WORLD TABLE TENNIS DAY
The ITTF has designated April 6th as World Table Tennis Day. AGTTA has issued a press release announcing that we will be open on Sunday April 5th and Tuesday April 7th and inviting everyone to join us. Any new players that you bring as your guests on these days can play for free. For more information on World Table Tennis Day see tt4all.com.
What's New at AGTTA?
Spring is here and many of our players are traveling to out of town tournaments. We will be hosting an under-2000 tournament in May. So what's new on our normal Sunday and Tuesday sessions? We are having lighter than normal attendance which means more available tables and more opportunities to play. We have also had a number of new players coming out, particularly on Sundays. Open play on both days allows for matches against a wide variety of players. A great way to guarantee competitive matches is to play in the Tuesday night league. So, keep your game sharp and join us at Lucky Shoals for some fun, fellowship, and exercise. Hope to see you soon!
Happy New Year! Thanks to all our members and supporters for making 2014 a great year for AGTTA. Many of us are looking forward to getting back playing, getting off the couch, and trying out some of our new equipment we found under the tree in December. As we go forward into 2015, we regret that our Vice President Brian Crisp is going to be moving, most likely in the next few months. If you are interested in learning how to run Tuesday night league please see Hwa Lew, Brian, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Running the league is the only paying job we have at AGTTA. Much thanks to Brian for all the work he has done and all that he has meant to AGTTA. Looking forward to a great 2015!
Sunday Group Training. Every Sunday afternoon, 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.
Yijun Feng Newest Coach at AGTTA. AGTTA is proud to welcome Yijun (Tom) Feng to our Sunday coaching staff. Tom is one of the top players in the United States. His addition brings a wealth of table tennis knowledge and experience to our coaching program. He is pictured here with German superstar Timo Boll.
Aug. 2: AGTTA at Gwinnett Place Mall. On August 2 as part of Gwinnett Place Mall's Back to School Event, AGTTA had 5 tables set up in the middle of the mall. AGTTA members were there to help promote our sport and our club.
Cooper Wins Under 2000. Congratulations to George Cooper for winning the Championship division of the AGTTA Under 2000 Tournament. Winners of the other divisions were: Andrew Dyl (Class AA); Sabrina Zhu (Class A); Gregory Zhang (Class B); Troy Stubbs (Class C); and Kevin Zhao (Class D). Click HERE for complete tournament results.
July 19-20 at Lucky Shoals. The 2014 Georgia Games Table Tennis Championships are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, 2014 in the Lucky Shoals gym. The event is sanctioned by USATT as a 2-Star tournament. See our tournament page for more information, including the schedule, application form, and fee information.
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.
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 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.