Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for playing on and competing with the team?

You have to be a Stanford student and you cannot have played for more than four years in NCTTA (four years okay; you are only allowed to play for five years total). You must come to practice at least once a week.


What is the requirement to play for the team?

You have to be Stanford-affiliated. That means:
- professor/admin/researcher/technician/lecturer
- student
- alumnus/a


I'm not on the team but still want to play table tennis. Is there an open gym time?

Yes, the open gym time is at the Ford Center from 6:30 PM-7:00 PM every Monday and Wednesday (before the team practice). All players of any skill level are welcome at this time. The tables are provided, but please bring your own rackets and balls.


What is the average ranking of the players on the team?

Our table tennis team has a wide range of players, ranging from beginner to the sport to nationally-competitive athletes. If you're new to table tennis, don't be discouraged from coming out to the club, and likewise, if you're experienced, our team members welcome the challenge! The team has a high-level coach for practices that can help improve every player at any level. If you're familiar with the USATT rating system, our team has players with ratings that range from 1200-2400.


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I am not affiliated with Stanford but am looking to improve my game. Can I join the club? If not, what are some local clubs I can join?

To practice at and play for the Stanford Table Tennis Club Team, the school requires that you be a Stanford University student, faculty, or staff member. We're thrilled that you share our interest in the sport, though, and if you're in the Bay Area, there are several table tennis clubs in the area available for open play, leagues, and coaching. Here is a link of table tennis clubs registered in California.

Notable clubs in the Palo Alto/San Jose area are: the ICC Table Tennis Center in Milpitas, the Palo Alto Table Tennis Club in Palo Alto, the Topspin club in Santa Clara, and the Ping Pong Dojo in Milpitas.


Can you refer me to any local coaches to learn more about table tennis?

There are several locations in the Palo Alto/San Jose area to play and learn table tennis. Individual and group lessons and group training are available at: the ICC Table Tennis Center, a full-time facility with several high-level coaches; the Palo Alto Table Tennis Club, which has a great youth training program on the weekends; and through the World Championships Table Tennis Coaching Team, which offers private lessons and camps.


I'm a visiting student / teacher. Can I practice with the team?

Visiting students and teachers are always welcome! Send an e-mail to tabletennis-info@lists.stanford.edu to let us know in advance and if there's table space you're welcome to practice with us.


Are there membership fees for the club?

Members pay $25 a quarter and have unlimited access and priority for competitive leagues and organized practices. There is a $5 drop-in fee for those who want to drop by occasionally for either the league or the practices. The fees are subject to change in the coming quarters.