TT Fast Format

TT Fast Format provides a structure for league matches to be completed in less than two hours.

TT Fast Format provides a structure for league matches to be completed in less than two hours, based on two-a-side teams playing five matches or three-a-side teams playing six – the same format as competitions including Veterans’ British League, Junior British League and National Cadet and Junior Leagues.

Developed in consultation with the Members’ Advisory Group and in consultation with 40 league administrators, it is being introduced in response to feedback from clubs, leagues and individuals across the country.

It is still in its test phase, so further consultation with pilot leagues will help to refine and further develop the format with the aim to ensure it is ready to be used more widely from 2022/23.

Any leagues which want to discuss TT Fast Format can contact our Adult Participation Officer, Chris Newton.

Why leagues should consider TT Fast Format

We believe that in order to secure the future of our sport, the league table tennis community needs to become more sustainable and offer its players more options.

This is based on the insight we have gathered during various surveys and consultations with the table tennis community, which suggests that a number of issues are making more traditional league set-ups harder to sustain.

Among the common issues identified are:

  • Lack of suitable venues
  • Venues closing at 10pm
  • No new teams entering leagues for several years
  • Lack of junior players in leagues
  • Lack of female players in leagues
  • Total number of players in leagues falling

TT Fast Format looks to address these issues, complementing existing league structures and offering current and new players more choice and a modern, fast-paced offer which provides them with the experience they want from a local league.

Leagues which choose to adopt TT Fast Format as part of their overall programme can expect to:

  • Offer a better experience for more members
  • Attract more junior and female players
  • Improve retention of players
  • Have more social time after matches

Current and prospective players can decide which formats would work best in their league and at their venues.

Leagues could also choose to implement a mixed solution, for example longer formats at Premier Division level and TT Fast Format in lower divisions. All formats are already available on the TT Leagues management platform.

Check out this video, which explains TT Fast Format from one club’s perspective, and download the document attached below for some ideas on how to introduce TT Fast Format in your league:


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Fast Format ideas for your league

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