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Here's what's going on in college table tennis as the 2008-2009 season gets underway.2008-2009 Preseason Rankings
Preseason rankings released
The 2008-2009 College Table Tennis Preseason Rankings have been released and feature mainstays as well as teams relatively new to NCTTA. The projected top 4 teams in college table tennis to start the season are veteran squads from Texas Wesleyan (defending National Champions) and Princeton (National Runner-Up), as well as Puerto Rico and Minnesota, each with 3 or less years of NCTTA experience.
Co-Ed Team Ranking
- Texas Wesleyan
- Puerto Rico
- Virginia Tech
- UC San Diego
- Georgia Tech
- Ohio State
- Central Florida
- South Carolina
- Florida State
- UC Berkeley
- Johns Hopkins
- Wichita State
- James Madison
Documents to be completed and submitted by member schools
To join NCTTA and compete in the 2008-2009 Competition Season, every school/club must complete the following steps:
- Fill out and submit the Online Membership Form.
- Pay the appropriate membership fee for your school (can be paid online as part of the Online Membership Form).
- Take the Fall Eligibility Form to your school's registrar office to have them verify your players' eligibility and turn it in to your Division Director at the first meet.
Team of the Month: Lindenwood
Lindenwood attracts talent with scholarships
As with many colleges and universities across the United States, athletic and recreational departments are cutting sports programs due to a lack of financial funding for non-revenue generating sports. However at Lindenwood University (home to 45 varsity sports) in Saint Charles, Missouri, they are addng sports programs, most notably of which are the men and women's table tennis teams.
New ITTF Glue Ban
Important infomation regarding the new ITTF equipment rules
ITTF has recently changed the equipment regulations with regard to permissible racket coverings (rubber). Effective September 1st, the new rule reads:This rule change effectively bans speed gluing and the use of boosters or other chemicals applied to the sponge or rubber. More information from ITTF here.
"The covering material should be used as it has been authorised by the ITTF without any physical, chemical or other treatment, changing or modifying playing properties, friction, outlook, colour, structure, surface, etc."
For League Competitions, NCTTA is recommending that Division Directors follow these guidelines.
Help Grow Women's College Table Tennis
Opportunity to expand the number of women's teams
NCTTA had 31 women's teams compete in NCTTA competition in 2007-2008. We'd like to significantly expand on that number for the 2008-2009 Season. Women's college table tennis is absolutely critical for NCTTA's push to get table tennis recognized as NCAA sport. Any returning school/club that fields a women's team (for the full season) gets a $25 discount on their NCTTA Membership Fees. Forming a women's team is a great way to expand your club and help promote the diversity of college table tennis. Women's teams can qualify for Nationals and compete for a Women's Team Championship (just like co-ed teams). If your club already has a women's team, consider trying to field a women's junior varsity team this season. Do your part to promote and expand women's college table tennis at your school.
National Table Tennis Scholarship Program to award student athletes scholarships for use towards tuition, books, room, and board. The NCTTA has awarded 2 students with scholarships of $1000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year.
The recipients of the first ever National Table Tennis Scholarships are:
Whitney Ping, Stanford University
Cheramie Cheung, University of Chicago
Congratulations to these two student-athletes for distinguishing themselves on the table tennis table and in the classroom. NCTTA hopes to see even more applications and more scholarships awarded in future years. Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:
Enrolled (or enrolling) at a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing his or her first degree.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. High school GPA will be considered for enrolling first-year students.
Have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to the sport of table tennis
Has completed the scholarship application form and submitted any supporting documents requested.
New sponsorship deal imminent ...
Coming soon: NCTTA is getting ready to reveal our new League and Championships Equipment Sponsor for the 2008-2009 Season!
NCTTA Newsletter - September 2008
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