ITTF Racket Control Changes (posted 10/4/2010)

ITTF List of Authorized Racket Coverings 7.2010 - 12.2010 (posted 4/4/2010)
"The State of the Tucson Table Tennis Club" as of 9 March 2010. Document posted 3/10/2010
"Tables Arrested - Tournament in Danger" Document posted 3/10/2010
UA Rec. Center: Open Play, League and Admission. Document (posted 02/27/2010)
2009 So. AZ Player of the Year: preliminary standings in .pdf and .xls (posted 02/12/2010)
Minutes of 12/30/09 SATTA Meeting. Open Play at UofA  (posted 01/17/2010 @ Newsline)
2009 USATT Recognition Form. Deadline 2/10/2010  (posted 01/17/2010 @ Newsline)
2009 So. AZ Top 10 Lists  (posted 01/17/2010 @ Newsline)
ITTF List of Authorized Racket Coverings 1.2010 - 6.2010 (posted 10/24/2010 @ Newsline)


      When: October 2009 - April 2010
      Teams: Sierra Vista, Green Valley,
                  Quail Creek, Saddlebrook,
                  Oro Valley and Tucson.
        Larry Smith 520-255-1993

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March - April Calendar Updates:
March 20, Sunday, 6pm - 10pm (Open Play)
March 25, Friday, 6pm - 10pm (USATT League)
April 1, 8, 15, 29 Friday, 6pm - 10pm (Open Play)
March 30, Saturday, TBA (Tournament)

3/25/2011 Butterfly Table Tennis League at UA. Results:
Div.1: 1st - Yu Moy, 2nd - Detao Chen, 3rd - Bob Putman
Div.2: 1st - Luca Ravaglia, 2nd - Julian Ross, 3rd - Xing Chen
Div.3: 1st - Michael Zimmer, 2nd - Vlad Shishov, 3rd - Qiling Li
Consolation round winner: Luca Ravaglia
Next League play - April 15, Players played since 11/2010 - 33.
3/25 League Results and Rankings
2/25/2011 Butterfly Table Tennis League at UA. Results:
Div.1 - 1st-Chieh Yang, Div.2 - Emanuel Soymaru, Div.3 - Tiberiu Hajas
Consolation round winner: Jeff Jia
2/25/2011 February USATT Ratings updates for So. AZ players Link.
1/29/2011 Butterfly Table Tennis League at UA. Results:
Div.1 - 1st-Chieh Jen Yang, 2nd-Luca Ravaglia, 3rd-Detao Chen
Div.2 - 1st-Emanuel Soimaru, 2nd-Bobby Bowman, 3rd-Yujie Huang
Div.3 - 1st-Stephanie Shu, 2nd-Chinwei Jang, 3rd-Hau Ting-Hsu
Div.4 - 1st-Lei Ye, 2nd-Qijing Li, 3rd-Hsinhung Liu
Congratulations to all 16 participants!!!
Next League play - January 28th   League New Ratings
12/10/2010 Butterfly Table Tennis League at UA. Results: Upper division 3-way tie: 1st - Chieh Yang, 2nd - Randy Tan (NV) 3rd-Misha Chernobelskiy. Lower Division: 1st - Luca Ravaglia, 2nd - Vlad Shishov, 3rd - Like Zeng. Congratulations!!!
Next League play - February 25th   League New Ratings
10/16/2010 Whether it is a muli-ball training or serving practice, when the busket is emptied out...its time to get a newly designed picker upper. Thanks to Jerry Ladd for contributing this link.
10/6/2010 Few people realize it, but table tennis has serious roots in Green Valley... Currently, there are roughly 35-40 members who take part in the club, which provides a fun, relaxed atmosphere for expert-level players, as well as novices. Read more
10/5/2010 Performance Enhancing Drugs in Table Tennis: Read More   2010 List of performance enhancing drugs from the World Anti-Doping Agency
10/3/2010 The four-time European team champion, Dimitriy Ovtcharov, who was suspended on Wednesday by Germanys Table Tennis Federation (DTTB), has protested his innocence, claiming the positive test is a result of eating contaminated food during the China Open in August.    Read More
9/30/2010 Calendar Update. Unfortunately there are some practice times that conflict with events at the UA Rec. Center. This Friday's table tennis practice has been rescheduled to Monday, October 4th. Times remain the same - 5:30-10pm. Sorry for inconvenience and late notice.
9/30/2010 New ratings have been posted and include all tournaments through September 26, 2010
   New So. AZ Ratings and Rankings
5/30/2010 India Society of Southern AZ hosts an Open Table Tennis Tournament on June 5th at UA Rec Center.
5/7/2010 New ratings have been posted and include all tournaments through May 2, 2010
   New So. AZ Ratings and Rankings
4/4/2010 April ITTF's equipment updates: LARC (List Authorized Racket Coverings) Nį31 July 1 Ė December 31, 2010.
How to acknowledge a racket covering from this List:
1. Make certain that you have the correct list (see date of validity...)
2. The supplier and brand names as well as the ITTF logo and eventually ITTF number should be clearly visible on the rubber.
3. These names should appear in the List. If in doubt, check the images/pictures on the ITTF web site.    Click to download document
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4/1/2010 She's never broken into the world's top 150 but Japan's Naomi Yotsumoto is still a star on the table tennis world stage. Wearing knee-length socks, a pleated mini-skirt or a shirt with one bare shoulder during her games, the woman dubbed the "Lady Gaga of pingpong" receives as much attention as the finest players.
Read more
3/26/2010 Seniors go to war over Ping Pong table. Read Article

3/21/2010 The Sun City Table Tennis Club won 16 medals and qualified seven players for the 2011 National Senior Games with their performances at the Arizona Senior Olympics. Congratulations!!! Read Article  Photo
3/22/2010 5-star video. Ma Lin (worlds #4) vs Timo Boll (#3): winner beats opponent in 7th game 14-12!!! Worth to watch...
3/21/2010 USA Open: 5-star USATT tournament;
June 29-July 3, Grand Rapids, MI. Website  Entry Form
3/20/2010 So. AZ Friendship Cup update
"To all team captain's, players and interested parties:
We will hold the Presentation Ceremony for the first year So. AZ Friendship Cup on Sunday March 21 at 12:30 PM at Sun City Vistoso. Tucson Armory, this years winner, will be playing their final match against Sun City Vistoso beginning at 11:00 AM and our presentation will be held shortly after that match is completed. Looking forward to seeing all of you there."

Larry Smith, Director webpage
3/20/2010 China club pays record $1.6 million for table tennis player. The 26-year-old women's world number two Guo Yan was bought in an auction of players in Beijing on Thursday in which six men and three women players went for a total of $5.490.000. Read more
3/17/2010 Refund processed
March 13th and April 10th refund to players has been processed today and is in the mail. Refunds for David Lee and Michael Jones are pending as I need player's home address. Contact me at if you have any questions or concerns.
3/15/2010 Schedule Updates
April 10th SATTA Tour has been cancelled.
The Spring semester schedule at UA Rec. Center will be as follows:
March 16th, Tuesday, open play from 4 to 7pm
March 19 and 20 - no play due to spring recess
March 22 - May 14 - nine hours/week open play will be offered on Mondays from 8-10pm, Fridays 6-9pm, and Saturdays 9am-1pm.
Join us on Friday, March 26 as we start a new challenge ladder (winner moves one table up and loser moves 1 table down).
Spring Semester passes will be available at a 50% discount ($26). Contact us at if you have any questions or would like to reserve a pass.
3/11/2010 (3:20pm)
March 13 SATTA TOUR is Cancelled. Please refer to the paragraph 3.2.2 of the Document for details
"The State of the Tucson Table Tennis Club"
as of 9 March 2010. Message from Dave Wesley and Barbara Burnison, acting Tucson Table Tennis Club's Board Members. Document

