Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 - 2018 USATT Coach of the Year
 

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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

Mental vs Physical

ONLINE POLL

 
 
At the world class level, is table tennis more mental or physical?
Facebook Poll
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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.

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