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

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Mental Strategies - Part 22

confidence
Learn How to Build Confidence!

 
Most of my articles deal with improvements or changes that you need to make in order to boost your table tennis level.  Changes are good and necessary, but not prior to a tournament.  If you make major changes 1-2 weeks prior to a tournament, these changes will have 2 negative effects on your game…
 

Online Magazine

The Spring 2014 USATT Magazine is Now Available for FREE

The USATT Magazine is now online!  Check it out by clicking the link below!
 
http://issuu.com/tabletennisnow/docs/usattspring2014?e=10765080/7528209

Mental Strategies - Part 23

Learn How to Hurdle Some Mental Pitfalls!

In a recent tournament, Shreyans Bafna and I were able to upset a very strong doubles team – Cheng Li (rated 2590) and Yi Chi Zhang (rated 2580).  I’m writing this article, not to brag about our win, but to show you some of the problems that they encountered.  You might encounter some of these exact same problems when playing a lower-rated opponent.
 
Problem #1 Lack of Focus

The Good News of Jesus Christ - Part 14

Learn what the Bible says about God's moral law

The reason the Jesus came to earth was to pay for our sins.  So what is sin? 
 
Sin (by definition) is - transgression of the law.  By law, it means the moral law of God, as summarily found in the 10 commandments.
 
In Romans 7:7 the Apostle Paul says, “I would not have known sin, except through the law.”
 

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.
 

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