Tables Arrested - Tournament in Danger
Message from SATTA's president. Document

3/2/2010 Decision Reached in USATT Complaint Against 6 US Nationals Quarter Finalists. Each player is suspended from the USATT and all USATT activities for a period of 1 year, beginning March 1, 2010. Document
2/28/2010 New Document: UA Rec. Center: Open Play, League and Admission. Check out left column for recent documents.
2/27/2010 First ever USATT sanctioned League play took place at UA Recreation Center on Friday, Feb. 26. Twenty-six players competed in 2 (upper and lower level) divisions. Winners for the upper level division are: 1st - Gautam Hari, 2nd - Alex Chernobelskiy, and 3rd - Wenxin Zheng. Lower-lewel winners are: Jangyan Jiang, 2nd - Fei Jia, and 3rd - Qijing Li. League participation hits 200 players and continue to grow fast with many UA players joined competitive play and become a UA Table Tennis Club member.
2/26/2010 New ratings have been posted for AZ Open players. Top So. AZ achievers are: Michael Blackwell + 48 pts. and Rocky Dotzler + 21 pts. Three players have received their career high ratings: Rocky (1884), Kamran Salek (1551), and Michael (904). Michael Blackwell has won his first USATT title playing in his first ever Phoenix tourney while Rocky went undefeated in last 6 AZ tournaments with 37-0 records. Tucson players brought home 4 golds and repeated their 8/2005 success when Simen Potaychuk, Robert Bryant and Patrick Connolly won 3 singles titles and team Connolly/Mikula won doubles. Congratulations to all winners!!!
   New So. AZ Ratings and Rankings
2/25/2010 UA Table Tennis Club's Grand Reopening Results, Schedule of Play, UA Rec. Center's Admission Policy, and 2/26 USATT League details. Read More
2/25/2010  SATTA's 2010 Tucson Senior Olympics Report by Steve Rivera published on Butterfly website. Report includes Official Results, Photos and Video clip. View Report
2/15/2010 The invitation, issued today for foreign teams to compete in the Chinese National `Aí and `Bí Leagues is most certainly a ground breaking move by the Chinese TTA. A team comprises Team Manager, Coach and four players; the registration fee is US$100 and accommodation costs are US$50/day. Read More
2/15/2010 Green Valley Senior Games: Table Tennis Event is scheduled for Saturday, March 20 at 11am. Location - West Social Center. Contact: Jeff Morrison at Registration Booklet
2/14/2010 Calendar Updates: City Centers closed Monday for President's Day (no Open Play). Friendship Cup match Quail Creek/Green Valley vs Tucson postponed (Valentine's Day). Sorry for any inconvenience.
2/13/2010 "Strength and Conditioning for Table Tennis" by Christian Lilleroos, USATT Board of Directors and SATTA's Friend on Facebook Read Article
2/12/2010 2009 So. AZ Player of the Year: preliminary standings in .pdf and .xls (sortable table) are now available for player review. Please respond by 2/16 with comments, questions or corrections if you believe one should be made. Winner will be recognized behalf of the USATT, SATTA, and Tucson Table Tennis Club at the March 13 Tournament and inducted to the SATTA Hall of Fame
2/12/2010 In lieu of Senior Games, club hosts invite - a newspaper article in the Sierra Vista Herald about Senior Invitational. Thirty-five participants from around southeast Arizona competed on Feb. 6th in 17 events and gold medals were awarded to 22 players. Thanks to Larry Smith for his leadership in organizing this successful event and Janet Kempf for her contribution to the article. Read more
2/07/2010 Friendship Cup Updates. Jan. 23-24 results: Green Valley vs Saddlebrook 14-11 and Tucson vs Sierra Vista 17-8. Top Cup's players: Ken Holman (Green Valley) 19-0; Willing Cheng 22-2, Lev Vays 22-3, Pat Connolly 21-3 (all Tucson); Greg Hlushko 18-5 (Saddlebrook); Jerry Sbarra 21-8 (Green Valley), and Tom Sacra 20-8 (Saddlebrook). Leaders, Tucson - 12 pts and Green Valley - 11 pts. next weekend play in Green Valley match for the first place. Results and Schedule
2/07/2010 Tucson Seniors Olympics: Photos Day 1. (thanks Zhanna for contributing these pictures)
2/07/2010 Li Ning, a well established corporation within China and an official USATT apparel sponsor, has just unveiled its first U.S. retail store and showroom.
1/30/2010 Southern AZ Table Tennis League
Players - 31, Divisions - 5, Matches played - 74.
League Results (1st/2nd/3rd)
Division 1: Adam Block/Rocky Dotzler/Sreeram Parameswaran
Division 2: Misha Chernobelskiy/ Kai Deng/ Willing Cheng
Division 3: David Le/ Ken Girton/ Xiaofeng Yu
Division 4: Jon Redman/ Jeff Morrison/ Gerard Anderson
Division 5: Marius Pauer/ Miguel Tromp/ Kim Craft
Adam, David, and Marius went undefeated. Marius has won his first league title and got 90 pts to his rating. Miguel Tromp, Kai Deng and Willing Cheng have got 50, 49 and 45 pts. respectively. Congratulations to all of you!!! Ratings and Results Roster League Webpage  Video (contributed by Kamran Salek).
Click here to enlarge 26th Annual Tucson Senior Olympics. January 28-29, 2010 (Picture taken on Jan. 29th. Click to enlarge). Official Results

