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      NCTTA Newsletter
      April 2010

      Fresh off of another great Championships and we've got the rundown on all the results and winners. Plus find out about upcoming NCTTA elections, superlative awards and another fun airport college table tennis video. Read on for all this and more ...

      2010 Champions Crowned

      250 athletes from 59 schools throughout the US and Canada competed in the 2010 College Table Tennis Championships April 9th-11th in Waukesha, Wisconsin. They were vying for Championship titles in seven different events, and after three thrilling days of competition, the following 2010 champions were crowned:

      • Men's/Coed Team: Texas Wesleyan
      • Women's Team: Lindenwood
      • Men's Singles: Yanjun Gao (LaGuardia Community College)
      • Women's Singles: Sara Hazinski (Texas Wesleyan)
      • Men's Doubles: Jose Barbosa/Alfred Najem (Lindenwood/Emporia State)
      • Women's Doubles: Livia Mizobuchi/Karin Fukushima (Lindenwood)
      • Mixed Doubles: Sara Hazinski/Mark Hazinski (Texas Wesleyan)

      Check out the 2010 Championships website for complete results, news stories and write-ups, and tons of photos from the event.

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

      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.

      Also, special thanks to NEWGY Industries, for its continued support of college table tennisNewgyincluding the 2010 College Table Tennis Championships. Newgy offers a great way to fundraise for your club by signing up and participating in their Newgy Robo Pong Affiliate Program.

      Attack Table TennisSpecial thanks also to our platinum Championships sponsor, Attack Table Tennis for their generous support of the 2010 Championships. Attack is a Michigan-based supplier of quality table tennis apparel and gear. Find out more about Attack Table Tennis on their website: www.attacktabletennis.com!

      2009-2010 Superlative Award Winners Coming Soon
      Recognizing the best players, coaches, teams, and Division Director of the year

      Nominations were accepted from all around the country for the best of the best in college table tennis to determine who excelled in each of the following categories:

      1. Male Athlete of the Year
      2. Female Athlete of the Year
      3. Rookie of the Year
      4. Coach/Manager of the Year
      5. Rookie Team of the Year
      6. Most Improved Team
      7. Division Director of the Year

      Winners will be announced May 3, 2010, so stay tuned to your emails and the NCTTA website for the announcement. And of course thanks to everyone who sent in nominations.

      NCTTA Alum Selected to Umpire at Youth Olympics

      Former NCTTA Board member and current chair of the NCTTA Paralympic Committee, Mike Meier, has been selected to umpire at the first ever Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore, August 2010. Meier was one of only nine officials selected to umpire at the Youth Olympics and the only one from North America that made the cut. Ariel Hsing, junior standout from the the San Fransisco Bay Area has qualified to compete for the US in the girls event.

      Mike Meier competed for Texas Wesleyan as a player then went on to serve on the NCTTA Board as Historian from 2007-2008. Mike also worked as the Production Coordinator at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 College Table Tennis Championships. He currently serves as the chair of the NCTTA Paralympic Committee. Congratulations to Mike on such a worthy accomplishment!

      2011 Championships Bid Deadline Extended to May 1

      Cities aiming to host the 2011 College Table Tennis National Championship got a little extra time to put together their best possible bid, as NCTTA extended the bid deadline until May 1. The Championships will lure more than 250 top-notch players from more than 40 different colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada plus many more coaches, fans and volunteers. They are typically held in early April.

      Cities interested in bidding should check out the 2011 Championships Bidding Guidelines and the 2011 Championships Bid Application on the NCTTA website to see what it takes to qualify. From facility lighting to floor surface to attractions of the host cities, there are lots of details to consider. NCTTA leaders say they expect to make a final decision on the location of the 2011 Championships in early June. So stay tuned.

      Upcoming NCTTA Board Elections
      Run for the board, become a division director, join a committee ... lots of ways to get involved

      Ever wanted to get more involved in NCTTA? Like to help set the direction of the organization? Have ideas about how to take NCTTA to the next level? 

      From the board on down, NCTTA is a completely volunteer-based organization. NCTTA relies on the dedicated effort of talented volunteers for, well, basically everything that the organization does. That means that the organization is looking for and depending on people like you to help make it great. Interested? Know someone else you think would be great?

      In May, elections will be held for Executive Board positions (2 year terms), including: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Historian, Athlete Representative and Division Director Representative. Elections will follow the following timeline:

      May 10:  Detailed job descriptions will be posted on the NCTTA website
      May 10 - May 20:  Nominations and Statements of Intent accepted at elections@...
      May 21 - June 1:  Voting (each NCTTA member school gets 1 vote)
      June 2 - June 30:  New board transition and training
      July 1:  New board members take office

      If the Board isn’t your thing, in the next couple of months, NCTTA will also be selecting Division Directors for the 2009-2010 Season. Plus there’s lots of ongoing NCTTA Committees in need of additional members. If you're interested, get in touch with us at info@... Do your part and get more involved in NCTTA!

      Terminal Table Tennis Part Deux

      First it was USC's Ping Pong Posse and friends back in 2007 that got bored waiting for a delayed flight out of the Columbus airport and decided to make the most of it, resulting in the original Terminal Table Tennis (2007).

      And of course since all great art inspires others, fast-forward to 2010 and the Milwaukee airport as some players from De Anza College and UC Berkeley created their own version of this timeless piece, check it out: Airport Table Tennis (2010).

      Know of any other fun or funny college table tennis videos? Drop us a line.

      NCTTA Newsletter - April 2010

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