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Group Lessons

Triangle Table Tennis Group Instruction

To find group sessions that fit your schedule, visit our Events Calendar to see the complete schedule of group lessons, leagues, camps, tournaments, special events, and Center holidays for upcoming months.  Click on a group session to start the online enrollment process.  (Be sure to log in first if you are eligible for a membership discount!)

Or, you can simply view a specific type of group lesson, select date(s), and process an online enrollment:

Click Here to Register for a Beginner/Novice Group Instruction Session

Click Here to Register for an Intermediate Group Instruction Session

Click Here to Register for an Advanced Group Instruction Session

Click Here to Register for an Elite Group Instruction Session

Alternatively, you can view the typical weekly schedule using Triangle Table Tennis Group Session Schedule 2016, and call us at 919-388-0272 to enroll.

 

Looking for a discount on Table Tennis Group Lessons?

Become A Member!

  • Basic pre-paid memberships of 3 months or longer qualify players for a 5% discount on group sessions.
  • Premium pre-paid memberships of 3 months or longer qualify players for a 10% discount on group sessions.

Buy 10, Get 1 Free!

  • Players who pay in advance for 10 group lessons on specific dates get 1 additional lesson for free
    • The dates for the prepaid lessons are fixed once selected.
    • Prepaid lesson dates cannot be rescheduled.
    • Additional free lessons are scheduled on Saturdays.

Do Both!

  • Basic or Premium membership discounts can be applied to the Buy 10 Get 1 Free offer.
  • Members who plan ahead and commit to a fixed schedule get the very best deal.

Check with Your Employer!

  • Some of our members’ employers offer a wellness or health club reimbursement that covers all or part of their membership cost.
  • Some of our members’ employers offer a flexible spending plan that enables them to set aside pre-tax dollars for supervised after-school care.

 

To learn more about each level of Table Tennis Group Instruction, please select below:

 

BEGINNER/NOVICE LEVEL

Beginner & Novice Children (under age 13) and Teens (age 13 – 18)

Beginner & Novice Adults (over age 18)

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 1000-1600

Intermediate Cadets (under age 13, and USATT Rating of 1000 – 1600)

Intermediate Juniors (age 13 – 18, and USATT Rating of 1000 – 1600)

Intermediate Adults (over age 18, and USATT Rating of 1000 – 1600)

ADVANCED LEVEL 1601-2000

Advanced Cadets and Juniors (under age 18, and USATT Rating of 1601 – 2000)

Advanced Adults (over age 18, and USATT Rating of 1601 – 2000)

ADVANCED ATHLETES 2000-2400

Advanced Athletes (any age with a USATT Rating of 2000 – 2400)

ELITE ATHLETES GROUP TRAINING

Elite Level Athletes (any age with a USATT Rating of 2400 or more)

Orientation

Triangle Table Tennis has a robust set of Group Instruction offerings for players at a wide range of age and skill levels. We will be glad to help you determine which might be a good fit for your needs.

If you are new to table tennis as a sport, or unfamiliar with the programs at Triangle Table Tennis, we encourage you to sign-up for one of our complimentary “Orientation Clinics,” which are offered weekly to allow players and non-players of all ages to learn more about Triangle Table Tennis’ programs. These free, weekly Orientation Clinics provide an opportunity to take a guided tour of our center, meet some of our coaches, learn about our wide variety of group & private coaching offerings, and find out more about open play times, tournaments, leagues, camps, special events, and specialty clinics. Each participant will have an opportunity to pick up a racquet and try out our state-of-the-art facility. Whether you are just curious, learning the basics, or a seasoned player, you’ll enjoy experiencing our center and meeting with top coaches and athletes as well as other players in the local community.

If you wish to meet with an experienced coach to assess your skills and find the right group coaching session for your individual needs, we are happy to arrange that for you! Please call or come by Triangle Table Tennis to discuss your questions or to arrange a skill assessment.

 

Group Instruction Goals

The goal of Triangle Table Tennis’ Group Instruction is to teach participants of all ages and abilities in a fun and positive group environment that allows each individual player to progressively improve his or her skills, and to excel, while gaining confidence and enjoying camaraderie in a sport well-known for its fellowship and lifetime aerobic benefit.

Our program helps improve overall personal fitness and develop table tennis ability through instruction that teaches and reinforces strong foundations, including:

  •  basic and advanced strokes
  • constructive footwork
  • honing of gross motor skills and coordination
  • sportsmanship
  •  individual and team tactics and game strategies

 

Group Instruction Registration

Most Group Instruction sessions are scheduled by age groups and by skill level. Group Instruction sessions for each skill level are offered multiple times a week.

