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Welcome to Ping Pong In Vancouver! This is a non-profit, ad-free website built by table tennis-loving Vancouverites with three goals in mind. One, we list places to play ping pong in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam and, coming in 2024, Richmond. Two, we connect players looking for partners. Three, we advocate for easier access to table tennis in our communities and schools. Thank you to all who have added your name to the Players Directory, and may you find new friends to play.

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The content in this section changes frequently  |  Updated July 12, 2024

The Church Table Tennis Club Closes

Heaven-sent. Too good to be true. These were some of the attributes of the Church Table Tennis Club, a divine but short-lived pop-up ping pong parlour in the middle of a nice big church, now closed permanently. The building was sold. We’re leaving the post up for posterity because it was such a nice space to play.

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Our Players Directory Now Totals 82 Participants!

If you haven’t checked it out already, visit our Players Directory page where table tennis players like you out there in the ping pong wilderness can find playing partners with whom to share your love of the sport. We now have over 80 players who have over the past two years or so left their info card on the bulletin board. How many postings are active? That’s a good question! We encourage you to add your name, call others on the list, and meet new friends. 

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The BCTTA Goes Rogue!

For the record, we’d rather be focusing on lighter topics but reporting on the bizarre antics of the secretive and opaque BC Table Tennis Association or BCTTA is hard to turn away from. We’ve been following this official PSO or Provincial Sports Organization for a little over a year now, ever since we received a insider’s report on how this Table Tennis Canada-appointed agency fails to serve the greater table tennis community in BC. To get up to speed on the current BCTTA, we recommend you read these articles. To those readers who are already familiar with the BCTTA, you won’t be surprised to know the antics just keep getting stranger and less connected to reality.

Here’s what we have found out over the past couple of weeks. First off, the BCTTA is not currently listed as the table tennis PSO on the SportBC website. Indeed, there is no table tennis PSO listed. Second, we contacted ViaSport, the agency that funds official PSO’s, and we discovered the BCTTA was currently NOT listed as a supported PSO. We called ViaSport to confirm that the BCTTA was not listed because it was out of compliance with ViaSport for a variety of reasons. We also heard from ViaSport that the BCTTA has not responded to multiple attempts by Via Sport to engage with them.

Meanwhile, over at Table Tennis Canada or TTCanada, the so-called National Sports Agency or NSO for table tennis, the directors have assigned the 2025 national table tennis championships, both seniors and juniors to –drum-roll, please– the BCTTA!! If you are surprised to hear this after all you’ve read and heard about the BCTTA, don’t be. From what we have heard from table tennis players in BC, TTCanada is completely out of touch with what is going on in BC. Their position vis-a-vis the BCTTA is described over and over again by those we spoke with as a “head-in-the-sand” attitude. It appears to us that TTCanada, sadly, is staffed and managed by lifers in the sport, table tennis players with seemingly no other necessary qualifications who have gone straight from playing the sport to important administrative positions at the national level. As a group, they resist contact do not return repeated emails or calls. Meanwhile, the TTCanada website is a confusing, frustrating, and amateurish production with virtually no information about anything regarding the sport of table tennis but the very tip of the competitive spear, while completely ignoring the grassroots needs of TT players across the country. To TTCanada, the BCTTA is loyal friend and long-time partner and hence the disconnect: the BCTTA is awarded the national championships despite it non-compliance with provincial regulating agencies and the withdrawal of its funding from those agencies.

Like we said, this only gets stranger and we will be following up with a full report on what we’ve found out! Stay tuned!

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Just In: An Anonymous Tip Regarding the BCTTA!

We received this information today, July 7, via the PPinVancouver contact form:

“I want to report that BCTTA is now “forcing” the national players to train at their Bridgeport center, which is small and hot because it lacks air conditioning, especially during this heat wave. I suggest you find a reporter to bring a thermometer and cover the story at around 4:00 July 7!”

Thanks for the tip! We’d love to send someone over the their headquarters at the now-seriously-downsized Bridgeport Table Tennis Club but our staff are generally regarded as “personas non gratis” by the BCTTA and, unless heavily disguised, we wouldn’t get in. However, we do invite the public to see for yourselves the sad state of the current BCTTA by dropping in to watch the players, who have paid undisclosed sums of money, train under these harsh conditions.

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Tonnes More Outdoor Table Tennis Courts To Review… But None In Vancouver

According to Michael & Rachel Pedernal, our volunteer “eyes on the street”, there are numerous outdoor table tennis courts springing up in municipalities around Vancouver. Meanwhile, the bureaucrats who make decisions about Vancouver’s parks continue to nix the idea of table tennis in parks. We don’t know the reasons why Vancouver is so table tennis-unfriendly because city officials will not respond to calls or emails from our editors. Someone recently suggested to us that it’s because the Vancouver Parks Board is “high on grass”, as in: they love the look of unbroken expanses of grass unsullied by recreational infrastructure. We’ve said it before: if you believe table tennis tables belong in Vancouver’s parks, you must say something to city officials. These putzes need to hear from you as they are not listening to PingPongInVancouver.com!

