Alex Table Tennis - MyTableTennis.NET Homepage
  Help Desk Help Desk  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Announcing PingPod Alhasan and Introducing PingPod
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Announcing PingPod Alhasan and Introducing PingPod

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
hassancooking View Drop Down
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: 01/06/2022
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 106
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote hassancooking Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Announcing PingPod Alhasan and Introducing PingPod
    Posted: 11/16/2022 at 8:17pm
Hey y’all! Hope everyone has been well. I am happy to announce that I have joined team PingPod and I would love to introduce everyone else to it. Many of you on the east coast have seen my videos covering table tennis and you may have seen some of my videos that have been recorded for WTT on the WTT channel as well.


Ever since I got interested in the sport of table tennis about 5 years ago, my goal has been to get as many people into the sport as possible and get new fans to watch this amazing amazing sport. Without a doubt or hesitation I can say that I firmly believe that PingPod is the solution that table tennis has been in need of for a long time. I firmly believe that this organization holds the key to re-popularizing the sport and bring it to a top level in terms of viewership, and engagement.

So what the heck is PingPod? PingPod is a series of staff-less “pods” or clubs that run 24/7. These pods will be open in many locations enabling access to table tennis in locations with sparse table tennis real estate. PingPod currently has many locations in New York, have opened in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and will be opening soon in Florida, Massachusetts, and Chicago, and many more. The goal is to eventually open up all over the world.


Table Tennis fans have kinda been carrying the sport. TT stagnated a bit in the U.S. and I hope that that can be changed. The efforts of few yet very hard working passionate table tennis lovers has kept this sport alive. As PingPod grows, I want to make sure that there is constant feedback from fellow TT addicts that I can funnel in to PingPod to make sure that we stay in touch with the core community.

PingPod has been sponsoring some players for some time and I want to bring forth new content. I want to give the starved table tennis fan access to these players’ matches, trainings, mindsets, and lifestyles through high quality footage that will keep the table tennis fan in the loop following PingPod Athletes.

I want to highlight two of our players who are making their mark on the NE region of the competitive table tennis scene; Adi Sareen from Australia, and Romain Lorentz from France.


Back to Top
Sponsored Links


Back to Top
bard romance View Drop Down
Gold Member
Gold Member


Joined: 02/18/2016
Location: NO
Status: Offline
Points: 1060
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bard romance Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/16/2022 at 11:00pm
Originally posted by hassancooking hassancooking wrote:

I can say that I firmly believe that PingPod is the solution that table tennis has been in need of for a long time. I firmly believe that this organization holds the key to re-popularizing the sport and bring it to a top level in terms of viewership, and engagement.

Thanks for sharing - how do you see PingPod re-popularizing the sport? What innovative or unique steps are they taking to reach out to the general public in ways that everybody else has failed?

Originally posted by hassancooking hassancooking wrote:

Table Tennis fans have kinda been carrying the sport. TT stagnated a bit in the U.S. and I hope that that can be changed. The efforts of few yet very hard working passionate table tennis lovers has kept this sport alive. 


Carrying the sport in what regards? 

I would strongly disagree that TT has stagnated in the US, in fact, I'd say it's grown more in the past decade than it has in a very long time, made possible by private clubs and private funding that has brought in higher level coaching and facility resources than existed before. 
Back to Top
stiltt View Drop Down
Assistant Admin
Assistant Admin
Avatar

Joined: 07/15/2007
Location: Seattle, WA
Status: Offline
Points: 418
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote stiltt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/17/2022 at 12:43am
so what can we do locally? 
Back to Top
oldttguy View Drop Down
Member
Member


