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

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The First Tournament

Learn 2 Major Keys to Winning Your First Tournament!

Old, young, male, female, fat, skinny…  everyone wants to perform well in their first tournament.  For many players the first tournament will be a make or break event.  The first tournament can spark a desire to be the best or can douse the flame of improvement.  When a student of mine is preparing for his first tournament, I try to have him focus on 2 primary elements:  Control and Spin.

Angela Guan

Skype Student Makes History!

Congrats to skype student Angela Guan for making table tennis history!  This week, at the 2014 World Junior Championships, Angela Guan and the US Girl's Team won a bronze medal; this is the first world junior championship medal ever won by a US Team.  Keep up the good work Angela!  Best wishes in the singles and doubles competition this week!

Pips in a Nutshell

Understand your opponent's weapon

In this article, I’m going to classify all table tennis rubbers into one of three basic categories.
Grippy Inverted Rubbers
What you see is what you get.  If your opponent strokes the ball with a topspin stroke, the ball will be topspin to some degree or another.  Same principle applies to backspin or sidespin.
Recreational Rubbers, Short Pips, and Long Pips with Grip

Our Example to Follow

Bible Verses of the Week

Christ is the ultimate example of true humility.  He humbled himself to being willing to die a criminal's death on the cross to pay for my sin.
Philippians 2:3-11

New Ball and Robots...

Written by Larry Thoman

By Larry Thoman 
General Manager of Newgy Industries

2015 Midwest Circuit

Win Big Money in Every Division!

The 2015 Midwest Circuit is about to start.  
If you compete in any of the participating midwest circuit tournaments during 2015, you will be a part of the circuit.
Circuit points are gained by finishing first or second in any USATT rated event.
Prize money will be distributed as follows...
over 2000 division 1st $600  2nd $200
under 2000 division 1st $600 2nd $200
junior division 1st $600  2nd $200

Match Point!

Read some game-winning strategies...

You are playing in a tournament against a very high-rated opponent.  After a series of great points, the match is now 2-2 and you are down 9-6 in the final game.  With 4 more great points, you have gain the lead 10-9 MATCH POINT.  What should you do?
Should you play your biggest, wildest, fastest forehand possible?
Or, should you just push and block hoping not to make a mistake?

Psalm of the Week

My Heart's Desire

Psalm 27:4   One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.

International Table Tennis Skills

The exciting new DVD is now available...


The Heavyweight Champion

Learn 4 Keys to Beating This Opponent!

When playing against an overweight opponent, there are a few things that you must remember.
#1 Don’t underestimate him based on his size
#2 Realize that he probably stays very close to the table
#3 Realize that he will likely have difficulty moving in-and-out
#4 Realize that he probably uses his wrist well and can be very deceptive with his shots