01/29/2010 Tucson Senior Olympics in brief:
Events - 30 (Singles, Doubles, Coed); Gold Medals Awarded - 46. Players played - 65. Power Play Award laureates: Don Dickinson and Laura Hinderaker. Top achievers are: Sun City/West - 17, and Tucson - 15 golds. Players: Dennis Keppen - 4, and Donna Lu - 3 golds (both Sun City). Congratulation to winners and all players for making this fun and enjoyable tournament. Thank you to SATTA's Official Ball Sponsor - Butterfly, a world leader in table tennis technology. Official Results
01/21/2010 Prince William in Australia: His Table tennis opponent said "He should stick to what he's good at - not ping pong''. Read More
01/17/2010 New Document:
2009 So. AZ Top 10 Lists in 9 different categories. Each of three players Rocky Dotzler, David Le, and Kamran Salek, have 7 appearances in this list and become strong candidates for 2009 So. AZ Player Of The Year recognition. Kamran, who set a new record with 99 matches a year, won an "Ironman Award" presented by SATTA and USATT to player based on total number of USATT Tournament and So. AZ League matches played in 2009. Lev Vays (95 matches) is second and Gustavo Portillo (75) - third. Congratulations!!!
01/17/2010 New Document: 2009 USATT Recognition Nomination Form. So. AZ Clubs are encouraged to submit their nominations by Feb. 10, 2009. Please visit our Champions page for 2006-2008 laureates.
01/17/2010 New Document: Minutes of SATTA Dec. 30th, 2009 Meeting: Open Play at University of AZ Rec. Center begins first week of February.
01/17/2010 Rare picture of Biba Golic (Nations #26 Women). View more sexy bodies in recent ESPN The Magazine: The Body Issue.
01/16/2010 26th Tucson Senior Olympic Festival just around the corner. Record high 48 players from Flagstaff to Sierra Vista and out of state have been registered so far and spots in 5-player RRs are still available. If you are 50 or better do not miss this chance to play in So. AZ biggest senior recreational tournament sanctioned by USATT. Please contact Misha Chernobelskiy at or 520-461-8656 for details. Players Entered
01/13/2010 SATTA on Facebook. Ping-Pong records database.
01/11/2010 Friendship Cup Updates. Jan. 9-10 results: Green Valley vs Oro Valley 16-8 and Tucson vs Saddlebrook 17-8. Cup's Statistics: Registered Players - 51, Teams - 5, Matches played - 230 (as of 12/20/2009). Leaders are Tucson - 10 pts and Green Valley - 9 pts. Results and Schedule
Photo of Saddlebrook and Oro Valley Teams
Thanks to Greg Hlushko for contributing this photo.
01/11/2010 SATTA on Facebook. Creative Table Tennis...
2010 Chinese Week Table Tennis Open on 2/7/2010,
the annual event to celebrate Chinese New Year of Tiger.
For detail, please contact or 623-332-5808
01/08/2010 New ratings have been posted for SATTA Tour Championships and US Nationals players. Top 5 So. AZ achievers are: Steve Rivera + 107, David Le + 102, Trung Le + 78, Joey Elliott + 47, and Marcelo Romero + 44 pts. Five players above and Sreeram Parameswaran, Rocky Dotzler, Xiaofeng Yu, Pouye Knoshkhoosani have received their career high ratings. Best result for visiting player - Joey Esquierdo (El Paso, TX)) + 115 pts. Congratulations to all of you!!!
RATINGS: So. AZ Rankings  SATTA Tour Champs   US Nationals
01/03/2010 Now USATT League Directors are capable to make adjustments to the league's roster if player league rating is 150 points or more below his/her tournament rating. Such adjustments have been made to the ratings of following players: Austin Preiss, Veronica Lam, Sudarshan Udayashankar, Nelson Sai and Kim Craft. Their league rating is now equal to their USATT tournament rating. Feel free to contact Misha at if you have any questions or concerns. Our next League play is scheduled for 1/30 at Armory.
01/03/2010 SATTA on Facebook. Olivier Mader (US Rating 2207) vs. Werner Schlager (2003 World Champion and current world #16).
01/02/2010 Mark Your Calendar. The following events are scheduled at Armory Park Senior Center (except noted) in January
Saturdays: Jan. 2, 16, 23 - Open Play from 9 to 4pm/dining area
Saturday, 1/9 - Friendship Cup (players 55+): Armory team hosts
      Saddlebrook from 1 to 4pm on 4 tables in dining area
Mondays and Thursdays: Jan. 4, 7, 11, 14, 21, 25 from 9am to 1pm
      - Open Play/ballroom
Monday, 1/18 - City Parks Closed. No Open Play.
Thursday, 1/28 - Tucson Senior Olympic Festival (players 50+):
       Singles/Dbls/Mixed Dbls (50-64) from 1pm
Friday, 1/29 - Tucson Senior Olympic Festival: Singles/Dbls/Mixed
      Dbls (65+) from 1pm
Saturday, 1/30 - So. AZ Table Tennis League (free and open to the
      public) from 9 to 1am/ Ballroom
Saturday, 2/6 - Sierra Vista Table Tennis Club Senior Invitational
Check our SATTA online Calendar as last minute changes can occur.
12/30/2009 The Dec. 27th Killerspin Spinvitational Tournament (Chicago, IL) followed the innovative 41 points scoring system. A match consisted of four quarters with the first player to win 41 points being declared the winner. Read more about this system and tournament results.
12/29/2009 SATTA on Facebook: Minnesota Wild's Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Stephane Veilleux show off their ping pong skills.  Join 195 SATTA Fans and click "Become a Fan" button to receive all updates as soon as they posted online and have a full access to video, photo and table tennis network content.
12/28/2009 SATTA's "Ratings" page has been updated and now includes ratings for 94 So. AZ players who have played at least one USATT sanctioned tournament (singles event) this calendar year. Ratings updated up to Valley of the Sun (Dec 5-6) tournament in Phoenix. SATTA Tour Championships and US Nationals ratings are pending.  Check your rating online
12/27/2009 Southern AZ Players are now featured in 68-page Technology 2010 Butterfly Catalog. Thanks to SATTA's Official Ball Sponsor, Steve Rivera (PR), Jeff Morrison (Green Valley TTC) and Mitchell Seidenfeld (Director of Butterfly Leagues) for their contribution to this publication.
See p.24  Catalog's Content  Download Catalog (15.4 Mb .pdf file)
Click here to enlarge 12/26/2009 Southern AZ Christmas Table Tennis League
Players participated - 26, Divisions - 5, Matches played - 54.
Thanks to Preiss family for sharing fan and instructional book and video presentations and to all participated players for your contribution to the league continuous success.
League Results (1st/2nd/3rd)
Division 1: Austin Preiss/ Scott Preiss/ Menachem Turchick
Division 2: David Wesley/ Gustavo Romero/ Pavol Uhrovsky
Division 3: Xiaofeng Yu/ Jeremiah Sbarra/ Trung Le
Division 4: Steve Rivera/ Jeff Morrison/ Michael Blackwell
Division 5: Thomas Wilhelm/ Ron Melnick/ Qian Tang
All winners above went undefeated. David has won his first league title while Xiaofeng earned maximum 238 points to his League rating. Congratulations to all of you!!!
Ratings and Results Roster League Webpage  Photos Video
Click here for SATTA TOUR Champs Results             SATTA TOUR Championships
    and AZ State School Championships
            Saturday, December 12, 2009
   Winner Photos
   Tournament Photos
   Champions page updated
   Check out SATTA on Facebook (left column) for
   video content
      Results/Championship Events
Open Singles: 1st - Gautam Hari, 2nd - Sreeram Parameswaran, 3rd - Simen Potaychuk
U1700: 1st - Wenxin Zheng, 2nd - Awtrin Dabestani, 3rd - Brad Balmer
U1450: 1st - Willing Cheng, 2nd - David Le, 3rd - Trung Le
U1200: 1st - Xiaofeng Yu, 2nd - Carney Foy, 3rd - Al Douglas
      Results/Open Events
Open Singles: 1st - Derrick Dok, 2nd - Panno Dok
U1800: 1st - Ken Holman, 2nd - Brad Balmer
U1600: 1st - Luong Nguyen, 2nd - Willing Cheng
U1400: 1st - Michael Nguyen, 2nd - Lev Vays
U1200: 1st - Michael Blackwell, 2nd - Jack Cox
U3200 Doubles: 1st - Jimmy Nguyen/David Le, 2nd - Joey Esquierdo/ Neil Naputo
      Results/AZ State School Championships
Table Tennis: 1st - Gautam Hari, 2nd - Alex Chernobelskiy, 3rd - Daphne Dok
Ping Pong: 1st - Fei Jia, 2nd - Caleb Goodman, 3rd - Moses Solis
Congratiulations to all of you!!!
12/19/2009 Some of 33 Arizona players have made semifinals at the US Nationals (Dec. 16-19 Las Vegas): U2200 - Matt Winkler and Andrew Maginelli, U2000 - Derrick Cone, and U1800 - Rocky. Rocky Dotzler is the only one who lost his SF match in 5-games to eventual event winner. He concludes an impressive 18:1 USATT match record this year. Congratulations!!! Results  Live streaming and on demand video
Click here for details 12/4/2009 What: Recreational ping pong monthly tournament with prizes
When: Friday, December 4th at 7:00 pm
Where: UA Games Room, Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC), 1st floor
  View December tourney's Results
 and Photo
11/26/2009 For China Daily, Rin-rin Yu wrote about the state of table tennis in the USA. Even though the country does not (yet) belong to the very best on the international table tennis map, several positive signs seem to herald a different future. Read More
11/26/2009 New dimensions of the table tennis table by the artist Laurent Perbos (France).
11/25/2009 Dear players, please note that there will be no open play for the remainder of this week. Wednesday evening and Thursday morning practices has been cancelled due to Thanksgiving Holidays. Next practice - Saturday 11/28 9am-1pm at Armory Ballroom. Happy Holidays!
11/24/2009 Jun Mizutaniís high forehand service with a sudden change of direction. Read More
11/23/2009 SATTA on Facebook. Ma Long (China) has won the Menís Singles title at the Asian Championships in Lucknow, India on Sunday November 22nd. Join 171 SATTA's s to watch a video of his Final match (the top of the left column).
11/23/2009 Second career for Jan-Ove Waldner, 1989 and 1997 World Champion, in "SPIN New York" Elite Table Tennis Club with $1000 annual membership. Read More
11/22/2009 So. AZ Table Tennis League:
New Ratings are available for participated players. Top achievers: Willing Cheng +153pts., James Petrie +87pts. and David Le +46pts. Five players; Michael, Xiaofeng, Jack and Ron have won division for the first time while David won his 4th title and Menachem - 2nd. Congratulations!!!
Ratings and Results  Current Roster  League Webpage
Photos  Check out SATTA on Facebook for video fragment.
Players participated - 36, Divisions - 7, Matches played - 72. Thanks to all and everyone for your contribution to the league continuous success.
League Results
Division 1: 1st - Menachem Turchick (2-player tie with Rocky Dotzler), 3rd - Yijie Zhang
Division 2: 1st - Willing Cheng (2-player tie with Kamran Salek), 3rd - Kai Deng
Division 3: 1st - David Le, 2nd - Xiaohui Zhang, 3rd - Lev Vays
Division 4: 1st - Michael Jones (2-player tie with James Petrie), 3rd - Gustavo Portillo
Division 5: 1st - Xiaofeng Yu, 2nd - Jeff Morrison, 3rd - Lynette Smith
Division 6: 1st - Jack Cox (3-player tie), 2nd - Heinz Wilhelm), 3rd - Joseph Elliott
Division 7: 1st - Ron Melnick, 2nd - Jeff Wagner, 3rd - David Kidwall
Congratiulations to all of you!!! More info including match results and rating change will follow.
11/19/2009 Learn the secrets of optimum brain wellness. Daniel G. Amen, MD: Minding Your Health.
Q: How important is exercise for optimal brain function?
A: Exercise boosts blood flow and enhances new learning.
Q: What's your favorite way to unwind?
A: Table Tennis.
Grab your free copy of Nov. 2009 "Better Nutrition" magazine at any New Life Health Center or follow this link to Read More
11/19/2009 Everything you should know about Racket Control.  Thanks to Butterfly, our official ball sponsor for this all-in-one-page information Link
11/18/2009 USATT Magazine: September 5th SATTA Tour Winners (photo and results) are featured in latest USATT national publication, Nov. - Dec. issue. If you are a USATT member, please check pages 48-49. If not follow this Link or SATTA on Facebook
11/16/2009 SATTA TOUR Championships: the most current list of accepted players is now available online. 42 players rated from 602 to 2019 have confirmed their participation so far in this 2-star USATT sanctioned tournament. No rating - no problem - play recreational or U800 events and $15/$25 let you play in these unique events this year. Registration deadline approaching fast!  Link
11/16/2009 19th Asian Table Tennis Championship: 11/16-22, Luckhnow, India. 6 days, 22 nations, 186 players, Singles, Doubles and Team events.  ITTF webpage  Organizer's website.
11/15/2009 Friendship Cup. November 14 two matches were played. Tucson defeated Green Valley/Quail Creek and Sierra Vista defeated Sun City Vistoso. Schedule and Results. Individual results can be found here. Once there click on the down arrow to the right of "Select a State", then select "AZ", then click on "View" all the way to the right of Southern Arizona Friendship Cup.   Larry Smith, Cup Director
11/14/2009 SATTA Tour Championships. Just to remind players who are invited to the "Championships" events that today, November 14th, is the last day to confirm your participation. Players from waiting list could be called soon.
Please contact us at 520-461-8656 or email
if you will play or not.   Check your status here
11/14/2009 October 31st SATTA Tour. The USATT has now updated ratings for all 38 participated players. These ratings are slightly differ from calculated previously but don't affect a player's So. AZ ranking. For your convenience all players participated in last SATTA's USATT sanctioned tournament are now highlighted.
Check your rating online   All 10/31 Rating changes
Next USATT sanctioned tournament - December 12th. (see information above to enter).
11/13/2009 Free Open Play on Saturday November 14 at UA Games Room. Due to unavailability for Open Play at Armory in the morning and following Friendship Cup matches in the afternoon, SATTA sponsors free Open play at UA Games Room tomorrow from 10am to 1pm. Games Room located at Student Union Center's (SUMC) Lower Level/first floor. Address: 1303 E University Blvd Tucson, AZ 85719. Four tables will be offered and EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Floor Plan Free Parking
11/11/2009 USATT League. Report to players participated in Univ. of AZ Games Room tournament on 11/6 incuding match results, player new ratings and photos.
View Report.
Next League play - November 21 from 9 am - to 1pm at Armory
11/9/2009 So. AZ Friendship Cup. The Sierra Vista team traveled to Tucson and Green Valley/Quail Creek team to SaddleBrooke on Nov. 7-8. Tucson and Green Valley picked up a 17 to 8 and 14 to 11 victory respectively. The players all had a good time and got to enjoy playing against and meeting new table tennis enthusiasts. Thanks to Butterfly, SATTA's Official Ball Sponsor, all teams received ten 3-star table tennis balls for all their home matches this season. Check out team photos posted on SATTA Facebook and watch videoclip of 11/7 match in Tucson. Watch
11/8/2009 October 31st SATTA Tour follow up. SATTA's Gallery of Champions has been updated with 2 new inductees: Nelson Sai (Tucson) and John Wilson (Sierra Vista). They have won their first USATT sanctioned tournament while Kamran Salek and Simen Potaychuk claimed their third title this year     Results

