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

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Timeout

Samson gives coaching advice about when to call a timeout during your big games.

You are playing the most important 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?
 
This article gives some helpful tips on when to 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.
 

The Drills - Part II

Read the details of advanced robot training!

In this blog posting, I’ll be detailing robot drills 11-20 and giving some tips on how to perfect your game using these drills.  Every robot comes with FREE lessons when purchased at www.samsondubina.com
 
 
Drill #11

Tournament Photos!

400 New Table Tennis Photos from the March 22nd Newgy Akron Open!

Here are the tournament photos from the Newgy Akron Open!
 
http://cljstudios.exposuremanager.com/g/akron_newgy_open
 
I want to give a special thank you to our professional photographer (Chris Jordan) from CLJ Studios who volunteered her time to help us.  Please support her for her dedication to table tennis!
 
 
Our complete list of upcoming events can be found here:  
 

Mental Strategies - Part 18

Four Tips to Mental Victory in Duece Games!

In an average tournament, you might have around 20 games that are 9-9 or 10-10.  Your success or failure during the tournament largely rests on winning those games.  I have a few tips that will help you better win those important sets.
 
#1 Enjoy them!  You probably enjoy the rush from other things in life like roller coasters, scary movies, caffine, and other things.  If you feel a bit excited in a close game and your heart is pounding a bit harder, learn to enjoy it!  Enjoying those close games with a smile will help you to relax and play your best!
 

Bible Passage of the Week

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

The Apostle Paul Says, "And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony[a] of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.  And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not

Youth and Parents Learn Together

Take Advantage of this Great Opportunity!

Youth table tennis classes start on Tuesday, April 1st.  Every student receives a free racket and a free table tennis shirt.  With a group of 10-12 students and 3 top coaches, each student will receive plenty of instruction.  Parents are encouraged to attend and can participate for FREE!
 
I hope that you and your son or daughter will consider attending!  More info:  http://samsondubina.com/node/244
 
 

The Drills

Read the benefits of various drills!

Newgy Robo-Pong 2050
Every robot comes with FREE LESSONS when purchased through www.samsondubina.com
If you are a beginner, I would recommend starting your practice with drills 1-5.  With the spin set on TOPSPIN and the head angle set at TWO, select the drill number and begin.  If the drill is too fast, then give yourself more time between balls by adding +20% on the wait adjust.  As you progress, make it more fun and challenging by decreasing the wait adjust, giving you less time between balls.
 
Drill #1

Racket Angle

Things to think about...

By Coach Carl Hardin
 
In match competition, trust your training and let yourself play to win.
When receiving a serve or a stroked table tennis ball.
•        Your contact point on the ball is determined by your opponent’s direction of swing, blade angle and the point their blade departs from the ball.
•        Decide and visualize the point of the TT ball that you need to contact in order to stop, continue or change the spin to gain control of the point..

What Do You Fear?

Change your mind!

In this article, I would like to briefly talk about changing your mindset in regards to your opponent’s strengths. 
 
Many players fear their opponent’s strengths so much that it messes up all aspects of their game.  Instead of fearing the strength, try to use the strength against him.  I’ll give several examples…
 

Mental Strategies - Part 17

By Coach Carl Hardin

Principle #1 your mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time.
 (Action Statement for principle #1) I take control of what I picture, choosing to think about what I want to create in my life.
 
Principle #2 what you say is not important. What you cause yourself or others to picture is crucial.

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