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

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USATT Article

Read an article from the next issue of the USATT Magazine

The Newgy Akron Open set the record for the largest tournament in NE Ohio during the last 10 years.  Leading the pack of 96 players was Wang Zhen (rated 2822) who just return from training in China and Germany.  The 2-day event began on Friday with warm-up events and concluded Saturday with the Giant Round Robin events.

Ohio Circuit

Any level player can earn CASH from participating in Ohio Circuit Tournaments!

2014 Ohio Table Tennis Circuit is for players from any state or country for four tournaments located in Ohio: (1) Arnold 
Table Tennis Challenge; Columbus, OH, March 1-2; (2) Akron Open; Akron, OH, March 21-22; (3) Cincinnati Open; Cincinnati, 
OH May 9-10; and (4) Newgy Open, Akron, OH, September 26-27. See Circuit Rules below. 
 
 
Circuit Rules: 
Division 1 is for USATT rating 2000 and above as of March 1 
Division 2 is for USATT rating 1999 and below as of March 1 
Division 3 is for 18 years old or younger as of January 1 
 

The Tournament Mindset

Learn the details about how to think properly!

During practice, most players focus 100% on themselves.  They think in detail about their own footwork, their own strokes, and their own serves.  They rarely consider the opponent.  In tournaments, they are mistakenly focused on themselves wondering why they can’t win.
 

Easter

Read about the witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ

 
 

Mental Strategies - Part 20

Four Steps to Tournament Success!

 
Before the start of each point, you should encourage yourself with 1-2 things such as…
“After my serve, I need to keep attacking first and rally mainly to his backhand or middle.”
“I need to keep my feet moving and stay close.”
“I need to move into position and loop his long serve, if he serves short, then I need to be ready to receive to his backhand.”
 
After the point, you should step away from the table, and give yourself a quick recap of what just happened, such as…

The Good News of Jesus Christ - Part 13

Thoughts about Easter Sunday

As Easter is just around the corner, you might be thinking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  For the Christian, it is very significant.  The resurrection proved that Jesus claimed to be who he said he was, the resurrection proved that He had and has power over death, the resurrection gives the Christian confidence that we serve a risen Savior.  
I was recently reading some thoughts about the resurrection and I thought that you might be interested in reading them as well.
 

Improvement

5 simple rules to maximizing your new skills!

 
Here are a few simple rules to improving…
 
1. Learn It
First, you need to have a clear understanding about your strengths and weaknesses.  You must also learn new information about how to improve your technique, how to improve your footwork, how to improve your strategy, and other aspects of your game.  The best way to learn it is to get professional coaching – in person or online.
 
2. Remember It

Major Event Change

Sep 26-27 tournament update

Our September tournament filled so quickly that we decided to expand the event size and rent a larger gym.  
We hope that you can attend our major event!
 
 
Sep 26-27 
same events
same entry fees
same prize money
FREE lunch and Dinner
FREE Snacks and Drinks
Address and other info will be available within 1-2 weeks
 
player listing...  http://omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=102&r=66&h=

Mental Strategies - Part 19

There are 3 things that you can control

Here are some of the attacks against your commitments; pressure thoughts about needing to win or fearing to lose, awareness of others’ expectations, other competitors’ gamesmanship, injuries, nets and edges, poor lighting and slick floors. None of the issues would matter as much to you if you weren’t striving to be something greater. However the higher your table tennis game elevates, the greater the potential for distractions that can suck the commitment right out of you like a mental game undertow.

Success in Looping Long Serves

Learn the step-by-step process

Looping serves is a bit more challenging than many players imagine.  However, if you follow the right thought process and use the right technique, then you will be on your way to major improvement.  Here are some steps…
 
1. Watch the opponent’s positioning at the table and body language to possibly see if he will serve short or long.
 
2. Next, watch his backswing, contact point, and where the ball contacts his side of the table.  At this point, you need to start adjusting your feet while keeping your hand in front.
 

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