2002 Junior Singles medalists from left: Austin Preiss, Adam Preiss, and Brian Taylor.
I'm President of the Pikes Peak Table Tennis Club (PPTTC). We have a range of players from beginners on up. PPTTC members actively support community activities including the Rocky Mountain State Games, the State Games of America, the USOC Paralympic Military Summit, Girl Scout Sports Day, and USA Table Tennis Coaching Seminars.
I'm also on the board of the Rocky Mountain Table Tennis Association (RMTTA). The RMTTA is a district affiliate of USATT, and includes Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska and New Mexico. Search for a club near you!
The 2006 Colorado Springs Open was held on the 21st and 22nd of October. I've been on the tournament staff of this event since 1985. The 2007 tournament is being scheduled now.
I am currently the Chairman of USATT's Tournament Advisory Committee, and still the acting Regional Tournament Coordinator for the Mountain Region. To sanction a tournament in the region, send me a completed Tournament Sanction Request, a copy of the entry blank, and a check payable to USATT. Be sure to follow the entry form checklist when creating your entry blank! USATT keeps an updated list of upcoming tournaments.
I'm creating a collection of useful tournament draw sheets. I've updated them for the 11-point game rules. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for improving these forms.
There are several ways to use a computer to help run a tournament. Here's a note about my experience with one software package, NetEdge 1.0. I recently used Zermelo, the Windows-based tournament software written by David Marcus. Zermelo is a tremendous improvement over any software I've tried previously.
I was, until it was disbanded, and then reformed with different members, a member of USATT's Ratings Committee. The committee had recommended that USATT put a new system, developed by Dr. David Marcus, into full operation. An alternative approach to ratings has been described by Gilbert Simons, a USATT member from California. As a member of the Ratings Committee, I wrote a response to Mr. Simons's proposal. My response, which disagrees with Mr. Simons's proposal, was fully backed by the other members of the USATT Ratings Committee.