Join the Super-Spin Spring League!

Pure Pong is starting another table tennis league for novice through advanced levels (up to 1900 USATT rating).  Players will be placed on a table each league night that is appropriate to their level; generally, beginners play beginners, intermediates play intermediates, advanced play advanced. Each player plays three to five singles matches per night in a round robin format. If you are the Super-Spinner of the Table for the night (player with the best results), you advance up to the next table the following week. If you finish at the bottom of the table, you go down a table level the next week.  Players will play a lot of matches with many different players in this format. Wild Cards or Walk-ins, players not officially signed up in the league, may also play in the league on any given night. They will pay an additional fee that registered players don’t pay. These Wild Cards or walk-ins help give a great mix to the Super-Spin league format. This is an opportunity to play a lot of different players, many different styles, and a good range of ratings!

Who:  Open to all novice-intermediate level players (*under 1900 USATT level)

What:  The Super-Spin Spring League.  Each person will be given a table to play their three to five singles matches.  The person winning his/her round robin, on a given night, will advance to the next higher table the following week. The person with the weakest results in the round robin will go down one table the next week. Every match is best of 5 games.

When:  Every Tuesday night 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. starting April 29 and the following dates:

May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3.  Wild Cards or Walk-ins must arrive by 6:45 p.m. to be placed in the round robin that night. We will be accepting sign-ups starting April 22.

Where:  Pure Pong in the Pearl

Sign up at the desk, fill out the form below, or call 971-570-9625

League fee for 6 weeks for Pure Pong members: $40; League fee for non-members: $45
League fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to the next league. Wild Cards or Walk-in players competing in the league will be charged $10 per night.

Further information; details, rules, and procedures of the league will be discussed at the beginning of the first league night: Tuesday, April 29, OR, let us know what questions you have in the meantime. *Jeff Mason, U.S. National Table Tennis Coach will assess players’ level for eligibility and give an estimated provisional rating.

Come Learn EVERY Stroke You’ll Ever Need to Know

The 2013 Oregon State Table Tennis Champion, Tim Aikey, will be hosting a clinic at Pure Pong on Friday, March 28th. Come learn forehand and backhand looping, pushing, serves, serve returns, flips, drop shot, blocking, counter topspin, chopping and everything in between from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Full details here Complete Table Tennis Strokes Clinic! We hope to see you at Pure Pong. When it comes to Table Tennis techniques, it’s good to be a “know-it-all”!

 

Pure Pong’s 2014 “Dragon of the Table” Spring League

Pure Pong is starting another league for novice through advanced levels (up to 1800).  Players will be placed on a table each league night that is appropriate to their level (generally, beginners play beginners, intermediates play intermediates, advanced play advanced). Each player plays 3-5 singles matches per night in a round robin format. If you are Dragon of the Table for the night (player with the best results), you advance up to the next table the following week. If you finish at the bottom of the table, you go down a table level the next week.  Players will play a lot of matches with many different players in this format. Wild Cards or Walk-ins (players not officially signed up in the league) may also play in the league on any given night. They will pay an additional fee that registered players don’t pay. These Wild Cards or walk-ins help give a great mix to the Dragon of the Table format. This is an opportunity to play a lot of different players, many different styles, and a good range of ratings!!

Who:  Open to all novice-intermediate level players (*under 1800 USATT level)

What:  Dragon of the Table Singles League.  Each person will be given a table to play their three to five singles matches.  The person winning his/her round robin, on a given night, will advance to the next higher table the following week. The person with the weakest results in the round robin will go down one table the next week. Every match is best of 5 games.  

When:  Every Tuesday night 7:00-8:30 PM starting , March 18, then, March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15, and April 22.  Wild Cards or Walk-ins need to show up by 6:45 PM to be placed in the round robin that night. Accepting sign-ups March 11.

Where:  Pure Pong; Each player will get their own table on which to play all matches.

Why:  Pure Pong has decided that we need to have a fun, lightly competitive league for novice through advanced players. The Dragon of the Table singles league is a great way to play a number of different players and styles on a similar level.  It also helps accommodate our growing interest in fun league nights.

Sign up with the form below, with Sandy or Jeff at the desk, or call  971-570-9625.

League fee for 6 weeks for Pure Pong members: $40; League fee for non-members: $45. We encourage you to drop in and pay the league fee as soon as possible to secure your spot! 

League fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to the next league. Wild Cards or Walk-in players competing in the league will be charged $10 per night.

Further information about details, rules, and procedures of the league will be discussed at the beginning of the first league night: Tuesday, March 18, OR, ask Jeff or Sandy anytime before the league starts. *Jeff Mason, U.S. National Table Tennis Coach will assess players’ level for eligibility and give an estimated provisional rating.

