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Indoor Sports and Healthy Benefits of Them

Indoor sports are those that we play inside our home. All types of indoor sports do not demand physical activities always. Indoor sports like chess, darts, air hockey game, etc. are less demanding physically. But some indoor sports like ping pong or table tennis offer entertainment as well as is a great exercise. It helps to mingle up people of different ages socially. Ping Pong is one of the most popular indoor games which is played all over the world. The popularity of ping pong is mainly due to the many health benefits of the game. If you have played ping pong, you will definitely know the many healthy benefits of playing the game.

This type of indoor sports can be played by all age of people and abilities. Playing any type of sports is a great way to exercise and keep your body fit and healthy. But sometimes we have to cancel our outdoor games due to bad weather like rain, storm or harsh sunlight. But if you decide to play games indoor nothing and no adverse weather condition can stop you. Sport like ping pong can be played indoors and side by side will give you enjoyment and health benefits.

So, why do people love to play indoor games? Well – there are many reasons which explain the popularity of these games. Here are some of the best reasons why people play ping pong like indoor sports and derive the many benefits.

A Great Way to Spend Your Leisure Time:

Playing indoor sports is an excellent way to spend your leisure time properly. You can play this type of game in proper lighting even at night and in any type of weather. So there is no chance of getting over heated or getting drenched due to sudden rain. Indoor sports facility allows you to play in all types of weather.  You do not have to prepare much to play the game because usually these can be easily arranged in short time.

Helps to Burn Out Extra Calories:

If you are in search of a new pastime that could give you a regular dose of exercise, then indoor sport like ping pong is a good choice. It provides fun and is challenging sport to burn out our extra calories in any type of weather. If you play this game for just a few minutes, you will sweat profusely. Regular playing of ping pong really helps to subtract a few extra pounds from your body. If you have tried a lot to lose weight and failed every time, you need to play the game and find how beneficial it is.

It Enhances Your Mental Alertness and Concentration.

Ping pong is a fast-paced game. Records show that the fastest smash by a professional ping pong player can cross the speed of 70 miles per hour. So there is no chance of boredom and regular practicing of this type of indoor game makes you mentally alert. Regular playing of ping pong also enhances your concentration. If you suffer from lack of concentration or focus, this is the game which is here to make a difference.

To Keep You Fit Physically:

Regular playing of ping pong helps to improve your body fitness as it incorporate several body movements. Experts say that regular engaging in active indoor game like table tennis helps to develop fast-twitch muscle which ultimately improves your reflexes. This improvement of the reflex will surely help you to live your life more enjoyably. Play an hour of table tennis every day and you will know how beneficial it is for your body.

Improve Hand-Eye Coordination:

While playing indoor games like ping pong or table tennis need constant coordination of your eyes and hand. For this reason regular habit of playing this indoor game improve hand-eye coordination.

Decreases Stress

If you are in a great stress in your workplace or in any sphere of life, then try to play ping pong. Constant focus on ball helps to shift your focus from stress to ball. Spending an hour or two in this type of indoor games help to lower down the stress level.

Start playing indoor games whenever you can and you will love the changes it brings in your life.

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How to Choose Table Tennis Equipment

When you decide to choose table tennis equipment – you need to consider a few things so that you make a right choice. Table tennis is a fun and entertaining game. You do not need much of equipment when you decide to buy table tennis equipment because these are usually of three types. These include a best table, a paddle and a ball.

If you are a professional player, you need to select all your table tennis equipment with much caution. The equipment needs to be of good quality, should be able to help you play the game professionally and should help in improving your game. Here are a few tips which will help you in selecting the best table tennis equipment.

Table Tennis Table:

When you are selecting the best table tennis table or conversion top, you need to consider the dimensions of the table. If you check online you will come across several standard table dimensions which are used to play the game. These tables are usually recommended by professional table tennis associations, especially for professional players. If you wish to play the game professionally, you definitely need to consider all such factors. The rules might not be that stringent, in terms of dimensions when you are selecting a table for playing the sport just for fun or entertainment. Thus, before you choose to buy the table you need to consider the room dimensions where you are playing the game, your purpose of the game and the frequency of use. Do not forget to buy the table from a reputed online store so that you buy only good quality products.

Generally table tennis tables are made from top-quality wood. If you do not use good quality tables, you do not have to worry about the table cracking up or getting damaged during play. With good quality tables, you can play the game without any worry about causing damage to the table. Thus, considering the dimensions and material of the table is of prime importance.

