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June 2021 Newsletter NCTTA is Back for Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 Season NCTTA is excited, pumped up, you name it! Why? NCTTA will be back in action for the next College TT season. We know College teams are currently in a typical summer session (internships, inactive, taking classes, etc.) but please be ready for […]

Sally Moyland trip at U15 and U19 US team trials

(By Sally Moyland) Since there was a severe pandemic outburst in Taiwan, I came back to the USA and managed to compete in the U15/U19 team trials. My flight back stateside was a few weeks before the competition. This tournament was held at ICC, which was in Milpitas, CA. It was close to home for […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Don’t Play a Point Until You Have a Game Plan

(By Larry Hodges) In the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” there’s a famous quote, “Don’t move until you see it.” It comes from a coach who is telling his chess-playing star not to move until he sees the line of moves he’s about to play. Similarly, in table tennis (which we often call “Chess at […]

WAB Featured Club: Pong Planet

(by Steve Hopkins) PongPlanet is a full-time table tennis club with a variety of programs for adults and juniors of all levels. The club is located in San Carlos, California, about half way between San Francisco and San Jose, just off the 101 on the West side of bay. The facility is 9600 square feet with […]

COVID and European Championships: The Euro Bubble in Warsaw

(by Steve Hopkins) At this point we are all pretty used to the bubble concept at sporting events – creating a protected cohort of players and staff that are separated from the general public in order to minimize the risk of travel and competition.  But as the US is emerging from pandemic protections with most […]

Euro Championships Preview

(by Steve Hopkins) On Tuesday the best players in Europe will start group play in Warsaw for the Liebherr 2020 ITTF European Individual Championships.  The entry list includes expected Olympic medal contenders – Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Liam Pitchford, and Mattias Falck will all be in the top 12 seeds in Tokyo.  On the women’s […]

ITTF 21 Scholarships Announced

(by Steve Hopkins) The ITTF announced recipients this week for this year’s With The Future In Mind scholarship program.  The list (2021 WFIM Athlete List) includes two young American Champions, Lily Zhang and Kanak Jha.  Puerto Ricans Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador also made the list. The program is designed to assist rising players in […]

Ask The Experts: Di Yu, No. 394

Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: I used to have 0.5 mm sponge on my LP and my blade was at 180 g. Playing up close I went back to ox but the loss of weight seemed to change my short pip forehand and make hits and blocks slower. With ox my blade is […]

NCTTA Coaching Certification Sponsored by Butterfly

For aspiring coaches, NCTTA club leaders (students) and anyone who is interested! Register by August 6th to get in! When August 14: 9am to noon; 1:30pm to 5pm August 15: 9am to noon; 1pm to 4pm Location Atlanta Georgia Table Tennis Association (AGTTA) Required Material One must purchase “ITTF-IPTTC Level 1 Coaching Manual” for the […]

2021 SPARTANS BUTTERFLY OPEN Results and Photos

SPARTANS BUTTERFLY OPEN 4-Star USATT Tournament $6500 Total Cash Prize! 25 events for players of all levels and age groups! The 3-day tournament was a great success with a lot of intense matches of all ages and levels. Especially the final between the 2020 Summer Olympics Olympians  was a feast of amazing rallies. It was […]

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