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The ARKTTA Team League is a refreshing and competitive table tennis league format based on the T2APAC (Asia-Pacific) Professional League.  (Facebook - T2Diamond)

The rules are different from traditional table tennis rules in order to provide a new experience for seasoned players and to spark excitement in players who are new to the sport.

Teams will typically consist of 3 players.  Each league season will consist of a certain number of stage rounds and one championship round.  Players and teams will qualify for the championship round which consists of individual playoffs and a team competition.

Seasonal stage rounds will take place throughout the year, generally on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays during a month. 

Further down this page are the general rules of the team league.  Immediately below is a description and table usage chart for the trial session of the first team league to take place on Sunday March 31, 2019.


Team League experimental/benefit session, Sunday March 31, 2019

This league session will benefit Alanis Hamilton who qualified for and will be attending 2019 USATT Hopes Week Camp and Challenge in Sacrament, California on April 15-21.  This league session is free to play but we only ask that players make a small donation, all of which will add up to help Alanis with camp and travel expenses.  Players can donate on-site via cash/check/card/PayPal, or use our Donate web page.

We have 12 players signed up.  4 Teams of 3 players each. The league session this Sunday will consist of a Semifinal with a Finals playoff and Consolation playoff.

Team 1 and 2 will be seeded into each half of a semifinal playoff. Teams 3 and 4 will be drawn by lot into the remaining 2 semifinal positions. Winners of the semis will face each other in a final. The other 2 semifinalists will play for 3rd/4th place.

Because we are using points for team and individual standings in the context of timed matches, it's possible for a team to be in first position in the standings even if they don't win the playoff. For this reason, we could allow teams to earn additional team points depending on how they finish in the each playoff. For example, first place team gets 10 team points. Second gets 6, third gets 4 and 4th gets 2. (I came up with this, so not sure how it would play out)

For each team match up, the play order follows the chart below.

The semifinals will run at the same time. Semifinal 1 and Semifinal 2 alternate the use of Table 2. (I tried rearranging the play order so that the 2nd table is always in use, but could not avoid playing an 8th round match...because there 11 matches per team match, with 22 matches total. The most you can play with 3 tables in 7 rounds is 21 matches, meaning you will always have 1 match left over, and it doesn't matter if it just 1 match or 3 matches, it will still take 15 minutes.)

The Consolation and Final matches will run at the same time with the play order following the chart below also.

Total time for the Semifinals, and the Finals/Consolation will be 4 hours.

The chart below shows the match order and table usage.


General Rules for Team League

Teams Will Consist of at least 3 Players

  1. Teams can have more than 3 players depending on the number of players signed up.
  2. Players will be assigned to teams based on their current USATT league rating, or tournament rating if they have no league rating.

Matches Are Time-Based

  1. Each match will have a 10, 12, or 15 minute time limit based on number of teams and players.
  2. During a match, players try to win as many games as they can.
  3. Players play 2 games back-to-back.
  4. After every second game, players take a 1 minute break.
  5. The clock stops during the break.
  6. After the break, players switch sides.

Each Game is Played to 11

  1. There is no deuce.
  2. The first player to reach 11 points in a game wins the game.
  3. A game can be won 11-10.

One Timeout Per Match

  1. Players only get one timeout per match.
  2. The timeout may be called by the player or the team captain.
  3. The clock stops during the break.

Two Double Point Balls Per Match (Optional)

  1. Optional feature:  Players get 2 double point balls per match.
  2. The balls can only be used when serving.
  3. The balls cannot be used after each player has reached 8 points.
  4. Before the point, server tells receiver that they wish to use a double point ball.
  5. If the server wins the point, they get 2 points.
  6. If the server loses the point, the opponent gets one 1 point.

Individual and Team Standings are Based on Points Won

  1. If a player wins a game, they score a point for their individual standing and their team standing.
  2. If a doubles pair wins a game, they score a point for their team standing.
  3. After each league round, standings will be updated for individuals and teams.

Bonus Games

  1. If a game ends within the last 2 minutes of the match, a Bonus Game is played.
  2. There is no time limit for a Bonus Game.
  3. The first player to score 5 points wins the Bonus Game.

Games in Progress When Time Expires

  1. If a game is in progress when the time limit ends, the player in the lead wins the game.
  2. This does not apply to Bonus Games.

Format of Stage Rounds

  1. 6 or 9 singles and 2 doubles.
  2. Matches will be played 1, 2 or 3 at a time depending on number of teams competing in a stage.
  3. If 6 singles, proposed order of play:  A v. Y, B v. X, C v. Z, Doubles, A v. X, C v. Y, B v. Z, Doubles.
  4. If 9 singles, proposed order of play:  A v. X, B v. Y, C v. Z, Doubles (AC v. XC), B v. X, A v. Z, C v. Y, (Doubles BC v. YZ), B v. Z, C v. X, A v. Y.
  5. If 6 singles, then doubles pairs do not have to be selected until after the first 3 and last 3 singles matches.
  6. The highest rated player on each team can only play one doubles match per team match.

Format of Individual Playoff Round

  1. Individual Playoffs will consist of the top 8, 12, 16 or all players.
  2. The format will be single elimination.
  3. Players will be seeded based on individual points ranking.

Format of Team Final Round

  1. Team Final will consist of the top 4 or all teams.
  2. The format will be single elimination semifinal and final.
  3. Teams will be seeded based on teams points ranking.
  4. Proposed - Each team match will consist of 6 singles and 2 doubles
    • Matches will be played 1, 2 or 3 at a time depending on number of teams competing in a stage.
    • The order of play will be:  A v. Y, B v. X, C v. Z, Doubles, A v. X, C v. Y, B v. Z, Doubles.
    • Doubles pairs do not have to be selected until after the first 3 and last 3 singles matches.
    • The highest rated player on each team can only play one doubles match.
  5. Proposed - Additional Singles Bonus Games:
    1. Each player will play one Bonus Game to earn additional team points.
    2. The first player to 5 wins the game.  Players serve one by one.
  6. Proposed - Additional Doubles Bonus Game:
    • Each team will play 3 doubles games (different teams each game).
    • The first team to 7 wins the game.  Teams serve one by one.

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  • Unlimited group sessions, open play, robot, and league
  • Extra Individual Sessions:  15% off Pay-As-You-Go

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  • Choose 1-hour individual + 1 group session per month, or 3 group sessions per month
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Pay-As-You-Go Plan

Adults (18+)

  • Individual session:  $60 per hour
  • Group + Open Play + Robot:  $20 per visit
  • League:  Coming March 2019

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Youth (U18), Seniors (60+), Para Players

  • Individual session:  $40 per hour
  • Group + Open Play + Robot Use:  $15 per visit
  • League:  Coming March 2019
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