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Monday, 6 April 2009
Senior Games TT set for early May




Players 50 years or older - as of dec 31st 2009 - are eligible for the 2009 Connecticut Senior Games event - once again hosted by CT TTA at Middletown.

This year's event will be held starting shortly after doors open at 5pm on Sunday May 3rd. Advance entry is encouraged, but walk-in entries will be accepted as space allows.

Participants get a free Senior Games T-shirt and compete with players based on age groupings. The club is open for regular play at 6:30 and event participants are welcome to stay for that after their seniors play ends.        Entry information is available at:


Results from last year's tournament are available at the bottom of this newsblog.

Posted by netta_ct at 3:35 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 1 May 2009 4:10 PM EDT
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Confirming our playing schedule-

We expect that weekly sessions at both locations will continue as listed at the homepage throughout 2009, including the summer. 

Please understand that 'normal' winter snowstorms won't usually cause cancellations, and that we have always played on Sundays during the Superbowl and on almost every three day weekend .

New Phone numbers and procedures: 

To confirm current regular schedules and locations, check the recorded schedule message - available 24/7 at (203) 66O-1363.

(Only) call my other number, my cell phone - preferably about an hour to 90 minutes before any session - if weather seems a possible issue.

   I'll leave a temporary outgoing message on my cell phone, or return your call as soon as I can, IF we have a weather related cancellation. Otherwise trust the regular schedule phone message, cancellations are rare and I only have these procedures because so many players drive 30 to 60 minutes to join us at either location.

  Or If the regular schedule recording is unavailable when you call, try back a bit later -then call my cell phone  and leave a message, including name and full phone number, if a recording is still not available - PM hours at (2O3) 668-l945. 

  Since my cell phone number is listed on the internet, and costs me by the minute, I frequently have the ringer off and check my voice messages and caller ID periodically to return calls, especially when expected, including if a session, or other pre-planned coaching would need to be be cancelled.

  Don't expect an immediate call-back from my cell phone unless it's urgent, like a cancellation, and also , messages at the regular schedule information number,only get to me as forwarde e-mail attachments which I may sometimes have problems or delays retrieving. - best to talk in person, e-mail me, or leave a message on my cell phone - depending on the urgency and length of your inquiry.



Posted by netta_ct at 4:52 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 12 May 2009 4:40 AM EDT
Thursday, 1 January 2009
2008/2009 SCHEDULE


Fairfield play will continue (weather permitting) in late 2008 and in 2009,  on every Thursday (7-11pm) and on Saturday Afternoons (2-6pm) .

  Middletown Wednesday night sessions on Christmas eve, and  New Years eve, were cancelled but resume in January.

Sunday play in Middletown continued throughout December and  continues throughout 2009.

We expect that weekly sessions at both locations will continue in January and throughout 2009, including the winter, weather permiting.  Please understand that 'normal' winter snowstorms won't cause cancellations and we have always played on Sundays during the Superbowl or on three day weekends like ML King Day.

To confirm current regular schedules check the recording at (203) 660-1363 - That number is available '24/7'.

(Only) call my cell phone - about an hour to 90 minutes before any session - if weather seems a possible issue.

   I'll leave a temporary outgoing message on my cell phone, or return your call as soon as I can, IF we have a weather related cancellation. Otherwise trust the regular schedule phone message.

Posted by netta_ct at 3:27 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 13 January 2009 5:31 AM EST
Sunday, 2 November 2008
2008/2009 News Blog


Full House starts November in Middletown

The first Sunday in November saw a record turn-out for Middletown this fall of 24 players, playing on 11 tables.

Turnouts of 20+ players have been a regular occurance in Fairfield throughout the summer and fall, but typical participation in Middletown has been in the 12 to 16 players range this summer and early fall.

While Fairfield is welcoming new players including new Polish friends Adam and Kris and Brazillian-born Douglas.  it is also welcoming back old friends like Michael Lazerev among others.

Middletown welcomes new regulars including Craig and Steve , and welcomes back Sunil, Kacey and Joe P, now #2 player on the UCONN TT Club's new traveling team.

Joe is a regular student of Coach Strang and was a M-T TTC regular about 10 years ago as a 14 year old beginner then, recently returning to CT, and our sport.

  Kacey who also started with coaching from Dave, a few years back, has recently been transfered to a new middle school in New Haven where, as PE teacher, he now specializes in sharing his Swimming and Table Tennis skill and knowledge with the kids.


Posted by netta_ct at 1:26 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 3 December 2008 5:16 AM EST
Saturday, 1 November 2008
New rules bring new racket coverings

Changes in some equipment rules, including a new ban on the old practice of using special glues to 'boost' smooth rubber performance, have led many players, including local ones, to switch to various new 'pre-tensioned'  rubbers to gain extra spin and speed performance.

