OKC TABLE TENNIS CLUB

General Information!

Please look at the “Oklahoma City Table Tennis – Basic Info” info on the right side of the screen.  We try to put all the basics and general information there for your convenience.  While these may show up elsewhere, or perhaps not at all when accessing via phones or tablets, it should be clearly visible if using a computer.

Payment Clarification!

We charge $5 for adults and $3 for kids (under 18) and full-time students for each visit.  We also have monthly rates available at $35 for adults and $25 for kids or full-time students.  Players are expected to pay for their monthly membership – in full – on their first visit of the month.  Unless players pay for their monthly membership, they will be charged the daily rate.

Summer State Games of Oklahoma Closing In!

The Summer State Games tournament will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  A preliminary 2015 Summer State Games Page is up but is still “under construction”.

We had an awesome turnout for the Winter games, but we ran into delays due to a variety of reasons.  To try to avoid or minimize delays, we are making  a few changes.

We have tweaked the schedule, adjusted some of the rating event levels, added player limits for each event, and may allow 3-player RR Groups in certain situations.  We really prefer to avoid 3-man groups, so might also consider moving players around – with their permission.

Finally, we are also considering adding prize money ($ amount under discussion) to the Open Event (TT06).  Regardless of whether we add money or not, we plan to limit entries to the 12 (possibly 16) highest rated players who enter BY THE DEADLINE.  If the field isn’t full, late entries will be accepted – on a first come, first serve basis.  No players will be bumped after the deadline.  However, players CAN be bumped out by higher rated players prior to the deadline however.

A $10 late fee will apply to any entry received after the deadline (Tuesday June 16).

OKC Results from the Austin Spring Classic

A great group from OKCTT went down to Austin, TX for their Spring Classic (April 25).  It was a great tournament and everyone got in lots of matches and had a good time!  There were tough players from DFW, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and lots of other places!  There was a particularly nice group of kids and juniors!

Winfred Addy advanced to the single elimination finals of the “A” Division, but just missed out on the money.  Si-Dung Lam took home third in the “B” Division!  Jahan Noori also played very well in the “B” Division and only missed the SE finals in a three-way tie-breaker.  Logan Watson played exceptionally well in his opening RR and managed to get into a three-way tie-breaker at the top.   He ended up finishing third (tie-breaker), then continued his fine play and took second in the “C” Division.  Tiffany Salter and Logan Watson took first in “D” Doubles and Maria Tran and Bruce Eichman(Austin) took second in the same event.  Jahan and Tanya Noori played doubles as well, but just missed out on advancing out of a very tough group.  Good job OKC players!

Visit From Will Shortz

Puzzelmaster Will Shortz dropped in and played at OKCTT Friday, April 17th.  It was a pleasure to meet him!  He’s also a really strong and very enthusiastic player!  We hope to see him back soon!

New “Lefty vs Righty” Coaching Article

Link to Coaching Articles

This Week’s League Winners!

(Recent Results)

Note:  Due to continuing Excellent league numbers, we had to change from playing best 3 of 5 to best 2 of 3 in league matches.  We’ll keep an eye on it, but it seemed to go well tonight.  Thanks everyone!

Monday, May 18–A Good League!

  • Group “A”: Michiya Suzuki was too tough!
  • Group “B”: Kashif Tufail played really well!
  • Group “C”: Kim Piang came to play!

New Table Allocation System?

Due to high (AWESOME!) attendance, we have consistently had more players than available tables.  This has been particularly true on Fridays and also common on Saturdays.  On Fridays it is simply lots of players.  On Saturdays, it is a combination of lots of players – plus Group lessons using several tables.

Unfortunately, with rising numbers, some table allocation issues have started to become common.  It seems that some players and player groups are not getting equal  or nearly equal table time.  Others are getting WAY more than their fair share.  This isn’t fair, and being fair to all is something worthwhile.

Unless some changes happen fairly soon, I am seriously considering implementing a “No Kidding” Table Allocation system for busy days.

