The secret underground world of table-tennis in USA

Most Americans are totally surprised and shocked when they first find out table-tennis is an organized sport in the USA and is a much more popular worldwide sport. Table-tennis in USA is thus essentially sort of a secret underground activity. 

The official national governing body of the sport of table-tennis for USA is  USATT which is a part of the USOC (United States Olympic Committee).  The respective international governing bodies are  ITTF ( International Table Tennis Federation) & IOC (International Olympic Committee). Most of other 218 affiliate nations of ITTF also operate in a similar fashion working with their National Olympic Committees. 

Anyway the USATT is not exactly doing a great job of promoting the sport. However the sport suffers a bad image as just a basement "game" of ping-pong but it is slowly changing due to internet exposure. But the sport itself has its problems in that it is not much of a spectator sport and mostly a high speed comedy of errors.  ITTF for political reasons, had only made it worse in the past 15 years by its own admission by knowingly exterminating certain playing styles that had helped non-player spectator appeal in the past.

Unless you can "feel" the sport and relate to the creation of obscene super-spins and can suffer through and understand the athleticism and difficulty involved in complexities of stroke selection and consistent stroke production at ridiculous speeds , the sport is for the most part, a Forrest Gump joke on TV

Worldwide tournaments are organized at all levels by ITTF and its 226 affiliates such as USATT. The level of the tournaments varies depending on the level of sanctioning.  Events Olympics, World Championships, European, Asian & African championships have a five star status.  National , Regional & local  sanctioned tournaments have ratings from 4 star to 1-star.

Lot more information is available at USATT website. Many clubs nationwide use a league system almost identical to USATT tournament system. USATT will even calculate and provide player league ratings for free. The USATT League rating of a player is approximately same as USATT tournament rating (but they are on separate databases).

Below is a link to webpage of actual processed results of USATT league play for a given week for the Charlotte Table-Tennis Club, for which I was the founding director during 2009-2011. This is now one of the biggest leagues in the world with 45 to 50 players a night with 5 to 6 divisions of skill levels from national level down to novice.  http://www.4ctt.com/2010/week46.htm

USATT has a good national computerized rating system.  If you play in any sanctioned tournament you will receive a rating and changes up or down with each tournament you play depending on your performance.

The player level can be defined based on his/her rating (Combined ratings for men and women).

By the way, the USATT rating system is modeled after  the chess rating system

 

Player rating                                      Level

0                                                                       Non-player

1100 or less ---------------------------------    Novice

1101-1401                                                      Club level Beginner

1401-1700    -------------------------------  Intermediate

1701-1900                                                      Advanced

1901-2100    ------------------------------     Expert

2101-2300                                                      Master

2301-2500   -------------------------------    National  ( Grand Master)

2601-2700                                                      International  (International Grand Master)

2701-2850  --------------------------------  World ranking top 100  ( Touring Professional )

2851- 2950                                                     World ranking Top 10 to 20  

3000   ---------------------------------------- Perfection  (Normalization point)

 

 

You can see the detailed results of each player at USATT website.  It would look like this below ( for myself  ).  The USATT started keeping records just as I broke 2000 see at the very bottom. ( most players' have this initial goal of breaking 2000) . Some interesting notes >  I played Jonny Hauge below and lost.  Jonny Hauge is the brother-in-law of the 1993 World Singles Champion Jorgen Persson. Jonny was a visiting post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins university. Cheng Yinghua , my last match (On top of the list below) was a Chinese Team member and then moved to US. He was top 20 or so in the World at .one time.  Gao Jun was #3 ranked women in the world at one time.  Abbas Ekun was a Nigerian international player. David Zhuang was many time US Champion.  (I was actually taking lessons by playing these folks in a tournament setting LOL)

Janardhanan, Srinivas

Opponent

Event

Scores

Rtng
Chg

Name

Rtng

Diff

Potomac Spring Open held on 1998-05-17

Losses

Cheng, Yinghua

2796

690

15 ,15

0

Lonergan, Sean Michael

2528

422

10 ,14

0

Rating points: Before this event 2106; after 2106; net change 0

Potomac Fall Open held on 1997-11-23

Wins

Bailey, Jay

1685

-421

-

0

Losses

Gao, Jun

2649

543

-

0

Ekun, Abass

2493

387

-

0

Rating points: Before this event 2106; after 2106; net change 0

Potomac Spring Open held on 1997-05-11

Losses

Zhuang, David Yong-Xiang

2739

633

-

0

Ekun, Abass

2500

394

-

0

Rating points: Before this event 2106; after 2106; net change 0

Potomac Fall Open held on 1996-11-24

Losses

Ekun, Abass

2582

476

-

0

Pace, Brian Sulieman

2545

439

-

0

Rating points: Before this event 2106; after 2106; net change 0

Potomac Spring Open held on 1996-04-28

Losses

Zhuang, David Yong-Xiang

2718

612

-

0

Yeh, Stephen

2369

263

-

0

Rating points: Before this event 2106; after 2106; net change 0

NTTC April Open held on 1996-04-14

Wins

Cormier, Roger J.

1589

-517

-

0

Vos, John G.

1187

-919

-

0

Losses

Yeh, Stephen

2369

263

-

0

Rating points: Before this event 2106; after 2106; net change 0

NTTC March Open held on 1996-03-17

Losses

Hauge, Jonny

2113

-1

-

-8

Rating points: Before this event 2114; after 2106; net change -8

NTTC Feb Open held on 1996-02-18

Losses

Huang, Tong Sheng Jack

2658

544

-

0

Jaicks, Ron

1623

-491

12 ,-14 ,18

-50

Rating points: Before this event 2114; after 2064; net change -50

NTTC January Open held on 1996-01-21

Losses

Lonergan, Sean Michael

2589

475

-

0

Rating points: Before this event 2114; after 2114; net change 0

NTTC November Open held on 1994-11-20

Wins

Sung, Virginia Wei-Ni

2260

190

-

40

Elwell, Gary

2021

-49

-

6

Losses

Lonergan, Sean Michael

2350

280

-

0

Lee, Richard

2214

144

-

-2

Rating points: Before this event 2070; after 2114; net change 44

NTTC October Open held on 1994-10-09

Wins

Byles, Ernest S.

