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Hanahan Table-Tennis Training Center (HTTTC)

         Charleston, (Coastal) South Carolina  USA     

Website :-  ttHanahan.com       Email :- ttHanahan@hotmail.com

 City of Hanahan Gym , 1255 Yeamans Hall Road , (Off Remount Road  Exit 211-B  of  I-26)     

Hanahan , SC-29410 ( Adjacent to Hanahan - City Hall / Police Complex )

Please use rear door of the gym on Robinson Street at corner of Yeamans Hall Road facing the Lil' Cricket Gas Station / Convenience Store

  as the main entry facing municipal complex  (city hall)  is always locked. See bottom of this webpage for maps & photos of entrance to gym.

 

Schedule :- Wednesdays & Thursdays 7 PM to 10 PM Saturdays & Sundays 2 PM to 6 PM  

   

   

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

Backhand buffoons & ping pong hacks are not welcome at HTTTC

 Do you dare to be different ?  Live on the edge of danger of explosive blinding speed ?  Defy reality to transcend to live in the world of the extremely addictive drug known to humankind called spin ?  Dream of being the next Gold Medalist in the fastest sport on feet ? 

So you think you have what it takes to earn the privilege & prestige of joining the gang of the most extremely dangerous microwaving & gluing outlaws & to be initiated into the (Click the web link and read first) Secret Underground World of Table Tennis in USA

Please read this  web page as well before proceeding http://sjcttc.webs.com/pingpong4.htm

If you want to be plain normal & dress up like for party including wearing dress shoes (or high heels), we suggest you head to a ping-pong bar , get drunk & act crazy and have fun your way if that is what you prefer then more power to you but HTTTC is not the place for you, HTTTC's mission is to promote the global sport of table-tennis, a popular event in summer Olympics with second most member nations of any international sports federation .  

So who are backhand buffoons ? Players who think they can play high level tabletennis by just using their backhand only. These players usually also have their thumb straight up in the middle of the backhand side, enabling a stronger backhand and making it almost impossible to execute a normal forehand stroke

And who are ping pong hackers ?  Players who use convoluted bizarre forehand grips (more known as basement grips) generally making it difficult to play a normal backhand. Thus both their backhand and forehand is abnormal. While it is possible for a very few players to get away with these kinds of grips, it is very rare. These players also have no clue about modern high technology high spin tabletennis rackets and show up with old type rackets or dead sponge rackets and expect to play at a very high level.

 It does not matter what your age or gender or skill level or talent or physical (or mental) limitations are. Everyone is welcome to play and train and also have lots of fun possibly getting better (if you wish ...as recreational players are also welcome) at HTTTC .

The key difference between a ping pong bar and HTTTC is that we only want folks (or players or athletes) who will make an attempt to understand what table tennis is and understand the difficulty of promoting table-tennis in USA where it is just a bar room or basement joke (It is not that USA has always been bad in table tennis and in fact dominated in late 30'sand 40's).

Would you walk into a (lawn) tennis center dressed up in suit and pant and dress shoes  (high heels) and tell a coach that you just want to learn to play  just two-handed backhand  ONLY and learn underarm serves only , because you "know" that it is all it would take for  you to beat most tennis players ?  Yet this is the  attitude of most "backhand buffoons &  pingpong clowns"  when they first visit a table-tennis center / club.

 

If a person has any access at all to the internet in this age of instant information (search engines), it only demonstrates  ignorance and one cannot still be blamed for it if one is genuinely not aware of related facts. However  It only conveys callously arrogant intentional sports bigotry, on the part  of a person using the phrase "ping pong",  as it  is an offensive  derogatory term (in North America) to deliberately belittle and ridicule a supremely athletic (physically & mentally) global  "sport" as a basement or bar-room joke. So if one still insists on using the phrase "ping pong", that behavior does not dignify further comment & such folks are free to make fools of themselves to a far better informed but more importantly , a more open-minded audience.

We ONLY want folks who will act like , talk like (including some fun trash mixed with lot of table tennis technical substance) , and dress like table tennis players and help address the poor image of the “sport” of “table-tennis” in USA , even if your skill & talent saturation point may never exceed that of a beginner We only want players who will make every effort to improve their forehands first close to their saturation levels. We do not want ping pong hackers who will serve illegally but will serve like a professional player even if not that effective. We do not want young players walking in with an old type pimpled rubber racket or a dead sponge rubber racket. We do not expect you (in fact we propose against it) to show up with a $400 racket on the first day. In fact we prefer you do not even bring a racket (We will most likely laugh at your racket........the author of this web page has been laughed at in 5 or 6 different places for different reasons about his rackets when he started......and he still is laughed at about his rackets ...... for few more other reasons   !!!!  ) . But we expect you to come in proper athletic attire and not ping pong “party” attire or street attire. (Read further down to get more information on this) . But the key difference is that you will get addicted to the sport & have fun helplessly for life, even if you are bound to be stuck at beginner level forever.    

