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

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Weekly Schedule! Check it out!

Upcoming Events!

Thurs-Sat, Dec 26-28 Ohio Winter Camp
Fri-Sat, Feb 15-16 Presper Financial Architect Open (Major USATT Tournament)
 
Weekly Schedule
November
Mon, Nov 19 Open Club Play and Group Classes
Thurs, Nov 22 (No League - thanksgiving day)
Mon, Nov 26 Open Club Play and Group Classes
Thurs, Nov 29 Winter League begins
 
 
December

Serve Return

Read 5 Helpful Tips!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Serve Return
 
About 95% of all players say that serve return is their biggest problem.
 
#1 Strokes

Chance Friend

We Welcome Chance Friend

Chance Friend
 
Why is he developing into one of the best US coaches?  It isn’t his rating, it isn’t his US ranking, it isn’t his forehand or backhand or footwork.  It is his mind.
 
See, most top players began playing at 7 or 8 years old and the skills were developed at a young age from repetition again and again during structured training programs.  Not for Chance Friend.  He had to work through many things on his own learning skills throughout his teen years and he learned to watch pros, think for himself, and try to develop his own game.
 

Multiball Contest

table tennis multiball
Win an Awesome Prize! Anyone can win!

Multiball Contest

The Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy wants to see your multiball skills! Video record yourself feeding multiball and post it to youtube, facebook, or instagram. How many balls can you feed per minute? Send the link to Coach Samson Dubina tt@samsondubina.com. The winner will receive a dozen Nittaku Premium Balls sent directly to your house for FREE! Contest goes from Nov 10 through Nov 17. Winner will be publicly announced on Nov 19.

Dumb Questions

Read answers to some of the top questions...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here are some of the questions that my readers have been asking lately.  Some of my readers e-mail me saying, “I have a dumb question…”  Actually, these are NOT dumb questions.  These are questions that MANY table tennis players in the US are asking.  So, I decided to answer 10 of the questions today…
 
1.       Defaults
Question:  If I’m too tired to play a match and default, will I lose rating points?
Answer:  If you default before the match has started, you will not lose rating points. 
 

Bang! Bang! Bang!

Learn 3 important tips for smashing!

Read the Opponent’s Spin
All high-balls should not be smashed in the same manner.  When you see a high topspin ball, step back slightly, start your racket high, and smash forward and down.  When you see a high backspin ball, step forward, start your racket lower and the angle more open, while smashing forward and slightly up.
 
Add Spin to Your Smash
A smash with some topspin will possibly be 10% slower, but it will usually have about 50% more control.  Be consistent in smashing – add topspin!
 
Place Your Smash Correctly

More Practice

Two BAD WORDS

Two Bad Words…
 
MORE PRACTICE!
Why are they bad words? 
These 2 words seems so harmless. 
Doesn’t everyone in the US need to practice more? 
 
No, US players don’t need to ONLY practice more.  They need to have a plan of what to practice, they need details on what to focus on during practice, they need a structure to understand how their games should progress, and they need more practice in the right environment practicing the right aspects.
 

Short Push

Check out the video!

When pushing short, most players error in 1 of 2 ways. They either slice it hard with wayyyyy too much energy and the push goes deep OR they simply touch the ball and it falls off their racket. You want to push with enough energy to impart spin but look to impart only spin, not speed. This creative little exercise has helped Sarah Jalli and many others to learn the short push. Check it out!

Accommodations

Join us Dec 26-28

 
 
At the Ohio Winter Camp, we offer FREE airport transportation and FREE daily transportation from the area hotels to the venue each day.  Area hotels range from $60-$80/night.  If you want to save money, contact Samson and he will try to pair you with someone to share a room with so you only need to pay $30/night (includes breakfast).  We want to make sure that this camp is affordable for Ohio players as well as those traveling from our of state!  See you soon!
 
Ohio Winter Camp... December 26-28
All Ages - All Levels Welcome!

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

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