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 cost is $80 for Aurora residents and $120 for non-residents. In July, 2018 Adult only classes will be 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 Spring session
8 week Beginner & Match Play session from 4/14 through 06/09 – no class on 05/26 due to big tournament in Rockford.
2018 Summer sessions
New this summer – Adult only classes. 8 week Beginner, Match Play and Adult session starting on July 7th with lessons on: 07/07, 07/14, 07/21 & 07/28, 08/04, 08/11, 08/18, 08/25.
Session 2 starting on September 1 with lessons on: 09/01, 09/08, 09/15, 09/22 (no lesson on 09/29 because of our Aurora Fall Open tournament), 10/06, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27.
2018 Fall sessions
2019 Winter session
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.
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.
|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.
1. Single lesson $40 per student
2. Monthly $420 ($35 per lesson)
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
|for 7 – 15 yrs 8 lessons meeting once a week 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm|
|Wheaton Park District||Maria Kretschmer
|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
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
|$25 per hour||Saturdays – any age.|
|Washington Park District, Chicago||Steve Claflin
|$25||Sundays – any age.|
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