Coach Samson Dubina US National Team Coach 4x USATT Coach of the Year

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Learnin' Experience

Read about 4 main keys to improvement

After a poor performance at a tournament, many players go back to the local club and justify their play by saying, “Well, it was a learnin’ experience.”  Often, when questioned what they learned, these players use very general terms like – my backhand needs work.
In order to truly turn a bad tournament into a good thing, you must learn to be specific.  I know that it is painful, but do the following 4 things:
Within 24 hours of the tournament, sit down and write out the specifics.  Write out exactly what went wrong an take time to detail each point.  This should take about 2-3 hours to complete.
Within 48 hours of the tournament, sit down and watch the video of your performance.  Be willing to really review and review until you have seen every detail.  Be willing to watch the good and bad matches.  This should take about 5-10 hours to complete.
Within 1 week, ask the advice from your friends and competitors to get their point of view.  Tell them that you want the honest truth and that you really want to use it as a learning experience.  Take notes while they are talking.  Then compare their notes with your previous notes.
Finally evaluate and re-evaluate to see if you really have made the necessary changes to improve.
Your bad tournament really CAN be turned into a learning experience, IF you are willing to dig deep to find the specific problems and are willing to work diligently to fix those problems!





Summer Camps and Major USATT Tournament (June 12-23)

We are thrilled to have two full weeks of summer camp combined with a major USATT Tournament!  Flexible?  Yes, we know that you have a busy schedule, so we are now giving 100% flexibility in which sessions you attend!  The cost is only $47 for 1/2 day training!  Come for a day, come for a week, or come for both weeks, we would love to have you come June 12-23!  
We are almost full!  Sign up today to reserve your spot!

International Summer Camps and Major USATT Tournament
Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy
June 12-23, 2023

You have 4 registration options:

  • #1 Text me 330-949-9230 and I will get you signed up
  • #2 Send a paypal payment to
  • #3 Make an online account and sign up online
  • #4 Stop by the Pro Shop today and the cool dude at the front desk will be happy to help you!

See you soon right here in Akron, Ohio!
Coach Samson Dubina