Archive for July, 2013

More Benefits of Table Tennis: It’s Good for Hand-Eye Coordination

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Hand-eye coordination is a skill that requires you to match the control of your eye movement with that of your hand movement, using visual input as a guide. Hand-eye coordination is a skill used in everyday life for everything from driving a vehicle to using the mouse on your computer, and it is a skill that can be developed and improved throughout life. That skill, however, tends to decline if we don’t use it regularly.

There are many sports and activities that can help you improve your hand-eye coordination. If you feel that your hand-eye coordination is not at its best, one of the best things you can do to improve that skill is to play table tennis. Because table tennis is a fairly rapid-paced game that requires you to use visual stimulus to respond quickly enough to hit the ball, it is a great way to improve that skill.

Other activities that can help you improve your hand-eye coordination include juggling, playing catch, tennis and racquetball (or even just hitting the ball against the wall). However, we think playing table tennis is one of the most enjoyable ways to improve the skill, improve your reaction times and increase your ability to concentrate.

If table tennis is the game you’d like to have around for hand-eye coordination (as well as tons of fun), we have a number of tables in stock, including a couple of tables designed to be used outside, such as the Butterfly Outdoor Playback Rollaway Table Tennis Table. These tables are weather proof and sturdy, offering you a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather while also being active and social. And if you can’t find anyone to join you for a table tennis match, the JOOLA iPong Table Tennis Training Buddy can help you improve and maintain your hand-eye coordination.

Table Tennis – It’s more than Just a Basement Pastime

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Table tennis has been around for at least a couple of hundred years. The game was first played in England as a simply parlor gam in the late 1800s. Rumor has it that the game was actually invented by British officers stationed in India and was initially played using books as both racquets and nets. A golf ball was used for play.

What was once considered a parlor game is now a serious competitive sport requiring strategy and lightning-fast reflexes. The game can be played by two or four players who take turns volleying the ball back and forth. The ball can only bounce once on a player’s side before being returned. Professional and serious players are experts at putting “spin” on the ball so that it will be more difficult to predict where the ball will land.

Table tennis rules and regulations are governed by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), which has existed since the early 1900s and now has more than 200 member associations. Table tennis has been an Olympic sport since the 1980s, with men’s, women’s and team events. China has dominated Olympic table tennis competition since its inclusion, with the exception of an Olympic gold-medal win by Sweden’s Jan-Ove Waldner in 1992 and a silver-medal win in 2000.

Playing table tennis is a fun way to get active, whether or not you’re trying to make the Olympic team. The next summer Olympics, in 2016, will be held in Rio, so it might be worth brushing up on your skills. JOOLA is the official table sponsor of the ITTF, and we have a competition grade JOOLA Duomat table in stock and ready for you to polish your spin.




A Recipe for Backyard Party Success

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

It is the height of summer, and one of the best things about the warm weather is the ability to play and relax outside until late into the evening, sharing time with your friends and family. If you’re planning a get-together this summer, whether it’s a family reunion or a simple gathering of your favorite people, we have the recipe for your backyard party success.

Start with Great Food

Keep it simple with burgers and hot dogs. And you can make room on the grill for more burgers by investing in this Paragon Dog Hut hot dog steamer. You can load your hot dog steamer with a variety of hot dogs or sausages – up to 200 of them! That should keep your family and guests satisfied for the duration of your event.

Burn off the Burgers

Do you think that billiards and table tennis are just indoor sports? Think again! We have outdoor tables for pool, table tennis and foosball that will have everyone on their feet, burning calories and having fun. These tables are designed to withstand weather and provide you with years of backyard fun. Whether you host a table tennis tournament or just play a casual game under the stars, you can turn your back yard into an extended game room.

End the Night on a Sweet Note

As the sun sets, light the fire pit and serve toasted marshmallows and s’mores for dessert. With the stars overhead, the crackle of the fire and contentment all around, your backyard party will be the hit of the neighborhood. At eFamilyFun, we believe disconnecting from our digital world and spending time with friends and family is critically important, and a backyard party is a great way to reconnect with those people most important to you.

Banish Summer Boredom

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Your kids are out of school and have been enjoying summer break for a few weeks. While they would never admit that they miss school, they are definitely feeling squirrely these days. If you don’t want your kids to spend all day turning their minds to mush watching TV and playing video games, you can suggest some fresh air fun and movement with some of these great finds:

Outdoor Billiards

If you love shooting pool but don’t want to be locked away in your man cave or game room, the Playcraft Extera is an outdoor table, with a weatherproof play field and a UV-resistant billiard cloth. It comes with cues, billiard balls, a plastic triangle, cue chalk and a PVC cover – everything you need to enjoy one of your favorite indoor games outside.

Outdoor Table Tennis

The Killerspin MyT5 is especially constructed for outdoor table tennis play. Table tennis is great fun for the whole family and a perfect way to tempt your kids out of the house and get them moving. Whether you’re having a back yard barbecue or the kids just need something to do besides sit in front of the TV, this is a great option. Host a back yard table tennis tournament and serve snow cones to make it even more fun!

Outdoor Foosball

The Garlando G500 outdoor foosball table is a perfect choice for your backyard but also for neighborhood parks, campgrounds and other outdoor gathering areas. Since it’s constructed of waterproof materials, it can be used in any kind of weather. You’ll have to beg your kids to come inside!

And if you’re looking for old-school fun for your family, we have a variety of lawn games, including shuffleboard, Pillo Polo, and croquet. There is definitely something for everyone at eFamilyFun to keep you and your family off the couch and on your feet, while you are enjoying the summer sun!