Link to Details of Santa Rosa Table Allocation System

I’d much, MUCH, prefer not to have to get involved, make new rules, or change things, and won’t if some “people skills and sharing” changes are made.  I would like to hear people’s (all experience levels) thoughts – both about the current state of table usage and about the possibility of using the above system.

All players were once new.  When they were new, more experienced players made room and time for them (or should have).  I’ve recently noticed too many “more experienced” players – some of whom were very fairly recently “less experienced” – avoiding and (intentionally or not) excluding newer, often weaker players.  I don’t like this in general, but the “big picture” is what really bothers me – we end up with most of our tables “essentially but unofficially” reserved by a dozen or so players while a roughly equal number of other, usually less experience, players are left to find time on the three or four remaining tables.  This is NOT acceptable!

In a perfect world, I’d like for (at least) a good percentage of experience players to NOTICE that there are a lot of inexperienced players in the club and also be aware that many aren’t getting much playing time.  Furthermore, since this isn’t fair for new players and isn’t (big picture) good for the club, I’d like to see these experienced players DO SOMETHING about it.  If you tend to play essentially every minute you are at the club – regardless of the number of people not playing – YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.  If this is you, and be honest, you need to consider others.  You need to encourage new players.  You “Heaven Forbid” need to sacrifice some of YOUR playing time in order to make the club a more welcoming, fair place for new players.

Simple Suggestions:

After playing a match (or at the most, two matches) take a break and either:

1) Invite a “less experienced” player to hit with you or your recent opponent.  If neither of you want to (and I’d like for more to “want to”), simply give up the table and let two newer player have it for a while.

2) Just as good, or maybe even better, invite two less experienced players to join you and another experienced player for a doubles match or two.  This is socially awesome (the newer players get a chance to meet and interact with some of the more experience folks) and can also help EVERYONE’S game.  The newer players will get to see some higher level serves, returns, footwork, and shots, and can pick up some valuable tips as well.  The higher level folk can work on their control in general, or simply work on some of their weaker shots.

3) This is for everyone!!!!  I’m talking to you!  Don’t wait or expect “someone else” to sacrifice (not that it is really THAT much of a sacrifice!) their playing time.  I would like to see everyone be the “bigger person”.

New “Tactical Observations” Coaching Article!

Link to Coaching Articles

Check out the new “Tactical Observations” article.  It is based on observations and results from the recent 2015 Winter State Games of Oklahoma.  Hope you like it and hope it helps!

Winter State Games of Oklahoma

Thanks to the MANY folks who played in and watched the Winter State Games.  This is the biggest State Games that I can remember!  Everything went fairly smoothly, but, due to the large number of participants, we didn’t do well on our schedule.  Sorry for those who ended up spending more time at the tournament that expected.  I really appreciate everyone’s patience, assistance, and great sportsmanship!

A more detailed write-up and a link to the (Already Up!) Ratings Central Tournament Ratings Page is on our 2015 State Games Page.  Link To Tournament Information Page.  A brief explanation of the RC Ratings is there too.

Quick Results below with event description, then the gold, silver, and bronze medalist(s).

Under 1000: Lemuel Franks, Kathleen Fitzgerald, John (Tyler) Bowen

Under 1200: Rohit Menon, Michael Barnes, Jon Redman

Under 1400: Logan Watson, Mike Patel, Cameron Franks

Under 1600: Cameron Franks, Peter Buscemi, Logan Watson

Under 1800: Jeffrey Waters, Kevin Li, Charles Gann III

Under 2000: Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi, Mats Johansson, John (Jahan) Noori

Open Singles: Edyta Schmid, Kelly Boyce, Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi

PP Singles: Joe Tran, Glendale Markwell, Pome Mang

PP Over 50 Singles: Joe Tran, Glendale Markwell, Jonathan Kerfoot

PP Women’s: Annie Vo, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Maria Tran

