Spring 2018 Tournament Write-Up

Our recent tournament was a great success with 16 competitors and numerous spectators gathered in East Athens Community Center. This round robin tournament allowed competitors to get at least 6 matches and a lunch break. It started promptly at 10am and ended at about 4pm. Winners of A, B, and C division went home with a nice trophy and shirt: videos and photos @ https://www.facebook.com/PingPongAthensGA/ . There you will find an edited version of the finals matches for Division A Singles and the Fun Doubles single-elimination event, along with a photo of the 3 new champions.

Here’s the non-Facebook video of the finals: 2018 Spring Tournament Finals

Open Play sessions Mondays 6:00 – 8:30pm and Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00pm. First visit free, then $1 per session or $5 per month.

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Spring Tournament Announcement!

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Round Robin Tournament – April 14th, 2018 @ 10am

–Only 24 players will be accepted

Stage 1: Preliminary: Groups of 3-6 participants will play each other in a match as they compete to make it to stage 2. (Matches for first two stages are best of 5 games, all games are to 11 points).

Stage 2: Based on playing records in the preliminary round, the top 3 players from each group will be placed in Division A, B, or C. Players grouped in these 3 divisions play each other in a match to complete this round.

Stage 3: This will be the finals where the two competitors with the best match record from each division in Stage 2 play a match, best of 7 games.

Prizes: Planning on having a trophy and t-shirt for the winner of each division.

Start Time: Saturday, April 14th, 2018 @ 10am (Should be finished some time after 2:00pm)

Deadline for Registration: March 30th, 2018

Event Fee: $15

All entry forms that are not accompanied with the $15 event fee will not be accepted.  You may mail the form to the address listed on the form, or you may submit your entry form and event fee in person at one of our regularly scheduled open play sessions.

Equipment: Rackets must be USATT approved. One side of the racket must be bright red, the other side black. DHS D40+ 3 star balls will be used for all events

Clothing: The main color of the body of the shirt or shorts may not be white. Please dress in appropriate athletic attire. Designs or lettering that are distracting to an opponent or are offensive will not be permitted. Socks and rubber-soled, non-marking, shoes must be worn.

Umpire: Umpire for your match will be provided if requested.

Cancellation: The organizer reserves the right to cancel the tournament or modify the format based on the number of entries.

Practice: Opening up for practice at 9:15am

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Tuesday Training & Tournament Talk

—Please take note that we are expanding our Tuesday Training hours with the session now running from 6:00-8:30pm.

—The 2nd Athens Georgia Table Tennis Round Robin Tournament will be on 1/13/2018 @ East Athens Community Center.  The entry fee is $10 for Athens-Clarke County (ACC) residents and the fee is $15 for non-ACC residents.

Here’s a blog post from t3atl, dig through the archives there for lots of good stuff: http://t3atl.com/table-tennis-muscles/

 

 

Table Tennis is Back!

Now that our host facility is back in good order, we will resume regularly scheduled open play sessions @ East Athens Community Center.

Tuesdays: 6:30-8:30pm

Saturdays: 1:00-4:00pm

Lots of good quality practice balls and loaner paddles available for visitors.

Schedule Update

Our host facility, East Athens Community Center, will be shut down for renovations until November 28th.  Let’s call it a “Thanksgiving Break” and come back with renewed energy in a few weeks! Normal Tuesday and Saturday Open play sessions will resume 11/28/2017, so we can all work off the turkey and pumpkin pie. See http://www.facebook.com/pingpongathensga for table tennis news and event listings.

 

Next Tournament – January 2018

Athens Georgia Table Tennis will be co-hosting another round robin format tournament with East Athens Community Center on January 13, 2018. This page will be updated with a link to the registration page when it is set up. Or, you may send an e-mail to tabletennisathensga@gmail.com to join the e-mail list for reminders about upcoming events.

 

Open Play Guidelines Update

Please join us for table tennis twice a week at two well-attended open play sessions with 4 tables, regulation height nets, and tournament quality balls.  If there are only 6-10 of us, we’ll continue to use the traditional challenge system. However, for most days where we have more than 10 visitors, let’s follow a few new guidelines to ensure everyone gets adequate playing time:

  1. Do matches as “Best of 3 games”, instead of the normal “Best of 5 games”.
  2. Winner of a table may only hold the table for two consecutive matches before stepping aside to rest or challenge another table.