TableTennisCoaching.com - - Your worldwide center for table tennis coaching http://tabletenniscoaching.com/ en January 23, 2023 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3442 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">January 23, 2023</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3441" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Advantages and Disadvantages of Size in Table Tennis</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and What's In My Bag?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached in four group junior sessions over the weekend. In two of them, I mostly fed multiball for most of the 90 minutes. In the other two I split my time between walk-around coach and practice partner. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">A lot of the emphasis this weekend was on remembering the feel of the good shots, and then repeating them. This means that when you mishit a shot, you don't focus on the missed shot – that's a great way of ingraining a <i>bad</i> habit! Instead, you immediately focus on what the shot should have been – and so you think about the feel of when you do it right, and try to repeat that. When a player makes a nice shot, I often tell them to "Remember the feel of that shot!" (This will be the focus of next week's Tip.) There was the usual focus on fundamentals. One player kept shortening his backswing, leading to a jerky, uncontrolled shot, but we fixed that. Another kept lunging for shots instead of stepping, so we worked on that. Another player couldn't seem to hit forehands down the line, so we worked on that. One player was feeling sleepy, so I explained how you can fix half that problem – go in the bathroom and splash water on your face! (But to completely solve it – get more sleep.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a little fun before one of the sessions, when I pulled out my old trusty clipboard and took on a bunch of kids, mostly from 1200-1500, and went undefeated (mostly chopping, sometimes pick-hitting) – but there's this nice gleam in some of their eyes that says, "I'm going to figure out how to beat you." (And they get great practice: looping, playing chop, reading spin, and an exercise in figuring things out tactically.) I'm still about 1800 with the clipboard, used to be 2100. With just a little practice, I think I can get back to 2000 with it. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Someone asked me why I have such a big playing bag. Why, because I have a lot of stuff in it, and every single item in it is <i>absolutely necessary</i>. And so, without further ado, here is the current content of my playing bag (a <a href="https://shop.butterflyonline.com/Yasio-Sport-Bag-Silver-147" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Yasyo sport bag</a>), minus the list of classified documents I just turned over to the FBI. Seriously, is there anything below that isn't <i>absolutely</i> necessary? </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Two sponge rackets (Timo Boll ALCs, regular and spare, Tenergy 05 black 2.2mm FH, Tenergy 25 red 2.2mm BH)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Two hardbat rackets</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Huge racket case with five rackets I use with students, all with inverted on one side, plus:<br /> 1) chopping racket with 1.0 sponge long pips; 2) long pips no sponge; 3) medium long pips; 4) short pips; and 5) antispin.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Five mini-paddles with Tenergy on both sides</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Clipboard</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Towel</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Spare shirt - Baby Yoda Playing Table Tennis </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Playing shoes in personalized TT shoe bag</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Two knee braces</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One arm brace</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Two bottles of water</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Fake trillion dollar bills (which I give out sometimes as rewards)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Bag of Jolley Ranchers (which I give to the kids after sessions)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Box of granola bars</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Three-pack of Nittaku 3-star balls</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Bag of two-colored balls for demonstrating spin</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Two oversized 48mm balls</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Two masks</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Notebook full of notes</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Folder full of MDTTC junior group listings and brochures, entry forms, sport psychology training outlines, Pongasaurus stickers, USATT Rulebook</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Small carry-case with bottle of glue, scissors, net measurer, comb, small pack of floss-picks, fingernail clippers, racket grip (probably 15 years old!), table tennis business cards, 3-prong power converter, small Phillips screwdriver (for fixing ball nets)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Small Kleenex pack</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sandpaper (to sand down the sharp edges around the handle on some new rackets)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Copy of "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a>"</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Copy of "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/First-Galactic-Table-Tennis-Championships/dp/B0BCD4ZLKH" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a>"</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Kindle</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Reading glasses</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Extra Dominican Republic refrigerator magnet left over from coaching ITTF junior tournament in September</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USATT and Some Commentary</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/20/USA-Table-Tennis-Initiates-Tournament-Series-to-Crown-USATT-State-Champions" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Table Tennis Initiates Tournament Series to Crown USATT State Champions</a><br /> I'm glad they are bringing this program back. As a member of the USATT board, I started up a State Championships Initiative back in 2015, which helped lead to about twelve new state championships over the next two years, with 34 states holding state championships in 2016. (This includes some that used the State Games for the state championships.) Alas, the USATT page for that seems to have disappeared.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/17/Robert-Mayer-Joins-USATT-as-IT-Specialist" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Robert Mayer Joins USATT as IT Specialist</a><br /> I'm sure he'll do a great job. Long ago, he and I co-founded the USATT League. I initiated the idea and did the overall design, but he did all the hard work – the actual programming. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/20/2022-USATT-Club-Awards-Announced" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 USATT Club Awards Announced</a><br /> I<span style="color:black"> don't like the idea that they are judging and ranking clubs strictly by the tournaments they run - how many, the star level, and the prize money </span>(see the "2022 Top 15 Clubs listing)<span style="color:black">, or on hosting ITTF Feeder events. This makes no sense to me – that's how you would rank tournament directors or hosts. (This doesn't mean the selected clubs aren't worthy, just that the criteria for picking them is wrong.) Just as they have </span><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/coaches/coach-of-the-year-program" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/coaches/coach-of-the-year-program">Coach of the Year awards</a><span style="color:black">, where coaches are nominated and then judged and voted on by a USATT panel, why not do the same with clubs? (They don't judge coaches based on the number, star level, and prize money of the tournaments they coach at!) Instead of arbitrarily deciding the only way to judge a club is by the tournaments it runs, put together a real list of criteria (mostly objective) that a normal person would judge a club by, such as:</span></span></span> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li style=""><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="color:black"><span style="tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Programs - private &amp; group coaching, junior, senior, para, leagues, tournaments, etc. - this is probably the most important way to judge a club</span></span></span></span></li> <li style=""><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Size and number of tables</span></span></span></li> <li style=""><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Playing conditions</span></span></span></li> <li style=""><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Other features - lounge, pro shop, etc. </span></span></span></li> <li style=""><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Hours open</span></span></span></li> <li style=""><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Number of members</span></span></span></li> <li style=""><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Quality of the coaches</span></span></span></li> <li style=""><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list 1.0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Titles and rankings of their top players in various categories</span></span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>University of Maryland Table Tennis Club Fundraiser</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-nationals-nctta-championship-2023" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here’s their GoFundMe page</a> to help them raise funds to go to the 2023 National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships! They have raised $1385, and so are almost halfway to their goal of $3000. C'mon, chip in!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2023 World Veterans Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5460/WVC2023/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here’s the ITTF home page</a> for the event that finished this past weekend in Muscat, Oman, with news and results. There are 1,181 players, including 41 from USA. USA Medalists are below – note all the Sakai's and Sweeris's, the all-USA Over 75 Mixed Doubles Final, and all the medals by Cheung and Vinay!<br /> UPDATE - I updated this with a complete list of USA medalists, using <a href="https://www.ittf.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Muscat-2023-World-Veteran-Championships-Medallist.pdf">this listing</a>.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dave &amp; Donna Sakai – Gold in Over 75 Mixed Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dell &amp; Connie Sweeris – Silver in Over 75 Mixed Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Donna Sakai &amp; Connie Sweeris – Gold in over 75 Women's Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Donna Sakai – Bronze in Over 70 Women's Singles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dave Sakai – Bronze in Over 75 Men's Singles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Cheung TingNing – Gold in Over 70 Mixed Doubles (with ZhaoZhao Jiang of China)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Cheung TingNing – Bronze in Over 70 Women's Singles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Cheung TingNing &amp; Wendy Fang – Silver in Over 65 Women's Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Vinay Chandra – Bronze in Over 40 Men's Doubles (with Shitiz Malhotra of India) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Vinay Chandra – Bronze in Over 40 Mixed Doubles (with Anjana Rao of India)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Ray Mack &amp; Simon Shtofmakher – Bronze in Over 70 Men's Doubles</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are recent ITTF articles:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/22/intense-day-action-closes-curtain-world-veteran-championships-muscat-2023/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Intense Day of Action Closes Curtain on World Veteran Championships Muscat 2023</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/21/thank-memories-muscat-eyes-now-rome-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Thank you for the memories, Muscat! All eyes are now on Rome 2024">Thank you for the memories, Muscat! All eyes are now on Rome 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/20/first-ever-mixed-doubles-world-veteran-championships-titles-awarded-oman/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First-Ever Mixed Doubles World Veteran Championships Titles Awarded in Oman">First-Ever Mixed Doubles World Veteran Championships Titles Awarded in Oman</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And one from Steve Hopkins:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/world-veterans-championships-americans-make-waves-in-oman/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Veterans Championships: Americans Make Waves In Oman</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>PongSpace and NCTTA Enter New Era Together</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.nctta.org/content/pongspace-and-nctta-enter-new-era-together" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Residual Spin</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/residual-spin" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (3:16) from Samson Dubina. