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

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Strategic Ball Placement

Learn the Fastest Way to Improve Your Game!

The Fastest Way to Improve
 
     If you would like to improve your game 50-100 points in the near future, focus on improving your ball placement.  To make stroke changes, it takes persistent coaching over an extended period of time.  However, if you can take the strokes that you currently have and improve your placement, then you should see instant progress.

Ping Pong Shows Across Northeast Ohio!

Samson and Scott Tour Ohio Promoting the Sport!!!

Samson Dubina and Scott Preiss will be promoting table tennis in area schools with interactive, high energy shows.  Spectators in the audience can challenge the champs to win free rackets, free table tennis dvds, and other prizes.   Here is the compete listing of shows...
 
Monday, February 24th
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
 
Tuesday, February 25th
St. Vincent Elementary
Hoban High School
The House of the Lord Gymnasium 7pm (This show is open to the public)
 
Wednesday February 26th
Chagrin Falls Middle School

Effective Stroke Practice

Learn what you should be practicing!

Written By Professional Coach Richard McAfee
I often see players spending large amounts of practice time working on a single stroke that they wish to improve.  Most often this involves hours of executing the stroke over and over and in conjunction with simple footwork drills.  After all this work, the athlete is often disappointed to find that during competition that the same well-practiced stroke breaks down.  Why does this happen, because the practice they have been doing does little to link the stroke to the rest of the player’s game.

Mental Strategies - Part 13

You are a loser!

 
If you are a tournament player, shaking off a loss will be one of the biggest hurdles that you need to jump.  This entire article can be summed up in 1 sentence…
 
Stop the excuses, admit you lost.  
 
After admitting to yourself that you lost that match and it was your fault, you will then be able to clearly think why you lost and you will learn from your mistakes.  If you continue to make excuses, then you won’t change, you won’t improve, and you will keep losing.
 

Mental Strategies - Part 12

Learn How to Become a World Class Player!

 
Question:            Samson, how can I improve my mental game?
 
Answer:               Choose a level-headed, world-class player and copy him.
 
When studying this elite athlete there are several things that you should be looking for.
 
Attitude During Training

A Unique Coaching Method

Learn questions that you should be asking yourself everyday!

During a private lesson at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy, I usually ask my student about 20-30 questions.  So why do I ask them questions?  Aren’t I getting paid to answer questions?  For example, if a student keeps looping my push into the net, I will ask him…
A. Why is your backhand loop continually going into the net?
B. Were you watching my racket?
C. Did you read the amount of spin that I put on the ball?
D. If I give you the same push again, what will you do differently?

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
Watch this video!!!

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...
 

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