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:

2019 Fall/Winter Session

8 week Beginner, Match Play and Adult session starting on October 12th, with classes on 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30

Next, 8 week Beginner, Match Play and Adult session starting on December 7th with classes on: 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 01/05/2020, (no class on 01/11 due to 2020 Aurora Cup which will be from 01/10 – 12), 01/18, 01/25, 02/01.

2020 Spring session

8 week Beginner, Match Play and Adult session starting on February 8th with classes on 02/08, 02/15, 02/22, 02/29, 03/07, 03/14, 03/21, 03/28.  Spring break in 2020 District 204 is 3/30 to 04/03.

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.   Student’s home must be no more than 10 minutes drive away from Eola Community Center and student must have a table.  I don’t offer classes at my house.

$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).
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
Palatine Agnieszka Karve 847-814-4872
speaks English and Polish
Call for cost Private lessons for children and adults at your home or a at club near you
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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