Players register in advance for Group Instruction for a defined block of time, and select which specific session dates and times they will attend, and pay fees based on those registrations. Coaches are scheduled to meet the needs of the number of players signed-up for each specific session. This provides flexibility for students when they pre-select the dates and times they will attend, and also allows Triangle Table Tennis to plan coach schedules to maintain an effective student to coach ratio. Subject to available capacity, the specific date and time selections may be changed with two weeks’ notice, or upon advancement to a higher skill level group.

 

Group Instruction Format

Group Instruction sessions are organized and scheduled by age and skill levels. Each beginner level session is 1.5 hours long, and all other skill level sessions are 2 hours long. Coaches carefully and continually assess individuals’ progress and needs within each group, and may adapt instruction to meet individual or group needs. Within each group, coaching session participants may be organized into pairings or sub-groups based on age and skill. This allows participants to both train with others at the same level as well as experience the challenge of training with a slightly higher skilled player.

Our flexible curriculum allows players to join Group Instruction at any time of the year, and move ahead at their own pace based on skill level. Players can demonstrate their readiness to advance into higher skill level groups by attaining a qualifying USATT rating level, or in some unique instances, based upon a coach’s recommendation.

Not sure where you might fit in? Interested players can contact our Center to arrange a complimentary skills assessment with a coach to determine the most appropriate Group Instruction level for them to enter.

 

Beginner & Novice Children (under age 13) & Teens (age 13 – 18)

Beginner & Novice Children and Teens are scheduled to meet at the same time but will be instructed in appropriate small groups based on age and ability (beginner or novice). Through instruction, play, drills, and most importantly, constructive fun, these Group Instruction sessions will introduce and reinforce basic skills.

Coaches will work to improve the overall confidence of players on the court, so that they learn to focus and coordinate themselves and are able to perform their best. We employ a large variety of fun drills and games to keep energetic as well as shy youth engaged and motivated. Our instructors use many methods to help young minds break down the complex movements required in their hands, feet, and body movement. Additionally, our techniques promote enlightened thinking to improve anticipation and reaction times. Learning will center on engaging and focusing all of the mind and body, as well as developing overall agility and basic table tennis skills, all of which promote solid foundations in the sport. Additionally, we teach excellence in sportsmanship and team work, using positive reinforcement and role models.

As a player moves from the Beginner to the Novice level, he or she will be introduced to game and competitive play rules and etiquette. Players will continue to develop their fundamental skills and develop more strategic and tactical skills in the Novice level. They will be challenged to use their mind and body more effectively, allowing them time to think and react so they can begin to consciously plan outcomes as one might in a game of chess.

Beginner Skills Include:

  • Learning how to properly hold the racquet.
  • Developing contact with the ball and racquet on a consistent basis.
  • Learning how to execute a basic serve.
  • Learning how to hit the ball back and forth at least three consecutive times in one area of the court (for example, to the opponent’s forehand court).

Novice Skills Include:

  • Learning how to do multiple types of serves.
  • Learning how to do a correct forehand stroke
  • Learning how to do a correct backhand stroke.
  • Developing contact skills (forehand and backhand) to do repetitions of at least 10 in each court.
  • Improving serves and developing more complex serves.
  • Developing a basic understanding and familiarity with chops, pushes, blocks, and counter drives.
  • Understanding basic court and match rules.

When a player achieves a USATT rating of 1000 or higher, or when the coach recommends that the player is ready to be promoted, he or she may advance to Intermediate level training.

Beginner & Novice Adults (over age 18)

In each coaching session, players may be organized into small groups based on their current ability, allowing flexibility to meet the needs of the players attending the session on any given day. Some players will progress very quickly from Beginner to Novice and some may need more time to master certain basic skills. The individuals’ needs are always kept in mind as a coach adapts the instruction.

The Beginner & Novice Adult curriculum focuses on introducing and strengthening fundamental stroke, footwork and coordination skills that build the foundation needed to introduce basic tactical and strategic play. With instruction and drills that are adapted to meet the fitness level of the individual (low impact to highly athletic), each player progresses not only in skill, but also in whole body motor skills, coordination, and fitness.

As players move from Beginner to Novice level, they will continue to develop fundamental skills, building a larger arsenal of basic strokes and spins. At the Novice level, players are introduced to tactics and strategies, and improving players will begin to take their play from reactionary to mindful. Players will be challenged to use their stroke and body coordination more effectively, allowing more time (although just fractions of seconds) to react strategically so they can determine and manipulate subsequent reactions of their opponent.

Beginner Table Tennis skills include but are not limited to:

  • Learning different grips and how to properly hold the racquet.
  • Developing contact with the ball and racquet on a consistent basis.
  • Learning how to execute basic serves, strokes, footwork.
  • Learning how to hit the ball back and forth at least three consecutive times in one area of the court (for example, to the opponent’s forehand court).

