Coach Samson Dubina US National Team Coach 4x USATT Coach of the Year
 

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The Tactical Mindset

Post-Tournament Analysis

 
 
 
 
 
 
     Just like any other table tennis skills, developing a tactical mindset takes discipline.  As I work through the various styles over the coming weeks and teach you how to play against various opponents, I want you to understand that you too can think of your own tactics.  I’m not very smart, I’m just an average guy.  However, I do spend quality time thinking.  You too can develop this same discipline.

Advice From Heather Dubina

Hear From Samson's Wife

 
 
 
Seven Ways to Boost Your Immune System
By Heather Dubina
 
With the recent covid-19 virus and the subsequent stay at home orders across the country, you might be wanting to boost your immune system as you start to get back to your normal activities, including playing table tennis!
 
1. Get plenty of rest- resting helps your body fight off infections and helps your daily performance. Sleeping for 6-8 hours replenishes and strengthens your physical body and helps you think clearly.
 

Coaching DURING the Game

Learn the 3 Basic Types

 
 
 
 
Coaching DURING the Game
 
Yes, you are allowed to coach your student during the game!  In this short article, I want to outline the 3 basic types of coaching that can and should sometimes be done DURING THE GAME – encouragement, informative, and secretive.
 
Encouragement
Encouragement like “Come on”  “This point”  “Good shot” “Keep fighting”  are very helpful.  The type and amount of encouragement will differ greatly from player to player.
 
Informative

6 Types of Footwork Drills

Read the Article and Watch the Videos

 
 
 
6 Types of Footwork Drills
Maximum Improvement with Your Power Pong Robot
By Coach Samson Dubina
 
 
There are several different types of footwork drills that you can and should be doing with your Power Pong Robot.  
 
 
#1 Systematic Side-to-Side Footwork Drills

Pedagogy

Read an Excerpt From the ITTF Advanced Coaching Manual

It is very difficult for the players to imagine a motor action that is only described with words.  Nothing can replace the image.  It is therefore strongly recommended to put the proposed exercises into an image either by letting the players or the coach demonstrate it or by showing a video of a high level player.
 
Questioning is an important part of the pedagogy employed because it allows to rephrase what has been said and to get a better idea of the player’s understanding of the instructions they are meant to follow.
 

Questions...

Questions that you should be asking yourself everyday!

 
 
 
During a private lesson at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy, I usually ask my student about 20-30 questions. 
 
So why do I ask them questions? 
 
Aren’t I getting paid to answer questions? 
 
Let me explain...   If a student keeps looping my push into the net, I will ask him…
 
A. Why is your backhand loop continually going into the net?
B. Were you watching my racket?
C. Did you read the amount of spin that I put on the ball?

Pitfalls of Anticipation

Check out this 2-min video!

So you want to improve?

Fabulous!

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The Missing Key in Table Tennis Footwork

USATT Article and Video!!!

 
     Most club players are unable to excel in table tennis because of their poor footwork.  Many players blame their beer belly or their age or their footwear or their training partners.  However, the aspect of footwork that I will be describing in this short article is an aspect that every player can improve upon, regardless of their age, rating, or physical condition.  Today, I want to show you the importance of anticipation as it relates to footwork in table tennis.  There are three elements that I want you to remember.

Mental Principles

Check out the NEW Video!

 
So you want to improve?
Fabulous!

400 Coaching Articles

10 Years of Full-Time Coaching

During the last 10 years of full-time coaching, I have written around 400 coaching articles.  These articles are now tagged and somewhat organized by topic.  Check out the full listing and read the articles of your choice.  Check them out here - http://www.samsondubina.com/news/tags
 
 
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