There’s lots of table tennis activity in Pittsburgh, and everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Whether you’re a beginning basement player or a world-class competitor, you’ll find people in Pittsburgh who play at your level.
Pittsburgh-based players are among the best in the state. In the 2012 Pennsylvania State Championships, Asaf Azarsky won the Open Singles event, Scott Rodgers won the Over-70 Singles event, and local teams dominated the Open Doubles, winning both 1st place (Randy Seemiller and Chip Coulter) and 2nd place (Mike Walk and Asaf Azarsky).
Learn more about the Annual Pittsburgh Regional Amateur Ping Pong Championship, held each fall at South Park.
There are two USATT affiliated clubs in the Pittsburgh area. Both clubs welcome visitors and new players.
- The South Park Table Tennis Club, based in the Home Economics building in Pittsburgh’s South Park, is the oldest continually USATT affiliated club in the country, and is currently the home club for 3 of the top 10 players in Pennsylvania. Formed in 1957, its most famous players are the Seemiller brothers – Danny, Ricky and Randy – who dominated US table tennis for a decade. Danny Seemiller won five U.S. Men’s Singles Championships (in 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, and 1983), and was once ranked #19 in the world. Randy Seemiller, one of the top fifty U.S. players over age 50, still lives in the Pittsburgh area and is one of the top-ranked players at the South Park club. Dr. Bill Walk, a USATT Hall of Fame ember, also plays at South Park. The South Park club is open on Tuesday evenings starting at 7:00 pm for competitive play, and Thursdays evenings for informal practice. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level, and there’s no charge to play the first couple of times. See the South Park club page for more details.
- The Pittsburgh Oakland Table Tennis Club, currently based in the Eastminster Church in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, was formed in 2011. It’s open for league (competitive) play Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and also Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Cost is $10/visit for adults and $5/visit for students. See the Pittsburgh Oakland club page for more details.