Thank you so much for reading, we hope you continue to enjoy this website, and keep chasing that small white ball! Namasté.

The following excerpts were recently featured in our “What’s Happening Now” section above:

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Summer Camps for Table Tennis

Put down your gadgets and pick-up your racquet! Don’t miss this opportunity for your ping pong crazy kids to train with Canada’s most experienced table tennis coach and all-round TT ambassador Luba Sadovska at her North Shore Table Tennis Club. We met Coach Luba couple of years ago when we reviewed the North Shore Table Tennis Club and we were blown-away by the fact she had done so much to develop the club and its range of programs. Here’s more information about Coach Luba’s summer table tennis camps for kids. Or if you’re ready to register, click here.

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Trout Lake Community Centre to Host Table Tennis Tournament

Can anyone remember the last time a table tennis tournament was held at a community centre? Hint: it’s been decades. (Correct us if we are wrong!). Well, the drought is over and balls will once again rain-down on your opponents Sunday, August 25th from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive. Pre-registration is a must. Total prize money tops $600 bucks! Enter the tournament here.

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Time To Induct Chandra Madhosingh

If you’ve not heard of Chandra Madhosingh, he is widely considered to be the father of organized table tennis in BC. The arc of the sport in BC from its rapid growth in the 70’s and its heyday in the early 80’s to today’s decline follows the man’s own life. This editor is currently working against the clock with a small group of friends to complete the paperwork in a bid to have Chandra elevated to the BC Sports Hall Of Fame, his remarkable body of work noted and memorialized for generations to come. It’s a no-brainer, really, as there is nobody currently representing our very popular sport in the museum’s collection. We have until the end of the month to complete and submit our bid so pardon our absence from manning and updating the website until July 1. See you Canada Day!

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Cosports Summer League

For all you competitive players in the Tri-Cities area and beyond, Cosports Table Tennis Club is hosting a summer table tennis league organized by renowned TT competition master, Pun Chu and friends. Pun has organized a table tennis tournament or two and one day we hope to nab him to oversee a future PingPongInVancouver tournament. Cosports is an excellent table tennis facility so grab a few friends, form a team and register by 5:00pm June 18 to make the roster.

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Ping Pong Versus Pickleball

The comparison was inevitable. In this upcoming post we compare table tennis and pickleball from the POV of someone considering taking up a new racquet sport. Stay tuned for this report in the coming weeks.

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Still Waiting a Response from the BCTTA

As reporters of the table tennis scene in Vancouver and beyond we like to represent all sides to a story whenever possible. Recently we’ve published several articles on the failure of the BC Table Tennis Association (BCTTA) to live up to its mandate to work with other stakeholders to develop the sport of table tennis in BC. Every word of what was reported so far comes from the mouths of those we spoke within the table tennis community. Earlier this month, we emailed BCTTA President Amelia Ho and the BCTTA board of the directors asking for their side of the story. So far, we have not heard back from Amelia Ho and the BCTTA and, to be honest, we don’t expect to hear back.

We will continue to publish what we hear from you about the BCTTA. Our next article, due out in early June focuses on the BCTTA’s sham Elementary Schools Championships last February and how no officials from any school district were informed of or involved in the event.

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Outdoor Table Tennis Court Reviews Resume

Don’t get us wrong, we love the rain. What’s lousy for the outdoor game is good for everything that lives and grows. But we are optimistic fairer weather will prevail. With a fresh new month ahead, and a long list of sites to check out, we’ll be hopping on our bikes to report additional outdoor table tennis courts in the lower mainland. A big thanks to outdoor TT fans Michael and Rachel Pedernal for providing us with a bunch sites to explore! Stay tuned…

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The VOOTTT: Cancelled for 2024

Vancouver’s first outdoor table tennis tournament aka the VOOTTT, (Vancouver Open Outdoor Table Tennis Tournament) has been cancelled this year as we did not meet our minimum entries for each of the three categories of competition: beginner, intermediate and advanced. FREE to enter, the VOOTTT was supposed to be a unique month-long tournament where participants arrange to play according to draw matches at any outdoor table tennis court and then report the results here on Ping Pong In Vancouver. Undeterred, we will try again next year, same time, same event. In the meantime, go outside and play table tennis! Many, many thanks to the hard-core outdoor table tennis fans who did enter.

