Open Play Sessions

Two open play sessions each week:

Saturdays – 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Wednesdays – 6:00pm to 8:30pm

$1 per visit or $5 per month, first visit free!


Explanations below are based on the original instructions from the Santa Rosa System.

How to get going at open play sessions:

  • Say hello, then sign-in and complete liability waiver if you have not done so.
  • Add your name to the bottom of the wait list on the whiteboard if there are no tables available when you arrive.
  • Watch some matches or chit-chat until a table becomes available.
  • When everyone’s name above yours is crossed off, it is your turn to play. You may choose to do one of the following:
    • — ask another idle player to play a practice match for fun,
      — challenge another player for a “challenge board” match,
      — ask another idle player if they want to practice for 20 minutes (15 minutes if 10 or more people are present),
      — or you may delay playing (if still tired, or if you want to wait for someone who is already playing).
  • If a player delays, it’s the next player in line’s turn.
  • A player who is asked for a “fun” match may decline the invitation and continue waiting.
  • Warm up for about 10 minutes if it’s your first match of the day, or else keep warmup time in the 2-5 minute range. All matches are best 3-out-of-5, unless we have 10 or more people at the club, then it’s best 2-out-of-3. (Alright if you play a 3rd game if match is won 2-0)
  • When a match is over, BOTH players leave the table, then return to the seating area and add their names to the BOTTOM of the waiting list.

Challenge Board Additional Information:

  • Challenges for the challenge board work as follows:
    — you can only challenge (for the board) someone one or two spaces up from you, counting only those players who are present.
    — for example, if you’re #4, and #3 is absent, you can challenge #2 or #1.
    — if the higher player wins, there is no change to the board.
    — if the lower player wins, he or she moves up to the higher players spot, and everyone in between moves down one spot (including the loser).
    — the winner of the challenge match should fix the listing on the challenge board. (If not sure sure how to do it, please ask for assistance).
  • A player who is asked for a “challenge” match cannot decline, unless he or she has already been challenged twice that night (or once already from the same person).
  • A player who is injured does not have to accept challenges.


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8/18/2018 Tournament Player List

Partial Image of Gym for Saturday 8/18/2018


Thanks for your interest in the upcoming tournament on 8/18/2018.   There will be a preliminary round robin with groups of 3-6 people, followed by single-elimination playoff round. Time permitting, we’ll do a fun doubles or hardbat single elimination tournament afterwards. Starts at 10am, hope to be done by 4pm.  $10 for locals, $15 for those outside Athens-Clarke County.

Sign Up: Tournament Signup Page -From there, create an account and please register online by 8/17/2018. This is a non-sanctioned event and will not affect your USATT rating


Player List (USATT ratings or estimate of USATT rating used for this list):

Updated 8/15/2018

Blair – 1622

Fangliang – 1480 (estimated)

Al – 1468

Wendy – 1450 (estimated)

Wujun – 1438

Tony – 1436

Korky – 1343

Tim – 1300

Yoram – 1300

Alex – 1200 (estimated)

Ed – 1270

Taylor – 1150 (estimated)

Kurt – 1134

Ben – 1095 (NCTTA rating)

Matt – 997

Chang – 900

Travis – 847

Peter – (unrated – 800)

Please arrive and sign in by 9:45, please arrive by 9:30 if you’ve never been here before.

Check out this PDF for more details on this event: More Details

Athens GA Summertime Round Robin – August 18th

Athens Georgia Table Tennis Club is teaming up with East Athens Community Center to host our next tournament August 18th, 2018.  Details will be up soon, along with an online registration option.  Cost will be under $20 per person and it will be round robin format with everyone getting at least 3-6 matches.  All skill levels are encouraged to attend this tournament and round robin playing groups will be carefully arranged based on your current skill level determined by tournament organizer and/or USATT rating. This should allow most of our competitors to have a great day of matches against people that play at a similar level. Fun doubles event will take place if time permits, so bring a friend. Minimum of t-shirts and trophies for the winner of each division, but we are looking into the option of providing cash prizes too.

Hope to see you soon! Come enjoy our regular open play sessions every Monday and Saturday.


We Serve Legally In Athens!

Club founder’s response to an article regarding illegal serves is now published on a popular table tennis blog:

Come play with great local competitors every Monday and Saturday here in Athens, GA.  We have 4 tables set up at every session and good lighting using DHS D40+ 3 star balls. Your club director will not condone illegal serves or poor sportsmanship, so please come enjoy a friendly environment as you improve your skills. We’ll be getting t-shirts made soon and the next double round robin tournament is tentatively scheduled le for August 4th, 2018.

See you at the table,


Table Tennis Schedule Update

East Athens Community Center will be closed on 5/29 for Memorial Day, so the weekday open play session will occur on the following day, Tuesday 5/30, from 6:00 – 8:30pm.  Otherwise, we still play every Monday from 6:00pm to 8:30 pm and Saturdays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.  The club is structured to allow fair distribution of playing time to players of all skill levels, so don’t be shy, come play with us soon!

Newgy Robopong 2040 now available for use by all club members who pay monthly or annually. We also have a couple new tables that are great for competitive play. Send e-mails to if you have any questions or concerns.




Spring 2018 Tournament Write-Up

Our recent tournament was a great success with 16 competitors and numerous spectators gathered in the bleachers at East Athens Community Center. This round robin tournament allowed competitors to get 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 @ . 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

Here’s the non-Facebook video of the doubles finals: 2018 Spring Tournament Doubles 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.

Out next tournament will probably be at the end of July after the Georgia Games. Next great tournament with divisions for all skill levels is on June 2nd at AGTTA, see pic below for more info.