Monthly Tournament - January 10, 2015 (updated with results)

Today's tournament was the first of the new year, and LRTTC would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

You can view the individual player results online at by following this link:  LRTTC Monthly Tournament - January 10, 2015.

We had the largest number of entries than in any of our previous monthly tournaments.  Back in February 2014, 15 players competed.  And in our second monthly tournament back in July 2014, 14 players signed up.  So we are off to a great start in 2015 with the highest participation so far in our monthly tournaments.

Click the "Read More" link below to access the full write-up, images of the initial and final round robin groups, original tournament announcement, and final player list.

Read more: Monthly Tournament - January 10, 2015 (updated with results)

Monthly Tournament - December 13, 2014 (updated with results)

Update with Results:

The LRTTC December 2014 Monthly Tournament came down to familiar finalists from the 13 player field, with LRTTC’s own Mike “Coach” Lauro edging Scott “Champ” Barone 14-12 in the fifth game. “My long serves really came through for me at the end”, said an emotional and clearly fatigued Lauro after the match.  Parimal “The Hammer” Nilangekar challenged Barone in one semi.  Charlie “How I’m in the semi” Brooks stood valiantly against the relentless Lauro onslaught in the other semi and was defeated but uninjured.  Significant matches in the main draw were Shelby “Lucky Lad” Barone over a study fatigued Jeff “That's MR Pipps” Pratt in a hard-fought five game clash, Kedar “Dr. Fear” Jambhekar taking Lauro to five games, and Charlie “Luck of the draw” Brooks over a shocked Manju “Bananaman” Manjanatha in four.  The next monthly tournament will be held January 10, 2015.  Participants are encouraged to preregister.

You can view the results online by following this link:  LRTTC Monthly Tournament - December 13, 2014.  Photos are posted in LRTTC's Facebook Group.

The final single elimination draw is attached.  You can see the results of the round robin draw here:  Round Robin Draw.

The club took in $75 in entry fees.  Prize money distributed was $30, with $20 of it donated back to club.  Total income to the club is $65.

Final Results

  • Champion:  Mike Lauro
  • Finalist:  Scott Barone
  • Semi-Finalists:  Charlie Brooks and Parimal Nilangekar


Welcome to the December 2014 monthly tournament hosted at LRTTC.

What:  LRTTC monthly Tournament

Where:  LRTTC playing facility at ICLR

When:  Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Format:  Singles Round Robin, with Single Elimination or Round Robin Doubles if time permits and depending on interest 

Tournament web page:

DEADLINE TO ENTER:  Deadline to register is Friday December 12, 7:00 p.m.  No guarantees for entries received after this time. However we will try to accommodate all entry requests. 

Current Player Entries:  (Entries are updated periodically as they are received.)

   Player Name Entry Fee
1.  Mike Lauro  $5.00  1754±78
2.  Kedar Jambhekar  $5.00  1461±68
3.  Charlie Brooks  $5.00  978±62
4.  Scott Barone  $10.00  1944±109
5.  Shelby Barone  $5.00  1415±100 (est.)
6.  Mohan Reddy  $5.00  929±62
7.  Mugimane Manju  $5.00  1296±75
8.  Angela Falco  $10.00  187±124
9.  John Falco  $10.00  1287±108
10.  Mark Taylor  $5.00  629±172
11.  Parimal Nilangekar  $5.00  1672±78
12.  Jeff Pratt  $5.00  1155±73
13  Tanner Cook  $0.00  931±70
  Total Entry Fees  $75.00  


HOW TO ENTER: send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., reply to this email, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entry fee must be paid prior to or on the day of tournament.  Only cash or check will be accepted.  No debit/credit cards.  Alternatively, you may contact any of the LRTTC board:  Mike Lauro, Mohan Reddy, Jeff Pratt, Mark Taylor.

Player eligibility:  Arkansas residents only.

Entry Fee:  Entry fee is $5 for LRTTC current subscribers, $10 for everyone else.

Schedule:  Registration and warm-up starts at 8:30 a.m.  Play will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end around 12:00 p.m.

Prizes: To be determined.

Official Tournament Balls:  Orange Nittaku 3-star Premium celluloid.  Players may play with other balls in a match if both payers agree. Because we have a large stock of white 3-star balls by Giant Dragon and Butterfly players may choose to play with these.  Players of a match may also agree to use a plastic ball...LRTTC has about 1 dozen Joola Superpoly 40+ plastic balls.

Clothing:  Please wear shirts where the main color is not the color of the ball being used in a match. White shirts, orange shirts, and shirts with distracting designs are discouraged.

League/Club Ratings: ratings will be used for seedings.  These ratings will be updated after the tournament.

Games: Best 3 out of 5.

