Table tennis, while not the most popular sport in North America, is one of the most widely played in the world, with over 50 countries competing internationally.
The American Wheelchair Table Tennis Association (AWTTA) is the NGB for both wheelchair and ambulatory disabled table tennis in the United States. Rules governing table tennis for people with physical disabilities are identical to those used by the International Table Tennis Federation, with only slight modifications for those athletes that compete in a wheelchair.
There are five wheelchair and five standing divisions within disabled table tennis. The rules modifications and a description of the 10 divisions can be found at http://www.wsusa.org.
The AWTTA is committed to developing a comprehensive juniors program. The junior division is organized along the same parameters as athletics:
- Futures: 6 Years and under
- Division A: 7 - 9 Years
- Division B: 10 - 12 Years
- Division C: 13 - 15 Years
- Division D: 16 - 18 Years
- Division E: 19 - 21 Years
Each year, WSUSA sanctions the National Junior Wheelchair Championships. Athletes compete against each other within the proper age and classification groups.
Who Can Participate
Table tennis is available to athletes in the following categories:
- spinal cord injured/wheelchair
- cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke