Meet the Director of Platform Tennis
Ryan Rader has been a professional tennis instructor with over 20 years of experience and more than 10 years
as a platform tennis professional. Former Division 1 tennis player at Northern Illinois where he was ranked
top 15 in the country in doubles and posted wins over top 50 in the country and achieving All-Conference
honors for both MCC and MAC conferences during his time at NIU. Ryan was a former Director of Adult
Tennis at Score Tennis and Fitness, Director of Racquet Sports at the LaGrange Field Club and most
recently as an Assistant Platform Director at the Valley Lo Club in Glenview.
Ryan joins us as the Platform Tennis Director here at South Barrington and looks to continue growth and
improvement for our teams and players for both tennis and platform tennis. Anyone who is interested
in more information on drills, lessons, matches or leagues can reach out and we will be in touch right away to assist.
What is Platform Tennis?
Platform Tennis, also known as “paddle”, is the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in any climate. Paddle is an easy sport for players of all ages and skill levels to learn and enjoy. It is an excellent sport for families to play together. This fun social game is primarily played in cool or cold weather, during the day or night and has become a year-round sport in some regions.
The South Barrington Club Platform Tennis Facility is a year-round facility featuring: Brand new paddle hut • Four heated platform tennis courts with LED lights • 80 person max capacity • 3 Flat Screen TV’s • Gas Fireplace • Full-Service Bar.
Paddle Hut Rental
Plan your next party at the SBC Paddle Hut! Take advantage of our spacious hut for your next company outing, holiday party, paddle party or birthday celebration. Whether you already know how to play, or want to learn, here’s a great opportunity to experience a sport adults and juniors can enjoy for a lifetime. Professional instruction is available for an additional fee. For more information about reserving the paddle hut, please call Debbie at (847) 381-7515.
Contact the front desk at 847-381-2570 to reserve courts. The courts are available between 6am and 10pm Monday-Friday and
8am-9pm Saturday and Sunday. Members are allowed to make court reservations 7 days in advance (limit one court reservation per day for a maximum of 2 hours).
SBC Platform Tennis Program
The SBC Platform Tennis Program offers flexible opportunities to get you on the courts in lessons or league play. The Platform Tennis membership runs from August 1 thru July 31. In order to play in the league, you need to be a paddle or full member and pay the league/food/beverage fee. We offer a wide range of instructional programs and social events that meet all levels and interests of play, ranging from competitive to casual. Paddles, balls, gloves and shoes are available for purchase in the pro shop. We are looking forward to a great Fall and Winter season!
We offer a wide range of events throughout the season from social to competitive. The calendar of events includes Pre-Season Camps, Professional Exhibitions, Men’s Handicap Tournaments, Crosstown Moneyball Tournament, Men’s Club Championships and Adult Social Mixers.
Private Lessons Regardless of your level, if you want to learn the game, improve upon your existing level, just fine-tune certain aspects of your strokes or strategy, or simply have fun while getting a great workout, we will help you achieve your goals. We offer private, semi-private, 3-on-1
and 4-on-1 lessons. Cancellation of private lessons must be made at least 24 hours in advance, otherwise, the full lesson rate will be charged. Contact Adam Morgan to schedule lessons at your convenience
The SBC Men’s Platform Tennis Program is planning to have 8 teams competing in the CPTC league this season. The regular-season league matches start on Tuesday, October 6 and end on Thursday, February 25. The quarterfinals of the playoffs are Tuesday-Thursday, March 9-11, the semifinals are Monday, March 15 and the finals are Wednesday, March 17. The matches are played on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights from 7:00-10:00pm. The drills are offered on Saturdays from 9:00-10:30am and 10:30am-12:00pm starting September 19. If you are interested in playing on a team this season, please contact Ryan Rader email@example.com
Men’s Intro to Paddle
This class is for beginners with little or no knowledge of platform tennis and want to learn the game. The drills will focus on court positioning, technique, screen play, communication, scoring, rules of the game and match play. This program is a fun and exciting way to learn the game and get ready to play on a team. The drills are offered on Mondays from 6pm-7pm starting September 14.
Men’s In-House Leagues
We are offering In-House Leagues in the Spring & Summer. The spring league will run in April-May and the summer league in
June-July. The matches are played on Thursday nights at 7pm & 8pm. The leagues are open to beginner, intermediate and advanced players.
The SBC Women’s Platform Tennis Program is planning to join the NSWPTL league for the 2020-21 season. The league begins early October and ends mid March. Series 1-7 play their matches on Thursdays from 9am-12pm and Series 8-12 play on Thursdays from
12pm-3pm. Series 13-16 play on Fridays from 9am-12pm. If you are interested in playing on a team this season, please contact Ryan Rader..
Women’s Intro to Paddle
This class is for beginners with little or no knowledge of platform tennis and want to learn the game. The drills will focus on court positioning, technique, screenplay, communication, scoring, rules of the game and match play. This program is a fun and exciting way to learn the game and get ready to play on a team. The drills are offered on Tuesdays from 10:30am-12pm.
Junior Paddle (10-14 Years Old)
The students will engage in challenging, interactive games and drills. The drills will focus on screens, positioning, net/baseline strategy, scoring, rules of the game, communication and match play.
High School Paddle (14-18 Years Old)
The drills will focus on all aspects of platform tennis.
The players will enjoy fast-paced drills emphasizing match strategy, positioning, screens, targets and shot selection.