2272

310

-

50

Lonergan, Terry George

2044

82

-

10

Lin, Laura

1826

-136

-

1

Tan, Andy

1746

-216

-

0

Lachance, Carl

1731

-231

-

0

Losses

Bavly, Larry

2285

323

-

0

Lee, Richard

2216

254

-

-1

Li, Sunny

2158

196

-

-3

Burnside, Richard

2101

139

-

-5

Lonergan, Terry George

2044

82

-

-7

Rating points: Before this event 1962; adjusted to 2025; after 2070; net change 108

Maryland Circuit held on 1994-10-02

Wins

Archer-Davies, Sam

1862

-89

-

4

Archer-Davies, Sam

1862

-89

-

4

Davis, Mark E.

1848

-103

-

4

Lee, Vivian

1820

-131

-

3

Ford, Chauncey Edward

1819

-132

-

3

Ford, Chauncey Edward

1819

-132

-

3

Kronlage, Yvonne M.

1791

-160

-

2

Wilson Jr., Herbert Kline

1756

-195

-

1

Ebron, Carlos Donnell

1741

-210

-

1

Bailey, Craig K.

1673

-278

-

0

Van Dusen, Philip

1644

-307

-

0

Van Dusen, Philip

1644

-307

-

0

Lopez, Jose

1635

-316

-

0

Sumner Jr., Lee E.

1618

-333

-

0

Sumner Jr., Lee E.

1618

-333

-

0

Sumner Jr., Lee E.

1618

-333

-

0

Losses

Cheng, Yinghua

2819

868

-

0

Reed Sr., Barney David

2055

104

-

-4

Reed Sr., Barney David

2055

104

-

-4

Heisler, Michael Allen

2013

62

-

-6

Rating points: Before this event 1951; after 1962; net change 11

Westfield September Open held on 1994-09-25

Wins

Chang, Karen

1808

-158

-

2

Kam, Davis

1753

-213

-

1

Gigliotti, Frank

1671

-295

-

0

Losses

Dattel, Barry

2395

429

-

0

Zalesskiy, Oleg

2101

135

-

-3

Golubovic, Maria

2100

134

-

-3

Jain, Ashu

2063

97

-

-4

Luethi, Andreas

1960

-6

-

-8

Rating points: Before this event 1966; after 1951; net change -15

MATTC September Open held on 1994-09-18

Wins

Garcia, Victor

1955

-19

-

7

Podis, Gary R.

1735

-239

-

0

Podis, Gary R.

1735

-239

-

0

Cogley Jr., Robert W.

1725

-249

-

0

Bujung, Leonard W.

1648

-326

-

0

Satchell, Delano Darrell

1314

-660

-

0

Losses

Burnside, Richard

2112

138

-

-2

McCoullum, Henry

2107

133

-

-3

Allen, Mark S.

2070

96

-

-4

Lonergan, Terry George

2026

52

-

-6

Rating points: Before this event 1974; after 1966; net change -8

Maryland Circuit held on 1994-09-11

Wins

Ebron, Carlos Donnell

1763

-220

-

1

Ebron, Carlos Donnell

1763

-220

-

1

Sumner Jr., Lee E.

1728

-255

-

0

Sumner Jr., Lee E.

1728

-255

-

0

Sumner Jr., Lee E.

1728

-255

-

0

Lopez, Jose

1579

-404

-

0

Douglas, Burnie W.

1352

-631

-

0

Branch, Michael W.

731

-1252

-

0

Losses

Cheng, Yinghua

2812

829

-

0

Lonergan, Sean Michael

2372

389

-

0

Kubo, Masamichi

2349

366

-

0

Pham, Hung

2330

347

-

0

Asgarali, Nazruddin

2199

216

-

-1

Allen, Mark S.

2063

80

-

-5

Allen, Mark S.

2063

80

-

-5

Rating points: Before this event 1983; after 1974; net change -9

NTTC September Open held on 1994-09-04

Wins

Jones, Travis

1513

-505

-

0

Losses

Pham, Hung

2338

320

-

0

Yeh, Stephen

2297

279

-

0

Byles, Ernest S.

2274

256

-

0

Sampson, Thomas

2094

76

-

-5

Yao, David

2003

-15

-

-10

Lonergan, Brian Patrick

1983

-35

-

-10

Lonergan, Brian Patrick

1983

-35

-

-10

Rating points: Before this event 2018; after 1983; net change -35

NTTC July Open held on 1994-07-24

Wins

Malench, Mark

1202

-826

-

0

Losses

Lonergan, Sean Michael

2284

256

-

0

Ko, Christopher J.

2010

-18

-

-10

Rating points: Before this event 2028; after 2018; net change -10

RPI Open held on 1994-03-20

Wins

Huang, Xuejun

2132

143

-

30

Sangsiri, Thongchai

1914

-75

-

5

Alaka, Akani

1896

-93

-

4

Wong, Jasper

1602

-387

-

0

Phillips, Joshua

1522

-467

-

0

Scavo, Bruce A.

1464

-525

-

0

Losses

Ekun, Abass

2560

571

-

0

Rating points: Before this event 1989; after 2028; net change 39