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USA TABLE TENNIS

Created in 2003
by Larry Hodges,
Robert Mayer & Roy SeGuine

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ABOUT USATT LEAGUES

The USA Table Tennis League is a growing network of online table tennis leagues. It allows players to run leagues and have those leagues processed for USATT League Ratings. Leagues can be run just about anywhere - in clubs, rec centers, schools, businesses, churches, military establishments, even basements - anywhere there's a table and players.

The USATT League opened publicly on September 2, 2003. The League is free of charge and does not require USATT membership to participate.

League Format

The league director starts off each league night with a printout of potential league players, in order of rating. The recommended format is to put the top five players in the list who show for the league meeting are put in the top group, the next five are put in the second group, and so on down the list. If the number of players in the league is not divisible by five, then the number of players in some groups would be adjusted. Players are then hand-written onto blank RR group sheets. (League directors may adjust the number of players per group to best fit their needs.)

Players play all other members in their group. The goal is to win the group, and to improve one’s league rating. Recommended format is best of five to 11. (Some leagues play best of three to 11, so as to allow time for more matches.)

There will be other league formats available later on; however, the above format, used successfully in many clubs around the U.S., is the one recommended for the first year.

Playoffs

You can also do playoffs between group winners, runner-ups, etc. After you have inputted the round robin results, hit "Submit new match results." In the page that comes up, you can set up another "round robin" involving just those players involved in playoffs. Select those players for this round robin, and only record results for the players that played each other at this stage. Then hit "Done - Calculate Ratings," and all results - round robin and playoff - will be calculated. (You can also have rated "challenge matches" this way.) 

League Ratings

At the start of the league, players will start out with either USATT ratings or estimated ratings. League ratings will change in the same way that USATT ratings change, using the same rating chart. Ratings will be calculated online when results are inputted by the League Director. Unrated players will be given a rating of 800, if no better estimate is available. (These ratings may be adjusted later as more info is available.) Tournament directors should put in estimated ratings for new players, if they can give a fairly accurate estimate. 


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