PP Under 18: Logan Watson, Cameron Franks, Michael Barnes

PP Under 12: Rohit Menon, Maria Tran

U3800 Doubles: Suraj Menon & Logan Watson, Glendale Markwell & Ray Pestridge, Cameron Franks & Linda Piatt

U3000 Doubles: Tom Jourdan & Don Tiger, David Correa & Mike Patel, Jeff Ashmore & Mike Hamby

Very, VERY Sad News

Dale Goodman, longtime board member, strong player, generally great guy, and friend to all suffered a stroke (as I understand it) Saturday afternoon. Tragically, he suffered severe brain damage, and even with emergency surgery couldn’t be saved.  Dale was pronounced brain dead on Saturday,  October 11th.   He is donating his organs and tissues.  He will save 11 people’s lives because of his donation.

Dale’s loss is a terrible blow – for his family, for me personally, for all his friends, and for the club in general.  I’ve never played in a “Dale-less” OKCTT Club, and am very sad that I will have to… 

Dale was a super guy, great father and family man, and a wonderful friend.   He will be missed!

There will be a memorial service at Trinity Baptist Church (801 Peters Ave, Norman, 73069) on Saturday, October 18th at 10am.  The club will be closed Saturday.

Dale Pic 2Dale playing more seriously!

Dale Pic 1Dale in a fabulous example of a “Dale” shirt…

 

Oops!  Stellangie Camp 2014 On Hold…

Unfortunately, Stellan just suffered a recurrence of an eye problem.  Due to this injury, he will not be able to run camps for a while.  Sadly, this means no Stellangie Camp this September.  We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to arrange another camp once he has recovered (maybe next spring?).  Date, details, etc TBD…

Suzuki is Back!!!

Michiya Suzuki and his family have moved back to OKC!  Looks like our players will now have even more opportunity to perfect their play against aggressive pips-out hitters!   We are thrilled to have him back.

TT on YouTube

The US Open TT Tournament was held over the July 4th weekend.  There are a good number of videos available for those interested.

Check it out at Link to USATT US Open Site

Summer Sooner State Games – June 28!

The Summer Sooner State Games Tournament were held on Saturday, June 28.  I think they went pretty well!  We had players come in from Texas, Kansas, and all over Oklahoma.  There was a lot of impressive play – at all levels!   A tournament write up will (eventually?) be posted on our  Summer 2014 SSG Page .

Thanks to everyone who participated – hope you all had a good time!  Below are the results…

 

EVENT GOLD SILVER BRONZE
PP01 Open Singles Joe Tran Glendale Markwell Jeff Bragg
PP02 Over 50 Joe Tran Glendale Markwell Paul Heinen
PP03 Women Kathleen Fitzgerald
PP04 Juniors (U18) Cam Franks Logan Watson Suraj Menon
PP05 Kids (U12) Rohit Menon
PP06 “A” Doubles (U3800) Danya Budiman & Brian Zhao Ray Pestridge& Glendale Markwell Linda Piatt & Dale Goodman
PP07 “B” Doubles (U3000) Linda Piatt & Dale Goodman David Correa & Christopher Mei Logan Watson & Si-Dung Lam
TT01 U1000 Rohit Menon Michael Barnes Jeff Bragg
TT02 U1200 Fernando Prato Suraj Menon Tom Jourdan
TT03 U1400 Logan Watson Linda Piatt Tom Jourdan
TT04 U1600 Faraz Kasmani Christopher Mei Nestor Prato
TT05 U1800 Christopher Mei Nestor Prato Jeff Waters
TT06 U2000 Danya Budiman Jeff Waters Kevin Li
TT07 Open Kevin Li Faraz Kasmani Danya Budiman

 

Link to a Great Coaching Article

I’ve posted a link to an Excellent article on our Coaching Article Post.  It was written by Larry Hodges and posted on his Table Tennis Coaching site (links on Coaching Article Post).  The article discusses the ways and difficulties in fixing ingrained bad habits.  This is one of the most difficult and often frustrating things I run into as a coach!

While you are there, check out all the other coaching articles!

Winter 2014 Sooner State Games Results!

The Winter Sooner State Games were held on Saturday, January 25.   The tournament went very well – thanks to all the players who made is a success!  We had a great turnout with players coming from as far away as Omaha Nebraska and all over Kansas.

Our Junior (U-18) and Kids (U-12) events were particularly good.  We had remarkably fine play in both events.   The quality of play was impressive!

RESULTS LINK

I’d like to thank the folks who helped out with the “Tournament Running” duties.  There is no way I could run tournaments without plenty of help!  Deb Ladd helped with registration organization before the tournament, then handled virtually all registration duties.  She also answered questions, sold snacks and drinks, and probably lots of other stuff!  Pearl Dong stepped in and took over data entry and most other computer related stuff.  She picked up on the working of our (Zermelo) tournament software very quickly!  David Hash helped out with organizing clipboards, calling matches, and lots of other stuff.  Thanks!!!

A more-detailed Write Up is on our Winter 2014 SSG Page

Board Elections – Friday,  January 10, 2014!!!

We finally had our Board Elections!  Thanks everyone who ran for office and all who voted.  We had a good turnout, which was nice.

We had two races that went down to the wire.  Dr. “G” Lu beat out Doug Marks in a close race for the Vice Presidency.  Eric Warlick and Kathleen Fitzgerald ended up in a dead heat in the race for Assistant Sergeant at Arms.  Rather than have a run off, we decided to make them Co-Asst. SAO’s.

2014 Board:

  • President:  Britt Salter
  • Vice President:  Dr. “G” Lu
  • Secretary:  Carl Deal
  • Assistant Secretary:  Jeff Waters
  • Treasurer:  Linda Piatt
  • Assistant Treasurer:  Dale Goodman
  • Sergeant at Arms:  David Hash
  • Co-Assistant Sergeant at Arms:  Eric Warlick & Kathleen Fitzgerald

Group Lessons on (most!) Saturdays

We’ve had a nice influx of new and newer players lately.  To help them all get started out, we are offering Table Tennis Basics group lessons on Saturdays.  These lessons are free with club entry.  We generally spend about an hour going over the basic grip(s) and strokes – plus a little extra when we have time.

We are seriously considering adding a more advanced group lesson as well.  We have a bunch of advanced beginners, intermediates, and even really good players who need some help.

We try to start the beginner group group between 12:45pm and 1:15 pm.   If you are interested, please try to get to the club by 12:30 or 12:45.

We usually also offer intermediate and more advanced group lessons after the beginner lesson – starting around 3:00.  Interested players should arrive early enough to get loosened and warmed up prior to the lesson.  Note that we reserve the right to limit the participants in the later lesson.  If players can’t do the required strokes, they will not get much out of the lesson and could hold back the more advanced players.  We can (and generally try to) tailor the earlier lessons to help these players advance into the later lesson.

Equipment Discussion

The Equipment Section has been updated – check it out!  While we are talking about equipment, this is a reminder that the OKCTT Club is a Paddle Palace and Cole’s TT distributor.  We sell their equipment at their advertised price.  If you need equipment or accessories, please check with the club.  The club makes a little money on each sale – and we need the money!  Also, when you buy from the club, we will go out of our way to help with any equipment problems.  If you buy elsewhere, don’t be too surprised if your problems do not become our top priorities.

Summer Sooner State Games Are History!

Detailed results in the form of draw sheets are available on our Tournament Page.  A tournament write-up will follow.

Link to Tournament Page

We ended up with a decent turnout and everyone seemed to have a good time.  Overall it was a very good, fun tournament!

The Sooner State Games folks were outstanding.  Not only did they loan us a great flag and banner, they had a couple folks out front that brought us additional shirts, then set up outside to sell, advertise, and encourage.  Later they had to go get us a couple shirts in a size we ran out of.  Finally, we had to make an emergency call to get additional medals – we somehow ended up a few short.  They arrived just in time!  Awesome support!!!

