Table Games for the Game Room
Why Do We Play Foosball?
This site begins with a reminiscence article discussing foosball from a very personal perspective. If you're deeply into the game of foosball, if it is something that is more than just an occasional diversion for you, then you should find this personal reminiscence of great interest. Additional, however, this site delves much more deeply into the game of foosball, covering such topics as tactics, game results, a whole slew of helpful tips and hints for playing the finer points of foosball that I doubt you'll find anywhere else. There are also player profiles, photos, lists of tournaments, and even a section on Foosball Anonymous for those who take their game perhaps just a tad too seriously. There are also links to sites where you can buy foosball tables and other foosball equipment.
Ping Pong is the second most played sport in the world. On this site you will learn the basics of ping pong, from the table structure and layout to the size, shape and weight of the ball. Surprisingly there is no official rule as to the size and weight of the ping pong paddle. You will also discover the history and origin of ping pong, from it's beginnings among the upper class Victorians in the 1880s to the first International Championships tournament in 1927 to the "Ping Pong Diplomacy" of the 1970s which helped thaw relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China. Rules for tournament play as well as rules for unofficial play are also discussed. Over the years ping pong has evolved greatly, both the game and the equipment used to play it. Today ping pong is one of the most widely-played games in China and much of the far East and still has a large audience here in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Ping Pong for Paralympics
This column is written by members of the US Paralympic Table Tennis Team and other distinguished disabled players and the coaches/trainers who work with them. The authors will describe how they use the Newgy Robot to improve their skills, tactics, and techniques and how to modify them for a type of disability. These ping pong coaching articles should prove especially valuable and interesting for disabled players or those rehabilitating from accidents or surgeries. But this column should be equally helpful to able-bodied players who can learn greater adaptability for their own games and practices. Includes information about attacking long services, doing footwork drills, short serve receiving skills and ping pong practice serves.
This seems to be a site for people interested in air hockey. There are sections on statistics, tips, playing rules, rankings, tournament info, and everything you would want to know about perhaps playing competitive air hockey or even if you just own an air hockey table. This is geared towards competitive air hockey in California, and there are links to an official site for California Air Hockey and the U.S. Open World Air Hockey Championships.
Illinois State Air-Table Hockey Association Home Page
The purpose of the Illinois State Air Hockey Association is to promote the sport of air hockey in Illinois. It does this by organizing state and local tournaments and challenge matches and by establishing a ranking of the best players in the state. There are links on the site to information on local air hockey events, links to air hockey players that you can contact through email, links to player rankings across the state, links to upcoming matches, links to places to play air hockey in Illinois and more. If you're an air hockey fan and you live in Illinois, this is one site you'll definitely want on your Favorites List.