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2004 Headlines: (See Articles below:)
   *Life after 40 - 'new' ('old') US Champ 
   *TT 'repeats' continue on TV 
   *Players reminded of rules and procedures 
   *Waldner in new Chinese venture
   *Table Tennis Film wins festival award
   *Record turnout matched in Middletown
   *Fall/Winter Schedule
   *Local Player Officiates TT events in Athens
   *SPINvitational Table Tennis Championships TV Schedule on ESPN 2
   *Olympic TT Results and links
   *Record July turnout in Middletown
   *Fairfield Players enjoy new A/C  
   *Wilbert takes Father's day CT League Title  
   *CT Junior to train in China
   *CT. Seniors compete in California
   *CT Senior Games (50+) held in M-T

Reminders about club procedures.
  During our busiest club meetings in winter, it becomes even more important
to follow club rules, and common sense, during our club sessions.
Specifically note the club rules regarding the following:
  Be considerate of others. This includes sharing of tables and
considerate behaviour in the Gyms.
  This allows everyone to maximize their enjoyment of our playing time. 
For example, if you are likely to get non-urgent cell phone calls,
turn your 'ringer' off or turn it down and keep the phone with you
to minimize disturbance to  other players and make or recieve calls
outside the playing area, especially in Fairfield's smaller gym.
  And don't hog tables or take 'winner's' on one table while playing on another.
(Players WAITING to play have priority over those already playing elsewhere) 
  For details go to the FAQ or rules pages.
club RULES page click here: 
ChengYingHua wins US Men' s Title
 ChengYingHua of Maryland was the surprise winner at the US National championships
held in December in Las Vegas. Cheng is a fulltime coach in the Wash. DC.
He will be #1 on the US Team to the next world championships in his native China,
Cheng is also over 40 - hope for us middle-age players!
Table Tennis TV Schedules on Cable TV - ESPN 2 etc
  A variety of matches 'pop-up' periodically on ESPN and ESPN2,
usually from the Chicago Killerspin and Spinvitational events featuring
invitational and challenge matches among the world's best players
such as Waldner, Kreanga, Kim Taek Soo and Primorac.
  Also a new series is expected in March or April.
When available we will post links to schedule pages, or listings here  
	Use Tivo, your local TV listings or Search the schedule
 listings at ESPN.COM to confirm showing times.
 Videotape the matches for viewing at times of your choice -
 these are sometimes shown at daytime or late night hours.
 If you notice multiple listings or 'New' match listings I've missed 
(these are always taped and many of these are repeated multiple times)
 please e-mail me so I can post or announce them during club sessions.
Waldner in new Chinese venture
 A restaurant, with the famous table tennis player Jan-Ove Waldner 
as an investor, was opened recently in Beijing's Sanlitun bar street.
 Old rivals and friends such as Liu Guoliang and Wang Tao attended
 the opening ceremony.
 Waldner said that he received training in China long ago and Sanlitun 
left him a deep impression. 
He said the place will be his "stronghold" when he comes to China
 in the future.
 It is said that the restaurant is the first one run by a world sports star
 in Beijing. Waldner, affectionately called "Lao Wa" by his Chinese fans,
 is a household name in China.
 His edge and value lie in the ever excellent performance and wide popularity. 
Just before calling an end of his table tennis career, he gave a try in business. 
Confident in the restaurant, Waldner wants to be not only the first foreign 
athlete manager, but also a successful one. excerpted from: 
 Table Tennis Film wins festival award as 'People's Choice'
The ITTF film "Breaking Down Barriers with Table Tennis Balls - Ishraq"
 gained recognition at the annual International Sports Movies
 and TV Festival held in Milan, Italy, on 3 November.
 More than 400 films were entered in the festival this year and 5 films were
 selected by a jury as finalists in each of the seven categories.
 For each category there was also a "People's Choice Award", 
which was decided through voting on the FICTS web-site. 
"Breaking Down Barriers with Table Tennis Balls - Ishraq" received 92% 
of the on-line votes and thus won the People's Choice Award for that category.
 In addition, the film won the "Honorable Mention Award".
 The overall "Best Film Award" was awarded to the film from China entitled
 "Dancing Beijing" prepared and entered by Beijing 2008 on the occasion 
of the Olympic Games coming to Beijing in 2008. 
 Record turnout in Middletown matched 
 While 25 to 30 player turnouts have become a fairly frequent occurrence in Middletown
 in the last couple years, the top record of 33 players has only occurred 3 or 4 times,
 the most recent of which was November 14th.
 This Sunday evening session also saw one of the strongest and most diverse groups of players.
 Fairfield regulars Inna Lascova and Yong MeiLi, both previously rated in the 
top 25 women players in the USA, and the top 5 players (men or women) in Connecticut,
 helped contribute to the 8 players with USATT ratings over 2000, while about a 
half dozen new or unrated players represented the other end of the wide skill-level
 spectrum of players that we strive to attract. Current Rhode Island native, 
and former New Haven area junior Rick Bowling drove a little farther to 
enjoy the night than Stamford resident Li. One of the players who arrived late said
 'Is there a tournament here tonight?' . An interesting comment since the number of players
 did match 3 of the most recent Connecticut tournament turnouts and doubled the number who
 entered the first Connecticut tournament run by current CT TT Director Dave Strang 
in his 1st year here in 1993. That tournament was run on the club's original 6 tables, 
while we now have 13 tables for regular Middletown playing nights.
 Fall and Winter Schedule 
 While we expect to continue with the previous schedule of 4 weekly sessions,
 (2 each in FF and M-T) occasional cancellations due to holidays, severe weather
 etc. become a bit more likely between November and March. Please remember, 
though that if a decent turnout can be expected I will usually make every effort
 to be open on the scheduled days whenever possible & will update the phone 
message at (860) 586-7055 ASAP if any changes must occur. 
With regard to weather, this generally depends on conditions affecting major roads
 like I-91, I-95 and rtes 15 / and 8 or 9 
We have sometimes been open even on major holidays IF enough players expressed an 
interest in advance. In fact, last Christmas eve we were open with about 8 players
 showing up in Middletown. We have sometimes held drop-in leagues during minor holidays
 like Father's Day, the Superbowl etc, especially on Weekends with a Monday holiday. 
Try to arrive within 1/2 hour of the scheduled start times on these weekends to be 
included if enough other players arrive on time and are likewise interested in a change of pace.
 Communicate your interest in playing and/or a special event, during the week before upcoming
 holidays in person or by e-mail, then, AS ALWAYS confirm the playing schedule by phone at
 (860) 586-7055 the day of a normally scheduled session.
 We don't close for run-of-the-mill snow storms but may do so occasionally for significant blizzards,
 very severe snow or dangerously timed freezing rain.
 In case of severe weather the phone message will be changed about 45 minutes (minimum) 
before a session to allow assessment of player interest and developing weather and road conditions.
 Welcome back
While we had great participation this summer, some of our players travel, play golf or otherwise 
'waste':-) the summer doing things other than TT.
 In recent days players returning to active play have included Sunil Warrier, 
who spent the summer playing Cricket on a state finalist team with Subhajit Maitra 
(also expected back to TT soon) , and Yongmei Li, who spent part of the summer with family in China. 
Also seen recently at Middletown, was David Shapiro, who along with son Brian,
 were two of the top players in Connecticut in the 1980's and '90's. David and 
son Brian were also coaches helping Tom Byrnes and Middletown club founder Norm 
Chouinard at Riverview before 1993 when Dave Strang took over the CT club responsibilities.
 David Shapiro hopes to play regularly again but hasn't yet coaxed his son back from 'retirement'.
 Brian was a top USA junior and both were high ranked in New England. In his last CT. tournament,
 the 1993 Hartford Open, Brian split matches with Connecticut TT Director Dave Strang who was 
in his first week in the state from Ohio.
 Brian went on to become a state High School lawn Tennis Champion, before switching sports again
 to become a Golf Pro and now a Radio/TV broadcaster in SE CT. .
 Welcome back everyone who may have taken a summer (or longer) break from club play.
Connecticut Player Officiates in Athens 
International Umpire Roman Tinyszin of E.Hartford returned recently from umpiring matches
 for the Paralympic games held in the same Athens venue which previously hosted 
the Olympic Table Tennis Championships. These events included players with disabilities competing 
in the Olympic sports and venues a few weeks after the Olympic games.
 ---------------------------------------------- Olympic Table Tennis Results
 ---------------------------------------------- Korean's, Chinese and others medal in Olympic TT - 
China dominated overall, but had to settle for silver in Men;'s Singles won by Korean star RYU Seung Min 
over Silver medalist, China's WANG Hao. Men's singles Bronze match saw WANG Liqin end
 Sweden's J-O Waldner's last Olympic medal Bid. MAZE Michael/TUGWELL took Findland's first 
