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

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Table Tennis Mental Test

Take the Quiz then Watch the Video!

 

Mental Test
By Coach Samson Dubina
Rate Yourself 0-10 On Each Question
 
 
 
First, take the 10-question test!
Next, watch the video!

 

 
 
#1 YOU ARE NOT SWAYED BY THE LEVEL OF THE COMPETITION
As you walk into the tournament, you see that you have a terrible draw playing against the worst matchups possible throughout every event, how do you respond?
 
Rate Yourself 1-10 here____________
-Give yourself a 9 or 10 if you feel the excitement of the challenge and are ready to do your best
-Give yourself a 6 or 7 or 8 if you sometimes feel the excitement of the challenge and are ready to do your best
-Give yourself a 1-3 if you complain to others about the worst draw ever!
-Give yourself a zero is you just default and leave
 
 
 
#2 YOU ARE HONEST
When the opponent hits an edge ball that no one sees, how do you respond?
 
Rate Yourself 1-10 here____________
-Give yourself a 6-10 if you call it and refocus for the next point
-Give yourself a 1-5, if you call it but keep complaining about it throughout the match
-Give yourself a 0, if you don’t call it and just take the point
 
 
 
#3 YOU HAVE GREAT TACTICAL ANALYSIS
As you continue playing the match, are you able to understand what is working against the opponent?
 
Rate Yourself 1-10 here____________
-Give yourself a 7-10 if you can recall all the serves and receives and things that worked and didn’t work and you trust your ability to make tactical adjustments as needed
-Give yourself a 2-6 if you can recall about half of the serves and shots and somewhat understand what is happening
-Give yourself a solid zero if you can’t remember anything that is happening
 
 
 
#4 YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
When things aren’t going your way, how do you respond?
 
Rate Yourself 1-10 here____________
-Give yourself a 6-10 if you look to find solutions to the problems
-Give yourself a 4 or 5 if you feel that you are average in this category
-Give yourself a 0-3 if you keep making excuses about lucky balls or playing conditions or under-rated opponents
 
 
 
#5 YOU HAVE A DEVELOPING MINDSET
When you miss a shot in training or competition, how is your reaction?
 
Rate Yourself 1-10 here____________
-Give yourself a 7-10 if you take your time and focus on the solution
-Give yourself a 4-6 if you just rush into the next point without any feeling or solution
-Give yourself a 0-3 if you complain or criticize or show anger without calming down before starting the next point
 
 
 
#6 YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF THE TIME BETWEEN POINTS
How much time do you take between points and are you using your time well for your best performance?
 
Rate Yourself 1-10 here____________
-Give yourself an 7-10 if you intentionally vary the amount of time between points and are giving yourself reminders of what you do best
-Give yourself a 5 or 6 if you are average
-Give yourself a 0-4 if you always rush yourself to the next point
 
 
 
#7 YOU ARE A TEAM PLAYER
How is your attitude towards your training partners, teammates, and friends?
 
Rate Yourself 1-10 here____________
-Give yourself a 7-10 if you try to have a positive word of encouragement always ready
-Give yourself a 3-6 if you usually encourage 1 person per week
-Give yourself a 1-2 if you just ignore everyone
-Give yourself a 0 if you always have negative comments for everyone and enjoy putting others down
 
 
 
#8 YOU TRUST YOUR SKILLS AND YOUR PLAYING SYSTEM
As you begin each match, do you have a solid game plan for what serves, receives, and shots you do best?
 
Rate Yourself 1-10 here____________
-Give yourself a 5-10 if you have a solid plan of how you play best
-Give yourself a 2 or 3 if you have no idea if you can do anything well
-Give yourself a 0-1 if you just don’t care and don’t try
 
 
 
#9 YOU REALIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR COACH
When your coach gives you advice, how much of it do you remember long term?
 
Rate Yourself 1-10 here____________
-Give yourself a 9-10 if you write down key points, review your notes, ask questions, and give daily feedback to him for how you are implementing these points in practice and matches
-Give yourself a 4-8 if you look at the coach while he is talking, ask questions, and remember 50% of what he taught you
-Give yourself a 0-3 if you disrespect the coach and don’t really pay attention
 
 
 
#10 YOU HAVE A LONG-TERM PERSECTIVE
When you are mapping out your training plan for the year, how dedicated are you to making long term goals and long term progress?
 
Rate Yourself 1-10 here____________
-Give yourself a 7-10 if you have good aspirations, make a detailed plan, and arrange your schedule to make it happen
-Give yourself a 4-6 if you have some training plans
-Give yourself a 0-3 if you have no training plans
 

 

 
You should have a single number for each of the 10 items.  Now, add the 10 numbers together for your total score.  Check below to see how your mental game is at currently.

 

 
 
 
95-100 NAH! This is probably not accurate – take the test again and be honest this time.
 
81-94 ASTOUNDING! You have a world class mind (continue implementing the mental skills in the video).
 
71-80 NICE! You are really thinking in the right direction – keep up the great mental game.
 
31-70 OK! You have an average mental game with some good thoughts.
 
11-30  IMPROVEMENT NEEDED!  For the next 2 weeks, you should watch this video everyday and make a solid plan on how to implement all 10 principles.
 
0-10 WOW!  You really need to get some mental help.
 
Now check out the video:

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