Saturday, 27 December 2014

New York, December 27, 2014

Invitation to the New York Table Tennis League 2015

Dear Club’s Owner/Director/Manager

Over the past years, the concept of “Club league” have been growing in importance in US, even have been included as the main goal for Larry Hodges in his 2014 application to the USATT board, but the process have been slow and plenty of obstacles.      The inclusion of the Club Championships at the US Nationals in 2009, was the result of a process, that began in NY in 2002, but there were other initiatives before us that failed.        The process in NY have been by “trial and error” between which I know is the standard way of running a league and the idiosyncrasy of the American player.  But always the north of each change have been the progress of the league and the sport, always in good faith without even requiring any personal gain in the process.

Been said that, I want to invite your club for the season 2015, all the previous regulations are in effect excepting those cases were we have superseded such regulations with the following norms:

1.     The fee is still the same $200 per team.
2.     Since the league was in recess for 1 year, there are no transfer fees for season 2015 for all players, which means, that all clubs can include in its roster any player that is willing to play in their team.
3.     The event will be played only once a month in the clubs that want to host the event in its location.   The minimum requirements to host the event are: 4 tables with enough playing area.  Also the club can charge $8 per player for the day of the event.
4.     We have included a new modality to be included in any division, based on the average score of the top three players in the team.   Therefore, as before teams can be promoted or demoted in each division, but a club can also include a new team in any division, as far as there are an spot available.   The divisions for 2015 are

Estimated rating
Award Winner – 2nd place only medals
Total spots
Above 2400 +
$1,000, Trophy/medals
1st Div.
2100 - 2399
$   500, Medals
2nd Div.
1700 – 2099
 Trophy and medals
3rd Div.
1400 – 1699
Under 1400
Kids U15 yrs.

5.     The spots in each division will be filled using the last positions in the league, in the season 2013.     If positions are still available, they will be filled with new teams that meet the criteria of the estimated rating.
6.     Based in the total numbers of teams in each division, the contest will be played in a: Double round robin, a round robin and a final draw with top 4.
7.     Those clubs interested in playing the league and /or hosting the league should contact me asap to
8.     If the league or division is cancelled, all fees will be refund.

Calendar for the League 2015

                        I.         Promotion of the league from January 2015 to February 2015: Clubs can sign up with a maximum of 2 teams per division, also they can request to be a location for the league.   Players can sign up in any roster with no transfer fees for season 2015.  Some activities: Reach out clubs, meet with directors from clubs, 
                      II.         March 1st : Last day to sign up in the league and submit the roster of players.
                    III.         From March to November we will have the league matches, once a month at the most.        By December 1st we will have the final results, which will be send to USATT for the USATT Club Championship 2015.

Final remarks:

Since its creation in 2009 the US Club Championships have seen the highest rated players in US playing this event.    All of them with no exception have fulfilled all regulations from the NY league with no complaints or hesitations: Wearing same uniforms (t-shirts at least),  in some cases we have not authorized to play some (high level) players, since they were not in the roster of their team at beginning of the year.      This is the only high level event in US that has not cash award.     Instead the reward is having the opportunity of becoming US Champion, which is a major accomplishment for any player.

Thank you

Mauricio Vergara

Monday, 15 December 2014

Table Tennis - Attack (Penholder Style) Vs CounterAttack (Style with lon...

Great definition match in the French League. Note that the player in green is the Latino-american champion , Liu Song, he became Argentinean citizen.Is not very common watching a defensive-offensive player, since Liu, also attack with his long pips in the backhand.

Great style.


Sunday, 14 December 2014

New York Table Tennis 2015

   One more time the Club Championship Finals will be held in Vegas at the USATT Nationals 2014, this event that started in 2009 have seen the top players in USA, either Citizens or Residents living in the country.    The league is pretending to have players from different clubs having a common goal, which is taking its team to the finals.    

   I don't believe in clubs as a place to play TT with a friend without knowing all other players.  From my point of view, each club is a family, with friends, rivals, but we all together will push our club to the success.     Those that do not know this feeling are missing the most important part of our sport.    The sensation of playing representing your club, with your teammates cheering for you, the feeling of winning is great.    Those memories last forever.  

  Table Tennis as is known only for few players, is a TEAM sport.  In the sense that having a Champion in a club is the result of many factors : Coaches, training partners, sparrings, rivals and club administration.     Some players need to get experience, this is obtained playing different events, sometimes, this future champions can learn valuable lessons, as playing under pressure, playing doubles, with experienced players.     For the champion, keeping his performance and the desire for improving, over the years is just due to his friends in the club.      The social component of our sport is vital for the high level players.   No player can reach his maximum potential when any of these factors is missing.     

The league of NY, will have some improvements for the season 2015, which will be communicated to all clubs after the Nationals, and we will start from there.

In memory of our friend Mauricio Garcia

He passed on December 2014 at age of 40.   Amazing player , penholder japanese style.  By 8 yrs. old he was  in the regional team of Valparaiso and national team champion.     Lately he became member of the oldest table tennis club in the continent, also the biggest at that time : Club Manuel Veliz Sanchez.     He was easy going, sharp mind and a great friend, without a doubt we will always remember him.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

DECEMBER 7th, 2014
Fee $5
Cash awards : 1st $800, 2nd $300, 3d $100
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Cell : 9176782077

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