summer medal placing third in Men's doubles with a quarterfinal win over Sweden's PERSSON 
J�rgen/WALDNER Jan-Ove. CHEN Qi/MA Lin added to China's medal count defeating Hong-Kong's KO Lai Chak/LI Ching 
(3) for the Gold. ********************************************************* See the results at link below 
********************************************************* RESULTS here:
 " Get the RESULTS -CLICK here: (Spreadsheet download) " 
Articles available at www.ITTF.Com: " " 
use Google News searches for various articles covering our sport in Athens and go to for coverage of US player results.
 Clubs reach record highs and lows for July attendance. 
 Near the end of July, on the 24th, the Fairfield club had it's worst Saturday turnout, with 'only' 11 players,
 while the following Wednesday night saw a July record high turnout of 24 players in Middletown. 
The Saturday turnout was reduced by about 6 players attending the Eastern Open in New Jersey.
 On the final Saturday in July, the 31st, in spite of near 90 degree heat (outside) 16 players enjoyed a 'cool' 
afternoon of play. (see article below) The record (for July) Wednesday Middletown session, played on 11 tables,
 was enhanced by 4 new players, including 3 recent graduates from Avon High School,
 and a former Jamaican squad player traveling from NY state to experience the strong group of 2000 to 2300 
rated players playing in excellent facilities that Wilbert Lawrence has dubbed as 'the table tennis 'Mecca''.
 Middletown also regularly attracts some of the best players visiting from western Mass as well. 
Fairfielders enjoying addition of A/C 
 Oddly, during what has been a cool summer, so far, the warmest days in 3 of the last 4 weeks
 have been on Thursdays. Fortunately this hasn't been a problem for the Fairfield TT players 
with the addition of Air Conditioning to the Gym at our playing location there.
 The equipment was added last September but 2004 has been the first full summer with this added feature.
 Perhaps partially due to this, we've had better attendance this spring and summer, including Saturday afternoon
 turnouts in the teens and occasionally the low 20's. We're also pleased that good word of mouth has
 improved the number of youth, beginners and female players joining us, particularly in Fairfield, this year.
 While it lacks Fairfield's air conditioning, Middletown play is scheduled for evenings which often reduces 
indoor temperatures up to ten degrees from their daytime outdoor highs due to floor fans and ceiling exhaust fans.
Father and Son score in Father's day CT event
It was fitting that a father and son won the 'A' (Championship) and 'E' 
(Novice) divisions of our fourth Connecticut League event,
 held Sunday June 20th - Father's day in Middletown. 'Father' Wilbert Lawrence outlasted rival Clyde Triumph,
 avenging a tournament loss last fall to Clyde, and also beat a 'rusty' Wes Daly and Navy man 'Kendall' in a tough 5 gamer
 to earn 'King' status on table 1. Meanwhile, his son Mike won the 'E' division beating his 
visiting nephew and new players Nick and Serg.
 A record total of 23 players participated in the impromptu drop-in event.
 Club director Dave Strang and CT #1 Ernie Virgo were in attendance as well but didn't compete this time.
 Group winners were:
A: 1st Wilbert Lawrence 2nd Clyde Triumph
B: 1st Howe Yu 2nd Roman Tinyszin 
C: 1st Larry Chou 2nd Chuck Baker 
D: 1st Mike Trusiewicz, 2nd Ted Smith 
E: 1st Mike Lawrence 2nd (Tie) Serg and Nick
 Complete results and league ratings are available at the USATT LEAGUE 
web site for Connecticut Table Tennis linked at USATT.Org 
 CT Junior to train in China
Ilya Kamens of Stamford, a regular at the Fairfield club along with father Howard,
 will enjoy a training camp in Beijing this summer with a group of other young players,
 mostly from France. While Ilya has been coached by CT director Dave Strang,
 and New Jersey's Lily Yip, and has also trained in French summer TT camps each year 
since joining the Fairfield TTC a few years ago with father Howard, this is the first solo
 trip for the area teen. He will spend about a month training in China,
 along with a few weeks in France visiting relatives before returning to CT.
Dewitt wins U-2375 
Fairfield's Rich Dewitt won the U-2375 rating event at the Stiga open held in June in Delaware. 
Part of the North American tour, the tournament attracted over 200 players including Val Ort and Dewitt from CT.
 Val reached the quarterfinals of the 2250 event.
Ort and Virgo in Seniors event
CT #1 Ernest Virgo and #3 Val Ort played in the Meiklejohn National Seniors tournament 
at Laguna Hills California recently. Virgo took first in the Under 2400 rated singles event.
 Ort reached the quarterfinals of the U-2300 event, including an upset win over doubles partner Virgo.
 photos posted at: results posted at:
 US Open attracting top field
 The 2004 US Open will attract a 'killer' field to Chicago's Navy pier including stars
 like Samsonov and Waldner. An evolving list is posted at the USATT website for this early July event.
Summer Play information:
 We play year-round including MOST holidays. 
But it is possible a session or two MIGHT be cancelled on SOME weeks or weekends during the summer.
 Check ahead by calling (860) 586-7055, particularly close to holidays like Memorial and Labor days
 or the 4th of July. We are usually OPEN for these sessions unless player feedback a couple days 
before the session indicates a likely low turnout, particularly if I decide on last minute travel
 on a day when it is likely to affect the smallest number of players.
 The most likely POSSIBLE cancellations would be on the Saturday of a holiday and/or major tournament weekend.
 This Website can't always reflect cancellations SO... Check ahead by calling (860)586-7055
 where the schedule info IS updated as needed. Typical Summer attendance is about 65-75% of winter turnouts.
 (Usually most or all tables are filled but waiting to play is rarer.) 
Please note that Fairfield has newly installed A/C, but Middletown, while well shaded and ventilated by large fans, 
does not. Fairfield also has a water and juice machine available. Middletown has showers though the 
hotwater supply may not be dependable there and you'd need to bring your own soap/towel.
 *UPDATE* 2004 CT. Senior games TT event Held May 16th 
Just under 30 players ranging from 50 to over 80 played in the yearly event held this year at 
our Middletown playing location, including a former World Champion ! Tybie Sommers,
 former World Mixed doubles champion with Dick Miles, traveled from Arizona to join her newly 50+
 daughter Marilyn Feinstien to win the women's doubles, qualifying for the 2005 Nationals.
 The event was held, with a special 5pm opening time, as part of our regular (6:30) Sunday night open play,
 starting on 12 tables and concluding on 5 tables between 7 and 8pm.
 The event included Fairfield and Middletown club regulars and younger seniors 
(50+)such as Don Feltenberger, and Mikael Lazerev competing in the event for the first time.
 Don edged out Mikael in their singles final but lost a tight 5 game match to him in the Mixed doubles.
 Don played with Rose Khazan and Mike teamed with Marilyn. More results will be posted or linked
 here when posted by the The 2004 finalists in each singles or doubles age category, 
50-54, 55-59, 60-64, ETC. qualified to compete in the National Senior games in Pittsburgh June 2005.
Middletown play matches Fairfield record
Middletown matched the record turnout of 33 players on the Wednesday after the record setting
 saturday in Fairfield. 33 players played on 12 tables in the larger Riverview Gym,
 including about 6 first time players. As usual, players came from many towns,
 including as far as from Danbury, Groton and Springfield to enjoy the wide range
 of playing styles and levels from unrated to 2100+.
 We are pleased that both players new to the club earlier this year, and long-time
 CT players like Kim Nguyen are inviting friends and co-workers to the clubs. 
This is the highest form of endorsement of our clubs and the friendly and inspiring environment
 & experience that our great players create for 'newbies'.
 Five of the club's 6 good quality 'loaner' rackets were pressed into service and a number
 of the new players expressed interest in buying a racket and returning regularly.
 We welcome these new players and invite them to bring their friends too!
 CT # 5 takes Rhode Island title 
 Subhajit Maitra (2080) of Middletown won the Championship event at the April 
Rhode Island Open. He has previously won tournaments in Framingham and Boston in 2003.
 He was welcomed back to Middletown club play with hard fought
 7 game practice match loss to CT. # 8 rated Wilbert Lawrence.
 New Players result in Best CT TT Turnout ever - 30+
The first Saturday session of April saw a total of 33 players participate
 in afternoon play at the Fairfield Table Tennis.
 In addition to a number of male adult 'regulars' and about 8 'newbies',
 the record turnout also included 6 youth players of various playing levels
 and ages from 9 to 16 and 5 women players, including 2100+ US rated Yong Mei Li
 (CT#4)who scored an upset practice match win over 2200+ Rich Dewitt, 
the #2 rated player in Connecticut.
 Li invited a number of friends and co-workers who we hope will become 
regular Fairfield players.
 The Fairfield Gym is smaller than Middletown, which has handled the 
previous record of 30 players on a number of different Sunday evenings
 with up to 12 tables. Doubles matches were held on 3 of Fairfields 8 tables
 during much of the session, which allowed 22 players to play simultaneously,
 involving 2/3rds of the total players at the busiest hour from 3 to 4 pm.
 In addition, the afternoon session was extended until after 6:30 
to allow everyone as much singles play as they wanted.