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>European Youth Champion Teaches How to Loop Long Fast Serves</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SXw3XArCYc&amp;t=705s&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (26:39) from Seth Pech and Jiří Martinko. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Don't Make These 6 Training Mistakes!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoVvbKSIdwc&amp;ab_channel=IbaDiaw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10:41) from Iba Diaw, world #76 from Senegal. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/@IbaDiaw/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">He has a lot of other videos</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Stroke Chemistry &amp; Distance Change</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-simeon-martin-stroke-chemistry-distance-change/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (65 sec) with Simeon Martin</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Prepare For Your First Tournament and Your First Match to Maximize Winning</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elF0p6y6XLk&amp;ab_channel=PongSpace" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (1:28) from PongSpace/Angela Guan. "NCTTA national champion Angela Guan shows you the three tips she use in preparing for her tournaments. Preparation is the key to maximize your chance of winning!"</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkiICO0N4ak" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to develop Forehand Topspin technique like Mima Ito for Indian 🇮🇳 talent">How to develop Forehand Topspin technique like Mima Ito for Indian <span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Emoji&quot;,sans-serif">🇮🇳</span> talent</a> (10:09)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_UHbU4n7TQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to make Forehand Flick attack Forehand Pendulum serve, Reverse serve, Tomahawk serve">How to make Forehand Flick attack Forehand Pendulum serve, Reverse serve, Tomahawk serve</a> (8:04)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_kf9SofnTk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to do Backhand Flick from basic to advanced | Ti Long guides and gives advice">How to do Backhand Flick from basic to advanced | Ti Long guides and gives advice</a> (10:18)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_shNqaGuIWQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to make Backhand Against Backspin improve the application in competition">How to make Backhand Against Backspin improve the application in competition</a> (7:12)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXkmE6L3Bec" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Training session for children in table tennis.">Training session for children in table tennis</a> (43 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoXjiHIn2wI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Teaching forehand topspin in table tennis. Methodology.">Teaching forehand topspin in table tennis. Methodology</a> (60 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-1EfplCVJs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE PICASSO OF TABLE TENNIS">THE PICASSO OF TABLE TENNIS</a> (3:12) – Simon Gauzy</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zz5RYYA9f8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="SUPER ATHLETE HUGO CALDERANO POWERFUL SHOTS FROM BEST CAMERA ANGLES">SUPER ATHLETE HUGO CALDERANO POWERFUL SHOTS FROM BEST CAMERA ANGLES</a> (2:26)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsERSYBsthw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE OWNER OF THE GERMAN LEAGUE PLAYS OUTSTANDING TABLE TENNIS (BEST OF ANTON KALLBERG)">THE OWNER OF THE GERMAN LEAGUE PLAYS OUTSTANDING TABLE TENNIS (BEST OF ANTON KALLBERG)</a> (1:28)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Drupe Pong</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8JEjaUb5Ps" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="An interesting serve action">An interesting serve action</a> (54 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3197Jw8U94" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Hugo Calderano goes on a backhand spreee against Xiang Peng!">Hugo Calderano goes on a backhand spreee against Xiang Peng!</a> (1:24)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSkills</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/blog/join-a-table-tennis-club-to-improve" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Join a Table Tennis Club To Improve</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Central</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2vOVXh1Ijs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="0% Luck, 100% Skill in Table Tennis">0% Luck, 100% Skill in Table Tennis</a> (8:13)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17RY56COAOE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="100% Sidespin in Table Tennis">100% Sidespin in Table Tennis</a> (8:02)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Can Virtual Reality Improve Real Life Table Tennis?! | 30 Day Challenge</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuB2PQt3a3k&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (9:43) from Table Tennis Daily. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/world-veterans-championships-americans-make-waves-in-oman/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Veterans Championships: Americans Make Waves In Oman</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-canadian-elite-table-tennis-training-centre-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Canadian Elite Table Tennis Training Centre</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/ttbl-ochsenhausen-3-0-in-second-half-dussledorf-and-neu-ulm-fall/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TTBL: Ochsenhausen 3-0 in Second Half, Dussledorf and Neu-Ulm Fall</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/calderano-two-in-a-row/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Calderano: Two-in-a-Row</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Bowmar Sport Tournament Highlights – US Open 2022</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/bowmar-sport-tournament-highlights-kef-noorani-us-open-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kef Noorani</a> (1:56)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/bowmar-sports-tournament-highlights-with-yu-di-us-open-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Yu Di</a> (1:20)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Five Net Serves in a Row</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mhWUSKuzMY&amp;ab_channel=TTN-TableTennisNation" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (39 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Playing Live Against a Robot</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/862249375097217/?s=single_unit" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Cartoon Paddles</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=cartoon+ping-pong+paddles&amp;sxsrf=AJOqlzWgcY2jb09sR_SesP6fBWsndu4miA:1674498527003&amp;source=lnms&amp;tbm=isch&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwie24OPqd78AhUpQjABHevoANsQ_AUoAXoECAEQAw&amp;biw=2560&amp;bih=1329&amp;dpr=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's what you get</a> when you Google "Cartoon Ping-Pong Paddles" under images!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Doubles Footwork?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/samson.dubina/videos/552960176752268" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (13 sec) from the Nittaku Open in Ohio this past weekend!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>What Everyone Who Loses a Final Wants To Do</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=523983383046290&amp;set=pb.100063038990591.-2207520000.&amp;type=3" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the photo</a> of Laura Paglin publicly assassinating Jay Nelson after she lost to him in the final of Under 1400 at the Nittaku Open in Ohio this past weekend . . . 17-15 in the fifth! (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/326813458_699140495196677_3984820851037246242_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_ohc=oQ6j0kS5Bd8AX9Jf0Xh&amp;tn=QQdrFujAHTtuY7ZA&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AfB16Ci2FtMVF8LqfauH-B3gzIw2m3M5w4l4dTARdgKnBA&amp;oe=63D38B99" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 01/23/2023 - 18:54</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 23 Jan 2023 18:54:42 +0000 Larry Hodges 3442 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3442#comments January 17, 2023 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3440 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">January 17, 2023</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3439" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Anticipation</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and the Ohio Elite Camp</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Another busy weekend coaching group sessions! Here are some issues that came up.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Serve placement on fast, deep serves</b>. I had some of our beginning/intermediate players practice serving fast and deep not just to corners, but fast and deep to an opponent’s middle. I lined them up first to take turns receiving them and showed them how hard it is to react to them. Then I put four targets on the table for them to aim for – one on each wide corner, and one each for where a righty and a lefty’s elbow would normally be. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Recovering from forehand step-arounds</b>. In a drill that started with serve and forehand loop from the backhand corner, when players were unable to cover the wide forehand they thought they were too slow. I worked with them to show them that it really came down to recover and balance from the previous shot. If you follow through back into position and stay balanced, it’s not so hard to cover that wide forehand. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Light on feet</b>. Keep those feet moving! </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But the players aren’t the only ones who need training. I gained weight during the pandemic, and since I don’t train anymore, I’m out of shape. So I’ve decided to fix the problem. I could, of course, find someone to train with at my club, MDTTC, or even pay other coaches for training. But it’s a lot easier in a group setting. (At MDTTC, I <i>coach</i> at the group sessions, and if I did play, I’d be a practice partner, mostly blocking.) I saw Samson Dubina’s upcoming <a href="https://samsondubina.com/ohio-elite-camps" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">elite camps</a> in Akron, Ohio, Feb. 13-23 and Mar. 21-31, and thought, why not? They are for players rated at least 2000, and have a <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=2857&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">strong group of players already signed up</a>. So I’ve signed up. I’ll fly there on Sunday night, Feb. 12, right after a weekend of coaching. I’ll miss one weekend at MDTTC. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’ve had some recent knee problems, though it’s a lot better now. However, just in case, I googled the best knee braces, and found and bought the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R716SDC" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NEENCA Professional Knee Brace</a>. I’ve tried it out, and it seems pretty effective. I’ll be wearing that, along with my <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FML7SW" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">BandIt Arm Band</a> for my arm, and a thinking cap on my head so I can figure out how someone my age is training in a room full of people mostly 1/3 or 1/4 my age. But I’ll do every footwork drill to the bitter end. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One sort of interesting thing – this will be the first camp I’ve been to in over 40 years where I’ll be one of the weaker players in the camp! But I’m hoping to get back to 2200+ level, not easy since I’ll be 63 next month and play a rather physical forehand attacking style. But for this camp, I’ll be hitting mostly with the 2000-2200 players. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">What do I need to do to get back to 2200+ level? Main things:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">General fitness.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">More aggressive backhand – it’s gotten too soft. While I can backhand loop, I’m better playing an aggressive hitting/blocking backhand. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Receive practice – it’s the first thing you lose when you don’t play regular matches. This used to be a big strength, but now it’s a weakness. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I may also work on my backhand banana flip, which I mostly learned as a coach. My normal instinct is to do regular backhand flips against short serves and pushes. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Practice matches. But I won’t do well at first. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>SafeSport</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I recently had to another <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/athlete-safety/safe-sport" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">SafeSport</a> refresher course, required for SafeSport compliance for coaches, umpires, tournament directors, and others who organize or work at events. (Here's the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/SafeSport/2022/USATT-Safe-Sport-Policy---22-09-01a.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=00D07165A9C2AA1BA8F75D0867DB1142F0C1DF79">USATT SafeSport Policy</a>.) It’s required annually. As I’ve blogged in the past, I think they put way too much in these things. Rather than trying to turn us all into experts (it doesn’t), wouldn’t it make more sense to have a one-page thing that gives general guidelines of abuse that would be easy to remember, where if we suspect something is wrong, we go to the appropriate SafeSport page to find out what to do? (In cases where abuse is happening live, we would, of course, have the common sense to stop it, and in other cases, we’d have time to research it.) Of course, for most of us, most issues that would be a SafeSport violation are obvious if you have common sense – and those that don’t probably aren’t going to change by watching the SafeSport video and taking a multiple choice test. (I ran into some technical issues on the refresher, but Tina Ren from USATT headquarters was helpful in fixing them.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Some things from SafeSport I disagree with. If a parent says it’s okay for a coach to pick up and drop off a student in their car, then that should be okay – but not according to SafeSport. (But no, I don’t pick up students in my car, though that was a regular thing years ago.) I also don’t think we need to take these “refresher” courses every year. Every two years should be enough. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">So, I took the test. It says to allot 30 minutes. But there were 55 pages to go through (many of them short), and five videos (about two minutes each). I’m the academic type, and I can safely say the large majority of people will take longer on this than I took – and it took me 58 minutes, and I was rushing it. In the end, I got 9 out of 10 on the test, but only because I impatiently clicked a wrong button and got one obvious one wrong. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Perhaps it would make sense for USATT to arrange a group session at the US Open or Nationals where lots of coaches, umpires, club directors, and others get together and take the test as a group thing?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>University of Maryland Table Tennis Club Fundraiser</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-nationals-nctta-championship-2023" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s their GoFundMe page</a> to help them raise funds to go to the 2023 National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships! Little-known fact – I founded the University of Maryland Table Tennis Club in 1982, and at one point, turned it into arguably the busiest club in the country, with 14 tables, seven days a week. It wasn’t a professional club, just two large rooms in the main gymnasium building with seven tables in each that we could put up any time. During the day, the rooms were used for other sports. At night, the place was packed with students playing table tennis! How did this happen? We did an exhibition every week for about a year in just about every major building on campus – I’d bring in another player and we’d roll a table to the math building, the physic building, the computer building, the journalism building, and so on, and give out flyers. On a campus of 40,000 people, filling a club every night isn’t hard if you put in the time and energy. (Okay, it <i>is</i> hard because it takes time and energy!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2023 World Veterans Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5460/WVC2023/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the ITTF home page</a> for the event, Jan. 15-21 in Muscat, Oman, with news and results. There are 1,181 players, including 41 from USA. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Carl Danner Presidential Award</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=711030887095896" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:39)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USATT</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/17/New-Financial-Aid-for-Female-Olympians" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">New Financial Aid for Female Olympians</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/09/USATT-2023-Adult-National-Team-Trials-Request-For-Proposal" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Adult National Team Trials</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/ohio-elite-training-camps" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ohio Elite Training Camps</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/7-keys-success" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">7 Keys to Success</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/tournaments/you-dont-play-well-tournaments-because" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">You Don't Play Well in Tournaments Because...</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/equipment/3-backhand-tips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">3 Backhand Tips</a> (2:03) – notice the backhand-backhand side-to-side footwork. Strangely, many coaches skip this, only doing forehand footwork drills. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/q-session-1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Q &amp; A Session</a> (21:05)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMkPhElSt9g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to increase the maximum sidespin for Tomahawk Serve technique | special training">How to increase the maximum sidespin for Tomahawk Serve technique</a> (10:42)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yqpwaTzMkM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to maximize the power of Forehand Flick technique, attack all types of serve | World Class">How to maximize the power of Forehand Flick technique, attack all types of serve</a> (8:44)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lISnQl7SQL0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to make Forehand Topspin Against Backspin with short pips super fast speed">How to make Forehand Topspin Against Backspin with short pips super-fast speed</a> (13:07)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F99l-MWgJpY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to use body force in competition and develop Backhand technique">How to use body force in competition and develop Backhand technique</a> (8:38)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8rmwf00x0Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to develop wrist effect for Forehand Topspin and Backhand Serve">How to develop wrist effect for Forehand Topspin and Backhand Serve</a> (16:04)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWegGc6b7XQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to increase maximum spin for Forehand Loop technique | Mima Ito small of India 🇮🇳">How to increase maximum spin for Forehand Loop technique</a> (7:42)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/ttc-neu-ulm-germany-table-tennis-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TTC Neu-Ulm (Germany) Table Tennis Club</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/some-updated-news-about-wang-chuqin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Some Updated News About Wang Chuqin</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/german-table-tennis-cup-2023/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">German Table Tennis Cup 2023</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iywWdxfrJhk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The role of Wang Chuqin is now very important">The role of Wang Chuqin is now very important</a> (5:41)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkdGJpKge5M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long lost in R32 | Asian Qualification World Table Tennis Championships 2023">Ma Long lost in R32 | Asian Qualification World Table Tennis Championships 2023</a> (3:44)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcHVMNIQink" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="TTC Neu-Ulm is too strong">TTC Neu-Ulm is too strong</a> (4:38)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxFl818FgGU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Oláh Benedek the best player of Finland">Oláh Benedek the best player of Finland</a> (54:23)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMDbP53fHws" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Gardos Robert very strong player in Pro A">Gardos Robert very strong player in Pro A</a> (45:56)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnpJM5ezeZ8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to chop block in table tennis | Ma Long's version">How to chop block in table tennis | Ma Long's version</a> (5:51)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z8k8TB3rIo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="41 YEAR OLD TIMO BOLL UNBEATABLE IN EUROPE’S BEST LEAGUE">41 YEAR OLD TIMO BOLL UNBEATABLE IN EUROPE’S BEST LEAGUE</a> (1:34)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBOAjS2Dgdo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE DARK KNIGHT OF TABLE TENNIS (BEST OF LIN GAOYUAN) Reupload">THE DARK KNIGHT OF TABLE TENNIS (BEST OF LIN GAOYUAN</a> (1:48)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PongSpace/Angela Guan</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEsFdJVDT7g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to deceit your opponent by varying the spin on a chop">How to deceive your opponent by varying the spin on a chop</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJDw3DoIgnY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="3 key strategies for a defensive player to transition from defense to offense">3 key strategies for a defensive player to transition from defense to offense</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Reverse Backhand Serve</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9dbLhP3SH8&amp;ab_channel=CoachMarcoGomez" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:03) from Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis. “A great tool for players with pimple rubbers.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World’s Fastest Table Tennis Serve</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&amp;v=hvnqcJujck8&amp;fbclid=IwAR3e7vHfx6igdY3cAHOWCCGbfuggoCHiYe3A8DOoDpkWe7BWU9ePJUdBOAU&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (2:54) from Pingispågarna.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Wiki-How Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Category:Table-Tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the Wiki-How Table Tennis page</a>, with a number of table tennis how-to articles. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Score-in-Ping-Pong-or-Table-Tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Keep Score in Ping Pong or Table Tennis</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Serve-in-Table-Tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Serve in Table Tennis</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Play-Doubles-in-Ping-Pong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Play Doubles in Ping Pong</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Serve-a-Ping-Pong-Ball-With-a-Topspin" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Serve a Ping Pong Ball With a Topspin</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-Dented-Ping-Pong-Ball" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Fix a Dented Ping Pong Ball</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Ping-Pong-Paddle-Rubber" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Clean Ping Pong Paddle Rubber</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Be-Good-at-Ping-Pong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Be Good at Ping Pong</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Choose-a-Ping-Pong-Paddle" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Choose a Ping Pong Paddle</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Play-Defense-in-Table-Tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Play Defense in Table Tennis</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Design-a-Modern-Table-Tennis-Centre" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Design a Modern Table Tennis Centre</a></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-trolley-car-table-tennis-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Trolley Car Table Tennis Club</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-contender-durban-calderano-starts-2023-with-a-win/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Contender Durban: Calderano Starts 2023 with a Win</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-contender-durban-top-seeds-reach-quarters/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Contender Durban: Top Seeds Reach Quarters</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Bowmar Sports Tournament Highlights</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/bowmar-sports-tournament-highlights-yu-di-wtt-fort-lauderdale/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Yu Di at WTT Fort Lauderdale</a> (72 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/bowmar-sports-tournament-highlights-oscar-birriel-world-youth-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Oscar Birriel at World Youth Championships</a> (68 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New YouTube Channel By Los Angeles Table Tennis Association (LATTA)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/new-youtube-channel-by-lattas-los-angeles-table-tennis-association/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/17/age-just-number-world-veterans-championships-celebrates-ittfs-vision-table-tennis-life/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Age is just a number! World Veterans Championships celebrates ITTF’s vision – Table Tennis for All, for Life </a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/16/hennebont-ready-wrap-2022-ittf-hopes-season-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Hennebont Is Ready to Wrap Up the 2022 ITTF Hopes Season in Style">Hennebont Is Ready to Wrap Up the 2022 ITTF Hopes Season in Style</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/14/oman-ready-host-first-world-veterans-championships-five-years/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Oman Ready to Host First World Veterans Championships in Five Years">Oman Ready to Host First World Veterans Championships in Five Years</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/13/ittf-magazine-no-4-january-2023-now-available/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Magazine No.4 (January 2023) Now Available">ITTF Magazine No.4 (January 2023) Now Available</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/12/ittf-officials-green-light-durban-2023-preparations/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Officials Green-light Durban 2023 Preparations">ITTF Officials Green-light Durban 2023 Preparations</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/11/welcome-2023-busy-exciting-year-ahead-pandemic-finally-eases/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Welcome 2023! A Busy and Exciting Year Ahead As the Pandemic Finally Eases!">Welcome 2023! A Busy and Exciting Year Ahead As the Pandemic Finally Eases!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/10/ittf-announces-collaboration-data-security-experts/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Announces Collaboration with Data Security Experts">ITTF Announces Collaboration with Data Security Experts</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Difference of the Stroke Effect between Two Types of New Material Seamed Plastic Table Tennis Ball: A Case Study of Nittaku and DHS</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4312651" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the abstract</a>. (Loads slowly.) Click “Download This Paper” to see full paper. The five authors are all from the China Table Tennis College of Shanghai at the University of Sport CN. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong Bar Co-Founded by Susan Sarandon to Replace NYC Comedy Club Carolines</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://nypost.com/2023/01/10/susan-sarandons-ping-pong-bar-to-take-over-nyc-comedy-club-carolines/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Why Table Tennis Balls Can't Always Be Carried In Hand Luggage?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkRltqmsuw8&amp;ab_channel=SimpleFlying" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (53 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Zits – Donut Hole Ping Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://comicskingdom.com/zits/2023-01-15" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a> from Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Biggest Ping Pong Fails</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxH9UGQhB-Y&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:15) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 01/16/2023 - 14:42</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 16 Jan 2023 14:42:56 +0000 Larry Hodges 3440 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3440#comments January 9, 2023 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3438 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">January 9, 2023</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3437" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Developing Fast Reflexes</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached in four sessions over the weekend, and part of a fifth. As usual, lots of work on Fundamentals!!! In various times I fed multiball, acted as a practice partner, and was a walk-around coach. Some issues that came up:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">How to backhand loop against a deep, aggressive push to the backhand. Key is recovering quickly from previous shot or serve to a ready position about arm’s length from the table so you have time to react, and early racket preparation, i.e. getting your racket down and back early so you don’t have to rush it at the end. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Recovering from a forehand from a wide corner. Key is returning to ready position as part of the follow through. When forehand looping from wide forehand, you follow through to your left (for righties) to get back into position. When forehand looping from wide backhand, you follow through to your right to get back into position. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">How to create heavy backspin serves. It’s a matter of wrist and forearm, and grazing contact as much under the ball as possible. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And then it was book delivery time! I’d decided to give out copies of my <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a> book to all the kids in our junior program – about 60 in all – for Christmas. I gave out a bunch in December in our Christmas camp and before, but many weren’t there, so I left the big box of books at the club, and gave out the rest this past weekend. For those that already had the book, they had the option of picking any of <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">my other books</a>. Many got <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tips-Larry-Hodges/dp/1497496144" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Tips</a>, the first in my Tips series, which includes <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544715137" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">More Table Tennis Tips</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088N68MS6" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Still More Table Tennis Tips</a>, and (coming in May this year) Yet Still More Table Tennis Tips. Some of the younger kids got <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tales-Techniques-Hodges/dp/B003AYB2A0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Tales and Techniques</a>, since it has more pictures. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Speed and Reflexes, or Proper Technique?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Many of you may have seen <a href="https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.butler.583234/posts/pfbid02znQXf6XUu4BdAAdtvC9ifMACCVsybaAxPkP6GQb1evJcZDqWKeg6KCzzkwgREGntl" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">this video</a> of my lunging return in the Over 40 Hardbat Singles Final at the US Open, including slow motion, put together by Jimmy Butler. (I normally use and coach sponge, but play hardbat on the side.) Here’s the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvd3_9XCZRU&amp;ab_channel=PingPongWeekend" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">full video of the match</a> from Ping Pong Weekend. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The interesting thing is how many people thought I was able to make this return due to fast reflexes and feet. Actually, neither of those had anything to do with it! It was just a matter of proper technique During the pandemic I gained weight that I haven’t been able to lose, I’m having knee problems, and I’m about to turn 63 – all of these should have slowed me down, but proper technique overcame all of these. I also don’t have huge numbers of fast twitch muscles – while long ago I was a good distance runner, I was never known for my sprinting. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Let’s analyze what REALLY happened, as you can see from the video if you watch closely, especially the parts in slow motion. And note that I’d written this week’s Tip of the Week above, <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3437" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Developing Fast Reflexes</a>, a few weeks ago during a long afternoon writing up Tips. It was going to go up in two weeks, but I moved it to today since it’s relevant to this.</span></span></p> <ol> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My serve return was relatively deep (though I’d like it to be even deeper), so opponent is less able to rush or angle me on the next shot, giving me time to react. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My return was to the opponent’s middle, forcing him to choose between forehand and backhand, and so, on average, his return is not as quick as it would be if I’d gone right to the forehand or backhand. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Immediately after hitting the ball, I looked up to see what the opponent was doing so I could react more quickly to it. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">After making the serve return, I quickly moved back into a ready position, ready to move in either direction.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Before opponent made his return, I did a little hop to prepare me to move quickly in either direction. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">From years of watching opponents, I reflexively saw where he was hitting the ball as he started his forward swing, well <i>before</i> contact, and so was able to start moving to my left before he even hit the ball.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">By staying balanced rather than lunging and putting my weight on my left foot, I was able to quickly change directions when I saw the ball hit the net and bounce away.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">By staying balanced even while making a last-second change of direction as I moved to the ball, I was able to maintain ball control on my return.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Note the quick recovery in case he returned my edge ball. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And, of course, the polite raising of my hand in apology for the edge - sorry, Ilya! </span></span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">So . . . do I have super-human reflexes and footspeed, or just good technique? Is there anything here than anybody can’t learn (barring major disabilities), and that essentially all top players do routinely and reflexively from years of practice? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Navin Kumar, Dead and Back Again!