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This Week's Activities

Monday7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Adult Drills & Skills at the Training Center
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Round Robin at Bloomington Armory (all levels welcome)
Tuesday6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.Robbinsdale Open Play
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Open Play at the Training Center
Wednesday6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Open Play at the Training Center
Thursday7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Round Robin at JCC
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Intermediate Clinic at the Training Center
Friday7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Friday Eight-Bit Tournament at the Training Center
Saturday10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.KidzPong Junior Program at the JCC
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Adult Drills & Skills at the JCC
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Minnesota Junior Team at the JCC
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Saturday Round Robin Tournament at the JCC
Sunday10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Individual Coaching at the Training Center

Training Center Hours

Monday to Friday8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.Member Hours
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Non-Member Hours
Saturday8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.Member Hours (front door locks at 5:00pm)
Sunday8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.Member Hours (front door locks at 5:00pm)
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Non-Member Hours


MEMBER GUIDELINES

Members may use the Training Center during these posted hours but the Training Center will not be staffed during all posted hours.

Monday through Friday the 1185 office building doors are locked to the outside at 9 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays the doors are locked at 5 p.m. Members who use the Training Center after these hours must enter the building before the doors are locked to the outside.

During all unsupervised hours members will enter the Training Center using a number code.


NON-MEMBER GUIDELINES
Non-members will be able to use the Training Center during these posted hours.

During these hours the Training Center will be staffed with teaching professionals or club supervisors.

Table Tennis Minnesota
Training Center & Retail Sales
1185 Concord St. N. 
Suite 305
South St. Paul, MN 55075
(651) 348-6362

What is Table Tennis Minnesota?

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We organize leagues, tournaments, and coaching for players of all ages and levels of play. Our certified USATT coaches and league coordinators help you select equipment, learn official rules, and improve your game. You can train seven days a week at our world class training facility.  We organize a full schedule of USATT sanctioned tournaments and run a local round robin tournament every Saturday afternoon. Private lessons and coaching clinics are presented by nationally recognized coaches and our league system is one of the best in the United States. We are excited to have you join our growing community of players.

  • Leagues for All Ages and Levels of Play
  • Training Center Open 7 days a Week
  • Fun And Exciting Tournaments
  • World-Class Coaching
  • Learn Official Rules and How to Select Equipment
  • Top 10 Junior Program in the US
  • Great Playing Conditions
  • Training Clincs for all Ages and Levels of Play

Featured Articles

 

Ma Lin vs. Dimitrij Ovcharov - Russian Premier League Final

Found this match from last year's Russian Club Championships 2012-2013 Men's Premier League and enjoyed watching Ma Lin at his surly best!  it's rare to see two player's in the top 5 in the world from this camera angle.  In the first game, Ma Lin makes it clear that no matter the score or the quality of your opponent, never give up!

Minnesota Table Tennis Loses Charlie Disney

by Joel DeRider

Veteran table tennis player and Minnesota native Charlie Disney passed away this week. Charlie was my coach, a mentor and my friend.  In his memory, I have written a short post to discuss a small part of his fifty plus yearlong involvement in table tennis.  

Any player who met Charlie could tell you two things about him: he had a personality that would not be denied, and he loved table tennis to the bone. He ran multiple table tennis clubs in the Twin Cities over the years, most notably Magoo’s and Disney’s, which were the primary hubs for beginners and veterans alike. New faces were always greeted the same way, a serious question, “Do you want to get good?” And if you wanted it, wanted it enough to work for it, he’d want it for you too.

I first saw Charlie at an exhibition in the Apache Plaza in 1972. Charlie was never more at home than with a paddle in his hand, save, perhaps, in front of a crowd. Such exhibitions were one of Charlie’s many endeavors to bring in new players to the sport, which he would devote much of his boundless passion to for decades to come. Charlie was dazzling. Trick shots, spin, his signature “lead ball” – letting new players try their luck against a ball he swore he made so heavy, they’d never get it back over the net. Inverted rubber for the new player, heavy backspin to their forehand, all leading to a shot that, true to his word, never made it back over the net.

To me, and probably to many, it was like magic.

Charlie’s role in table tennis didn’t end in Minnesota. He played his role in Ping-Pong Diplomacy, having the honor of delivering the message of the Chinese invitation to the USTTA President in 1971. He’d later take the role of USTTA President from 1974 to 1975, fitting for a man who always felt a sense of legacy for the sport he loved. He was proud not just of his accomplishments, but of those players he had the chance to help elevate to their fullest potential.

