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Guess What---the 2012 Champs are almost here!

This is the time of year when we here at NCTTA are super busy, but super stoked for our Championships and this year is no different! 2012 NCTTA College Table Tennis Championships are happening in Plano, TX this year and our sponsors are Newgy Industries and for the first time in NCTTA history, Butterfly North America!
We are organizing Registration, coordinating numbers, getting our facility figured out and rolling out the proverbial red carpet for teams and another first for NCTTA our own singles and doubles tournament!
What to look for this year:

  • Online streaming of the championships (a couple more camera angles too!)
  • The women's competition is fierce and Texas Wesleyan is not even ranked number 1 this year
  • Men's singles draw is redonkulous (ridiculous for those that prefer correct english lol) almost 1/2 of the draw is above 2000 in NCTTA College ratings!

Look for our updates on Twitter, Facebook and through press releases here: http://www.nctta.org/champs/2012/news.html
If you live in the Plano, Dallas, Ft Worth, TX area don't be shy come on out!

2013 Championships Location Decided!

Rockford hosts the biggest music festival in Illinois and is the hometown of an AHL hockey team known as the Rockford IceHogs. The north central Illinois city of more than 150,000 people is also the hometown of the famous rock group Cheap Trick.

In April 2013, Rockford gains another distinction as host of the NCTTA's 2013 championship games. The best collegiate players in the USA and Canada will be visiting the north central Illinois city for three fantastic days of table tennis next spring.

NCTTA leaders this week selected Rockford over seven other competing sites across the United States, including cities in such states as Florida, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, and New Mexico.

NCTTA President Willy Leparulo thanked all eight USA cities for recently submitting bid proposals and taking the time to turn in a massive amount of paperwork. The proposals covered everything from facility lighting to floor space, from area restaurants and cultural attractions to details about transportation, overnight lodging and other amenities.

But, as is the case, every year, only one site could be selected for the three days of fancy paddles, awesome spins and powerful slams.

Rockford's proposal stood out in the eyes of most NCTTA voters.

Rockford has a nice setup with the hotel and venue so close to each other,'' Leparulo said. It's really something that NCTTA players, coaches and fans never experienced at its championship games in recent years. The Rockford bid proved very attractive, he said, primarily because it puts the major hotel and facilities for table tennis within walking distance.

NCTTA leaders picked their 2013 site with just over a month to go before the April 2012 championships in Plano, Texas.

There will be plenty to do for Rockford visitors when they are not playing, watching or dreaming table tennis. City leaders suggest checking out Jane, the 66 million-year-old dinosaur at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. The City of Gardens offers 7,000 acres of parkland, tree-lined streets and an exceptionally green downtown. Go see the Anderson Japanese Gardens. Rockford's sports facilities are first-class. Rockford life centers around the Rock River.

There are plenty of terrific collegiate table tennis teams in the vicinity of the Region of Four Rivers, including Governors State University, the University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin's campuses in Madison and Milwaukee. Rockland is a 60-minute drive west of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and some 90 minutes away from downtown Chicago. Rockford's airport is known as Chicago Rockford International Airport, and we predict many table tennis players will fly to the city to play their favorite sport.

For more information on the Rockford, Illinois proposal, visit the NCTTA's website. We're looking forward to returning our superb championship games to the Midwest in April 2013!  Rochester, Minnesota served as wonderful hosts of the NCTTA's 2011 games.

2012 February NCTTA Newsletter

http://www.nctta.org/newsletters/feb2012/
What's new?
-2013 CHAMPS location are being decided and you have a say and many of you HAVE A VOTE: http://www.nctta.org/newsletters/feb2012/2013ChampionshipsFeature.html
-Butterfly, NCTTA's sponsor has a new online store, check it out: http://www.butterflyonline.com/
-The new Atlantic Division has much success: http://www.nctta.org/newsletters/feb2012/AtlanticDivisionFeature.html
-Old champion in new division: Gators win Panhandle Division: http://www.nctta.org/newsletters/feb2012/FloridaGatorsFeature.html

Watch it online--MIDWEST REGIONALS--Saturday Feb. 25th

http://www.govst.edu/recfit/default.aspx?id=38867
Take a gander as NCTTA brings you live to the NCTTA 2012 Midwest Regional Championships!
Midwest Region includes the following divisions: Minnesota, Upper Midwest, Lower Midwest and Kansas
COED Teams include: Wichita State, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Lindenwood, Northwestern, Purdue, De Paul, and host school Governors State
Women's Teams include: Lindenwood and Governors State
Men's and Women's singles will also be played.
Top 3 COED, TOP 2 Women's teams, TOP 8 Men's Singles and TOP 5 Women's singles will qualify into the 2012 NCTTA COLLEGE TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS in Plano, TX this year!
 
 

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Immortals--College TT eligibility

I think NCTTA has seen the first generation of graduates stay a little longer then expected. No one is an immortal in College Table Tennis. Recently we have put out in our most recent newsletter http://www.nctta.org/newsletters/nov2011/ a small reminder about eligibility and this was certainly on purpose since many players from many schools around the NCTTA nation have seem to be playing past their eligibility (according to our rules).
We don't like to default players that have played too long, it is more work for us and causes great disappointment (especially from your team). Help us help you to follow the rules.

We (NCTTA) depend on you all the players to know how many years you have been in college:) and if you are unsure, contact us PRIOR TO YOUR COMPETITION and we can help you to figure it out.