Rules:  All USATT rules apply.

Code of Conduct:  ICLR Code of Conduct applies to everyone using the facility. Please be familiar with these rules.

Certified Club Umpires:  Mike Lauro

Tournament Director: Mike Lauro

Tournament Software:  Zermelo (results submitted to

LRTTC Tournament History:  Events Sponsored by LRTTC.

Post-Tournament Report:  Tournament report with results and photos will be posted online after the tournament.

Next LRTTC monthly tournament:  Saturday, January 10, 2015.

Next Arkansas USATT-Sanctioned tournament:  Arkansas Closed will be held at UALR on Saturday, January 31, 2015.


Monthly Tournament - November 8, 2014 (updated with results)

Update with Results:

We had a small turn out last Saturday for our November monthly tournament, but we all had fun playing in a 5 player round robin.  You can see the final draw in the accompanying image.  First place went to Mike and second place went to Tanner.  The results were recorded using the Zermelo software and uploaded to immediately after the tournament.  In less than 5 minutes after submitting, the results were available online.  You can view the results online by following this link:  LRTTC Monthly Tournament - November 8, 2014.

After the tournament, we enjoyed several friendly matches of doubles in which we switched partners after each match.  So even with a small turnout, we can still have a lot of fun play table tennis!


Read more: Monthly Tournament - November 8, 2014 (updated with results)

Monthly Tournament - Sunday July 13, 2014 - Doubles Format in Sherwood

Updated with Results:

Congratulations to the doubles champion team of Don Jackson and John Falco (3558).  LRTTC's monthly tournament for this month was  doubles-only format, and Don and John came out on top.  They defeated two other teams in the round robin group.  Tom Fox and Jeff Pratt (3368) finished in second place while Mike Lauro and Mark Taylor (2606) came in third.

Next month's tournament will be on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at LRTTC's regular playing facility in Little Rock.  We return to regular play in Little Rock later this month on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

This Sunday, July 20, 2014, we will practice at the Sherwood Rec Center from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Read more: Monthly Tournament - Sunday July 13, 2014 - Doubles Format in Sherwood

Update with Results: Monthly Tournament - June 14, 2014

Update with Results:

Today we had 15 total entries in our June 2014 monthly tournament.  The format consisted of an initial round robin stage with 3 groups of 5 with each group using 2 tables.  The top 3 finishers in each group advanced to a 9-player single elimination.  Here are the groups in order of seeding:

  • Group A: Scott, Siva, Kedar, Mark, Megha
  • Group B: Don, William, Charlie, Pramod, Mia
  • Group C: Parimal, Mike, Shelby, Mohan, Sumera

The winners of the groups are:

  • Group A: Scott; Group B: Don; Group C: Mike

Scott, Siva, and Kedar advanced out of Group A.  Don, William and Charlie advanced out of Group B.  Parimal, Mike, and Shelby advanced, although Shelby did not play so Mohan advanced.

So, for the 9-player Single Elimination, Charlie and Mohan played for the 8th quarterfinal spot.  Charlie won 3-1 to advance.  The quarterfinals looked like this:

Quarterfinals:  Scott v. Charlie, Kedar v. William, Mike v. Parimal, and Don v. Siva.

  • Scott, Kedar, Parimal, and Don advanced to Semis:

Semifinals:  Scott v. Kedar, Parimal v. Don

  • Scott def. Kedar, 3-0.  Don def. Parimal, 3-1.

Finals:  Scott def. Don, 3-1.

  • Champion: Scott Barone
  • Runner Up: Don Jackson

Congratulations to Scott and Don!  Also, congratulations to Kedar and Parimal for advancing to semifinals.

The club took in $85 in total entries.  Club share is $25, with $60 in prize money.  Scott claimed $30 for first place and donated $10 back to club.  Don won $20 for second place.  Because Parimal and Kedar did not play for 3rd place, the club retained the $10 prize for third place.

Here is the breakdown of the financial results:

  • Total Entries:  +$85
  • Total Prizes given: -$50
  • Total Donations: +$20
  • Total Profit: +55

Photos and full tournament details are available on the full tournament webpage by clicking the "Read More" button below.

Thanks to everyone who showed up today to make the tournament a success.  We had a lot of fun and look forward to next month's tournament.

Read more: Update with Results: Monthly Tournament - June 14, 2014

Sanctioned Tournaments

The Arkansas Open and the Arkansas Closed are two opportunities for USATT sanctioned tournaments in Arkansas.  The Open takes place in the month of September and the Closed takes place in February.  The Closed tournament is the Arkansas State Championships and is limited to Arkansas residents.  The Open tournament has no residency requirement and is open to in-state and out-of-state players.


Information about opportunities to play in local leagues.