Scorecards: Open  U1700  U1450  U1200 
Winners Photo: Open  U1700  U1450  U1200 
   Thanks to Linda Jones for contributing these pictures
11/8/2009 New ratings have been posted for October 31st SATTA Tour players. Top 5 So. AZ achievers are: Nelson Sai + 110 pts, Ken Holman + 67, Simen Potaychuk + 39, David Le and Kamran Salek +34. Four players have received their career high ratings: Kamran (1547), Ken (1507), Nelson (1372) and David (1317). Four players have established their first USATT tournament rating: Mukesh Tataria - 1102, Bernd Weinberg - 825, Tina Liu - 788, and Chris Maupin - 674. Best result for visiting player - Gia Leu (Phoenix) + 83 (1992). Congratulations to all of you!!!
   New So. AZ Ratings and Rankings    All Ratings
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11/6/2009 UA games Room Tournament has been full as 25 players competed on 5 tables. Tournament results: 1st place - Kai Deng, 2nd place - Da Fu, 3rd place - Raymond Chang   Winners
Click here for details 11/4/2009 University of AZ Games Room and SATTA welcome you to the recreational table tennis monthly tournaments with prizes
When: Friday, November 6th at 7:00 pm
Where: UA Games Room, Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC), 1st floor
Why: to take home ping-pong paddle or free play time on Butterfly tables
Equipment: 2 Butterfly, 3 Stiga tables and
3-star Butterfly balls
Fee: $5. Parking is free here after 5pm.
Limit: there is no limit on number of players and their level
Format: 2 divisions, 4/5 player RR and single elimination. We will adjust format if more than 25 players show up.
Address: 1303 E University Blvd, Tucson AZ, 85719
Registration: not required. Contact phones: Games Room 621-1450, SATTA 461-8656
Per players OK we can make it a USATT League event. See you there.
10/29/2009 October 31st SATTA Tour:    Draws
10/25/2009 December 12th SATTA Tour Champs:    List of Entries Received has been posted online and will be updated regularly.
10/24/2009 World Team Cup Linz, AUT, Oct 22 - Oct 25, 2009. Romania women's team have qualified in the World Cup table tennis quarter-finals after beating the United States on Friday 3-0. Cristina Hirici (world rank #242) defeated 3-0 (5, 6, 9) Crystal Huang (#60), Elizabeta Samara defeated 3-0 (1, 2, 1) Erica Wu, and the pair Samara/Dodean won 3-2 (8, -7, -13, 6, 7) the match with Jun Gao/Crystal Huang.
   Website    Live stream and on-demand video
10/24/2009 Ratings for Arizona received from the USATT to be used for seeding at 10/31 SATTA Tour
10/22/2009 Mark your Calendar: Next So. AZ League play will be held at Armory on November 21st. It will be the last league play this year. December's calendar is featured by many tournaments (1st weekend - Phoenix, 2nd weekend - Tucson, 3rd weekend - Nationals) which will be followed by Christmas Break. See League Page for more details.
10/20/2009 "Misha, I e-mailed you last week about entering the 12/12 tournament. Can you please save me a spot for U-800 RR and Recreational. You mentioned that you might allow under 1000 players play in the Recreational division. If you are going to allow this, can you please e-mail me back and save me a spot for both events. I will mail the entry form to you as soon as you let me know. By the way, my name is John Gagas and I am from El Paso Texas. Thank you very much. John Gagas. Can't wait to play in your tournament."
Thank you John for your email and welcome to Tucson and SATTA tournaments.
10/20/2009 2-star USATT sanctioned SATTA Tour Championships is now accepting player entries. It would be the biggest one-day table tennis tournament in AZ featured 4 invitational and 11 open events for players of all abilities and ages. New 2009 SATTA Tour champions will be crowned in 4 divisions and $1000+ will be awarded to the top achievers.
Singles, doubles, recreational and AZ first ever U800 events will take place at UA Rec. Center on December 12. U1000 USATT players, if entered rated event, will be accepted to the recreational event if they wish.
There will be a lot of play to everyone. Don't miss this unique chance to get warmed-up before the Nationals and reward yourself for your accomplishments playing in high quality conditions, fun and very friendly atmosphere.
Hit the banner above to download an Entry Form. Entry deadline is Dec. 2nd or until full. Entry received list will be generated on Sunday, 10/25 and updated daily thereafter.
10/19/2009 So. AZ Friendship Cup: Message to all Southern AZ table tennis players from Cup's Director, Larry Smith
10/18/2009 SaddleBrook Table Tennis Club played the Tucson Armory team today in the first match of The So. AZ Friendship Cup. This is the first year of the Cup and participating teams are SaddleBrook, Tucson Armory, Sun City Vistoso, Green Valley/ Quail Creek and Sierra Vista. Tucson Armory won the meet 11 matches to 5. Thanks to Greg Hlushko for sharing this info and Photo. Good Luck to the the Cup and all players and thanks to Larry Smith and captains for their outstanding input. Cup's webpage
10/18/2009 SATTA League and 2nd Up-and-Comers Results.
Players participated - 29, Divisions - 5, Matches played - 78, Top achievers: Sreeram Parameswaran (sixth title this year), Gustavo Romero (Division 2 winner, second straight title), Nelson Sai (Up-and-Comers upper division winner), Xiaofeng Yu (winner) and Michael Blackwell (finalist) are both lower division finalists). Nelson, Xiaofeng and Michael have got their 10/31 SATTA Tour fees paid (USATT membership excluded). Michael has got 218 pts to his league's rating. Congratulations!!!
Ratings and Results    Current Roster    League Webpage
Winners (Nelson and Jeff)     Winners (Xiaofeng and Michael).
Check out SATTA on Facebook later today for video content and website for more updates.
10/15/2009 LIEBHERR 2009 Men's World Cup Moscow, Russia October 16-18, 2009. Sixteen and six of Top 10 world players will compete for $150,000 in prize money. Qualification Groups    Website    Live stream and video on-demand
10/15/2009 SATTA Tour Championships is coming. Tournament has just received a USATT 2-star sanction consist of 15 events (4 - invitational and 11 - Open) and will be held at University of AZ Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8am to 6pm.
The Tournament Committee will gladly accept your comments, ideas, and suggestions to the draft of its Entry Form. The last day to submit your comments will be this Saturday, 10/17. The tournament director will be available at Armory from 9 am to 4pm during the Up-and-Comers (morning session) and League play (players rated over 1300, afternoon session). An Official Entry Form will be available online on Sunday 10/18. Input from visiting players will be greatly appreciated if received by email at or as a Facebook comment by the end of the day, October 17.
Entry Form (draft)    Rec. Center's 1st floor design    North Gym video
10/9/2009 SATTA Schedule Updates:
SATTA TOUR Championships will be held on 12/12 at the University of Arizona Rec. Center from 9 to 6pm. This tournament will have invitational events as well as open rated events. Details will follow.
The following events are scheduled on Saturdays at Armory Park Dining Area (except noted) in October-November:
10/10 - Open Play from 1:30 to 4pm (9-1:30 Armory hosts swap meeting)
10/12, Monday - No Play (Columbus Day, Center Closed)
10/17 - "Up-and-Comers" tt tourney for lower rated players (below 1300) from 9 to 12:30
10/17 - So. AZ Table Tennis League for higher rated players (over 1300), 12:30 - 4pm
10/24 - Open Play from 9 to 4pm
10/31 - SATTA TOUR, a USATT Sanctioned Tournament
11/7 - Friendship Cup. Tucson team (seniors 55+) hosts Sierra Vista from 9 to 12:30
11/7 - Open Play right after event above (12:30 to 4pm)
11/14 - Friendship Cup. Tucson hosts Green Valley/Quail Creek from 1:30 to 4pm
11/21 - So. AZ Table Tennis League/Ballroom from 9am to 1pm
11/28 - Open Play at Ballroom from 9 to 1pm
Check our SATTA online Calendar as last minute changes can occur.
10/9/2009 Race to the SATTA TOUR Championships:
Current Rankings
Points Breakdown
10/9/2009 New ratings have been posted for Arizona Sizzler players. Top So. AZ achievers are: Rocky Dotzler + 115 (1846), Lev Vays + 106 (1386), Nelson Sai + 40 (1262), and Kamran Salek + 36 (1513). Rocky, Nelson and Kamran have received their career high ratings. Rocky went undefeated in his last 5 tournaments with impressive 30-0 records. Congratulations to all of you!!!   New Ratings and Rankings
10/7/2009 International Table Tennis Association: October 2nd 2009 Racket Control Updates:
The Laws of Table Tennis relating to the racket.
Technical Leaflet T4 Ė Racket Coverings.
Harmful volatile solvents. Testing with MiniRAE-Liteģ.
Important playing properties of a racket.
Identification and measurement of irregularities.
Voluntary and compulsory controls and racket inspections.
Consequences if defaults reported and more...
Document (.pdf file 1.1MB).
10/6/2009 SATTA on Facebook updates posted 9/27 - 10/6
9/27 Sep. 26 League Play Part 1 morning and 2 afternoon sessions (Videos)
9/27 European Championships - Men's Singles Final (Video)
9/29 SATTA Tour Winners (8/8 and 9/5) with name tags (Photos)
9/30 Table Tennis Exhibition with Jan-Ove Waldner (Video)
10/1 University of Arizona (UA) Games Room (Video)
10/1 UA Games Room ping-pong tournament announced (Flyer)
10/3 UA Games Room ping-pong tournament results (Video)
10/4 AZ Sizzler tournament. So. AZ player results
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Players set records in 9/26 play: 39 players, 8 divisions, 86 matches, six consecutive hours of play on 5 tables, 1022 matches and 46 division winners since first league play (4/2008). Thanks to all and everyone for your contribution to the league continuous success.
League Results
Division 1: 1st - Rocky Dotzler, 2nd - Sreeram Parameswaran, 3rd - Yijie Zhang
Division 2: 1st - Misha Chernobelskiy, 2nd - Wenxin Zheng, 3rd - Kamran Salek
Division 3: 1st - Gustavo Romero, 2nd - Xiahui Zhang, 3rd - Willing Cheng
Division 4: 1st - David Le, 2nd - Jeremiah Sbarra, 3rd - Lev Vays
Division 5: 1st - Trung Le, 2nd - Neson Sai, 3rd - Carney Foy
Division 6: 1st - Jeff Morrison, 2nd - Michael Smolansky, 3rd - Lynette Smith
Division 7: 1st - Richard Tena, 2nd - Michael Blackwell, 3rd - Jack Cox
Division 8: 1st - Bernd Weinberg, 2nd - Kim Craft, 3rd - Miguel Tromp
Players with league rating increase of more than 100 pts. are: Jeff Morrison (+172), Michael Smolansky (+125), and Kim Craft (+118). Gustavo, Richard and Bernd won division for the first time while Rocky and Trung claimed their 5th title.
Check your current rating here. View 9/26 play Results and League page for all Winners and more info.
9/25/2009 This Sunday, September 27 at 2pm (channel 24, Cox, Tucson) do not forget to watch all the action on ESPN, and find out who won the first-ever HardBat Classic title, and won the $100,000 Grand Prize in their 2-hour table tennis show. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
9/24/2009 Thanks to Steve Rivera and our ball sponsor, SATTA article and players featured on the home page of Butterfly website. Butterfly will gladly accept all our articles, photos, videos and if you are able to contribute to such media production please contact Misha or Steve at
9/24/2009 USATT League updates. Saturday 26th League's registration is underway and first 6 players sign-up. We have 2 sessions: morning (for U1250 players) and afternoon (for Over 1250).
NEW!!!: top 3 players from division 1 morning play will be admitted to the lowest rated division that play afternoon (if they want to of course). To register: send email to with word "registration" in a subject line, or go to the home page of our website and hit "Contacts" button on the top of the page, or
NEW!!!   SATTA on Facebook!!!!!!   Rating List
9/20/2009 Message from the Sahuarita High Scool Table Tennis Club President. "Our Club was formed with the help of Trisha Evans (club sponsor), Nate Moon (president), and Kevin Heintz (vice-president). Currently we only have two tables for approximately twenty members, but are looking to increase our number of tables through fundraising and the number of club members by spreading table tennis throughout the student body. We plan on meeting every Wednesday from 2:30 to 5:30 and possibly another day and time.
We would also love to have some form of outside competition from other local clubs, possibly high schools, to challenge ourselves even more. If you would be interested in playing our club, please contact Nate Moon at" Website
9/20/2009 Race to the SATTA TOUR Championships:
Current Rankings
Points Breakdown
9/18/2009 New ratings have been posted for September 5th SATTA Tour players. Top So. AZ achievers are: Nelson Sai + 49 (1222), Adam Block + 40 (1869), Steve Rivera + 34 (1120), Larry Smith + 33 (1324), and Kamran Salek + 24 (1477). Nelson, Steve, and Kamran have received their career high ratings. Nine players have established their first USATT tournament rating: Eko Nurhariyanto - 1895 (So. AZ rank #6), Sudarshan Udayashankar - 1524 (#25), Pouye Khoshkhoosani - 1403 (#38), Lamont Nesbitt - 1221 (#52), Michael Blackwell - 877 (#70), Ron Melnick - 848 (#72), Marcelo Romero - 774 (#76), Jovan Vance - 763 (#77), and Mel Feasel - 473 (#83). Best result for visiting player - Awtrin Dabestani + 105 (1315). Congratulations to all of you!!!
   New Ratings and Rankings        SATTA Tour's USATT page
9/17/2009 The El Paso Table Tennis Club proudly presents the 2009 Fall Open, a 0-star USATT sanctioned tournament. When: Sunday, November 1st. Events: Progressive RR (9 matches per player) and U2800 Doubles. Entry Deadline: Closes after first paid 28 entries are received. Tourney Director/Referee: Mark Nordby phone: 915-219-9582.  Entry Form  Website
9/15/2009 On the United States Open Web site, it is simply called the Shot. Roger Federer himself called it the ďthe greatest shot I ever hit in my life.Ē What do you think, tennis fans?