 ARE YOU READY FOR SOME ...TABLE TENNIS - World-class TT on American TV (AGAIN) !
Rebroadcasts RESUME in May/June- tell your friends, tape it, watch it again 
- see below) " CLICK HERE for the Killerspin Open ESPN/ESPN2 TV schedule:
( Re-Broadcasts RESUME on April 11th* Click above for the the UPDATED SCHEDULE___)
Please revisted this link and/or for NEW opportunities to view
or tape these shows - AND TELL or E-Mail your friends, family and co-workers !
 (See article & other links to Killerspin results below in December News)
 China Wins Team Honors over Germany
 China swept the final 3-0 over Germany in the 2004 World Team
Championships held recently.
Past World Champion Swedish Team failed to reach the final lacking top star
Waldner due to a re-agravated leg injury.
Results are available at
Virgo Recovers from two match points to Top 'A' group in 2nd CT league event
 Overcoming a sore shoulder and a near defeat,
 CT #1 Ernie Virgo won the A group in the 2nd Monthly Connecticut League event
 Sunday February 29th in Middletown. Virgo staved off match points when 2nd place
 Subhajit led 10-8 in the deciding game.
 20 players were divided into 5 groups of 4 players each from the highest A group
 with players rated from 2000 to 2300 down to the 'E' group with unrated players
 estimated about 0800. Other group winners;
 B - Howe Yu C: Mark Zager D: Jonathon Von Oy E: Mike Dormody 
Future events are most likely on Saturdays in Fairfield or Sundays in Middletown. 
Pending further feedback of player preferences for doing this more or less often,
 I will likely continue this as a monthly activity.
 Please share your opinions, and your contact information to assist my planning
 and decisions regarding this. WHEN/IF HELD:
 Events are usually organized about 7pm on Sundays or around 2:30 on Saturdays 
on days when an appropriate number and 'mix' of interested players have arrived.
 So don't be too late - just in case - if interested.
 Open play is also held before, during and after these events which usually only
 require 3 matches per participant - usually best of 5 (to 11) in all but maybe 
the 'A' (over 2000) division.
 Some matches may be taped for promotion of the sport such as videos or cable 
access TV showings. Currently no added fees or prizes are involved- just the nightly playing fee.
 Results are considered for club/league ratings but do NOT change your existing USATT national rating (if any).
 Weekly play milestone reached in February 
(and some reminders regarding club 'rule's and 'customs')
Augmented by good driving weather and a few new players attracted to TT club play
 after seeing the ESPN broadcasts, participation in CT. club play reached a milestone number.
In Mid-February we reached 100 player visits in 4 sessions within a week in Middletown and Fairfield.
During that week, 20 players joined us on Thursday and also Saturday in Fairfield,
 and 30 players participated on (each night) Sunday and Wednesday in Middletown for a total
 of 100 player visits during the week.
While these total turnouts have been individually matched on a variety of individual
 winter sessions in the last couple years, The mild weather and positive TV exposure
 resulted in four straight great playing nights.
Fortunately in Fairfield 8 tables are available to handle 20 (or even more) nightly 
players comfortably (plus a 'robot table in the hallway last Saturday),
 and in Middletown, up to 11 tables are now available for busy nights, 
limiting average non-playing time to 1/3rd or less of the session as players rotate among the tables.
To maximize everyone's available potential playing time we also extended weeknight
sessions by at least 30 minutes and have extended weekend sessions by one hour when
heavier turnouts occur.
We also appreciate that players wanting extended practice time arrive as the session
starts to facilitate quick setup of the playing courts and that players limit practice
times before matches or if only 'training' instead, share tables with a third partner,
or give tables up completely at least 1/3rd of each hour, if doing extended
or training rather than match play.
Ongoing cooperation allows us to extend maximum flexibiility to the interests of all

