BAYSIDE TABLE TENNIS CLUB
We have six tables but usually, play four on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.00am to 11.00am. Wednesday sessions comprise players of all levels, with Friday more patronized by more experienced players. Sometimes we play through to 12.00 noon.
|Day||Start time – Finish time|
|Wednesday||9 – 11 am|
|Friday||9 – 11 am|
Tuition for players of ALL levels usually follows the normal session on Friday from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon. Tuition costs for members are subsidized by the club.
New players are especially welcomed and the first attendance is free.
All equipment is provided by the club although most players bring their own special bat.
Morning tea or coffee is provided. Fee per table tennis session is $2 per person.
There is a joining fee for the club of $10, and currently there is no annual renewal fee.
Why Table Tennis?
Table tennis players are fitter, feel younger, and are more mentally acute than others of the same age. The natural but gentle competition, coupled with the need to coordinate mind and body, means there’s little pressure on knees and shoulders, but aerobic capacities are enhanced more than for outdoor tennis or walking. There’s also room for ample socializing and development of life-long friendships in an easy informal environment.
History of Table Tennis / Ping-Pong
Almost 80 years old, the card game Canasta (literally “a basket”) was invented as a variant of rummy and as an alternative to contract bridge. Its inventor was an Uruguayan attorney in Montevideo named Segundo Santos who was an exceptionally avid bridge player. He perceived that he was becoming addicted to bridge and that he needed an alternative game which could exercise his mind, be enjoyable and companionable, and could be challenging and strategic.
Together with his bridge partner Alberto Serrato, Santos purposefully created a blend of bridge, rummy and a rummy variant called cooncan– settling on a double-deck partnership game involving melding, adding to melds, and the ability to claim the entire discard pile under the right circumstances.
From its inception in 1939, the game rapidly became popular in America and the United States where it rivalled Monopoly and Mah-jong in patronage. Soon it became popular worldwide. The inventors did not copyright the rules of the game preferring to see it taken up by the world. Many games companies then sought to introduce their own variants to capitalize on the game (Samba and Bolivia and Argentine Canasta to name a few), but this led to confusion about the main game.
Canasta is suitable for two to six players and is mostly played in two partnerships of two or three players. With two standard decks of cards, including jokers, players attempt to make melds of seven cards of the same rank and “go out” by playing all cards in their hand. The game remains very popular throughout the world as a sociable game requiring skill, good strategy, attention, memory, and luck.
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