9/15/2009 USATT ratings updates. SATTA has received a confirmation from the North American Table Tennis that SATTA Tour September 5th ratings will be processed with this week updates and posted to the  USATT ratings history page. Thank you for your patience and we hope that by Saturday players will be updated with their new ratings and Race to the SATTA TOUR Championships standings. All USATT membership updates new and renewals are posted online and available for your review.
9/15/2009 European Table Tennis Championships
  Live scoring tables 1-4   Live scoring tables 5-24   Draw and Results   Live Stream
9/11/2009 28th European Table Tennis Championships, Sep. 13 - 20, 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany.  Website
9/10/2009 Flagstaff Senior Games just around the corner. Table Tennis competition will be held on September 19 in Flagstaff Aquaplex. Per SATTA's inquiry Matt Faull, event coordinator, has extended the official registration deadline until Wednesday, Sep. 16. Call Matt at (928) 774-1068 for more details or visit our Tournaments page for address, map, and entry form.
9/8/2009 Sports writer Steve Rivera can make your tournament successes/fun be made into a poster. You can order either a 14x22, 16x20 or 11x17. Prices vary. The photos and story will tell your story of winning the table tennis title or playing very well. Keepsakes to be sure. Call Steve at (520) 661-5302.  Sample Poster (.pdf file 1.7Mb.) Let Us Tell Your Story
9/7/2009 The penguin first appeared in a Carlsberg commercial when two scientists stationed in the south pole discovered itís talent for table tennis. Watch more fun stuff at Celebrity PingPong, a free online Magazine founded by James Cooper.
9/5/2009 SATTA TOUR follow-up: The Tournament Committee (Misha Chernobelskiy, Dave Wesley, and Barbara Burnison), would like to thank all players, visitors and Armory Park staff for contributing to the tournament success. Our special thanks to Willing Cheng (
G & L Import) for sponsoring the tournament snack bar.
Open Singles: 1st - Simen Potaychuk,  2nd - Derrick Cone,  3rd - Panno Dok
U1700: 1st place - Jerry Boerwinkle,  2nd - Kamran Salek,  3rd - Sudarshan Udayashankar
U1450: 1st place - Pouye Khoshkhoosani,  2nd - Awtrin Dabestani,  3rd - Ardeshir Dabestani
U1200: 1st place - Steve Rivera,  2nd - Bob Trent,  3rd - Al Douglas
Pouye and Steve have won their first USATT titles. Congratulation to all Winners and Finalists!!!
The Complete Official Results   Hall of Fame
9/4/2009 We are proud to announce our strategic partnership with the World Leader in Table Tennis Technology - Butterfly. Butterfly has become the SATTA's official ball sponsor and we are looking forward to continue contributing for further development of our beloved sport. Learn more about company's History and visit our partner's Website for all your table tennis needs.
9/4/2009 US Nationals: December 16-19, 2009, Las Vegas, NV.
Entry Deadline - postmarked by October 22, 2009.   Entry Form
9/3/2009 SATTA Tour 9/5 updates:  Click here for more info
Scorecards and Order of Play:
Open Singles: Group 1, Group 2
U1700: Group 1, Group 2
                 U1450: Group 1, Group 2
                 U1200: Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4
9/3/2009 Table Tennis Officials in China Monitor Dating. The rules for China's national team are strict. For example, there's no dating until the age Chinese officials deem "appropriate." When the 20-year-old men's singles world champion fell into pingpong puppy love with a 17-year-old teammate, she was dismissed from the national team and sent back to her province. Now 25, Wang Hao is finally allowed to have some romance. He's dating another player ó a former national champion...     Read More
9/3/2009 World Ranking. Victory in the Menís Singles event at the KAL Korean Open in August 2009 has seen Japanís Jun Mizutani emerge as the most notable climber in the ITTF Menís World Rankings issued on September 1st, 2009. Formerly listed at no.17, the talented Japanese left hander is now knocking on the door of a top ten place. He now stands at no.11, his career high world ranking.  September World Ranking  Watch His Play
8/30/2009 SATTA Tour Updates: Sep. 5th U1200 event in high demand these days and SATTA negotiated with Armory setting up 2 extra DHS tables in the dining area to play. It allows us to make four 4-player RR groups with total of 16 players in event. Al Douglas (Sierra Vista), and Marcelo Romero (Tucson) are two last accepted players to this event.
Player's Line-Up
8/30/2009 The So. AZ USATT League results:
31 players have played yesterday 65 matches at Armory. Three players joined the league pushing our roster to 130 players and total match count to 936.
Division winners are: Division 1 - Sreeram Parameswaran;  Division 2 - Paul Bowman (2-player tie with Yijie Zhang); Division 3 - Willing Cheng; Division 4 - David Le, Division 5 - Lynette Smith, and Division 6 - Michael Blackwell. Players with rating increase of more than 50 pts. are: Michael Blackwell (+ 209), and Steve Rivera (+ 131). Three players who played recreationally have received their first rating: Sudarshan Udayashankar (1364), Michael Smolansky (813), and Yaping Xia (312). Paul and Michael have won division for the first time while Sreeram for the record high - 5th time. Congratulations!!!
Next League play - September 26th, 2009.
New Ratings and all Winners   Results
August 29, 2009         SPORT FOR ALL - SPIN THE BALL
What: So. AZ Table Tennis League will be held tomorrow at Armory
When: doors will be open at around 9:00 am, seeding starts at 9:40
How: Event is free, open to the public and all are accepted if arrived by 9:30am. If late, please refer to league regulations for details
a) get some points to your rating or establish your first league's rating
b) get warmed-up for September 5th SATTA Tour
c) this opportunity to play in a ballroom has become available because of the cancellation that other group has made to their prescheduled 8/29 party and Armory staff offered the ballroom to us on a last minute basis. League webpage    Current Roster
8/27/2009 Dear USATT Member:
We have engaged the services of a highly experienced, independent facilitator to help in crafting a Strategic Plan for USATT.
We wanted to reach out to the general membership to solicit your feedback to be included in the Strategic Planning process. We have crafted a simple questionnaire for use in this outreach.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of the staff members of USATT, I encourage you to take the time to provide our facilitator, Maureen Craig, with your thoughts and ideas on how to move our sport forward in a positive direction.
Thanks in advance for your participation in this most important process!
Michael D. Cavanaugh
CEO - USA Table Tennis
719 866 4583 ext 3      Website
8/25/2009 SATTA Tour September 5th Tournament is now full.
Our special thanks to all 32 registered players.
Entries Received
8/22/2009 Up-and-Comers Results. Upper division finalists: Nelson Sai (1st place and +251 pts. to his rating), Lamont Nesbitt (2nd) and David Le (3rd). Lower division: Steve Rivera (1st. and +116 pts)), Jovan Vance (2nd), and Marcelo Romero (3rd). Nelson, Lamont, Steve, and Jovan have received a free acceptance to the 9/5 SATTA Tour. Tournament was full and 21 players have established their first USATT league rating. Congratulations!!! Next League play is scheduled for September 26th. Thank you to all players and tournament staff - Dave Wesley and Barbara Burnison for administering this first ever tournament today.
Tournament Results    Ratings Results    League page and Roster
8/20/2009 Message from the SATTA President:
Dear Players,
Many of you noticed how fast table tennis is growing in Tucson involving more and more players. Just in a few days a group of 20+ new players will play their first tournament and it's my pleasure to say them my "Very Welcome". Four players (finalists) will get their entry/rating fee paid for the upcoming 0-star USATT sanctioned SATTA Tour.
Sixty two players contributed so far to the TOUR's huge success and 28 of them have reserved their spots in October 31st tournament in just first week after it was announced. Three players are on the waiting list.
Now players do not have to wait for 2+ months. Following the SATTA's mission to promote our beloved sport in So. AZ and support players in their progress, I'd like to say that an additional SATTA Tour tourney is set for September 5th. An Entry Form is available on our website (Left column) and first list of accepted players will be generated on Monday, August 24th.
If this event will be full just like all previous, the Nov. 21st SATTA Tour Championships will become a 2-star USATT tourney. None of continuously run tournaments has received such level of recognition in AZ.
From the bottom of my heart thank to all of you for your support,
Misha Chernobelskiy
8/20/2009 SATTA Tournaments' updates:
Due to the high volume of requests to play in "Up-and-Comers" tournament, the tournament committee has negotiated with Armory to set up two extra tables that allows us to accept 10 additional players in Group 1 (beginners). Please reserve your spot ASAP. Spots that are not reserved will be offered to walk-in players at the day of the tournament on the first-come-first-served basis.
The following spots are available:
"Up-and-Comers" not-for-rating tournament, August 22nd
Group 1, Beginner level - 4 spots   Group 2, Intermediate level - 2 spots
  Entries Received  Entry Form

