I can answer most questions about competitive table tennis,tournament rules, equipment, rule changes, and the evolution of the game over the past forty years.
I was a member of the USTTA for twenty years and an active tournament player with a rating of 1700. Since retiring from the game, I have organized several area clubs and have volenteered my time teaching new players.
Niskayuna Table Tennis Club
High school graduate, some college
Various trophies over a twenty-five year span, mostly in sanctioned Class "A" to Class "C" singles and doubles events.
Table tennis is a sport anyone can play. It pays to be in shape, but one can achieve a national rating simply by competing in a couple of tournaments.
I no longer actively compete because of the rule changes. Tournament games are now played to 11 instead of 21 and a larger, slower ball is used.
Ping Pong and table tennis are two different games. Ping Pong is a trade name adopted by a game manufacturer around 1902. Table tennis is a legitimate sport.
The new rule changes are very controversial, in my opinion. The shorter game (11 instead of 21) seems to take away much of the strategy. Now, istead of five serves, the server only gets two.
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