Just in case you haven’t seen or heard about it, here’s a snippet of the Q&A provided by Paddle Palace:
The introduction of the new plastic “Poly Ball” for table tennis has created a lot of excitement in the table tennis world. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions with answers direct from Paddle Palace:
1) What is the new ball rule?
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) passed a resolution that all ITTF events after July 1, 2014, must use non-celluloid plastic balls. This deadline has a few exceptions; for example, the upcoming Youth Olympic Games taking place in Nanjing, China, August 16-28, 2014, is using a celluloid ball.
2) Are celluloid balls no longer legal?
Celluloid balls continue to be legal for the sport of table tennis. The ITTF continues to approve celluloid balls. All the of the 3-star balls available at Paddle Palace are legal for tournament play.
3) Which tournaments are affected by the ITTF resolution?
ITTF Sanctioned tournaments only are included in the resolution. This includes the World Championships, the ITTF World Tour, ITTF Junior Circuit, and ITTF sanctioned continental events.
4) Are USA tournaments required to use the new ball?
No. Domestic tournaments can choose to use any approved ball, eithercelluloid or non-celluloid.
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San Diego Table Tennis Association Board Meeting
June 10th, 2014
Balboa Park Activity Center
This meeting is open to all members of the SDTTA.
Call to order 7:05pm by Behnam.
SDTTA Board Members Present: Bob Koch, Behnam Kazemi, John Anderson, Borko Dragojlovic and Mark Adelman.
SDTTA Board Member(s) absent: James Kahn and Simon Lee
SDTTA Member(s) Present: None.
Communications not on agenda have a limit of 3 minutes.
The motion was made to approve the SDTTA Board Member minutes for May 2014 by John and seconded by Borko. The Board carried the motion.
Treasurer’s Report: John Anderson passed out the Treasurer’s Report which has been reconciled through May 2014.
Webmaster Report/ Daryl Sterling: No report.
Membership Report: Our current paid membership count is at 202.
Equipment Report: Our current table count is at 32.
Borko talked about his Saturday training session and has seen an increase in attendance lately.
The Board discussed the possibility of a bilateral agreement between SDTTA and the Sorrento Valley Club to allow members of one club to play for free at the other club. In the end, it was decided to leave the current format in place, which is to charge non-members $5 per day to use the club facilities.
Bob thanked the following club members for assisting in the setup and takedown of the tables and equipment at the Neil Smyth Tournament: James, James, Borko, Carlos, Bob, Dan, Andrew, Kettong, Emile, Phil and John.
We discussed the possibility that at next year’s Neil Smyth Tournament, to have a small ceremony after each event, so we can present the winners with their trophies/money. This would be a great way to showcase the winners and add a touch of professionalism to the Tournament.
Atilla sent us an official financial sheet on the breakdown of profit/expenses for running the Neil Smyth Tournament.
The subject was discussed of people challenging tables, especially when the room is full. This is the current policy, but is not always adhered to. We also realize that challengers, who ask for “winners” at a table, should do so on a table with players who’s skill level is near their own.
John made a motion that the equipment “swapmeet” should be held at the same time as the Club banquet. Borko seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously by the Board.
We discussed having a “For Sale” page on our website so members could post any unused equipment that they would like to sell. A concern was voiced that this webpage should not be used for profit-making ventures, like someone selling shirts that they created or other like items.
The topic was raised again about having more inter-club tournaments with other clubs like Qualcomm, Baja and the Zaman Club. This is a great idea and will give our members much needed experience against people outside our club.
We tabled discussion on exhibitions at some of the local high schools.
We tabled discussion on increasing membership fees so there would be money available for sponsoring some of our members to outside tournaments across the U.S.
The motion to adjourn was made by Mark and seconded by Bob at 8:30pm.
The next meeting is July 8th at 7:00pm.
Bob Koch, SDTTA Secretary