Joined: 08/03/2021
Location: US
Status: Offline
Points: 37
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote oldttguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/17/2022 at 12:59am
As someone who loves the sport, I'm happy to see something like this launched even though it's a long shot to succeed. The pricing at "$15 to $50 per hour depending on time and table type" would be a deal killer for someone like me who likes to pay 2-3 hours at a time. PingPod was very fortunate to close its Series A financing this March before the markets effectively shut down, and hopefully they can somehow defy the odds and make this work. 
Back to Top
hassancooking View Drop Down
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: 01/06/2022
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 106
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hassancooking Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/17/2022 at 3:31pm
Originally posted by bard romance bard romance wrote:

Originally posted by hassancooking hassancooking wrote:

I can say that I firmly believe that PingPod is the solution that table tennis has been in need of for a long time. I firmly believe that this organization holds the key to re-popularizing the sport and bring it to a top level in terms of viewership, and engagement.

Thanks for sharing - how do you see PingPod re-popularizing the sport? What innovative or unique steps are they taking to reach out to the general public in ways that everybody else has failed?

Originally posted by hassancooking hassancooking wrote:

Table Tennis fans have kinda been carrying the sport. TT stagnated a bit in the U.S. and I hope that that can be changed. The efforts of few yet very hard working passionate table tennis lovers has kept this sport alive. 


Carrying the sport in what regards? 

I would strongly disagree that TT has stagnated in the US, in fact, I'd say it's grown more in the past decade than it has in a very long time, made possible by private clubs and private funding that has brought in higher level coaching and facility resources than existed before. 


Sorry for butchering the HTML quoting in advance.

First things first I wanna make sure that its clear that im speaking from my POV only! 

The way I see PingPod re-popularizing the sport is by creating the perfect environment to take the casuals players' hand all the way through process from being a basement player or a casual, to becoming a club player and being integrated in competitive table tennis. A ton of people play "ping pong" but not a lot of people play "table tennis." Anyone from any level can walk into PingPod at any location and you will find a mix of casual, competitive casual, club player, and competitive club players hanging out. There are always events running weekly for people at all skill levels of all sorts of settings to make sure that people are engaged. PingPod is focused solely on ping pong. Just that. As far as innovative or unique, I would say that the business model in its entirety is proprietary. Starting out, pods are placed in high foot traffic urban environments where it may be difficult or expensive to build a table tennis club otherwise. These pods are usually self serve and unstaffed, which reduces overhead and allows such a business to exist. There is also an incorporation of technology in various aspects some public and some that are being worked on that will be a great addition to the sport such as automated scorekeeping and replay features. 

With regards to the carrying the sport question: 

We're saying the exact same thing! haha 

So when I mentioned stagnating I was referencing a larger time frame where Table Tennis was very popular in the US in older times-- went to sleep for a bit-- and is slowly but surely gaining traction again. As far as the table tennis carrying the sport, I am indeed referencing those exact privately funded clubs and facilities. The people driving these movements are the "fans" that i'm referencing. This also holds true for PingPod :) 
Back to Top
hassancooking View Drop Down
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: 01/06/2022
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 106
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hassancooking Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/17/2022 at 3:33pm
Originally posted by stiltt stiltt wrote:

so what can we do locally? 

In terms of? Growing the sport? Finding a place to play? 

Sorry not sure what youre referencing! 
Back to Top
stiltt View Drop Down
Assistant Admin
Assistant Admin
Avatar

Joined: 07/15/2007
Location: Seattle, WA
Status: Offline
Points: 418
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote stiltt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/17/2022 at 4:17pm
Originally posted by hassancooking hassancooking wrote:

Originally posted by stiltt stiltt wrote:

so what can we do locally? 

In terms of? Growing the sport? Finding a place to play? 

Sorry not sure what youre referencing! 
What is the process when creating a new PingPod location? how does it work? can anybody do it?


Edited by stiltt - 11/25/2022 at 4:08pm
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 12.01
Copyright ©2001-2018 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.094 seconds.

Become a Fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Web Wiz News
Forum Home | Go to the Forums | Forum Help | Disclaimer

MyTableTennis.NET is the trading name of Alex Table Tennis Ltd.

Copyright ©2003-2020 Alex Table Tennis Ltd. All rights reserved.