Established in 1935, the Southern Indiana Table Tennis Association, (SITTA) is believed to be the oldest table tennis club in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. It's current location in the old Boys and Girls Club on Ekin Avenue in New Albany, Indiana, has been its home since day one!
It is important to note, that we are a non-profit organization. Yes, we have dues, but we only collect enough money to cover our annual expenses. Joining the club is easy, come to one of our sessions and pay $3.00 for an individual or $5.00 for a family per session, and you are a member! The money collected for dues, goes towards the essentials of maintaining the facility and our equipment. All officers of the club are volunteers, whose only compensation comes from seeing the membership, enjoying the great sport of table tennis in a clean, safe and well lit environment.
Among our many members, are local and state champions in both Indiana and Kentucky, (men and women) and many who play there not only have a national ranking but have had some success at that level. This includes the late table tennis legend, Bernard Hock who along with fellow member Eugene Bricker, won the United States Senior Doubles Championship. Hock was also known worldwide for the paddles he made.
John Allen, repeat Indiana and Kentucky State Champion, is a USATT Certified Coach and can definitely put you on the road to rapid improvement should you acquire his services.
Gordon Alstott currently serves as the club president but It is not the first time Gordon has stepped forward and volunteered! Gordon has served as president previously and has volunteered his time, money and energy many times during the half century he has been a member. Yes, that is right, Gordon has been a member for 50 years! He ranks as the person who has been a member the longest and still is more than competitive at the game. In fact, even the best players in the club often struggle to beat Gordon and average players, such as myself consider it a moral victory to take a single game off of him from time to time.
Gordon invites you to come play and have fun. Players of all levels are welcome. The people who play at the club are a friendly sort and it is definitely a place to have fun and to improve your game. Just be ware, the people at the club are typically better than your average "basement player."
Gordon Alstott, 50 year member and President of SITTA, prepares to hit a return.