players without unfairly inconvieniencing anyone from getting a fair share of
or more of available table time.
Please note that though it is only rarely necessary,
thanks to the good behavior of 95% of our players, as club director,
I DO retain the right (and responsibility) to intercede as I chose, in determining
the number, positioning and permited type of use of tables to try my best to have all

players enjoy their nightly participation.
This might include moving matches or practice ing pairs to more appropriat tables and/or

re-assigning tables to a new pair of matched players (usually beginners) in
instances, to be sure that the informal practice of 'winners' common to many tables
doesn't isolate new players from appropriate partners or a fair share of the playing
While I will more often 'err' on the side of waiting for players to finish and
temporary 'problems' to resolve themselves, please inform my if I miss a clear-cut
need to make sure you or others have your fair chance to play with players
appropriate to your interests, skill level and experience.
Also, please follow the practice of favoring 'center' tables for matches (and 'winners')
among the highest rated players, and allowing seperatly barriered , and/or 'corner'
tables for use in coaching, training and by 'newbies' concerned stray shots may
disturb nearby matches.

If you are a beginner, or even an experienced 'practicer' playing on a larger 'center'
court, and you see more expert (or defensive players) playiung a match on a somewhat
smaller 'practice' or corner court, volunteer to trade tables as a show of goodwill
and respect for the sport and those who have played it longer.
It might earn you future consideration from those players or from the club director,
besides being the 'right' thing to do to help promote our sport and clubs.
 Wilbert leads dozen in 2004 Connecticut 'Looper-Bowl'
 Wilbert Lawrence of Hartford bested Dave Strang of Berlin 4 games to 2 in the final match
 in the 'A' group of the Connecticut drop-in table tennis League matches held during the
 'Big Football game'. Xiodi Wang of Danbury bested his friend G.Wang of Storrs in a close
 3-2 match for third place in the top division.
 Three of the four players in the B division 'tied' for first with identical 2-1 match scores
 though Dennis Stephenson's edged out the group for official first place honors on games won 
and lost. Brian Taylor bested C division runner-up Mark Zager 3 games to 2.
 A total of 15 players attended the regular Middletown (CT) Sunday session held during the 
football game with 12 joining the 3 level competition. A few interested players either taped
 the Football game or peeked in for parts on an available TV.
 A more typical Sunday night turnout is 25 players, but 15 players compares with recent sessions
 held during snowstorms or single digit temperatures.
 The club also met during previous NFL finals including the local favorite
New England Patriots previous win in 2002. ---------------------------------------------
I heard this news on the car radio in an hourly news summary and found this article
 on the internet when I got home: (Shanghai Daily news)
Four Chinese national table tennis team members were told to quit the team last weekend
for "disciplinary reasons," stemming from their romances.
Cai Zhenhua, head coach of both the mens' and womens' team, announced the decision at
conference on Saturday. Both teams, who will soon leave for winter training,
attended the Beijing conference, the Nanfang Daily reported.
The news was later confirmed by sources from the China Sports Administration.

Li Nan, 21, ranked 10th in the world, was the most prominent of the foursome, along with
her boyfriend Hou Chaoying, also 21. The other two dropped were Bai Yang, 19,
and Fan Ying, 17, girlfriends of World No. 1 Ma Lin and No. 3 Wang Hao, respectively.
Neither Wang nor Ma were shown the door.
More at: LINK HERE':
Congratulations to new US Champions 
 2003 U.S. Nationals Las Vegas, Nevada � December 17-20, 2003 USA Men's Singles Champion:
 Ilija Lupulesku USA Women's Singles Champion: Jasna Reed
 U.S. Nationals Results available Online at:
 Link to USATT Nationals 'write-up':
Men's singles draw::
ALSO HELD IN DECEMBER: Chicago's Killerspin Open heralds J-O's Comeback for TV and $350k
Thousands of spectators, and nearly 500 players in 'the windy city' 
saw multiple World Champion Jan-Ove Waldner's comeback after a broken leg and a 
disappointing exit at the 2003 World's. Many more will see the ambitious event
 on taped TV coverage worldwide, including multiple airings on Sky TV in Japan
 and in half hour segments on ESPN for a ten week period this winter.\
 Congratulations to Robert Blackwell and his 'crew'. Of local interests
 was the former Fairfield player Yamil Rivera - now of Florida - 
who finished well in the under 2200 ratings event. 
An extensive article covering this event is linked here (below) :
 Killerspin Open Write-up click here::
Results (only)are listed at the link below, or at the end of the previously 
linked article "Killerspin Open Results linked here:
" CLICK HERE for the Killerspin Open ESPN/ESPN2 TV schedule:
New Years Day session in Fairfield
Based on a strong level of interest expressed by players on the previous Saturday, 
Fairfield kicked off a new year of Connecticut table tennis with 
Thursday night play on New Years Day. In spite of limited advance notice, 
over a dozen players participated, including Ernie Virgo who came down from Middletown.
 We even had 7 players play on Christmas eve in Middletown, again based on expressions
 of interest during and after the previous session resulting in the 'restoration' 
of a previously 'cancelled' holiday session.
This points out two issues -

1. While decisions aren't made by 'committee', when it fits our 'mission' and our 
arrangements with the hosting facilities, I try to be responsive to the interests of our players as best I can determine them.
Please don't try to 'talk me into' your pet idea though, but if an idea seems feasible,
 I will consider it, especially if others also express interest 
(independently or based on my investigation - not based on someone 'campaigning for it with others').

2. Don't assume we will be closed without calling to see - including holidays or most 'normal' winter storms,
 but realize that some decisions are made on somewhat short notice (days or hours) based on developing
 circumstances and player communications.

