BumperNets original concept grew out of Homer Brown’s (owner) love for table tennis. BumperNets has evolved and changed over the years, but table tennis is still one of its core values. We believe table tennis is a lifetime sport that anyone can play. It has amazing mental and physical benefits to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. (reference)
Because of the benefits, we have Coaches and Pros on staff to help everyone improve their game from beginner to pro! We offer one-on-one lessons and even group lessons to keep up the competitive spirit and foster team building. Many of our staff are past champions or medalist in many competitions and continue to compete in tournaments.
Ben Hartwiger is a Birmingham local and one of our students that is rising up to be a great player! He is a 16-year-old student at Spain Park High School with a national rating of 2139 (ranked 129th in U.S. Boys 18 & Under). His interest in table tennis started from his middle school having a table tennis program that gave him the opportunity to get connected to other players and improve his talents. He is a current member of our BumperNets Bullets 18 and under table tennis team.
Ben has recently competed at the 2016 Joola North American Team Championships at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD. He played 28 singles matches where he won 24 and lost 4. His starting rating was 2015 and ended with a rating of 2187 (a gain of 172 points).
His most recent tournament was the 2017 Aurora Cup 4-Star Tournament in Aurora, IL on January 13th through the 15th. He played 14 singles matches where he won 10 and lost 4. In the Under-2100 Singles: he won 5, lost 1 to place 3rd and win the $50.00 prize. In the Under-2200 Singles, Ben won 1 and lost 1 getting him to the quarter finals. And for the Under-2400 Singles, he won 2 and lost 1. He lost in the 5th game to a 2243 rated player. His starting rating was 2187 and ended with a rating of 2139 (a loss of 48 points).
Ben is looking forward to the 2017 Alabama Team Championships in Anniston, AL and the 2017 Butterfly Cary Cup Open in Morrisville, North Carolina. He aspires to join a collegiate team one day and pursue engineering. He encourages anyone who wants to compete and up their game to get a good coach and practice, practice, practice!
We are very proud to call Ben one of our own and will continue to support him on his journey!
If you are interested in lessons with one of our great coaches please contact us at 205-987-2222 to schedule a time.
More sources for Ben: USA Boys Invited to Japan