Please note: (4/1/2018)
Open Play Hours are:
Mondays* & Thursdays* 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. &
*Saturdays 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
*Certain Saturdays, Holidays, and Monday eves of
election days may be unavailable and/or hours of
play may be altered when these situations arise.
We will need to go with a later starting time on
Sat. April 7. We will begin at approximately
3:30 p.m. that day rather than the
usual 1 o'clock hour.
The ending time for this day
will be around 7:30 p.m.
If you are on the e-mail list, you will be
alerted to any date changes as they draw
near. To be on this list, simply notify Ron.
If coming from a considerable distance to get here,
besides checking this website, you may also want to
text (preferable), call Ron at 440-278-1372 for assurance
with regard to Saturday/Holiday/election eve play.
Check here (or below in "Recent News/Notices") occasionally
to see if there are any updates pertaining to make-up dates:
The playing fee is $4 per visit.
Juniors under the age of 16 and
accompanied by an adult pay $3.
Our Club has 1-inch thick professional tables only,
consisting of: Three Blue Cornilleau 740,
five skirted Blue Stiga Expert Roller, and
one Joola Tour 2500 tables.
There is also a Newgy 2050 robot that
can usually be set up in another room.
Lengths of unrolled corrugated cardboard are
used as barriers regardless of how the tables
are configured in the room.
The main room is large enough to accommodate five
tables; one row of four tables would occupy
most of the room, with another table behind this
row and arranged perpendicularly to the other four.
The auxiliary room can accommodate one table.
We have tile flooring and new (as of mid-Sept. 2014),
brighter, and more even flourescent lighting.
The entire room has "Lux" readings for light
intensity that are above the minimum tournament
requirement of 300. And, for the four main courts,
the readings are consistently above 450.
The ceiling is semi-high in a series of up-and-down
V-shapes. So ceiling height varies throughout, but is
still sufficient for most lobbing styles.
The "Multipurpose" (main) room and the "Card"
(auxiliary) room are equipped with air-conditioning,
which is used whenever outside temperatures rise.
Restrooms and water fountains are just outside the
playing area in both "front" and "back" hallways.
There is a Coke machine with bottled water,
ice tea, and soda in the "back" hallway. You are
welcome however, to bring any non-alcoholic
drink and light snacks/fruits with you.
Capped drink containers may be brought out to
the tables, but it would be appreciated if snacks
are kept outside of the playing area.
Thanks to all who support our club.
Recent News, Notices
(from most recent on down, as dated):
Because of a Senior Center function
earlier in the day, we will need to go
with a later starting time on Sat. April 7.
We will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m.
that day rather than the usual 1 o'clock hour.
Ending time for this day will be at 7:30 p.m.
If you are on the e-mail list, you will be
alerted to any such changes as they draw
near. To be on this list, simply notify Ron.
For anyone who may be interested, there is a
non-sanctioned tournament in Rossford (near
Toledo), OH on Sunday April 8.
An entry form can be obtained from the Toledo/
Maumee Table Tennis Club's facebook page
(search on to find). Click on "Events" in
left-hand menu to bring up the tournament link.
Although the deadline was March 26, the
event was not completely full at that point,
so perhaps late entries will be allowed.
The Erie, PA club will be hosting its annual
Spring Millcreek Giant RR tournament on
the weekend of April 21 & 22.
Saturday play will be Giant round-robin groups
of up to 12 players (six players per sub-group).
Sunday play will be standard ratings events
with 3-4 players per group, where the top group
finisher(s) advance to single elimination.
Entry forms are available at our club, or can
be found on the Erie Club's website (red link
near bottom of this page), or you can enter
online via the Omni-Pong website.
It is with astonishing regret to have to
inform the many senior players in our area
that Lake Metroparks has apparently dropped
Table Tennis as an event in their annual
North Coast Senior Games.
Reasons for doing so seem muddled, at best.
If you care to voice your opinion on the
matter, the link to their website is below.
PLEASE: For everyone's safety, if you are
playing doubles in the Multi-Purpose room,
choose a table near either wall.
That way, the next nearest table may be
moved slightly further from you to help
avoid intrusions into adjacent court areas.
