Pennant Info


Pennant Venues:

Eley Park (with 3 tables) and St Philips (with 2 tables) host A, B and C grade on Tue and Wed evenings.
A1 plays at St Johns of Thursday evenings.
Location and contact details for each venue are on their linked pages above or on the ES&CTTA venues page.


Pennant TTV rego

Pennant players are required to be registered with Table Tennis Victoria.
For part time players: both TTV and the ES&CTTA require all players who play three times to register with TTV.
In 2017, the new annual fees are
Pennant Adult $55
Pennant Junior $40
Officials $35
Social $25
Tournament Adult $65
Tournament Junior $50

See the TTV registration Fees for the latest fees.


Pennant Competition:

See the Match Regulations on the Documents page for the rules regarding conduct of pennant play.

Pennant occurs at Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7.30pm.
2 person pennant fininshes between 9.30 and 9.45; 3 person around 10.30pm.

2 Person Pennant:
A grade currently plays 2 person pennant (2 singles each and 1 doubles; best of 7)

3 Person Pennant:
B and C grade play 3 Person Pennant competition which consists of 3 singles matches each and 2 doubles matches for a total of 11 matches in a best of 5 game format. Each singles player plays each of the three opposition singles players.

Pennant levels:
A Grade, very skillful and competitive players, the game is taken seriously. (currently 2man with 5 best of 7 matches in 2017)
B Grade, skillful players who enjoy the challenge mixed with fun.
C Grade, good players with a bit of skill and lower intensity who enjoy the game.



Pennant Protocol

The captains open up the venue by 7.15 and sets up tables by 7:20.
The home team umpires the first match, then subsequent match duties are alternated between the teams.
The first matches start with 5 min of practice at 7.30, with the game starting at 7.35.
Pre-match warm-ups should be kept to 5 min before the first 3 singles matches, then 2 min for the remaining 6 singles.
The doubles should use 2 balls to warm up across court and also restrict this to 2 min.

The standard warm up (with any alteration to the expected warm by agreement and negotiation of the 2 players) should consist of:

  • forehand to forehand counter hitting,
  • forehand looping to forehand blocking,
  • backhand to backhand counter hitting,
  • backhand looping to backhand blocking.


Pennant Spare table usage

It is recommended that captains coordinate the use of any spare tables such as when only 2 home teams are fixtured for a particular night.

For instance, the first lot of teams with their 6 players ready might use 2 tables for their first 2 singles games, then the other lot of teams might use 2 tables for their 2nd and 3rd singles games. The first lot to finish their doubles might use the 2 tables first for their next lot of singles matches.

A new ball is not required for play on a second (spare) table, so it is important for the captain to keep some used balls from previous pennant competition.



Each club usually holds some pre season practice for one to two weeks.


Pennant Finals

2 weeks of finals are conducted after the home and away matches.
The Standard Finals system shall be over two weeks:
Week 1:
              SF1:1 v 4.
              SF2: 2 v 3.

Week 2:
              GF: W1 v W2.

Grand Finals at Eley Park

Players arrive by 7.20. Matches will start at 7:30 pm. Matches must be completed by 11.00pm.

Team photos will also be taken during the night, usually as close to 7.30 as possible. 


Player and Team Grading Guidelines

The overall process for establishing teams for the next season:

  • Team details are submitted using the Team Entry Form or Multiple Team Entry Form by club coordinators by Grand Final night.
  • The ES&CTTA Grading Committee decides on the team grades (has the final say) and the pennant structure and fixture (usually in a few days after the grand final).


Here are the simple guidelines and criteria used for grading players and teams (updated 2016):

  1. RatingsCentral ratings are used to rank players and teams.
  2. Changing grade is not automatic. Finishing first or last on the grade ladder does not result in grade changes automatically.
  3. To go up a grade the player or team should be of a similar standard to the lower ranked players or teams in the higher grade.
  4. Typically, players or teams wanting to go up a grade should dominate their grade, going through the season undefeated.
  5. Typically, teams that go through the season win-less and have low percentages on the team ladder will be considered closely for placing in the lower grade.

It is important that teams don’t form rigid expectations of this process. It is possible for bottom teams to remain in their grade if it is known that their player rankings are higher than those of a potential replacement team from a lower grade.

When reviewing player ratings the RatingsCentral point difference guide may be of some help.

300 points difference = 1/100 chance
150 points difference = 1/10 chance
100 points difference = 1/5 chance
50 points difference = 1/3 chance