Locally, most players have adopted Donic or Yasaka rubbers with the 'Tensor' feature, including Yasaka 'Pryde' or 'X-tend' and Donic 'Coppa Silver ' or 'Coppa Platinum' rubbers . 

 While these rubber racket coverings are a bit more expensive - $40 or 50 per side compared to $30 for favorites like Mark V - in addition to extra spin and speed, without the bother of regular re-gluing, they also  seem to last better than rubbers did when re-glued regularly. And they also have more 'control' when playing soft or defensive shots than re-glued rubbers ever had, making them suitable for less expert players than the higher level players who used re-gluing procedures before the recent rule changes. 

Curious ? As always ask coach/club director Dave for advice and info.

Posted by netta_ct at 3:45 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 8 November 2008 5:11 AM EST
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
China dominates Olympic TT

 China's Ma Lin celebrates after defeating his compatriot Wang Hao in the men's singles table tennis final match at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 23, 2008. [Agencies]

All the major medals were taken by the host Chinese team in the Olympic Table Tennis. Full Results are available at ITTF.Com

US Womens Team Wang Chen and Gao Jun fell one match short to rivals S.Korea while contending for a bronze medal, while lone US Men's rep David Zuang of NJ lost a 7 game thriller to the African #1 in a televised early round men's singles match.  

While TV coverage in the USA was mostly limited to afternoon and late-night timeslots, as usual the sport was heavily viewed elsewhere in the world, especially Asia and Europe, with record audiences of hundreds of millions viewing in the host country in particular.

Also popular was streaming video of matches, both live and archived.  If you have a high speed connection, look for matches archived at NBCOLYMPICS.COM or UniversalSports.com


Posted by netta_ct at 3:57 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 8 November 2008 5:01 AM EST
Friday, 9 May 2008

Connecticut TT Assoc / Fairhaven Athletics
2008 Youth Clinic  -   Amistad Academy 

Photo: Kids wait for 'next' at NH spring youth clinic'                                       See the Video clips & article below

 3 Tables/ coaching stations         D.Strang coaches w/Newgy    

CT TTA director Dave Strang and Fairhaven Athletics director Peter Noble were joined by Middletown TTC
 regulars Mark and Kacey in conducting an exhibition and clinic for students at New Haven Charter school Amistad Academy, as a part of it's after school sports Table Tennis program.

   Dave and Mark played exhibition matches amd 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.

short video-clip (click below ) exhibition highlight point

  longer clip 7 min demo & game highlights(click above)
For more youth TT news and photos see the page linked here :


Posted by netta_ct at 1:56 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 November 2008 3:41 AM EST
Monday, 5 May 2008

M-T TTC Hosts CT.Senior Games TTevents  

Familiar names to Fairfield and Middletown Club players took 'Gold' in a number of the categories including Dave Strang repeating in the 50-54 category,Yosif Gorenbeyn edgeing out Howie Eichner in 55-59, Mike Trusiewicz taking 60-64 honors and Larry Choi winning 65-69.    Richard Castiglione, playing in his 15th plus event took 70-74 gold. Complete results at: http://www.seniorgamesct.org
Event finalists in each age group qualified for the August 2009 National Senior Games in San Francisco.

This is a fun event we've hosted or organized for over 15 years for players age 50+ .  The Event is run simultaneous with our regular weekend club session and attracted 18 players competing in 6 men's age categories and 2 women's groups .
  • See more photos, and Seniors News & Results linked at :  http://members.tripod.com/netta_ct/SeniorsTTnews.htm

  • Posted by netta_ct at 3:15 AM EDT
    Updated: Tuesday, 11 November 2008 6:01 AM EST
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    Newgy TT ROBOT - 
    Practice at home whenever you want with a Newgy robot - Models from $229 to $695 (plus S&H) -
    as used in CT. TTA Coaching 

    - Ask Coach Dave for more info or CLICK HERE for my webshop
    Now you can order Newgy Robots, Balls and Accessories online through my Connecticut TTC Newgy Webshop 
    CLICK HERE for my Newgy webshop - Be sure to click the link for current coupon specials

    • I can have a reliable and economical Newgy Robot delivered to you in a week or less with your
      C.O.D, credit card or cash (money order) payment  

    • To order CLICK HERE for my Newgy webshop or for more information, Ask Dave in Person, or by email,
      or cell phone at (2O3) 668-l945 (please leave a message and I'll return your call)
      Your purchase through me costs you nothing extra but earns a commission for me, and bonuses from Newgy and/or bonus coaching or club visits for you, depending on the model purchased.

    Posted by netta_ct at 3:47 AM EST

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