Ping pong as they say, is easy to play but table-tennis is quite hard to master and takes lot of dedication and work just as in any other sport but you still can have lots of fun at any skill level (whole lot more than mindless ping-pong). Yet quite often we have many of these basement legends walk in night after night and waste our time with wrong attitude and ideas. Sad part is that MOST of these players probably can become good or even great table-tennis players ...they could if they had the right attitude & dedication but it is pure psychotic delusion to believe that it is going to happen in a few night or a week or even in few months.

Even if you are a world class athletic talent , created by God specifically to be table-tennis legend , it will still take a few years unfortunately as the sport of modern table-tennis is that much complicated for all but one style of play, and most ping-pong hackers have remotely no clue because table-tennis looks oh so easy to play at any level ( ....no thanks to Forrest Gump or Bruce Lee's misleading numb chuck video LOL ) . Unless you are a player yourself , it is very hard to comprehend the amount of athleticism required to execute the strokes (to create these obscene spins at extreme speeds) at even the level of even an advanced beginner in low level table-tennis center / club......fitting analogy used is like playing speed chess (complexity) while down-hill skiing (super high speed & calculations) at the same time (only meant as a compliment to both sport ...not negatively). Are we ridiculing and dismissing the backhand as unnecessary stroke in table-tennis ? Far from it. Even for penhold style players who naturally play forehand (mostly more Chinese, Koreans & Japanese than not) , backhand is crucial and the backhand when executed by a world class player is quite spectacular . What we are saying however is that you need to develop a strong forehand first in table-tennis and lose the delusion that you can cut it in table tennis just using ONLY your backhand. Yes we do want you to develop world-class backhands as we move along but not before you develop a decent forehand as well and also look and act like a table-tennis athlete and not a backhand buffoon. If you are a social tennis (or golf) player who is pathetic at best in either sport but yet spend thousands of dollars on fancy athletic clothes and rackets & golf equipment as vanity, this should not be too hard to comprehend and yet most wannabes come with a ping pong attitude. Because once you get a feel of the ball digging deep into the wet (yes wet as you will see) sponge and meeting the composite ultra-high technology wood of racket,  and are even able to create devastatingly powerful topspins delivered at rocket speeds or crushing back-spins , either one combined with a dizzying array of side-spins, at consistency levels nowhere near that of even an intermediate player (such as one amazing "lucky shot" winner in 1000 tries) you will still be are hopelessly addicted for life with the sport. But sadly most passer bys never get to this stage and HTTTC's goal is to get you to this point and we are not worried about the rest.

 So is it ping pong or table tennis ? You choose

Again , all this is not meant to scare you away. As we said your skill level will never be a problem only your attitude toward the sport. Everyone including the world champion gets laughed at for some improper grip or technique. You will have lots of fun and you will see that other players also want to help you to get better (if you choose to) and or just have recreational fun.

PS :- Apologies for the seemingly harsh & rude introduction to tabletennis, but it is frustrating to waste time with folks who do not have a clear understanding of what HTTTC is trying to accomplish& why. We have players come in quite often with the expectation that it is such an easy “game” based on wrong information or lack thereof. As stated earlier everyone and anyone is welcome as long as the mission of HTTTC to promote the sport of table tennis and not ping pong is clearly understood

 

 

 

        

All images on this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

HTTTC is officially affiliated to & sanctioned by   ,  an affiliate of 

 

ITTF is affiliated to  International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the table-tennis event in Summer Olympic games

 

Training Schedule

 

We usually play every  every Wednesday & Thursday 7 PM to 10 PM (or later)  &

 every Saturday &  Sunday 2 PM to 6 PM (or later) .  

Earlier training on Sundays is possible with prior arrangement, if gym is not reserved for other activities. 

No prior appointment or registration or partner required. Just show up whenever you like (when we are open)

 

Because of various issues with emailing (some  feel spammed, sometimes emails end up actually in  spam folders & do not get read & people ignore emails  but show up and then complain etc etc ) ,  you will not be emailed or texted about cancellations or schedule or delays etc. You can easily bookmark  our

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All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

 

 

Family and fun atmosphere while also training VERY hard 

(both for exercise as well to improve your level).

     

Click here for USATT League Results & your latest USATT League rating

 

 Click here for HTTTC players' action photos

 

  

 

         

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

 

Move up from your daddy / mommy's basement "game" of ping-pong to the 

 athletic "sport"  of table-tennis, the most popular racket sport in the world.

 

Ideal life-time sport for entire family 

Play singles for some serious athletic competition and exercise.

Play doubles for some social fun with friends and family

Singles /  Doubles / Mixed-Doubles / Teams

Children / Women / Men  

Open to all levels of players from recreational to competitive

Free informal coaching available to everyone. Paid private coaching can be arranged.

Get your healthy exercise while getting addicted to a lifetime athletic  racket sport for fun as well 

competition.  Or just play recreationally while making friends from every corner of the globe in a 

friendly / social environment. ( Table-tennis , a sport with 218 member nations of the ITTF is

second of all sports, as the sport with most national federations as members of the given international

sports body.....Which sport ranks first ? It is not soccer............ do your research to find out !!! ) .  

