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

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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 - http://www.samsondubina.com/news/tags

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.
 
Encouragement
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.
 
Informative

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.
 
 
Fixed

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.

Middle-Aged TT Training

By Coach Joe Ciarrochi

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Middle-Aged TT Training
By Joe Ciarrochi
 
We all know TT is widely played by a variety of people both young and old at many different levels. Most use the game as a fun activity while hanging with friends and family.
Many who've played consistently have most likely visited a club near them at one time or another where they found friendly competition as well as challenging matches.
 

Bad Strokes?

Discover the REAL Problem

 
 
 
 
Wang:  Hey Bob, how are you doing this tournament?
 
Bob:  This is the worst I have ever played!  I haven’t touched a racket for two weeks then on my first match that long-pips guys messed up my stroke and now I don’t know what to do.
 
Wang:  Well, let’s practice.
 
After the practice…
 
Wang:  Yeah, you aren’t on top of your game.
 
Bob:  My strokes are terrible, I’m just not looping the ball like I used to.
 
 
 

New Table Tennis Rule

Read the Details!

 
 
 
Dear Players,
Starting on October 1st, the ITTF rules of table tennis will be changed to permit advice between points. This rule has been tested for several years in the German professional league, and will now apply to almost all competition worldwide.
However, upon advice from various committees, the USATT Board of Directors has voted not to apply the new rule to domestic tournaments. For normal USATT sanctioned tournaments, the old coaching rule will apply; advice between points will not be permitted.

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