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

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Excuse Monsters

Learn about taking the blame

 
 
 
 
Sally:    Hi Billy, I saw that you lost that tough match out there.
 

Neglected Footwork

Learn About the 10 Situations!!!!

 

 

 

 

In-And-Out Footwork

 

 

About 99% of the time, players practice side-to-side footwork moving from forehand to backhand and backhand to forehand.  I rarely see players practice in-and-out footwork, but in fact…  these players are missing a key element of the game.  In this article, I’m going to outline 10 situations where in-and-out footwork is absolutely necessary.

 

Kids

Learn 5 reasons why your son or daughter should start playing table tennis...

   
 
 
 
     Kids love table tennis.  Even starting as young as five years old, kids love the excitement.  Many parents don’t see the benefit.  They must realize that table tennis training develops character.

Ohio Table Tennis Clubs

Find a Club Near You!

 
Here in Ohio, there are 20 table tennis clubs.  At various facilities, you can drop in a play a few games, take a private lesson, join a group class, participate in a league, play a major tournament, or possibly even purchase some equipment.  We have posted this listing so that you can find a club in your city and begin sparring against some locals.  Check out the listing...
 
 
 
Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy – Location #1
Address:              355 Hoover Ave Akron, Ohio 44312

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.

USOC Award!

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Announcement

USOC Award!

 

After receiving USATT awards in 2015, 2016, and 2017, I’m happy to announce that I have now received an award from USOC! 2018 Technology Coach of the Year!

 

As the new academy opens in the spring of 2019, we hope to continue developing the sport through the latest proven methods as well as innovative new ideas!

 

Here are some things that we have developed and are continuing to develop...

 

-Instant Video Playback System from multiple angles in slow-motion and normal speed, single view or split screen

20 Different Opponents!

This year, become a tactical tournament player!

 
 
 
 
Playing the right tactics is one of the vital keys to winning your next match.  In order to know which tactics to play, it is often helpful to label your opponent as a looper, chopper, lobber, blocker, etc.  Once you have placed him in a category, then you can begin making a game-plan.  (please realize that many playing styles overlap)
 
Check out these tactics articles on playing specific opponents:
 

Professional Table Tennis Coaches' Handbook

Check out this book

 
 
 
 
On the flight to the US Open, I enjoyed reading Larry Hodges’ book - Professional Table Tennis Coaches' Handbook.
As we open the NEW Samson Dubina Table Tennis academy this spring, we need to focus on continuing to recruit new players and retain existing players. This book did a great job of detailing both! Thanks Larry!
 
 
I would highly recommend Larry's books as well as his weekly blog. 
Check out his blog here:  http://tabletenniscoaching.com/
 

3 Tips from a 6-year-old

Check out the video!

It Ain't Piano

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Check out the NEW Article

It Ain’t Piano
By Samson Dubina
 
If you ever took piano lessons, you probably know that there is a very systematic approach for beginners.  Often there is a 30 or 60 min lesson each week.  The student is given a couple songs to perfect during the week.  When he/she goes for the lesson the following week, they will likely get those songs checked off and given new songs to play the following week.  Once you have mastered a song, then you typically don’t go back 3 years later and keep working on the same one because you have moved on…
 

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