Table Tennis Paddle:

There are different kinds of table tennis paddles, especially designed for different levels of players. This includes paddles for beginners, intermediate players and professionals. Beginners are always recommended to try the basic paddles, since they are easy to use and can help in the learning process. However, as there is not much difference in the prices of the paddles, many people prefer to choose paddles which are created for professionals. These paddles are of the best quality and are going to last for a long time. Here are some tips to select best table tennis paddle for your game.

  • Table tennis paddles are available with performance rating. This helps in assessing how the paddles are and how helpful these are. These ratings are usually based on power. The ratings are usually provided as a score out of 10 or 100. Thus, when you are selecting a paddle, do not forget to check the ratings.
  • When you are looking at performance ratings, you will also find information on control features. Control is vital as it helps in playing a perfect game. If you have good control over the paddle, you will be able to provide good strokes. This is quite essential in winning the game.
  • Rubber quality should also be considered. This is considered by the thickness of the paddle. It is also considered taking into account the direction of dimples and also tackiness of the paddle.

Table Tennis Balls:

You do not have to worry much about the table tennis balls because these are easily available and can be purchased as per your requirement. You can easily find them online. There are several stores which offer online discounts when purchasing balls in bulk. If you are really interested in purchasing the ball, choose a reputed store. You will definitely get good quality balls which will help in improving your game further.

If you choose to buy table tennis equipment online do not forget to make a comparison of prices available in different stores. Also, check user reviews and testimonials, which will help in making the right choice. Customer reviews and testimonials will help you to know what other users have to say about the product and how happy they are. Thus, you will be saved from wrong choices specially when you are purchasing online.

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How to Play Table Tennis/ Ping Pong – Basics

Beginners need to learn the basics of table tennis as they start playing the game. If you wish to learn to play table tennis, you will need the help of an expert, who will teach you how to play the game. This is one sport, which can be played and enjoyed by the young and old alike. So, here are some basic rules of playing table tennis.

Start With The Fundamentals:

Ping Pong is not a complex game. This is a simple game which can be learnt with effort and dedication. Get started and you will learn the game in a short time. The fundamentals of table tennis are related to the following:

  • Grip
  • Stance
  • Forehand drive
  • Backhand drive
  • Footwork
  • Forehand push
  • Serve
  • Return of serve
  • Match Play

If you are able to learn all these skills, you will be able to master the game in a short time. Here are some interesting facts which will help you.

Grip, Stance and The Footwork:

The above three are the basic foundation of learning the game. Anyone who is learning to play ping pong has to understand the positioning of these three. Beginners need to pay special attention on this as they get started. There are several players who might have a tendency to skip this and move straight to hitting the balls. But, never try to do this. Why would you not strengthen your learning ability and skills when you have a good scope? If you have a weak foundation, your entire game might actually fall down. You might not be able to continue playing the game later on. It might be difficult to improve later on.

Forehand Drive, Backhand Drive, Forehand and Backhand Push:

Now, once you have grasped all the basics well, it is time to learn the skills well. Strokes are an important part of the game. They help in mastering the skills and learn the game so that you can win. When it is about the strokes, you need to learn the four basic strokes. This actually creates the bulk of game. If you wish to learn the game, you need to master the right technique. Thus, if you master the right technique, you will be able to develop good consistency and make accurate shots when you play the game.

The last three are usually the serving, return serve and the match play which need to be learnt well. These are the finishes touch which will help in converting all your recently learnt skills to points in match. It is actually of no good, when your abilities do not transit in a competitive situation.

How Long Should You Practice:

Once you have learnt how to play the game, you shouldn’t sit back and relax, believing you have learnt the game and you have nothing to worry. Just like all other sports, you need to practice the game so that you are able to master all skills. You need to spend at least one hour each day, as you practice so that you are able to master the skills the well.

Fundamental Skills to Master Table Tennis:

In modern days, there are a few table tennis skills which you need to master so that you succeed in the long run. If you are really keen to learn the game and play well with your best paddle, remember these are the fundamental skills, which you need to know.

  • Grips – You need to master the grips well. There are usually two kinds of grips which are common in table tennis. Usually shake hand or the orthodox grip is commonly used. The pen hold drip is also quite common.
  • Services – If you practice well, you will learn the services well. Chopped service, the side spin service, the back hand spin service and side spin service are the most common skills which need to be mastered.
  • Strokes – Learning different strokes is important. Some skills which need to be mastered include flat returns, lift return, defensive strokes, chop back hand and more.
  • Counter Attack – You need to learn this powerful stroke too in return of a good stroke.

These are some of the basics in Ping Pong which need to be learnt well.

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History of Ping Pong

Ping Pong is one of the most popular sports played worldwide. This is one game, which can be played by the young and adults alike. It is played locally, in the clubs, sports centers and between two groups as well.

