Group Lessons

Eola Community Center started offering group table tennis classes starting in June of 2012. These classes continue to this day and are offered on Saturdays from 9 – 10 am (Beginner session) and from 10 – 11 am (Match Play session).  The classes are listed in the park district catalog as ‘Table Tennis Instruction’.  The classes cost is $80 for Aurora residents and $120 for non-residents.

In July, 2018 Adult only classes were offered from 11 am to noon at a cost of $100/$150 for Aurora residents/non-residents. The 8 week sessions classes are offered on following dates:

2018 Fall sessions

8 week Beginner, Match Play and Adult sessions starting on November 3rd, with lessons on 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, (no class on 11/24 i.e. the week of Thanksgiving), 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 and 12/29.

2019 Winter session

8 week Beginner, Match Play and Adult sessions starting on January 5th with classes on 01/05, 01/12, (no class on 19th due to Aurora Cup tournament at Vaughan AC), 01/26, 02/02, 02/09 , 02/16, 02/23, 03/02.

2019 Spring session

8 week Beginner, Match Play and Adult session starting on March 9th with classes on 03/09, 03/16, 03/23, 03/30, no class on 04/07 due to Aurora Spring Open tournament, 04/13, 04/20, 04/27, 05/04.

8 week Beginner, Match Play and Adult session starting on May 11th, with classes on 05/11, 05/18, no class on 05/25 due to Memorial Day holiday and large tournament in Rockford, IL, 06/01, 06/08, 06/15, 06/22, 06/29, no class on July 6-7 due to Aurora Summer Open 2 day tournament, 07/13

Class information

Players ages 6 and up are welcome. Bring your own paddle but we also have several practice paddles if you are not sure if you like the sport and don’t want to buy one yet.  We will use a table tennis robot and multiple ball training system to speed up skill development. We will not play any matches – only practice.

The Beginner class would teach proper paddle grip, stance, footwork, basic forehand and backhand strokes, basic forehand serve.

The Match Play class will get more into various serves and serve returns, forehand and backhand push. If you want to try your newly gained skills come to our regular open play times on Wednesday or Friday or play at a club near you.

The adult class will be mostly like the beginner class but it depends on what the skill set will be.

If you are looking for a good book which explains the techniques, I would recommend the following book – “Table Tennis Steps to Success“. It’s the best book on table tennis that I know of. Purchase this book if you would like to study the game of table tennis.

Private & Group Lessons

Here are other coaches who give either private or group lessons.

Location Coach Cost Dates/Times/Additional info
Aurora & Naperville Swavek Lorenc 630-251-8860

speaks English and Polish

$40 per hour when lesson is held at student’s home.

$40 per hour when lesson is held at Eola Community Center.  You pay at the front desk and come to me with receipt.

Private lessons for children and adults at student’s home or at Eola Community Center in Aurora (Wednesday and Friday 6:30 – 9:30 pm).
Experior Club Yichi Zhang 630-380-4668

The coach is one of the top actively competing players in the USA.  He speaks English and Chinese

Group Lessons are held on Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Saturday 3 – 6 pm and Sunday 9 am – 12 pm.  The cost is $15 per hour. You can buy fewer hours if your child doesn’t have time to play 10 hours a week but you have to commit to coming regularly. These group lessons are for serious, advanced child players who are willing to dedicate themselves to training hard and becoming nationally ranked players.  Typically the child needs to have 1600 or above USATT rating to benefit from this program.
Experior Club in Addison Alice Liu                312 – 489 – 3319

The coach was a Chinese Junior National Team member.   speaks Chinese and English.

Group Lessons:
1. Single lesson $40 per student
2. Monthly $420 ($35 per lesson)
Private Lessons
1. $50 per hour
2. $90 for 2 hours
3. $100 for 1.5h (in home lesson)
Group lessons for adults and kids limited to 6 student per lesson, 3 times per week.
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM (2.0h)
Saturdays 3:00PM to 5:30PM (2.5h)
Palatine Agnieszka Karve 847-814-4872

speaks English and Polish

Private lessons for children and adults at your home or a at club near you. .
Wood Dale Park District Rec. Complex Maria Kretschmer
(630-873-0330)
$34 R
$40 NR
for 7 – 15 yrs 8 lessons meeting once a week 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Wheaton Park District Maria Kretschmer
(630-873-0330)
Schaumburg Park District Spenser Lam (224-388-6790)

speaks: English, Chinese

 Hoffman Estates and surrounding areas Junduo Zhao (847-401-2445)

speaks: English, Chinese

$40 per hour For ages 8 and up. The class is held in rooms 3 & 4 at the Bartlett Community Center. Here is a video of the students practice.
Korean Central United Methodist
203 E Camp McDonald Rd Prospect Heights
Brian Bae

(847-707-6290)
Speaks Korean, English

$50 per session, rate varies depending on student skill level Weekdays after 3 pm at the club
Edge Table Tennis Club in Arlington Heights Yoon Seok Lee 312-818-9717

The coach speaks Korean, English

Group classes for children are held on Saturday and Sunday for 2 hours
At private club in Chinatown Square Mall  but also in the suburbs Neo Nie              (708)-953-9619
Speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese
$35 per hour At a club in Chinatown or at students home
Schaumburg and surrounding areas Zachary Moy (847)-714-4670
Speaks English and Cantonese
 $30 per hour at student’s home
Seward Park District, Chicago Steve Claflin
(210-269-2292)
$25 per hour Saturdays – any age.
Washington Park District, Chicago Steve Claflin
(210-269-2292)
$25 Sundays – any age.

Table tennis coaching resources:
Coaching website

The PATT Institute

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