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

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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.
 

Doubles

Make a Good Choice

When starting a doubles match, the servers and receivers are chosen just like in singles.  One pair hides the ball, and the other pair guesses which hand that the ball is in.  If you choose correctly, I would recommend choosing to receive serve, not to start with the serve.  So why should you choose to receive?
 

The Good News of Jesus Christ - Part 8

The Good News of Jesus Christ
Learn the First and Greatest Commandment

Matthew 22:34-40
But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Thinking Ahead

Playing at an Elite Level Starts by Thinking at an Elite Level

 
This year, set some high goals in table tennis and work consistently to reach these goals.  Look ahead to the competition 200-rating points ahead of you and think about your previous matches against them in tournaments.  What shots worked?  What shots didn’t work?  Did you need to alter your strategy?
 

Beating a Seemiller-Grip Player

Learn 8 Key Points to Improve Your Game Strategy

Here in the Midwest, the Seemiller grip is fairly common among older players.  There are 3 different versions of the grip, but we won’t go into the details about the grip itself.  We will look more closely at the strategy against these players.
 

Akron Table Tennis Club

Thursdays and Saturdays (time change)

The Akron Table Tennis Club is now meeting on Thursdays from 5pm-8pm and Saturdays from 5pm-8:30pm.  Occasionally, the club is closed.  If you would like to be put on the e-mail loop for the club open/closings, please e-mail or call Pastor Taylor taylor@thotl.org or 330-414-8253.
 
 

Arnold Table Tennis Challenge

Entry form now available

The Arnold Table Tennis Challenge
February 28 - March 2
Columbus Ohio
2-star USATT Sanctioned Tournament
Increased Prize Money
 
 
 
click below for entry form:
http://rockfordttc.com/uploads/2014_Arnold_Entry_UTI.pdf

Devastate Your Opponent

Learn How to Build Your Confidence!

In table tennis, try your best to build an early lead in points, try your best to win the first game, try your best to win the match 3-0. 
 
One of my students recently lost to a player who had an amazing forehand and a terrible backhand.  This opponent’s forehand was at least 1900-level and his backhand was around 800-1000 level.  After losing, I asked my student why he played so many balls to the forehand.  He responded by saying, “Well, I didn’t want my opponent to know that I knew his weak point.”  What a terrible way to lose a match. 
 

Genesis 1-2

Read About the Story of Creation

Genesis 1-2
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

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