Welcome to monthly update version V3.0 (this update keeps changing!!!)

This started out as a poor monthly update.  It went from bad to worse, except that we now have the tournament rescheduled.
Sorry if this is an absolute mess.  Okay, I am going to stop fiddling with it now.


We had our first closing due to COVID in May and had to postpone our tournament.

And now we have to wear masks to enter the building until the borough decides otherwise.*¹

We are now a USA Table Tennis affiliated club.
Now we can plan on holding a sanctioned USATT tournament!
, so maybe our tournament will become sanctioned.
That's all I got, just going to lie low for now, see how things shake out and take it from there.
Happy ponging!

Tournament has been rescheduled to Saturday June 25th.
Register at tinyurl.com/cruz2022


 

Here we are! Four weeks after opening! Here's the scoop.
We've had a mix of old and new players, I'd say most in the 1400-900 range ratings wise, Red Owls using the PHXTTC rating system.
First night we had 17, 11 the second, 12 the third and 8 the fourth.  So the wait time is almost no existent at this point and we have unused tables through out the night.
However, let's see what happens over the next week because we may get new players after the following:


The Recreation Center open house was held on Saturday April 30th. (As was every other event you can imagine in the entire area!) 
It was a lot of fun, community members took home keychains and all of the 30 pamphlets we printed up.
Quite a few recreational players hit around. Janel and I played though-out the day, ended up tied 6 games to 6.

 

PA State Championships have completed! I have the results recorded in the Pennsylvania State Table Tennis Championships Archive.
However, Since there were only 4 State Champions events held, I keep thinking to myself, what if we held the other categories during another tournament? 
That sound you hear is the gears in my head turning.

Rating System
I have updated the PHX Skill tracking system.  I am slowly adding names.  I put a little description of the concept on the page. I am also working on physical rewards to hand out.  I have been thinking about using the system to determine divisions in our next tournament.

 
I was contacted by my friend at Valley Forge Baptist Temple in Collegeville about them starting up Monday Night Hangouts again there.  They usually ran from 7pm - 9pm.  I don't think my family will participate this time, one night a week is plenty for us.  But if you are interested and want me to help you organize some play time there, let me know.

 That's all I got for now.  I think it is more than enough!
Come out to the club!!!

The club is now open again!
When: Tuesday nights 6pm-9pm
Where: 501 Franklin Ave, Phoenixville PA 19460 (Phoenixville Recreation Center)
How much: $5 per night.
If you have not played with us before, check our our rules and code of conduct below.

The Phoenixville Recreation Center will also be hosting an open house on Saturday April 30th from 10am - 2pm if you want to come check the facility.
The 30th is rough!  I had to drop out of the disc golf tournament at Rez Park, right across the street happening that same day.  
And the Pennsylvania State Table Tennis Championships are now held that day as well!!!

Space is limited for the States, so sign up soon!
https://pa-statettc.com/

Who needs USATT tournament ratings? When you can use the Phoenixville Skill Level Tracker!
Why? Because I can! Yeah, I said that, isn't it cool? 
Here is my prototype system, see if you can figure it out just by the picture.  More on the details to come later.


Welcome back to the monthly update, I'm your host, The PongFather.

I have completed my 30 day table tennis challenge and I wrote an article about my experience.  I had a great deal of fun and many more things happened than I had anticipated.
Read the article here.

A Ping-Pong-A-Thon event was held on Feb. 26th.  12 hours of pong.  It was a real party!  In our "professional" double elimination tournament, Brady won 1st place and newcomer James took 2nd.
I honestly wasn't sure we would finish, there were so many players vying for table time.  I want to thank everyone who came out and donated! 
There is another Ping-Pong-A-Thon event in West Chester going for a full 24 hours March 25th/26th. Click here for more information: https://pingpongathon.com/t/chesco
Y
ou can also donate through that link.

Novice event winners Scott (2nd), Jamie (1st)

James


The Pong Father returns for the Health Care Access Virtual Karaoke contest. Unfortunately he could not place among the winners in the contest. Maybe next year.
Health Care Access provides the means for uninsured or underinsured residents of the greater Phoenixville area to get health needs met.  

Coming soon...

The Phoenixville Recreation Center is nearly complete.  We have already moved the tables to the facility and are just waiting to announce the opening.  The facility will be hosting an open house on Saturday April 30th from 10am to 2pm. We invite you to join us then and take a peek at the club's new home. 501 Franklin Ave, Phoenixville PA 19460.

 

Greetings table tennis fans, welcome to the monthly update!

Groundhog Trophy 2022

I would like to announce the winner of our Groundhog Trophy micro tournament: "Awesome" PJ defeated Bradley 3-1.

 

 

Pong-A-Thon

The next big event is the Pong-A-Thon charity event,
https://pingpongathon.com/t/phoenixville
Date: February 26, 2022

Venue: 110 Valley Park Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460
This is an 12 hour marathon event to raise money to support the charities that bring rescue, support and train victims of human trafficking in South East Asia.

If you can't play or can't make it, you can still help by donating at the link below.
BRADY PONG-A-THON

 

Rec. Room VS Rec. Center

As we continue our efforts to find a new club location.  Our two best options are less than a mile away from each other and have very similar names.  First is the Rec. Room bar/restaurant down on Bridge Street.  Second is the Phoenixville Recreation Center which will be opening up this Spring on Franklin Ave.  You will be hearing me discuss each back and forth as we coordinate working between both.  I made you a handy-dandy photo to help you know the difference.  I am hoping to have big news come the March update. So stay tuned!