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On Dec. 26, <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10297504/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Navin Kumar</a> “died” and returned from the dead. As he wrote on Facebook, “I woke up in the hospital this morning. I was unconscious and unresponsive yesterday with no pulse and was dead at my parents house. I was dead for a short time. My heart stopped beating for 10 minutes. In the hospital now alive and fighting for my life. Back from the dead and feeling like a zombie minus eating brains.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">He’s written a number of posts on his hospitalization and recovery on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/navin.kumar.161" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">his Facebook page</a>. He’s now back home, with a new pacemaker. Navin, also known as “The Bionic Man,” has both Parkinson’s and a mostly artificial heart. I’ve been coaching him for a number of years, and he’s won a number of medals at the US Open, Nationals, and a few years ago go silver in doubles and bronze in singles at the World Parkinson’s Championships. (Google “Navin Kumar bionic man” and see all links that come up!) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Books I Read in 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/2022-Books-I-Read-Larry-Hodges.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I read 43 books in 2022</a>. For many years I’ve kept track of all the books I read. It’s not an exact thing as far as showing how much I’ve read as books vary greatly in length. The numbers vary, from a high of 84 in 2018 to a low of just 25 (!!!) in 2012. The 43 this past year is a drop – in the past six years I’ve read 43, 52, 67, 68, 84, and 57 books. One “low” – I only read one book on table tennis in 2022, while most years I read a number of them. (Instead, lots of science fiction, science, history, and books on writing.) At some point I might combine the lists into one long one and post it. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-tiffany-ke-random-play-with-backhand-loop-forehand-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Random Play With Backhand Loop &amp; Forehand Smash</a> (62 sec) with Tiffany Ke</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-changbo-lu-backhand-power-loop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Power Loop</a> (71 sec) with Changbo Lu </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from EmRatThich/PingSunday</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@pingsunday/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Videos – Over 20 Since January 1!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-to-chop-block-in-table-tennis-he-zhuojias-technique/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Chop Block: He Zhuojia’s Technique</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-to-block-in-table-tennis-using-the-penhold-backhand-grip/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Block Using the Penhold Backhand Grip</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/some-updates-about-the-chinese-national-table-tennis-team-2023/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Some Updates About the Chinese National Team 2023</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/some-information-about-wtt-regular-challenge-2023/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Some Information About WTT Regular Challenge 2023</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-to-play-against-a-very-strong-backhand-player/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Play Against a Very Strong Backhand Player</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-do-professional-table-tennis-players-practice-their-training-session/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How do Professional Table Tennis Players Practice Their Training Session</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/top-10-interesting-facts-about-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Top 10 Interesting Facts About Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/alexis-lebruns-interview-france-will-get-the-olympics-medals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Alexis Leburn’s Interview: France Will Get the Olympic Medals</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/will-ma-long-win-again-in-the-paris-olympics-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Will Ma Long Win Again in the Paris Olympic 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-to-not-panic-during-a-table-tennis-match/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Not Panic During a Table Tennis Match</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/petrissa-solja-announces-her-retirement/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Petrissa Solja Announces Her Retirement</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/china-table-tennis-super-league-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">China Super League 2022</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/ariel-hsing-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ariel Hsing Equipment and Playing Style</a> – this was interesting to find here since she retired years ago. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-to-deal-with-a-long-serve-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Deal with a Long Serve?</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/new-skills-vs-foundational-skills" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">New Skills vs Foundational Skills</a> (5:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/choosing-drills" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Choosing Drills</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/equipment/5-robot-reasons" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">5 Robot Reasons</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/sid-naresh-role-model" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sid Naresh - Role Model</a> (76 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4X5f-k-MeA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to do 3 Levels of Forehand Smash technique | medium, high and very high hitting">How to do 3 Levels of Forehand Smash technique</a> (13:17)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YBsfVQgDOs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to make a long and short Forehand Heavy Spin serve along a straight line">How to make a long and short Forehand Heavy Spin serve along a straight line</a> (17:28)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU8iVPt6LzE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to attack the half long serve and recover the next counterattack | World Championship Class 🌏">How to attack the half long serve and recover the next counterattack</a> (8:39)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPN0udeqtBo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to make Fast &amp; Furious serve (Super Fast) by Indian 🇮🇳 talent | tutorials &amp; fixes">How to make Fast &amp; Furious serve</a> (13:45)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G0sNG17Lg8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to make advanced Forehand Topspin for French 🇫🇷 students with Short Pips">How to make advanced Forehand Topspin for French <span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Emoji&quot;,sans-serif">🇫🇷</span> students with Short Pips</a> (15:40)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHtjJFUM2Rk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The importance of the wrist in table tennis | Ti Long tests Australian 🇦🇺 and gives advice">The importance of the wrist in table tennis</a> (11:25)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLAGBwIDc5U" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to do reverse serve | Ti Long trains former German officials">How to do reverse serve</a> (8:42)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Drupe Pong</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q7_r6uFWas" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How your bat affects the speed and spin of the ball! (Part 1)">How your bat affects the speed and spin of the ball (Part 1)</a> (9:01)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZNsd5wIvBc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How your bat imparts speed and spin to the ball (Part 2)">How your bat imparts speed and spin to the ball (Part 2)</a> (7:56)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSkills</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/blog/improving-motivation-training" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Improving Motivation for Training</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PongSpace</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJDw3DoIgnY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="3 key strategies for a defensive player to transition from defense to offense">3 key strategies for a defensive player to transition from defense to offense</a> (1:53)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3iYbw50_-Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How do you use the mental game and strategy to defeat a stronger opponent in table tennis.">How do you use the mental game and strategy to defeat a stronger opponent in table tennis</a> (17:37)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF1VwPWtbOA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="This Fan Zhendong Claims His Name in Table Tennis.">This Fan Zhendong Claims His Name in Table Tennis</a> (1:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjl7gfPx8SU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Forehand topspin. Ma LONG and Fan Zhendong.The recovery phase or forward end.">Forehand topspin. Ma LONG and Fan Zhendong. The recovery phase or forward end</a> (4:10)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxEm4PSMzpw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="XU XIN GETS HIS REVENGE ON SIMON GAUZY BY HUMILIATING HIM">XU XIN GETS HIS REVENGE ON SIMON GAUZY BY HUMILIATING HIM</a> (2:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j5w6gGo420" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WORLD VICE CHAMPION SENDS ABSOLUTE ROCKETS FOR 3 MINUTES STRAIGHT">WORLD VICE CHAMPION SENDS ABSOLUTE ROCKETS FOR 3 MINUTES STRAIGHT</a> (3:22)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP6tWyRrJsM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="LIN YUN-JU OVERCOMES, TWICE HIS AGE, LEGEND TIMO BOLL">LIN YUN-JU OVERCOMES, TWICE HIS AGE, LEGEND TIMO BOLL</a> (1:25)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVfPROU_9tA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="TRULS MOREGARD’S SIGMA PLAYS AGAINST WANG CHUQIN">TRULS MOREGARD’S SIGMA PLAYS AGAINST WANG CHUQIN</a> (1:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TfVAPNPGBA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="FIRST NON CHINESE PLAYER IN HISTORY TO BEAT MA LONG, FAN ZHENDONG AND XU XIN PLAYS FANTASTICALLY">FIRST NON CHINESE PLAYER IN HISTORY TO BEAT MA LONG, FAN ZHENDONG AND XU XIN PLAYS FANTASTICALLY</a> (2:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-oRdrn1dWw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="HUGO CALDERANO OUT POWERS ALEXIS LEBRUN">HUGO CALDERANO OUT POWERS ALEXIS LEBRUN</a> (1:18)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LhoghWOXIY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="LIN GAOYUAN DESTROYS PATRICK FRANZISKA">LIN GAOYUAN DESTROYS PATRICK FRANZISKA</a> (1:29)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tom’s Table Tennis Quiz 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/toms-table-tennis-quiz-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the quiz</a> from Tom Lodziak. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>30-Day Table Tennis Fitness Challenge</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s the <a href="https://mailchi.mp/aeb87d5592ee/199h2pkvzu" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">30-Day Table Tennis Fitness Challenge</a> from Peak Performance Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:24px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">“Want to improve your game while getting more fit in the process? Then start your 2023 off STRONG with the <a href="https://mailchi.mp/aeb87d5592ee/199h2pkvzu" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">30-Day Table Tennis Fitness Challenge</a>. It’s really simple. Everyone who signs up for the challenge will get a workout program that’s optimized for table tennis, PLUS direct coaching support from Kevin Finn of Peak Performance Table Tennis. He'll answer your questions, review your form, and provide motivation and accountability! This program is fully remote and can be performed on your own time at home, or at your local gym. It will work well for both beginners and more serious athletes. You can also win prizes! Every workout you complete increases your chance of winning one or more of the following: </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Paddle Palace gift certificate</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Box of balls</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Signed copy of Peak Performance Table Tennis</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And More!