March 2, 2011

ITTF Coaching Seminar in Maryland

I'm running an ITTF Coaching Seminar in Maryland on weekends, April 16-17, 23-24, and (for Paralympics) April 30. USA Table Tennis has a news item on their home page on it. Here's the info flyer. And below is the news item. Hope you can join us!

There will be an ITTF Level 1 Coaching Seminar at the Maryland Table Tennis Center in Gaithersburg, MD, run by Larry Hodges. The seminar will be run on weekends: April 16-17, 23-24, and 30, with two sessions each day from 9-12, 1-4. There will be a minimum of 10 students, and a maximum of 16.

The ITTF Coaching Section is 24 hours (four sessions), and will be on the first two weekends. On April 30 there will be two Paralympics sessions. You may miss the Apr. 30 Paralympics sessions and still receive ITTF Level 1 certification but without IPTTC certification.

Those who attend can both improve their coaching skills and, upon completion of course requirements (which include 30 hours of coaching after the seminar), will be certified as an ITTF coach. Fee is $200 for the ITTF Coaching sessions, $60 for the optional Paralympics sessions. All students are required to purchase the ITTF-IPTTC Level 1 Coaching Manual, which you can buy at, or order through Hodges by April 7. For more info on ITTF coaching, see the ITTF Coach Accreditation process.

Coaches needing housing should make their own arrangements at the Holiday Inn (one mile away), 301-948-8900.

Hodges, a member of the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame, is a USATT National Coach and an ITTF certified coach. For more info, see the flyer, or contact Coach Larry Hodges.

Videos from the 2010 USA Nationals

Did you miss the 2010 USA Nationals? Now you can watch most of the big matches! The videos are online, courtesy of the US Olympic Committee.

Article on Ichiro Ogimura

Here's a great article in Ogimura, two-time World Men's Singles Champion and former President of the ITTF. Here's the start:

In the dark days after World War II, Japan desperately needed something positive to pull the nation out of the physical and emotional rubble that it found itself in.

One unlikely hero who came along in the 1950s was a skinny, determined schoolboy named Ichiro Ogimura, who would go on to claim a dozen table tennis world titles before becoming a coaching icon and the sport's top administrator.

But Ogimura was much more than a ping-pong prodigy. The man who started out as a self-absorbed, win-at-all-costs table-tennis tyrant later used his many accomplishments and connections to help unite nations and people.

Read more!


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