2009 Fall Season Preliminary Entry Status


The deadline was 8/28/2009. Here is the currently count. Some may arrive on Monday. There are a few player eligibility problem need to be address too. When we say players can play in multiple teams as long as they were in the teams of different divisions, there is also a requirement for that which was decided by the BATTF Board long time ago - players can only play for ONE club. Sorry if we were not clear enough previously.

Teams, please get your uniform for the season as early as possible. Team name or even player name on the jersey are highly recommended. BATTF's official team league STAG polo-shirt will arrive around mid-September. A big California Table Tennis Federation imprint will be at the back.There are blue and black to choose from. $15 per shirt for league players and $20 for others. (MSRP $34.99) Quantity and sizes are limited.

Known entries as of 9/1/2009:

  • Alameda TTC - 6
  • Foster City - 1
  • ICC - 11
  • Palo Alto - 3
  • Peninsula - 1
  • Ping Pong Dojo - 5
  • SFCTTC - 3
  • TopSpin - 3
  • Tri-Valley - 1
  • WCTTA - 4
  • WSATT - 4

The Bay Area Fantastic Four Marchng On




The Bay Area Fantastic Four:

  • Ariel Hsing
  • Lily Zhang
  • Natalie Sun
  • Sylvan Guo
The Fantastic Four with the help of Anne Deng (TX) and Erica Wu (LA) were marching on after their splendid performance on the team events! US girls had a clean sweep winning all six junior/cadet events in Canada - team and individual!

The sweat paid off! Most people probably can't even imagine how much efforts they've put into the sport. Hats off to the girls, their coaches, and parents!
Click here for the complete coverage of 2009 Canada Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Junior Circuit, Laval, CAN, Aug 20 - Aug 23.

Additional Prize for the Cadet Division


(The former World Champion Stellan Bengtsson's training camp)

Former World Champion Stellan Bengtsson kindly offer one hour clinic to the winning team of the Cadet Division. (On his next trip to Bay Area after we have a winner) Also, Rajul Sheth of ICC also will offer total of two 2-hour group training to the winning team and one 1-hours group training to the 2nd place team.

By the way, I just knew that 14-year-old Kei Murai who attended Stellan's camp this week is from Japan. His dad Mr. Tadashi Murai brought him here just to attend Stellan's camp. They will fly back to Japan today - only stay six nights in the US. (Attended the full 5-day training) He also played the Monday RR and won the group two. That's dedication! We hope they have a nice flight home.

Info for the Coming Season

I know we would have all the info ready by now. Anyway, here are partial info for the coming season. Hope it is enough for you to start forming teams. Six teams have committed! More info will be added when available. Please do not hesitate to ask questions.

  • Important dates:
    • Rating cutoff date - 8/28/2009
    • Entry deadline - 8/28/2009
    • Kickoff date - 9/19/2009
  • Entry fee: $125 per team
  • Number of players per team: 3 to 6
    • All players have to be rated - no estimated rating
    • Either League rating or Tournament rating will be accepted
    • Email me (battf2008@gmail.com ) if you need to be rated
  • All teams must be affiliated/approved by the home club operator
  • A player's rating is determined by Max(League rating, Tournament rating)
  • A team rating is determined by the sum of the top two players' rating
  • Dynamic divisions
    • All teams will be sorted by their team rating
    • 5 to 7 teams of adjacent team ratings will form a division
    • One Cadet Division (Under 15, no rating limit)
  • Home/Away Series
    • Average 10 team contests per season per team (5 at home, 5 away)
  • Playoff (New this season)
    • Top two finishers in a division will play one more contest at the top finisher's home court to determine the ultimate champion for the division
  • Format (New this season)
    • 5 matches per contest (2 singles, 1 doubles, 2 singles)
    • All 5 matches will be played out
    • 2 to 6 players can play a contest
    • Singles can be played by up to 4 players
    • 3 matches max per player (two singles and one doubles)
    • Doubles can be played by any 2 players in the team
    • Detail info will be posted later
  • Team Score
    • 2 points awarded for a win
    • 1 point awarded for a loss
    • 0 point awarded for a default
  • Official ball
    • Nittaku orange premium 3-star balls
    • Sponsored by Paddle Palace
    • Home team will provide the balls
    • Every team will get 6 balls in the beginning of the season
  • Uniform (New this season)
    • Required
    • One lifeline per team for the first violation - no penalty
    • Penalty for 2nd and 3rd violation:
      • 1.9 awarded for a win (instead 2)
      • 0.9 awarded for a loss (instead 1)
    • Penalty for the 4th violation
      • Team will be disqualified for the rest of the season
      • Note that there are only about 10 contests per season
  • Result submission (New this season)
    • Result and a minimum of a team photo must be submitted by the end of the following day of the contest
    • Home teams' responsibility
    • The earlier the better
    • One lifeline per team for the first violation - no penalty
    • Penalty for 2nd and 3rd violation:
      • 1.9 awarded for a win (instead 2)
      • 0.9 awarded for a loss (instead 1)
    • Penalty for the 4th violation
      • Team will be disqualified for the rest of the season
      • Note that there are only about 10 contests per season
  • Rescheduling (New this season)
    • One lifeline per team for the first request - no penalty
    • Has to give 48 hours advance notice
    • Has to choose the new date when requesting to reschedule
    • Penalty for 2nd and 3rd requests
      • 1.9 points for winning
      • 0.9 point for losing
    • Disqualification on 4th request

Four World Champions in Bay Area

(Michael Greene, Zoran Kalinic, and two Hungarian Junior team memebers)

Boy, are we lucky? Four former world champions in Bay Area at the same time!

  • Li Zhen Shi
    • 1975 World Championships - Men's Team Gold Medalist
    • 1977 World Championships - Men's Team Gold Medalist
    • 1977 World Championships - Men's Doubles Gold Medalist
    • 1981 World Championships - Men's Doubles Gold Medalist
  • Zhang Li
    • 1975 World Championships - Women's Team Gold Medalist
    • 1977 World Championships - Women's Team Gold Medalist
    • 1979 World Championships - Women's Team Gold Medalist
    • 1979 World Championships- Women's Doubles Gold Medalist
  • Zoran Kalinic
    • 1983 World Championships - Men's Doubles Champion
  • Stellan Bengtsson
    • 1971 Men's Singles World Champion
    • 1973 World's Doubles Championship
    • 1973 Team Championships

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