October 31st SATTA TOUR is full and registration is now closed. Three players are on the waiting list.  Entries Received
8/19/2009    Ironman Award updates:
Lev Vays (54 matches) and Kamran Salek (52) are two undisputed leaders in most sanctioned USATT tournament and league matches played this year.
Lev, last year's winner (82 matches), by a tiny margin of 2 matches outscoring Kamran and by 13 matches trio of players: Sreeram Parameswaran, Gustavo Portillo and Bob Trent (41 matches each) among 76 contestants so far. 2009 Ironman Award laureate will be nominated by Tucson Table Tennis Club and SATTA to receive a USATT recognition.   Standings (.pdf file)   Standings (sortable .xls file)
8/16/2009   Race to the SATTA Tour Championships:
   Rankings    Total Points Breakdown
8/14/2009 SATTA TOUR 10/31 updates:   U1450 event is full
and registration to this event is now closed. If you rated U1300 or unrated player there is still a chance for you to enter U1450. If you advance to the Final in upcoming "Up-and-Comers" 8/22 not-for rating tournament, you will be accepted and your event fee and USATT rating fee will be waived ($22 value for both finalists). Don't miss that and register before the deadline, August 21st. Open Singles, U1700 and U1200 are open for registration.
8/14/2009 New ratings have been posted for August 8th SATTA Tour players. Top So. AZ achievers are: Veronica Lam + 230, David Le + 164, Nelson Sai + 47, and Willing Cheng + 42. Seven players have received their career high ratings: Jiwu Duan (1953), Sreeram Parameswaran (1953), Veronica Lam (1856), Willing Cheng (1458), David Le (1279), Nelson Sai (1173), and Stephen Gregory (925). Three players have established their first USATT tournament rating: Yijie Zhang - 1758, Steve Rivera - 1086 and Kim Craft - 756. Best result for visiting player - Gia Leu + 29 (1909). Congratulations to all of you!!!
   New Ratings and Rankings        SATTA Tour's USATT page
8/12/2009 Our friends at El Paso Table Tennis Club: Michael Gopin, Jon Redman, and Mark Nordby (Tournament Director 915-219-9582), would like to invite AZ players to their 9-Player Round-Robins tourney. The Summer Slam 1-star tournament will be held on August 29th and 17 spots of 36 are taken including 4 slightly over 2000 rated players. The entry fee is $35 and online entry is available.
Entry Form   Website
8/11/2009 SATTA has just received a USATT sanction for the upcoming SATTA Tour tournament scheduled for October 31. Links to an Entry Form and Entries Received List are available on the home page of the website just below the SATTA Tour logo. SATTA Tour Championships is tentatively scheduled for November 21st. Only top 8 players in each of 4 divisions: Open Singles, U1700, U1450, and U1200 will be invited. Race to the SATTA Tour championships will be updated this week and will include player rankings and their new ratings.
8/11/2009 Table Tennis Coaching Video Lessons. Link
8/10/2009 A link to Up-and-Comers table tennis tournament's Entries Received is now available online and located just above the photo. Link
8/10/2009 SATTA Calendar Updates:
The following tt events are scheduled in Armory for Saturdays from August 15th:
August 15th - Open Play/ Ballroom from 9:00am to 1:30p m
August 22nd - Open Play/ Ballroom from 9:00am to 1:30pm on 4 tables;
August 22nd - "Up-and-Comers" tournament from 9:00am to 1:30pm on 4 tables
August 29th - Open Play/ Dining Area from 9:00am to 2:00
September 5th - So. AZ USATT table tennis League/Ballroom from 9am to 1:30pm;
September 12th - Open Play/ Dining Area from 1:30 to 4:00pm
September 19th - Open Play/ Dining Area from 9:00am to 2:00pm
September 26th - Open Play/ Dining Area from 9:00am to 2:00pm
October 3rd - Open Play/ Dining Area from 9:00am to 2:00pm
October 31th - SATTA TOUR, a USATT Open tournament/ Ballroom, 9am - 1:30pm;
November 21th - SATTA TOUR Championship, a USATT Invitational tournament
Open play after October 3rd TBA at a later time. Please follow the schedule above that has been offered by the staff at Armory. Permission must be received from the front desk to stay after scheduled hours. Thank you for your cooperation.
Check out our online Calendar as some last minute changes may occur.
8/8/2009 SATTA TOUR follow-up: The Tournament Committee (Misha Chernobelskiy, Dave Wesley, and Barbara Burnison), would like to thank all players, visitors and Armory Park staff for contributing to the tournament success. Special thanks to Willing Cheng (G & L Import) for sponsoring tournament snack bar, Kamran Salek, and Steve Rivera for their invaluable input.
Open Singles: 1st - Sreeram Parameswaran,  2nd - Jiwu Duan,  3rd - Gia Leu
U1700: 1st place - Yijie Zhang,  2nd - Wenxin Zheng,  3rd - Willing Cheng
U1450: 1st place - David Le,  2nd - Gustavo Portillo,  3rd - Lev Vays
U1200: 1st place - Bob Trent,  2nd - Stephen Gregory,  3rd - John Fung
Sreeram, Yijie, and Bob have won their first USATT title while David - fourth consecutive tourney. Congratulation to all Winners and Finalists!!!   Gallery of Champions
Full Results  More photos: Open Singles   U1700   U1450   U1200
8/7/2009 New ratings have been posted for Best of the West Open players. Top So. AZ achievers are: Misha Chernobelskiy - 1694 (+ 30) and Kamran Salek - 1453 (+ 28). Misha won his second straight U1750 title while Kamran has achieved his career high rating. Congratulations!!!
        New Ratings and Ranking          Full Results         AZ Ratings
8/7/2009 SATTA TOUR coverage in today's newspaper: "Club, event smash hits with just right spin" by Patrick Finley, Arizona Daily Star, Aug. 8th 2009
Our special thanks to Steve Rivera (PR) and Sreeram Parameswaran
for contributing to this story.    Read more     Link
8/6/2009 SATTA Tour updates:  Click here for more info
Scorecards and Order of Play: Open Singles: Group 1, Group 2   U1700: Group 1, Group 2   U1450: Group 1, Group 2   U1200: Group 1, Group 2
8/4/2009 Best of the West Open:     Results     Photos     Article
8/1/2009 The So. AZ USATT League results:
35 players have played record high 83 matches today at Armory.
Six players joined the league pushing our roster over 100 players.
Division winners are: Division 1 - Sreeram Parameswaran;  Division 2 - Menachem Turchick (3-player tie with Wenxin Zheng (2nd) and Yijie Zhang (3rd); Division 3 - Sen Han; Division 4 - Gustavo Portillo, Division 5 - Nelson Sai, and Division 6 - Steve Rivera. Players with rating increase of more than 50 pts. are: Xiaohui Zhang (+ 201), Nelson Sai (+ 110), Sen Han (+ 94), and Wenxin Zheng (+ 87). Two players who played recreationally have received their first rating: William Galvez (718), and Chris Maupin (455). Sen Han, Gustavo Portillo and Steve Rivera have won division for the first time. Congratulations!!! Next League play - September 5th, 2009.
New Ratings, Photo and all Winners   Results
August 1st, 2009         SPORT FOR ALL - SPIN THE BALL
What: So. AZ Table Tennis League today at Armory Park Senior Center
When: doors will be open at around 8:30 am, seeding starts at 9:35
How: Event is free, open to the public and all are accepted if arrived by 9:30am. If late, accepted by 10:15 if registered online ("League Sign-Up" button above)
a) to celebrate 100th player to join our league (current roster - 99 players)
b) group photo to be taken and sent to the USATT magazine (see details above)
c) get some points to your rating or establish your first league's rating
d) have fun competing against players of your level or higher
e) get warmed-up for August 8th SATTA Tour
League webpage
7/27/2009 Continents Unite as European and Asian Stars Stop Traffic in order to promote the forthcoming Euro-Asia Tournament. Yesterday at 7.00am the Bosphorus Bridge (Turkey) was closed to traffic, a court mat duly laid and table tennis table strategically placed so that one half was in Asia and the other in Europe. Read more
7/26/2009 Celebrities playing table tennis Link
7/26/2009 Eight Tucson players will play at the upcoming 2009 Best Of the West Open tournament in Phoenix next weekend:
Open Singles - Adam Block, Veronica Lam, Simen Potaychuk Draw;
U2000 - Adam Block Draw;
U1750 - Misha Chernobelskiy Draw;
U1600 - Willing Cheng, Nelson Sai, Kamran Salek, Lev Vays Draw;
U1450 - Lev Vays Draw
7/25/2009 The German Superleague has the most of the best European players. On you can watch all important matches live and on-demand without paying for it and through the whole season. Link
7/24/2009 Interview with the president of International Table Tennis Federation Adham Sharara, June, 2009, Shanghai, China Watch now
7/21/2009 More photos of July 18th Friendship Cup warm-up tournament in Sierra Vista (contributed by Pavol Uhrovsky). Feel free to share your best table tennis pictures with family, friends and all table tennis community. Email us at with your photos and comments.
7/19/2009 Tune in to ESPN September 27th at 3 pm EST/ 12pm PST. Catch all the action in Hardbat Classic's two-hour television event. Invite all your friends, circle the sofas, and get a good seat because you wonít want to miss a point. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
7/19/2009 So. AZ Friendship Cup updates: Yesterday, 7/18, we had our first ever "test" tournament for the Southern Arizona Friendship Cup. It was held in Sierra Vista at our dedicated facility "Roy's Place". We had five teams present: Sierra Vista, Quail Creek/Green Valley, Saddlebrook, Sun City Vistoso, and Tucson Armory. A total of 22 players played in this first ever tournament. At the end of the day there were several new friendships, which is one of the main goals of this cup, and many renewed friendships. Lots of games of table tennis were played and win or lose, everyone had a very good time.
Larry Smith, Cup Director 520-255-1993  Photos    Address to all Players
7/12/2009 August 8th SATTA Tour is now full and registration is closed as of July 11. Last 3 players have been accepted during the league play. Thanks to all 32 registered players and we are looking forward to another wonderful tournament!!!   Entries Received
7/12/09 Follow the comical adventures of a hairless polar bear who leaves his frigid homeland and travels the world. In this episode Bernard tries his luck at table tennis.

7/11/2009 The So. AZ USATT League results . Twenty eight players have played today at Armory. Division winners are: Division 1 - Rocky Dotzler;  Division 2 - Yijie Zhang (4-player tie with Quc Pham, Misha Chernobelskiy, and Wenxin Zheng); Division 3 - Willing Cheng; Division 4 - Kirk Sims, and Division 5 - Joe Martin. Players with rating increase of more than 50 pts. are: Joe Martin (+ 138), Rocky Dotzler (+ 115), Quoc Pham (+ 92), and David Le
(+ 80). Five players who played recreatinally have received their first rating: Eko Nurhariyanto (1811), Zhenrong Zheng (890), Steve Rivera (807), Jack Cox (779), and Kim Craft (380). Congratulations!!!  Next League play - August 1st, 2009.
New Ratings and all Winners   Results
7/10/2009 American Junkie is hosting a ping pong tournament next Wednesday, July 15th at their establishment in Scottsdale. It's free to enter and the winner gets $200 cash prize. They're located in Old Town Scottsdale on 75th Street between Indian School and Camelback.   Flyer
7/10/2009 New ratings have been posted for 6/20 SATTA Tour players.
Top So. AZ achievers are: Menachem Turchick + 101, Nelson Sai + 95, Bob Trent + 33, and Wenxin Zheng + 33. Six players have received their career high ratings: Menachem (1839), Wenxin (1661), Kamran Salek (1425), Willing Cheng (1423), Nelson (1129), and David Le (1115). Three players have established their first USATT tournament rating: Carney Foy - 1050, John Laverty - 1012 and Stephen Gregory - 899. Best result for visiting player - Gia Leu + 40 (1880). Congratulations to all of you!!!    New Ratings and Rankings        AZ Ratings
7/10/2009 So. AZ Legue.     PLAY FOR ALL - SPIN THE BALL
Where: Armory Park Senior Center. When: tomorrow, Saturday, July 11. Doors open at 8:30, Guest Speaker Steve Rivera - 9:15, seeding - 9:30, play begins - 9:45. Last player accepted 10:15 (pre-registration is required if you plan to arrive between 9:30 and 10:15). More info - see 3 buttons above including League regulations. If you would like to enter U1200 event at 8/8 SATTA Tour - last 2 spots and Entry Form will be offered.
7/8/2009 "Ping Pong on the Vegas Strip" by Dan Ackman, The Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2009      Link      Printer friendly
Special thanks to our players Jeffrey Morrison, Heinz Wilhelm, Jerry Sbarra, Bob Trent, Brad Balmer, and Lew Farmer who were be able to assist the tournament staff in running the Hardbat Classic.
7/8/2009 Friendship Cup updates To all team captains.
We are about 1 1/2 weeks from the date (July 18) I invited all teams to come to Sierra Vista for a test match for the "Southern Arizona Friendship Cup". Are any teams definitely coming? If so do you have any idea of the number of players that might attend? What teams are still undecided, but might come? What teams definitely will not attend? Sierra Vista will have a team ready to challenge any or all and we should have several non team players to help warm up or to have friendly games. Thanks, Larry Smith, Interim Director 520-255-1993   Website
7/8/2009 El Paso TTC news: We proudly presents 2009 Summer Slam Round Robin Open, Saturday, Aug 29th, 2009. USATT sanctioned 1-star event - $775 in cash prizes, 9-player Round-Robins - Limited to 36 players. Enter Before Aug. 7th Save $5. Tourney Director/Referee: Mark Nordby phone: (915 219 9582)      Entry Form
7/7/2009 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.:  Spokan, Washington, July 13-18. Table Tennis competition is scheduled for July 14th. Website  Table tennis was one of the first sports to integrate all disabilities.  Para TT Promotional Video
7/6/2009 SATTA Mailbox.  North American Table Tennis today's response on SATTA inquiry: "Hi Mikhail, We have received your tournament and it will be processed on this week's update. Unfortunately this tournament was received the week before of the US Open, and we were not able to process it right away since this results needs to be entered manually in our Database and for that week we were not able to manually process any tournaments because of the US Open preparation. Last week, we were in Vegas the whole week and we were not able to process any tournament there either. So this week we will catch up and have processed most of the tournaments we have pending and yours will be one of them. Regards, Mary Palmar, NATT"
7/5/2009 Media:  "Table Tennis: Good for Body and Brain", by Scott Miners. This article is from the July/August 2009 edition of Well Being Journal, Vol. 18, Number 4.
7/4/2009 League updates:  Next League play is scheduled for Saturday July 11th. from 8:30am to 1:30pm at Armory (Ballroom). Seeding starts promply at 9:30am. Please do not be late and review League Regulations before you go. Feel free to reserve your spot and register online. Pre-registration is not required but greatly appreciated in order to run event more smoothly. We (Misha and Kamran) will try our best to accomodate all players and avoid any delays. My special thanks to Marshall Carman, Jeremiah Sbarra and Bob Trent for their patience and apologize to Greg Hlushko for 6/6 League delays with the seeding. Happy Holidays and see you all next Saturday!!!
7/4/2009 SATTA Tour updates:  Last 3 players will be accepted to the SATTA Tour 8/8 Tourney. Spots available: U1200 - 3. Registration is closed for Open Singles, U1700, and U1450 events. An official registration deadline - August 3,2009 (postmarked)   Entries Received
7/4/2009 Get to know the USATT rules - 2.15 The Expedite System:
The expedite system shall come into operation if a game is unfinished after 10 minutes' play... Thereafter, each player shall serve for 1 point in turn until the end of the game and if the receiving player makes 13 returns the receiver shall score a point. Once introduced, the expedite system shall remain in operation until the end of the match.   Watch now   USATT Rules
7/1/2009 Race to the SATTA Tour ChampionshipsNew Rankings.
SATTA Tour's tournament report has been received by the USATT 6/21 and
membership updates have been processed in 2 days. The North American Table Tennis (rating processing) has accepted report 10 days ago (6/21) with no missing documents, however, rating is not yet processed and no response received on 6/27 inquiry about
the day it will appear online. Sorry for the inconvenience.
7/1/2009 US Open July 1 - 4, Las Vegas, NV: Draws and Results
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 SATTA TOUR, a USATT-sanctioned tournament
 Second in a series of 6 tournaments this year
 6 Rated Singles, U3200 Dbls, Student/Senior Recs.
 Misha Chernobelskiy at 520-344-0388 Entry Form

