What Is the USAPA EEC

In addition to contracting with Chesapeake for testing services, the USAPA has established the Equipment Evaluation Committee (EEC). The EEC is led by the USAPA Managing Director of Competition and consists of two individuals with engineering backgrounds and diverse experience in sports. The EEC evaluates manufacturer’s prototypes and new product introductions, which may use new shapes, configurations or surface treatments. The EEC is a review body that ensures these developments are consistent with maintaining the nature of the game. Members of the EEC include:

TBA – USAPA Managing Director of Competition. With the departure of Christine Barksdale, USAPA is currently searching for a new replacement to fill this important position which provides management, support and oversight of USAPA’s tournament sanctioning process, support and coordination of USAPA national and regional tournaments, and lends additional support and guidance within various competitive initiatives, including referee certification. Management and support of game rules will also fall under this position.  In the meantime, please know that the EEC process remains intact and will continue uninterpreted until a replacement is named.

John Anderson – Has 35 years of experience in the Aerospace industry. Currently, he is chief engineer for a large aerospace company responsible for certification of commercial airplane components. He is also registered professional mechanical engineer (California).

Carl Schmits – Trained as industrial/systems engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute. Most recently held operational leadership in product development with mobile technologies at a large semiconductor manufacturer, as well as high-speed super-computer interconnects at a leading European manufacturer. He has a 5.0 USAPA rating, is an Open level racquetball competitor and certified instructor for both pickleball (IPTPA) and racquetball, with product development experience in those sports as well.

Carolyn Benson – While not a member of the EEC committee, Carolyn serves as the EEC administrator and is the initial point of contact for all manufacturers regarding questions, product submissions, etc.