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">So if you’re interested in getting in better shape while also…</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Increasing the POWER of your point-winning shots</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Increasing your SPEED &amp; AGILITY so you’re moving like lightning around the court</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Reducing your risk of injury</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And increasing your confidence via the “tight jersey effect”</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 Para ITTF Costa Rica Open: Team USA Wins 5 Medals In The Last International Event Of The Year</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/2022-para-ittf-costa-rica-open-team-usa-win-5-medals-in-the-last-international-event-of-the-year/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Vlad Farcas. On weekends in our group junior sessions, I often get to work with Samuel Altshuler, the junior near the top left!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Signed Blade from 1981 World Table Tennis Championships in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The blade is for sale, jammed with autographs. (For example, side one includes Istvan Jonyer of Hungary, the 1975 World Men’s Singles Champion. Look it over and see if you recognize others.) If you are interested, email <a href="mailto:infodocba@yahoo.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dzafer Buzoli</a>. Here are pictures: </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Buzoli-1981-worlds-signed-blade-side1.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Side One</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Buzoli-1981-worlds-signed-blade-side2.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Side Two</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Serves Up Therapy for Mind and Body Among People with Parkinson's Disease</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/video/ping-pong-serves-up-therapy-for-mind-and-body-among-people-with-parkinsons-disease/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:18) from CBS News</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/09/USATT-2023-Adult-National-Team-Trials-Request-For-Proposal">Request For Proposal 2023 Adult National Team Trials</a> - they really should be giving more than 16 days notice for something like this.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/06/USATT-Insider-Edition-412" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Table Tennis Insider Edition 412</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/06/2023-Junior-US-National-Team-Trials-Part-1-Prospectus-Released" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2023 Junior US National Team Trials Part</a></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"> - I'll likely be there coaching!</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/04/USA-Table-Tennis-Welcomes-Two-New-Staff-Members" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Table Tennis Welcomes Two New Staff Members</a></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"> - Congrats to Barbara Wei and Vlad Farcas! I know both of them well, especially Barbara, who is from my club and was one of the top junior stars in the US for many years!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/03/Olajide-Omotayo-Makes-History-at-the-December-Westchester-Open" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Olajide Omotayo Makes History at the December Westchester Open</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2023/January/03/2022-Player-of-the-Year-Awards-Announced" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Player of the Year Awards Announced</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-table-tennis-minnesota-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Table Tennis Minnesota</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/us-open-by-the-numbers/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open: By The Numbers</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/neu-ulm-dream-team-wins-midyear-title/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Neu-Ulm Dream Team Wins Midyear Title</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/defending-champs-all-in-for-puerto-rico-open-repeat/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Defending Champs “All In” for Puerto Rico Open Repeat</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/first-rankings-of-2023-fan-ma-wang-are-top-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">First Rankings of 2023: Fan, Ma, Wang are Top 3</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-alameda-ping-pong-gym-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Alameda Ping Pong Gym</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-top-10-videos-of-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Top 10 Videos of 2022</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/09/wada-releases-updated-prohibited-list-2023/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WADA Releases Updated Prohibited List for 2023 </a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2023/01/06/looking-ahead-full-calendar-year-awaits-table-tennis-community/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Looking Ahead, A Full Calendar Year Awaits the Table Tennis Community">Looking Ahead, A Full Calendar Year Awaits the Table Tennis Community</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis: It’s In My DNA</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s where you can buy the shirt – two versions!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Funny-Ping-Pong-Premium-T-Shirt/dp/B09X6XZ9H5" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis: It’s In My DNA</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Funny-Premium-T-Shirt/dp/B0BNM21J9B" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ping Pong: It’s In My DNA</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Twas the Night Before Christmas . . . Ping-Pong Style</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mytabletennis.net/Forum/merry-christmas_topic92721_post1136317.html#1136317" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a>, by mjamja at the mytabletennis.net forum!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong in the Classroom</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHBOenNi7J0&amp;ab_channel=HouseofHighlights" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (16 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Epic Ping Pong Trickshot Compilation</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HSb5U44NLA&amp;ab_channel=MHTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (57 sec) from Matt Hetherington!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Best Ping Pong Shots of 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3hA6oheGls&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:23) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 01/09/2023 - 19:01</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 09 Jan 2023 19:01:11 +0000 Larry Hodges 3438 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3438#comments January 2, (17x17x7) http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3436 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">January 2, (17x17x7)</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tips of the Week While I Was Away</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dec. 19, 2022  - <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3433" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Clear the Mind</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dec. 26, 2022  - <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3434" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Looping Against Backspin and Topspin</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Jan. 2, 2023     - <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3435" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Mind Games</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 US Open in Ontario, California</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Other than arguing with certain USATT people about USATT rules and illegal ads for alcoholic beverages (see below), I had a great time at the US Open, Dec. 16-21. I was there as both a player and coach. As I player, I won Gold in Over 40 Hardbat (eighth time - see video below), Silver in Over 60 Hardbat, and Bronze in Hardbat Doubles (with Dan Seemiller Jr.). As a coach, I only had one player - Ryan Lin, who won two bronzes, for Under 13 Boys' Singles and Under 15 Boys' Doubles. (I only coached the singles matches.) The Under 13 semis was so close - Ryan won the first and had five game points in the second before losing, 16-14 - with the lights going out and interrupting play at 15-14. The online scores incorrectly have the score as 14-12.) <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2687" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are complete US Open results</a>, care of Omnipong. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the past, we usually had a large group of junior players from the Maryland Table Tennis Center, but this year they went as a group to the Nationals in July, the Teams in November, and most of the top ones had a number of international and other events, and they couldn't miss more school - so Ryan was our only junior player this time. We'll be back at the Nationals in July, probably with close to 30 players. (I hear rumors it’ll be in Fort Worth, TX again, but nothing official yet.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvd3_9XCZRU&amp;ab_channel=PingPongWeekend" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here is video</a> (33:49) of my Over 40 Hardbat Final against Ilya Rozenblat, which I won 21-12, 21-14, 27-25 (!). <a href="https://youtu.be/Pvd3_9XCZRU?t=1878" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">See this diving point</a> at 24-all in the third, giving me my first match point! I immediately took a timeout to rest after that. (Yes, I need to get in better shape, but I can still move.) <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvd3_9XCZRU&amp;t=2014s&amp;ab_channel=PingPongWeekend" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the last point</a>, where I smack in a serve. (NEW - <a href="https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.butler.583234/posts/pfbid02znQXf6XUu4BdAAdtvC9ifMACCVsybaAxPkP6GQb1evJcZDqWKeg6KCzzkwgREGntl?notif_id=1672691710915801&amp;notif_t=tagged_with_story&amp;ref=notif">Here's it in slow motion</a>, starting 13 seconds in, care of Jimmy Butler!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was strange that I won Over 40 Hardbat but lost the final of Over 60. (I was top seed in both.) In Over 60, held on the first day (Friday), I injured my right knee at 3-3 in the first game in the semifinals, and hobbled around much of the rest of the tournament. (But I figured out how to adjust for it and continued to move about, playing my usual forehand-attacking game.) In the final I played Jian Zhuang, who is normally a shakehand player with short pips on both sides, rated 2185. He was very good, and between that and my knee problem, I lost three straight, with only one game somewhat close. I don't know if I could challenge him healthy - but I wouldn't have to in Over 40, as that event was played on the last day of the tournament, day six, and he couldn't stay the whole time and so he didn't play that event.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the semifinals of Over 60, I had a wild match with Steve Claflin, who plays hardbat fulltime and runs the Classic Hardbat World Championships. As noted, at 3-3 I injured my knee, and he won the first, 21-10. (It was a best of five, but we agreed to play best of three.) Twice I came very close to defaulting, but I continued. In the second, I let 18-7 and 19-10, and he almost came back, before I won, 21-17. The third was crazier. I led 17-8, 19-11, and 20-14 match point, and then it was 20-19. I was adjusting for the knee problems, but I think that Steve was often playing down to me for much of the last two games, only turning it on when he was way down and had nothing to lose. I finally won that third game, barely at 21-19. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was strange that all the hardbat events were best of five to 21 from the semifinals on. I checked, and verified that, just as in past years, that was meant only for Men's and Women's Hardbat Singles. But since it said all hardbat events on the entry form, it was best of five in the semifinals and finals of all events, including Over 40 and Over 60. Not good for my knee and for some elderly players! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It wasn't just the knee - I pulled a muscle while shadow-practicing between points. Jeez. But that was relatively minor compared to the knee problem. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a strange experience at lunch at Wendy's one day. Sitting two tables behind me were a man and women (not table tennis players). They had one cell phone and were taking turns SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS into it, passing it back and forth. It was something about their car dying and they were one and a half miles away. But that wasn't the really interesting part. As I got up to go, the man (who had been screaming just seconds before) walked over, and said (and if I gave you one thousand guesses, you would never guess this): "Excuse me, may I recite poetry to you?" I was somewhat stunned. I said I had to go, but he went ahead and recited a poem for about a minute, something about hearts and question marks, probably something about how a question mark with its mirror image looks like a heart with a dot over it. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There were a number of panels at the Open, similar to how they did a few years ago. This included the annual USATT Assembly (see segment below). Since the panels generally started around 6:30 or 7:00 PM, and I was always playing or coaching at that time, I wasn't able to attend others. (Many others had the same problem. I only made the Assembly because the tournament fell behind and so a match I was supposed to coach was postponed two hours.) Other panels were on the USATT Foundation; Club Development and Tournament Sanctioning Process; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in USASTT Membership; Meet and Greet the Olympians; and the High Performance Team. I was a bit disappointed there were no panels on coaching or junior development. At the 2017 US Nationals, I ran two of the panels - "Coaching Clinic: Intermediate and Advanced Serves," and "How to Set Up a Successful Junior Program."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Thanks to all those who put together and ran the tournament! Many of us were especially appreciative that, after years of gradually having more and more rubber-floored courts, they all had rubberized flooring! (With my knee problems, I would not have been able to continue on cement.) With a shortage of tables, the desk crew did a superhuman job keeping things together.  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Afterwards, I flew to San Francisco to spend Christmas with my brother and his family. We toured <a href="https://www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Alcatraz</a> on the first day. <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/ellie-larry-ping-pong-12-2022.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's a picture</a> my six-year-old niece Ellie drew after I gave her a table tennis lesson - they have a table in their garage. She loves forehands and serving, absolutely and stubbornly refuses to even try backhands. Maybe next year. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And now, some issues that came up at the US Open. Skip ahead if not interested – a lot of it is about rules and bylaws. (New Year’s Resolution: Pay less attention to USATT so I don’t get drawn into these things...) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>&lt;BEGIN US OPEN ISSUES&gt;</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Alcoholic Beverages Advertised at US Open</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">If I gave a blow-by-blow account of the often behind-the-scenes debate on advertising alcoholic beverages on the barriers and table numbers on feature courts one and two, this blog would become a book. A long one. Instead, I'll summarize. And believe me, I’m still amazed that such a seemingly simple thing escalated. It would have been very easy for USATT to simply realize they shouldn’t be doing these ads, since they are barred by ITTF rules - more on that below - but decide it was too late for the Open since they had limited barriers and couldn’t redo all the table numbers. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There were three issues. </span></span></p> <ol> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Should USATT accept ads and sponsors for alcoholic beverages?</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Who should make this decision?</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Was it legal to advertise them in the playing courts at the US Open?</span></span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The advertiser in question was Dream Blue, a hard liquor company from China. (More on this below.) They had large ads on both sides of seven barriers in the two feature courts 1 &amp; 2 (so really 14 ads), as well as on the table numbers on all 77 tables, plus in multiple signs just outside the playing courts. (On Dec. 20, I emailed the USATT Board Chair, Richard Char, asking how much money USATT received from Dream Blue, and he said he'd get back to me, but he hasn't done so yet. I asked several board members, and none knew anything about it or how much money we were receiving.) Let's go in order. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>1) Should USATT accept ads and sponsors for alcoholic beverages?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">To start with, here is the ITTF and USATT rule on this:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">3.2.5.1.1 Advertisements or markings in or next to the playing area, on playing clothing or numbers and on umpires’ clothing, shall not be for tobacco goods, alcoholic drinks, harmful drugs or illegal products…</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This came up in a past USATT board meeting many years ago. I was at the meeting. At the time, it was illegal in the USATT bylaws. The question was discussed for quite some time, with the idea of changing the bylaws. In the end, though there was no vote, and all of the board members at the time were against it, and so none proposed changing the bylaws. Ironically, a few years later the bylaws were rewritten, and that bylaw was left out. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Personally, I'm against the idea, but I'm not going to write an essay here on why. (I'm a non-drinker and my primary role at major tournaments is coaching junior players from my club's training program – so I’d prefer not to have this bad influence.) But I'm not going on a crusade against this <i>if</i> the policy-making branch of USATT decides to change long-standing policy and allow this. Which gets us to the second issue.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2) Who should make this decision?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The policy-making branch of USATT, obviously. From Section 7.2 of the bylaws (bolds are mine): </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">7.2. Functions of the Board. The USATT Board shall represent the interests of the table tennis community for USATT in the United States and its athletes by providing USATT with <b>policy</b>, guidance and strategic direction.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">7.2.d. <b>Set policy</b> and provide guidance and strategic direction to management on significant issues facing USATT;</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Alas, the decision in this matter was made by the USATT CEO, not the USATT Board, though the board chair promised me at the Open that it would be an agenda item in an upcoming board meeting. Making such a major change in policy should be made by the policy-making branch of government, the board of directors. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And now we get to the long, nitty-gritty issue...</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>3) Was it legal to advertise alcoholic beverages at the US Open?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">No, it was not. As noted above, the ITTF bylaws make it illegal to advertise alcoholic beverages in the playing area. The prospectus (i.e. entry form) says, "The 2022 US Open Table Tennis Championship matches will be conducted under the ITTF Rules." Based on ITTF rules, the ads were blatantly illegal. Also based on ITTF rules, the referees interpret the rules, which would include the wording on the prospectus. (From the USATT Tournament Guide, 4.4.5a, the referee "Is the final authority on interpretation of the rules and regulations as they apply to the tournament." The ITTF Handbook concurs, saying, "The referee shall be responsible for: 3.3.1.2.10 deciding any question of interpretation of Laws or Regulations, including the acceptability of clothing, playing equipment and playing conditions.")</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The prospectus then says, "Rules of match play are determined by the Referee. All matters, issues, guidelines, and ancillary decisions beyond match play will be determined by the Tournament Director in accordance with USATT Policies and Procedures, including the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/2022/USATT-Member-Code-of-Conduct-19-04-05a.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Member Code of Conduct</a>." (We'll get back to this.) After reading the relevant wording, the Referee Team (which is how I was asked to refer to them), which included both the Referee and Deputy Referee/Chair of the USATT Umpires and Referees Committee, both ruled the ads were illegal. (I asked them.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">When the issue came up at the USATT Assembly -  mostly with the USATT CEO (Virginia Sung) and Board Chair (Richard Char) - they insisted that the US Open was <i>not</i> played under ITTF rules, since it wasn't ITTF sanctioned. I had to read to them the specific statement from the prospectus (see above) that it <i>was</i> played under ITTF rules, but they still disagreed. As I pointed out, if it were not being played under ITTF rules, <i>what rules were we playing under?</i> There are <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/2022/2022-USATT-Rules.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT rules</a> (effective Jan. 16, 2022), which are basically the ITTF rules with some additions. But they have the <i>exact same statement</i> as the ITTF rules about alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Then the argument switched to the two follow-up statements in the prospectus that give the Tournament Director (Mike Babuin) limited authority over issues beyond "match play." (Limited because he still has to follow USATT Policies and Procedures, including the USATT Member Code of Conduct – more on that below.) The first problem here is that the term "match play" does not appear anywhere in the ITTF or USATT rules – it’s a made-up term, and so the referees have to interpret it. But as noted, the Referee Team had already ruled that the ads were illegal. (I believe they ruled that anything in the playing area was considered "match play" in this context.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">However, the referees also told me they had been <i>overruled by the CEO</i>. That's illegal – neither the CEO nor the Tournament Director can overrule the referees on a question of rules. Even if you interpret the rules to say that the Tournament Director has the authority to do this (i.e. it wasn't about "match play" and the Referee Team are overruled on this interpretation, even though they are the ones who do the interpreting), we run into a second problem - the Tournament Director wasn't the one who did the overruling. The CEO did. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The third problem here is that even the Tournament Director cannot overrule the referees on this. (And he didn't, to his credit. His focus was on running the tournament.) Why can't he? The prospectus says, "…decisions beyond match play will be determined by the Tournament Director <i>in accordance with USATT Policies and Procedures, including the </i><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/2022/USATT-Member-Code-of-Conduct-19-04-05a.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><i>USATT Member Code of Conduct</i></a><i>."</i> And the USATT Code of Conduct says, "<i>Abide by all</i> applicable USA Table Tennis rules and regulations…" Since the USATT rules specifically forbid advertising alcoholic beverages in the playing area (just as the ITTF rules do), the Tournament Director would have to be in accordance with them, based on the very wording on the prospectus. (Italics above are mine.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">[And no, you can’t arbitrarily declare this USATT rule is not “applicable” and then use circular reasoning to declare that since the rule isn’t applicable, the Tournament Director doesn’t have to be in accordance with it, and use that to argue that the therefore the rule isn’t applicable – which was the starting point. Circular reasoning.]