2016 NCTTA Commentator Challenge Winners Announced

We are happy to announce that the 2016 NCTTA Commentator Challenge was a great success!

The winners of the 2016 NCTTA Commentator Challenge are: Bryan Song and Kevin Korb

The runner-ups are: Dylan Ley and Andy Nguyen

We are anticipating all four winners to attend the 2016 NCTTA National Championships, where they will join our talented commentator team and be LIVE on air throughout the competition.

UCLA's Isabel Chu Awarded NCTTA Newgy Scholarship

By Andy Kanengiser
NCTTA Media Chair

A future physical therapist, Isabel Chu is a bright UCLA freshman who excels in the classroom and in table tennis circles.

Her passion for her favorite Olympic sport is through the roof.

“I love the sport of table tennis because it challenges you physically and mentally,‘’ Isabel says. "It’s a game that pushes you to think out of the box. It’s a game that teaches you to persevere through hardships.’’

Given her tremendous skills as a table tennis player since she was a young girl and her academic excellence, Isabel Chu was selected a scholarship recipient in December 2015. The NCTTA and Newgy Industries that manufactures high quality table tennis robots, is delighted to once again team up to sponsor the annual scholarship. In short, Isabel shines as an outstanding student-athlete with unlimited potential!

An 18-year-old Milpitas, California native, Isabel experienced much success in recent years with paddle in hand. In 2015, she was named a Bronze Medalist at the U.S. Open Girls table tennis games. In 2014, she was selected a Silver Medalist at the U.S. Nationals Junior Girls competition.

Her remarkable string of dozens of extraordinary showings in table tennis dates back to 2006 when she was a ten and under finalist in girls competition at the San Diego Butterfly Open.

On the academic side, Isabel signed up for just about every Advanced Placement course possible at Milpitas High. Chemistry, calculus, and American history, were just a few of her AP classes. She racked up an unbelievable 4.14 academic average at the school. She’s a physiological science major on the UCLA campus and on track to graduate with the Class of 2019.

Volunteer work is in her DNA, too. She’s tutored kids at the Milpitas Public Library in reading and math. She’s also served as a volunteer in 2015 at Mountain View Physical Therapy in California.

NCTTA President Willy Leparulo applauds her passion for table tennis and academics.

“She clearly stands out among teens competing in the nation’s table tennis world, and spends lots of time with the books, too. We wish Isabel continued success ahead on both fronts at UCLA,’’ Leparulo said.

Isabel Chu says she appreciates how table tennis opened doors for her to meet people from various backgrounds and many countries."Although we are enemies on the court, we can still be friends once the match is over.’’

Thanks to dynamic players like Isabel, table tennis fans seem to be growing on the UCLA campus. While it’s always tough to compete with big-time Bruins basketball, baseball and football programs, table tennis is gaining in popularity in the Los Angeles area.

NCTTA leaders applaud Newgy Industries for supporting this scholarship program for top-notch student-athletes for years.

NCTTA Commentator Challenge - 2016 Championships

NCTTA is pleased to announce the “NCTTA Commentator Challenge”. We are looking for talented people to submit entries for the chance of becoming a commentator for the NCTTA at the 2016 National Championships as well as in future events. The details of the contest can be found at http://www.nctta.org/doc/2016_NCTTA_Commentator_Challenge_Rules_and_Regulations.pdf

The deadline to submit entries will be January 11th, 2016. If you have any questions, please feel free to email marketing@nctta.org.

We look forward to hearing from all of you!

New USATT Membership Fees Go Into Effect On 11/15/15

The new membership levels are as follows (see chart below for pricing):

  • General Members. No ratings fees for USATT Sanctioned Tournaments, USATT Events (US Open, US National Championships), and/or USATT Sanctioned Leagues. USATT will continue to offer multi-year memberships under the "General Membership" category.
  • Associate Members. No membership fee. May pay on a per-event basis as outlined below. Associate Memberships will only be offered on a year-to-year basis, and Associate Members may not participate in USATT Sanctioned Leagues. (Please note that, in accordance with the USATT By-Laws, Associate Members may not vote in elections.)

The new membership pricing, which will go into effect on November 15, 2015, is as follows:

Membership Type Associate General
Adult 1-year $0 $75
Adult 3-year n/a $210
Adult 5-year n/a $325
Junior 1-year n/a $45
Collegiate 1-year n/a $45
Household 1-year n/a $150
Household 3-year n/a n/a
NCTTA n/a $45
Lifetime n/a $1,300
Tournament Pass (sanctioned) $20 n/a
Tournament Pass (USATT events) $25 n/a

Please note the following with regard to the timing and implementation of the new membership levels:

  • There is no additional fee for those members currently in good standing.
  • Memberships renewed or new memberships purchased between November 15, 2015 and December 31, 2015 will expire on December 31 of the expiration year. For example, if you purchase a new 1-year membership on November 18, 2015, your expiration date will be December 31, 2016.
  • You must be an Associate Member to purchase a tournament pass.
  • Ratings fees will be discontinued on January 1, 2016.

