The latest news of the SCTTC and the world of table tennis.
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Just a quick update to point out the obvious… there is no sign that things are improving. Not looking good for opening the club any day soon.
Discussion has happened (thanks Debbie!) with the folks at the Portuguese Hall. They support the idea of the SCTTC getting back in, but as expected, there are numerous issues to resolve before we can be safe and approved to play in our usual space. There will be more information to come, but the exciting news is that we should be able to get back to playing in mid-July. There will almost certainly be an online sign-up sheet for the near future to keep the number of players to a minimum. Watch this space for further updates.
Until the club reopens, please consider donating some $ that you might have spent on playing at the club to the Santa Cruz Portuguese Hall. See the SCPH site for contact information and address.
Some good news… Santa Cruz County is allowing gyms to reopen. SCTTC is considered a gym. But… and that’s a big but… there are many restrictions and protocols that would need to be enacted before we can open safely.
So… we do not have a timeline yet. More info to come over the next week. Stay tuned. Stay safe.
The SCTTC remains closed until further notice. I heard from Debbie who let me know that the club is considered a “gym” and would be allowed to reopen at some point in Phase 3 of the State/County rules.
I did see that in Europe, the first small competition (since the international lockdown) is happening now in Germany. Interesting to see without any crowd noise or contact:
A lot easier to dive on floors that aren’t concrete.
OSAI develops AI systems for sports analytics. This is their Deep Learning-based method for real-time analysis of high frame rate table tennis videos. Video contains results of work of production ready system using TTNet on over 20 hours of table tennis videos. I can’t say I understand it all, but it shows that table tennis is getting some of the same tech used in “bigger” sports. More info can be found in this article.
Unfortunately, the SCTTC will need to remain closed. We are keeping an ear out for notice from either the Governor or County, but so far, it isn’t looking good. Yesterday’s announcement regarding lifting a few restrictions, should give us all some hope that restrictions will slowly be lifted over the next weeks and months. We will post further news when we have it.
Until then, I hope you’re all finding other ways to exercise. There’s nothing stopping you from practicing your serves! My pendulum serve is improving…