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About Table Tennis

The Olympic Sport of Table Tennis (commonly called ping-ping) is played by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and is the second largest participation sport in the world after soccer. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is the world governing body, with over 200 member nations. USA Table Tennis (USATT) is the governing body for table tennis in the U.S., with over 8000 members, 300 clubs, 300 annual sanctioned tournaments, a bi-monthly magazine, and a national rating/ranking system. 

About Larry Hodges, Head Coach at TableTennisCoaching.com

(Feel free to ask Larry questions on the forum or email.)

He is the recipient of the 2018 USATT Lifetime Achievement Award. (Here is his table tennis resume put together for this, circa March 2018.) He is a member of the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame for his coaching and writing, is a member of the USATT Coaching Committee (which he chaired for many years), is a former member of the USATT Board of Directors, and is a professional coach at the Maryland Table Tennis Center. He's certified by USATT as a National Coach (the highest level), and is also certified as a coach by ITTF, which ran a news item on an ITTF coaching seminar he ran in the U.S.  He was named USATT Developmental Coach of the Year in 2002 (he was Coach of the Year runner-up three times), won the President's Award for contributions to table tennis in 2007, and was named the 2013 USATT Doc Counsilman Coach of the Year. ‚ÄčHe has been the match coach for more gold medalists at the Junior Nationals and Junior Olympics than any other USA table tennis coach - over 200. He has coached the USA National Junior Team in tournaments in Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, and USA. He has over 1800 published articles, including over 1600 on table tennis (these do not include over 1800 blog postings at TableTennisCoaching.com), and 13 books, 8 of them on table tennis. He edited USA Table Tennis Magazine, the national magazine for U.S. table tennis (cir. ~8000) for 12 years. See complete listing.

Larry started playing in 1976, when he was 16, and began coaching before he turned 20. After graduating in 1985 from University of Maryland with a bachelor's in math (he later went back and got a master's in journalism), he went to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for five years where he was at various times the manager, director, and assistant coach for table tennis. During those years he worked with many of the best players in the U.S. as well as Chinese Coaches Cheng Yinghua, Jack Huang, Li Henan, and Liquo Ai.

In 1991, he joined forces with coaches Cheng Yinghua and Jack Huang to open the Maryland Table Tennis Center (originally called the National Table Tennis Center) in Gaithersburg, MD. The full-time table tennis center has operated continuously since, with arguably the strongest junior program in the U.S. over the last two decades. Larry split his time between coaching, organizing, writing, and two stints as editor of USA Table Tennis Magazine (12 years, 71 issues). During the 1990s, he was the match coach for more table tennis gold medallists at the Junior Olympics and Junior Nationals than any other coach, with over 200 - nearly half of all the gold medals given out. 

As a player, his highest ranking was USA #18 (out of about 8000 ranked players). At the College Nationals, he's won Men's Doubles once and Teams twice. He's been state champion for Maryland, North Carolina, and Colorado. Though he normally plays with sponge, he's been the U.S. Open or National Champion for hardbat singles twice, hardbat doubles 14 times, and over 40 hardbat singles six times - the latter most recently in 2019. At tournaments, when he's not coaching, he takes on challenges . . . often with a clipboard as a racket, where he's about 2100 level. (See his website.)

Larry also writes science fiction and fantasy. He claims, "I'm the best science fiction writer in USA Table Tennis and the best table tennis player in Science Fiction Writers of America!" Here are some Interviews with Larry Hodges - both table tennis and science fiction!

Table Tennis

Science Fiction