USATT New Membership Management System Launch

Jena Newgarden
The USATT (USA Table Tennis Association) has just launched a brand new Membership Management System and the Ratings Page is now live.

USATT partnered with Simply Compete to make the membership and ratings process easier and to help grow the sport of table tennis in the United States.

The latest tournaments have been processed and you can see your updated ratings now.

For more information and to set up your account, click here.

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Table Tennis Ratings vs. Skills

Jena Newgarden
Often times, table tennis players will mistakenly associate ratings with skills.  Just because your table tennis opponent has a certain rating doesn’t necessarily mean that your opponent possesses a certain level of particular skills.

For example…

I asked my 1800-rated table tennis student why he wasn’t attacking his (2100-rated) opponent’s half-long serve.  My student responded by saying that because his opponent was rated 2100, he assumed that all his serves were short.

I asked my 1200-rated student why he kept hitting to his (600-rated) opponent’s backhand.  My student responded by saying that his assumed that all low-rated table tennis players have weak backhands.

I asked my 1700-rated student why he kept trying to smash every ball against his (2300-rated) opponent.  My student responded by saying that he assumed that he probably couldn’t return any balls anyway and decided just to go for high-risk shots in the table tennis match.

These hypothetical situations demonstrate that you can’t assume a certain set of skills is used by certain player levels in table tennis.  You must approach each opponent individually instead of categorizing players by rating.

Samson Dubina

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