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

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Shut-Up and Just Play

...Or call an umpire?

 
 
 
 
In the US, most tournament matches are not umpired.  However, you can request an umpire if there is a problem.  So when should you seek help from a tournament official?  You should get help when your opponent is getting an unfair advantage from something like his serve. 
 
Get an umpire if…
1. Your opponent is throwing the ball into the racket and getting an unfair advantage
2. Your opponent is hiding the ball and getting an unfair advantage

Tournament Day Reminders

8 simple things to think about...

 
 
 
Many of my recent coaching articles have been quite long!  Sometimes, I feel that shorter summary articles are better because the key points are easier to remember and apply.  In this article, I'm going to highlight 8 quick reminders that you should consider on the day of a tournament...
 
1. Watch your opponent in a prior match and study his style, his serve, and his serve return.  Before beginning a match, also make sure to check his racket.
 

4 Mental Tricks

Pre-Match Preparation

 
 
 
 
 
Many tournament matches are won or lost based on your mental approach going into the match.  There are 4 simple mental tricks that I would like to teach you…
 
Nandan Effect…

Investigating, Implementing, Performing

Developing a Tournament Goal

 
 
 
 
 
Investigating, Implementing, Performing
Developing a Tournament Goal
 
 
One year at the US National Team Trials, I was leading 3-2 against ***Mark Hazinski and leading 9-3 in the 6th game.  After a series of aggressive mistakes by me, he closed the gap 9-8.  I simply pushed and blocked the next 2 points to win the match 11-8 in the 6th.  Walking off the court, my coach said, “I would rather have you lose the match than to win it like that.”  I replied, “The goal was to win.”
 

Making Peace with the Edge

Learn to deal with half-long balls...

 
 
 
The score was 9-9 in the final game, your opponent served a half-long serve to your backhand, you thought that the serve was long enough to loop, but it wasn’t.  With a full backswing, you looped right into the table!  Ouch!  As blood began to gush from the back of your hand, you wondered to yourself how this could have been prevented.  In this article, I’m going to give you ten tips on how to make peace with the edge of the table.
 
1. Move both feet properly into position

Serve & Return

Serving
Improve both your serve and serve return!

The #1 topic in table tennis is serve & return. This week, I decided to feature some of my videos. Regardless if you are developing a new serve or just perfecting an old favorite, I would highly recommend that you take a minute and check out these videos...

9 Aspects of Blocking

Blocking Summary

 
 
 
 
In table tennis, blocking is one of the most under-developed skills for offensive players.  If you learn to position his body correctly and contact the ball at the preferred timing, then it is also easier to learn other skills like counterlooping.  In this article, I'm going to briefly outline 9 aspects that you must consider when perfecting your block.  Check out this short list and see how you are doing...
 
Timing

The Perfect Stroke?

Take a "4-QUESTION-TEST" to see if you have perfect strokes...

During tournaments, I hear many players commenting about various strokes…
“He has good strokes!”
“His strokes are wrong!”
“How does he have a 2000-rating with strokes like that?”
“His loop is very smooth!”
“He won the tournament, but he doesn’t have the best strokes.”
“His strokes are old-school!”
“Wow, his strokes flow nicely together!”
 

The Thief on the Cross

Read a short Bible passage from Luke 23

 
 
Today, I was pondering the Bible passage about Jesus on the cross as recorded for us in Luke 23.
 
 

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