Table-tennis is one of the most popular events in the

  summer Olympic games (Both Singles & Team events).

    

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

Best & ultra-modern playing conditions as well as a very 

friendly social atmosphere. Train in one of the  fastest individual life-time sport  and 

get addicted to the super-spins of table-tennis while having lot of fun. 

6 New tables (more to come) in a NEW  basketball gym.

Click here to check out some pictures of the facility & HTTTC player gallery 

 

High ceilings. Excellent lighting. State of the art non-slip flooring  Air Conditioning / Heating Large individually barriered  

courts ( to contain the ball closer to the table but more importantly to keep players from having any dangerous high speed 

collisions with players from neighboring courts or with spectators). Several shops / convenience stores / gas stations are 

located right next door or next block as is the police station. Plenty of shops / restaurants on 

close-by Rivers Avenue, Remount Road, I-26 & I-526 and airport. Free parking.

 

   

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

Equipment / attire :-  HTTTC is primarily a training center in a VERY athletic sport of table-tennis 

with potentially repetitive lightening fast movements in all directions forward and backward and laterally side to side     

and this is not a ping-pong side show in a bar or night club  where you come dressed up to dine and dance 

the night away. Therefore appropriate athletic attire is mandatory even if you are here just to play recreationally.

 Athletic / (table) tennis / volley ball / racquetball attire / tracksuits / shoes strongly recommended.

Ultra lite specialized table-tennis shoes (similar to sprinting spikes) can be purchased 

online but are not mandatory. (But sprint rubber spike shoes are not recommended as they are not designed for very 

fast lateral side to side movements of table-tennis in addition to forward and backward movements and may twist your ankle easily).

 It is ok to start with tennis and volleyball shoes but eventually they will become too heavy & a liability as your skill level progresses. 

Basketball shoes are best if your playing style evolves into a close to the table playing style with limited mobility.

Absolutely no dress shoes. Orange or white clothing not recommended as it interferes with ball color . 

Tournament quality 3 star balls provided free for use at the center for both open-play as well as multi-ball training

and must be returned at end of session. We can provide free rackets to use for few visits but all regular players buy their

own rackets since the sport is EXTREMELY racket design sensitive. We recommend you buy your racket after speaking

with regular players. (There is also link to a web page at the bottom of this page that discusses your first racket in depth)

Since success in modern table-tennis is based on almost total emphasis on ability to produce extreme

top-spins (and back-spins), only rackets with smooth top surface (pips not facing out) spinny rubber and with

ITTF approval logo are allowed for most beginners and / or children. (Once you learn how to generate these extreme 

spins even at beginner level, you will become addicted forever to table-tennis). And also due to significant differences

in stroke mechanics, rackets with any pips facing out or old dead smooth ( becomes anti-spin ) rubbers may

also not be allowed in most cases for beginners and / or children. Players over age 50 are waived from these

requirements except  that sandpaper rackets are not allowed for any player, any age, any skill level.

You may ask :-  What if we are a bunch of sandpaper players who want to play each other only . That is a fair question 

but HTTTC does does not support that concept for 2 reasons 1.  We cannot afford to reserve tables when we

have limited number available for regular ITTF play 2.  More importantly sandpaper play while it may seem fun, is just 

an exercise in pointless stupidity (mostly by some old folks who live in the past) .  You can be much better player using even  hardbat (which is legal in ITTF play) which is quite similar to  sandpaper.  You are far better off unselfishly training your child  or grandchild in modern version of table-tennis. Also sandpaper was NEVER ever legal in ITTF tournament play  & will never ever be in future.   Old rackets with dead rubbers or without  ITTF approval logo are also not allowed. These regulations will be strictly enforced for juniors to prevent them  from wasting their time and effort using bad / wrong equipment Most new players absolutely have no clue about the importance of having the right racket in table-tennis.  True there are many  playing styles in tennis but table-tennis has billions of styles because EVERY single player has a unique style (though they can be  broadly classified into 5 or 6 styles) .  Microscopic changes to your racket can greatly affect your performance at any given  skill level when playing against a more or less equal  opponent.   Tournament players usually spend more than a couple of $1000 on rackets , rubbers etc. and many spend 10s of $1000s .   This is not to imply that you can “buy”  your way to a higher skill level  but  to emphasize the importance of playing with a racket design that matches your  playing style as closely as possible.  While this is not important for most beginners , even beginners however must have a decent racket and play with the exact same racket as they train.  While it is not expected  and in fact do not want beginners to spend lot of money on rackets,  do not expect to show up at a professional table-tennis center like HTTTC with a 99 cent (probably illegal) racket and beat the best player in the center …………this kind of crazy stuff  happens lot more often than you think  in clubs across North America.  HTTTC will provide you a racket for a few first visits but we expect you to carry your own racket so that you will play  with the exact same racket every time and this is one less variable but a key variable  in your developing consistent stroke production.  Every child should