When Charlie first became my coach, he asked me how often I thought I won. I said matter of fact, “Most of the time.” So Charlie told me that I ought to write down the results, win or lose, for one week. I thought it was ridiculous, but I took his suggestion – and found that I won, very little. All the losses that youth marked as “Not being important” - the matches I played when I was tired, where I was unlucky, were still losses. The lesson stuck with me: arrogance is confidence that flies in the face of statistics.

Charlie Disney leaves behind a legacy: showman, club owner, promoter, and player. He never held back, never gave anything less than a thousand percent, and everything he did in table tennis was in service to the sport he loved. To those who saw those exhibitions, or saw him at Disney’s, they’d agree with one of his mottos – he was dominant.

Best Moments of the Russian Club TT Championships 2013

Watch this video and get up close and personal with some of the best players in the world!  These are the Best Moments of the Russian Club Table Tennis Championships.  Held at the Table Tennis Center in Krylatskoe on May 26-29, 2013.  A few too many ads at the beginning of the video, but once those clear the screen, you can sit back and enjoy table tennis the way it was meant to be seen and played.

2014 Minnesota Open - SPECIAL OFFER!!

The 2014 Minnesota Open Table Tennis Tournament will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Sabes Jewish Community Center.  This is a one day, two-star USATT event with a total of 14 unique, Open, rated and age events.  Participants in the Open Singles, Under-2200 and U-3000 Doubles will have a chance at the $1000 in prize money with great trophies being awarded for all other events.  Entries must be received by Thursday April 17th (late entry fee is $10).  There are limited spots available and entry is on a first come, first serve basis, so please remember to sign up early!

TABLE TENNIS MINNESOTA HAS GOT YOU COVERED!

Special Offer: Table Tennis MN will purchase a one-year USATT membership for any player who has not competed in a USATT sanctioned tournament within the past five years. The only requirement is that you compete in the upcoming Minnesota Open and pay for 3 or more events plus the rating fee. We hope this takes the sting out of entering your first USATT sanctioned tournament.

Click here to view or print the the Minnesota 2014 Open Table Tennis Tournament entry form.

Cory Eider makes the Men's Finals of the 2013 US Nationals

The 2013 US Nationals Table Tennis Championship was held in Las Vegas, NV on December 17-21.  The 2013 Nationals attracted over 700 players including a small contingent of seven players from right here in Minnesota.  Congratulations to Paul Kotz who won the U-1800 Hard Bat Round Robin National Championship and to Michael Tran who was a Semi-Finalist in the Mini-Cadet Singles. 

In their rated events, only Alex Shurslep playing in the U-1800 and Michael Tran playing in the U-2300 made it out of the preliminary round robins of their rated events.  Both Alex and Michael lost in the first round of the single elimination of their respective events.

There were two stories most talked about at the Nationals.  One was the fantastic play of 13 year old Kanak Jha (2542) who made it to the semi-finals of the Men’s Singles event, won the Junior Boy’s Singles, won the Cadet's Boy’s Singles and won the 21 & Under Men’s Singles.  In the Men’s singles, Kanak played beyond his years in a tense 7 game semi-final match but Timothy Wang, the defending National Champion, proved too much for the talented young player.

The second story and one that hits home for those who have played table tennis in the Twin Cities for several years, was the incredible tournament run that had our own Cory Eider (2508), originally from Duluth Minnesota and now living in New Jersey, making the finals in the Men’s Singles National Championship! Cory played brilliantly to reach the final, defeating four of the best players in the country.  During that run, Cory defeated Jonathan Ou (2439) 4-2, Yahao Zhang (2572) 4-3, Grant Li (2555) 4-1 and had a brilliant win over the number one tournament seed David Zhuang (2657) 4-1. 

It was Cory Eider vs. Timothy Wang in the final.  Cory won the second game of the match but struggled to get his rhythm throughout the final and eventually lost the final 4-1.  Despite the loss, this was Cory emerging once again onto the National stage.  Cory was a competitive junior player at the National level but had been away from the game of table tennis for over 5 years before taking it up once again just three years ago.  Congratulations goes out to the 2013 National Champion Timothy Wang and Runner-up Minnesota native Cory Eider.

A few pictures of Cory Eider in Action at the Nationals, National U-1800 Hard Bat National Champion Paul Kotz and Semi-Finalist in the Mini-Cadet Singles, Michael Tran.

 

Cory Eider (2508) vs. David Zhuang (2657) in the Semi-Finals of the US National Championships

Top 10 Shots of 2013

Here is an early Holiday gift from the ITTF Channel.  These professional players blur the lines between playing left handed or right handed, a doubles team stuns the top Chinese with a behind the back shot and it shows why choppers/lobbers rule and attackers drool.  Lots of fun, take a look!

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