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

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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. 

Learn 4 keys to variation

Written By Coach Rich Burnside

Change-Up
Written by Coach Rich Burnside

Overcoming Emotions

Written By Roger Liu (age 12)

Too Happy or Too Sad?
 
 
Say you are winning 2-0 in a match, or 10-5. You could be pretty relaxed and thinking about the next game. Another scenario is when you are down 7-3 and thinking about how you can’t win against your opponent or thinking that he is too good. This article will address both of these scenarios and how you can focus during the match.

Tournament Tips

Written by Shreyans Bafna

The moment is here. The moment to prove that all of your hard work has paid off. I will give some tips on the things to do in the tournament which may help.

1. Arrive an hour early
It is important to arrive early so that you can become accustomed to all the aspects of the playing site. These aspects include the lighting and the floor. Also, it is necessary to warm up your strokes. Your 1st match should be treated like your last match, and therefore, you have to be ready.

The Good News of Jesus Christ - Part 11

Read the verse and watch the short video clip

 
Here is one of my favorite verses from the Bible...
 
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
 
Listen to what Pastor John MacArthurs says about this verse...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZuVt7qWO80
 

Racket Positioning

Watch the Video!

Looping Placement

Where should I be looping? Backhand? Middle? Forehand?

When looping, where should I place the ball?
Most players would answer by saying that there are 3 main locations that you should be aiming your loop at:  wide backhand, wide forehand, and at the elbow (the backhand/forehand transition point).  This is the correct answer.  In this blog, I’m going to detail when you should loop to each location for a righty playing against a righty:
 
#1 Wide Forehand

Immediate Strategy

Look for these 4 important clues!

 
 
 
When playing a tournament, you might not be familiar with your opponent.  In this blog, I am going to list a few quick things to look for in the first 30 seconds of a match.  Implement these ideals, and you will be able to immediately form a game strategy.
 
#1 Rubber

Coaching Quiz

Listen to what other coaches are saying...

I have attended many tournaments over the past 17 years and have heard many coaches give advice to their students.  In this article, I’m going to quote some coaches and tell you what they advised their students between games.  Before reading my comment below, you decide for yourself if the advice is good or bad…
 
The score was 9-9 in the final game, the coach called timeout and told his student, “Do the right thing.”
 

Promotion Video!!!

Preview the 3-Star Tournament Coming to Akron This March!

Before registering for a tournament, I would like to see the venue.  Words on an entry form can only somewhat describe the conditions.  In future years, I would love to see short promotional videos for every major event across the US.
 

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