Novice Table Tennis skills include but are not limited to:

  • Learning how to do multiple types of serves.
  • Learning how to do a correct forehand stroke
  • Learning how to do a correct backhand stroke.
  • Developing contact skills (forehand and backhand) to do repetitions of at least 10 in each court.
  • Improving serves and developing more complex serves.
  • Developing a basic understanding and familiarity with chops, pushes, blocks, and counter drives.
  • Understanding court and match rules.

When a player achieves a USATT rating of 1000 or higher, or when the coach recommends that the player is ready to be promoted, he or she may advance to Intermediate level training.

Intermediate Level Cadets and Juniors (USATT Rating of 1000 – 1600)

Intermediate Cadets (under age 13) and Juniors (aged 13 – 18) are scheduled to meet at the same time but will be instructed in appropriate small groups based on age and ability.

While continuing to reinforce competence in basic skills, instructors will introduce new techniques, building higher levels of competency regarding shot placement, stroke technique, complexity of serve and serve return, strategic play analysis, and confidence and sportsmanship both on and off the court. Players will work on their ability to perform in a match play scenario.

This group session will target fitness, endurance, mental focus, footwork, coordination skills, efficient and effective body movement, and repetitive shot precision placement. Drills will become a major part of this training, and may include robot training. Additionally, instructors will emphasize understanding when to attack the ball; identifying weaknesses in the opponent; and executing 3rd ball and 5th ball attacks. Finally, players will be introduced to playing against opponents that use different types of rubber, including short pips, medium pips, long pips, anti-spin rubber, etc. Players will practice and gain competence in countering alternative types of rubber they may typically encounter in matches.

1000-1300 skills include introduction and initial development of:

  • Blocking to both courts
  • Targeting opponent’s forehand court and backhand court
  • Forehand and backhand pushing
  • Forehand drives to opponent’s forehand court
  • Backhand drives to opponent’s backhand court
  • Forehand and backhand chops
  • Forehand and backhand looping
  • Different types of serves, including: underspin, topspin, sidespin, corkscrew, and deadball

1301-1600 skills include further development of:

  • Blocking to both courts
  • Targeting opponent’s forehand court and backhand court
  • Forehand and backhand pushing to opponent’s targeted forehand or backhand court
  • Forehand drives to opponent’s forehand court
  • Backhand drives to opponent’s backhand court
  • Forehand and backhand chops to either of the opponent’s courts
  • Forehand and backhand looping to either of the opponent’s courts
  • Different types of serves to the opponent’s forehand and backhand courts, including: underspin, topspin, sidespin, corkscrew, and deadball.

When a player achieves a USATT rating over 1600, or when the coach recommends that the player is ready to be promoted, he or she may move into Advanced Cadets & Juniors.

Intermediate Level Adults (over age 18, and USATT Rating of 1000 – 1600)

While continuing to reinforce competence in basic skills, instructors will introduce new techniques, building higher levels of competence regarding shot placement, stroke technique, complexity of serve and serve return, strategic play analysis, and confidence and sportsmanship both on and off the court. Players will work on their ability to perform in a match play scenario.

This group session will target fitness, endurance, mental focus, footwork, coordination skills, efficient and effective body movement, and repetitive shot precision placement. Drills will become a major part of this training, and may include robot training. Additionally, instructors will emphasize understanding when to attack the ball; identifying weaknesses in the opponent; and executing 3rd ball and 5th ball attacks. Finally, players will be introduced to playing against opponents that use different types of rubber, including short pips, medium pips, long pips, anti-spin rubber, etc. Players will practice and gain competence in countering alternative types of rubber they may typically encounter in matches.

1000-1300 skills include introduction and initial development of:

  • Blocking to both courts
  • Targeting opponent’s forehand court and backhand court
  • Forehand and backhand pushing
  • Forehand drives to opponent’s forehand court
  • Backhand drives to opponent’s backhand court
  • Forehand and backhand chops
  • Forehand and backhand looping
  • Different types of serves, including: underspin, topspin, sidespin, corkscrew, and deadball

1301-1600 skills include further development of:

  • Blocking to both courts
  • Targeting opponent’s forehand court and backhand court
  • Forehand and backhand pushing to opponent’s targeted forehand or backhand court
  • Forehand drives to opponent’s forehand court
  • Backhand drives to opponent’s backhand court
  • Forehand and backhand chops to either of the opponent’s courts
  • Forehand and backhand looping to either of the opponent’s courts
  • Different types of serves to the opponent’s forehand and backhand courts, including: underspin, topspin, sidespin, corkscrew, and deadball.

When a player achieves a USATT rating over 1600, or when the coach recommends that the player is ready to be promoted, he or she may move into Advanced Adults.

Advanced Level Cadets & Juniors (under age 18, and USATT Rating of 1601 – 2000)

This curriculum focuses on consistently performing skills learned in previous curriculums, as well as on developing new skills. Players will benefit from many drills and multi-ball training sessions with advanced level sparring partners. Emphasis for this level includes advanced level techniques, greater consistency, greater accuracy, ability to analyze an opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, strategy, and superior game knowledge.