If you are interested - maybe others are - so let me know, especially by e-mail or
phone messages, then check and see by checking the web site and ESPECIALLY
 the phone message regarding the playing schedule.
Tournaments / Leagues Clinics ? Your opinions and questions welcomed.
 Send me an e-mail with questions or comments about our club and this website. 
your questions may help me add to or reorganize links on the website. 
I'm also interested in your level of interest in leagues, tournaments or clinics.
 Previously, the lack of response to notices like this (and other considerations)
 has influenced my decision making in focusing on individual coaching and 
informal / unstructured play during our club time rather than leagues, clinics or tournaments.
Including information like your name, age, town and skill level will add value to your response
 as I consider organizing special programs, or even the possible location of additional playing sites.
Do we have your e-mail address?
 While we can't always send an e-mail regarding club cancellations, especially last minute ones,
 we will try to do so when time allows, and also when significant other news occurs regarding 
our schedule or special events. Please send me a brief e-mail with (at least) your name and town
 if you haven't haven't e-mailed me, or gotten an e-mail from me, this year, or even if your initial
 e-mail to me didn't include your name and town.. Don't worry, we won't spam you with frequent mail
 or give out your e-mail to others and your name/contact information will help us narrow some of the
 e-mailings to appropriate people when time permits. Mailing address and phone numbers would also be
 helpful though they will be used even more rarely than the e-mails.
Dec 2003/ Jan 2004 - Winter Schedule
 We continue with our previous schedule in M-T (Sun/Wed) and F-Fld (Thur/SAT).
 But changes ARE possible for severe weather or holidays.
 Changes will ALWAYS be listed at the phone message at (860) 586-7055, 
but MAY be listed here too - when time permits web page postings.
STORMS: Our experience with early winter storms this year illustrates our cancellations
 philosophy and procedures. In early December, we were OPEN during the first 'big' snowstorm of the season.
 With about 4 - 8 inches of snow we were open on consecutive days in Fairfield and Middletown,
 with reduced, but decent attendance at both locations - 7 or 8 players in Fairfield and 12 to 14 players in Middletown.
 A week or so later, we closed for a Sunday night session in Fairfield when 6 to 10 inches of snow that afternoon
 were immediately followed by a couple hours of sleet freezing rain that evening.
 Conclusion - we are dedicated, but not completely insane !
DON'T assume a storm will shut us down.
If you feel safe to drive from your location, call ahead and confirm that we are continuing
 our normal schedule (or canceling) before you leave home. (860) 922-8578.

Dec 2003: Fairfield welcomes returning players Val Ort, YM Li and Pete Schuld
Three 'veteran' Fairfield players who had been missing from our club play for over a year have recently returned.
 Val Ort spent the last year in Chicago. He has recently found a new job in Connecticut, and moved back in Mid-December.
 He has returned to regular play in Fairfield and occasional play in Middletown.
 Yong Mei Li has been away from the club for nearly two years due to pregnancy and the birth of her first child
 but is now playing again. Her favorite practice partner - Pete Schuld is back after successful shoulder surgery.
 Yong Mei and Val are both rated over 2100 and take games, and sometimes matches during club play from CT. #2
 and Fairfield #1 rated Rich Dewitt. Along with Csaba ('Victor') Nagy, Roman and Jeff ( among others),
 Pete spends more time doing practice 'drills' compared to the predominant interest in practice games or matches
 that most Fairfield and Middletown players tend to favor. This provides variety in the club and helps players
 learning new skills or sharpening skills for tournament play.
 Pete and Csaba are also generous in sharing years of competitive experience with their practice partners.
 The return of Val and Yong Mei has also encouraged Middletown players like Ernest Virgo to venture down to Fairfield
 for some Saturday afternoon sessions. Welcome back.

Tables and Robots for sale - 'Cheap' vs 'Pro' / New vs Used:
 Interested in a cheap TT table ? Try Sears or Walmart for Ping-Pong tables under $200 if your interest in TT is uncertain
 or short term such as to see if your kids have interest to learn.
 But for higher quality equipment with better playing quality and more likely to last for years of use, contact Dave.
 I can get you new or used 'Pro' quality tables or 'Robot' ball machines. Prices range from about $250 to $450 for used 'Pro' 
tables with 7/8" to 1 inch thick playing surfaces. NEW these run from about $550 to 1100.
 Some used tables are available for inspection at the club sites - prices listed for used tables
 do NOT include delivery, but it can be arranged at additional cost. (The cheaper used tables have
 some (mostly cosmetic) damage.) Robots start from about $300 to about $799 and up for new or used robots,
 especially Newgy. FYI, I am the only authorized Newgy representative in Connecticut.
 For Newgy robots, I match the best price or special offer advertised/authorized ANYWHERE.
NO ONE is authorized by Newgy to sell at a lower price or with more bonus items than me - I match any/all NEWGY authorized
'specials' and I CAN accept credit cards for purchase of NEW Newgy robots (only).
 For more info, e-mail me or call me at (860) 922-8578 (afternoons or evenings only for phone calls please)
 Calls before 8pm (on weekdays) need to be less than 10 minutes long however to conserve my cell phone time.

nov 23rd- Personal news from Dave: I'm sad to report the passing of my dear mom, Bettie Strang,
 late on Sunday evening November 23rd at the Woodlands Nursing home in Ohio.
 An introduction and link to My brother's beautiful eulogy spoken at her memorial service
 in December is now posted and linked at: "Eulogy:'Mom' - Bettie Strang 1923-2003:

Nov 2003 ------------------------------------------------------
 Connecticut Players dominate in Springfield Mass Event
Congratulations to our Connecticut players who finished in 4 out of the top 5 places in the 'A' division
 in a recent tournament in 'the bay state'.
 Duplicating their state rankings based on USATT ratings, Middletown's Ernest Virgo was first,
 followed by runner-up Rich Dewitt of Fairfield. 
Finishing fourth and fifth were Middletown regulars Clyde Triumph and Wilbert Lawrence.
 Don Feltenberger won the B division holding his seeding but beating all of his opponents in that event.
 sept 2003 
Dewitt back from Romanian adventure
 Connecticuts #2 ranked player Rich Dewitt of Fairfield, has returned from 
almost a month spent training and vacationing in Romania.
 Though in their 20's and 30's, Rich and lifelong friend Rick Bowling, 
originally of New Haven, were allowed to train with the countries best young
 They stayed at an elite national training center which included The nation's
 best youth athletes from many sports including it's most famous export, young Gymnasts. 
Less known in the USA, Romania also has some of the the best women and youth table tennis players
 in the world. Rich regularly practiced with youngsters, including girls in their early teens,
 Rated near and above Connecticut's best Adult players.
 Bowling continues in Romania until Mid-November.
 Fairfield A/C is on - Sept 14th!
Work began on Aug 20th to add Air Conditioning to the Gym at our playing site in Fairfield.
 The installation is now complete and turned on. If heat and humidity have reduced your 
participation we hope this improvement will help you resume play now rather than waiting 
until winter and we look forward to cooler play next summer in Fairfield.
 The A/C seems to be set at about 75 degrees, so it's still possible to get up a little sweat,
 and lob the ball, without uncomfortable chills or drafts moving the ball.
2003 CT Senior games results posted
See the web page at:
Welcome - welcome back
 We've had a good summer with pretty steady attendance but especially I'm excited by the number 
of new players who have contacted me,
or shown up for the first time since labor day.
It's great to have an infusion of fresh enthusiasm as 'basement' ping-pong
 players see the game played at higher levels and begin to experience the equipment and new skills
that will take them towards those higher levels of skill and fun.
It's also nice to welcome back players who were traveling or otherwise
absent during the summer like DR. Wang, and Howard and Ilya to mention a few.
If you've been monitoring the news here but haven't been joining us - please do!
Don't miss the fun or healthy exercise of our club nights.

