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

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Why Did You Lose?

Learn to answer the million-dollar-question

I often ask my students to analyze their tournament matches.  Our conversations often sound like this...
Samson:    "William, why did you lose to Bob?"
William:     "Because Bob is a good player."
Samson:     "Could you be more specific?"
William:     "I lost because Bob has an amazing forehand."
Samson:     "Could you please be more specific?"
William:     "Everytime Bob hit a forehand, I couldn't return the ball.  Is that specific enough?"

Tournament Results!

Check out the winners from our 4-star tournament!

I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to all the players who competed in the May 9-10th 4-star tournament...   Newgy Cincinnati Open.  Here are the results!
Open Giant RR
1st Samson Dubina
2nd Tapabrada Dey
3rd Hesam Hamrahian
4th Danny Dulkin
5th-8th Ali Khatami, Alex Averin, Seth Pech, and John Allen
U2400 Giant RR
1st Danny Dulkin
2nd Seth Pech
3rd-4th Nick Snider and Tapabrada Dey
u2000 Giant RR
1st Harsh Khandelwal
2nd Kosal Tith
3rd-4th Willians Calipo and Greg Smith

The Right Way

Learn 6 Key Aspects of Building a Solid Foundation!

Learning table tennis begins with…   starting the right way.
Before you develop many bad habits, consider hiring a professional coach to guide you on your journey.  The coach will give you the needed tools to reach a high level as well as advice on tournament, practice routines, and physical training.  It is much easier to start learning a new stroke than it is to change an old habit.
Developing solid strokes starts with…   moving the right way.

Bible Passage of the Week

A Psalm of David


23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

The Draws are Posted!!!!

Check out the upcoming matches for the May 9-10 Newgy Cincinnati Open

Here are the draws for the May 9-10 Newgy Cincinnati Open!

Sponsor Appreciation

Powering Table Tennis in Ohio

This year, we have been very blessed with many sponsors for the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy tournaments and training programs.  We would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to them!  Please support them as they continue to help us grow table tennis here in Ohio.
Newgy Robo-Pong
Wil-Cut Company
Martin & Associates

Tournament Tough

Becoming a Mental Giant

Because many of you will be playing in the Newgy Cincinnati Open this weekend, I thought that I would summarize some of the mental strategies that I’ve been writing about over the last 8 months.  Here are some things that you must remember…
1. Watch your opponent in a prior match and study his style, his serve, and his serve return.  Before beginning a match, also make sure to check his racket.

The Unknown Day

Bible Passages of the Week

Acts 17:30-31
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.
No one knows the day or hour of His coming.
Matthew 24:36-27

Finding The Right Balance

Read About 5 Aspects of Training

Most club players can’t train 40 hours per week due to family commitments, school, job, etc…  However, most players can dedicate around 10 hours per week to improve.  For my personal students, I ask them to work hard to produce the best possible 10 hours that they can do.  I ask them to do 4 hours of matches, 1 hour of serving practice, 1 hour of physical training, 1 hour of video analysis, and 3 hours of training with the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 robot.

The Statistics

Read Interesting Table Tennis Facts

At a professional tournament, statistics were taken for the length of the rallies.  These statistics are fairly common across the board for all levels but differ based on game-style.
On average…
12% of serves are not returned
18% of points are won on the 2nd ball
26% of points are won on the 3rd ball
13% of points are won on the 4th ball
11% of points are won on the 5th ball
6% of points are won on the 6th ball
4% of points are won on the 7th ball
10% of points are won after the 7th ball