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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tournament Update and News


Bill Mitcheson from the Spacecoast Table Tennis Club announced a continuing expansion of their great facilities along the beautiful east coast of Florida. Mitcheson confirmed that a top quality, tournament grade Table Tennis table has been purchased. The table will be placed at their Cocoa Beach location. One of the existing tables will then be moved to the Merritt Island location. In addition, one of the tables from Merritt Island will be donated to the Grant Street Gym location. Plans also include the purchase of additional tables in the near future.

Mitcheson also reminds everyone that they have an active Facebook page and now an email address. You can contact the club at   spacecoasttabletennis@gmail.com

It is an exciting time for Table Tennis in Florida and especially in the communities served by the Spacecoast Table Tennis Club!


The Land O' Lakes Table Tennis Club has announced that for the first time in their nine year history, professional Table Tennis training will be available at their club. Mike Coppola, the director of the club, is proud of this milestone event.

Marina Shumakova, a 2008 Olympian athlete, will conduct the training courses. Marina is sponsored by Killerspin to help promote Table Tennis in the USA. The Pasco County Recreation Department and the Land O' Lakes are jointly sponsoring these initial training sessions. 

The courses will begin on September 14, 2015 and will run for 10 weeks. If you desire more information, please phone the Pasco County Recreation Department at : 813-929-1220.

It is great to have a world-class Olympic athlete here to help promote our sport.


Registration Continues for the Lakeland Tournament

The Lakeland Table Tennis Association continues to register players for their next major USATT sanctioned tournament. Brad Woodington, President of the association urges players to enter any or all of the four fantastic events available at the popular tournament. Players from all over Florida and International countries have already entered this exciting tournament. A total of $2000.00 will be available as cash prizes and trophies will be presented to the top four players in the various events.

The tournament is scheduled for September 18-19, 2015 in beautiful Lakeland, Florida. This is a Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour Event that is coming to Lakeland. You can find out additional information at the following website: LAKELAND TABLE TENNIS WEBSITE

On-line Registration is extremely easy for all the events at the tournament.
 Just click on the following link to REGISTER ON-LINE

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tournaments and Table Tennis News from Florida

Sunrise Table Tennis Club Announces Changes

Martin Shapiro, the President of the Sunrise Table Tennis Club of Clearwater, Florida announced a change in the structure of the club. The Sunrise Table Tennis Club is a major USATT affiliated club with activities and events held in several locations in Pinellas County. Shapiro's announcement indicated a change in the bylaws and focus with a mission statement:

"To provide the members of the Organization and the community of Pinellas County the resources, equipment, scheduled play and programs for regular practice, participation and competition in the sport of Table Tennis."

We wish the best for the Organization and their mission to support Table Tennis in their beautiful part of Florida.  Table Tennis will continue to be strong in our Sunshine State with great clubs that provide so many great opportunities within our beloved sport. 

Space Coast Table Tennis Fabulous Promotion

The Space Coast Table Tennis Club of Cocoa Beach, Florida is all about Table Tennis and promoting our sport throughout their great part of the Sunshine State. We continue to applaud the strong efforts of all those involved with this great club.


Lakeland Table Tennis Announces Registration is Now Open

Brad Woodington, President of the Lakeland Table Tennis Association, is looking for a great turnout of players from all over Florida and other states as the Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour comes to Lakeland, Florida. This major USATT sanctioned tournament will be held on September 18-19, 2015 at the Simpson Park Community Center. A total of 24 Butterfly Tables will be available for the two day tournament, which features three events on Friday night and the wildly popular Colossal Round Robin Singles Event on Saturday.

A total of $2000.00 will be available in all the various events. In addition to the prize money, trophies will be presented to the top four places in the events. The Super Big Ball Event continues to grow in popularity at each tournament. A special $50.00 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of the Super Big Ball Event. You can learn more about Super Big Ball by visiting their website: SUPER BIG BALL WEBSITE

It is very easy to register for any or all of the events at the tournament. Just click on the link below and you can register online:  REGISTER FOR LAKELAND TOURNAMENT

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Florida Tournament Results and Table Tennis News


The recent USATT sanctioned tournament in Lakeland, Florida was a huge success with 115 participants in the four major events held during the two day tournament. Tournament officials were very pleased with the excellent tournament, which saw players from Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and England in attendance.

The Friday night Super Big Ball Singles Event attracted a near record number of players and continues to grow in popularity. The sport uses a 44mm ball and the nets are increased in height. Players also use paddles with short pips and a layer of sponge in this unique sport. The SBBTTA (Super Big Ball Table Tennis Association) continues to grow in the United States and hopefully will soon be accepted by the USATT as part of their umbrella support for Table Tennis in the United States.

Also on Friday night, a total of 8 teams participated in the Doubles Competition with many exciting and close matches during the evening. There was also a hard fought Sandpaper Singles competition on Friday night. Players are urged to enter all three events on Friday night for a great evening of competition and fun for all.

For COMPLETE RESULTS of the above tournament in Lakeland, you can click on the link below:




Lakeland, Florida will be the site of the next wildly popular Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour Tournament. The USATT sanctioned tournament will be held on September 18-19, 2015 at the Simpson Park Community Center. A total of 24 Butterfly tables will be available for this outstanding tournament. Players are expected to arrive from all over Florida and many surrounding states for the four featured events during the two-day Table Tennis festival.
A total of $2,000.00 will be available as prize money in addition to trophies for the top 4 players in all the various events that are available. 

The Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour has several high quality Table Tennis Tournaments available at several different locations in Florida. Players earn Tour Points at each tournament and the cumulative totals allow players to qualify for awards at the end of the season. Newgy is one of our popular sponsors and provides a first class Newgy Robot to the winner of the Tour.

Registration is now open for this great tournament. You can REGISTER ON-LINE by clicking on the following link:

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Table Tennis Tournament Updates and Florida News


Bud Stout is a Table Tennis icon in the sprawling retirement community known as The Villages, Florida. This fast growing senior community has numerous activities available for the residents. In fact, each week a 50+ page newsletter is published with all the various events and activities. It is an exhausting list of so many possibilities. One of the hundreds of choices is Table Tennis and the man who has been the master of promoting this Olympic sport is now retiring. The Villages Table Tennis Club has been heralded as one of the best Table Tennis Clubs in the entire nation, and Bud Stout should be proud.

Stout started The Villages Table Tennis Club on September 10, 2006. Under his leadership the club has blossomed and now has almost 200 members. Table Tennis is one of the most popular sports in The Villages and as a result, The Villages players usually dominate the Florida Senior Games State Championship in Table Tennis. 

Bud is a native of Louisville, Kentucky but has lived in Florida since 2003 with his lovely wife Nancy. Stout began playing Table Tennis as a youngster, but went for many years without playing. After moving to The Villages, he saw a few people playing Table Tennis and realized that this was a good sport that is reasonably safe, offers fun, exercise and a challenge. 

As President of the club, Stout has been instrumental in establishing quarterly social activities, club tournaments, blood drives and monthly ladies luncheons. Table Tennis has continued to grow in popularity throughout The Villages with numerous recreation centers providing opportunities to participate in the sport. 

Stout gives credit to many individuals who helped him with the development of the club. Bobbie Olson, the Vice President and Bob Geremia, the Treasurer are just two of the many members who assisted Bud in the growth of the club. He also credits his wife, Nancy, with being his number one supporter. There are just too many people to name them all, but Stout is thankful for everyone who was a part of the success.

Countless friendships have been established with the multitude of Table Tennis related activities in The Villages. Stout indicates that this is one of the rewards that he cherishes. He often hears comments about this being the best club in The Villages and how some people have moved to The Villages because of all the Table Tennis activities. These types of stories are indeed the legacy of Bud Stout. His strong leadership made the difference and has resulted in a large membership with an excellent future.

Bud Stout will officially retire on September 14, 2015 after serving proudly for nine years. He plans to continue playing the sport he loves, meeting the many friends he has made over the years and seeing all the smiling, friendly faces. He has been a true inspiration for all of us who enjoy Table Tennis. We all owe Bud a great deal of appreciation and we are thankful for his accomplishments as the founder and President of The Villages Table Tennis Club.



Tournament officials at the Lakeland Table Tennis Association have reminded players that this is the last week to register for the two-day USATT sanctioned Table Tennis Tournament in Lakeland, Florida. The major Two-Star tournament will be held on August 14-15, 2015. Players are registering from all over the state of Florida and other states. A maximum of 121 players can register for the wildly popular Colossal Round Robin Singles Event on Saturday.

Trophies for the top four places and a total of $2000.00 is available for winners in all the various events. Lunch is provided for all the players on Saturday. In addition, participants win Series Points for each tournament they enter and have a chance to win the Newgy Robot valued at $899.00 at the end of the season.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Upcoming Tournaments/TT News in Florida


Registration is continuing for the popular Florida Orange Blossom Series Table Tennis Tournament to be held in Lakeland, Florida on August 14-15, 2015. Tournament officials are anticipating wide-spread support from all over Florida and players from several other states.

Friday night, August 14th will feature three events. The Super Big Ball Singles Event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with players competing with the use of the very large 44 mm ball and an increased net height. Players are urged to try their skill at the use of the Super Big Ball which is gaining in popularity in the United States and other parts of the world, especially in Japan and Europe. Also available is a sanctioned USSTTA Sandpaper Singles Event and the Doubles Event. Players can enter all three events on Friday night. The Super Big Ball Event and the Sandpaper Event is only $3.00 to enter with no other additional charges, so come out and have some fun. The Doubles event is only $8.00 per player to enter. Trophies will be provided in all events, with a special $50 cash prize for the winner of the Super Big Ball Event. All three events begin at 6:00 p.m.

The Colossal Round Robin Singles Event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Simpson Park Community Center in Lakeland, Florida. Participants are placed in classes of 11 players in a full tournament, based on their USATT rating or Estimated Rating. Players will then play all other players in their class. Lunch is provided at Noon for all players. Trophies are provided for the top 4 players in all classes and a total of $1950.00 is available for winners in all the events.




The Table Tennis clubs on the east coast of Florida continue to gain in popularity. Bill Mitcheson has announced that plans are underway to add new tables to the Cocoa Beach location and move some more tables over to their other club locations in the area. A careful study of table availability, costs, quality and other variables is being considered for the upcoming purchase. It is great to see clubs in Florida growing and expanding with new high quality, tournament level equipment. Congratulations to all the great players and officials along the beautiful east coast of Florida.