BL seniors have grown accustomed to the popularity of the exhilarating game of ping pong over the course of the 2015-2016 school year here at 822 W. Lake Avenue.
The senior class cannot get enough out of ping pong; whether they come in early or stay late, ping pong is trending at this school.
However, many seniors are unaware of the correct rules of ping pong, something that needs to be addressed in order for each game to be completed in a fair and timely fashion.
According to pongworld.com, “Each player serves two points in a row and then switches servers. However, if a score of 10-10 is reached in any game, then each server serves only one point and the server is switched.”
For serving, “the ball must rest on an open palm. Then it must be tossed up at least 6 inches and struck so the ball first bounces on the server’s side then the opponent’s side.”
These rules are not followed by most seniors, thus causing for these games to exceed the proper time limit. Ping pong was not always the dominant sport among BL seniors. Early on in the school year, foosball was equally as popular, but after the table’s decrepit appearance, it has grown less and less appealing.
According to allabouttabletennis.com, “Up into 2001, a table tennis game was played up to 21 points…but to make it more appealing to television viewers, the rules of table tennis were changed.” This was ground-breaking in the ping pong world and drastically changed it’s dynamic.
Senior Logan Atkinson feels as though ping pong disallows him from getting any work done. On the other hand, he is fine with this as he does enjoy beating other people for bragging rights and uses it as an incentive to keep playing.
Comparably speaking, senior Dylan Kowalewski shared similar opinions to Logan as he “loves to win” and loves “running the table.” These factors play a major role in determining how long and how often these two seniors will take part in a game of ping pong.
Ping pong has taken on a competitive edge as the year has progressed. Power rankings have been established in order to confirm each player’s results. These rankings have stirred up controversies since it is difficult to agree upon the best players.
For each senior, ping pong has become a growing phenomenon; they cannot seem to put down the ping pong paddle. In fact, some seniors even sprint to the table after class. No matter what time it is, seniors always fit in some ping pong time to their daily routine, a truly awesome sight to see.