Champion Teppanyaki

(from left to right: Gary Fang, Barry Or, Mark Johnson, Michael Liu )
(Team photo courtesy of USATT and the flame photo courtesy of Dan Lin)

BATTF's first local sponsor - Champion Teppanyaki.

Michael Liu, the owner of Champion Teppanyaki, plays in Milpitas Sports Center. He was in the team that won the U1900 Division of 2007 USATT Team League in Las Vegas. He also was in the team that was the runner-up in the 2006 US Open Team Championships in Reno, Nevada. Michael definitely is a team player! He will provide one $50 gift certificate to each of the winning team of the U6600, U5700, U4800, and U3900 divisions. He will also provides one $25 gift certificate for each of the second place finisher in these divisions. ($300 in total)

Michael kindly let use his house for our BATTF 2007 Award Ceremony and BBQ. I am sure lots of you still remember that. Players from Milpitas Sports Center also had two memorable year-end banquets there.

Hungry? Champion Teppanyaki is the place to go! (tell the chef you are a table tennis player)

  • Champion Teppanyaki
  • 46851 Warm Springs Bl, Fremont, 94539
  • 510-770-0918

BATTF Fund-Raising RR at ICC on 1/18/2008

31 players played 81 matches. What a fun night! We received $124 for the BATTF League! Thanks for all participants especially to Rajul Sheth and India Community Center for providing such a beautiful facility for FREE. Here are the result: (complete results)
  • Group 1: Jiaqi Zheng - undefeated!
  • Group 2: Nelson Yu - undefeated!
  • Group 3: James Nguyen - 4:1
  • Group 4: Leland Chen - undefeated!
  • Group 5: Ron Wallace - 4:1

BATTF Team Meeting

We will have a BATTF team meeting at ICC this Saturday. I apologize for the late notice but it seems that we don't have much choice. Thanks to Rajul who arranged the meeting room for us.

  • What: Discuss the 2008 season of the BATTF League
  • Who: Whoever is interested. Hopefully, all teams will have someone attend.
  • When: Saturday, 1/19/2008 at 6:30PM
  • Where: Indian Community Center, 525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, CA 95035

Also, the deadline to register your teams is 1/21/2008. Please bring the registration fee with you if you are ready ($99 per team).

Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you. It will be nice if you let me know you plan to attend. We may make necessary changes accordingly.

Important Dates

  • 1/21/2008 - Register yours teams and pay the entry fee ($99 a team)
  • 1/31/2008 - fixed the rosters. After this date, no new players will be accepted.
  • 2/2/2008 - schedule for each division will be published
    • Division Coordinators(DC) will work with team captains to make their respective schedules and submit to Chief Schedule Coordinator(CSC):
      • CSC - Michael Boot
      • Open DC - Stefan Feth
      • U6600 DC - Fernando Chang
      • U5700 DC - Barry Or
      • U4800 DC - Michael Boot
      • U3900 DC - Rajul Sheth
  • 2/2/2008 - The BATTF will start. Not all divisions need start on this date. Just an official kickoff date.

2008 BATTF League

On January 2, 2008, I emailed to all the people that I could think of that might be interested in bay area table tennis the possibility of forming our very own BATTF League. Here were my reasons in that email: (the complete email can be found here)

  • NATT/USATT did not pay enough attention to the League. (Exhibition A (as of 1/9/2008) - on the "How it Works!" page in the USATT Team League website, all dates are still for the previous season.)
  • Very little information for the 2008 season on USATT Team League site.
  • I registered one of MSC teams and found that it was not listed on the "Registered Teams" link. It was not on the "My Team" link either - even after I logged onto the site.
  • As of now, it seems NATT/USATT has abandoned the Team League project. (somehow, the scene from "I am Legend" popped into my head when I visited the USATT Team website:-))
  • If we do have our own BATTF league, we have only lost the "promised" playoff at the US Open. However, I don't consider the national title as all that prestigious anyway. (based on the experience from last season)
  • We did all the heavy lifting last season and I believe everyone would proudly agree that we were very successful. I believe we can repeat these results - possibly even exceed them.
The response was encouraging. So far, we have 29 teams (click to see the teams) signed up from nine clubs! It seems that the first BATTF League is on the way!

I carbon copied the email to NATT/USATT about the decision and have not heard from them. I think the silence is deafening. Note that we still want to support USATT League. When they are ready, we shall go back.

I have nominated Stefan Feth(Palo Alto Club), Rajul Sheth(Indian Community Center), Fernando Chang(YMCA- Cupertino), and Mark Johnson(Milpitas Sports Center) to form the BATTF Board of Advisers.(BOA) I, Bruce H. Liu, assumed the chairperson position of BOA for the moment. We don't have a bylaw now but I think we will try our very best to promote the sport. After we kick off the 2008 season, we can make it more formal and professional.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us. My email is bay_tt @ You can also post your questions to the BATTF Group.

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