Quick Medal Breakdown (Format is “Event: Gold, Silver, Bronze”):

TT01 U1100 Singles: Peter Buscemi, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Ty Johnson

TT02 U1300 Singles: Peter Buscemi, Simeon Duran, Ty Johnson

TT03 U1500 Singles: David Correa, Linda Piatt, Peter Buscemi

TT04 U1750 Singles: Nestor Jose Prato Martinez, David Correa, Jeffrey Waters

TT05 U2000 Singles: Carl Miller II, Robert Kyker, Jerry Mao

TT06 Open Singles: Alan (See Hyiik) Ting, Douglas Marks, Carl Miller II

TT07 U3000 Doubles: John Gillette/Ronny Young, Peter Buscemi/Martin Ndengang, Linda Piatt/David Correa

TT08 U3800 Doubles: Ray Pestridge/Robert Kyker, Scott Ryan/Danya Budiman, Douglas Marks/Jeffrey Waters

PP02 Singles: Ronny Young, John Gillette, Logan Watson

PP03 Over 50 Singles: John Gillette, Ronny Young, Logan Watson*

PP04 Under 18 Singles: Logan Watson

* Logan was only entrant in U18, so he was put in the Over 50 to get additional matches.

Find us On Facebook

Doug Marks has taken the plunge and made us a Facebook page.  You can find us at  Facebook Page

Stellangie Clinics are over and were Great!

The 3-Day TT Clinic in Tulsa, the Coaching Clinic in Okc., and the 3-Day TT Clinic in Okc. were all great.  We had very good attendance in both the TT clinics.  Everyone I talked to really got a lot out of it and had a great time.  Also, almost everyone was a little sore after they were over.

Stellan and Angie were a joy to have in Oklahoma, and we hope to have them back next year!  Both are great coaches and nice people!

Now we need to make sure that we keep working to improve and spend more time doing drills and practice – especially footwork drills!!!

I found a write-up of one of their camps on Larry Hodge’s Coaching site.  Check it out:  Stellangie Camp Write-Up Link

LINK TO STELLANGIE SITE

Spring Tournament is Over!

Results in the form of the finished Draw Sheets and a little write up are on the Tournament Page.

Link to Tournament Page

Winter Sooner State Games are over!

The Winter 2012/2013 Sooner State Games tournament were held on January 26.

Link to Photos  Note that all photos are thanks to Fernando Prato…  Thanks Fernando!

Results are available HERE.  With only a couple exceptions, the tournament went well.  I appreciate everyone’s help, consideration, and understanding.  This was my first tournament using Zermelo tournament software.  The software helped quite a bit, but I still need to learn more tricks and techniques.

My Big Goof!  I want to apologize to Orville Bryant from Tulsa.  I inadvertently failed to get him into the PP Singles.  By the time I was made aware of the problem, there wasn’t anything I could do.  Do to time constraints, he couldn’t stay and play in a later event.  While it won’t help him this time, we will implement a double-check of events at check-in in the future…

New Equipment Section

I added some thoughts on Equipment.  Some basic facts and, as a bonus, plenty of my opinions!  LINK HERE

Location:

We are located in Crossroads Mall.  Our specific location is on the second floor on the west end of the mall.  The easiest way to find us is to enter through the north entrance (the one on the west side that is on the second floor) and go straight through the Mall (go straight south).  You should see us – we are two doors down – to the left – of the Karate place.  This makes us the third store east of the big department store on the west end of the mall (old JC Penneys?).

Operating Hours:

We’ll be open the same hours as before – Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday from noon to 4:00pm.

Fees:

We charge $5 for adult entry and $3 for students and those 18 years old or younger.  We also have monthly memberships available – check at the club for details.