The overall focus for players in this level is advancing their skill development and building consistency, allowing them to set their standards to higher performance, and supporting their aspirations to ultimately become an Advanced Athlete rated 2001 – 2400.

Coaches will mentor the development of each player’s confidence, promoting excellence with sportsmanlike demeanor and positive attitude. This level of Group Instruction also focuses on the individual’s ability to adapt to intense situations, challenges and physical/mental demands on and off the court. This enables the player to perform and achieve superior results, and brings out his or her best in tournament match play – regionally, nationally and internationally.

Advanced 1601 – 2000 skills include but are not limited to:

  • Efficient and effective footwork
  • Proficiency in weight/power distribution during strokes
  • Advanced service techniques with extreme spin and accuracy (multiple serve types)
  • Advanced strategies for when and how to attack, and when not to attack
  • Consistent ability to perform at least 50 repetitions of advanced shots, including: forehand looping, backhand looping, forehand drives, backhand drives, etc.

When a player achieves a USATT rating over 2000, or when the coach recommends that the player is ready to be promoted, he or she may move into Advanced Athletes.

Advanced Level Adults (over age 18, and USATT Rating of 1601 – 2000)

This curriculum focuses on consistently performing skills learned in previous curriculums, as well as on developing new skills. Players will benefit from many drills and multi-ball training sessions with advanced level sparring partners. Emphasis for this level includes advanced level techniques, greater consistency, greater accuracy, ability to analyze an opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, strategy, and superior game knowledge.

The overall focus for players in this level is advancing their skill development and building consistency, allowing them to set their standards to higher performance, and supporting their aspirations to ultimately become an Advanced Athlete rated 2001 – 2400.

Coaches will mentor the development of each player’s confidence, focusing on the individual’s ability to adapt to intense situations, challenges and physical/mental demands on and off the court. This enables the player to perform and achieve superior results, and brings out his or her best in tournament match play – regionally, nationally and internationally.

Advanced 1601 – 2000 skills include but are not limited to:

  • Efficient and effective footwork
  • Proficiency in weight/power distribution during strokes
  • Advanced service techniques with extreme spin and accuracy (multiple serve types)
  • Advanced strategies for when and how to attack, and when not to attack
  • Consistent ability to perform at least 50 repetitions of advanced shots, including: forehand looping, backhand looping, forehand drives, backhand drives, etc.

When a player achieves a USATT rating over 2000, or when the coach recommends that the player is ready to be promoted, he or she may move into Advanced Athletes.

Advanced Athletes (any age with a USATT Rating of 2001 – 2400)

This curriculum will focus upon developing high consistency performance in all skills for 2001 – 2400 level athletes. Implementation of this curriculum will be through drills and multi-ball training with advanced level sparring partners and limited robot training. Advanced level serves will be taught and perfected in this level.

2001 – 2400 Skills include but are not limited to:

  • High performance forehand looping and backhand looping
  • Multiple loops in repetition (forehand and backhand alternating)
  • Precision shot selection and placement: both left versus right, and short over the net versus deep towards the end line
  • Consistent performance of many drills, including: cross court to down the line drills, forehand and backhand drills, and counter drive loop drills, and looping of under-spin serves.
  • Consistent execution of the slow backhand push, fast backhand push-block; slow forehand (topspin) roll/flip, fast forehand topspin loop; slow controlled (spinny) topspin loop
  • Strategic use of speed versus spin while looping
  • Consistent performance of complex service variations, including short-touch services (forehand and backhand), long top spin services (forehand and backhand), etc.
  • Proper return of serve from a half-volley

Strategic sequencing of strokes, including:

  • combining topspin and underspin strokes
  • combining drives and pushing
  • combining (underspin) defensive returns with push, topspin, topspin forehand and backhand drives
  • combining both counter-driving close to the table and distant (back) from the table
  • combining forehand and backhand defensive backspin returns
  • sequences of topspin and backspin strokes, such as loop-topspin forehand, loop topspin backhand, loop underspin forehand, and loop underspin backhand – close to the table and back away from the table
  • short over the net flipping techniques
  • mid-rally sidespin/topspin blocking techniques
  • Ability to maintain intensity during an attacking rally
  • Mastery of stamina and focus
  • Overall sustained endurance throughout matches and tournaments.

When a player achieves a USATT rating over 2400, or when the coach recommends that the player is ready to be promoted, he or she may move into Elite Athletes.

Elite Athletes Group Training (any age with a USATT Rating of 2400 or more)

The Elite level training curriculum is developed and implemented by elite coaches and athletes, working in collaboration to master high performance and endurance at an international competition level. Please call to meet with our High Performance Director and our Head Coach to further discuss your needs and our Elite level Group Training Sessions.