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    Posted: 09/09/2019 at 5:17pm
An easy to handle way of charging customers is a fixed rate membership. For example, $500 a year, $50 a month or $10 per visit is typical of a full time club. People can train on tables if some are free but are forced to accept challenges when the place gets super busy. Unspoken rules will prevent people to challenge at a table that present an average level much higher than the wannabe challenger and from there frustration may arise.

With software, it could be possible to reserve a table and rent it with a rule to enforce: if anybody is playing on a table, somebody must be charged. Here is the way I see it, please comment and tell whether or not you think it would be bound to fail:

-each table has its own lighting. When a table is "on", its lights are too and we know that somebody is being charged. No lights on, no play! --> easy to spot the cheaters!

-a table can be rented by multiple players and the ratios for each players can vary depending what they decide. 3 players decide to rent a table and do for example "20%, 40%, 40%". As soon as the charge starts, the lights get on and the members balance gets debited. If 2 friends are already charged for the same table and 2 more join, the software can adapt from that moment on.

-it's not only to manage open play. For tournament days, private lessons, group lessons, private parties, the same can be done for a group of tables.

-a calendar for each table should be available on the club's website so people can reserve a chunk of time online, in advance.

-different tables may cost more or less than other tables. Higher ceiling, more room to play, better lighting are factors that may drive the rate up.

-there is no more membership, just a one time fee to get in and then renting tables is the money maker. 

-a day visit is still possible the same way it is done today.

Can it work?



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Such software exists for billiards so it could be adapted to table tennis.  However, managing the lights for billiards is far easier than for table tennis. 

Maybe someone can invent a table tennis net that can be raised/lowered via software/wi-fi instead of trying to automate the lights.
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Originally posted by GMan4911 GMan4911 wrote:

Such software exists for billiards so it could be adapted to table tennis.  However, managing the lights for billiards is far easier than for table tennis. 

Maybe someone can invent a table tennis net that can be raised/lowered via software/wi-fi instead of trying to automate the lights.
yes, I was thinking of billiards first actually, the french/belgium 3 balls kind , called "carambole" or "carom", that's the only way they can run their business.

Yes, individual lighting on tt tables can be tricky, especially when people want quality in high lobs situations for example, that's maybe where the idea just fails. I guess it all depends on the average price of electricity.

The idea of a raising (or collapsing?) net is utterly brilliant, thanks! it will reign in places where electricity is so cheap it's not a factor.

The motivation is all about owning a table, let's keep that in mind: we want people to choose who can challenge them on their table and keep away people they do not want to interact with. 

Maybe it will help women back to the club? see the other thread about feminine presence in clubs. Do we have an idea of the buying power of women? all those movies, tv shows, talk shows where more and more super star ass kicking women rock the night mean that women have a huge buying power;  yet I see clubs on the same old lazy path, get the money, let them figure it out...the women lose there and they stay away. That's lost business. 


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