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Virtual Freestyle Ping Pong Challenge

Table Tennis North (TTN) will be hosting their inaugural 2021 Virtual Freestyle Ping Pong Challenge. This event was developed to encourage new and continued participation in the sport of table tennis in the Northwest Territories through a safe avenue during these unprecedented times. The 2021 Virtual Freestyle Ping Pong Challenge is designed to be a fun event for all ages.

Competition Details

The TTN 2021 Virtual Freestyle Ping Pong Challenge will take place from April 12 to 16, 2021. Registration for the challenge will take place starting April 5, 2021.

Registration

You can register for this challenge on the Google Form below. Parental consent will be required for registration for youth under the age of 18. There are no fees that need to be paid, as this is a free event.

Click Here to Register

Waivers and Guidelines

Age Categories

The Virtual Freestyle Ping Pong Challenge is opened to individuals residing in the Northwest Territories in the following age categories:

  • Under 13
  • Under 15
  • Under 19
  • 19 and over

Each category will consist of a male and female division. There will be prizes awarded to first and second place winners of each division.

How to Enter

Participants will record themselves completing any of the 4 challenges within 30 seconds and submit a video of no more than 40 seconds to Dropbox for each challenge. Officials will assess the results and calculate scores. These videos must be one continuous take and not be edited. Videos must be submitted between the dates of April 12 to 16, 2021.

Each video submitted must be named in the following format:

  • NAME_ACTIVITY#  – Example: JADEBONNETROUGE_ACTIVITY1.MOV

Video Upload Link: Submit files – Dropbox

Challenges

There will be four (4) virtual freestyle ping pong challenges that participants will compete in.

#1 – Ping-Pong Flip

  • Hold your racket in a shakehand or penholder grip
  • Bounce the ball on your racket, with one bounce on the forehand side and one bounce on the backhand side (alternating)
  • Do as many bounces as you can in 30 seconds
  • Each successful bounce on the racket will give you one point

#2 – Balance Jump

  • Paint, stick, or draw a line on the floor
  • Hold your racket in a shakehand or penholder grip and balance a table tennis ball on one side of the racket
  • Jump from one side of the line to the other while balancing the ball and jump back and forth while keeping the ball balanced on your racket
  • You need to land with two feet on each side in order for a jump to count
  • Jump as many times as you can across the line while balancing the ball in 30 seconds
  • Each successful jump landing will give you one point

#3 –  Wall Hit

  • Find a clean flat wall around you
  • Hold your racket in a shakehand or penholder grip
  • Bounce the ball against the wall, with one bounce on the forehand side and one bounce on the backhand side (alternating)
  • Do as many bounces against the wall as you can in 30 seconds
  • Each bounce against the wall will give you one point

#4 – Hand Switch

  • Hold your racket in a shakehand grip
  • Bounce the ball 4 times with your right hand, then switch your racket to your left hand while the ball is in midair and bounce the ball 4 times with your left hand
  • If you drop the ball in the middle of a set, restart the count of that set
  • Get as many sets as you can in 30 seconds
  • Each time that a completed set of 8 bounces is achieved, you will earn 5 points

BONUS

  • You have 30 seconds to show us any other fun and creative ways of bouncing the ball on your racket
  • Racket must be held in either a shakehand or penholder grip.

Any creative video will earn you 5 bonus points

Scoring

  • Before you start your 30 seconds, say “GO!” Saying “GO” will indicate that your 30 seconds has started, so start the activity!
  • For the first three activities, each bounce will earn you a point. For the fourth activity, each completed set will earn you 5 points.
  • 5 bonus points are available for a 30 second fun, creative, out of the box method of bouncing the ball.
  • All points will be added up by the officials who will watch the videos, and will contribute to your final score.
  • Your final score will be compared to all other competitors to determine who will win in your age group.
  • The ball has to be within clear view for the bounces to be counted.

Prizes

The top male and female individuals in each age category that achieves the highest scores will be named the winners of the Table Tennis North 2021 Virtual Freestyle Ping Pong Challenge. The winners will receive a prize pack (includes a workout pack, duffel bag and smart watch) that is valued at $125.00.

The second-place male and female individuals in each category will be named the runners-up of the Table Tennis North 2021 Virtual Freestyle Ping Pong Challenge. The runners-up will receive a prize pack (includes a duffel bag and insulated drink container) that is valued at $50.00.

Additional Resources

There are currently videos on the Table Tennis North website under the Virtual Freestyle Table Tennis Challenge tab from one of our coaches that can help you to learn how to do the challenges properly.

Live Sessions with Maxime Surprenant

On April 5-6, 8-9, 2021 at 5pm MST, there will also be 30 minute live virtual demonstrations of one of the activities per day, led by one of our Canadian National Team Coaches from Quebec, Maxime Surprenant. Everyone is free to join these sessions to learn how to do these challenges.

Join on Facebook Live or on Zoom

ZOOM link information (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87424728729?pwd=eUFEZFZpTkI3eHoreUwyc0NTajFFUT09
Passcode: 998946) 

Session #1
Session #2
Session #3

If there are any additional questions please contact info@tabletennisnorth.ca.

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