Club notice

SCTTC becomes a non-profit corporation

Finally! We are now officially a Non-Profit Corporation!

For the first time, this means that contributions are tax deductible!

Why would you donate? To help the club thrive and also improve our playing conditions. Some ideas: we could buy more ball baskets and picker-uppers, fence off areas balls disappear into/under, purchase more club shirts, provide tournament level balls for every table, maybe open another day, etc.

If you would like to donate, please write donation checks to Santa Cruz County Table Tennis Club, Inc. and help keep our wonderful club going strong! Checks can be given to club officers, Debbie, Jim or Ray.

Thank you, players!

It is required that we send donation acknowledgment letters to donors who give a gift of $250 or
more, but in order to encourage donations, we will send donation acknowledgment letters to
donors who give a gift of $50 or more.

SCTTC is now on YouTube

Due to the low quality of Instagram video and the challenges of posting it in the photo/video section of the site, I have begun posting a weekly collection of my favorite rallies I witnessed. If anyone has other videos of rallies I missed, please contact me. If you want to see the videos in the full resolution and/or subscribe, check out the new SCTTC channel. Remember that you can click the icon to change the speed. We will use the Instagram feed mainly for photos. The first video is up from 1/18/2022.

Welcome back Thursdays!

Things are starting to look a bit more normal for the SCTTC! Starting next week, April 22, the club will be open on Thursdays again. This is extra exciting for those of us that might have gained some weight over the pandemic year.

Another bit of normality returns… doubles! Starting next week, doubles is OK for those who are fully-vaccinated only. We won’t be checking, so this is a honor system sort of thing. For those who aren’t vaccinated yet*, get to it and be patient. Doubles players should still stick to physical distancing (when possible) and avoid contact. Until everyone is vaccinated, please read the info board at the entrance to the club and follow the rules.

* My suggestion is go through CVS and look for appointments to show up after midnight (the actual appointments will be during the day).

Limited Club Opening Starting November 10!

Exciting news that we’ve all been waiting for… thanks to Santa Cruz County moving to Orange Level on the COVID-19 ratings, we can now open once a week (Tuesdays). Usual hours 6-11pm. Please read the list of rules below and on the new sign when you arrive at the club. The club could use donations of wipes and hand sanitizer, so please bring extra if you can. There is a limit to the occupancy of the room based on County guidelines, but hopefully we won’t need to prevent anyone from playing.

Requirements

DO NOT COME TO THE CLUB IF YOU FEEL SICK
Sign legal waiver upon entry
A no-contact thermometer is on the table to take temp. Must be under 100 degrees.
Masks required – optional when playing
Wash hands often
Maintain distance when not playing

Playing rules

  • No side switching during matches
  • No hand shaking after matches
  • Know that you are handling the ball – keep it away from your face
  • Mask optional when playing

 

October 2 Update

Still not much to tell. County gyms were given the OK to open at limited capacity, but there is also a new spike in cases. Stay tuned….

Still not looking good

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.

Update 6/17/2020

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.

 

News to come…

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.

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