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

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Forehand Tips

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Advice to Coaches

Type A, Type B, Type C

Advice to Coaches
Each year, I write one article directed to coaches.  For my 2018 article, I’m only going to give one piece of advice.  But before I give it, I’m going to build some context. 
Most table tennis players believe that there are two types of coaches – type A and type B.  It is true, that 99% of the coaches that I personally have met fall roughly into one of these categories.  Today, I’m going to present type C. 
Type A

Weekly Classes

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We are now accepting more students for our weekly mini-group classes (2-5 students per class). If you would like to join, just send me a personal e-mail and I'll get you signed up. The cost is $250-$350 per season of classes.

7 weekly events at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy
High Performance Training
Intermediate Group Training
Beginner Junior Group Training
Beginner Adult Group Training
Private lessons
Open Club Play
Paddle Palace Ohio League

400 Coaching Articles

10 Years of Full-Time Coaching

During the last 10 years of full-time coaching, I have written around 400 coaching articles.  These articles are now tagged and somewhat organized by topic.  Check out the full listing and read the articles of your choice.  Check them out here -

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Coaching DURING the Game

Learn the 3 Basic Types

Coaching DURING the Game
The new ITTF rule allows for coaching during the match.  There are 3 basic types – encouragement, informative, and secretive.
For the most part, encouragement like “Come on”  “This point”  “Good shot” “Keep fighting”  these were usually allowed under the old rule.  It is good for coaches to continue encouraging the players.  The type and amount of encouragement will differ greatly from player to player.

Best of 2016

Re-Watch the Action

Bluetooth Coaching Update

Hear the Latest News

We recently heard back from ITTF that, YES, Bluetooth Coaching is now legal under the USATT and ITTF rules.  The Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy will be moving forward with the idea using it in leagues and tournaments to best prepare our players for the US Nationals in July!  One important point to remember is that communication is only allowed between points and it is NOT allowed during the point.
Video examples and tips about bluetooth coaching will be available soon.
Check back within the next few weeks!

The Talent Trap

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset

The Talent Trap
By Jim Thompson
Carol Dweck of Stanford University, Author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, has identified 2 distinctly different mindsets of most coaches – the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

The Tactical Mindset

Post-Tournament Analysis

     Just like any other table tennis skills, developing a tactical mindset takes discipline.  As I work through the various styles over the coming weeks and teach you how to play against various opponents, I want you to understand that you too can think of your own tactics.  I’m not very smart, I’m just an average guy.  However, I do spend quality time thinking.  You too can develop this same discipline.


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