“Dragon of the Table” Chinese New Year’s Individual Leagues

year of the horsePure Pong is starting another league for novice through intermediate levels (up to 1300 rated players).  Players will be placed on a table each league night that is appropriate to their level (generally, beginners play beginners, intermediates play intermediates). Each player plays 3-5 singles matches per night in a round robin format. If you are “Dragon of the Table” for the night (player with the best results), you advance up to the next table the following week. If you are “Lizard of the Table” and you finish at the bottom, you go down a table level the next week.  Players will play a lot of matches with many different players in this format. wild cards or walk-ins (players not officially signed up in the league) may also play in the league on any given night. Walk-in players will pay $10 to play for the evening. These Wild Cards or walk-ins help give a great mix to the Dragon of the Table format. This is an opportunity to play a lot of different players, many different styles, and a wide range of ratings!

Who: Open to all novice-intermediate level players (*under 1300 USATT level)

What: Dragon of the Table Singles League. Each person will be given a table to play their three to five singles matches. The person winning his/her round robin, on a given night, will advance to the next higher table the following week. The person with the weakest results in the round robin will go down one table the next week. Every match is the best of five games.

When: Every Tuesday night 7:00-8:30 p.m. starting , Feb 4th, Feb 11th, Feb 18th, Feb 25th, Mar 4th, and Mar 11th, 6 weeks. Wild Cards or Walk-ins need to show up by 6:45 p.m. to be placed in the round robin that night.

Where: Pure Pong; Each player will get their own table on which to play all matches.

Why: Pure Pong has decided that we need to have a fun, lightly competitive league for novice through intermediate players. The Dragon of the Table singles league is a great way to play a number of different players and styles on a similar level.

Sign up at the desk, fill out the form below, or call 971-570-9625.

League fee for 6 weeks for Pure Pong members: $40
League fee for non-members: $45

Wild cards or walk-in players competing in the league: $10 per night.

Further information about details, rules, and procedures of the league will be discussed at the beginning of the first league night: Tuesday, February 4th, or inquire at the front desk.

*Jeff Mason, U.S. National Table Tennis Coach will assess players’ level for eligibility.

Chinese New Year Novice League!

Get excited! Pure Pong will be offering another two person novice league conducted by Jeff Mason, starting February 4th, every Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Each two person team in the league plays every other team over a two-month period (could be up to 20 teams). This is a lot of team fun!!! Sign up with someone, or get matched up with someone new!

Who:  Open to all novice level players (*under 800 level)

What:  2-Person Team League.  A team match consists of four singles matches and one doubles match (a total of 5 points). You will play a singles match against both players on the other team and so will your partner. After that, you will team with your partner and play doubles against the other two players.  If you have no team mate in mind, let us know and we can help match you with someone in the same situation.  The team with the most points at the end of the league wins. You will always play at least one team match per night and sometimes two.

Where:  Pure Pong; Each team will get their own table on which to play all five matches

Why:  Pure Pong has decided that we need to have a fun, lightly competitive league for beginners and novice players. The 2-Person Team League is a fantastic way to team up with your friend, spouse, business associate, partner, etc. and have a great time playing others that are on a similar level.

Fill out the form below, sign up at the front desk, or call 971-570-9625.

Entry fee for Pure Pong members: $40.
Entry fee for non members: $45 . 

Prizes:  1st place team & 2nd place team

Further information about details, rules, and procedures of the league will be discussed at the beginning of the first league night: Tuesday, February 4th OR, ask Jeff or Sandy any time before the league starts.

*Jeff Mason, U.S. National Coach will assess players’ level for eligibility.

Winter League! Play, Win, and Be Merry!

Dates: Six week league beginning Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Playoff tournament December 13th.

Time: every Wednesday, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

League Format: 4-person team (if you don’t have a team, sign up as a free agent and we’ll find a team for you, or bring a group!)

Playing Format:

  •  6:30-7 pm: Warm up, coaching and strategizing with team captain (see list of captains below)
  • 7-9 pm:  2 single matches, 2 double matches, then 2 more single matches

Note: the order and the match-up of the players may affect the outcome of the team match. The captain’s strategy is very important (if your team wanted to win that is!).

Playoff Tournament Format: Friday, December 13th (this tournament date is tentative, and may take place the week following, as the holiday season is volatile as you all know!). Based on prior league night records, teams will be seeded into a single elimination bracket.

  • 6:30-7 pm: Coaching and strategizing with team captain (see list of captains below)
  • 7-9 pm: 1 double match, followed by 2 single matches
  •  9 pm: Prize Presentation

Prizes: $200 for the 1st place team. $100 for the 2nd place team. Everyone else? A solid high-five!

Entry Fee: $40 per member, $45 per nonmember. First 10 players to sign up before Tuesday, November 12th get a $10 Pure Pong T-shirt! (Must pay to be part of the first 10–signing up alone does not count! Prize money is derived from entry fee).

