University of Toronto Table Tennis Club

Hart House Practise cancelled: Tuesday Nov. 7

November 7, 2016 · Comments Off on Hart House Practise cancelled: Tuesday Nov. 7

Hi guys!

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!

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Picking the Best Ping Pong Table – What Really Matters

October 31, 2016 · Comments Off on Picking the Best Ping Pong Table – What Really Matters

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.

Conclusion

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.

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[tournament] Fall co-ed singles tournament: Saturday, October 15th

October 8, 2016 · Comments Off on [tournament] Fall co-ed singles tournament: Saturday, October 15th

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Hey everyone!
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!

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[Intramurals] 2016-2017 Intramural Registration is opened!

October 4, 2016 · Comments Off on [Intramurals] 2016-2017 Intramural Registration is opened!

Hi everyone,
The intramural registration for 2016-2017 season is OPENED! Please click the following link to register.
https://goo.gl/forms/4tgGilAVyrhWxcU12
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.

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2016 Fall Hart House Practice + Competitive Team Tryouts‏!

September 24, 2016 · Comments Off on 2016 Fall Hart House Practice + Competitive Team Tryouts‏!

Hi everyone,

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
Time: 9pm-11pm
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.

https://goo.gl/forms/GR29WmmMnMXVjnC93

Hope to see you in the gym soon!

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2016 Summer Hart House Practice: Starting May 17

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!

Details

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

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2016-2017 UTTTC Club Election: Result

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!

Thanks,
UTTTC Exec Team

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[Intercollegiate]Congratulations to U of T @ TMS College Table Tennis National Championships!!

March 31, 2016 · Comments Off on [Intercollegiate]Congratulations to U of T @ TMS College Table Tennis National Championships!!

Congratulations to all the players who represented UTTTC at the TMS College Table Tennis National Championships this past weekend! Thank you for your hard work and contributions!

Some highlights of the results:
Women’s Team 7th place
Coed Team 7th place
Women’s Singles Quarter Finalist – Nadiya Bayeva
Men’s Singles Top 16 Finish – Aaron Wang
Women’s Doubles Semi Finalist – Paula Hsien and Anqi Luo

Also a big thank you to all of our sponsors who helped us get there!

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[Sponsorship] Ponghero.com

March 11, 2016 · Comments Off on [Sponsorship] Ponghero.com

Ponghero.com is a table tennis site that is dedicated to providing trustworthy reviews of ping pong tables, paddles and training robots. We are passionate about the sport and, as long-time players ourselves, we know the what players demand out of their equipment. We review equipment from the top worldwide brands like STIGA, Kettler, Butterfly, Killerspin and Cornilleau and provide our honest opinions of their newest products. Our goal is to educate readers about the build quality, craftsmanship, materials that go into the products and help them make smart buying decisions.

Finding the right ping pong table can be a difficult process. There are many brands to choose from and many different types of tables offered. In order to make an informed decision, you need to understand what qualities make one table better than another. The five main criteria to consider when buying a table tennis table are: Playing surface Thickness, Strength of Frame, Convenience Features, Safety Features and Value. Knowing what to look for will allow you to find the right mix of features for you, regardless of price point. In our Ping Pong Table Buyer’s Guide, we examine the best tables at three different price points and rate them according to these criteria.

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[Fund Raising] Help U of T players, by receiving FREE Dental Service!

February 5, 2016 · Comments Off on [Fund Raising] Help U of T players, by receiving FREE Dental Service!

This year, the University of Toronto Table Tennis Team has gathered numerous elite level player. They have the chance to go to NCTTA Nationals, and compete against top players from other universities in Canada and the United States!

However, because the tournament will be held in Texas, the trip will be not be cheap. This is how you can come and help out your fellow players, without spending a single dime!

Thanks to the generosity of Ex-club-president Howard Ma and his dental clinic, our players are sponsored $50 for each person that receives dental service through the club’s referral. If you are currently a U of T student, and has not opt-out of the healthcare plan at the beginning of the year, you are eligible to receive free dental service with ABSOLUTELY NO CHARGE. If you would like to help the U of T Table Tennis Team to put up great performance in this year’s Nationals, please register using the following link. A representative will contact you for appointments.

Dental Service Registration Form

If you know a friend, who would also like to receive dental service, please refer them to this link as well. The club and our team players will be grateful for your supports!

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