Table Tennis, also known as Ping Pong, is a competitive and recreational sport for 18 million Americas, a level participation that rivals Tennis.
It is an extremely popular sport with international tourists from East Asia, which includes China, Japan, and South Korea. The sport is also very popular in Northern Europe, which is an important source of inbound travelers to New York State.
USA Table Tennis is the governing body for table tennis in the United States and is responsible for cataloging and sanctioning tournaments around the country. It was founded in 1933 as the United States Table Tennis Association. In addition to processing tournaments, USATT maintains a national rating and ranking system. It also oversees the USA National Teams.
A number of high-profile Hollywood celebrities are now becoming involved with the sports in key markets such as New York.
The AARP actively supports participation in Table Tennis. Coincidently, AARP members are active travelers and tourists, representing one of the fastest growing segments of the market.
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Table Tennis Basics
Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using small bats. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, the rules are generally as follows: players must allow a ball played toward them to bounce one time on their side of the table, and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side at least once. A point is scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. Spinning the ball alters its trajectory and limits an opponent’s options, giving the hitter a great advantage.
Table tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1988.