Captains:

  • Hau Lam
  • Jason Chen
  • Hung Ho
  • Thang Lam
  • Tai Nguyen

Sign Up for League! 

Group Classes with Jeff Mason, $20 Every Tues. & Thurs.

Group Table Tennis classes will only be $20 for an hour and a half of instruction, held Tuesday and Thursday each week, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Tuesday night lessons will be reserved for seasoned students with a higher rating, typically 800 and above, and Thursday lessons will be reserved for beginners and those rating lower.

To ensure everyone in the group receives individualized instruction, the group classes will be limited to the first 16 students to sign up, with additional certified instructors present to assist. If you haven’t had the chance to meet Jeff, check out his bio page to learn more about the elite, good spirited coach and accomplished player. If you haven’t signed up, feel free to take a chance and stop in.

Please email purepong@wcep.com or call 971-570-9625 to sign up for either Tuesday or Thursday classes depending on your skill level. This is a great way to meet other players who are around your skill level, and you know what they say, “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved” -Mattie Stepanek…the significance being, “Take group classes!”

Hope to see you in for great instruction with a fun group of players. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, we are happy to chat with you.

Free Coaching from Jeff Mason for Students Starting Oct. 4th!

To get students involved with this relatively new Olympic sport, Pure Pong is offering free coaching  for any student age 6 to 17 years old, interested in giving Table Tennis a shot!  The coaching will be held most Fridays at Pure Pong , see the calendar for precise dates, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students are welcome to attend up to four sessions! All necessary top of the line equipment will be provided. Coach Jeff, a school teacher with over 40 years of coaching experience ranging from beginners to Olympic competitors, will help students learn the fundamentals and beyond in an optimal environment for Table Tennis, at the largest club in the nation! Bring the whole family to get in on the action before or after the coaching for a fun, inexpensive Friday night!

Why Table Tennis is Great for Students: While Table Tennis is a great sport for anyone at any age, the cognitive and physical benefits may be especially rewarding for students. Table Tennis is known throughout the medical and science fields as the “number one brain sport”, and is known to have the capability of enhancing motor functions, strategy functions, and long-term memory functions unlike any other sport. Ping Pong also helps develop focus and concentration, which can be an extremely helpful tool that translates into other areas of life—particularly academics.

The physical benefits of Table Tennis are equally desirable, providing aerobic exercise for both upper and lower muscle groups, while remaining low impact on joints with an immensely low potential for injury. Perhaps the greatest benefit however, is that Table Tennis is FUN! Many Ping Pong players make this game a life-long sport—one that they continue to enjoy well into their elder years, keeping their mind sharp and body mobile.

 Why Play and Learn at Pure Pong in the Pearl? Table Tennis is a highly respected and popular sport around much of the world. Despite this global popularity however, it has only been in very recent years that Table Tennis has begun to incrementally gain a following of serious players in the United States, thanks to clubs opening in urban areas that have positioned Ping Pong as having great potential to be a legitimate fun and competitive sport. This is an exciting time for Table Tennis in America, and Pure Pong is looking to get students involved here in Portland, as the sport evolves around the nation. Pure Pong is happy to have the optimal means to do so as well. As the largest Table Tennis club in the United States with experienced and qualified coaches, Pure Pong offers a Table Tennis experience and opportunity for improvement that is unmatched in the country. All Pure Pong coaches are certified, and all equipment is top of the line to collectively provide a great playing environment. The primary junior coach, Jeff Mason, has over 40 years of coaching experience, is a retired school teacher, and has earned various Table Tennis title accomplishments. Several of Jeff’s students have gone on to play competitively at the world class level—one as an Olympian! Jeff also ran the largest junior development program in the country for five years, and set a national record by developing several beginning players to master level in less than a year. Jeff is excited to have the opportunity to help students in Portland take advantage of this great sport, and with hard work and practice, compete at a national or world class level, or in the very least , learn an incredibly fun and physically beneficial skill. We would love to introduce Table Tennis to anyone who is willing and ready to learn a new and exciting sport that may open doors of opportunity and competitive experiences.

Learn more about Coach Jeff Mason 

Questions? Send us an email at purepong@wcep.com or give us a call 971-570-9625

Summer Break Lessons! Get your learn on!

schools out for summer

Pick up a new sport and a paddle this summer! Lessons only $15 (regularly $45) for students of all ages 6 to 106! Summer is a great time to learn a sport that strengthens your mind and your muscles.

Lessons with an ITTF certified club coach through summer are only $15 for students all ages. Consider learning something new this year that can be a life-long sport!

Holler at us to schedule a lesson with Joey Mayeda, group lessons also available, bring your buddies! purepong@wcep.com