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

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Notice the Trends

Learn to Maximize Your Tournament Performance

In tournaments, do you notice any trends to your wins and losses?  You must be like a detective and figure out why.  Figure out if there is anything that you can possibly do to fix these losses. 
For example, do you usually start off playing poorly on your first 2-3 matches?  If so, then why?  Possibly because you don’t have the proper warmup.  When you arrive at a tournament do you warm-up physically and mentally?  Do you do some light footwork?  Serve practice?  Blocking?  Games?  If your warm-up isn’t up to par, then you will naturally start off poorly.  But you might say, I’m just not a morning person!  Well, there are 2 things that I can recommend.  #1 Stop playing morning events; just sign up for afternoon events… or  #2 Start training in the morning.  Wake up at 7am and do an early-morning session prior to going to work.
Do you usually start off playing great and then play poorly at the end of the tournament?  Then your endurance and/or concentration need work.  Work on your conditioning and work on training and playing matches with quality even when you are tired.  If you work hard to make it to the final of the u2000 and you are on your 20th match of the day, you definitely don’t want to run out of steam at that moment!
As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, you must be like a detective.  Figure out what you need to do to perform well, every player is different.
Some players need 6 hours of sleep before a tournament, some need 10. 
Some players need rest before a tournament, some need 4 hours of practice. 
Some players like to use new rubber, some players like 6 month old rubber. 
Some players like to play many events, some players like to focus on just 1 event per day.  You need to know what works best for you.  Once you understand and have a plan, it will be much easier for you to perform well in tournaments and reach your highest potential!