Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 - 2018 USATT Coach of the Year
 

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Tournament Tough

Becoming a Mental Giant

Because many of you will be playing in the Newgy Cincinnati Open this weekend, I thought that I would summarize some of the mental strategies that I’ve been writing about over the last 8 months.  Here are some things that you must remember…
 
1. Watch your opponent in a prior match and study his style, his serve, and his serve return.  Before beginning a match, also make sure to check his racket.
 

The Unknown Day

Bible Passages of the Week

Acts 17:30-31
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.
                            
No one knows the day or hour of His coming.
 
Matthew 24:36-27

Finding The Right Balance

Read About 5 Aspects of Training

Most club players can’t train 40 hours per week due to family commitments, school, job, etc…  However, most players can dedicate around 10 hours per week to improve.  For my personal students, I ask them to work hard to produce the best possible 10 hours that they can do.  I ask them to do 4 hours of matches, 1 hour of serving practice, 1 hour of physical training, 1 hour of video analysis, and 3 hours of training with the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 robot.
 

The Statistics

Read Interesting Table Tennis Facts

At a professional tournament, statistics were taken for the length of the rallies.  These statistics are fairly common across the board for all levels but differ based on game-style.
 
On average…
12% of serves are not returned
18% of points are won on the 2nd ball
26% of points are won on the 3rd ball
13% of points are won on the 4th ball
11% of points are won on the 5th ball
6% of points are won on the 6th ball
4% of points are won on the 7th ball
10% of points are won after the 7th ball
 

Dear Tournament Participant

Important info for the Newgy Cincinnati Open

Dear Tournament Participant,
 
Thank you for entering the Newgy Cincinnati Open!  Your participation is what makes this event possible. There are several news items that I would like to share with you...
 
#1 Player Listing
Please check the list and make sure that you are entered in the correct events http://omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=102&r=91&h=  If you know someone else who has mailed the form and is not on the list, please have them contact me asap.
 
#2 Payment

Learn WHAT?

Maximizing Your Tournament Performance

 
 
In order to maximize your performance, it is important that you learn how to win and that you learn how to lose?
 
You might be thinking to yourself, “Samson, if you saw me at the last tournament, then you would say that I already have enough experience losing!!!”
 
Actually, that’s not what this article is about…
 
This article is about the post analysis of a match.  Sitting down in the bleachers after an awesome win and knowing what to do next.  OR…   Sitting down in the bleachers after a terrible loss and knowing what to do next.

The Perspective

Does the Bible mention table tennis?

Bible Verse of the week
 

1Timothy 4:8  For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
 
I am training very hard to reach my table tennis goals, and I really believe that it is a good thing.  However, I must keep the right perspective that tt is temporary.  Serving and loving God has major spiritual benefits in this life and also in the life to come. 
 
 

 

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.”
 

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