I don't have a paddle. Do you have loaner paddles?
Yes, check with someone about using one of the loaner paddles stored in the Club office.
Where can I purchase my own paddle?
Most of our loaner paddles are available for purchase -- if you find one you like, ask the office person about it. Recreational paddles are available locally at stores such as Academy or Dick’s Sporting Goods. Competition paddles (higher grade) are available online from several sources such as the ones listed in the Equipment Resources page of our website. Many of these online vendors also provide information to help you select your own paddle. By the way, paddles are also called rackets, racquets, blades or bats.
I don't have a playing partner; will anyone at the Club be willing to play with me?
Yes. Most of us go out of our way to encourage beginners. (We were beginners once too!)
Is coaching and training available to help me improve?
Yes. Check out the separate policy sheet on our website. Or spend some time with the online links provided in the Learning and Coaching page of our website.
I am retired and interested in getting back to playing TT. My grandson also is interested. Are there member discounts for seniors, students or youths?
Yes. There are specific discounts for newcomers, military, students, youth and others. Generally, we keep Club dues as low as is practical – day rate fees are less than a movie ticket . . . and provides much more interactive exercise!
I am recovering from an injury/illness). My physical therapist suggested I take up TT as part of my rehabilitation. Will I be welcome at your club?
Absolutely. In fact, we have special schedule time dedicated to “adapted table tennis” for those with a permanent challenge such as being wheelchair-bound. Adapted table tennis and/or our regular open play schedule may be help you with your transitional rehab situation. The fun and camaraderie, as well as the inherent improvement in hand-eye coordination, reflex conditioning, competitive exercise, and the overall physical/mental aerobics are at the core of the sport of table tennis and can’t help but be beneficial. We live it. We enjoy it. We share it.
What is the purpose of the guest fees and monthly Club dues?
Club fees and dues are used to provide the actual venue location (pay the rent) and maintain and replace tables and nets. Any surplus is set aside for future needs and plans.
Before playing, do I have to become a member? What are the costs of membership?
There is no charge for spectators but you are considered a member the very first time you play at our club. And thus you are expected to pay at least the daily rate of $7 adult or $5 youth/student. However, at your option, especially if you decide to play frequently as many of us do, you may find it cheaper to sign on to one of our monthly plans. The special category of "Voting Member" is not required for everyday, ongoing play but you must be a regular dues-paid Voting Member to vote in club elections and to have a voice in major club decisions. For details regarding club dues and membership categories, go to the appropriate page(s) of our website.
Here are some guidelines, modified somewhat from the ones suggested by USATT - to be used, monitored and enforced by each TT player, a more detailed version is on display at the club:
* Players are to conduct themselves in a sportsman-like manner.
* Loud or offensive language is not tolerated. Observe quiet when nearby a game in process.
* Members are expected to cooperate in setting up and taking down the equipment (tables and nets) and in cleaning up the area after playing.
* There will be no smoking or use of alcoholic beverages/drugs in the vicinity of the facility.
* Willful damage to the Club's equipment - or the facility - is not tolerated.
* Table tennis courtesies are to be observed
* During open play, which is most of the time, place your magnetic ID card (this will be provided to you) on the field board space next to a designated active table and you will be next in line - second in line if somebody else’s ID card is already there.
* A "let" is called when a stray ball enters your court. No one will unnecessarily pass through a playing area in use.
* When another player is waiting, please - no "table hogging."