 have his / her own racket. While you are not expected to spend $100 or $200 to buy a racket initially , be prepared to spend $15 to $35. If you buy at the local  sporting goods store, make sure you buy the high end racket. If you buy online you have a better choice and lower price.  Ask at the center and 

you will be sent some links where you can order from. (HTTTC does not represent or endorse any rackets or brands or get , but buying overly expensive 

rackets initially is not recommended) . HTTTC does not recommend buying at one manufacturer or another but if you want to get an idea of how 

expensive table-tennis equipment can be,  visit some of the following sites :-

                      http://www.butterflyonline.com/           http://www.yasaka.se/             http://stigatabletennis.com/en/    http://www.cms.donic.de/cms/en/

                      http://www.paddlepalace.com/                     http://killerspin.com    (owner is Obama’s  lawyer ? )                         http://www.joolausa.com/

 

 

First Time visitors to the center :- All Players understand they play entirely at their own risk and release HTTTC & 

City of Hanahan from any liability. Common sense applies to all processes. Players must wear safe shoes and attire. HTTTC is one

of the very few facilities in the world that provides 100s of 3 star balls (highest there is in tabletennis is 3 star not 5 star)

 free of cost  for multi-ball training (on top of free group lessons, free USATT league & free HTTTC membership other than 

a small registration fee charged NOT by HTTTC but by City of Hanahan ) . Players MUST collect all balls before starting  any 

match-play and use only one or two balls for match-play. Extreme caution must be exercised while performing multi-ball drills so as

not to step on and slip and fall due to balls you cannot see behind or to the side of you or even right in front of you. We have collection

 nets to collect the balls easily. So please use them . All players playing at HTTTC agree to allow HTTTC use public images of players 

from the center for non-commercial use just to promote the center only. All other images used courtesy ITTF are strictly meant to be 

non-profit purposes and used only strictly for the promotion of the sport of table-tennis in a non-profit non-commericl context.

 

First Time visitors to the center :- If you are visiting the center the first time to play ,you need to

be sort of aggressive and let folks know you are there to play & mean business & ask for guidance & explanations.

Especially if you are a beginner, first few months or even years can seem to be intimidating .......only if you let it.

 But if you keep in mind that no one except Forrest Gump became a World Champion overnight and had their humble

beginnings with years of humiliation at the table (it is especially hard to swallow in a seemingly very simple game

for your individual ego) and pursue the sport tenaciously , there is no reason not to succeed and believe it or not 

most other table-tennis players actually want to see you succeed and would be more than eager to help with

your game.  Feel free to ask questions however stupid or silly they may sound only to find out they are not mostly.

 

              Center Background & Mission Statement :- HTTTC welcomes all levels & ages of players 

                    (women & men)  recreational and competitive. However the primary  mission of HTTTC is manufacture new players  

                   in the Charleston  area as well as help existing players to maximize their potential as far as their talent will take them

                   in  a methodical , systematic manner to help players of all levels to quickly move up to the next skill level with focus on 

                   modern table-Tennis and not old style hardbat or sandpaper table-tennis. Hardbat players are welcome however

                  to play and improve at HTTTC  as it is legal for USATT /  ITTF tournament play though children and most beginners

                will be allowed to use only modern smooth  inverted rubber rackets and not pips out rubbers of any type.  . Sandpaper 

               rackets are not allowed as it is not legal for USATT and  ITTF play.  Though formed a as a for profit organization for 

                   administrative reasons, HTTTC is very much a non-profit organization with no planned goals of making any profits 

                 for years to come  and all tables & equipment were purchased for HTTTC for simple and primary purpose of promoting

                table-tennis in the Charleston area and providing a quality training center of highest quality and not focusing on 

                 making a profit from the center. HTTTC of Charleston SC is the dba for the properly registered LLC in SC 

 

    Training format :- HTTTC welcomes recreational players. However free coaching & training is available ONLY 

 to dedicated players ( regardless of age, gender etc )  on a prioritized basis who want to mostly train hard to improve 

     their skill level to compete in tournaments locally or nationwide or internationally or even at local league level. If you want to 

be a  non-recreational serious table-tennis player, you will be spending 60 to 70% of your time in intensive training drills.

It is simply not possible or fair to be just a recreational player but  expect to be coached for free like a 

professional player. Therefore you will be on your own if you are a recreational player because due to very 

limited resources of coaching provided for free, coaching will be provided to players who are willing to apply 

themselves to the maximum and intensive training may be at times boring an strenuous and demanding   

 

Playing format :- Players are encouraged to spend most of their time in focused training rather than 

playing matches which can be usually very boring and frustrating  Open play (singles / doubles / mixed-doubles or 

just training) & training on both Thursdays& Sundays based on a friendly informal challenge system with the winner

staying on the table usually for 3 matches (except when crowded, in which case both players may have to give

up the table). Players are generally requested to challenge players approximately close to their playing skill level.

