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

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Trajectories

When do I contact the ball early? Top-of-the-bounce? Fall?

In table tennis, you can contact the ball on the rise, on the top of the bounce, or on the fall.  Sometimes beginners have difficulty controlling the spin, depth, and power because they don’t know when to hit the ball. 
 

Prepare For Disaster

What to expect...

When you serve, return serve, or hit any shot throughout a table tennis match, your opponent will have a variety of choices on how to return the ball.  You need to prepare yourself for the worst-case-scenario then adjust if he does something easier.
 

The Angles

A Good Question To Ask...

Next time that you are discussing ping pong with a recreational player, ask him the following question, “If the table tennis table is five feet wide, why is the Olympic-size court thirty-five feet wide?”   …he probably won’t have an answer.
 
Most recreational player hit the corners, but can’t hit the ball any wider.  By using spin and contacting the side of the ball on a push or loop, you can easily develop a wide shot.    If you add some sidespin to your shot, you can make it go even wider.
 

Unknown Table Tennis Rule

Discover an unusual rule in table tennis

Character must come as the highest priority in table tennis, before winning. Table tennis players must give their best at all times, yet still remain honest and have excellent sportsmanship throughout the table tennis match.

That's a Good Bible Question - Part II

What is the unpardonable sin?

That’s a Good Bible Question – Part II
What is the Unpardonable Sin?
 
There are no sins too heinous for God to forgive.  The Bible is filled with examples from cover to cover of wicked people who truly repented, trusted in Christ, and were forgiven.  The only unpardonable sin is a permanent rejection of Christ as Savior called “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.”  Let me show you what the Bible says in Matthew 12:31-32
 

Nov/Dec USATT Magazine Article

Tournament Article From Our Last Event Here in Akron

Newgy September Giant Round Robin
 
 
     Eighty-one players from 7 different states competed in the Newgy September Giant Round Robin played on 12 tables with excellent conditions, free meals, and over $2000 in cash and prizes.

Timeout!!!

Find Out the 4 Secrets About When to Call It

Picture this: You are playing the most important table tennis match of your life in the final round, crowds have gathered, big money is at stake, you are preparing to serve, the score is 9-9… should you call timeout?
The question above could be answered “YES” or “NO” depending on the circumstance. In the above situation, you should possibly call timeout if:
1. You need to consult your coach. If you are unsure on what to serve or what strategy to use, ask your coach.

Attacking First

Failure vs. Success For the Offensive Player

You have practiced your attack for months…
 
Hired a physical trainer…
 
Perfected your favorite table tennis robot drills…
 
Purchased the newest equipment…
 
Watched every table tennis video on the market…
 
Held tight to your diet…
 
Prepared mentally for your first tournament…
 
BUT failed to win a single match! What went wrong? As an offensive player, your experienced opponents were probably able to attack first.
 

That's a Good Bible Question!

Bible Question
how much work is TOO much?

“So, Samson, how many days per week should I practice?”  -That’s a good question.

Choosing a Beginner Racket

5 Things to Look For

Choosing a Beginner Racket
 
When choosing a beginner racket, there are several key elements to look for.
1. Surface
Choose a racket that has inverted rubber.  It should have sponge that is about 1.5 mm with a pips-in topsheet that is slightly grippy.
 
2. Speed
The speed should be medium-low to allow for best ball control and stroke development.
 
3. Weight
The weight should be fairly light, especially for juniors.
 
4. Approved
For tournament use, the rubber must say “ITTF Approved”. 
 
5. Type

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