RUGGELL – Shortly before the summer holidays, the young players of the Ruggell table tennis club still had to take the “final exam”. This is not a classic school exam, but rather the SwissPing step tests.
SwissPing is a concept developed by Swiss Table Tennis to measure the development of table tennis players, comparable to, for example, the swimming badge or the Sternli tests in figure skating. The test is divided into several stages that are intended to guarantee optimal development. The juniors, under the direction of J+S manager Simon Öhri, have prepared themselves conscientiously for the tests by means of appropriate training content.
Thus, before the end of the season, a total of seven young people from the TTC were able to successfully complete the first stage of SwissPing and are therefore entitled to wear the SwissPing shirt. Two other juniors, namely Vitalis Römer and Lukas Haberkorn, passed the second stage and thus also received the “White Ball” award. Vitalis Römer also achieved the feat of passing both stages with maximum points. “I’m proud of my juniors. I trembled a little with one or the other because she took the preparation a little too easy. But in the end everyone had reason to celebrate,” said the Ruggell club coach.
In autumn 2022, the next level tests for the Ruggeller are due, but the youngsters have now really earned the summer break.