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Ping Pong In Paris

With our pockets full of cash to burn from all the ad revenue we generate off your eyeballs 🙂 we set off for a visit to ping pong-friendly Paris, an incredible city brimming with pre-Olympic activity. To our delight, we discovered a big stash of public and private table tennis opportunities that we describe in this post.

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TTBC is Born!

It’s official, a new non-profit agency dedicated to the development of table tennis in BC was born on March 15.  TTBC Sport & Recreation Society or TTBC was born on March 15! It will become a development hub to serve the 95% of BC table tennis players left on the sidelines by the failure of the BCTTA to engage the greater table tennis community. The official website launch is set for June 2024 but we will provide updates as the new agency develops its governance structure and issues mission statements.

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Nixing the Newsletter

Last month it was decided we would abandon the idea of publishing a quarterly newsletter. The reason we put it to rest is that all we have to say we already say it here on the website. The website is the newsletter. To those of you who have signed-up: thanks for your interest and we have deleted your email addresses, as we should.

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Meet Secret Weapon Sports

We are also super-excited to announce Jason Li and his company Secret Weapon Sports as our exclusive event sponsor for the VOOTTT, World Table Tennis Day, and all other events we stage. Jason is committed to supporting the table tennis community and will be contributing prizes and providing technical expertise. Stay tuned for more details as planning for Vancouver’s first outdoor table tennis tournament continues! Meanwhile, read our introduction to Secret Weapon Sports here.

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Our World Table Tennis Day Week-Long Event Concludes

Our 2024 World Table Tennis Day week-long event has finished. We had invited fans of the sport to join us and our event sponsor Secret Weapon Sports, to go play table tennis with friends anywhere indoors or outdoors the week of April 16-23 to celebrate the ITTF Foundation’s World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) which falls on April 23 each year. We asked you to call up friends to play, take some pics, and report your event to PPinVan and qualify for prizes from Secret Weapon Sports to be drawn on Friday, April 26. While we did have 2 or 3 submissions, we had optimistically hoped for more but, as with the VOOTTT, we remain undeterred and will be staging another event in celebration of WTTD in 2025. Many thanks to Linson and Rachel for staging 3 events over the week to celebrate WTTD!!

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The BCTTA Headquarters Downsizes

We’ve just been informed that members of Bridgeport Table Tennis Club, the BCTTA’s downtrodden home club, arrived to find their club had been radically downsized overnight without any warning to members. Needless to say, we are excited by the schadenfreude news, but we also feel empathy towards long-term club members who have been let down by the BCTTA president, the club’s owner. We feel your pain. The entire table tennis community has been feeling the pain of the BCTTA’s negligence for years now. Meanwhile, get to know what we’ve learned over the past 6 months about the BCTTA in this article, The BCTTA: Then and Now.

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Preparing for next year’s VOOTTT

If you’re considering entering next year’s VOOTTT, you’ll want to read this article on how best to prepare for playing table tennis outdoors. Much of the information presented here draws from a collection of ideas and observations about the outdoor game by a guy named Gus T. Winz, an early advocate of outdoor table tennis. Check out the post here.

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Positive changes to VTTC

The venerable VTTC or Vancouver Table Tennis Club has extended their hours of operation, now opening at 11:00am Monday to Saturday. This will go a long way towards reducing the crowds at peak times. They’re also offering a discounted “off-peak” yearly membership for $280. It’s intended for those who like to play from 11:00am to 3:00pm Monday to Saturday only.

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Barriers To Table Tennis Access

Advocating for the sport of table tennis at all levels is the most important of the three essential tasks of our mission here at Ping Pong In Vancouver. In the 4 years of our mission we have become very familiar the landscape of barriers impeding access to table tennis in our communities and schools. Here’s our report.

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Induct Dr. Madhosingh

Our first important task of the spring season is to promote Dr. Chandra Madhosingh’s inclusion into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Chandra, as he was known to all, passed away in December of 2022 after 60 years of service to the sport locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. To those in the know, he is the father of table tennis in BC. We encourage you to read our article and cast your symbolic vote for Chandra’s induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Take a few minutes to watch the video at the end of Peter Joe’s memories of Chandra. It’s a NFB documentary of the 1973 Canada-China Ping Pong Diplomacy tour. A must see for TT fans.

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Investigating Today’s BCTTA

Have you ever wondered why organized table tennis is nonexistent in BC despite there being an authorized sports governing agency? For answers, read the article from William Vrabel, a former communications director with the BC Table Tennis Association (BCTTA). It’s an insightful read on how the original BCTTA has been usurped by local table tennis club owner Amelia Ho to the exclusion of all other stakeholders. Read the full story here.

