Tuesday & Thursday, January 22 & 24, 2013: New Players, ITTF Certified Coach

Tuesday the club welcomed to new players, Andy and Prithvi.  Other club members who showed up were Mike, Viful, Kedar, Parimal, and Manju.  We have fixed all but one of the nets, and that one should be fixed by next week.  We've also started the process to fix Kedar's table that he donated to the club some time ago.  That should be fixed next week as well, and initial assessment showed that the table was level and in good condition.

Mike Lauro is the LRTTC's new ITTF-PTT Level 1 certified coach and USATT certified coach.  Both the ITTF-PTT coaches registry and the USATT list of coaches have Mike's name listed.  The "PTT" part of the ITTF-PTT certification stands for Para Table Tennis and means that Mike is certified to teach para table tennis players who have unique physical challenges.  Mike has also applied for the ITTF-PTT Level 2 coaching certification course to be conducted this year in early September at the Austin Table Tennis Club.  Teaching ITTF Level 2 regional course will be Richard McAfee, a USATT Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most experienced ITTF trainers.

Next week at the club we will try out an old robot and get some reactions from players.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Saturday morning started coffee, donuts, and hoisting 3 silver tarps above the windows on the south wall and dropping them into place to block the sunlight.  After the tarps were up, no sunlight obstructed the playing area and there was no glare on any of the tables.

We had a number of people show up today.  Although no league matches were played, we had one table set up with a catch net and Mike and Feng used it to practice serves and third ball attack.

In attendance were:  Viful, Kedar, Manju, Mike, Mohan, Parimal, Feng, Scott and Shelby.

Playing conditions were much better today and it was great to have more players turn out.

Photos from Saturday, January 19, 2013:

Practice table with catch net.

Practice table with catch net.

Kedar (near) and Manju (far).

Kedar (near) and Manju (far).

Kedar and Manju

Kedar and Manju

Shelby

Shelby

Mohan

Mohan

Viful

Viful

Scott

Scott

Mike and Feng practicing serves.

Mike and Feng practicing serves.

4 sun-blocking window covers

4 sun-blocking window covers

Dale making sure the cover is secure.

Dale making sure the cover is secure.

Fine workmanship.

Fine workmanship.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The club is open tonight from 6:00-9:00pm.  We are planning to have one of the windows covered tonight with a prototype covering.  If this goes well, we will try to have the 4 windows on the south wall covered for Saturday's play to keep the sun from coming in and making it difficult to play.  Last Saturday it was overcast so we didn't have to worry about the sunlight.

Earlier this week on Tuesday, January 15, the club was closed due to inclement weather.

If you'd like to see some photos of the club's playing area, check out our post from Saturday, January 12, 2013.

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