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Do I need to be a member of the club?
Yes, you must be a member in order to play because otherwise you'll not be covered for sports insurance and to cover our volunteer staff from being sued for members' accidents. The good news is that membership is the price of a couple of coffees - $10 per annum.
Do I need to pay for playing? Why can't I play for nothing like at RSL clubs?
The cost is $7 per night for 3 hours in a professional setting playing on fourteen quality tables some of which are the same brand as world class players used at the last Olympics. To open a large tt club like ours which is affiliated to the state body TTNSW, you'd need approx $30,000 to purchase tables, robots and other equipment not to mention annual hall hire fees of $10 k.
Unlike RSL clubs, we hire the local community hall and must recuperate nightly hall hire $150. RSL's do not permit juniors to play tt because under-aged drinking or gambling are disallowed. Each of their poker machines turn over minimum $500,000 annually so the free table tennis is a way of sucking in new (members) gamblers.
I have nothing against RSL clubs, I've played there often and their tt committee members do a wonderful job but one should realise that little sports club like ours have a genuine community benefit rather than the big, multi million dollar pokie fuelled clubs. Their subsidisation of sports like snooker, fishing, IT interest groups and bingo do however return social benefits to the community.
How do I register?
To minimize administration, you can just come to the club on your first night and pay. There is no form to fill in, just a couple of details of your name and email address and also sign the Liability Clause. You must also check our safety policy.
Can I book a table for a few of my friends?
Sorry, we don't operate like lawn tennis courts. First come, first served and if you come early and help in setting up the tables, you will be guaranteed a table. Also if you help packing up your table at the end of the night when finishing off, the staff will tend to help you find a table when it's busy.
Can I play ping pong socially then move onto competition.
Yes of course. Every session is available for social members of varying standards. Our large hall is split into a smaller section for comp matches on comp nights. Also you should play the Thur night competition against our own members which is free and beginners are welcome to experience formal competition. After a few weeks you will have a good feel of your competitive level and can ask to to play inter club competition. You'd be assessed by one of our representative team captains and invited or not to play in a suitable team. Inter club comp consists of two seasons and the teams are nominated in mid Feb and July-August.
Our captains are volunteers, like anyone who is a committee member. If you are keen and reliable, you shouldn't have a problem getting into a team. But if you've got extensive holidays planned, have to ask your boss (spouse) for permission to play each week, have many church, children or other groups duties or often travel for work, you should consider playing Thur comp instead which you can flexibly play as many weeks you want. Captains have day jobs, submit score sheets and organise deferred rounds so it becomes a draining job if the captain has to find the minimum number of players each week. Also please do not embarrass the potential captain by requesting to play in a level that's far too high for you. Every team wants to win and would like every player to be competitive for the season. If you're outclassed for the division, you'll guarantee 4 lost points per round (2 singles and 2 doubles) out of the possible 9 points on offer. This is huge drain on the team and you may begin to wonder why the captain isn't all that enthusiastic in rostering you in every chance you've got to play although our club policy is to let everyone on the team to have equal chances of playing.
I would like to know, is there any course or training for 13-14 year olds? Could you provide information about the courses?
We do have group coaching classes but unfortunately the coach had a recent shoulder operation. Classes will not start until term 2 (govt school schedule). If interested you can contact us closer to the date in 2017. Group coaching is provided with approx. 4 students in a group, either the 8 pm or the 9 pm session. Coach likes to teach one shot technique per week although progress sometimes depends on the level of the students. A ten week course commences each school term on week one.
As you can see on our Technical pages, there are dozens of shots in addition to techniques like serve, footwork and tactics to master.
Coaching course must be booked and pre-paid monthly, Students should have suitable bats with spinny rubbers otherwise they will not be able to make use of the coaching. It's not a course for little young ones to have a bit of exercise; coach expects students to be able to play adult comp in a couple of years or start beating their friends at school or at a home garage environment, including novice dads who will not be able to keep up in a few months.
This is not to say that coach is determined to make every kid an Olympic champion, he has almost twenty years teaching young children, realise that their focus is on fun and movement, he coaches to their physical, mental and fun levels. We have two groups - Beginner to introduce the basics, and an Intermediate group for more mature or advanced level of players.