More on the current BCTTA: We’ve decided to take a look ourselves into this provincially and nationally funded “organization” in a series of posts beginning with this review of Bridgeport Table Tennis Club, the exclusive home of the BCTTA. In a subsequent article, the “The BCTTA: Then and Now“, we compared the broad mandate of the original BCTTA with today’s BCTTA which, from what we’ve heard from dozens of players, is focused on generating revenue for a table tennis club in Richmond. In the near future, we hope to share stories from kids and parents who were left out in the cold by this BCTTA, overcharged for mandatory training, and overlooked for team selections. We’ll continue to wonder out loud why funding agencies like ViaSport are loath to take a deep look into the BCTTA’s governance. As astute and unbiased reporters, we have also asked TT Canada and Viasport for their comments. Stay tuned.

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Ping Pong In Paris

It’s common knowledge among travellers from the table tennis community here in Vancouver that European and Asian cities are far friendlier to table tennis than cities in North America. Just look online at images of parks in cities across Europe and Asia that more often than not show table tennis tables among the trees and grass and other recreation amenities offered. In this post, we visit France, home to the upcoming 2024 Olympics to see what table tennis is like in Paris.

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The VOOTTT

You Guide To Playing Table Tennis Outdoors

In preparation for the VOOTTT, our editors take a hard swing at everything you need to know about playing table tennis outdoors under all conditions. We’ll examine table surfaces, TT equipment and objective hazards, and yes, we’ll introduce you to the “Canon Of Outdoor Knowledge Of Ping Pong” aka the COKOOPP written decades ago by irascible old Gus T. Winz to help players get the most from outdoor table tennis.

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The BCTTA: Then and Now

In the latest post in our “Investigating the BCTTA” series, we compare the mandate and mission original BC Table Tennis Association, started by Chandra Madhosingh in the mid-60’s, to today’s BCTTA, now completely unmoored from its original commitment to serve and build the table tennis community in BC. To order to learn about the BCTTA then and now, we spoke with dozens of adults, seniors and kids from the table tennis community.

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What's New

Celebrate World Table Tennis Day!

Join Ping Pong In Vancouver in celebrating the ITTF Foundation’s World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) on April 23, 2024. On this date annually groups around the globe celebrate the world’s second largest participation sport. Last year there were more than 440 celebrations in 111 countries. We invite you to be part of Ping Pong In Vancouver’s week-long celebration of WTTD 2024 starting April 16.

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The VOOTTT

The Vancouver Open Outdoor Table Tennis Tournament

Ping Pong In Vancouver is proud to be the parent of a new baby, our little VOOTTT, whose full name is (the) Vancouver Open Outdoor Table Tennis Tournament. Over the next month or so of gestation, our little concept will mature rapidly to become Vancouver’s first-ever outdoor table tennis tournament! This much we know for sure: the VOOTTT will be free to enter and will run over the month of May. Registrants will arrange matches with one another at any of the free outdoor tables in Vancouver or Burnaby. Results will be submitted and tallied on the website. That’s the outline. Details to follow…

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Barriers To Table Tennis Access

Barriers exist that prevent table tennis players like you or your kids from accessing the sport in your community and schools. In this post, PingPongInVancouver.com takes a look at some of these obstacles and suggests what you can do to break down barriers as an empowered citizen and fan of table tennis.

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BCTTA

Induct Dr. Chandra Madhosingh into BC Sports Hall of Fame

Chandra Madhosingh, who died in December of 2022, was known affectionately as the “father of table tennis in BC” for his life-long, multifaceted approach to developing table tennis programs throughout British Columbia. He started the now debased BC Table Tennis Association in the 1960’s with representatives from across the province and over the decades created a network of development services in every region of BC for table tennis players and officials. Let’s honour Chandra’s commitment to our sport posthumously by voting to induct him into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

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Introducing Secret Weapon Sports

PingPongInVancouver.com is pleased to announce that after a long search for a responsible event and gear sponsor, we have partnered with Secret Weapon Sports, a trusted local online source of quality table tennis equipment, shoes and clothing. Secret Weapon Sports was created in 2018 by Jason Li a table tennis player who responded to the dearth of local suppliers by creating his own store, providing lower mainland table tennis players with a competitive alternative to the big online shops.

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My Year of Magical Thinking

From the author: “Here’s a lesson about being careful what you wish for. In a very short period of time, I had gone from being an average table tennis player to being voted in as the communications director of the BC Table Tennis Association (BCTTA). With the directorship came the capacity to initiate positive changes within an agency whose best days seemed to have passed. Or so I thought. This is a brief story of my year as a director of the BCTTA and what I found about about the state of the sport of table tennis in BC.

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