Just as all other sports, Ping Pong too had a humble beginning. It is known as a ‘parlor game’. This is one of those games which were completely open for anyone, who would have ball, a paddle and a table. The history of the game dates back to the 1980S. The game was played in the lawns and local clubs. It was soon played as a popular game of the sports enthusiasts and played indoors during the winter season.

history of ping pong

The Person behind the Name Ping-Pong:

Ping Pong is actually the trademark name for table tennis and its associated equipment. The name was invented by J. Jaques and Son, which was a local firm. The game started in the early years of 1800s. The game soon was trademarked by the Park Brothers in United States. This was a board game. This is one game which started quite early and was picked up in the later years. It became a popular sport in a short time. Tournaments were being held in the next few years. It is known that more than 300 people participated in the game, when it started. In the year 1922, The Table Tennis Association was formed. This was previously known as the Ping Pong Association when it was initially developed.

Ping Pong in Japan

It was in the year 1902, when a famous Japanese University professor took this wonderful game to Japan. The game was soon introduced to the students in Japan. Later, Edward Shires who was a British salesman introduced this game in different countries like Budapest and Vienna. This is how the game started spreading in different countries across the world and started gaining popularity in a short time. In Britain, the game became quite popular and was played by the middle class populous. Soon, many leagues started developed in different areas which included Plymouth and Sunderland as well. In the year 1922, the famous club All England was formed. This club became much popular and produced several legendary names from the sports arena. In the later years, the Daily Mirror also sponsored one tournament. This tournament had the largest number of participants. There were more than 40,000 competitors playing the game at the time.

Birth of English Table Tennis Association

It was on April 24, 1927 that English Table Tennis Association was born. Ivor Montague who was the son of Lord Ewatthling was the chairman of the association. It is said, that he was actually the man or the architect behind the modern day game of table tennis. However, as it happens in all situations, he too was widely criticized. This was the time with the association had 19 leagues. Today, there are more than 300 leagues. There are more than 75000 registered players.

First World Championship:

It was in the year 1927, the first world championship was played.  The game continued to be popular in the next few years. In the 1950S, the game witnessed a major change with the introduction of sandwich or a sponge rubber. This was considered to be a perfect new material suitable for bats. This is used all over the world even now. It is used to cover the pimpled rubber which tends to be a little uncomfortable at times.

Modern Days:

Table Tennis is now a well established game which is played all over the world. People, who are showing keen interest in the game are increasing in number. In the year 1988, Table Tennis was first played in the Olympic game. There was huge television coverage for the game. The men’s single game garnered a lot of interest from different corners of the world. More than two billion people across the world saw the game. The game continues to be played with keen interest all over the world. The craze and popularity of the game is expected to rise further in the next few years. Undoubtedly, this is becoming one of the most watched and played games of the world.

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Upcoming Events in Our Community

Jane’s Walk

Contributor: Allan Shute

Janes's WalkFor the past three years on the first weekend of May, Riverdale has been participating in an annual global celebration of Jane Jacobs, the social activist who rewrote the book on urban development in the 20th century. Best known for stopping the Lower Manhattan Expressway that would have gutted some of New York’s more colourful districts, she authored The Death and Life of Great American Cities in which she championed people and their neighbourhoods over top-down planning and unchecked road building. She later came to Canada and saved dozens of Toronto neighbours from the planned Spadina Expressway and its associated freeways.

The connection to Riverdale is pertinent in that during the late 1960s and early ’70s, Edmonton was under the sway of a powerful, unelected board of commissioners that wanted to eliminate all river valley residents in favour of a megapark stretching from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan and implement a transportation plan that pushed freeways through inner-city neighbourhoods and paved over the river valley and its ravines with expressways.

Riverdalians rallied together and spearheaded a successful fight against City Hall that gave their community a new lease on life. The mayor and complicit aldermen were replaced, and so-called “viability” was granted to the other affected valley folk. The proposed McKinnon Ravine freeway was also stopped, and the city of Edmonton has been the better for it.

Past Community Events

Riverdale Sustainability Pub Night

A discussion on The Green Burial as presented by Rayne Johnson of End of Life Matters was held Friday, January 22nd at
Riverdale House.

New Year’s Day – Family Fun

Family Fun

A fun-filled day of skating, tobogganing, hot chocolate, marshmallow & weenie roast was held on January 1 at the
Riverdale Rink House. The event was free and open to all.

Syrian ChildrenSafe and Sound

An evening in support of Syrian Refugees

The Refugee Response Collective, in partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee, held a silent auction and an evening of music, food and fundraising on December 5 at the Riverdale Hall. Entertainment included a performanceRefugee Response by Tarabish Collective and an International Jam. Funds raised went towards sponsorship and for aid in the refugee camps.

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