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

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Mental vs Physical

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At the world class level, is table tennis more mental or physical?
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At the world class level, is table tennis more mental or physical?   This question has been asked many many times, and today I would like to briefly give you a few things to think about.  (Even though I’m only listing three basic aspects of each, there are actually dozens of mental and physical aspects.  I’m just listing three to give you a short sample).

Edgeball!

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One of the most exciting US tournaments is just around the corner...

Devastate the Lobber

Learn the Tactics!

 
 
 
Devastate the Lobber
 

Details of Flipping Serves

serve return
Read 8 tips!

Details of Flipping Serves
 
Flipping is one of the primary ways to return short serves.  In this article, I’m going to outline the various aspects of developing a professional flip and give some details about each aspect.
 
Reading the Spin
There are 4 primary ways to read the spin…
#1 Watch the racket movement at contact
#2 Listen to the sound at contact
#3 Read the bounce
#4 Watch for the label

Recognition

What every player needs!

Recognition

In table tennis, recognition is very important...  regardless if you are a beginner 7-year-old, senior citizen trying to make progress, or Olympic gold medalist.  Last year, I was racking my brain trying to figure out a way to feature the beginners at our weekly league.  How can I put them in the spotlight for 5 min?  How can I feature a 1500-rated play or a 500 rated player can make him the champion for the night?

Thinking...  thinking... thinking...

5 Common Ping Pong Injuries and How You Can Avoid Them

injuries
By Sam Rosario

Sam Rosario requested that I post his coaching article.  Check it out below...
 
 
5 Common Ping Pong Injuries and How You Can Avoid Them
Few people consider ping pong – also known as table tennis - to be a sport that comes with a high risk of injury.
After all, how much pain can batting around a light plastic ball really cause?
The answer to that, at least in my case is: quite a bit.

Reverse Preparation

reverse preparation
Prepare Differently This Season

 
Many table tennis athletes begin the season with refining their basic technique and working on developing a solid base for footwork and consistency with many systematic drills.  As they get closer to their peak tournament, they then begin a more tactical approach.  When they know which exact opponents they will compete against, then they begin specific tactical preparation for that exact opponent. 
 
This is good, but I’m going to propose a slightly different approach for you…
 

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September-October

 
September
Thursday, Sep 6th Fall League Begins
Monday, Sep 10th (Gym Closed for Rosh Hashana)
Thursday, Sep 13th Fall League
Monday, Sep 17th Mini-Group Classes and Open Club Play
Thursday, Sep 20th Fall League
Monday, Sep 24th Mini-Group Classes and Open Club Play
Thursday, Sep 27th Fall League
 
October
Monday, Oct 1st Mini-Group Classes and Open Club Play
Thursday, Oct 4th Fall League
Monday, Oct 8th Mini-Group Classes and Open Club Play
Thursday, Oct 11th Fall League

Lateral vs Deviation

Learn about various sidespin serves

Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder

How do you react to a loss?

 
 
 
 
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
 

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