Also, if you are coming to the club with the
expectation of a coaching/practice session,
please text (preferable) or call Ron at
440-278-1372. He will make sure the Joola
table is set up in the "overflow" classroom
and ready to go for you.
If you would like a compendium of known
locations throughout N.E. Ohio where table
tennis is a regular activity, there is a PDF
link near the bottom of this page.
Click the red "NE OH TT(PDF)" link to open
and print it if you wish. There are also a
limited number of hard copies in the pocket
on our bulletin board at the club.
Various brands of the Poly 40+ balls,
including the top two tournament brands,
as well as traditional celluloid balls
are available for purchase at the club.
A price list is displayed on the bulletin
board that is just above where you sign in
for each playing session.
Only white poly balls have been
manufactured so far, but a good supply of
orange celluloid balls are also available.
All ball sales must be made
directly through Ron.
A new company, Sporty Buddy Inc., has
just launched a free iOS app 5F (Find
Fit Friends. For Free.).
According to the company, 5F makes it
very simple to find sporty people (such
as Table Tennis players) nearby, to be
more active, together.
Find the red "Sports Buddy Locator" link at
the bottom of this page for further info.
USA Table Tennis has modernized the way
they process memberships, as well as
providing ratings for non-members and
For those interested in joining the
national organization or in determining
player ratings, information on these
matters can be found via the large red
"USATT Memberships" link near the bottom
of this page. This memo is in PDF format.
There is an online article from the Columbus
Dispatch about the Butterfly Thanksgiving
Team Tournament recently concluded, which
mentions a few players from the club.
To read it, click on the red "Cols. Dispatch
Article" link near the bottom of this page.
It is with much sadness that we inform
folks of the death of Gus Kurz.
Gus was a longtime area player, who was as
fierce a competitor at the table as anyone,
but who was just as amiable between matches.
Along the way, Gus helped introduce the
sport; it's techniques and strategies, to
at least a few young area players.
There's no doubt that he will be missed
by all who knew him. (10/1/2012)
The club now has availability to a bulletin
board in the Multipurpose room where we play.
It is above the table where you sign in.
That is, to your immediate left if you enter
the Multipurpose room by the double doors
nearest the building entrance.
Upcoming tournament & clinic registration
forms, as well as other pertinent info can
now be found on this bulletin board.(7/30/2012)
When there is a conflict with Saturdays,
we will likely schedule play for Sundays
instead. This is not likely to happen often,
but it is worth checking this site or
calling someone to know which
weekend day we will be playing. (6/12/2012)
If you could use a WORD or PDF version of a
printable detailed map and directions of the
Eastlake location, click either of the red
"E'lake Map, Drctns." links near the bottom
of this page.
You will also find a link to an interactive
"Online Map" there as well.
For those who might not be aware, we have
a Joola table in the "Cards" room, which
is across and down the south hallway
from the Multi-Purpose room.
Ideally, this room is best suited for
doubles, or practice/training purposes.
Please ask Ron about its availability.
Leave something behind on your last visit?
Items left behind are placed in the storage
room with the tables for safe keeping.
Please reclaim any item you may have
forgotten by asking a staff member (Ron,
Jim Z., or Carlo W.) to retrieve it for you.
If you care to read the "Mythbusters" article
interviewing Carlo Wolff about his start in
and continuance to the present day in Table
Tennis, click on the red "Carlo Wolff TT"
link near the bottom of this page.
You can subscribe to a weekly table tennis
newsletter, focusing on local current
events, at the Strongsville Club's website.
Look for the red "Strongsville Table Tennis"
link at the bottom of this page.
To those that were playing back in the
sixties and seventies, it is with regret
that we inform you of the passing of former
6-time U.S. champion, Dal-Joon Lee. D-J
passed on Sept. 19 at the age of 71.
For those who do not know, D-J spent a number
of years in the Greater Cleveland area before
moving to Columbus to run a TT club. He moved
to Las Vegas about 30 years ago and retired
as a player in our sport.
D-J, born in Korea, was among the first
of many highly established Asian players to
immigrate to the U.S. and find a multitude
of success in our sport here. (10/05/2010)
Top-notch player & coach, Samson Dubina has
a website where you can check on his
coaching availability, clinics, and read
free articles about Table Tennis.
