January 17, 2017 · Comments Off on U of T Winter Doubles Tournament: Result
Thank you to everyone who attended the doubles tournament today! Congratulations to the following teams for their achievements:
1st place: Hzn Hza and Peter Hui
2nd place: Yu Sun and Peter Diao
3rd place: Oscar del Río and Alireza Ta
1st place: Wenxi Liao and Nadiya Bayeva
January 6, 2017 · Comments Off on U of T Winter Doubles Tournament
Happy New Year! We are excited to welcome you back to school with our winter doubles tournament!
Date: Sunday, January 15th
Time: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: Athletic Centre (Upper Gym)
To register, fill out this sign-up form and bring it to the AC office along with a $20 security deposit. Only ONE form and deposit is required per team. If you would like to register as an individual, please leave the player 2 information blank, and we will pair you with a partner for the tournament.
The registration deadline is Saturday, January 14th at 5PM so be sure to sign up quickly! Over $100 worth of prizes are available to be won!
UTTTC Exec Team
January 5, 2017 · Comments Off on Hart House Practise: starts Tuesday, Jan 10
Happy 2017 and welcome back to a new semester
Hart House practices will resume next Tuesday January 10th.
Date/Time -> Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-10pm
Location -> Hart House Range Room
See you all there!
November 7, 2016 · Comments Off on Hart House Practise cancelled: Tuesday Nov. 7
Just a reminder that there will be no hart house practice tomorrow due to fall break. The practice will resume on Thursday.
Since the winter is coming and it is getting dark early, we will move the practice time to 8-10pm instead of 9-11pm. The new practice time will start this Thursday, November 10th and it will remain at 8-10pm for the rest of the semester. Have a good fall break everyone!
October 31, 2016 · Comments Off on Picking the Best Ping Pong Table – What Really Matters
Although ping pong tables can cost upwards of $3000 dollars, people still don’t do the proper research into understanding the important characteristics that really determine the best model/brand for him or her.
The first and most important attribute a person should focus on is surface thickness. The thickness and material of the ping pong table top will significantly determine the quality of the table’s bounce, which ultimately determines 95% of what is labeled an ITTF approved table tennis table.
Thickness Associated with Price
- Expect a 5/8” thick top for cheaper tables commonly priced under $400.
- Expect a ¾” thick top for mid-quality recreational tables priced under $800. These are the tables most commonly found in garages world-wide. Tables of this thickness price provide the best value as they aren’t particularly expensive, but still play reasonable well.
- Expect a surface thickness of above ¾” for higher quality tables found in tournaments. While a thickness above ¾” does signify that the table belongs to a higher threshold of class or quality, at this point the materials used by the manufacturer also weigh significantly on the performance of the table.
Therefore you should also focus on the identity of the brand or manufacturer to help determine the best table tennis table for you. Butterfly, Cornilleau, Stiga, JOOLA, and Killerspin are all popular and reputable table tennis brands.
Outdoor Ping Pong Tables – What’s Important?
How you compare important characteristics in an outdoor ping pong table is similar to indoor tables except for one obvious thing, outdoor tables are supposed to be used…outdoors. Who would have guessed? But what is less obvious, is how an outdoor table should perform compared to an indoor table of the same price range.
While outdoor tables are more expensive, it’s for good reason. Manufacturers have the added task of trying to make an outdoor table’s bounce just as good as an indoor table, but the surface has to be coated and created with a distinct material or technology to withstand the elements like rain and UV exposure. An indoor table left in the rain will bubble-up, and an indoor table left in the sun will cause the paint to fade.
While all the major brands mentioned above have outdoor tables for sale, I recommend checking out Butterfly and Cornilleau as they excel above the rest at making long-lasting high performing outdoor tables that people love.
Outdoor vs Indoor Same Price
Simply put, a $500 indoor table will perform better than a $500 outdoor table. That’s because the manufacture doesn’t have to focus on weather-proofing their tables, and that fact tells. Even on the more expensive outdoor tables, it’ll be hard to accomplish an ITTF approved bounce unless you purchase one of the more expensive tables like the Cornilleau Sport 500M.
Other Important Characteristics
Surface thickness is the most important attribute you should consider when purchasing a new ping pong table for Christmas or any other occasion.
