1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures
The Paddle Palace Ohio League here in Akron is now growing bigger and bigger each week. We have recently had players from Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, and Canton compete. Regardless if you live in Ohio or not, we would love to have you come.
USATT has a new referee...
Congrats to Blake Cottrell for being the first person in the last decade to get a perfect score on the USATT Written Referee Test and Draw! The Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy is proud to have such a competant person running all of our USATT Tournaments and other area events! Blake really does so much to help us promote the sport here in Ohio - and we thank him for his service!
I have recently written 2 controversial articles about upsetting higher rated players in table tennis. What is the correct mindset? Going for broke or playing normal? In the blog, I have included both articles and a summary of how to harmonize them together to have the best possible result.
When coaching 5-6 year old kids, about 50% of your time should be on fun drills and 50% of your time should be on structured training.
When coaching more serious players, about 5% of your time should be on fun drill and 95% of your time should be on structured training.
Unless they are developing bad habits, fun drills can also be a means of improvement by adding more dexterity and more concentration!
Denethi Wijigunawardana is the 2017 College Regional Champion and current the #1 female player in Ohio. Last year, she won the largest event in USATT history at the US Nationals - the u2100 event with over 250 players. Many 4-star tournaments don't have 250 players, let alone 1 single event having that many players. Blocking and smashing and smashing and blocking, she powered through the competition winning most of her matches easily 3-0 to capture the title.