I want to play at your club during December when I take my annual holidays. Could u pls tell me the opening time?
Sorry, we close during Christmas break. See our Contact section for the exact dates we open, generally starts early Feb and close late Nov each year. We are a community volunteer organisation and we also need our breaks!
I used to play table tennis back in high school, but not very well, I'm just wondering if your club is suitable for beginners?
Our club is very suitable as we always have beginners joining; also there are coaching programs and free tips by friendly coach or advanced members to improve technically. Our club deliberately encourages teamwork and giving help because we were all beginners once. Sometimes you can practice on the robot which is available later on in the evening and when coach has finished with it. You can ask the treasurer about the availability of the robot when you pay for your nightly session. In short, we welcome beginners and hope they stay for the long term to enjoy and become proficient at the sport. Like any other activity you do, the more you attend and show enthusiasm, the faster your progress. You'll get to meet suitable practice partners; if playing comp you won't be short of receiving advice from team mates how to play an opponent, and coach can give you tips of match tactics or overcoming various opponents' styles.
Can I practice on the robot?
Yes, the robot is available for paid up members and is generally available later in the evening. It's set up by the coach and he needs to show you how to use it and can provide free tips to improve your technique. Many of our competition representatives have started in our club from basic level. If you're determined and have a positive attitude, we will find a team for you, although at interclub comp level, small juniors are difficult to cater for due to the the strength of adult opponents and the travelling involved. They can join the internal Thur night comp against other juniors or beginners.
I was looking for a club where I can play table tennis with friends or can I challenge the club champion?
You can bring your friends along or be introduced to other social members. Generally people like to play with guys at their level, especially advanced players would be bored playing with a novice. I'm assuming you're a novice because the club champion knows most of his opponents, having played in many competitions for like decades or he might be at state junior rep level. If you do happen to play with an advanced player, don't make the mistake of trying to smash every ball because you will miss a lot, your opponent will be annoyed having to continually pick up the ball from your missed shots, and your smashes are easily returned by him anyway. Try to play error-free and soon the advanced player will go to your strengths after you get into a rhythm so that he gets something out of it as well.
Guys at my work play every lunchtime and I would like to join in however I know I firstly need to improve just a little in order to get a start or be accepted into it.
I understand your situation completely. Many years ago I was the high school tt champ but when I started at UNSW they froze me out because my standard was unfortunately too low, not having been technically coached - just relying on my fast reflexes and impromptu shots. It took me twenty years before I would be able gradually improve and be competitive against most of players at uni clubs.
Our club welcomes beginners and you would be able to play with many of our club members. If you received some tips or did our coaching program, coach expects that not only would you start matching your friends at work, you'd beat them so well after a year or two that unless there was a trained player there, you'd be kicked out of any work comp for being too good. This is not showboating, it's really the power of knowledge, or as I often tell my students, the woodcutter with the sharp axe will effortlessly chop down more trees than the exhausted woodcutter with a blunt axe.
This is a slight disadvantage of playing and improving table tennis at club level. Over time, you'd absorb efficient techniques and must improve after practising three hours per night; later on, playing with uncoached players at garage or work settings will result in little challenge. Many of our players come back from liner cruises with bagfuls of medals surreptitiously obtained through winning against guys who've never played comp. or know the proper rules.
My son (8 years old) just started playing table tennis. Is there any opportunity for him to learn playing table tennis in your club?
He can play at the club but unfortunately eight years old is a little too young for our group coaching. Kids need to be well above table tennis height and be able to hit the ball anyhow. Otherwise every shot would be like a tennis smash or serve. Most kids are able to hit the ball back onto the table in a fashion, our job is to teach them how to hit the ball well. I suggest that you give your son as much opportunity to hit the ball with his friends or you can just block the ball back to him. Kids in year 4 just before they go thru a growth spurt are the right age to come to our club. Your son is quite welcome to have a hit at our club, either if someone has the patience to hit with him or you might like to bond with your child by accompanying him to the club and playing with him. Just return the ball to him at easy height and encourage him to play topspin. If he finds some way of hitting topspin, it'll prevent a slew of bad lousy habits which are the bane of a coach's life.
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