Table Tennis for All

Norman Booth Centre, Elderfield, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Harlow, CM17 0EY. Tel: 01279 438199

September Bulletin

06 Sep 2010

The season is about to get into full swing and time to give you a quick round up of what's coming up. We hope you'll notice the fantastic new lighting, new tables (arriving any day now!) , and the new membership scheme which means the club operates on a much more professional basis. We have around 40 members so far who are enjoying playing as often as they like for one flat annual fee. Initial reaction is that it makes for a much better club spirit and much better value and the club is well supported at all sessions.
If you are playing in one of the BATTS teams in the Harlow League (HTTL) please find the team details attached. Still time for last minute changes if you wish to join up or to move team. You do need to take up a membership option or pay a £55 HTTL fee BEFORE playing. There is also a minimum requirement to have a player membership licence which costs £5.84 direct from the ETTA or £6 to the HTTL who will do it for you. I know the changes can be complicated and I am happy to run through all the options with you.

Now available are the Hardbat 6 results.
In addition, the rankings are as follows:

Lots happening at BATTS and sorry that bulletins have been as rare as England goals in the World Cup.
We've got a whole new lighting scheme being installed in the sports hall week beginning August 9th. This won't affect practice evenings which continue on Mondays, Weds and Fridays from 7pm throughout the summer including this week. We also have a new coaching structure starting in September with lots of sessions on all these days. We've also got 8 new match tables arriving in the next few weeks.
It's all change too in terms of ETTA and BATTS club membership. You need both this season.

With just one more tournament remaining in the 2010 series of Hardbat, I would be grateful if all players could kindly indicate by return email if they are interested in playing.
The date is SATURDAY 28th AUGUST 2010 (Bank Holiday weekend).
Please check your diaries BEFORE making a commitment to play.

The reason I am asking is that due to 8 players having to withdraw from the tournament in the 3 days leading up to Saturdays hardbat, I was unable to find enough reserves to fill the places at such short notice. As a result, some players felt disappointed at not getting their full quota of matches.

The format is as yet undecided, but it would be great if we can finish the season with a FULL 48 player competition (8 x 6 player groups) then knockout for all Bands 1, 2 and 3.

Option (1.)  YES, I will play unless I am actually dead.
Option (2.)  I would like to play but cannot give 100% commitment just yet.
Option (3.)  I CANNOT play on that date, or do not wish to enter.
Please send all responses to Fred Dove

At the start of the season 2010-2011 BATTS will extend its coaching activities considerably. Youth coaching will be available for beginners, more advanced and top players. So we should be able to offer good quality coaching for everyone. Should you (or your child) be interested to start playing table tennis, please contact the BATTS head coach Aad Kwakkelstein or club secretary Neil Brierley. The new schedule will start on Monday 30th August 2010. BATTS is an ETTA ability club, which means it’s also able to accommodate players with disabilities.

We have more great tournaments lined up for the coming season. Our popular format gives all entrants a chance to play a series of excellent matches without too much waiting around. Numbers will be strictly limited to ensure we achieve a smooth schedule of play, and we offer generous cash prizes. The series will run throughout the season, and we shall have senior, junior and cadet and Under 13 events as shown below. All events are recognised by Table Tennis England for ranking points. The Senior, Junior and Cadet are all 2 Star, while the Under 13 is 1 Star.
All the Super Series events can be entered online, so there is no need to download and print forms unless you want to. Please note, however, that the entry is not confirmed unless the entry fee has been paid. The simplest way to pay is online, using the details on the form. 
Click on the relevant links below to view the full entry form and tournament details. You can then either complete the form, saving it on your computer for your records and emailing it to or use the online entry form which will automatically send us your details.

Please note there are 2 formats depending on the number of entries.
We will decide nearer the time on which format to run with.

48 Player Format. Entry Fee £16
32 Player Format. Entry Fee £20

All players are invited to Pay on the day.
Please see the flyer for further details.

Hardbat 4 Results

23 Jun 2010

The results for the Hardbat 4 tournament are now available.
The HEATT committee has decided in favour of a more accurate way in which to work out the "World Rankings".
Only the last 3 "Elite" Hardbat Tournaments will be used for the ranking process.
The All Time list published earlier is now superseded by this latest edition.

Please see the "OFFICIAL HARDBAT RANKING LIST" for June 2010.
Player Pools and Seedings for future Tournaments.
Players who do not appear on the latest list will be dummy ranked accordingly, based on any previous hardbat results, or known hardbat playing ability.

Present: Natalie Green, Aad Kwakkelstein, Dennis Stocks, Eric Todd, Martin Verdon, Wendy Esquivel, Paul Collier, Sherlayne Collier, Adrian Cross, Sean Gibson, Ricky Williams, John Holland, Gary Jackson, Terry Dowsett, Sharon Head, Neil Brierley
Apologies for Absence: Nicola and Jimmy Walsh, Anne Webster, Anil Patel
Neil Brierley welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the committee and head coach and gave a bit of background on the history of BATTS. He pointed out we have 21 years remaining on our lease at a peppercorn rent so our continuity is assured.
Aad took over and explained the positive contribution members can make not only playing but in all aspects of  the club. He emphasised the “Academy” in BATTS to show we are serious about our table tennis. He talked about regular coaching in one centre with one coach to make the squad into a motivated group with the goal to improve. Aad would like the squad to form teams in the national leagues under the BATTS banner as soon as practical. They should also play in tournaments wearing the BATTS kit. He talked about a code of conduct that would be expected.