Please let both players at the table clearly know that you are next and make sure one or both are willing to play 

you next. Conversely both players at the table must make sure one will stay and play the next player, to help the next

player from not wasting their time just waiting. All matches are 3 out of 5 games of 11 points each (or 2 out of 3 games

if there is a long wait on all tables) .  Old 21 point system is not allowed. Players may play singles or doubles or

mixed-doubles matches but or just train. If 2 players are just training, one player must give up the table after 20 minutes if there is

someone waiting next. You cannot both train 20 minutes and then also play a full 5 game match. If you have been training for

more than 5 minutes and someone signs up at the table , a match must start immediately or one player must leave after

 20 minutes. some of the  rules apply only if there is significant waiting on all available tables. In general be courteous and

friendly. Please help new players by explaining to them the playing format. All players expected to help setup tables when starting

and take down tables when closing. Players MUST keep all personal items right next to their playing table at all times and HTTTC

is in no way responsible for stolen / lost / abandoned items. Running into adjacent courts while play is in progress is prohibited.

Ask the players on other courts to help with the ball. Needless to say, all players are responsible for keeping as well as leaving the

gym clean and free of litter. All players will be required to play at least one doubles match per week to help others learn

                                                                       the rules and playing strategy.

           

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

      

             USATT League :-    HTTTC is officially affiliated with and sanctioned by USATT.    

                       USATT is the national governing body for the sport of table-tennis in USA and affiliated with the USOC.    ITTF is the similar 

                        international      governing body associated with IOC .USATT is the national affiliate of ITTF similar to USOC being the national 

                       affiliate of IOC .Table-tennis centers and clubs in USA can affiliate themselves with USATT and run leagues and tournaments.

                       You get separate but almost identical league & tournament computer processed ratings. Higher ranked players have higher

                        ratings (Ratings are from 0 to about 3000 with 0 being non-player to 3000 is perfection .... .world #1 is about 2950) 

                        Please refer to webpage at bottom for more information about ratings ranges  for various skill levels of players  

                       We will have a USATT league with each player receiving a free USATT league rating identical to USATT tournament rating.

                       The rating is processed by USATT just like a USATT tournament but on a totally separate database. Initially we will have l

                        league play once every 2 or 3 weeks floating from Thursdays and Sundays. This league will be modeled after the extremely

                        successful Thursday Charlotte league with players moving up and divisions based on prior week's performance as well as

                        gaining or losing rating points and a player of the week. If it grows and have enough volunteer administrators we can move

                        to a permanent weekly league. . You can read details from some sample weeks of the weekly results at Charlotte, NC

                        at web-pages below :-     

 

http://www.4ctt.com/2010/2011week09.htm

http://www.4ctt.com/2010/2011week07.htm

 

 

Charleston area table-tennis USATT League  

Click here for more league information, results & HTTTC player action photos

 

 

 

        

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

Coaching :-  Unlike many clubs , HTTTC will focus on coaching based on the individual needs , styles and age of each player 

HTTTC does not try to force all players to play just inverted sponge or force all players to play pips out rubber.  Free informal group 

coaching will be available for all yearly members as time permits. Additional one to one paid private coaching or camps can be arranged 

with local coaches or with distinguished national and world-class visiting coaches .  HTTTC also plans to run coaching camps for  junior 

players in City of Hanahan, Berkeley & neighboring counties. Check website or get on our email list for information.  However coaching

will be available only to players interested in receiving serious training and not to recreational players

 though we welcome recreational players to play at HTTTC

 

Coaching camps / clinics :-  HTTTC always welcomes distinguished coaches to hold clinics and camps

for players as well as seminars and courses (such as ITTF Level courses)  using  HTTTC equipment  

Contact us for details if you are interested  :-  ttHanahan@hotmail.com

 

 

Starting October 2013 one-on-one personal coaching (fee based) will be available to those interested.

   Lee Barbour, an advanced level player with rating 1878 (and still climbing rapidly) from the Charleston 

area, will be available to provide this coaching. Please contact him at the center for his fees & availability etc. 

 HTTTC is also still actively seeking additional qualified coaches (local or visiting) to teach at HTTTC.

Private one-on-one lessons at home are available from SJ at rates $300 / hour plus expenses but he is generally unavailable.  

 

Wanted :- Coaches (USATT &/or ITTF certified) :-  If you are interested in private coaching at HTTTC 

contact us for details  HTTTC will not restrict to just one coach and you must be able to work and coexist with other possible coaches 

at HTTTC.  Due to business structure HTTTC (not in the business of making profits but exists just to promote table-tennis absorbing all 

operational losses ) , HTTTC does not provide any salaries and you are just allowed to use HTTTC facilities & find your own 

paying students, run camps  as an independent contractor . Looking for both local and visiting coaches

 

Wanted :- USATT Club Coach / Instructor candidates :- HTTTC is looking for people living in 

the area to get certified as table-tennis instructors coaches in an  sport  This may be to enhance their resume in the 

recreation / physical education areas and / or to set up table-tennis programs in your schools etc.  You do not have to be a player

 but  can be a staff / teacher at a school or be a physical education or other education major in a college.   