But that does not mean the other attributes are not important. It all depends on who the table is for. If you know that your kids are going to be jumping all over the table or you know the table is going to get consistent use, then a thicker chassis or apron will help prevent the table from bending.
If you are worried about space, consider one of the tables with thin storage dimensions or even a table that detaches into two separate halves.
One thing that brings despair upon even the most courageous individuals, is having to take hours to assemble something with tiny pictures and poor instructions. While the majority of tables you encounter should have quick assemblies, a few will take more than a couple hours.
If assembling a table is something you don’t look forward to, look for a table with quick-play or a table with a reported short assembly time.
If you look at the table tennis tables currently for sale, you’ll notice the price increases in accordance with the table’s surface thickness. Don’t be distracted by some of the useless characteristics they will try and highlight between models.
Think to yourself, does the increase in wheel size from 2” to 3” or a change in how the wheels are locked really impact your opinion of the table? Look at other tables being offered in the same price range to really gauge the quality of the table. And remember, the surface thickness is the characteristic you should care most about!
You can find the original article here.
(Sponsored by pingpongruler.com)
October 8, 2016 · Comments Off on [tournament] Fall co-ed singles tournament: Saturday, October 15th
We will be having our first co-ed singles tournament this upcoming Saturday, October 15th! It will take place at the Athletic Centre upper gym from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. You can register through AC/Goldring/Varsity, and there will be a $20 deposit that will be returned as long as you play. There is a registration limit so sign up ASAP if you are interested in playing! See the flyer for more information.Also, please fill out the this form and bring it with you when you register at any of the centres! See you on Saturday!
October 4, 2016 · Comments Off on [Intramurals] 2016-2017 Intramural Registration is opened!
The intramural registration for 2016-2017 season is OPENED! Please click the following link to register.
The UTTTC intramural league is a fun way to meet and play against other ping-pong lovers in U of T. The league consists of teams of 3-5 players who play weekly matches against each other. It will be starting on the week of Oct 17, and will continue through to March, with breaks during exams/winter breaks. Players of all skills level are encouraged to participate!
You may choose to register as a team or as an individual. We will match you up with players of similar skill levels if you register as an individual, so don’t be afraid to register even if you don’t have anyone to play with!
Team captains and individuals are mandatory to attend the Captain’s meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 7-8pm in BN 304. We will discuss the rules and share tips about the league during the meeting, and individuals can meet up and form your teams during the meeting.
Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct. 14
If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to email us at utttc [dot] intramurals [at] gmail [dot] com.
September 24, 2016 · Comments Off on 2016 Fall Hart House Practice + Competitive Team Tryouts!
Thank you all for your patience! We are happy to announce that our Hart House drop in practices will be starting next week!
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, every week
Location: Hart House range room (basement)
Please note that tables are quite limited so rotational play may be enforced. Players are encouraged to bring their own rackets if possible, but a few will be available as well.
For those interested in the competitive team, tryouts will be taking place on Oct. 3 and 5, from 8-10 pm in the Athletic Centre squash courts. All interested candidates are required to complete the form below, but need to attend only one tryout date.
Hope to see you in the gym soon!
Categories: Intercollegiate · News · Practices
May 11, 2016 · Comments Off on 2016 Summer Hart House Practice: Starting May 17
Hi UTTTC members,
Summer Hart House Practice is back!
Starting Tuesday, May 17, Hart House Practice will resume. Everyone is welcome to drop by and play some pingpong!
What: Hart House Ping Pong Practice
When: Every Tuesday + Thursday from 8pm to 10pm(Starting May 17)
Where: Hart House Range Room
We look forward to seeing you there!
UTTTC Exec Team
April 5, 2016 · Comments Off on 2016-2017 UTTTC Club Election: Result
Hello UTTTC members,
Thanks everyone for coming out to our election! This year’s election has been a blast, and here is the result for next year’s exec team!
President: Yilin Tian, Mona Teng
Vice-president: Rohan Manmohan
Treasurer: Oscar del Rio
Intramural co-ordinators: Otto Ling, Brian Yeung
Public Relations: Vicki Zhang
Event Co-ordinators: Nadiya Bayeva, Emma Huang
Competitive Team Coordinators: Paula Hsien, Benson Peng
Web Master: Otto Ling
Congratulation to our new exec team! Please welcome and give them your full support! Thanks everyone for being involved with the club in the past year and best of luck to your final exams!
UTTTC Exec Team