Look for the red "Samson Dubina coaching"
link at the very bottom of this page.
Or, contact Samson at either
email@example.com or 330-949-9230.
Please wear shoes with non-marking
soles only when playing at our club.
Street shoes or any other shoes that may
leave marks on the floor are discouraged.
Also near the bottom is a red link for an
umpires and referees memo regarding re-gluing
policy at tournaments and testing of rackets
for glues containing Volatile Organic
Compounds. Only water-based glues are now
allowed for tournament play. (9/8/2008)
Our club's Constitution and By-Laws can be
read by clicking the red links below.
We are located in the city of Eastlake, OH in the JFK Senior Center (formerly the William H. Taft School).
Eastlake is an eastern suburb of Cleveland, bordering on Lake Erie, and about 15-20 miles from downtown Cleveland.
Though NOT a mailing address for the club, the JFK Senior Center's official address is:
1580 East 332nd St. / Eastlake, OH 44095-3922.
THE CLOSEST PARKING LOT TO THE PLAYING VENUE IS THE RIGHTMOST LOT WHICH IS THE FIRST LOT OFF A ONE-WAY CIRCULAR DRIVEWAY. Once parked, enter through the doors closest to the "William H. Taft" lettering on the building. Once inside the building, look for the "Multipurpose" room just ahead of you and slightly to your left.
FROM WEST: Take the Shoreway (I-90/OH Rte.2) heading East from Cleveland. Near the Euclid/Wickliffe boundary, I-90 & Rte.2 will separate. Stay on Rte.2 (the leftmost two lanes). *Exit at E.305 St. (the second exit after the split). The exit widens to three lanes at the traffic light. Be in the middle lane to make a wide left turn onto E.305 so as to end up in the far right lane of E.305. Drive a short distance under the Rte.2 overpass and just beyond (NOT AT, NOR BEFORE) the next traffic light, make a right turn onto N. Marginal Rd. Drive about 0.75 mi. on N. Marginal to the intersection of (now) Curtis Blvd. & E.337 St. Make a left onto E.337. Be careful to observe the posted 25 MPH speed limit and go another 0.4 mi. to Morris, which is the second side-street on the left. Travel about another 0.15 mi. on Morris, which takes a severe jog to the right, then to the left (so take it slowly). Continue about another 0.15 mi. on Morris to E.332 St. The building should now be in sight. Follow driveway/parking/entering instructions from just above.
FROM EAST: Take OH rte.2 due West. Exit at Vine St. in the middle lane. Turn right onto Vine to be in the leftmost lane. Remain in this lane for the next 1.3 mi. Turn left on E.332 St. and go for another 0.35 mi. until you reach the driveway on the right for the JFK Senior Center. Follow driveway and parking instructions from above.
(IF COMING FROM FURTHER EAST): Take I-90 West until OH Rte. 44. Take 44 North to OH Rte. 2. Now follow “FROM EAST” directions immediately above this line.
FROM SOUTH: Take I-271 North until it ends. Be in the rightmost two lanes to take I-90 West. Follow I-90 West (so stay in the rightmost two lanes) until OH Rte. 2. Be in the rightmost lane to then access Rte. 2 East. Now follow same directions after " * " in "FROM WEST" midway above.
E'lake Map, Drctns.(WORD)/
E'lake Map, Drctns.(PDF)
NE OH TT (PDF)/
Cols. Dispatch Article/
N. Coast Sr. Games Info
Carlo Wolff TT Article/
Tips from Coach Carl/
Umpires & Referees Memo
OH Sr. Olympics Website/
Results Jan. 2013
2007 Results Page
Table Tennis Links:
Erie Table Tennis,
Strongsville Table Tennis,
Hudson Premier Table Tennis,
Canton Table Tennis,
Columbus Table Tennis,
Dayton Table Tennis,
Cincinnati Table Tennis,
USA Table Tennis,
International T T Federation,
Sports Buddy Locator
Samson Dubina coaching,
OH Senior Olympics,
Cleve. West TT,
All About Table Tennis
Stiga Shaker Hts. Club