When we moved into our house many years ago, we were delighted to find that the previous owners had left behind a pool table in the basement. They also left a ping pong (or table tennis) table. My kids thought it was a very thoughtful gesture, but I kind of assumed it was because they didn't want to carry 600 pounds of slate pool table up a flight of stairs, and really...who plays ping pong anymore?

It turns out that lots of people still play ping pong. As a matter of fact, leagues (co-ed and same sex) are growing and thriving in cities all over the country. A quick Google search on ping pong leagues will give you plenty of places to compete if you're so inclined.

Actress Susan Sarandon has opened multiple locations of SPiN, a ping pong social club. You can play to your heart's content, while enjoying top-notch food and drinks, in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Bottom line, if you've still got your old ping pong table, get back in the game! Or, if the table is vintage and in good condition, you may have something worth several hundred dollars just sitting around gathering dust (or laundry, in our case).

If all this info has you itching to get a paddle back in your hands, here are a few tricks you can work on to impress the other kids: