Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 USATT Coach of the Year

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Mastering the Professional Serve

Watch These Video Clips!

Most players want to improve their serves, but many of them don’t know where to start.  Here is what I would recommend…
#1 Decide what serves best match your game
#2 Find a top player who serves those exact serves
Here are some sample videos…

The Good News of Jesus Christ - Part 5

The Gospel
Are you good enough to go to heaven?

In this blog posting, I’ll be sharing with you both bad news and good news! 
Are you good enough to go to heaven?  You are probably thinking to yourself… “Yes, I’m good enough!  I haven’t killed anyone, haven’t robbed any banks, and I don’t do illegal drugs.  I’m much better than many other people.”
Now let’s look at God’s standard (God’s moral law) called the 10 commandments.  If God judges you by His standard (seen below) would you make it to heaven?
Exodus 20:1-17

Advice To Coaches

Coaching Tips
12 Tips About Coaching Table Tennis!

     Since the beginning of 2008, I have been coaching table tennis for a living.  Right now, I have eighteen students ranging from 600 level to 2200 level.  In this article, I’m going to give twelve practical ways that I use to maximize my students’ potential.
Tip #1 - Goals

The Good News of Jesus Christ - Part 4

Learn What God Wants From You!

Psalm 51:6b Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being
Many people today tell me that they follow God by going to church or praying or being nice.  Those are great things.  However, God is primarily concerned with the heart.  The Bible says that man’s heart is deceitful and desperately wicked.  Even though we might live externally good lives (according to what society tells us), we were born with sinful hearts.

Tournament Food

Learn about eating, drinking, and snacking at tournaments!

Tournament Foods
I have several tips about eating at tournaments that I would like to share with you.  Apply these principles and you will be better energized for your next event.
Rule #1
Eat a good breakfast.

Mental Strategies - Part 8

The Dangers of Successes and Failures!

The Dangers of Success and Failures
You are a 1800-rated player competing at the 2014 North American Teams.  So far, you have had a great tournament with several good wins.  Your goal is to break 2000, and you need one more good win.  You are playing in the last team match of the tournament against three 2100-rated players.  Your goal is to win one match.  That’s all you need, one win.  Surely you can beat one of them.

Mental Strategies - Part 7

Find You Best State of Mind For Every Tournament!

Find Your Best State of Mind
Most club players across the US give about 70% effort during club matches while socializing, playing relaxed, and hitting great shots throughout the night.  The average club players try much much harder in tournaments and often play a much different style in tournaments.
Sometime, when I see a player at the club hit a very good shot, I will pose the question,
“Could you do that in a tournament?”
The answer nearly always come back with, “No.”
I respond with, “Why not?”

Table Tennis Quiz

Test your knowledge about current table tennis facts!

Table Tennis Quiz
1.  When did table tennis become an Olympic Sport?________
a. 1988  b. 1996  c. 2012
2.  According to the International Olympic Committee, table tennis is now the _______ sport in the world, based on total tournament players.
a. #1      b. #2      c.#3
3. Spin is the main factor that distinguishes recreational ping pong from professional table tennis.  The ball can spin up to__________ rotations per minute.
a. 78       b. 780    c. 7800

Mental Strategies - Part 6

Hesam Hamrahian
Learn to analyze your opponent in less than 10 seconds

Blog --- Mental Strategies Part IX
Think Quickly!
     In practice matches, you probably play against opponents that you feel comfortable playing against.  You understand your opponent’s basic strengths, weaknesses, serves, and common patterns.  Often, in a tournament, you will compete against a variety of styles.  From the first few points, it is critical that you quickly make a game plan then continue to readjust your game plan as the match progresses.

Mental Strategies - Part 5

Learn about the proper amount of anticipation to use

Mental Stratgies – Part VIII
Guess or Not to Guess?
     In table tennis, there are 2 aspects of anticipation.  The first is to have a reasonable guess as to where your opponent will hit the next ball.  The next aspect is watching his body position and racket angle and adjusting based on the direction of his swing.