Length of Eligibility Reminder

From the NCTTA Rules and Regulations:
2.10 Length of Eligibility
An NCTTA player who first competed in the 2007-2008 season or later may compete in NCTTA competitions for a maximum of four (4) academic years. Players who first competed prior to 2007-2008 may compete for up to five (5) academic years. A player has competed in an academic year if he or she has played at least one match for a varsity team or in NCTTA singles/doubles in any NCTTA competition held that academic year.
If there are any doubts or questions about the rules or a player's eligibility, feel free to contact the NCTTA Eligibility Director at registrar@nctta.org

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Butterfly, Gore (not the politician), San Jose and MORE

http://www.nctta.org/newsletters/oct2011/
The 2011 October NCTTA Newsletter is out! Don't you all love how we put the monthly newsletter at the end of the month! lol
I tried my hand at rhyme scheme with the "Gore and more" part....but my literary friends tell me it was absolutely horrible. No matter...we are talking College Pong here. Butterfly is NCTTA's New League/Championship Sponsor and we are stoked! Nelson Gore is one of our new Regional Directors and yes again we are stoked.....read about these things and more...in the NCTTA Newsletter:  http://www.nctta.org/newsletters/oct2011/
Did you all see the HUUUGE Fall 2011 Schedule yet?! Take a peak at www.nctta.org/schedule as we are updating more and more division tournaments daily!

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NCTTA welcomes Butterfly to the College TT party!

NCTTA welcomes Butterfly to the College Pong Party!
http://www.butterflyonline.com/PressReleases/pr11Sept28.asp and http://nctta.org/2011-12/ButterflyPressRelease.htm
NCTTA's Public Relations Director, Andy Kanengiser told me the other day about our new partner, Butterfly: "While other collegiate sports are feeling the impact of cuts as America's bad economy lingers..table tennis is in a growth mode..At this time, the NCTTA is happy to welcome a new partner, Butterfly North America, to spur more expansion for our Olympic sport on more than 150 campuses in North America and Canada."
We are pretty excited about working with Butterfly.  Butterfly works with an extensive Dealer network so we would encourage you to reach out to them.
For Butterfly equipment, please go to Butterflyonline.com, or contact DJ Settle, dsettle@butterflyna.com, for a Butterfly dealer near you.”
 
 

Tournament Schedules and Locations Updated Sept 27

 
Updated 9-27-11.
 
Western Regional Championships
Date: Saturday March 3, 2012
Location: University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Canuck Division:
Fall Tournament - Date: TBA, Location: TBA
Spring Tournament - Date: TBA, Location: TBA
Northern Calfornia:
Fall Tournament
Date: Saturday December 3, 2011 (Tentative)
Location: TBA
Spring Tournament - Date: TBA, Location: TBA
Northwest:
Fall Tournament - Date: TBA, Location: TBA
Spring Tournament - Date: TBA, Location: TBA
Southern California:
Fall Tournament
Date: Sunday November 13, 2011
Location: Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
Spring Tournament
Date: Sunday February 12, 2012
Location: Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
Rocky Mountain:
Fall Tournament
Date: Saturday November 19, 2011
Location: Utah Table Tennis Training and Event Center, West Valley City, UT
Spring Tournament - Date: TBA, Location: TBA

Region Schedule Updated on Wordpress Blog

 
Hi Everyone!
As the season gets under way, the “Region Schedule” tab on ncttawesternregion.wordpress.com will be constantly updated with the date and location of the division and regional tournaments. As of now, several divisions have already set the date and location of their fall tournaments, please check the “Region Schedule” on ncttawesternregion.wordpress.com tab for more details.

Division Directors!

 
Division Directors!
Canuck Division:
Calan Lai – canuck@nctta.org

Calan is a 4th year Commerce student majoring in Accounting and Business Technology Management at the University of British Columbia. He has been playing table tennis for about 6 years, using penhold style. Starting table tennis in Grade 10, he joined his school team. From there He went to represent BC in the Canadian Nationals and moved to the UBC NCTTA team. Calan also enjoys skiing with his family and friends as well as video games of all genres.
Northwest Division:
Andrew Aprikyan – northwest@nctta.org

Andrew graduated from school in Armenia then attend graduate school in Moscow. Now Andrew is a medical researcher who studies neutropenia, a rare blood disorder.
Northern California Division:
Sylvan Guo – norcal@nctta.org

Sylvan is a 1st year intended Business major at University of California, Berkeley. A two sided shakehand looper, Sylvan has been playing table tennis for the last ten years. Sylvan has played on the US National Cadet team. Sylvan enjoys cooking, hiking, dancing, and of course, playing table tennis!
Southern California Division:
Adam Bobrow – socal@nctta.org

Adam graduated from USC’s School of Theatre. Playing shakehand, Adam played for USC while he was an undergraduate. He is interested in many things including acting, philosophy, traveling, language, music, movies, dancing, health, making videos for youtube, comedy, and sports. He has many creative outlets… see some of them at www.AdamBobrow.com
Rocky Mountain Division:
Bruce Majors – rocky_mountain@nctta.org

Bruce graduated from the University Of Utah with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. He founded the University Of Utah Table Tennis team. Bruce is the middle of 9 kids and started playing table tennis at the age of 8. Bruce plays shakehand. He has played Table Tennis for a long time but was involved in wrestling for even longer.

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