Where can I find the required books for USATT Club Coach Certification?

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deriderj
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I am looking into the USATT Club Coach Certification process.  Part of the process is having access to six different books for the testing process.  I was able to find just three (3) of the books for sale (new or used).  Here are the books as given in the USATT coaching certification requirements document:

1. Tepper, Glenn. ITTF Level 1 Coaching Manual, International Table Tennis Federation, 2003.
2. Hodges, Larry. Table Tennis-Steps to Success, Human Kinetics, 1993.
3. Seemiller, Danny. Winning Table Tennis: Skills, Drills and Strategies, Human Kinetics, 1997.

4. Hodges, Larry. Professional Table Tennis Coaches Primer, USTTA, 2003.
5. ITTF Rules Book 2003-2004, International Table Tennis Federation, 2003.
6. ITTF Handbook 2003-2004, International Table Tennis Federation, 2003.

I found books #1, #2 (which I already own)  and #3 for sale but I cannot find #4, #5 or #6

Does anyone know where books #4 #5 and #6 can be purchased?

I'm hoping these required books are available because it would be wrong for the USATT to require use of books that are out of print and/or not readily available for sale.

Larry Hodges
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Re: Where can I find the required books for USATT Club Coach ...

Hi Cheng,

You can order Dan Seemiller's book online from several places (in the U.S.) such as Paddle Palace or Butterfly. The book is not required, just suggested reading. Here is where you can get info on getting certified as a USATT coach. You can also get certified as an ITTF coach - see listing of ITTF coaching seminars listed in my blog on June 14. For more info on USATT coaching certification, contact USATT Coaching Chair Richard McAfee. Hope this helps!

 

Larry Hodges
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Re: Where can I find the required books for USATT Club Coach ...

Hi deriderj,

I don't think it is required to have all six books - they are mostly helpful resources. (There are actually ten books listed in the Coaching Bibliography.) The Professional Table Tennis Coaches Primer is online - I wrote it for USATT. I also wrote Instructor's Guide to Table Tennis for them, which was the official coaching manual for USATT until a few years ago when it was basically superceded by the ITTF Level 1 Coaching Manual.

The ITTF Rules Book and ITTF Handbook are now into the 2010-2011 version, and are also online, though not named specifically as those two.

Hope this helps!

deriderj
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Re: Where can I find the required books for USATT Club Coach ...

Larry,

Thank you!  I searched for quite some time for the resources with no luck.  Maybe required is too strong a word, but the "USATT Coaching Certification Requirements" lists the specific books I mentioned and the page numbers in those books (#1 through #6 in the Coaching Bibliography) under "Curriculum" in the section that describes how to become a "USATT Club Coach" and it states that the examination is an open book test. 

Nothing about how this information is worded or phrased in the USATT Coaching Certification Requirements document leads me to think I should attempt to take the USATT Club Coach certification test without having read the sections outlined and that it would be more than beneficial to have those books available during the actual test.  So, maybe not required, but from a students perspective having the access to the books definitely seems, important.

I'm hoping to take the certification next month although there is a prerequisite that I have to have been a USATT member for 2 years and I have only been a USATT member for 16 months.  I was a USTTA member for 6 or so years ending probably around 1981.  Back in the day, I coached hundreds of juniors and adults in both private, small group and large group lessons. One of my first students, Thor Truelson, whom I coached when he was in his early teens (he says I was his first coach) is still very active in table tennis  I'm hoping the USATT will take my previous membership and previous coaching experience into consideration and waive the stated 2 years of USATT membership and allow me to become certified.

Larry Hodges
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Re: Where can I find the required books for USATT Club Coach ...

Deriderj,

I'm guessing they'll waive the 2-year rule - but I think you qualify anyway, based on your past membership. Thor was at the Cary Cup last weekend; I've known him since the late '80s or so. Good luck on the coaching test!

deriderj
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Re: Where can I find the required books for USATT Club Coach ...

Larry,

I passed my test and received my coaching certificate and the ultra cool red certified USATT coach patches in the mail (yeah)!  I'm quite pleased to become a certified USATT coach at the club level but you know, I thought I would feel different... cool

Thanks for your help on this and don't be surprised if I'm back in the not to distant future asking for help on the requirements for becoming a state coach.

Larry Hodges
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Re: Where can I find the required books for USATT Club Coach ...

Congrats deriderj for your USATT coaching certification! Make sure to frame the certificate for your wall. Now it's on to State Coach.

deriderj
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Re: Where can I find the required books for USATT Club Coach ...

Thanks guys! 

The USATT coaching certificate is already framed and on the wall right near my trophy for winning 1st place in the over-50 event at the 47th Annual Robo-Pong Open (IN).  These two items are somewhat embarrassingly, my only recognized table tennis achievements over the last 12 months  unless I can count that one my students raised his rating high enough to make him eligible for our local "Super League" (we started with his goal being to get into the Super League).  Wait, I just remembered that my 3 man team won the Super League Championships AND that my partner Omar and I won the Under-4000 team championship (and $150) in the Lake Superior Open (MN).  Hey, maybe this wasn't that bad a year for me after all!  My personality lends itself to remembering and dwelling on my failures rather than my successes.  It was probably good for me to have written this down just now.

I've started working 70 hour work weeks which isn't helping my table tennis game but is allowing me to gain weight at a incredible pace.  I've been working 15 hours a week for the last 5 years doing remote system administration so this is very different but the money was too good to pass up.  It's only supposed to last 2 months so I should be back slightly richer, playing regularly and coaching sporadically in August which should give me enough time to get ready for the US Nationals in December.

I am definitely interested in achieving the State Coach Certification but it's going to probably be one to two years before I give that a go.  I don't want to the certification unless I feel I'm qualified and I have a ways to go both in my knowledge of technique, strategy, tactics and of course being a coach.

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Re: Where can I find the required books for USATT Club Coach ...

Hi Deriderj and Larry,

I am planning to get a club certificate, after coaching private lessons for years.

Where did you find the book "  Winning Table Tennis: Skills, Drills and Strategies, Human Kinetics, 1997 by Seemiller, Danny"?

I only found a different version in Amazon edition 1, dated 1996. Does it have to be 1997 version.

Also, how do you request for a test? Will writing an email to someone be ok?

Thank you in advance.

Cheng Qu

mjamja
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Re: Where can I find the required books for USATT Club Coach ...

Congratulations.  Hope I can get my certification in the fall.

Please post back when you go through your first few coaching sessions and let us know what you found as expected and what might have suprised you.

Mark