 

Click here for information about upcoming  ITTF coach training classes to be held in USA

 

  

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

Wanted :- College Thesis candidates :-  HTTTC is looking for college students from senior level thru 

post-doctoral, majoring in physical education or related majors such as engineering , physics, psychology etc to work 

with HTTTC players and coaches etc and local businesses for possible submission of research papers / theses related to

 the sport , science and technology of table-tennis 

 

Fees :- HTTTC  does not charge any membership fees of any kind to train / play at HTTTC but City 

of Hanahan mandated a $45 per player gym usage fee every 6 months (train 4 times a week)

Usually free soft drinks are provided (by HTTTC) .  Hundreds of 3 star balls  (highest available in 

table tennis) are also available for free use to all players for high speed rapid-fire multi-ball training.

 

USATT Individual & Family memberships :- You do not need to be a USATT member to play in

HTTTC's  USATT League events but you do need to be a USATT member to play in national USATT tournaments at HTTTC 

of elsewhere in USA.  HTTTC will pass on the  entire 15% discount (that USATT gives affiliated clubs like HTTTC ) to current 

HTTTC members.       

 

 

 

 

  

 

        

 

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

 

 

Table-Tennis> A "very easy to learn" simple& fun "basement game" ...... but a "very

hard to master" athletic complex " sport" of obscene super-spins at insane speeds.

Please click on links below for more information about the  sport of table-tennis

Professional table-tennis videos (Please watch these videos before reading any articles below if you are newcomer to table-tennis)

Ping & Pong > 4 letter words for a table-tennis player ?  An invitation to table-tennis from an ex-tennis-addict turned table-tennis addict

 Also addresses myths and little known facts about the "sport" of table-tennis

Guide to beginners coming to table-tennis

Your first racket

Secret underground world of table-tennis in USA

For advanced players :- http://4ctt.com

 

      

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF  

Links to Major Upcoming Events in USA

 

Tournament

City

State

Date(s)

Level

Contact

Butterfly Cary Cup

Cary

NC

3/14/2014 - 3/16/2014

4 Star

Mike Babuin, 919-462-3931

Westchester 2014 March Open

Pleasantville

NY

3/22/2014 - 3/23/2014

4 Star

Will Shortz, 914-769-9128

TMS 2014 College Table Tennis Championships

Monroeville

PA

4/4/2014 - 4/6/2014

5 Star

 

Westchester 2014 April Open

Pleasantville

NY

4/26/2014 - 4/27/2014

4 Star

Will Shortz, 914-769-9128

St. Louis Open

St. Louis

MO

5/3/2014 - 5/4/2014

4 Star

Daniel Seemiller, 574-654-7476

Newgy Cincinnati Open

Cincinnati

OH

5/9/2014 - 5/10/2014

4 Star

Samson Dubina,

Westchester 2014 May Open

Pleasantville

NY

5/24/2014 - 5/25/2014

4 Star

Will Shortz 914-769-9128

Westchester 2014 June Open

Pleasantville

NY

6/28/2014 - 6/29/2014

4 Star

Will Shortz 914-769-9128

2014 US Open     ITTF Pro Tour Circuit Stop

Grand Rapids

MI

7/1/2014 - 7/5/2014

5 Star

Joyce Grooms, 719-866-4583

Westchester 2014 July Open

Pleasantville

NY

7/26/2014 - 7/27/2014

4 Star

Will Shortz 914-769-9128

Westchester 2014 August Open

Pleasantville

NY

8/23/2014 - 8/24/2014

4 Star

Will Shortz 914-769-9128

2014 Butterfly Badger Open

Waukesha

WI

9/20/2014 - 9/21/2014

4 Star

Linda Leaf, 414-281-3123

Westchester 2014 September Open

Pleasantville

NY

9/27/2014 - 9/28/2014

4 Star

Will Shortz 914-769-9128

Westchester 2014 October Open

Pleasantville

NY

10/25/2014 - 10/26/2014

4 Star

Robert Roberts, 914-498-0464

Westchester 2014 November Open

Pleasantville

NY

11/22/2014 - 11/23/2014

4 Star

Robert Roberts, 914-498-0464

2014 JOOLA North American Teams Championships

National Harbor

MD

11/28/2014 - 11/30/2014

4 Star

Marynes Parra, 301-816-0660

2014 US Closed ( National Championship)

 

 

December 2014

5 Star

Joyce Grooms, 719-866-4583

Westchester 2014 December Open

Pleasantville

NY

12/27/2014 - 12/28/2014

4 Star

Robert Roberts, 914-498-0464

2015 JOOLA North American Teams Championships

National Harbor

MD

11/27/2015 - 11/29/2015

4 Star

Marynes Parra, 301-816-0660

 

Upcoming Tournaments in South-East USA region

Tournament

City

State

Date(s)

Level

Contact

Butterfly Cary Cup

Cary

NC

3/14/2014 - 3/16/2014

4 Star

Mike Babuin, 919-462-3931

Orlando's Annual Winter Open (38 Points)

