ATTC Important Updates and Highlights Fall-Winter 2017

The U.S. Open in Las Vegas, is coming up soon, with the entry deadline of Oct 27. About 15 players from the Ambridge are planning to go and Jeff will be coaching. Please let us know if you’re interested in going.

Most improved players for 2017:
Here is the top 10 most improved players from the Ambridge TTC: Adam Mertz, Jan Williams, Evan Williams, Taiji and Shinji Yamakawa, Dima Raber, Arturo Zendredre, Isaac Zuckerman, Winkey, and more coming

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Alan’s Lunch Time Table Tennis

Alan Peters, owner of the Melody Ballroom, is starting up his Lunch Time Table Tennis on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:30 pm.
You are invited to come by the Melody Ballroom at Lunch time on Tuesdays to practice, do drills, or just play some fun games. Alan invites all Ambridge players for some fun play without any cost.

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Two-Person Team Summer Leagues 2017

Ambridge Summer Leagues 2017

The Ambridge TTC completed its Two-Person Team League Matches on October. There were three team divisions: Under 800, Under 1500, and Over 1500 Rating Central ratings. Both players’ ratings are added up to determine division eligibility.

The leagues were limited to 10 teams per division.  Players gained and lost Rating Central points according to their results.

First and Second place winners are shown in bold lettering. Congratulations to all winners and participants in a fantastically successful Summer League 2017.

Divisions 1 – Advanced league over 1500       Team Name

 1   Majo Ahrens 864 and Bryna Smith 818           Spin Doctors

2 Isaac Zuckerman 1167 & Brian Yoder 1101 Bass Chops/Drum Loops 1st Place

3   Joel Sommer 1058 and Steve Marcy 863    Backhanded Compliments

4 Art Ishii (Konstantin est 1000) and Mark Burdon 769 KonArk 2nd Place

5   Randy Nosrati 662 and Dima Raber 578          Anger Management

6   Arturo Zendrere est 800 and Adam Mertz 571         Espinetes

7   Brian Park 807 and Isaiah LaPorte est 600        The Smash Bros

8 Ludo Garcia 1531 and Shawn Jackson 508       The Babadooks

9   Dean Schultz 920 and Jeff Schultz 791              China Syndrome

10 Steve Lamb est 1000 and Ryan Buzzetti 773   World Class Look Alikes

 

Division 2 – Intermediate level Under 1500     Team Name

1     William Heinz est 900 and Alan Peters 320     Frisky Geezers

2 Emily Merryman 744 and Evan Williams 569 E squared 2nd Place

3   Kyle Billings 431 and Spenser Marshall 415       Kim Pong II

4   Dennis Anderson 448 and Erik Piper 417          Whining Dogs

5   Molly Little 648 and Grabriella Karp 355             Banana Flip Sundays

6   Jan Williams 453 and Deirdre Froehlich 295    Wurst Banger

7 David Popescu est 900 and John Vinh 429 The Rascals 2nd Place

8     Irvin Jones est 850 and Brian Kimura 538         Hand Sharks

9   Richard Fan 759 and Jeff White 523                Pen-Hold Possom Kings

10 Ivan Lehecka 700 and Sam Lehecka 300          Ping Pong Pikers

 

Division 3   –   Beginning/Novice level       Team Name

1   Nick Mertz 113 and Jaden Blaske est 100      The Smashers

2 Steve Blaske 458 and Greg Pedersen 385 The Forehead Bloopers 1st Place

3     Jodi Brekhus est 300 and Jeff Gullish 233      Snapdoodle

4   Jane Kekona est 400 and Elise Peters est 50   O’Hana

5   Ellen Grover and Janet Allison 61                The Johnetts

6 Liam Brown est 100 and Jennifer Priest est 50 Over-dressed and Under-prepared 2nd Place

7   Lila Jones est 50 and Sophie Jones est 40         Team Jones

8  Jeena Hudeidi and Alex Popescu                           Combo Breakers

 

 

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The sister club of the Ambridge is the MAC and many of our clinics and our big tournaments are run at the MAC West Gym. It’s a perfect place to have great tournaments.  Here is some info on upcoming Exchange nights, Clinics and the 2-Person Team Tournament in March.

Exchange nights from 7-9 pm allow both the Ambridge and the MAC table tennis clubs to visit and play at each other’s club, free of charge, on the following dates.

Exchange dates for Ambridge players visiting the MAC are:

Fridays: March 2, March 24, March 31, and April 28.

Exchange dates for the MAC visiting the Ambridge are:  

Tuesdays: April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding Exchange dates at the Ambridge and the MAC.

The MAC table tennis clinics are coming to the MAC (Multnomah Athletic Club) in the Summer months of 2017. The exact dates are still being discussed. We will keep you posted.

We are planning two different levels of clinics each 1 1/2 hours. There will be a Beginning/Novice Clinic (level 1 and 2) from 11:00-12:30; and another clinic Novice-Intermediate (level 2-5) from 12:30-2:00 pm. It will be important to sign up early to reserve a place. Please contact us by email, phone or text to enter the clinics; 541.999.0926.

