Also, for those of you who prefer continuous matches or practice -
While , as in winter, their is limited waiting to play in Middletown, due to the 12 or more available tables, and in Fairfield, our busy 8 tables are often filled, there the number of players waiting to play are sometimes only a few in the summer, and so limits on continuous laying time are more often relaxed, allowing longer matches or practice without a change in players or partners
A note for unrated and novice players -
While the number of players near this level is sometimes reduced
during some summer sessions, this is still a great chance to improve your skills.
With a little patience and persistence, you'll find more opportunities to
practice and learn from the more experienced players in the summer than even in the
Many of them will notice your dedication and persistence in playing year-round,
and may reward it with some practice time, games played with 'a spot' and/or
free advice for improvement that they might not have or make time for in the winter
And don't be overly self-conscious - If they have another
player they want to play they'll let you know such as
" I have winners on table one next, but let's hit some until they finish'
Other improvement can come from watching the state's best practice and play,
paid coaching from me and often (at my discretion) free use of the Newgy robot.
(Coaching is $20-$30 per 30-45 min lesson and robot use alone - without coaching -
is normally $10 per session - 30 to 45 minutes minimum guaranteed.)
Some schedule changes are possible but rare - call ahead if you wish, .
using the appropriate current phone numbers listed at the homepage
PROTECT your racket
Summer heat will reduce the lifespan of you rubber sheets.
1. Don't store your racket in warm places.
Especially avoid direct sunshine or a parked car. The extreme heat of a closed car on a summer day can ruin
rubber sheets in a pretty short time.
2. Clean rubber sheets more often.
The goal in the winter is to remove dust that reduces spin
and 'scuffs' the rubber surface, reducing it's lifespan.
Water works fine for this using a clean sponge for convenience.
In the summer sweat can interrupt a point with a 'wet-ball' and
also reduces the rubbers lifespan. Again a clean sponge is helpful.
Avoid chemicals that may dry out the rubber prematurely though.
To remove sweat residues, use a cleaning product made by a name brand TT company
that makes rubber sheets or use a mild simple hand soap.
Improvised cleaners and some cleaning sprays from smaller TT companies
may reduce the rubbers lifespan by drying it out.
While our indoor table tennis protects you from some of the risks
of summer exercise such as sunstroke, sunburn, west Nile virus and
Lyme disease and drowning or lightning, there are still precautions to avoid injury.
1. Drink water.
Don't depend on your thirst to determine when or what to drink.
Sodas, ice tea and even some 'sports drinks' can actually dehydrate you while taking
away your normal thirst for water.
Drink some water before you play, while you play and after you play.
2. Pace yourself.
If you are in normal health, it still takes time to adjust as the temperatures increase.
Take breaks between matches and enjoy our ample supplies of water and air at both sites.
3. Individualize your choices.
If you have any health concerns like asthma or heart disease, consult your
doctor, and join us whenever the weather is moderate according to his instructions.
'Be Prepared' Bring extras
It's helpful in the summer to bring extra's such as spare shirts and socks, to wear home
or to refresh yourself between matches.
also helpful - headbands or ball-caps, towels and a refillable water bottle.
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