Time permitting, this page will include information and links related to the CT Senior Games Table Tennis event
This info is available elsewhere at pages linked to the CT senior games and Connecticut Table Tennis web sites. Do a www.Google.com search to find these pages and sites and/or go to: http://members.tripod.com/netta_ct/
CT Senior games TT event FAQs: (These are a summary and don't replace official detailed info)
Who is eligible for the Senior Games Table Tennis event in CT ?
- ANYONE over 50 year old THIS YEAR -(born before Dec 31st 1954) INCLUDING out of state players.
What events are held ?
See the official entry at the Senior Games website Singles categories occur every 5 years separately for men and women from 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 70-74 Etc.
What prizes are available ?
Players earn a Ct Senior games 'medal', and 'bragging rights' as state champion unless and until a separate state championship is held, -and- EARN Eligibility to compete in the Nationals during 'odd' years if they 'medal' in the event when held in the 'even' 'qualifying years. For example: May 2004 finalists qualify to compete in the June 2005 Nationals in Pittsburgh.
What about out of state players ?
They compete in the appropriate age division along with CT players. IF they 'medal' they qualify for nationals IN ADDITION to the top CT resident finishers in each age group.
What is the Cost ?
$25 paid to the Senior games if this is your only Sport. Players who also play Badmitton or the Summer events pay $25 for the first SPORT and $10 for each additional sport - See the Senior games site for locations and schedules for other sports.
What about Doubles ?
Doubles are held at no (extra) charge. As space and time allows additional players and teams will be accepted at the tournament. You must enter doubles at the CT games if you wish to compete in Doubles at the nationals.
Where is the event held ?
It is usually held in the spring at one of the Connecticut table tennis clubs, In 2004 it is being held at 5pm Sunday May 16th at the Middletown table tennis club's site at Riverview Hospital's School West Gym at 915 River Road. Follow the Club directions from exit 12 of Rte 9. Do NOT follow mapquest or yahoo maps directions.
Where should I practice?
You are invited to visit the CT clubs in Central and southern Connecticut, especially the host club as linked and listed at: www.Realtabletennis.com . Cost is only $5 per person for your first visit, players of all ages and levels are there for you to meet and practice with if you don't bring a partner. Call (860) 586-7055 for times and locations.
What rules are used ?
See official rules at http://www.usatt.org/rules/index.shtml but remember we may make some adjustment or accommodations considering the amateur nature of this event especially for unrated players.
How strong is the competition ?
This will depend on the age group you play in.
The best rated players are more likely to play in the 50-54 but most players are unrated and playing for 'fun' .
Usually the most nervous players who think they aren't good enough to 'compete' have the most fun, and sometimes surprise themselves with how well they do. Women especially shouldn't overestimate the competitive nature of this event or underestimate the FUN. Meet some new friends with a common interest !.