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 MAC Monday and Wednesday practice nights

The MAC TTC is now having practices for ONLY MAC members on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 pm. This will be starting March 27 and continuing until mid-October. Stay tuned for exact ending dates.

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MAC Summer Kid’s Camps

The MAC Summer Children’s Table Tennis Camp will be held June (dates to be announced), 2018. The cost is $96 for non-MAC members and $8? for MAC members. The times are 9-11 pm. Please sign up in advance to get a spot. MAC members can register through the MAC website and Ambridge/non-MAC members can contact Jeff Mason and the Ambridge TTC to sign-up.

 

 

 

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Emily Merryman wins 2016 U.S. Open Silver Medal!

Very exciting news! Emily Merryman, our superstar 14 year-old, just won the Silver Medal at the U.S. Open in the Under 800 Junior event in Las Vegas at 5 pm on December 17, 2016. We are extremely excited and happy for her success!
She played great!! She showed great form, technique, and most of all a good sporting-like attitude. All of us at the Ambridge TTC  should take some credit for this incredible win. We have all helped Emily get her start and develop her game (even lost to her on purpose…well, not really). She is a great representative for our club. She blocked, countered, and smashed her way through a field of amazing junior players, with nerves of steel, many with game levels over 1600 USA rating.
Joe Meyer, our defensive wizard, also won his Round Robin group in the Under 1100, but lost in the subsequent single elimination draw.
After 2 1/2 years of the Ambridge TTC our players are starting to make some waves at the U.S. Open. We’ll look forward to next year’s progress.
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Ambridge TTC Schedule for July-August 2017 at the Melody Ballroom

The Ambridge Table Tennis Club is located in the beautiful Melody Ballroom at 615 SE Alder Street in Portland, Oregon.

The operating hours are:

Sundays: 10-5 pm; Mondays 3-9 pm,  Tuesdays 3-9 pm, and Thursdays from 5-9 pm.

Coaching Schedule:  (new classes and trainings series start every 6-weeks)

Sundays: 1:30-3:00 – Very Beginning Class Level 1;

Sundays: 3:00-4:30 Beginning/Novice Class Level 1 and 2;

Mondays: 5:30-7:00 pm – TRAINING SESSIONS Level 3:

Mondays: 7:00-8:30 pm – TRAINING SESSION Level 4;

Tuesdays: 5:30-7:00 pm – TRAINING SESSION Level 5, 6, & 7

Thursdays: 5:30-7:00 pm – TRAINING SESSON Level 2-5; starting Aug 3rd

*All classes, TRAINING SESSIONS, and individual lessons are always full, so please sign-up in advance to get a place.

League/Tournament Play 

Tuesdays at 7:00-9:00 pm – Round Robin tournament play all levels, no rating points won or lost in these competitions; these are considered practice matches;

Thursdays, starting August 3rd 2017, the Ambridge TTC at the Melody Ballroom will start it’s 2-Person Team Leagues at 7 – 8:30 pm.

Open Practice hours

Open practice times are anytime the club is open. We will always try our best to keep one or two tables open for open play/practice even when classes and TRAINING SESSIONS are going on.

Future Plans??            MAC and Ambridge TTCs

The MAC 2-Person Team Tournaments – Davis Cup Tennis match format, both singles and doubles, double elimination tournament are being planned in late Summer or early Fall, 2017.

MAC Summer TTC Camp for Kids (under 17) are scheduled for June 19-23 from 9-11 am. This camp is open to both non-MAC members and MAC members. The cost is $96 for non-MAC members and $80 for MAC members. MAC members may sign up on the MAC website. Ambridge players need to contact Jeff to sign up advance.

MAC Clinics (1 1/2 hours clinics) will be coming back to the MAC starting Fall 2017. Exact dates coming soon.

Please call/text if you have any questions: 541.999.0926

Sign-up!!!

Please contact us to sign-up for any of the Classes, TRAINING SESSIONS, tournaments, or individual lessons at: 541.999.0926 or email: jeffmasontabletennis@gmail.com

peace and pong,  Jeff and Sandy Mason

New “Very Beginning Class” Opens March 5, 2017

Hi Table Tennis Players,

We have opened a new section of the Beginning/Novice  classes starting  Sunday, March 5, from 1:30-3:00 pm. Like the 3:00 class, this is a six-week series. However, this class is designed for the Very Beginning player, or players that want to learn the very basics of the sport. It is a prerequisite for the next level class offered at 3:00.

If you or someone you know wants to begin playing table tennis, this would be a great first step. This Very Beginning class is taught by Angela Ballard (Reed College TT instructor, MAC TT Coach, and Assistant Coach to Jeff Mason at the Ambridge TTC). Angela is also a public school P.E. teacher.

The cost is $60 for six-weeks. Please sign up asap. This class is open to children and all players who are looking for a start to a new sport…from Ping Pong to Table Tennis.

