

Instruction from Pros on positioning and shot selection is part of the deal to make it fun and informative. 

Level 2 events are played with the Regular Viking Ball or they can be played with the lightweight and bigger, Viking Training Ball.  These events are the ideal way to introduce your son or daughter to competitive play where they are guaranteed to have fun and they will instantly improve! Ages 8 and up!

Level 3 Events
 KID Play Dates and POP UP Paddle

Kid Play Dates are an hour or so of Skills and Drills for Kids that are fun and make learning Paddle easy!  

Pros introduce younger kids to the game using the training ball or even tennis balls.  It slows the game down and is safe for kids as young as 5 years old! 


Contact the APTA to get ideas on how to more juniors playing in your area! 

The APTA Junior Blog is written and updated  by Patty Hogan.

Want to contribute content? email pattyhogan8@gmail.com