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Super 8s

SUPER 8’S is a program designed by 888 table tennis coaches and leadership to teach children without any experience in table tennis the principles of the sport and guide them through the different levels until they can be seen as an intermediate level player (USATT +/- 500 rated).

How does Super 8s work?

This program is divided into eight levels of difficulty. Every first Saturday of the month, before the kids ping pong class, there will be an exam where kids can prove that they have the necessary skills to move up a level and gain eight badges.

Each level consists of 2 components, coordination/ball handling skills and behind the table.

COORDINATION/BALL HANDLING SKILLS

  • Footwork Coordination: speed ladder, jump rope, agility cones and other exercises that apply to the footwork that table tennis requires.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination Skills: balancing the ball on the paddle, walking with the paddle while balancing, etc.

With each completion of level the necessary skills become more and more advanced.

BEHIND THE TABLE

  • Learning how to serve
  • Aiming the ball
  • Playing basic backhand and forehand strokes
  • Certain footwork skills while playing

It starts simple with playing with the coach but after certain levels students will be required to play with each other in order to pass the exam.

The objective is to have our students complete to SUPER8’s program between 8-18 months. By this time even the most challenged learners should be able to complete the challenges that come with the highest difficulty level if they participate in enough hours and practice seriously enough during the lessons.

8 Levels of Super 8s

LEVEL 1: We work on basic hand-eye coordination skills that are necessary for table tennis and we start with the beginning: serving.

Testing Requirements

  • Bouncing 10x with forehand (sequential)
  • Bouncing 10x with backhand (sequential)
  • Serving forehand, 7 successful serves out of 10 tries.

LEVEL 2: Students start learning a basic stroke upon which more advanced strokes are based: Backhand counter. We also level up with the skills while serving and focus on quicker hand eye-coordination and ball control.

Testing Requirements

  • Bouncing forehand/backhand 10x twice (sequential)
  • Backhand stroke introduction, 7 successful hits out of 10 tries
  • Forehand serve + specific placement, 7 successful serves out of 10 tries

LEVEL 3: We add on another foundational stroke, the forehand counter, and we will start working on moving the feet in combination to practicing the foundation strokes and our previously learned hand-eye coordination and ball control skills.

Testing Requirements

  • Forehand stroke 7 x 10
  • Backhand stroke 20 x moving center/corner
  • Forehand stroke 20x moving center/corner
  • Bouncing while walking

LEVEL 4: Students learn how to transition between Backhand and Forehand strokes, aim to a specific corner and how to
serve short and long on purpose.

Testing Requirements

  • Forehand/Backhand → Pivot + aim to corner
  • Forehand/Backhand sidestep shuffle
  • Forehand Serve short/long backhand/forehand + 5/7 serves required to make 4x

LEVEL 5: Students will be introduced to one of the most played drills in table tennis that proves to be useful for beginners all the way up to professional players: the Falkenberg-drill. In addition the students learn 2 new strokes: Forehand drive and Backhand block.

Testing Requirements

  • Backhand/Forehand pivot step around
  • Backhand-step around-middle
  • Backhand Serve
  • Forehand topspin drive/Backhand block

LEVEL 6: Students are introduced to a new stroke and spin: the under spin push and serve. In addition, they learn how to counter that spin by looping the ball.

Testing Requirements

  • Backhand-step around-forehand (Falkenberg drill)
  • Underspin backhand push
  • Underspin serve
  • Forehand topspin loop/forehand underspin loop
  • Backhand block/forehand block

LEVEL 7: Students will add the skill of looping on under spin balls with Backhand in addition to knowing how to do it with Forehand. Also, side spin serves will be added to their arsenal of serves.

Testing Requirements

  • Backhand loop
  • Backhand flip
  • Side spin serve
  • Backhand underspin push + aimed towards corners

LEVEL 8: In the last level of the Super 8’s program we will guide the students through the last of the necessary skills before they will be intermediate students and we introduce two intermediate drills in the curriculum as well.

Testing Requirements

  • Forehand flip
  • Forehand push
  • Backhand drive
  • Forehand push → backhand loop
  • Short serve → forehand loop

Package Price

Levels 1-2

$ 225

Per Month
  • Kids Ping Pong Group Class 4 classes (Saturday or Monday)
  • Private Lesson x4
  • Two (2) voucher passes to one upcoming Family Ping Pong Night
  • Access to join the monthly Super 8 clinic
  • Sunday League free play

Levels 3-4

$ 325

Per Month
  • Kids Ping Pong Group Class 4 classes (Saturday or Monday)
  • Private Lesson x4
  • Two (2) voucher passes to one upcoming Family Ping Pong Night
  • Access to join the monthly Super 8 clinic
  • Sunday League free play

Levels 5-6

$ 325

Per Month
  • Kids Ping Pong Group Class 4 classes (Saturday or Monday)
  • Private Lesson x4
  • Two (2) voucher passes to one upcoming Family Ping Pong Night
  • Access to join the monthly Super 8 clinic
  • Sunday League free play

Levels 7-8

$ 450

Per Month
  • Kids Ping Pong Group Class 4 classes (Saturday or Monday)
  • Private Lesson x4
  • Two (2) voucher passes to one upcoming Family Ping Pong Night
  • Access to join the monthly Super 8 clinic
  • Sunday League free play

Is there a trial package?

YES, GIVE IT A TRY, ON US!
We have a FREE trial class
(Saturday or Monday)

ADD-ONS

  • Class -discounted rate (Sat or Mon) @ 10% discount
  • Private Lesson – discounted rate @ 10% discount
  • Iron-on Badge $3.50
  • Super8 Hoodie $40
  • Kids name to the shirt $15

Program Schedule

KIDS PING PONG CLASS

Mondays 4:30pm - 6:30pm | Saturdays 10:00am - 12:00pm

LEVEL UP TESTING

The first Saturday of the month before the kids ping pong class 9:00am

SUPER 8S CLINIC & WORKSHOP

The afternoon on the last Saturday of the month 3:30pm - 5:00pm

FAMILY PING PONG NIGHTS

The first Friday of the month 6:00pm - 8:30pm

When you opt to join the program you receive the Super 8 shirt and kids badge collection booklet

Super 8s Coaching Team

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Rajko Gommers

Rajko Gommers

Assistant Head Coach