WE'RE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - ALL AGES & ALL ABILITIES
Welcome to Carlisle Area Table Tennis Online! We are a non-profit organization currently located in Carlisle, PA. We welcome people of all ages to come play with others of all ages and skills. No doubt either you or someone you know owns a table tennis table in a basement somewhere. If that is the case it may have a more practical use to you right now (i.e. to put stuff on.) Well this Friday is a good day to dust off that old racket and take a trip to Carlisle' s table tennis club to see how you can do against other people.
Carlisle Area Table Tennis
Stuart Community Center
415 Franklin St
Carlisle, PA 17013
Carlisle Area Table Tennis Club News
415 Franklin Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
As many of you know, Carlisle Area Table Tennis (CATT) operates from September through June of each year. We average about 36 Friday nights a year. Of the 36 weeks, about half are considered to be a Carlisle Parks & Recreation program and all the fees collected are given to them, but we pay no rent. Carlisle Parks & Recreation does give us a token budget for supplies. The fees that we currently charge ($2 for Carlisle Borough Residents and $5 for Non-Residents) were established by Carlisle Parks & Recreation several years ago based on their program. We kept the fees the same when it was the club’s program just to keep things consistent.
When it’s not considered a Carlisle Parks & Recreation program, we must pay rent of $60 per night. The club then gets to keep all the fees collected.
Unfortunately, the Carlisle Parks & Recreation programs are run during the peak attendance months. As a result, they collect a lot more in fees on average than what we collect when it’s our program and paying rent. The club must pay rent ($60 per night) during the off-peak months. As a result, we rarely collect enough fees to cover the rent.
The end result of this arrangement is that our club’s year-end cash balance has gone from a positive $1,350 at the end of 2010 to a positive cash balance of only $800 at the end of 2014. Cost increases over this five year period include gym rental ($45 per night to $60 per night or +33%) and USATT club dues ($50 per year to $75 per year or +50%). If this trend continues, we will be “bankrupt” in a couple of years.
The club’s Board of Directors (John Eppley, Chris Karrasch and Ivan Kerns) have made a decision to move away from the Carlisle Parks & Recreation program and pay rent for the full 36 weeks that we play. This will enable us to control our own destiny. We plan to modify the nightly fees to $5 per person, regardless of where you live. That way, everyone pays the same amount for the same amount of playing time. We hope this does not deter the residents that currently attend. Where else can you go and pay only $5 for nearly three hours of good exercise and fun. In 2014, we averaged only 0.6 residents per night versus 12.5 non-residents per night. As a result, most of us are already paying $5 per night.
In the long run, we feel this new arrangement will reverse the current downward trend in cash flow. We may have to get creative and advertise the club better. We welcome any ideas or suggestions.
The Carlisle Parks & Recreation program ends on March 27th (this Friday). Starting in April, we must call the Carlisle Parks & Recreation (second Monday of every month at 8:00 AM) to reserve the gym for the following month. As a result, we may not be the first ones to call in, so we may not get all the Friday nights we want. We will do everything we can to reserve the gym for each Friday. We will try to keep you informed via eNewsletter as to our schedule each month. The next time we play will be Friday, April 10th. At that time, the new fee structure will go into effect ($5 per person).
In addition, beginning in April, we will not be permitted in the gym until 7:00 so we lose our set up time. If we can get more volunteers to show up at 7:00, set-up will go a lot faster. We need to be cleaned up and out of the gym no later than 10:00.
Hopefully you understand why we are making these changes. We welcome any comments you may have.
John, Chris and Ivan