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      NCTTA Newsletter
      February 2010

      It's an exciting time in the college table tennis season as the critical matches are played, division champions are crowned and National Championship invitations are extended. In this month's newsletter, we've got lots of great profiles of surprise teams to watch and rising future stars. Plus all the details on the YouTube video contest and a great Champs warm-up event in the Arnold Table Tennis Challenge.

      Read on for all the details!

      YouTube Video Contest Deadline Approaching

      NCTTA's YouTube Video Contest is back for second year. Win up to $500 or great Killerspin gift certificates for your club. You don’t need to possess the directing skills of Hollywood’s finest, just a little creativity. But the March 15 submission deadline is fast approaching.

      How to Enter:

         1. Capture “quality” video footage at your upcoming NCTTA regional tournament
         2. Edit your raw footage to produce a 1 to 5-minute video
         3. Post your video on YouTube for all to see
         4. Enter the contest by notifying treasurer@... of your video on YouTube

      Judging Criteria: In general, videos should
      • Showcase NCTTA regional league matches
      • Showcase NCTTA sponsors
      • Provide a positive image of college table tennis
      • Have quality of footage and editing
      Prizes: Top prize up to $500, $50 Killerspin gift certificates (to be awarded at the discretion of the judges panel)

      Entry Deadline: March 15, 2010

      It’s a great way to promote our favorite Olympic sport around the globe. It’s also a terrific way to earn a little cash for our clubs on college campuses around the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico (only official or transitional NCTTA member schools in good standing can enter).

      Start those cameras rolling!!

      Arnold Table Tennis Challenge Comes to Columbus
      Pre-Championships Warm-Up Event held March 5-7, 2010 is part of Arnold Fitness Festival

      Want a chance to win a Killerspin table for your club? How about getting some extra tournament play in before the end of the college table tennis season?

      Then you'll want to play in the 2010 Arnold Table Tennis Challenge, sponsored by Killerspin. The event, a 3-star USATT sanctioned tournament will be held in Columbus, Ohio, from March 5-7, 2010. The tournament is part of the Arnold Sports Festival and Fitness Expo which is the largest multi-sport event in the country, attracting over 18,000 athletes and more than 160,000 visitors over the 3 days of the festival.

      All participants in the table tennis events receive one free wristband to visit the festival events and competitions. Don't miss it!

      What: 2010 Arnold Table Tennis Championships, Sponsored by Killerspin
      When: March 5-7, 2010
      Where: Columbus, Ohio part of the Arnold Fitness Festival
      Why: Pre-College Nationals warmup tournament; College Team event as a part of this tournament with winning school getting a Killerspin table!
      Entry Form: Online here

      NCTTA 2010 Spring Regionals Attract Fans

      Each spring, March Madness attracts millions of hoops fans to cheer on 64 hot-shooting NCAA Division I basketball teams. The name and the game is different for fans of college table tennis. Maybe call it Minnesota Madness for the three days of non-stop table tennis in Rochester at the 2009 Champs or Wisconsin Wizardry for what we will encounter in the Milwaukee area in April 2010.

      Forty or so college teams and 250 players (give or take a few) from campuses stretching from Canada to California are expected to be on hand for the spirited paddle action April 9-11 with key sponsors like Killerspin and Newgy Industries helping make it possible.

      But to get there, NCTTA regionals are up first and teams will have to give it their all to reach Wisconsin in April. It all began with the Texas Division Jan 31 at ... where else ... Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth. By the time you read this newsletter, other regionals will have come and gone. Here’s a partial schedule of some key regional matchups in late February:

      Feb 20 at Rochester Community and Technical College (Minnesota Division)
      Feb 21 at Univ. of Central Florida in Orlando (Florida Division)
      Feb 27 at Boston University (New England Division)
      Feb. 27 at Ohio State in Columbus (Ohio Division)
      Feb. 27/28 at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City (NYC Division)
      Feb. 28 at the Univ. of Southern California in Los Angeles (Southern California Division)

      NCTTA fans and players and coaches are encouraged to invite friends and foes alike. Tell them to check out some of the best collegiate table tennis on the planet! Our favorite Olympic sport is growing in popularity around the globe. Let’s do our part to spread the word! Actress Susan Sarandon is doing so as the owner of a new table tennis club in New York City.

      But you don’t have to be a movie star in Hollywood to get the word out. If you have an interesting or funny anecdote to share from NCTTA regional action or what happened along the way, let us know. Drop us a line at NCTTA headquarters! We will try to include the items in the March 2010 newsletter. Just call it our version of March Madness!

      Florida State Surges to No. 6 in NCTTA Rankings

      Florida State Table Tennis TeamFlorida State’s legendary football coach Bobby Bowden retired after his Gator Bowl triumph over the West Virginia Mountaineers.

      Saying farewell to the beloved 80-year-old coach, who finished a modest 7-6 in his final season, was a huge story for the Seminole Nation in recent months. Bowden’s out and Jimbo Fisher is in as coach of an FSU team that’s enjoyed much success, including two national championships, under Bowden. The Alabama native ranks No. 2 in football victories in NCAA Division I circles behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno.

      They didn’t make a big media splash like Bowden’s retirement, but the Florida State Table Tennis Team is making lots of noise around the Sunshine State and across the USA.

