Table tennis, also known as Ping Pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using table tennis paddles. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, players must allow a ball played toward them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side. Points are scored when a player fails to legally return the ball. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. A skilled player can impart several varieties of spin to the ball, altering its trajectory and limiting an opponent’s options to great advantage.
The game originated as a sport in Britain during the 1880s, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlor game. It has been suggested that the game was first developed by British military officers in India or South Africa who brought it back with them. A row of books were stood up along the center of the table as a net, two more books served as paddles and were used to continuously hit a golf-ball from one end of the table to the other. In the 1950s, paddles that used a rubber sheet combined with an underlying sponge layer changed the game dramatically, introducing greater spin and speed.
Allshore/Datum has had a table tennis court inside the office since June 2011. Employees most often played Ping-Pong during break time or after signing off for the day. Both singles and doubles matches take place every day, and many of employees have had the chance to perfect their game. Allshore/Datum hosted its first ever singles Table Tennis Tournament in August 2011. The organizers managed the tournament and setup matches. The semi-finals and the final round were especially exciting as some very strong players came face to face to try to win the title.
After the success of the first tournament, Allshore/Datum organized its second table tennis tournament in September 2012, but this time it was a doubles tournament. Teams were created and then through drawings the brackets were made and matches were set.
The most enjoyable thing about this tournament was that many players had greatly improved since that last tournament, and the matches were very entertaining to watch as the teams collided. The prize money this time was set up in such a way that every match had prize money for the winners with extra prize money for the top 3 positions.
The tournament went great and there were a lot of spectators who stayed after hours to watch and cheer; in fact we would leave about 2-3 hours late every day. People really enjoyed themselves both watching and playing. These events are a great way for the employees to enjoy time together and have fun and relax after a good days work.
This year’s teams were able to choose a team name. Some of the names
included the “The Thunderbolts”, “The Courageous Falcons”, “The Titans”, “The Avengers”, and many more. The strongest team of the tournament who managed to take away the title was “The Gladiators”, guys from our Sales and IT department who were really brilliant and deserved the prizes they earned. The “Dragon Smashers” came in second, a team composed of members of our PHP and IT departments. Third was “The Dangs,” both of who were from our .Net department.
The most enjoyable part for the spectators was during a match when they would encourage or make jokes at teams in between plays. All in all, the tournament went really well and we really had great fun and will be eagerly awaiting the next tournament, which may be in the first quarter of 2013. Let me leave you now with a few snap shots from the Final Match between the “Gladiators” and “Dragon Smashers.” Enjoy!