Information on Playing at Central Coast Table Tennis
The committee and members would like to welcome you to our association. The intention of this flyer is to provide you with an overview of the association. It also advises what equipment you will need if you wish to play table tennis. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
Our competition runs from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm on a Thursday night. This can mean a late night for younger players and parents need to take this into consideration with their school work. We start setting up tables from 7 pm. The first game is expected to be under way before 7:45 pm. At 10:30pm no new games are allowed to commence. You are permitted to start games on other available tables if the captains agree.
Like any sport, you need to pay so we can provide the facilities to play. We have been able to keep the fees at a reasonable low rate for a long time. You will be asked to pay a yearly Registration / Membership fee up front. After that there is a nightly fee of $5 per Junior (Under 18) and $7 per Senior player. The nightly fees are to be placed in the bag provided at each table before the first doubles match starts. Other events such as the Closed Championship and Country Championships have additional costs. These costs will be advertised with entry application.
We have three major competitions played yearly and one Closed Championships.
· Competition 1 – February to April
· Competition 2 – May to July
· Competition 3 – August to October
· Closed Championships - November
The three competitions are run on the same format and is based on a teams, round robin event. At the end of each competition there is a finals series. When you register as a member you will be graded. If you are graded into A or A2 you will be placed into in a team. If you are graded into B or B2 you can enter a team of three to five players. You will be placed into a team if you do not have the numbers to form your own side. Both B & B2 grade players can be given a handicap though this normally only occurs in B2.
These are “knock out” events only open to registered players. Competition’s are as follows:
· Singles - Open, A2 Grade, B Grade, B2 Grade, Ladies, Juniors, Over 50’s.
· Doubles - Open, A2 Grade, B Grade, B2 Grade, Mixed Doubles.
There are various locations on the Central Coast that you have an opportunity for a hit-up. Information on playing time, cost and location can be found under "Venues".
Junior and New Player Coaching
See the "Coaching" tab above for more details re coaching. Hit-Up sessions will bring you into contact with experienced players who will help you with your game. This is a good way for new players to learn some basic skills prior to playing in a competition. You will need to join our association if you wish to participate at some of the social venues. This can be arranged upon arrival at the venue.
Table Tennis Equipment
Bats - You will need to provide your own bat. A bat is made up of a blade with a red rubber on one side and black on the other. To qualify, the rubber must have the ITTF logo usually found at the rubber near the handle. If you are a beginner we recommend that a cheap bat can be purchased for around $20 from any sporting store. As you progress as a player a better quality bat and rubber is recommended. There is a huge amount of variation in blades and rubbers and it is recommended that you talk to an experienced player before choosing a more expensive bat.
Shoes - Any sporting shoes will suffice, though you will find that flat souled shoes such as Volleys are good for moving and the wooden floor.
Clothing - In Summer the venue can get warm so T-Shirts and shorts are recommended. Shirts should not be white in colour and have no offensive language. Winter can be cold so track suites are allowed.
From time to time, we have a visit from Table Tennis equipment providers who provide a good range of products and sound advise.