Welcome to Big Island Table Tennis Association!

Our mission is to promote Table Tennis by providing guidance and support for our members and to encourage prospective players.

Where we play:

YMCA in Hilo
Tuesday 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Saturday 3:00 - 8:00pm
Sunday 5:30 - 8:00 pm
$5 drop-in fee or become a member of the YMCA and play Ping Pong and use the YMCA all month

Visitors are welcome! Call Clyde Young at (808)443-6978.

Becoming a Member
See Steven or Michiko upon arrival for a membership packet!

Latest News and Articles:

Articulating the Hand

Submitted by stephen on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 15:04

An ex-professional table tennis player who used to practice at our club told a story of his meeting with J.O. Waldner many years ago out on the world tour. He had asked the master what the secret to table tennis was and Waldner had answered, “The wrist!”

At the time the conjecture seemed as enlightening as Michael Jordan confiding that the secret to basketball was “the feet”. There was no context.

Practicing table tennis by yourself

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/07/2017 - 18:02

Hi, I’m Emma White, a table tennis coach at PongBoss.com and today we will discuss a few ways you can practice table tennis by yourself.

Although there is no substitute for a coach or a skilled friend, there are some things you can do alone to improve your game. They will not be as effective as the ones you can do with a partner but luckily some of them are best done by yourself.

Towards a Taxonomy of Table Tennis Shots

Submitted by stephen on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 01:40

Beginning table tennis after a tennis career, I sought those identifying names for the basic set of shots that make up the game. In tennis we have serves, volleys, ground strokes, plus a few specialty shot types like overheads, half-volleys, and drop shots. With a few modifiers that’s about it. You can understand and play all phases of the game with just those few sensible, commonly used terms.

Thinking About Moving

Submitted by stephen on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 11:25

As we watched the amazing Chinese National Team players demonstrating drills at our club, we noted a very clear distinction between the movement of these visiting athletes and our club players. Despite adequate strength and fitness, our own tottering mortals lurched and lunged for shots that those lighter-than-air ethereal players seemed consistently poised to consummate.

Players as Coaches

Submitted by stephen on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 11:22

When we search for a table tennis coach, there’s a tendency to look for the very best player we can find. It’s true that the best players are examples of optimum execution in the sport. Great coaching certainly is critical to great play. But does great play necessarily predict great coaching?

The Dialectic of Aging in Table Tennis

Submitted by stephen on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:49

In an article posted on USATT Insider entitled Middle-Aged Table Tennis Training, author, Joe Ciarrochi relentlessly exhorts us to accept the gradual physical deterioration which inevitably accompanies age. I suggest a more elevating perspective for table tennis players, competing from ages 8 to 80. Table tennis is a game of physical, mental, and emotional skill. Certainly our physical fitness might deteriorate with age, however strength, agility, and quickness comprise only one dimension of "physical skill". 

Upcoming SDTTA Tournament

Submitted by shixish on Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:23
My name is Emilian Mihet, and on behalf of SDTTA, will be running a $12,000 table tennis tournament on October 3rd and 4th with substantial prize money.  I hope to see some of you at the tournament. Also could you please let your club members know about the tournament.
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