Please see our updated website for further announcements about our schedule and programs at:jeffmasontabletennis.net. You may also call or text us at: 541.999.0926 for any questions, sign-ups, or concerns. You can always email us at: jeffmasontabletennis@gmail.com.

peace and pong,

Jeff Mason U.S. National Coach, Coach/Director of the Ambridge and MAC TT Clubs and Sandy Mason, Manager of the Ambridge Table Tennis Club

Ambridge Coaching Opportunities and Schedule at the new Melody Ballroom

These are the new, 2017 coaching opportunities that will open the new year at the Melody Ballroom.   Listed below are the classes and TRAINING SESSIONS All classes and TRAINING SESSIONS are almost all full. We encourage players to sign up well in advance of the next series to get a spot.  Our Assistant Coaches are also teaching throughout the week. There are some openings. Contact us for individual lessons, if interested.  

Sunday Beginning/Novice Class (Level 1 & 2) January –  8, 15, 22, 29, 5, and Feb 12

Next Sunday Beginning/Novice Class starts: February 26

Monday TRAINING SESSIONS (Level 3) Intermediate Novice; January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6,  

Next Monday TRAINING SESSION starts: February 13

Monday TRAINING SESSIONS (Level 4) Advanced Novice; January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6,

Next Monday TRAINING SESSON starts: February 13

Tuesday TRAINING SESSIONS (Level 5, 6, and 7) Advanced Novice, Intermediate; January 3, 10, 17, 24,  31, Feb 14, 

Next Tuesday TRAINING SESSION starts: February 21

Again, please sign-up in advance for February’s coaching programs.  Our Assistant Coaches are also teaching throughout the week. Contact us about individual lessons, if interested.

Please call/text: 541.999.0926, or email: jeffmasontabletennis@gmail.com for  further information or details.

We will be closed the following dates. No coaching programs or other tt activities at the Melody. Classes and other programs will be postponed until the next week.

The closure dates areTuesday, February 7,  Wednesday, February 15, Sunday, February 19, and Wednesday, February 22.

peace and pong, jeff and sandy mason

Tuesday Round Robin Singles Leagues 2016, starts Nov 29

This Tuesday Round Robin Singles League consists of three to four divisions. There will be 3-5 matches per night in each division. There may be 15 players in your division.  The best record of wins/loses will win the entire 4-week league. The divisions are based on Ratings Central points:

UNDER 300,

UNDER 500,

UNDER 1000,

AND OVER 1000.

Rating Central points will be won/lost. The league will begin November 29 and end on December 20, 2016.  This is a FOUR-week league. The cost is $20. Please text or email us for further information or questions about the leagues. First and Second Place medals will be awarded to the top two players in each division. Players may drop in and play, but the nightly cost is $7. Drop-ins will not be considered in the final outcome and they will be ineligible to win medals. However, rating points will be won or lost by drop-ins when competing.

 

MAC 2-Person Team Tournament, December 3, 2016

The Portland Inter-Club Team Tournament at the MAC is Saturday, December 3rd. This team tournament will have a limit of 13 teams per division. There will be three divisions. This year’s tournament will be 2-Person team event, played in a Davis Cup Tennis format. Teams play five matches against another team; two singles and one doubles match, per player. The team winning three matches out the of the five matches wins the round and plays the next team. All five matches must be played. The event will be a double elimination tournament with a possible consolation event in each division.  So each team will play at least two – three other teams. To win the division a team may need to play 5 to 6 other teams. The tournament will begin at 10 am and finish by 6 pm. The cost of the tournament is $20/person or $40/team.

The tournament site is the beautiful MAC West Gym with high ceiling, great lighting, and wood floors. There will be 9 tournament tables (Donic Persson 25 tables) with one open practice table.

Division 1    Open event    Players may have any rating to enter this event; starting time: 10:00 am

Division 2   Under 1500   The team’s combined rating must be under 1500 Rating Central (or under 2100 USATT rating); starting time: 11:30 am

Division 3   Under 800     The team’s combined rating must be under 800 Rating Central (or under 1400 USATT rating); starting time: 1:00 pm

Please REGISTER by contacting us and letting us know your name, name of your team-mate, and also the name of your team (the Pongzillas, etc.) Please give us your most recent Rating Central or USATT rating.

This tournament is completely full. NOT ACCEPTING ANY no entries. NO late entries as of 11/26/16.

Contact us for further information or to register for the tournament.

Call/text: 541.999.0926 or email us at: jeffmasontabletennis@gmail.com

Current Coaching programs

October 23-November 27,   Sunday Beginning/Novice Class ………….

November 7-December 12,  Monday TRAINING SESSIONS (Level 3)…

November 7-December 12,  Monday TRAINING SESSIONS (Level 4)…

November 15-December 20,  Tuesday Group Lessons (Level 5)………

 

These are the coaching opportunities that will close out the end of the year at the Ambridge TTC.  All classes, TRAINING SESSIONS, and Group Lessons are currently full. We encourage players to sign up well in advance of the next series to get a spot.  However, at this time there are some individual lesson spots open taught by our Assistant Coaches. Please contact us about individual lessons, if interested.

Again, please sign-up in advance for January’s coaching programs.

Please call/text: 541.999.0926, or email: jeffmasontabletennis@gmail.com for  further information or details.

peace and pong, jeff and sandy mason