No table tennis at Lucky Shoals
on Sunday, April 20
(All Gwinnett County recreational facilities will be closed.)
Atlanta Giant Round Robin Results
AGTTA's 2014 Giant Round Robin Tournament took place on Saturday, March 1. Top seeded and U.S.A. #24 Yijun Feng was the overall winner, defeating John Mar in the finals.
Our thanks to Tournament Director Wendell Dillon and everyone who helped make this a great tournament. Click HERE for complete tournament results.
HAPPY NEW YEAR. Happy New Year to all AGTTA members and supporters. We offer several programs to help make 2014 a year to enjoy our sport more than ever.
- The AGTTA League - One of the best league programs in the United States starts back on Tuesday nights beginning on January 7th. League play is a great way to prepare for tournaments, sharpen your skills, or just have some fun on a Tuesday night.
- AGTTA Sunday Coaching - Starts back on January 5th . Our newly elected Director of Player Development, Petro Stirbu heads up our coaching sessions along with several ITTF certified coaches to help you take your game to the next level.
- Team Play - Team play brings a new dimension to your table tennis experience. Team play begins March 16th. To register a team, send the names of your team members and their ratings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Open Play - Often overlooked as a feature of table tennis clubs is open play. AGTTA features eight hours a week of open play. Tables are available every Sunday and Tuesday for players who want to enjoy our sport in a less structured environment.
We at AGTTA continue to support other table tennis venues and training centers in the Atlanta area through our tournaments, website, teams competition, and for the last two years through partnering with The Atlanta Table Tennis Academy to bring ITTF training courses to Atlanta. We always welcome new players and players who train at other local locations.
Thanks to all our players and supporters. We look forward to seeing you in 2014.
TABLE TENNIS 101
Would you like to have an ITTF certified coach come to your place of business to present an introduction to table tennis clinic for you and your coworkers? Does your business, church, or scout group have a table where a one hour clinic could be held? To arrange for a fun and educational experience, contact Jon Gustavson at email@example.com
The 2013 Georgia Games tournament was held this year on the weekend of July 13th and 14th. Highlights included the win by the Atlanta Table Tennis Academy team in the Georgia Cup. Charlie Slater from the Decatur Table Tennis Club was awarded the Thomas Nunes Sportsmanship Trophy. Most of the action on Saturday involved younger players featuring juniors from Yang's Table Tennis Club and The Atlanta Table Tennis Academy.
The Georgia Games tournament continues to be the most anticipated local tournament of the year. In addition to a round robin tournament competition in doubles, hard bat, teams, and age groups make for a unique and enjoyable tournament. Thanks to Wendell Dillon and the tournament committee for keeping things running smoothly and for all their work in putting on a great weekend of table tennis.
AGTTA Teams: Gladiators Top Players in 2013 Finals; Raptors Shut Out Panthers
After 908 matches, the AGTTA 2013 Team season came to an end on July 7th. The Table Tennis Gladiators finished the season with a 10 to 1 win over the Ping Pong Players and the Lawrenceville Raptors finished the season by taking the bronze over the Georgia State Panther team. The team season was a tremendous amount of fun. We plan to start another season of team play in 2014. Thanks to all our participants, team captains, and supporters. To participate next season, start forming your team as early as possible. Playing on a team is a great experience.
AGTTA Holds First ITTF Course in Southeast
AGTTA and the Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy teamed up to host the first ITTF-PTT Level One coaching course held in the southeast part of the United States. Richard McAfee was our course instructor. He has taught this course all over the world. There were 13 participants, several of whom came from outside of Georgia. The course was extremely educational and fun. Thanks to everyone who helped bring this prestigious course to Georgia.
Timothy Wang Visits AGTTA
It is not every day that AGTTA has an Olympic athlete join us for open play. On May 6th Timothy Wang, who is a member of Team USA and will be
competing in London this Summer, dropped in for some Sunday afternoon table tennis at Lucky Shoals. After a warm up and brief exhibition with Ethan Jin, Timothy was gracious enough to take on some of our top players. Didi De Souza, Petro Stirbu, and Michael Levene all got in a game and represented AGTTA very well against America's best. Timothy has been in town as a guest of Wang Hui, who has previously coached Timothy in Houston before relocating to Atlanta. Good luck to Timothy as he prepares for the Summer Olympics in London.
Coach on Sunday and Play for Free: Experienced players who are willing to coach or assist one of our current coaches have the opportunity to play at AGTTA for free on Sundays and Tuesdays. To volunteer you must be approved by our current coaching staff and be available to help out on Sundays from 1:30 until 3:00. You do not necessarily have to have coaching experience if you are willing to assist one of our coaches.
Atlanta Juniors Organize Team Tournament
AGTTA recognizes the good work of Ethan Jin, Tom Feng, and Betty Yu for their organization of the Atlanta Junior Table Tennis Team Tournament. This tournament was held on February 17th and featured eleven teams from the Atlanta area.
Fair Play: You may have noticed the sign at the sign-in table on Tuesdays about using approved equipment and not using speed glue. AGTTA encourages all players to use approved equipment. We have a number of players who are not serving legally. If you are hiding the ball with your arm, not tossing the ball six inches, or lowering the ball below table level, you are not serving legally and you are getting an unfair advantage in games. Please make sure you are serving legally. Your fellow club members will greatly appreciate it.
AGTTA is a nonprofit corporation that relies for the most part, on volunteers to run our club. We currently could use help in several areas. Volunteer coaches, photographers, media specialists, tournament helpers, marketing specialists, grant writers, assistant league directors, and coaching assistants are just a few of the jobs that we could use help with. If you have a special skill that you feel could help our club, contact Jon Gustavson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are new to the AGTTA League program you may not be aware that at the end of each ten week series AGTTA awards trophies to class winners who have attended at least six sessions. In addition there is a $100 prize given to the player with the highest winning percentage who is also rated over 2000. The second place wi
winner gets $50.
The AGTTA League also records your matches, adjusts your club rating, and allows you to advance to higher levels of competition by matching you against a continuous group of players that will challenge you every week.
Sunday Group Training: Every Sunday beginning at 1:30 AGTTA offers free group coaching. The Free Coaching Program has become one of the most popular features of our club. Classes geared toward juniors, beginner adults, and intermediate level players help our players develop their skills in a fun group setting. See our coaching page for information about our volunteer coaches.