JOOLA Joins Sponsorship Team at 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships

By Andy Kanengiser
NCTTA Media Committee Chairman

A prominent global producer of table tennis equipment, JOOLA has joined the top-notch team of sponsors at the 2015 TMS College Table Tennis Championships.

The announcement came in late January with JOOLA to provide 35 tables for the national championships April 10-12 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The games will attract about 300 of the best collegiate table tennis players in North America.

Signing JOOLA as the official table sponsor for the three days of thrilling NCTTA competition is a huge plus for the 2015 championships. “We are very happy to welcome JOOLA for the NCTTA finals and programme,” says Anders Thunström, managing director of TMS International.

“JOOLA was the first ever company to provide the Show Court table (Sydney Olympics) and JOOLA’s table quality is undeniable,” adds Thunström . His company, the marketing partner of the International Table Tennis Federation, works closely with the NCTTA to promote its brand and the collegiate championship games.

JOOLA’s tables are very popular in Europe, but the U.S. market is becoming “more and more important for us,” says Michael Bachtler, CEO of JOOLA Table Tennis Germany. “After having a sponsorship agreement with the USTTA, it was logical to enter into a partnership with the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association as well.”

The company’s origins date back to the 1950s and JOOLA has been led by Bachtler for nearly 40 years. Today, it is the official table and apparel sponsor of the USATT. Reports on its website show JOOLA can manufacture 30 new tables every hour.

JOOLA’s table quality, its strong connections to major table tennis events on the world stage, and its recognized brand name are some of the things that impress Willy Leparulo, the NCTTA president.

“We are excited to be partnering with JOOLA on efforts to promote college table tennis at the highest levels,” Leparulo says. “JOOLA has been a company we’ve greatly admired for years. We are delighted to be able to finally work together.”

Richard Lee, head of JOOLA USA, is impressed with the growth of collegiate table tennis. “Collegiate table tennis is growing strongly in the USA and we are excited about the new agreement which makes us the official table supplier of NCTTA.”

The NCTTA oversees college table tennis tournaments involving hundreds of players from more than 150 colleges across the USA and Canada.

JOOLA USA already has informal ties with NCTTA in its staff, Lee says. “JOOLA USA has several employees that are NCTTA graduates. It gives us great pleasure to give something back and help the NCTTA grow.”

JOOLA is proud to be the official apparel sponsor of the US National Team and the official table sponsor for the US Open and US National Championships. Partnering with USA Table Tennis (USATT), the national governing body for table tennis, North American Table Tennis (NATT), and now, the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA), JOOLA has grown its fan base to become the most visible brand in US table tennis.

The National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA) is a non-profit organization established exclusively for promoting the sport of table tennis at the college level. As the national governing body for college table tennis in the United States and Canada, NCTTA organizes intercollegiate competition throughout North America.

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NCTTA Welcomes Newest Sponsor PepPod

By Andy Kanengiser
NCTTA Media Committee Chairman

Customers across the USA are raving about the energy drink PepPod these days.

One PepPod user describes it as a great product for people needing a nice pick me up. Another one, in an on-line review, trumpets PepPod as a super product without all the sugar. "It made me very alert and energized for hours," a third customer wrote.

National Collegiate Table Tennis Association leaders are also singing the praises of PepPod this fall. The NCTTA is welcoming the Colorado-based company as one of the organization’s newest Championship sponsors. The NCTTA oversees more than 150 college table tennis teams in the USA and Canada.

PepPod is a small, individually packaged effervescent tablet that combines over 75 vitamins and minerals with 80 mg of caffeine – about the same amount contained in a cup of coffee. The instructions are simple: Just dissolve a tablet in a cup of water, and it’s ready to drink.

For active collegiate table tennis players who are constantly burning energy and need a little boost, PepPod is a product that will, no doubt, provide a lift, company leaders say. It’s a product that appeals to active people no matter what sport they play.

"PepPod is both sourced and produced in the USA and made with only top quality ingredients which is one of the ways we stand out," says company executive Weston Trapp. "People are regularly trading in energy drinks, coffee and other vitamin supplements for PepPod after trying it once."

Skip the french press or the brew at your neighborhood coffee shop one day, and give PepPod a shot.

"PepPod really just makes you feel and function better for whatever you do," Trapp says.

Employees at the Colorado-based company already have a love affair with table tennis. The new agreement being hammered out with NCTTA officials just takes things to a whole new level.

"Everyone in our office plays table tennis," Trapp says.

It’s a lively Olympic sport, he says, that appeals to many people all over the world.

PepPod leaders reached out to loads of people at companies and clubs engaged in table tennis competition. The company even created their own fun social table tennis game called Table Tennis KungFU (go to

In addition, PepPod has busted its tail sponsoring and engaging with traditional table tennis clubs in Colorado. The company reached out to Sky High Table Tennis in the Mile High City of Denver, and is also sponsoring the new Colorado University Table Tennis Club.

In a nutshell, PepPod employees are simply crazy about table tennis. Their passion for the game is felt at NCTTA headquarters.

"We believe the company’s new connection to the NCTTA is the start of a solid partnership we predict will continue for years," says NCTTA President Willy Leparulo. "We welcome PepPod aboard to our list of all-star sponsors."

Using PepPod a few times won’t transform a brand new table tennis player into a champion overnight.

Trapp, who was a longtime morning coffee drinker, now gets his days started with PepPod. It’s a product that, when dissolved in water, has a citrus tang flavor to it.

Weston Trapp recently played in his first USATT tournament and reports that he finished second to last. But he’s not giving up on table tennis. Weston will put paddle firmly in hand and use the old-fashioned approach to get better. "Needless to say, I’m practicing as much as possible."

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NCTTA Tournaments Use Double Fish Balls

by Andy Kanengiser
NCTTA Media Committee Chairman

Double Fish table tennis balls will be in play at NCTTA tournaments over the next three years.

A new agreement announced in September will partner the NCTTA with Double Fish for divisional, regional and national championships through 2017.

"We are excited to be partnering with Double Fish in league competition all the way to our national championships,'' says NCTTA President Willy Leparulo.

The TMS 2015 College Table Tennis Championships are booked for Eau Claire, Wisconsin April 10-12. The event will bring about 300 of North America's best collegiate table tennis players to the Dairy State for three thrilling days of competition with Double Fish balls flying at rapid speeds.

Double Fish produces 40 mm three-star table tennis balls that are long lasting, and quite durable. Players often use Double Fish balls for months on end in training sessions without breaking.

Thanks to the new agreement, Double Fish balls "are the official ball sponsor'' for NCTTA tournaments, Leparulo said. NCTTA matches will begin using the balls with the start of Fall 2014 semester action beginning in October.

How many Double Fish balls will be needed for NCTTA divisional, regional and championship games?

It's hard to pinpoint an exact number. But NCTTA officials say they expect to use thousands and thousands of balls.

Double Fish balls are approved by the ITTF and have been used in the Olympics and the World Table Tennis Championships.


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