Saturday September 28, 2019 – 2019 Aurora Fall Open
Sponsored by Paddle Palace:
Open Gym Information
The Table Tennis Open Gym is a Fox Valley Park District program. It is held on: Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Open gym is for adults (18+) but on Fridays the children (6+) can play too. If you are not sure if the open gym will meet on a given day please contact the Eola Community Center front desk at 630-851-8990 and ask if Open Gym Table Tennis will be held that day.
While we are a USATT affiliated table tennis club we do not collect any fees from patrons. The park district runs the open gym program and they collect the fees.
On a typical night we get 25 – 35 players so you will be able to find someone to play with. We setup 10 tables so 20 players can play at the same time. 8 courts are 13 ft wide and 38 long and two courts under running track are 12 ft wide by 20 ft long. Some players also choose to play doubles. Sometimes the 10th table in the back under the running track is used for coaching.
The Eola Community Center
555 S. Eola Rd.
Aurora, IL 60504
We play in the south side of the main gym behind the blue curtain.
The parking lot around the park district building fills up on Wednesday due to a multitude of activities at E.C.C. If you don’t find a free spot, you can park in the adjacent church’s parking lot, just south of the E.C.C.
Daily fee for adult Aurora residents is $4, non-residents $5. Children under 18 are $4 regardless of residency. If you don’t have a park district ID yet, the front desk personnel will make you one for free on the spot. You must have another photo ID to prove you are who you claim to be and also sign a waiver form protecting park district from lawsuits. They will not sell you daily pass without the park district ID. If you loose this ID they can make you a new one for $5. You can pay with a credit card at the front desk.
Once you pay they will give you a colored paper bracelet to indicate that you paid. There are no club dues or annual memberships. However, you can buy a 12 month individual park district membership allowing you to play table tennis and use the weights room for $33 per month. This will be billed to your credit card monthly.
We use the yellow board shown below to reserve play at a table. The board is behind the barriers facing the tables so you need to lean over the barriers to find it. We usually put it in the middle of the row of barriers. We don’t put paddles next to a table like some clubs do. If you like the action on a particular table put your park district ID card or some other card in the slot for that table number. If there are cards in that slot already put yours behind them and wait your turn. Tables don’t have numbers on them but are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 from right to left in the first row and then 5, 6, 7, 8 in the second row. Then 9 & 10 in the last row.
The winner stays at the table, and you take a place of the looser. Please take your card with you while you play. Some people forget it and then leave the club without their card. We frown upon players who move their card to another slot while they play at another table to shorten their waiting time.
If there are no people waiting for a table you can play as long as you want, but please watch the board occasionally. If there is someone waiting you need to start the match promptly. If you just got to the table and people are waiting behind you, take no more than 5 minutes to warm up and start the match. If you don’t want to wait and there is room to setup another table simply ask the park district staff member sitting by the computer station in the other corner of the gym and and he will roll out another table for you. We can setup up to 8 tables in the space we have available. If you see that the players are not starting the match just walk over and ask if they are playing yet because you are waiting. This needs to be done usually for players in the second row of tables because the board is quite far for them so don’t see they can’t see it too well.
On particularly busy nights with 30+ players present, each player is limited to 2 matches at the table. So if you win one match you stay to play another match. Regardless of whether you win or lose the second match you must leave to let other players play.
On October 26th, 2011 the Park District bought 10 brand new Killerspin MyT10 Club Pro tables in black. In June 2013, Swavek Lorenc – FVTTC Club President – bought 2 more identical tables so we now have 12 tables for use for play and in tournaments.
The tables are rolled out by the park district staff but we need to set them up and attach the nets. The 4 easy steps for setting up the table are:
1. To prevent damage to the table surface, first separate the two halves of the the table sufficiently far apart so you don’t scratch the surface during unfolding.
2. Pull table legs away from table surface so the table unfolds. If they are pressed close to the surface the table will NOT unfold.
3. The tables have a little yellow lever on the bottom part. To unfold the table, you need to push the lever with your foot to release it and tilt the table top only a little bit at the same time. The tops are heavy so transfer second hand to support the table as soon as you release the lever before you start lowering it.
4. Take the nets out of the storage bin attached to under the table surface and mount them.
The staff takes down the nets , folds the tables and puts them back in storage for us at the end of the open play.
Paddles and Balls
We don’t have paddles to give out or rent. You can buy a beginner paddle at the Sports Authority but I recommend contacting one of the table tennis equipment stores listed on our website. They can help you choose the right paddle for your style of play and skill level.
In 2016 a new plastic (also known as poly) ball became the official ball to be used at the tournaments and they are almost exclusively made in white color. We play with such plastic balls of best quality i.e. 3 star. These balls have the most perfect round shape and therefore received 3 star quality rating. We like JOOLA, Nittaku or Butterfly balls. White balls are easier to see on our black tables but you may find the orange ones better. The new plastic ball are 40+ mm in diameter so if you have a ball look for 40+ label on it. The old celluloid balls had 40 mm and were marked 40.
If you don’t have a ball – don’t worry – your partner will have balls or in the worst case you can borrow a ball from other players.
Coaching is available in group lessons held on Saturdays and in 1 hour long private lessons on Wednesday and Friday. See coaching page for more information
If you have questions about our club you may contact: Swavek Lorenc at firstname.lastname@example.org.