Orlando

FL

3/15/2014

2 Star

Hung Tran, Jr., 407-733-1376

Alabama State Teams

Anniston

AL

3/29/2014

2 Star

Mike Harris, 256-689-8603

Robo-Pong April 2014 BTTC Open

Broward

FL

4/12/2014 - 4/13/2014

3 Star

Carlos Zeller, 954-849-5436

Space Coast Spring Open

Cocoa Beach

FL

4/19/2014

1 Star

Dwight Newton, 321-265-1556

Florida Orange Blossom Table Tennis Series Spring Classic Open 2014

Lakeland

FL

5/2/2014 - 5/3/2014

2 Star

Brad Woodington, 863-370-5163

Florida Sunshine State Games Table Tennis Open 2014

Lakeland

FL

6/21/2014 - 6/22/2014

 

Brad Woodington, 863-370-5163

Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour-2014 Lakeland July Classic Open

Lakeland

FL

7/18/2014 - 7/19/2014

2 Star

Brad Woodington, 863-370-5163

Florida Orange Blossom Table Tennis Series Summer Classic Open 2014

Lakeland

FL

8/15/2014 - 8/16/2014

2 Star

Brad Woodington, 863-370-5163

Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour-2014 Lakeland September Classic Open

Lakeland

FL

9/19/2014 - 9/20/2014

2 Star

Brad Woodington, 863-370-5163

Florida Orange Blossom Table Tennis Series Fall Classic Open 2014

Lakeland

FL

10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014

2 Star

Brad Woodington, 863-370-5163

      

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

National Collegiate Table Tennis Association

Click above link for more information on how to affiliate your college / university to NCTTA's annual table-tennis competition 

 

Association of College Unions International

Click above link for more information on how to affiliate your college (union) to  ACUI's  annual table-tennis competition 

Players at all local colleges / universities and community colleges are invited to train  at HTTTC 

to participate in above competitions.   Several other sports are available as well

 

 

 

South Carolina Senior (Age 50 +) Sports Classic    2014 

Wednesday May 14 to Saturday May 17, 2014

Florence , SC

to qualify for    National Senior (Age 50+) Games   2015

July 3 to 16 , 2015 Bloomington / Minneapolis / St.Paul

Table-Tennis is also one of the many sports that is part of South Carolina Senior Sports Classic also known as

Senior State Games for men and women over ages of 50  Local competitions are held each year to select players

who move on to regional competitions in the  state and then on to National Senior Games. Registration is usually in 

January of each year. Please click on above link for more information for year 2014 which will be added to the above

website  later on.  Table-tennis has singles , doubles and mixed doubles competitions for women and men over age 

50 usually in age groups of 5  (50,55, 60,65.......to age 100+). You can join HTTTC and start training for 2014 games.  

Competitors are from all skill levels but mostly novice to intermediate level and it is also more of a social event 

while in training for these players over the age of 50.  Free informal coaching will be provided to all players who will

train at HTTTC and one on one paid private coaching can always be arranged. Click on the heading above 

or here for more information.       Several other sports are available as well

 

     

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

 

World Veterans (Age 40+) 

Table-Tennis Championships 

(WVTTC) 2014

 

May 12th to 17th, 2014     Auckland,  New Zealand

 The term "Veterans" refers to a person over the age of 40 ( the usage of the word Veteran in USA generally

refers to a person in the Armed Services). The WVTTC usually draws more than 5000 players worldwide in

competitions in Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles for men & women in age groups 40, 50, 60,70, 80.

It is as much a very social experience as much a competition with players from beginners to former world champions.

You will see every conceivable style of unorthodox and bizarre styles developed & fine-tuned  by experienced "veteran"

table-tennis players and thus  a part  freak-show as much as a parade of graceful former champion athletes.

If you were looking at New Zealand as your possible tourist destination , this may be your excuse to go. Click on

the above link for more information. Entries end quite early many months before the event and if you do not enter early 

you may end up on waiting list.. Click on the heading above or here for more information

 

  

All images at this webpage courtesy of ITTF

 

High School  / Middle School  Table Tennis

Sadly no separate programs seem to exist in USA for table-tennis for inter-school competitions  at the state and national level similar

to programs above for colleges and older adults.   This section will be updated when such information become available .

However school students can participate in USATT leagues & tournaments and training is available at HTTTC

Para Athletes Table Tennis

A search for separate programs for Para athletes of all skill levels  in table-tennis produced no results though (local) programs exist

 in USA for national and international level  Para athletes. An update of this section will be made when it becomes  available.

However para athletes  can participate in USATT leagues & tournaments and training is available at HTTTC

 

Valor games South East 2014

for  disabled veterans and wounded, ill or injured service members -Table-Tennis

The 2013 table-tennis event was a huge success held at Duke University ,Durham,NC.  

