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    Posted: 06/12/2013 at 3:27pm
If I was to make a visit to the El Monte area, what are pros and cons about playing at the seemingly very nice options in the area? I made a map showing the 3 clubs that are basically right next to each other:



I would love to hear from people that play at LATTA, Gao Jun (California Table Tennis), and/or Grace Lin TTC.

Thank you in advance.

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All three clubs have very nice playing conditions.  It all depends on your schedule, as some days are better than others if your goal is to play as many good players as possible.  You should definitely try all three, so at least you can say "I have been to them ALL!"  LOL


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Thanks, RR - I was hoping you'd weigh in. :)

Are there specific schedules for each club in terms of training - and what is the likelihood of being able to play with some higher level players (like 2300+) just coming in for a visit. My entire reasoning for coming would be to have the opportunity to play with some players of this caliber - as part of my plan of "getting back into my old playing shape".

I understand what you say about visiting all 3 clubs - and I'm sure they're all great spots (certainly looks like it from their websites)... but I didn't know if there was any difference as a visitor.

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When do you plan to visit?  With the U.S. Open coming up soon, you should be able to meet up with many good players who are practicing hard at these three clubs...


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Originally posted by roundrobin roundrobin wrote:

When do you plan to visit?  With the U.S. Open coming up soon, you should be able to meet up with many good players who are practicing hard at these three clubs...

I don't have any specific time in mind - could be any, really. The US Open timing makes sense... thanks for pointing that out.

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Come to the Bay Area Pondus, ICC, TopSpin should be good for you to play in.  And I'll definitely play with you if you get a chance to come up here after your visit in El Monte.  =)
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Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

Come to the Bay Area Pondus, ICC, TopSpin should be good for you to play in.  And I'll definitely play with you if you get a chance to come up here after your visit in El Monte.  =)

I could make a trip to the Bay Area for sure too (or instead). I have a business partner in Palo Alto, so I have plenty of reason to go to the SF/Silicon Valley area. How are ICC and Top Spin in terms of visiting players coming by to play? Is there going to be a chance to play against high level players? Do you (or others) know of specific schedules to do so as a visitor (days and times)?

Let me know.

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I am a member at both LATTA and California Table Tennis (Gao Jun's club). From the standpoint of playing with 2300+ players, LATTA has a round robin every Saturday, and there are usually 3 or more 2300+ players that participate. Gao Jun has 2 coaches over 2600 who are usually there, and you can practice with them for, I believe, $40/hr. Gao Jun also coaches.

As RR says, it depends on days and times. Call ahead and try them all. They are all just minutes apart.
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I am visiting San Diego in the last week of the month. Will be staying close to the airport area. Any clubs nearby that I can play at. Please let me know with timings for the club. Thanks
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If you are looking for high level play You should consider Alameda. During last nights round robin, group 1 averaged over 2300. We had a visiting player of around 2400 who plays division 2 in Spain go 9-9.  

Our round robins are Wednesday and Sunday. Info is here:  http://alamedattc.org/roundrobin.htm

We also have a monthly tournament with up to $300 for the winner: http://alamedattc.org/rumble.htm

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So, I'll be in LA tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday, and I'm planning on bringing my gear. I will only be able to play later on at night, so I would LOVE for any of you LA locals to give me an idea of which club to show up at for best chances of getting some fun play. I see that all the clubs are open till about 10-ish, so that should work for me.


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there are a couple places to play way late (I remember playing at like 2am in Pamona I believe) but everyone that was there was playing badminton, I was with a couple guys and we were the only ones playing TT. 
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I visited LATTA briefly on Tuesday night – very nice people there. I'm not used to playing without air-conditioning, so in the middle of August in the valley that was a bit of a struggle for this pampered boy.

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