Set Your Clocks BACK 1 Hour to End Daylight Savings Time

Don't forget that most of the United States will be ending Daylight Savings time at 2:00am on Sunday, Nov 1st.

It's a good habit to change your clocks back late Saturday night before going to bed.

This is particularly useful for the NCTTA Divisions that compete this weekend, Sunday, November 1st (NYC Uptown & Downtown).

NCTTA Team Event at 2015 Nationals


First NCTTA Team Challenge To Take Place On Saturday, December 19th

October 12, 2015 (Colorado Springs, CO) – USA Table Tennis (USATT) and the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA) announced today that they have joined forces to host the first “NCTTA Team Challenge” at the 2015 USATT National Championships in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, December 19, 2015. This will mark the first time that USATT and the NCTTA have partnered to offer this opportunity for students, alumni and faculty to compete in a team format at the US National Championships.

“The USATT National Championships is the biggest domestic table tennis tournament of the year, so it only seemed natural to work with Willy and the team at NCTTA to incorporate collegiate table tennis into the event,” commented USATT CEO Gordon Kaye. “The NCTTA represents one of the table tennis communities in the United States, and we are excited to be partnering with them to offer an opportunity to bring their community together at Nationals.”

“NCTTA is committed to developing opportunities for our student-athletes, alumni and faculty to continue to participate in the sport during and after their collegiate careers,” added Willy Leparulo, President of NCTTA. “With the US National Championships being held in Las Vegas, we believe this is a great chance for our community to come together, play some competitive table tennis, and have some fun.”

The team format event, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday, December 19th (first match is at 10am), will be open to students and faculty from a current NCTTA Member school, or alumni from any US, Canadian or Puerto Rican schools that participated in College Table Tennis  (NCTTA) or (ACUI) competition. Teams will compete in a 5-match format (4 singles, 1 doubles) beginning with round-robin play and concluding with a single-elimination draw. All NCTTA Team Challenge participants are invited to a welcome reception on Friday night from 7-9pm at Brooklyn Bowl on the LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas.

For more information, visit www.usatt.org or call 719.866.4583 (x. 5).

JOOLA Discount of 30% for Orders over $20

JOOLA, NCTTA's Table Sponsor, is giving a 30% discount to any order over $20.00 with this code: NCTTA4JOOLA15 for any member of any NCTTA member school!  Fill the code in after the Shipping Method field where the 'Coupon Code' field is located and you must use a ".edu" address at check out to receive the discount.

Please help support JOOLA as they support NCTTA and College Table Tennis! Go to http://joolausa.com/ TODAY!

Have you Run Out of NCTTA Eligibility?

Rules and Regulations (2.9 Length of Eligibility)

An NCTTA player may compete in NCTTA competitions for a maximum of four (4) academic years. A player has competed in an academic year if he or she has played at least one match for a varsity team or in NCTTA singles/doubles in any NCTTA competition held that academic year.

To see if you have exhausted your years of eligibility with NCTTA, click here.

Why Waste an Additional $100 in Late Fees?

The DEADLINE for avoiding late fees is October 1st.  The late fee this year is $100.  That's $100 you could be using for your trip to the Regionals or even the National Championships...why waste it by being late on your team registration.

If you have already registered your team, but did not pay at that moment, then use this link http://www.danserver.com/nctta/MemberApp2.asp to go directly to the payment page and skip re-entering your information.

If you have special circumstances that need to be considered or your school requires an invoice to be sent, then you MUST contact treasurer@nctta.org to discuss BEFORE the October 1st deadline.

Something to consider...

  • Pay with your own credit card before Oct 1st to avoid the late fee and have treasurer@nctta.org refund your money when the school payment finally arrives

Questions?  Contact treasurer@nctta.org

Membership Discounts are Available

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USATT Membership Discounts For NCTTA Graduates

NCTTA has recently teamed with USA Table Tennis to create a special opportunity where recent NCTTA grads can take advantage of a 1-year USATT membership for 40 percent off of the regular price. Yes, you read that right 40% off. USATT membership is the best way to stay involved with table tennis after graduation. So take advantage of this great deal! Read all about it at: nctta.org/alumni. NCTTA takes care of its alumni hoping that they then will return the favor to their collegiate clubs by donating their time or money or both to keep programs and teams alive.

Check out a new promotion with USA Table Tennis where NCTTA member clubs and their players can get 10 free USATT memberships. To activate this incredible NCTTA membership bonus schools must do the following:

  • Sign up for NCTTA membership and pay here
  • Complete NCTTA Eligibility form (putting the 10 who are eligible for the free memberships and those on your team for competition on form)
  • Each of the 10 must go to usatt.simplycompete.com to create a membership
  • Fill out an NCTTA/USATT google form, email info@nctta.org for the informaiton