Labor Day Weekend - Fall cancellations
 Based on player feedback, we closed on Saturday afternoon but were open on
 Sunday night on the Labor Day weekend. About 12 players came on Sunday 
including a couple first time players and a wide range of others. 
While cancellations due to weather are unlikely during the Fall, 
localized power failures, traffic problems or emergency building repairs
 could occur, so players driving a distance are still encouraged to call
 ahead before leaving to check for changes in the schedule that would 
be posted at the phone message. It's also possible that weekend play MIGHT
 be affected by MAJOR East coast tournaments, particularly Saturday play
 if a number of Fairfield Saturday regulars all pre-register to compete
 in Saturday events. This would be a rare occurrence - see the major events
 link at - for weekends that MIGHT be affected.
 It would be known by the Thursday night before the weekend and likely 
announced by Friday afternoon or evening at the club message if this happened. 
Also subject to later decision are sessions near thanksgiving.

August 2003 Former World Champion visits Fairfield TT 
On a recent Saturday afternoon (in Aug 2003) 1948 World Mixed Doubles Champion 
Thelma "Tybie" (Thall) Sommer and her daughter Marilyn visited us in Fairfield.
 She is the last American to win a World Championship title with partner Dick Miles.
 She practiced with a number of Fairfield players and played a practice doubles
 match with her daughter against CT. Table Tennis Director Dave Strang and
 Fairfield regular Michael Lazerev. They are preparing to team up to qualify 
in 2004 for the 2005 National Senior Games Table Tennis event when her daughter
 reaches the qualifying age of 50. For the story of her championship go to: and look for
 the section on mixed doubles at the world championship

Summer TT schedule and information
Please confirm our schedule if you drive a distance This is especially advised
 for Saturday play near July 4th and Labor day or during MAJOR east coast
 tournaments such as Sat.Aug 9th - the Eastern Open in NJ.
 We do continue play throughout the summer but in past years have sometimes closed
 for a few sessions near July 4th or labor day. Players are encouraged to read the
 information on summer play at the **'Summer Table Tennis?' link ** on the mainpage 
for more information** To confirm our schedule: call the club schedule number at (860) 586-7055.

July 2003 Virgo in Jamaican Nationals, US Open
 Congratulations to Middletown regular Ernest Virgo for his good results in the US Open
 and Jamaican National championships. He reached the quarter-finals in the Jamaican Men;s 
singles finals and teamed up to win national titles in Men's and Mixed doubles.
 Earlier in July, he reached the quarterfinals of the US Open in Senior singles - 
over 40 in the tournament in Ft. Lauderdale.

Virgo and Feltenberger compete in US Open 
While many of us were enjoying a holiday weekend, Ernie Virgo and Don Feltenberger teamed in 
a ratings based doubles event and also competed in a variety of single events based on age and ratings.
 Virgo's results were listed previously, Don also reached a quarterfinal, with five match wins
 in U-1900 singles before finally losing a close 5 game match in the quarterfinals.
 He also won six matches in singles rating events U-2000 and U-2100 for a total singles record 
of 11 wins and 5 losses and a gain of 82 rating points, going from 1837 to 1919 .

June 2003- CT Senior Games TT Event Results -SUNDAY June 22
 Congratulations to the winners in the 2003 CT. Senior Games Table Tennis event. 
An even dozen players joined in for the event held at trinity College. 
Players represented 7 different age ranges from 'the kids' 50-54, to the senior senior,
 Thomas St.Hillaire of Hartford who won the 80-84 category gold.
Players were matched with players closest to their age and placed in groups of 4 players
 for an average of 3 matches plus optional doubles.
Middletown regular Rich Castiglione celebrated his birthday with a 'Gold' in the hotly contested
 65-69 age group and the doubles while the Fairfield club's Alden Harris placed 2nd in the 70-74
 age group and both reported they had fun in the process.
Complete results and maybe some pictures should be posted soon at the seniorgames
website or linked here as time allows.
Next year's event will qualify players for the 2005 National Senior games.
Making for an exciting weekend, CT.TT's Dave Strang supplied tables for and ran the Seniors TT event 
while also providing tables for the Sports festival table tennis event for wheelchair and otherwise
 physically challenged players held in the Groton/New London area.
World Championship results / videos -
see article below (May 2003) and the link to ITTF at page bottom for more info )
 Ask Dave about videos or DVD's of this event (avail late June or July) and others currently available.
Youth TT Demos in New Haven and Middletown
Middletown Players in TT Demo at Youth Facility
Arranged by DCF official and occasional Middletown player Richard Daly,
 a group of Middletown regulars led by Ernie Virgo gave a well received
 TT exhibition recently at the State Boys Training Facility.
 The new facility, surrounded by high fences, is the one we pass every week
 on our way to play Riverview Hospital.
 Other players who joined Ernie on two tables included Subhajit Maitra
 and Wilbert Lawrence. Table Tennis is reportedly a popular activity there
 which no doubt gained addition respect after hosting four of the top players in Connecticut.
NEW HAVEN/FairHaven demo at Eastrock School:
Club Director Dave Strang and Wes Daly put on a table tennis exhibition and mini-clinic recently
 for an afterschool youth program in New Haven. The event was arranged and sponsored 
by the Pequenas Ligas Hispanas/ Fairhaven athletics organization headed by Peter Noble.
About 20 girls and a few boys and parents watched an exhibition match and took turns
 playing and recieving 'pointers' on playing table tennis from Wes and Dave on two tables
 in the Eastrock school's gymnasium.
The afterschool program features a neighborhood girls basketball team, table tennis practice
 and other sports. Peter Noble was previously instrumental in organizing of 4 year long after school
 and Saturday morning table tennis program featuring Dave's coaching in Fairhaven, 
that taught basic table tennis skills to over a hundred different kids, 
first at Centro San Jose, and then under the Fairhaven Athletics banner at various sites.
Hundreds of kids were also exposed to previous exhibition matches arranged
 at Fairhaven neighborhood schools. The program which also included community and youth tournaments,
 was recognized by an articles in two local newspapers, and in it's last full year with Dave
 as weekly coach in 1998, was recognized with a special Grass roots development Grant
 from USA Table Tennis and the US Olympic Committee.
It was one of only 4 programs recognized with that grant nationally, and was featured
 in articles in the New Haven Spanish language and Yale student newspapers .

