Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Night League
Depending on how many players we have on any given week, there will be anywhere from 1-3 different groups. Group 1 will be comprised of players with the highest rating and group 3 will be comprised of players with the lowest rating. Ratings are determined by a Pure Pong ITTF Certified Coach. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to join as there is plenty of fun to go around. Each group will then play a round robin style format with other members within their group. After each match is played scores will be recorded and winners will be announced.
Thursday Night Group Coaching
Who: Players of any level are welcome
What: Whether you are looking to improve your forehand technique, learn new serves, or just have a lot of fun, group coaching is a great way to get some extra practice in during the week while improving your game. Joey, a certified international table tennis coach will be running group coaching classes on all Thursdays every month except for blacked out days on the Pure Pong calendar. The lesson plan will be tailored around each student and their specific needs. All levels are encouraged to join!
When: Thursdays 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Where: Pure Pong in the Pearl has 3 clubs in the Pure Space building.
1) 1315 NW Overton — Main Floor (Pure Space)
2) 1315 NW Overton Mezzanine (Pure Space)
3) 1307 NW Overton (Flex Space)
Why: Whether you are looking to improve your technique, win the local office tournament, or simply have a good time, group coaching will help you achieve any and all ping pong related goals.
Meet Tim Titrud, our Tournament Coach and Organizer!
When did you start playing Ping Pong and/or Table Tennis?
I started playing ping pong with my family in our garage and basement, but I really started playing Table Tennis more when I was in college. At Clackamas Community College, there was a teacher that was on the US team back in the late 30s, early 40s, and she organized us. That was back in ’79, and then I went to Oregon State University and played there on the Oregon State team. Then, I went to Japan and lived there a couple years and played there.
What about the game resonated with you to stick with it?
It’s kind of an addicting sport that I enjoy. I did a lot of sports growing up, like wrestling, which I found too grueling, but I was relatively good at ping pong so I stuck with it.
What’s your favorite part about the game?
The nice part about the game is that it’s easy to play almost anywhere. A lot of sports, you can’t do that. You can also play at a relatively old age.
Do you have any special tricks, strategies, or moves?
Probably the one shot that gives players a hard time is a slow loop. It’s an older type of shot and people don’t really play that way anymore. Some of my serves give people problems, too.
What’s your biggest challenge playing Ping Pong?
If I play somebody that has a very fast loop, that probably is the type of player that gives me the most problems.
Have you inspired any friends or family to play Ping Pong, also?
Family, no. But I think a think a lot of players here, I didn’t know as friends before, have become friends. They just started playing and got addicted to the sport.
Next to Ping Pong, what’s your favorite free time activity?
Bicycling. I bicycle here from my home, which averages 10 to 15 miles.