Table Tennis Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Oakland Table Tennis club meets in the Eastminster Church gymnasium, located on the corner of Highland Avenue and Penn Circle, right across from the Home Depot. Gym is on the 2nd floor.
For online driving directions, look for 250 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206The club is open every Saturday, but times vary, so please Contact Mark Krotec for current schedule before making plans to come. First half-hour is warmup, followed by 1 hour for first round (mixed groups) and 1 1/2 hours for the second round (sorted by rating and results of 1st round), generally followed by single elimination playoffs. Occasionally there are special events (team events, handicap tourneys, etc.).
There is also a league night on Thursdays. Doors open 6:00 pm, competition from 6:45 to 9:00 pm. Round robin competition followed by single-elimination playoffs.
Equipment: 9 tables, training robot
Membership is $150/year for adults, $75/year for students. This includes robot training, access to training sessions/coaching during week, and eligibility for player awards. Day passes are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
POTTC committee: Mark Krotec, Akbar Ormes, Jeff Pepper, Anthony Lewis, Rick Claraval.
Circuit Competition: There are 3 levels of play (A, B, C) for RR events. Players are awarded circuit points based upon order of finish in their pool. For example, a six-player pool results in the points awarded as follows: 1st receives 6 points, 2nd receives 5 points, 3rd receives 4 points, etc. Typically, the top 2 or 3 finishers in each pool advance to an elimination round to determine ‘champion of the day. A sports drink is awarded to the pool champions and the overall day champion. Total points are used to determine the seasonal club champion in each division.
Ratings: In addition, an ongoing rating system similar to the USATT system is used to record league standings and determine handicaps for handicap tournaments. Each player’s rating is adjusted after each game, depending on who won and difference between the opponent’s rating and their own:
+500 or more Win +60 Lose -1 +400 to +500 +50 -2 +300 to +400 +40 -3 +200 to +300 +30 -5 +100 to +200 +25 -10 -100 to +100 +20 -20 -100 to -200 +10 -25 -200 to -300 +5 -30 -300 to -400 +3 -40 -400 to -500 +2 -50 -500 or more +1 -60
2-Person Team Event: teams are formed from the highest + lowest ranked player, second-highest + second lowest ranked player, etc. RR pools will be played, leading to elimination round. Format: 2 games per singles match + 3 doubles game = 11 total games.
Handicap Event: RR pools, single game to 31, handicap determined by relative club rankings. Top 2 finishers in each pool advance to elimination round.