The Dartmouth Table Tennis Club was revived Fall of 2004 in order to promote the sport of table tennis as well as to provide
interested students with the opportunity to play the sport on campus. All Dartmouth undergraduates, graduates, and faculty are welcome, regardless of skill level or commitment.
As members of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA) the opportunity is also available for interested players to train and travel with the
team to NCTTA meets to compete against other schools in the New England area. Dartmouth typically plays 3 meets over Fall and Winter terms.
:: About the Sport ::
Table tennis is also commonly referred to as "Ping Pong," a name coined by Parker Brothers. When the United States Table Tennis Association (now the USATT)
was created, Parker Brothers requested a large sum of money from the organization for use of the name; instead of paying the royalty, the USATT "created" a game of their own; table tennis.
Today, the sport is governed by the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation), and in the United States, also the
USATT (USA Table Tennis). Through a series of recent rule changes, games are now played using a 40mm ball (previously 38mm), and games are now to 11 instead of 21.
The dominant world powers in the sport today are China, Korea, Sweden. Top players can hit the ball at speeds up to 100mph, and 9000rpm.