Platform Tennis is the only racquet sport played outdoors in cold weather. After snow is
removed, the courts’ special floor heating units provide a dry playing surface.
Individual or family membership in the Waterford Oaks Platform Tennis group is
required to play.
The Waterford Oaks Courts are located at 1702 Scott Lake Road in Waterford.
2017-2018 Season: October - April
Trial $130/Individual; $200/Family
Fees include the cost of the lights, heaters and access to the warming building. There is no additional charge for court time. Trial memberships are for half season. First season: October-mid-January; second season: Mid-January-April.
Michigan Senior Olympics - Free Platform Tennis Clinic
2018 Winter Games
Feb. 7, 2018
Waterford Oaks County Park
1702 Scott Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48382
Platform Tennis is an American racquet sport that four players can enjoy outdoors in the cold weather. Come learn more at the free clinic. No previous experience needed. No pre-registration. Instruction from Waterford Oaks Paddle Club. Dress for the weather. Tennis shoes required. Extra equipment on site available for first time players or those that do not have their own paddles or paddle balls.
Paddle Club Coordinators
Betsy Hodges: 248-892-0580
Jay Reynolds: 248-645-9671
General Info: 248-858-0916
Rules – Rules differ from tennis with one serve and use of screening to keep the ball in play.
The court – The game is played on an elevate aluminum deck, one-quarter the size of a tennis court. Surrounded by a 12-foot high superstructure, taut 16-gauge "chicken wire" fencing allows play off the walls, similar to racquetball and squash. The base of a platform tennis court is usually enclosed, where a heating system beneath the deck melts snow and ice on the aggregate deck surface, allowing athletes to play outdoors in all weather conditions.
Equipment – Platform tennis paddles are made of a composite material with aerodynamic holes drilled in the head. Paddles are approximately 18" long. The spongy rubber ball measures 2.5 inches in diameter. A flocking material on its exterior keeps the ball from skidding.