~~~ Tri-County Table Tennis Club ~~~
>>> Regrettably, this club no longer exists <<<
Former club members/visitors, who are at least
55 years of age, are now playing at the Senior
Center in Willoughby.
The David E. Anderson (Willoughby) Senior Center
36939 Ridge Rd. (OH rte. 84)
Willoughby, OH 44094

PARKING is at the SE corner
relative to the building location.

If entering directly from Ridge Rd., continue
north until the last possible right turn.
Then turn right again to enter lot.

If entering from Shankland Rd., proceed from
southernmost drive for Willoughby South High
School (entrance nearest Ridge Rd.).
Continue driving west until just beyond the
first stop sign. Parking is to the left.

If entering from Euclid Ave. (US rte. 20),
continue south; go beyond the football
stadium and the first possible left turn.
Make second possible left turn and continue
past the YMCA on your left. Just beyond the Y
building is a T-intersection. Continue
straight (through the intersection). Once
beyond the intersection, make a right into
Sr. Ctr. parking lot.

Directions are available on-screen near the
bottom of this page. Below these are red
links, which include printable directions
and a detailed local map. Click the "E'lake
Map, Drctns." links for WORD or PDF versions.

A link for an interactive club map is also
available near the bottom of this page if
you click "Online Map" there.

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Sr. Ctr. TT contact: Ron Arcaro

Click rotating icon above for Ron's e-mail, or

text (most preferable) to 440-278-1372
or call/leave message at: 440-585-9625

Please note: (8/2/2020)

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.


There will be NO table tennis play at the
Eastlake site until I am given the "All
Clear". It's beginning to seem that this
might not occur until either an effective
vaccine has been distributed to protect
everyone, or over half the population has
tested positive for the virus. (In other
words, who knows when?)

When any date/time changes are necessary,
mention of them will be made on this website.
Or, 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 if you
inform Ron at least one day ahead of time
that you wish to practice with the robot.

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.

The flooring is tile in both rooms.

Illumination is from overhead high-efficiency
(brighter, more even) flourescent tube 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 "Multi-Purpose" (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 Multi-Purpose room in both the
"front" and "back" hallways.

If you prefer, the club keeps a small supply
of 20 oz. bottles of Spring Water which may
be purchased for 25 cents per bottle. Ask Ron.

Also, 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 to the
tables, but please keep snacks outside of the
playing courts to avoid crumbs and other debris.

Thanks to all who support our club.

Recent News, Notices
(from most recent on down, as dated):


Unfortunately, more than the pandemic has beset
our club. The property and building where we
were playing in Eastlake was sold by the
Willoughby-Eastlake School Board per the
system's superintendent.

The purchaser is a residential homes developer.
Accordingly, the building will be demolished
to make room for these dwellings.

If you have any knowledge/insights with regard
to a new venue to play at, please contact Ron
at 440-585-9625. If you have to leave a
message, I will call you back.



I was recently informed that John Tannehill
has lost his battle with cancer. A longtime
resident of Columbus, OH, John's most
recognizable claim to fame was his selection
to the team that represented the United
States in a trip to China during the Nixon
Administration. The two-way exchange of
visiting players came to be known as "Ping
Pong Diplomacy". Its effect was to help re-
establish relations between the two countries.

It goes without saying then, that John was a
very accomplished player. I never saw him
play a meaningful match where he displayed
anything but an intense, laser-like focus.

John was in Ohio's uppermost echelon of
great, great players and certainly someone
that our sport can take much pride in.


If you would like a recently updated
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 tournament brand for our
region, 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.

White & a few orange poly balls are both
available, but a good supply of orange
celluloid balls are on-hand as well.

All ball sales must be made
directly through Ron.


I have received news of yet another long-
time area player's passing. Lou Radzeli's
run of table tennis excellence ended on
April 19 at the age of 100.

Winner of many national age group categories,
Lou would never refuse a challenge match if
a can of soda pop was at stake. Although it
is impossible to give an exact percent of
such matches won by "Louie", he rarely ended
up thirsty afterward. You would have thought
he was playing for a bar of gold.


Sadly, I have received news of the passing
of Neil Myers on Dec. 8, 2018. Neil was a
long-time top area player. More-so, Neil was
one of the friendlier and more helpful
individuals you will find. For years (perhaps
a decade) Neil provided transportation to
Vince Turner so Vince could attend to
administrative duties for the Cleveland Club
at the Masonic Auditorium.

He will be greatly missed.


A number of tournament-quality shirts
and shorts have been donated to
anyone who wants them.

They will likely best fit a male whose
sizing is extra large. All items have
been laundered and are ready to wear.

Ask Ron if you are interested.


We now have established guidelines that
folks are expected to follow when playing
a match or practicing at our facility.

These have been designed to maintain a
level of civility and to extend courtesies
that ALL competitors are due.

Clicking the red "Match Guidelines" link
at the bottom of this page will open a
PDF document for you to read and
subsequently implement these practices.

Printed copies will also be available at the club.


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 self-arranged coaching or
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.


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
members alike.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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
hammondproking@aol.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.


Our club's Constitution and By-Laws can be
read by clicking the red links below.

CLUB DIRECTIONS........................................................................

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)