On November 19, 2016, the National Youth Table Tennis Association and Milwaukee Table Tennis Club hosted the first High School Team Tournament for the 2016-17 season and made history with a record number of high school players. Over eighty enthusiastic players from Wisconsin and Illinois played to decide who has the best Table Tennis Team. The NYTTA High School tournaments are a crucial component in its mission to promote youth table tennis in the US.
Coach Chico and Linda Leaf of NYTTA have worked hard to develop a format for high school competitions that encourages and rewards schools that make a commitment to build a table tennis program. “There is a strong recreational ping pong culture in the US and this can be the foundation to push that culture towards the sport of table tennis, starting with youth players,“ said Coach Chico, who was recruited by MTTC and NYTTA from Brazil.
Thanks to all of the teachers, parents and players who put a lot of energy and time in building high school table tennis. And, congratulations to the winners!
SAVE THESE DATES AND PREPARE YOUR TEAM: the next high school competitions will be on Saturday, January 28th, and Saturday, February 25th.
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Pewaukee High School senior Ross Pelzel (center), who was awarded a scholarship to play table tennis at St. Louis University, is congratulated by Pewaukee Ping-Pong club adviser Kirk Stimpert (left) and Pewaukee High School Athletic Director John Maltsch. Photo By Submitted photo
It’s not uncommon to read about Lake Country athletes securing college scholarships for sports such as football, basketball or volleyball.But it’s not every day you hear about one who earns a scholarship for table tennis.Ross Pelzel did.Pelzel, a senior at Pewaukee High School, was offered a $3,000 annual scholarship to play table tennis at St. Louis University.The 18-year-old can’t accept it because he was fortunate enough to earn another full scholarship to St. Louis, but he does plan to join the table tennis team there.This time of year, Pelzel is busy swinging a racket for the Pirates tennis team.But during the winter, his tool of choice is a paddle.And instead of a 36×78-foot tennis court, his playing surface is an elevated 5×9-foot table.Pelzel, whose parents are Jeff and Patricia Pelzel, said he played Ping-Pong a few times with his dad as a kid, but he didn’t start playing in earnest until his freshman year in high school when he joined the Pewaukee Ping-Pong club.The future Billiken said he was “really bad” at first, but then got a lot better.”So I thought it was fun and that it was something worth putting extra effort into,” he said.Pelzel said his favorite part about the game is that much of it is mental. Continue reading
We are making history! The first Youth Tournament in Wisconsin was a big success. We had a pleasure to receive 23 very talented players and see that they are playing a very good level and will be our future champions. More details coming soon…
Dear Table Tennis Players:Just a quick reminder about the youth tournament on Saturday, May 14th. It is open to all kids (16 and under) rated and unrated. Please any questions: email@example.com Participants may sign up at the door by 12:45 PM.