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

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Lucky Loser

Learn a term that the pros use

If you have ever played a world pro tour event, you are probably familiar with the term “lucky loser”.  So what does it mean? 
 
A lucky loser is a player who loses in an event but still advances due to an opening in the draw.  For example, if there are 152 players entered in one pro tour event, there might be 32 players seeded into the single elimination and 120 players competing in round robin groups.  There would be 30 groups of 4 players per group with the winners advancing to meet the 32 seeded players. 
 

The Good News of Jesus Christ - Part 12

The Gospel of Jesus Christ
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This morning, I was meditating on the fact that the Bible says that God justifies the ungodly.  Many people think that they can earn their way to heaven by being good, by not committing any felonies, or by being a good husband or a good wife or a good father or a good mother.  They think that surely God will see their good deeds and be satisfied.

What Should I say?

Three Things

Encouraging and coaching fellow club members at tournaments is one of best aspects of a competition.  In this article, I’m going to outline how to coach another player between games.  If I were coaching a friend or student, here is what I might possibly say.
 
Good game – you ended strong with a nice comeback. 

World Class Player Coming to Ohio!

Wang Zhen (rated 2815) just confirmed his entry to the Newgy Akron Open!

Wang Zhen just finished competing in the ITTF Grand Finals!  Ranked #65 in the world, he is wrapping up his world tour.  As he travels back to North America, he will stop in Ohio to compete in the Newgy Akron Open.  Please plan to attend!
 
If you have never attended one of our events....here is some info that you might want to know...
 

Cross-Training

Learn 44 New Exercises that will BOOST your table tennis game!

 
At your level in table tennis, fitness might not seem very important.  However, if you want to improve 2-3 levels, fitness will become an important aspect of your game.  Prepare for improvement!  Avoid injuries!  Increase your speed!  Boost your endurance!  At the end of every training session, do 20-30 minutes of intense physical training focusing mainly on foot speed, core strength, stability, and balance.  

Mental Strategies - Part 11

Earned, Never Given

 
You have often heard the Marines say, “Earned, never given!”
 
This is the same mindset and you should have in table tennis. 
When you serve a fast, surprise serve, you are planning for your opponent to return and you are planning to win the rally.
When you loop with your powerful forehand, you are expecting your opponent to return it and you are expecting to loop multiple balls in order to win the rally.
When you push deep and fast to your opponent’s wide forehand, you are expecting a soft opening that you can counterloop.
 

Make a Plan

Written By Richard McAfee

One of the most difficult skills for the average player to learn is match strategy.  There are several reasons for this.
1.    It requires the ability to focus on what your opponent is doing.  This can be difficult when your own strokes are not sound. 
2.    It requires a lot of experience to realize what strategies work against different styles. 
3.    Finally, it is hard to fine much in writing regarding match tactics.  This is largely due to the complexity and individuality of the issue.

Modern Table Tennis Styles

Written By ITTF Coach Richard McAfee

Modern Table Tennis Styles
By Richard McAfee
USATT Certified National Coach
 
 

Improving Long-Term

What should I be working on this year?

During the first lesson with a new student, I often ask the following question,
“Which areas of your game are you trying to improve long term and what measures are you taking to improve those areas?” 
They usually respond with a short reply like…
“I’m working on losing this fat belly.”
Or
“I’m just trying to perfect my forehand, that’s all I care about.”
Or
“I just want a serve that no one can return.”
Usually their answers are very short and not detailed.  They want to improve, but don’t have a plan.
 

Mastering Blocks

Written By Coach Richard McAfee

McAfee’s Mechanics
Mastering Blocks
By: Richard McAfee, Joola Sponsored Coach and USATT Hall of Fame Inductee
While not as flashy as topspin attacks and kills, few strokes are more important to your success as a player than the often under-appreciated block stroke.  The basic “control” block is one of the very first strokes that all players learn and then unfortunately, many players stop developing and improving this core technique. 

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