April 10, 2017

Tip of the Week
First Step to Blocking Well is Taking That First Step.

Tournament and Camp
I spent all day Saturday and Sunday running the 3-star Butterfly MDTTC April Open, assisted by Mossa Barandao. Here are complete results, care of Omnipong. I’ll write more about this tomorrow, but suffice to say I was there each morning at 8AM, finishing around 8PM on Saturday, and 5PM on Sunday – and then coaching for 1.5 hours. I was going to blog more about it this morning, but I’m running out of time – have to go coach at our MDTTC Spring Break Camp this morning, which is Mon-Fri this week, 10AM-6PM. Combined with the usual private coaching at night, it’s going to be a VERY busy week. (I ran out of time this morning, despite getting up at 6AM, because I had to fix some problems in the results for the tournament - technical problems - which I just managed to do before putting this up, and in a few minutes I'll be off to the club....)

USA Table Tennis Names Jörg Bitzigeio New High Performance Director
Here’s the USATT article and picture. “Bitzigeio was an integral part of the German Table Tennis Federation national team programs from 2005 – 2015, including serving as the Senior National Team Head Coach from 2006 – 2012. Under his guidance, German teams achieved unprecedented international success, including a bronze medal with the Women’s National Team at the 2010 ITTF World Team Championships.”

2017 TMS College Table Tennis National Championships
Here is the home page, with results, articles, and video. It was held this past weekend in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

The Perfect Stroke - Read about the 4 Elements!
Here’s the article by Samson Dubina.

Separating Play and Practice
Here’s the article from Coach Jon.

Cadet Underdogs Rise to the Occasion at 2017 Australian Junior & Cadet Open
Here’s the ITTF article, which features USA’s Lavanya Maruthapandian.

History of U.S. Table Tennis, Volume 19 (1991-1992)
Here's chapter three! Or order your own print copies at TimBogganTableTennis.com, as well as Volume 19!

Five Years Ago: Table tennis Tiff Lands in Civil Court
Here’s the article, featuring table tennis coach Joel Mitchell – fighting for his club!

11th Annual Parkinson's Symposium – Navin Kumar Talks Table Tennis
Here’s his speech (4:52) Saturday in New Orleans, where he explains the benefits of table tennis for Parkinson’s. He does something I’ve always wanted to do – give a speech while bouncing a ball on a ping-pong paddle!

Ping-Pong Variations for Kids
Here’s the video (1:18).

Here’s the caricature of the 1971 Men’s World Champion and San Diego coach. (Here’s the non-Facebook version.)

The Three Stooges in Table Tennis Tussle
Here’s the video – link should take you to 2:24, where the table tennis video of the animated Three Stooges starts and runs for about three minutes.

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