Saturday, April 20, 2013

This Saturday, April 20, 2013, LRTTC is open for regular play/practice.  The club is also hosting some 2-person team matches from the AITTA/Sherwood league.  The first place team of Scott/Jim plays the last place team of Mike/Feng.  Although this match will not decide the outcome of the overall team winner, it will decide the overall individual winner.

Scott and Mike competed last Sunday in the 3-person team tournament in Sherwood.  Scott and Mike played a highly competitive and explosive match that went down to the wire in the 5th game, tied at 9-9.  Scott triumphed with an 11-9 in the individual win, but Mike's team won the team tournament.  

This Saturday's match between Scott and Mike promises to be a high intensity event and will be Mike's biggest since his return to the sport in August 2011 other his match against Scott in the 2012 Arkansas Closed in which Scott won convincingly.  Mike also has a make-up match to complete against Parimal, but since Mike has no losses and Scott has only 1, the outcome of the Mike-Parimal match will not affect the match between Scott and Mike.  Whoever wins between Scott and Mike on Saturday will claim the individual championship for the 2012-2013 AITTA league season.

Eugene, the organizer of the AITTA league in Sherwood, released the latest standings this week after league matches and the 3-person team tournament were played last weekend.  The results are posted below.  

We hope lots of people turn out this Saturday for fun, community, and table tennis!  It should be a fantastic day at LRTTC.  This page will be updated Saturday afternoon with results of the activity and photos.

Also, the 2-person team tournament will take place this Sunday in Sherwood at the Duran Youth Center.

Current standings of AITTA/Sherwood League:

Scott & Jim have wrapped up first place regardless of their final match, but second & third are very much in doubt.

Congratulations to Mike Lauro, John Falco, & Jeff Pratt for winning the three man team event over Scott & Shelby Barone & Alexander Falco 6-4.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

This Saturday we set up 4 tables to accommodate several AITTA/Sherwood league matches.  After the results are processed we will update this website with the current standings which we have not done before.

The AITTA 2-person team league has been going on for many years now.  The league season starts in October (after the Arkansas Closed) and runs through April/May, with matches being played primarily in Sherwood.  This season, some of the league matches are being played at the LRTTC facility which serves as the home field for the LRTTC teams who play in the AITTA league. 

The AITTA league is different from the LRTTC 2-person team league that was started late last year but cancelled earlier this year.

This Sunday, April 14, the AITTA 3-person team tournament concludes with the finals starting at 10:45 a.m.  League teams will also compete in regular season league matches throughout the day.

Last Saturday, April 6, the club welcomed a couple of new players who played for the first time.  In addition, this Saturday we met three new players.  One player and his father came.  The son has a child who attends the Huda Academy next door, and his father coached table tennis in Syria about 50 years ago.  The third new player heard about the club from word of mouth and has played previously.

It is encouraging to see many new faces over the last couple of months.  Hopefully more people will become involved with the club and join as subscribers.

Sorry we do not have any photos to post yet.  There were some pictures taken but we are trying to locate the picture-taker.  Once we do, we'll post the photos here.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013: Consistent Third Ball Attack

Kedar and Mike had a one-on-one training session using the drills described in the video "Consistent Third Ball Attack" in the premium training plan developed by the talented guys down under at  This video is the first in an 8-part plan covering tournament preparation.

Practice included:

On Table Warmup Drill:  5 minutes of forehand and 5 minutes of backhand

Training Drill #1:  Forehand consistency.  Player 1 makes one forehand topspin and then a backhand topspin, both to Player 2's backhand.  Player 2 blocks both topspins and then may block anywhere while Player 1 maintains consistent topspin.  The goal for Player 1 is to maintain consistent topspins and for Player 2 to block.  Players switch.

Match Drill #1:  Player 1 serves short backspin.  Player 2 pushes the ball long to Player 1's forehand. Player 1 makes a forehand topspin crosscourt.  The focus is on getting the first topspin on the table.  Players switch.

Match Drill #2:  Similar to Match Drill #1 but with backhand.  Player 1 serves short backspin. Player 2 pushes the ball long to Player 1's backhand.  Player 1 makes a backhand topspin crosscourt.  After Player 1's backhand topspin, both players play the point freely.

Match Drill #3:  Similar to Match Drills #1 and #2, but Player 2 returns the ball long anywhere.  Player 1 must make a forehand or backhand topspin on the table.  In addition, Player 1 focuses on hitting the ball at Player 2's middle/elbow/crossover point (not the middle of the table).  After first topspin, both player pay the point freely.

Note: the above serves should be ones that you would use in a match.

Following the Match Drills above, the PingSkills video goes into special practice games for 10 minutes and concludes with 10 minutes of service practice.  These videos are only available to premium members.

However, there are good videos available to the public:

  • Strokes & Technique
  • Equipment Lessons
  • Serving Secrets
  • Receiving Secrets
  • Training Secrets
  • Match Commentary