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Manlius YMCA Foam Ball Tournament

Foam Ball Tournament Participants

Manlius YMCA Foam Ball Tournament


The Manlius YMCA hosted a unique and innovative event on Sunday, March 8. Teaching professional Paul Laurie organized a Foam Ball Tournament open to all ages and ability levels. All matches consisted of a 10-point tiebreak and were played on 36-foot courts with red foam balls. In addition, all of the participants used junior racquets. 

The participants ranged from 8 to 50 years old, and ability levels varied from beginner all the way up to 4.5. In some cases, entire families participated. Everyone started the tournament in the same draw and all players advanced to smaller draws based on their results, ensuring that participants played most of their matches against players of similar age and ability level. In total, everyone played at least 10 matches. USTA Eastern donated prizes for all of the participants and the YMCA provided awards to the top finishers, along with refreshments.

Due to the success of the tournament, Manlius YMCA plans to offer similar events in the future