Is it "ping pong" or "table tennis"?
Both. Technically, they are slightly different sports with slightly different rules and (sometimes) slightly different equipment. But most everyone recognizes ping pong and table tennis to fundamentally be the same game.
Ping pong is the somewhat less formal game that many people grow up playing in garages, basements, offices, restaurants, camps, etc. Table Tennis is an internationally sanctioned and rules-goverened sport. At CT3, we play either game for fun, but when we're competing (matches, leagues, tournaments), we play by the official rules of the sport of Table Tennis.
What is the new club called?
Central Texas Table Tennis (aka, CT3)
Where is the new club located?
We play at Soccer Zone (Google Maps) on Menchaca Rd, in south Austin.
When are you opening?
We are opening for free-play sessions throughout the month of May, and have a full grand opening June 8 - 10.
Check the posted schedule to see when we're open for play.
Who owns/runs this new club?
info - at - playct3 - dot - com
PO Box 151360
Austin, TX 78715
Several other members will also be involved in the ownership/management of CT3; their names will be announced as appropriate.
What relationship does this club have to "Pong Club South Austin"?
CT3 (Central Texas Table Tennis) is a new club under new management. However, we're the same members and players (and coaches!) who have been playing at Pong Club since its opening over 7 years ago.
I was a member of Pong Club previously, does my information and membership transfer over?
No, this is a brand new club, and no member information automatically transfers over. If you are interested in continuing with the new CT3 club, please sign-up to receive more information on memberships, pricing, and days/hours, as they are all decided and announced soon.
Do I need to be a professional player to join CT3?
Absolutely not! None of us are considered professional players (paid to play), though we do have a number of players who are semi-competitive in regional and state tournaments. But we have even more members who have no formal training and play only for fun.
All skill levels are welcomed at CT3, from first time picking up a paddle/racket, to seeking serious coaching or preparing for a tournament.
Do I need my own paddle/racket, ping pong balls, etc?
No, we have basic loaner rackets and plenty of spare ping pong balls for anyone to use for recreational play. Come as you are, but definitely dress for having fun playing in a sports arena environment!
That said, we strongly recommend you consider purchasing your own racket after you've joined us. Most members who play more than 3 or 4 times at the club find that they will want to invest in their own racket instead of using the spare equipment we provide.
There are many options available, ranging from $5-10 on the low end (at local retailers like Academy Sports or Walmart) up to $200+ for professionally assembled rackets. Amazon offers a whole bunch of racket choices in the $25-40 range. That's about what we'd recommend for someone who plans to play up to a few times per month.
As you get more serious about playing, perhaps taking lessons, and playing once or more per week consistently, the next suggested range for a nicer, more quality racket would be $50-80. And if/once you start competing in leagues or tournaments, you'll probably want to spend $100 or more for a high quality, professionally assembled and tuned racket. You'll also probably want other equipment such as a racket case to protect it, towels, bags, and racket cleaning supplies.
We have a number of very experienced members and coaches who can help you as you decide on equipment choices. Just ask us for recommendations!
But whatever you do, don't feel the need to spend a bunch of money on a racket before you show up your first time. Just come as you are and we'll help you get into the game comfortably, at a pace that you can enjoy!
Are kids welcome at CT3?
Yes, absolutely! We do ask that an adult (18+) supervise any kids 10 or under, to make sure they are playing in a safe and fun way that respects the club, members, equipment, and facility.
Can I take lessons?
Yep! We have coaches who are quite experienced in teaching people of all levels, from first time up to highly competitive skills.
Private lessons are typically 1 hour long, but we do offer intro lessons of 15 minutes and 30 minutes in length, to help you decide if coaching is right for you.