Group Lessons

Eola Community Center began offering group table tennis classes starting in June of 2012. These classes continue to this day and are offered on Saturdays.  Beginner session is held from 9 – 10 am and Advanced session is from 10 – 11 am.  The classes are listed in the park district catalog as ‘Table Tennis Instruction’.  The classes cost is $84 for Aurora residents and $124 for non-residents.  Children 6 years old and up are eligible for this class and there are maximum 12 children per class.

In July, 2018 Adult only classes are also offered from 8 – 9 am.  The cost in January 2023 is $106/$156 for Aurora residents/non-residents.   Age restriction is 18 years old and up.

Winter 2023

Session 1: January 7th through February 25th (8 lessons)

Session 2: March 4th through April 29th (8 lessons)

Class information

Players ages 6 and up are welcome. You may 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 multi-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 Advanced 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 Friday or Sunday or play at a club near you.

The adult class will cover both beginner and more advanced techniques depending on skill level of students simply because we are limited to 1 hour to accommodate both groups of students.  If you look for more personalized training to fix your technique please consider private lessons.

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

$45 per hour.   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. Private lessons for children and adults at student’s home in the evening after 6 pm.
Wood Dale Park District Rec. Complex Maria Kretschmer
$34 R
$40 NR
for 7 – 15 yrs 8 lessons meeting once a week 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Wheaton Park District Maria Kretschmer
Naperville, Aurora, Lisle Om Kuppurajah
(309) 369 9096
Speaks: English, Telugu, Hindi, Tamil
40$/hour Kids >5 and Adults: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM Weekdays and 7:00 AM to 12 noon on Saturday. Private lessons for adults and children over 5 years with Multi-ball Robot training at my house.  Or at your home or club near you.
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

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
$25 per hour Saturdays – any age.
Washington Park District, Chicago Steve Claflin
$25 Sundays – any age.

Table tennis coaching resources:
Coaching website

The PATT Institute