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 Southern AZ USATT Table Tennis League
 UA Rec. Center: 1400 E. 6th St. Free Parking
 Open to the Public. More info
 Contact Alex at

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 Ping Pong Tournament at UA Games Room
 Open to the public. Admission - $5. Free parking
 Players rated U1000 are encourage to attend
 Format: Double Elimination and 4-player final RR
 Call Cassandrae at 621-1450 if any questions
   Join UA Table Tennis Club at its Grand Opening this Friday!
 Must have CatCard and access to the Recreational Center. If you
 would like to purchase access, contact Alex

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 Sierra Vista Table Tennis Club hosts
 Entry Fee - $10, Play starts at 10am
 Contact - Larry Smith at 520-255-1993/ Facebook

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 26th Annual Tucson Senior Olympics
 Event Description  Map  Players Entered - 64 (01.25)
 To register and fill available spots in 5-player RRs -
 contact Misha Chernobelskiy at 520-461-8656 or
 email for details

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 Ping Pong Tournament at UA Games Room
 Free and open to the public. Free parking
 Players rated U1000 are encourage to attend
 Format: Double Elimination and 4-player final RR
 Call Cassandrae at 621-1450 if any questions

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 Southern AZ Table Tennis League at Armory
 Free and open to the public
 Doors open at 9am. Seeding starts at 9:40

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                                    SATTA TOUR Aug. 8th Winners:
         First raw (L-R) Lev Vays, Wenxin Zheng, Jiwu Duan, Gia Leu, Sreeram Parameswaran.
         Second raw: David Le, John Fung, Stephen Gregory, Gustavo Portillo, Bob Trent
                            and Willing Cheng  (photo by Alex Chernobelskiy). Click photo to enlarge.

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SATTA TOUR June 20th Winners:
(L-R): Panno Dok, David Le, Wenxin Zheng, Lev Vays, Simen Potaychuk, Michael Gopin
Bernardo Escoto, Julien Picard, Linda Jones, Ken Akuoko, Bob Trent, and Kamran Salek.
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Open Singles Winners:
(L-R) Simen Potaychuk (Tucson,AZ), Bernardo Escoto (El Paso,TX), and Panno Dok (Chandler,AZ)

Latest SATTA Tour Photos (contributed by Zhanna):
Album 1   Album 2    Album 3   Album 4    Album 5   Album 6   Album 7

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