Facilities:

  • We have 9 tables set up for normal play.
  • We  have another table set up in a separate room for robot or multi-ball training.
    • All tables save one are either Butterfly Centerfold 25’s or Europa’s
  • We have one bathroom, plus more in the Mall
  • The club is climate controlled
  • There are security guards in the mall and in the parking lot
  • We have  bottled water, some sports drinks, and some snacks available
  • We have a Pro Shop with a good selection of equipment
    • Pre-Made Paddles starting around $25
    • Individual Blades starting under $20
    • Individual Rubber Sheets starting under $10/sheet
    • Balls ranging from 3/$1 up to $2/each
    • Racket Cases
    • Rubber Cleaning supplies
    • Other Misc. accessories
    • We are a Paddle Palacedistributor, so can get anything from their catalog or site for PP prices
    • We also offer an assortment of equipment from Cole’s TT

Contact Information:

Britt Salter (405) 306-7227

David Hash (405) 850-1937

Email Britt at “bsalter 5 at gmail dot com”  (Remove spaces, change “at” to @, and “dot” to “.”)

17 responses to this post.

  1. I’m trying to get a big group of players from the Tulsa Club to go. So far we have quite a few interested, seasoned and beginners. I’ll try and keep up to date on the blog to see when the new entry form is on here and will print and hand them out. Let us know when the new form is done.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Adil zegrati on May 20, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I am trying to get enrolled !! I played tennis since i was 5 but i love playing ping pong aswell i like that saturday schedule!! noon to 4 it will be nice if ill be able to play that day please let me know thank you

    Reply

    • Come see us! Everyone is welcome – we are generally there a bit later than advertised on Saturday. Sometimes we close at 4:00pm, but many times we run till 4:30pm or even 5:00pm.

      Britt

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      • Posted by Hicham on June 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        What’s the address? Just moved to OKC!

      • Definitely come see us! The address, hours, and all sorts of other stuff are on the Home Page. You might have to scroll way down if using a phone – but they should be handy if you use a computer. bes

  3. Posted by Randy Colton on August 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Britt- thanks for your time brother! I met a number of genuinely nice people and saw some great play!!This tournament should be used to promote the club! I can help! I handle marketing/promotions for Wells Fargo Advisors Waterford Branch- The Vance Auto Group- Louie’s (all 23 locations)- we can have a ton of fun and do a lot of fantastic things for charity! My son, Graham Colton ( http://www.grahamcolton.com) just received ‘Best Song Writer’ by The Gazette and is playing the bracket party at 7:00pm on September 13th which is one week prior to official play on September 20 at The Belle Isle Brewery. Channel 4/43 is our TV media partner. I will deliver new posters next week. Lunch on me when easy for you!

    Cheers- Randy

    Reply

    • It was nice meeting you, and we are getting excited about your upcoming tournament. I’ll be putting a notice and link up on our front page ASAP.

      Britt

      Reply

  4. Posted by Elliot thomas on September 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Just moved to okc from NY and i love to play ping pong.
    Just looking for a place to smack the ball around alittle.

    Reply

  5. Posted by paul pray on November 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

    do you have paddles to borrow when they arrive to play or have to buy some before hand???

    Reply

    • Thanks for asking Paul! I though I had that info on the front page, but was mistaken. I added it to the “Oklahoma City Table tennis – Basic Info” tab on the right side of the screen. I will soon be adding more equipment information on an Equipment Page. Oh, and yes, we have loaners available free – we have discussed charging a small fee for loaners, but have yet to come to a consensus…

      Britt

      Reply

  6. Posted by Hicham on June 3, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Just moved to OKC with my job and was looking to join a table tennis club. I play fairly good and would love to meet new people and play.

    Reply

    • Be happy to meet and play you

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      • Posted by Hicham on September 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Thank you for your reply. I visited the club week (I had hard time finding it), but it was closed. What are the hours of operations? Thank you

      • Sorry to hear that you had trouble. Come back and see us during our operating hours!

        Our operating hours and directions to the club are on the home page of this site. Both are in the “Oklahoma City Table Tennis Club – Basic Info” box near the top on the right side. They are repeated near the bottom of the home page as well.

  7. Posted by brett mcclelland on November 22, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Is this group and org still up and running strong? Something I’m definitely interested in let me know thanks!

    Reply

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