I sent the following message to our club:
If you want to come and watch some "high level" classic table tennis please
join us on Sunday at the Novato Teen Center from Noon to 5:00 PM. There is
no admission fee for observers.
If you want to play, I will have loaner hardbat paddles available and the
cost is $7.00. It will start as a round robin event, probably with 3
divisons: over 1500, under 1500 and novice groups.
After the round robins are concluded we will likely have competition with
cork and sandpaper paddles and some clipboard competition. Yes, you read it
right CLIPBOARDS used as paddles.
We are likely to see doubles competition break out as well. All in all it
should be great fun, so if you are around town, please drop in and watch us
have fun with the way the game used to be played - without sponge.
The response to the FREE publicity for the event has been nothing short of
sensational. The free "plugs" in the newspaper has brought out three high
level hardbat players. Two are retired and lost access to good tables years
ago and they stopped playing. One stopped playing years ago and was
surprised to hear that hardbat was still alive.
Thanks to word of mouth and the newspapers freely promoting the Novato
Hardbat Fest this upcoming Sunday we now have 8 club regulars that are full
time hardbat players. We also have several part-time sponge players that
also play hardbat like Mike Marinas & Jim Bjornsson.
I guess what I am saying is if you sponsor and promote a local hardbat event
and get persistent in informing the local media, you could get lots of free
advertising and exposure for hardbat and table tennis in general. Two months
ago our club in Novato was floundering with sparse attendees each Tuesday.
We now get 20+ players every week in our round robins. Coincidence? Perhaps,
but not likely.