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Suffolk Table Tennis Issues

Nick Samson
05:57 AM ET (US)
Hi there, the Stowmarket Table Tennis club is looking to run an Introduction to coaching course (Instructor Mark Dare) either in August or September. Would anyone be interested in attending? You can email me at nicksamson@btinternet.com. Please put INTRO in the subject line.
05:45 AM ET (US)
Hello Dale Sorry for the delay in replying. Did you find a coach. If not then if you give me a call on 01502 528580 I can put you in touch with a coach.
03:06 PM ET (US)
Hi I've been playing table tennis for about 8 months now I play at least twice a week I would say I'm ok and will be playing in the summer league hopefully but I'm really struggling to find a coach for one on one sessions I'm willing to travel I'm based in Ipswich can anyone help
04:42 PM ET (US)
Is there a club near Saxmundham that has an open practice night please?
Just for a one off practice!
04:07 AM ET (US)
Ken Lewis
02:53 AM ET (US)
It is with deep sadness that I write to make you aware that Pam Rogers passed away on Sunday 3rd February 2013 following a short illness.
Pam was known to many throughout the County and wider affield, and will be greatly missed.

Funeral service arrangements are as follows:
Monday, 11 February 2013 at 3.00pm
Rushmere St Andrew's Church
 The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich, IP5 1DJ

Pam's favourite colour was purple and the family have asked for those attending to not wear black but to wear a touch of purple on the day.

Family flowers only
Donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care
 c/o Hunnaball Funeral Directors, Dove House, 291 Norwich Road, IPSWICH, IP1 4BP
The wake will follow the service at Ipswich Sports Club.
Ken Lewis.
SCTTA Chairman.
Edited 02-10-2013 02:55 AM
Ken Lewis
05:09 AM ET (US)
Not a case at all of 'second fiddle' Steve. The national events are important, especially to those players who have a national ranking [another contributory element of the county ranking], and training is also an important part of the youngsters overall development and progress.

Jan/Feb would indeed be ideal if there was anyone to run a Junior closed then - unfortunately, despite my 'pleadings' we remain in a situation where noone will come forward to help out and it falls on the same 'volunteers' year on year.

Hence this year the date for the Junior closed will be set as and when the schools tt competition is completed and the same person who organises that tournament will then have sufficient time to be able to organise it.

The current SCTTA management committee are working hard try to improve tt within the county, particularly for the youngsters, but unless more volunteers come forward, the future of SCTTA continues to remain in doubt !!
Steve Branton
03:05 AM ET (US)
Thanks Ken, I understand that the main criteria is to get as many as possible to enter the Championships and by giving this the highest priority (in the ranking system) this at least should 'encourage' more to enter. Having done this it then seems a shame that the Junior Champs then have to play second fiddle to training camps etc, surely it should be the other way round? Or is it a case of making sure the top players are there rather than at a ranking tournament? - apologies, that was said very tongue in cheek ;-)
In past the Suffolk Junior Champs have been held in January / February - this seems a far better time period.
Ken Lewis
06:42 PM ET (US)
Ranking is, and always has, been contentious Steve - going forward, I hope we now have a system which is a little more clearly defined, so everyone knows what is required, the most important element being actually playing tt particularly in the closed event[s], as UNANYMOUSLY approved by the management committee.

The longer term aim is to find ways of encouraging more players to play in the closed events, you cannot fairly rank players who don't compete !!

Playing in the closed events isn't the sole element though, and I can confirm that Elliot's debut season in the IDTTL premier was certainly not overlooked.

Last year was the ecxeption with exams inevitably having an impact - the unfortunate death of the Junior champs. organiser meant the champs. had to be re-arranged for when a volunteer could be found to run them, and this was taken into account to ensure no-one was unfairly penalised for not taking part.

Learning from last year, the 2012/13 Junior champs. will of necessity owing mainly to the very busy junior tournaments and training schedules nationally, be towards the end of the season, but hopefully set to avoid school exam dates if at all possible. Anyone willing to run them earlier, please let me know - though I doubt a weekend can be found when there isn't a junior event or training session likely to interfere.

This years rankings were I am aware first hand very carefully deliberated, and consultations widely made to try to ensure they are truly representative of players performances throughout the previous twelve months.
Edited 10-04-2012 07:04 PM
Steve Branton
05:50 PM ET (US)
Unfortunately, as you will see, the number one criteria is taking part in the 'closed' championships which, I'm afraid as you have indicated you will not be able to play in this years, could mean you may miss out on getting into the top ten !!

Richard, Elliot fell foul of the ranking system this season having missed the 2011/12 Junior Champs which was right in the middle of A Level exams - his debut season in the Ipswich Premier obviously not taken into account. It also looks like this may be repeated, with the 2012/13 Junior Champs again being held late in the school year :-(
Richard Goodhand
03:34 PM ET (US)
Cheers Ken, final comment noted. Lol.
Ken Lewis
05:26 AM ET (US)
If you 'click' on the 'Ranking' tag from the main menu list Richard, you will find full details regarding the criteria and proceedures for ranking.

Unfortunately, as you will see, the number one criteria is taking part in the 'closed' championships which, I'm afraid as you have indicated you will not be able to play in this years, could mean you may miss out on getting into the top ten !!

I'ts not the only criteria though, ALL results from ALL competitive table tennis played throughout the entire year are taken into account, so it will be a tough one for the committee to decide if you have another season as last year.

Loosing to the chairman of the ranking committee might help !!
Richard Goodhand
04:48 PM ET (US)
Thought I'd christen the forum! Hello everyone!
I am a bit curious to know how the county rankings are set. Appreciate it's a bit of a subjective topic and a few years back I never thought I'd hit 11, but after 3 of 4 years of success in the restricted (runner up the other) and my best season yet last year, I'm just interested in how this is approached as I'd so love to hit the top 10.
Sadly, I can't take part in this year's tournament due to other commitments, so good luck to all that do.
Ken Lewis
10:05 AM ET (US)
It would be interesting to hear what players in Suffolk expect of SCTTA, and how they feel it operates, or perhaps feel it should operate.
This 'topic section' provides the ideal opportunity for YOU to submit YOUR views/opinions.
Edited 09-05-2012 10:07 AM
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03:23 PM ET (US)
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