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Thursday, 11 June 2009
CT TT assists Middle School TT Event in New Haven
Two New Haven Middle school Table Tennis teams with connections to
CT. TT Association held an inaugural competition in June 2009.
Academy hosted the event, a team competition with nearby Conte
West Hills School. The Amistad program, an after school activity
option at the Charter school, is conducted by Peter Noble's Fairhaven
Athletics organization. Peter was initially trained by CT TTA director
Dave Strang. Strang was the program's original coach between
1994 and 2000, before Peter, and continues to conduct annual coaching
clinics at the school.
Conte West Hills school's TT program is newer, conducted by Kacey
Rosenfeld, a Physical Education teacher at the New Haven public school
located not far from Amistad. Kacey has also been a student of CT TTA
Coach/Director Dave Strang at the Middletown TT Club since finding the club
a few years ago.
Guests, Conte West Hills took most of the singles matches to gain
an insurmountable lead, before Amistad won a number of doubles matches,
finishing with a 10 to 4 match victory for Conte West.
8 Players, a mixture of boys and girls, represented each school,
competing on 3 tables in the Amistad Gymnasium in the afternoon, afterschool
As the conclusion of the Spring TT season for both schools, the
coaches, and a number of the players, expressed enthusiasm over the well
attended and conducted event, and mentioned how plans for a rematch next
year will motivate the students to more serious preparation during next
year's club practices.
Coach Kacey watches and videotapes and Coach Peter hits with one of
Posted by netta_ct at 3:47 AM EDT
Athletics/ Connecticut TT Assoc -
2008 Youth Clinic at Amistad
Academy May 2008
short clip (click above)exhibition
highlight point longer clip 7 min demo & game highlights(above)
CT TTA director Dave Strang and Fairhaven Athletics director Peter Noble were
joined by Middletown TTC regulars Mark Mosher and Kacey in conducting an
exhibition and clinic for students at Charter school Amistad Academy, as a part
of it's after school sports Table Tennis program.
Dave and Mark played exhibition matches and audience challengers
followed by coaching at 3 tables, one using a Newgy Robot. The 4 hour
program ended with doubles matches involving various combinations of the kids
and the 4 instructors.
Connecticut Junior scores in another NYC tournament photos by S.Katz
: David training w/ coach in FF Katz w/ trophies from USATT event
State Junior champ David Katz, moved up the USATT ratings
ladder again with a win in the 25 player U-1650 event at the NY TT Federation's
September tournament in Chinatown.
13 year old David got his start and initial coaching a couple
years ago at Fairfield TTC and often plays there on Saturdays, and also at home
and the Stamford JCC with his father Sheldon,
He won 8 out of 9 matches and expects his 1456 rating to go
over 1600, moving him up a few notches from his current #20 spot on the CT.TTA
Fairfield/Middletown rankings (all ages) on our ratings page.
2007 Exhibition/ mini-clinic at New
Dave Strang and Mark Mosher of the Connecticut T.T. Association entertained
teachers and about a hundred kids at New Haven's Amistad academy recently with a
table tennis exhibition and mini-clinic, arranged by After-school program coach
and teacher Peter Noble of Community group 'Pequenas Ligas Hispanicos'.
The Youth Sports after school program includes a table tennis club as well
as volleyball and a
variety of other sports and activities. The table tennis program is a
continuation of the local
after school program originally started by Peter and Dave over 10 years ago,
earlier years by articles in the Yale Newspaper and Connecticut Spanish language
and by a US Olympic Committee and USATT funded Grass roots development grant.
(See link to article at bottom of page)
Dave and Mark played an exhibition match followed by challenge matches with
and students during the first hour, and stayed two more hours to work with kids,
play doubles matches
and allow kids to play against the Newgy robot on one of three tables provided
by Peter's organization.
TT Scholarships program funded:
In addition to past and ongoing TT programs at schools like
Texas Wesleyan University, Anderson College (SC) and Augusta College (GA), a new
scholarship has been added for juniors attending the school of their choice,
funded by a new $100.000 endowment. More information on the Wasserman memorial
scholarships is available at:
& Robot Practice -a Saturday in FF
CT Junior champion takes greater NYC tournament titles/
Nearly Doubles his rating.
photos by S.Katz
Katz w/ trophies from USATT event David Katz
of Stamford, took singles and doubles 'gold' recently in the 2006 AAU Junior
Olympics Greater New York City table tennis championships . David took
singles and doubles titles, both in the under 14 boys age category.
And at another recent area tournament he won 13 of his 16
matches, and events including U-1600 singles, competing mostly with adults rated
above him , boosting his USATT rating from 0778 to 1442 .
'Dad' & practice partner Sheldon had good results too,
reaching 0932 from a previous 659 rating.
David won his first junior titles at the 2005 CT. Championships last spring.
He and father Sheldon took up TT 'seriously' the previous winter with practice
and lessons at the Fairfield TTC with club director and coach Dave Strang. They
practice regularly with each other at home and as often as they can in FF,
usually on Saturday afternoons..
Texas Wesleyan Rams:
Don't call them a pingpong team
By Brendan Murphy
This week, ESPN.com is featuring a few of the best
non-NCAA-sanctioned programs in the country.
When coaches take a new job, they often speak of changing a "losing
culture." This process generally involves taking a historically inept
program and turning it into a winner. The challenge facing Jasna Reed
and Keith Evans, however, is far more formidable.
TWU Sports Information
Jasna Reed helped Texas Wesleyan table tennis
as both a player and a coach.
The co-coaches of the table tennis team at Texas Wesleyan University, in
Fort Worth, are attempting to change the predominant perceptions of a
pigskin-crazy populace. That battle begins with revising the moniker
most commonly associated with the sport.
"What they refer to as pingpong in the U.S is what people play in
their basements," says Reed, a player-coach for the Rams who is from
Croatia. "Those people play in their basements for fun. They play with
nonprofessional rackets, so it is more like just a game. Table tennis
refers to the real sport, an Olympic sport that is very competitive. It
is very popular in the [rest of the] world, but not in the U.S."
To Texans, collegiate titles are a birthright. After all, the state
is home to the Texas Longhorns -- winners of 47 NCAA championship
banners. Still, the dominance the Rams have displayed on the 9-foot by
5-foot table on which small-scale tennis is played is almost
Since the program's inception in 2001, Texas Wesleyan's table tennis
team has won at least two event titles in the ACUI/NCTTA National
Collegiate Table Tennis Championships and 28 of a possible 36 event
titles in the past six years. This past spring in Columbus, Ohio, the
Rams swept the championship event by winning all seven event titles --
coed team, women's team, women's singles, men's singles, women's
doubles, men's doubles and mixed doubles.
"To be able to keep going back and [winning titles], it's an
incredible run," says Texas Wesleyan athletic director Kevin Millikan.
"Every year, people are gunning for them. The expectations for them are
so high and there is a lot of pressure on them. If they don't win, it's
When Texas Wesleyan's administration decided to start a table tennis
team in 2001, it didn't envision creating a juggernaut that would serve
its way to sports superiority. The idea, in fact, was met with a fair
share of skepticism. FULL STORY AT:
May 13th, 2006-
Rochester, MN - The Canadian Junior Girls Team and the US Junior Boys
Team emerged as the qualifiers for the 2006 World Junior Championships
in December in Cairo, Egypt. The two matches delighted an enthusiastic
crowd and gave both camps plenty to cheer for.
BOYS: US - CANADA 3-1
In the boys team match the US team went into the competition as the
slight favorite, especially in light of the fact that Canada's top
junior Qiang Shen, was visibly weakened by the flu.
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