Dewitt scores wins in Garden State 
Fairfield's Rich Dewitt scored a series of impressive wins in the recent 3 star event in NJ.
 Besides his second career win over NJ men's champion Barry Dattel (NJ 2331), 
Dewitt also bested Lim-Ming Chui of Boston and former Ohio Champion Simon Shtofmakher - now of NJ.
Support appreciated:
 I'd like to express my appreciation for the encouragement prayers and practical assistance
 that many in the CT. and Ohio TT communities have provided to me during my mother's recent
 hospitalization. Special thanks to Don Feltenberger, Mark Zager, Roman T.,Csaba, Igor, 
Ernest Virgo and Wes Daly for helping the clubs run smoothly during this difficult period for me.

May 2003
Schlager wins gold for Europe as China draw a rare blank 
 PARIS: Austria's Werner Schlager won the men's singles title at the Table Tennis World Championships here on Sunday.
 The number six seed defeated Korea�s 61st seed Joo Se-Hyuk 4-2 (11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 8-11, 12-10).
 The 30-year-old registered Europe�s first success in the blue ribbon event since Swedish legend Jan-Ove Waldner won gold in 1997.
 The bronze medal winner at the 1999 championships had booked his ticket to the final with a seven-set,
 semi-final victory over double Olympic champion Kong Linghui of China earlier on Sunday.
 The right-handed attacking player became the first ever world men's singles champion for his country.
 Earlier, Werner Schlager and Joo Se-Hyuk booked their tickets for the men's singles final with wins over
 China�s Kong Linghui and Kalinikos Kreanga of Greece respectively.
 Schlager's 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 14-12 triumph left China without a
representative in the men's blue ribbon event for the first time in six years.
 Joo beat ninth seed Kreanga 4-1 (11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10).
 A fiery encounter between the two right-handed attackers had Schlager racing to a 2-1 lead,
 and the 30-year-old Austrian tightened his grip further when his clinical finishing earned him the fourth set too.
 But Kong, the double Olympic champion who was seeking to repeat his 1995 championship success,
 cut the deficit taking the next 11-8. The balance of power shifted momentarily from west to east 
allowing Kong to square the match by taking the sixth set 11-7. At this point Schlager, as he had 
done in his quarter-final win over reigning champion Wang Liqin, raised his game but stout resistance from the 
opposite end of the table saw the pair neck and neck in the deciding set at 12-12. 
Schlager, a bronze medallist at the 1999 championships, then kept his cool to save one match point before
 converting his chance to close out at 14-12. �It was a tough game played at an intensely high level,� said Schlager,
 before going off to prepare for the most important match of his career. Joo, who is the surprise package in the
 line-up given his comparatively lowly 61st seed ranking, was always in control of the match against the 
bandana-wearing Kreanga, seeded ninth. The two finalists have met twice, with Joo coming out on top on the
 last occasion in September 2001, Schlager having taken their first encounter the year before.
 The last time the men�s singles were won by a European player was in 1997 with the second of 
Jan-Ove Waldner�s two triumphs, the Swedish legend beating Belarussian Vladamir Samsonov. �AFP

May 2003
Senior Olympics Table Tennis - June in Hartford 
The 2003 Connecticut Senior Games is at Trinity College in late June. 
The Table Tennis event is Sunday June 22nd at 1pm. 
Advanced registration assures your space, though for our sport you MAY 
be able to register late or at the event - assuming space in your age bracket allows.
 Age brackets start at 50+ and are based on your age on Dec 31st (2003).
 brackets are in 5 year increments - 50-54, 55-59, 60-64,65-69 ETC. women 
have separate brackets and there is also doubles play.
 The event is a little bit competitive but a LOT fun so join in to make some 
new friends who share a common interest. Ask Dave for general information, 
and go to the Nutmeg games website for more detailed and entry information.

 'Berger' makes 'ironman' list 
Don Feltenberger's 700 mile drive to South bend, Indiana and yearly trips
 to Florida for the US Open are only two of the many tournaments
 Don has attended this year. Combined with entering a large number of events
 in ratings and seniors 50+ at many tournaments, Don played 175 tournament matches in 2002!
 According to a list in the USATT magazine, this placed Don at 20th in the
 U.S. for most matches played. #1 ironman Julian Waters played a whopping 347 matches. April 2003
Lighting improved in Middletown 
 Replacement of about 6 of the near 30 lights in the large Riverview gym has occurred recently.
 While most of the courts were previously unaffected, this allows more flexibility to set up
 courts for maximum player space on nights with average turnouts (15 to 20 players), 
and improves conditions for the 'extra' tables ( #9, 10 or 11) when larger turnouts of 20+ players occur.
 Belarus team takes European title over Germans
 Samsonov bests Boll for Europeon Singles Crown
 For more detail go to : (paste into browser if not clickable) teams results: singles draw/results:
Used TT Tables and Robots -bought and sold
 From time to time I adjust the equipment used by the club.
 This means that at times a top quality used table or 'robot' (ball machine)
 is available for your home use for up to 50% off it's (new) list price. 
Ask me (Dave) at the club if interested in more information.
 I may also occasionally purchase this equipment used from individuals 
if you are moving etc and have quality equipment you'd like to sell.
 Unfortunately there is little market for used rackets or recreational 
(under $300 when new) used tables though, and I'm unlikely to want to
 buy that for club use. - Donations of that equipment that you don't 
need might be accepted though, such as to improve our selection of 'loaner'
 rackets or to pass on for youth organization use. send an e-mail for more info to:
Reminder - in case of severe weather:
Cancellations Policy Info: 
We try to limit cancellations and schedule changes affecting our 
weekly open playing sessions as much as possible. 
Any cancellations are announced at (860) 586-7055 an hour or more
 before a scheduled session if weather and road conditions are worsening.
 See the Cancellations info page for more info - click on it at the homepage

 Welcome new players !

