Where to play table tennis in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Coquitlam

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Enter the completely unique, first-ever Vancouver Open Outdoor Table Tennis Tournament for FREE.
16 openings per 3 skill categories. May 1-31, 2024.

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We list places to play ping pong: Outdoors, indoors, clubs, community centres, bars. We review and evaluate: best, worst, free, gems

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We advocate for ping pong in parks. We want table tennis to be available to all. We promote the sport and we connect players with partners

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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 April 19, 2024

Celebrate World Table Tennis Day, April 16-23

Our World Table Tennis Day event has begun! We invite all fans of the sport to join PingPongInVancouver.com and our event sponsor Secret Weapon Sports, and GO play table tennis with friends anywhere indoors or out the week of April 16-23 to celebrate the ITTF Foundation’s World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) which falls on April 23 each year. Call friends to play table tennis, take some pics, report your event to PPinVan and qualify for prizes from Secret Weapon Sports to be drawn on Friday, April 26. Hurry! Draw prize winners will be announced online. Read more about our WTTD event here. For example, the other day Michael and Rachel Pedernal brought a table tennis table to work to share their love of the sport with co-workers. Way to go!

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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 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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The VOOTTT

Hurry! Enter Vancouver’s first outdoor table tennis tournament aka the VOOTTT, (Vancouver Open Outdoor Table Tennis Tournament). FREE to enter, the VOOTTT is 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. Enter today and you might just become a 2024 medal winner in the beginner, intermediate or advanced category! Entries are limited to 16 per category. Deadline for entry is 5:00pm April 23. Draw prizes and gold, silver and bronze medals to category winners.  Read more and enter today!

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Preparing for the VOOTTT

If you’re considering entering the inaugural 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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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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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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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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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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Thank you so much for reading, we hope you continue enjoy this website, and keep chasing that small white ball! Namasté.

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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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BCTTA

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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Events

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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What's New

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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What's New

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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BCTTA

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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BCTTA

Bridgeport (BCTTA) Table Tennis Club

We were excited to visit the Bridgeport Table Tennis Club. It was the last remaining club close to Vancouver we had not yet checked out and reviewed. We stopped by on a chilly rainy winter day in late 2023 and discovered a rather cold venue, figuratively and literally. Only two or three of the dozen or so tables were occupied and the under-heated club seemed devoid of energy. Had we arrived at a bad time? We will never know. The unfriendly owner seemed uneasy, our visit was short, we did not play, and taking photos during our quick tour was verboten. We concluded that Bridgeport Table Tennis Club was not particularly friendly towards looky-loos like us.

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