      During the fall and winter, there’s good reason for table tennis fans to get fired up on the Tallahassee campus. After all, the eight-member FSU coed squad recently catapulted to a ranking of No. 6 in the nation in the midseason rankings. FSU landed a notch below No. 5 Virginia Tech, a perennial table tennis powerhouse. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico, one of three schools that hands out scholarships to top players, came in at No. 8.

      The new rankings really shook up the collegiate table tennis world because FSU’s last trip to a top 25 national ranking was back in 2006. Back then FSU was ranked No. 23. FSU has never been listed in the elite company of the Top Ten –- until now.

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      Texan Timothy Wang Wows Table Tennis Crowds

      Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant practices like crazy to remain the best hoops player on the planet.

      Not nearly as well known as Kobe, a sure shot for the NBA Hall of Fame, Timothy Wang as emerging as a big star when it comes to the Olympic sport of table tennis in the Lone Star State. In fact, the 19-year-old Wang is also developing quite a reputation on the world stage, too.

      The facts back up Tim’s quest for greatness. His dad, Sam Wang, says his son practices table tennis five hours a day six days a week as he bids to join the U.S. Olympic Team in 2012 at the London Games. Practice, man, practice is also the best way for a singer or musician to get to the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York.

      Timothy Wang is well on his way to the big-time in table tennis and the teen has the heart to succeed. The 2009 Junior National Champion, Wang first got interested in the game at age 5 when he went to Houston Table Tennis Association clubs with his older brother, Roland, reports the Houston Chronicle in a June 2009 story written by Jordan Godwin.

      What’s new with Tim Wang these days? His father, Sam Wang, tells the NCTTA newsletter staff in February that his son, who’s been a consistent table tennis winner since age 8, is considering college. That’s huge news in the table tennis universe!

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      Purdue Boilermakers Heat Up Midwest Table Tennis

      Purdue Table Tennis TeamEverybody in Who Dat Nation knows Drew Brees, the New Orleans saints quarterback who led New Orleans to win their first ever Super Bowl. In post-Katrina Dixie, Brees is a hero, and now a Super Bowl MVP.

      Not every football fan knows that Brees was also a star signal caller for the Purdue Boilermakers and one of the best quarterbacks in Big Ten history. He’s been the talk of the West Lafayette campus for more than a decade. After all, Brees tossed an amazing 90 touchdowns at Purdue. But also getting a little attention lately at the Indiana school is the newly energized Purdue Table Tennis Club.

      Led by club president Yutao Yue, the club’s roster has grown to more than 70 members. The club hosted the Purdue Winter Open and it was an enormous success. Students, faculty and alumni showed up to play, while others cheered on the Boilermakers. Among the tournament medal winners was a Purdue math professor.

      Purdue is recruiting more players, stepping up practices and will host more tournaments in the future in West Lafayette, an hour’s drive from Indianapolis. The club will now host a monthly Purdue Open League.

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      Canada Grows Talented College TT Players

      Check out the latest NCTTA mid-season rankings and you'll see an unprecedented number of teams from Canada from top to bottom. For instance, Western Ontario sits in the No. 3 spot among the women’s teams, just one notch below No. 2 Rutgers of New Jersey. Other teams from Canada landing in the top 25 for the women include Toronto at No. 15 and British Columbia at No. 19. Women’s table tennis is definitely on a growth spurt on the campus scene in North America.

      A look at the coed team rankings shows the University of Toronto tied for No. 9 with California-Berkeley with another college from Canada, Waterloo U, listed at No. 11, Montreal’s McGill University made it to No. 15 and Ottawa is at No. 21.

      That’s an amazing number -- seven ranked college table tennis teams from Canada! Call them the "Magnificent Seven," just like the classic 1960s Western.

      It’s not just the Olympic sport of table tennis that’s luring collegians from all over to study in Canada. More than 130,000 students hit the books in Canada every year and they come in even greater numbers to learn English or French. International students bring diversity to the classroom and share their culture with friends on campus.

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      Sponsor Corner
      Special thanks to our sponsors, Newgy and Killerspin!

      Killerspin NCTTA, would like to thank Killerspin for its support of college table tennis. Killerspin is the exclusive NCTTA League and Championship Equipment sponsor through 2011. Member schools just need to fill out the Killerspin Premium Membership Program Application to receive phenomenal equipment discounts in the online Killerspin store. NewgyAlso, special thanks to NEWGY Industries, for its continued support of college table tennis including the Newgy-NCTTA Scholarship Program. Newgy offers a great way to fundraise for your club by signing up and participating in their Newgy Robo Pong Affiliate Program.

      Miami of Ohio Launches Table Tennis Team

      Known as the Cradle of Coaches, Miami University of Ohio is making a bid in 2010 to launch a competitive table tennis team.

      At last count, more than 100 Miami alumni are active in coaching in the college or pro level, mostly as head coaches. Over the past 63 years, 19 collegiate and pro coaches with Miami roots have been named National Coaches of the Year.

      With this type of history, the future looks bright for Miami’s attempt to get active in colleget table tennis action in their region.

      Famous football coaches over the years who are Miami University alums include Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns, Woody Hayes of Ohio State, Weeb Eubank of the NY Jets, and Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame. Of current vintage, Jim Tressel of Ohio State is the head coach of the recent Rose Bowl champs).

      Have a new collegiate table tennis team about to hook up with the NCTTA universe? Send us the facts and will include in a future NCTTA newsletter.
      NCTTA Newsletter - February 2010

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