Check out the new 'Ping-Pong vs Table Tennis link' and other Pages linked to
 our homepage and
 send me an e-mail for new player info message or call: (860) 586-7055.
No membership is required, just a modest nightly fee (the first visit is $5 if you mention this offer)
 so call to confirm the times and locations (860) 922-8578 and then just show up -
 we can even supply rackets and balls.!
Connecticut Post features Connecticut Table Tennis
 Club Director Dave Strang and players Rich Dewitt & Cotter Micheals were interviewed
 by CT.Post Sports writer Bill McDonald,
 and a photographer attended a Saturday afternoon session in Fairfield.
 resulting in an article in the Tue. Jan 28th 2003 Ct. Post.
 The CT Post is available in Bridgeport and the surrounding area from about Norwalk to West Haven to Newtown.
The article, including a dynamic photo of Ct #1 ranked Ernest Virgo, was also featured prominently
 on the CT Post's web site. The web address for this article is:
(cut and paste into your browser if link isn't active.) 
 More Players, More Tables, More Fun in Middletown (& More nights?)
Twice, in late Dec and in January we have had record turnouts of 30 players
 on a Sunday night with frequent turnouts of 20 to 25 . 
Exciting growth considering that only a few years ago, when central Connecticut
 players were divided among 4 different smaller clubs, the average turnouts in Middletown
 were 4 to 6 players, once a week ! This growth, mostly in new players, but also including
 some from the displaced clubs, has resulted in a wider range of player skills and more 
junior and senior age players.
More Tables 
To minimize any waiting time in M-T on the busiest nights, 
we have brought in more tables, so we now have 11 tables available,
 up from 8 last year.
If you have a good quality table gathering dust in your house or elsewhere,
 send me an e-mail with particulars of brand, model, color, age condition and desired price
 - purchase of used robots will also be considered
More playing time in Middletown ? 
 Last year in January, in response to growing participation, we added Wednesdays
 to our previous Sunday night weekly playing schedule.
 Of course many players also play in Fairfield, (which is about an hour from Middletown)
 allowing up to 4 times a week, especially those who live between the clubs in places
 like Waterbury or New Haven county.
Third playing night ?
 But if enough players express an interest we might ask permission to play a third time
 in Middletown. (Please communicate this in person or by e-mails, not phone calls). 
POSTERS, NEW WEBSITEs to promote TT in YOUR world !
 The New web site has been established to provide an easy-to-share web address.
 Please tell your friends! The realtabletennis page also includes handy links to other TT sites. 
Maybe you might make it your start/homepage on your browser?
The CT TT homepage has also been upgraded with a new look and more graphics, 
links and content pages - check it out.
POSTER: ------- click here for a printable POSTER :
Please POST copies of this poster in places you work, shop, go to school etc.
 Copies are usually available from Dave at the club too.
 (Depending on your browser and printer settings, you may find it easier to
 save the page as an image and import it into a graphics or publishing program
 so you can print it exactly as you wish with correct size and borders.)
People often ask how we advertise the clubs. Newspaper and TV advertising 
costs thousands of dollars. We depend on word of mouth and the web site 
because other advertising just costs too much for such an inexpensive sport. 
These posters and available bumper stickers and T-shirts are affordable
 ways to attract new players.

NEW Close-in parking, robot and drink machine at Fairfield. 
We are pleased with the addition of 8-10 new parking spaces just yards from the Gym entrance in Fairfield. These are a nice improvement during rainy or cold weather. Fairfield also has a machine with cold bottled water and sports drinks in the hallway, and I've purchased another Robot (ball machine) so that, as in Middletown, one is usually available for use in coaching or for practice use at a modest rental fee.
 SHOULD WE ADD TOURNEYS OR NEW NIGHTS?- YOUR CONTACT INFO (and opinions etc) NEEDED: -------------------------------------------- 
At times, when considering new club nights or activities, including potential CT tournaments, the ability to quickly and inexpensively notify interested players has affected the timing or feasability of them. If you haven't sent me an e-mail with your contact information this year, please do so ASAP. Send your info (at the least your full name, town and current e-mail ) to me at: Your expressions of opinions, preferences and interest (if any) in local tournaments, coaching, ratings etc are also welcomed.
 I'm occasionally asked why we don't have USATT tournaments on a more regular basis, particularly since we have better facilities than many out-of-state clubs who do hold more frequent USATT tournaments. In Fairfield, the cost would be high, since city 'Open' events rules require that we pay for a city custodian (at overtime rates) to be present throughout the entire event (up to 20 hours for a 2 day event = hundreds of dollars) PLUS a rental fee. In Middletown, due to other activities scheduled for the Gym, it is only available for a full weekend's competition on a limited basis - from about April thru October. Also, until recently, there were more active players in SW CT.than in Central CT., and they were nearly as close to monthly tournaments in NYC/ and northern NJ as they were to Middletown. Now with increased participation in Middletown, the possibility of a viable Spring or Fall USATT tournament has increased, as has the possibility of holding events oriented towards local (CT) players during available Sunday evening Gym time during the Winter monthes. Again, as mentioned before, your expressions of interest, accompanied by e-mail addresses and contact information, may tip the scale towards holding our first tournament since the 30 player fall 1999 CT Championship and the smaller spring 2000 CT tournament in Southington.
Please send an e-mail to me at so I can add you, or confirm your contact information to my e-mail list. Your name and (at least) your town or zip code will assist in identifying which TT news 'alert' e-mails would be of likely interest to you.

Also your phone number and mailing (street) address would be helpful, particularly if you aren't on the USATT membership lists. Tournaments or other special events or schedule changes are possible this fall - but we need a good list of players to contact to 'advertise' new playing times, programs or events.

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AARP Article features 'Ping-Pong'
Even if you aren't near retirement age you may find this an interesting and well written article for yourself, or to print out and give to friends curious about your TT 'addiction'. Available at: (cut and paste into a new browser if the link isn't active) the article also includes quotes from a prominent NYC cardiologist who plays. 

Are you interested in weekly or monthly drop-in tournaments ? Does the cost to play or our current hours affect your participation ? Should we start play a half hour (or more) earlier on Sat.or Sundays? These and other suggestions/ideas/preferences are welcolmed by e-mail at or as messages left after the club info- number message - or in person at the club.


PLEASE USE THE CLUB NUMBER TO CONFIRM OUR SCHEDULE: (860) 586-7055 And most other questions are best answered in person during club time. but - if you NEED to reach me - including DURING club sessions: I have a cell phone I can be called at: (Please Call Afternoons or evenings - (860)922-8578. best is after 8pm weekdays or after 1pm on weekends) (please leave a message with my voicemail there if I don't answer.) Also E-Mails ( are now usually checked weekly (rather than daily) so call if you need info quickly. but please understand I may need to limit the length of calls, to stay within my monthly prepaid cellular calling plan, especially before 8pm on weekdays. Again: Basic schedule information should still be confirmed by calling the club schedule number at (860) 586-7055 and a wealth of other info is available 24/7 at various pages linked here. I am very careful to update the schedule recording whenever necessary to reflect schedule changes or same day cancellations due to severe weather or other emergencies (power failure etc). so please don't call my cell phone for that purpose or for info easily available on the web . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ *************************************************************************

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