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USA Table Tennis Launch the Summer Splash Challenge Camp Program

By USATT | July 22, 2020, 5:30 p.m. (ET)

A FUN @ Home or In Club

Nationally Coordinated Virtual Camp: 

Skills, Competition Program Coordinated by USA Table tennis


Overview: A fun month-long program designed to connect aspiring young table tennis players, their coaches, clubs, utilizing USATT Top Coaches and Social Media, to provide recognition and to create some added interest and excitement during the summer Month of August.

Who: Open to All USATT Junior Members and Younger

What: A Virtual Online Team Competition

When: August 1st to August 31st

Administration:   Team Captain – USATT Certified Coach and/or Parent

Where: @ Home and/or @ Your USATT Club

Why: To collectively showcase your skills and talents as a team and have fun!

Costs: $25 entry fee

Age cut off categories:

Juniors: born on or after January 1st, 2002

Cadets: born on or after January 1st, 2005

Hope: borne on or after January 1st, 2008


Description: USA Table Tennis’ High Performance and Junior Committees have created a month-long remote exercise, skill and competition program where teams of 4 players in three age divisions (Juniors, Cadets, and Hopes) compete head-to-head for prizes (Butterfly National Team Clothing and Nittaku Balls).

Each team will be organized and administered by a Coach/Captain and given 1-2 weekly physical fitness challenges along with a creative opportunity to showcase the participants’ talents. The Coach/Captain will submit the video entries on a weekly basis for scoring and promotion.


Sample: In the Hopes Division, all 4 players on the team will be asked to do a predetermined physical skill (for example, maximum push-ups or sit-ups in a minute) and video their performance to send to the Coach/Captain for counting. 

Additionally, the team will decide on a weekly theme for a fun video showcasing their non-table tennis talents. It could be musical, why I love my community, a dance, another sport, a special skill or answering an interview question like “Why I love table tennis” or even to provide a coaching tip. It is entirely up to the team to create a 1-minute combined creative video, each other week. 

The Coach/Captain will count the total number of exercises of each player and submit one video entry per team which includes all videos to USATT. The Judges will announce the weekly team results and individual MVP for each age category based on the top results in the exercise category per age division and the fun video. 

Team Coaches could be: USATT Certified Coaches, Club Managers, or a player selected from within the team.

Questions? Contact Doru Gheorghe, USATT National Team Director/Manager -

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Overview:  This is a fun program designed to assist student athletes, parents, coaches and clubs.  

The following is required: 

  • Participants Must Be Active or Become Active USATT Members.
  • Team Captain must be complete USATT SafeSport Program and be a USATT Member. It is recommended that Team Captain be a USATT Certified Coach.
  • Photo & Video Release Forms. By participating in this program, you will release to USA the rights to use video images of your child on all USATT social media platforms.
  • USATT Social Media Agreement.

The following is recommended:

  • Teams: Teams will be evaluated by age groupings.Team captains can form teams either as Co-Ed or Girls Only. If a team wishes to recruit a team member from a younger group they may do so, but the teams oldest group member will the category the team participates in.
  • Coaches and Clubs can field multiple teams.
  • Teams can come from One or More than One club. It is recommended teams formed from a local or confined geographical area
  • Non USATT Citizens. It is recommended that Teams be formed with aspiring USA hopefuls. However, teams may include up to one non-usa player. Someone who is visiting USA for the month of August.
  • Participation. It is expected that teams participate for the entire month of August
  • Team Size: Team size is 4.But Teams may include up to one Sub. Who can fill in for any absentee weeks.

Competition/Judging: Each team will compete for points. 

  • Week 1: Core Competency:1-100 Points
  • Week 2: Core Competency:1-100 Points X2

                 Creative Video 1: 1-100 Points

  • Week 3: Core Competency1-100 Points X3
  • Week 4: Core Competency1-100 Points X4

 Creative Final Video   1-100 Points X2


Each team will submit 6 videos to be evaluated. A team of 3 judges, consisting of National Team Coach, USATT Staff Member and USATT Junior Committee member will evaluate each video and award points, with 100 points being the perfect score. Criteria for awarding points: Core Competency: Count 40%, Technique 40%, Effort/Spirit/Originality 20% Creative: Novel/Original: 1/3, Educational 1/3, Appeal 1/3.

At the end of each week after each video is submitted, judges will post points awarded by each team.  



Photo and Video Release Form


All participants agree to be filmed and photographed and give event organizers and USA Table Tennis the right to use my name, picture, likeness, and biographical information before, during and after the period of my participation in these activities to promote the activity in which I participate or to promote the success of the Team on which I compete; in no event may USA Table Tennis or the event organizers use or authorize the use of my name, picture, likeness, voice and biographical information for the purpose of trade, including any use in a manner that would imply an endorsement of any company, product, or service, without my written permission;


Participants will abide and comply with the USATT Social Media Policy;


• Will act in a way that will bring respect and honor to myself, my teammates, USA Table Tennis and the United States;

• Will abide and comply with USATT’s SafeSport Policy and the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code as they exist today or as they may be amended in the future; and

• Will conduct myself as an ambassador for USATT.


Social Media Policy

USATT encourages our members to show the same dedication and passion to their on-line social media presence that they bring to their athletic effort. That is why we’ve created this Social Media Policy.


This policy:


• Explains why and how your personal use of social media benefits USATT, as well as the Team Members in this program/event;

• Offers practical tips; and

• Creates awareness amongst our members about how our actions and behavior on social media channels may affect the reputation of USATT and/or the athlete’s reputation outside of the court of competition.



Statement of Purpose of USATT Social Media Policy


USATT encourages the personal use of social media by members to support the USATT’s mission and programs. Member posts on social media can help USATT expand its reach and increase its impact by: helping to raise awareness about the mission of USATT and the sport of Table Tennis, building a sense of community among USATT members and potential members, and helping to improve the knowledge or skills of other athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials, and more.


Social media is an effective communication tool but sometimes it can be challenging for athletes to reconcile their public and private social media activities in terms of their role as a member of USATT. Social media is designed for self-expression and encourages conversations. This policy provides a framework for USATT members to engage in these activities effectively and ethically.


Please feel free to follow, like, or connect with USATT and/or USATT official brand presences on social media and share any or all content on your personal social media profiles and networks. However, consider sharing carefully and strategically. Remember that any post or share is likely to trigger reactions that will comment on USATT’s programs and our official presence. Most of the general content for USATT and/or USATT social media accounts, when shared, will automatically incorporate the title of the content. If you are unsure about what to say, you can simply share without commenting.


Here are additional logistical tips about using social media to promote the mission of USATT:


• USATT believe in transparency and honesty. Use your real name, be clear who you are, and identify your capacity as a participant and do not post anonymously, using pseudonyms or false screen names.

• Use tags when posting USATT content (e.g. #USATT or @USATT) to help ensure your message reaches its targeted audience.

• Post frequently and respond to comments and replies from others quickly and accurately.

• Know and respect your audience, including USATT and its members.

• Be smart and protect your privacy by taking simple steps such as avoiding posting personal details such as phone numbers; reading website privacy policies, making use of privacy settings on social media sites, etc.


Questions?Contact Doru Gheorghe, USATT National Team Director/Manager -

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