Read link below for information about 2014 if you plan on  participating in 2014.  Many other sports are available as well

http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2013/June/13/Chairmans-Blog

The Valor Games brings together disabled veterans and wounded, ill or injured service members and engages them in three days of Paralympics sport competition.

http://valor-games-southeast.bridge2sports.org/

 

 

Location maps of HTTTC  ( City of Hanahan Gym )

City of Hanahan gym,  1255, Yeamans Hall Road, Hanahan, SC - 29410

( Next to city municipal complex ) ,   Off Remount Road (Exit 211-B off  Interstate 26)

This is NOT the Hanahan main gym @ 3100, Mabeline Road behind Trident Community College near Elementary School

                       

 

The Rating exchange chart below is used to calculate your 

final USATT League Ratings

The USATT computer calculates your ratings....... not HTTTC

Click here for USATT League Results & your latest USATT League rating

 

 Click here for HTTTC players' action photos

 

USATT Rating Exchange Chart

Point Differential (Spread ) Between Players

Expected Result (Higher Rated Player Wins): Number of points exchanged.

Upset Result (Lower Rated Player Wins): Number of points exchanged

0 - 12

8

8

13 - 37

7

10

38 - 62

6

13

63 - 87

5

16

88 - 112

4

20

113 - 137

3

25

138 - 162

2

30

163 - 187

2

35

188 - 212

1

40

213 - 237

1

45

238 and up

0

50

 

 

USATT Player skill level definitions

Player's USATT Rating

Player's Skill Level

0

Non-Player

Below 1101

Novice

1101-1401

Club Level Beginner

1401-1700

Intermediate

1701-1900

Advanced

1901-2100

Expert

2101-2300

Master

2301-2600

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)

Note :- Rating number is the inverse of ranking index number . Higher the rating number,  lower the ranking number  index . Higher the ranking index number, the lower the rating number.

 

USATT Handicap Match Chart

11 point games are generally not used in handicap matches as the point spread is way too small. 

21 point game matches are usually best 2 out of 3 games.

31, 41 & 51 point matches are usually single game matches

Rating Point Differential (Spread)  Between the two players and

number of handicap points given to lower rated player to start with.

Rating Point Spread

11 Point Game

Handicap Points,  that lower rated player will start with

Rating Point Spread

21 Point Game (or Match)

Handicap Points , that lower rated player will start with

 

Rating Point Spread

31 Point Game (or Match)

Handicap Points , that lower rated player will start with

 

Rating Point Spread

41 Point Game (or Match)

Handicap Points , that lower rated player will start with

 

Rating Point Spread

51 Point Game (or Match)

Handicap Points , that lower rated player will start with

0-31

0

0-12

0

0 - 8

0

0 - 6

0

0 - 4    

0

32-87

1

13-31

1

9 - 23

1

7 - 18

1

5- 17 

1

88-161

2

32-56

2

24 - 47

2

19 - 31

2

18 - 30

2

162-249

3

57-87

3

48 - 72

3

32 - 47   

3

 31 - 43

3

250-351

4

88-124

4

73 - 99

4

 48 - 56       

4

44 - 56

4

352-524

5

125-161

5

100 - 128

5

57 - 72

5

  57 - 69    

5

525-724

6

162-198

6

129 - 157

6

73 - 87

6

70 - 82 

6

725 & UP

7

199-249

7

158 - 196

7

  88 – 106

7

83 - 95 

7

 

250-300

8

197 - 235

8

107 - 124   

8

96 - 108

8

301-351

9

236 - 278

9

125 - 146 

9

109 - 121

9

352-412

10

279 - 321

10

147 - 167 

10

122 - 134 

10

413-524

11

322 - 370

11

168 - 192

11

135 - 147

11

525-624

12

371 - 419

12

193 - 216

12

148 - 160

12

625-724

13

420 - 468

13

217 - 244

13

161 - 173

13

725-824

14

469 - 517

14

245 - 271

14

174 - 186

14

825-924

15

518 - 566

15

272 - 302  

15

187 - 199

15

925-999

16

567 - 615

16

303 - 332

16

200 - 212 

16

1000 & up

17

616 - 664

17

333 - 366

17

213 - 231

17

 

665 - 713

18

 367 - 399

18

232 - 250 

18

714 - 762

19

   400 - 436

19

251 - 269

19

763 - 811

20

437 - 472

20

270 - 288

20

812 - 860

21

473 - 512

21

289 - 307  

21

861 - 909

22

513 - 551

22

  308 - 331

22

910 - 958

23

552 - 594

23

   332 - 355

23

959 - 999

24

595 - 636

24

  356- 379

24

1000 & up 

25

637 - 687

25

380 - 403

25

 

688 - 727

26

404 - 427

26

  728 - 776

27

428 - 462

27

  777 - 824

28

463 - 497

28

   825 - 876

29

  498 - 532

29

   877 - 927

30

  533 - 567

30

    928 - 964

31

  568 - 602

31

  928 - 999

32

  603 - 637

3

1000 & up

33

638 - 672

33

 

673 - 707

34

708 - 742

35

743 - 777

36

778 - 812

37

813 - 847

38

848 - 882

39

883 - 999

40

1000- 1199

41

   1200 - 1399

42

  1400 & up

43