</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It's the second year in a row that the CEO has overruled the referee on a question of rules. (Last year the referee ruled a racket to be illegal, but the CEO, then also the tournament director, illegally overruled him on this rules question. When umpires subsequently also ruled the racket illegal, the CEO ordered the matches played without umpires, and that the racket could be allowed.) I've run 203 USATT sanctioned tournaments - can you imagine the trouble I'd be in if I illegally overruled a referee like this? In my 46 years in the sport, these are the only two times I've ever seen it happen. Where is the accountability? (If I started citing past issues I've blogged about, this blog would turn into a book.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They did find video of matches at the 2022 Worlds where there was an illegal logo for an alcoholic beverage company on the flooring, and used that to justify our similarly breaking this rule. (You had to be Chinese to know this as the logo was just Chinese lettering.) I emailed ITTF about this on Dec. 20, but they haven't gotten back to me. However, arguing that it's okay to break the rules because you catch someone else breaking the rules isn't a very good argument. I can show you video of top players serving illegally at those same Worlds, so does that mean we can all serve illegally? Since many athletes have illegally used steroids, does that mean we can too? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Another argument that was made (though not at the USATT Assembly) was that since Dream Blue also sold non-alcoholic drinks, it wasn't actually an alcoholic beverage company. But that's silly - Budweiser,  Heineken, and most other major beer companies also sell non-alcoholic drinks, but few would argue they are not alcoholic beverage companies. If you go the <a href="http://www.yangheglobal.com/mengzhilan-series.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dream Blue</a> web page (and I’m only giving their web page so people can verify on their own they are a hard liquor company), before you can get there a page comes up asking, "Are you of legal drinking age in your country of residence?" When you click on that, the next headline is, "Dream Blue is our high-end series. Carrying on traditional craftsmanship and distilling techniques from ancient Yanghe, we use base liquor stored for centuries underground…" A little Googling shows that the liquors advertised there range from about 40% to 52% alcohol. Yeah, that's hard liquor. (Let's be honest - these various arguments about allowing alcoholic beverage ads at the US Open were not about whether they were legal; they were about rationalizing rules they had already broken.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The big issue here isn't just whether to advertise alcoholic beverages in the playing areas at USATT tournaments. It's more about who sets such policies, and the questionable practice of a CEO overruling referees on the rules. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Someone asked, "What do you expect us to do, replace all the barriers when we don't have enough barriers to take their place?" That's not the issue. If a tournament illegally has cement floors - i.e. they forgot to put it on the entry form - then when players show up and discover this, you don't cancel the tournament, the directors simply acknowledge the mistake and make sure the mistake doesn't happen again. Similarly, all the CEO had to do was acknowledge they had made a mistake and promise it wouldn't happen again. Instead, they doubled down, insisting it was legal and throwing every rationalization on the wall they could think of, hoping something would stick. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This whole issue isn't new - I blogged about this issue on <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3430" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">December 5</a>, and as the CEO said at the USATT Assembly, "We read Larry's blog every Monday." (I’m really tired of writing about USATT and hope to focus more on coaching in my blogs, but these issues keep coming up. I feel like most discussions with certain USATT people are pointless since they are not discussing what’s right, they are rationalizing what they <i>want</i> to be right.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The reality is that USATT messed up on this issue, and doubled down when it was pointed out. I'm told I've been called all sorts of names behind the scenes, of which "troublemaker" is just one. But who are the troublemakers, the ones who break the rules of our sport, or the ones who simply point it out? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">After all this, I need a drink . . . where’s my Dr Pepper?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Assembly</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The start of this was mostly reports from the CEO and others. Then they opened it up to questions, and I had plenty about both the assembly and the alcoholic beverages questions on ads I raised above. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The USATT Assembly was another example of ignoring the USATT bylaws. As I blogged about previously, the bylaws require notice of the Assembly be made 30 days in advance; instead, the news item on it went up seven days in advance. (It was not on the originally published entry form either, though they added it later, I think about the time the news item went up. It wasn’t there 30 days in advance, and it’s not exactly “notice” to retroactively add something to column 2 of page 9 of the entry form well after it had already been published.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But the bylaws also say, "The annual USATT Assembly shall be held in conjunction with a Board meeting." There is a reason for this - when the idea of the USATT Assembly came up, the whole idea was that board members would listen to members, and then meet where they could discuss those issues. But no board meeting was held at the US Open in conjunction with the USATT Assembly. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I raised this issue at the Assembly, and was told that several members (mostly players) did not want to hold a meeting at the Open, since they were playing. This is reasonable. However, what is <i>not</i> reasonable is that there was nothing in the minutes about the board deciding to ignore this bylaw. The only mention is in the Sept. 6, 2022 minutes, which simply says, "Board Chair Char reported that the next USATT Board Meeting will be held on Monday, December 5, 2022." (That was later changed to Dec. 7, and was a Zoom meeting, held nine days before the US Open.) This is an actual USATT bylaw that's being broken without so much as a vote on whether to do so. To be blunt, they knowingly broke our own bylaws and left it out of the minutes. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My recommendation – if you have to violate the bylaws, then have a vote on it. Better still, have the meeting the afternoon or night of the last day of the tournament, when most players are done. (This came up several times when I was on the board, and we did that sometimes.) Or simply have a Zoom meeting immediately after the Open, which could be said to be in conjunction with the Open. But you can’t just ignore the bylaws when they are inconvenient. (Side note – the USATT Assembly should start at perhaps 8PM, not at 6:30PM when many are still playing or coaching.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>"We Need More Tables!"</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">While mostly on time, tournament often fell behind, either overall or with individual events, though not nearly as badly as last year’s Open. By most afternoons, many matches were an hour or more behind, though not in all events, and often only due to conflicts that were difficult to resolve with the limited tables. I don't fault those who ran the US Open. When I asked the heroic desk crew about this, I got variations of the same thing: "We need more tables!" The general rule when running large tournaments is you need 10% as many tables as players. Since there were 970 players, that means 97 tables. But they only had 77. (I'm told they were promised more.) This meant that the tables were almost always fully scheduled - which is a recipe for falling behind in large tournaments. Except for matches at the start of the day, you always need about five or more free tables for delayed matches to catch up. Otherwise, there's no place to play them except by holding up other matches, which leads to what I call the "cascading" effect, where everything starts to fall behind. (Note - I've run 203 USATT tournaments and was Operations Director at two US Opens, so I know a little about these issues.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Open Improvements</b></span></span></p> <ol> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">More tables. Need at least 10% of the number of entrants. Except for first matches in the morning, in a large tournament like this you need to always have five or more tables open for delayed matches. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Organize the posted draws. Need to have them in logical order - use listing from entry form - ideally with headings for each. Plan it out in advance. With 100+ draws, it became incredibly difficult to find individual draws when they are posted in chronological order. That’s easier for the organizers, but makes things difficult for players, coaches, and spectators. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Post the draws online the day or night before. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Clarify or reword the term "match play," since it isn't a defined term. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Clarify if setting the policy for accepting alcohol and tobacco ads should be by the policy-making branch of USATT (the board of directors), the CEO, or the tournament director. (Should be the board, of course.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Need food in playing hall on the last day. For some reason, they didn’t show that day. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Pizza was good, but really, Really, REALLY should have Chinese food. Pizza and Chinese food and everyone's happy. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">$5/bottle for water is way too much. (Water has usually been provided in past US Opens and Nationals and are free at Teams.) Either provide it free, provide it cheap from USATT, or require the venders sell it cheaper. Players go through a lot of water, and at $5/bottle it becomes a huge expense. Reality - many just bought a case of water from outside. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Create a "Tournament Hosts" group or equivalent. Their only purpose is to look at the tournament from the players’ point of view and find ways to make the tournament better. An example of this was Dell and Connie Sweeris at the two successful US Opens in Grand Rapids. Bring them, or others such as Dan Seemiller, Dave &amp; Donna Sakai, etc., and we might be amazed at how much better the tournaments become. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">USATT Assembly and other meetings should start later, not while everyone's playing. Perhaps at 8PM. It should also have a public agenda and a description for first-timers. </span></span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>&lt;/END US OPEN ISSUES&gt;</b></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>George Braithwaite Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pongspace.com/clubleague/?fbclid=IwAR1JuIT_iPuJlStMvNpPjwdAVjyydiOh0qGjLtGASITF63MyOhoh3Oc6csU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the info page</a>. The league, from the Boston to the Washington DC region, with 3-5 on a team, starts in January, with the final in April. “The purpose of the league is to facilitate individual competitiveness and team spirit of players in various clubs thereby creating more interaction and friendship through team-based table tennis competition. By increasing participation in the Olympic sport of table tennis through the vast number of table tennis players in the United States, Pongpace sets the foundation of making table tennis a major sport in the country.” ENTER SOON!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Kanak Jha's USADA Suspension</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This was a shocker, but let's wait for more details to come out. All I know about this is what is below. Kanak was US Men's Singles Champion four straight years, 2016-2019 (he hasn’t played in it since apparently due to conflicting overseas matches), and is current world #28, the top ranked US player. On December 18, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KanakJhaOfficial/posts/pfbid02yHaTNDH3QmdPSuyrUWV4kr68mPL95apvypVtUFRWgyHBc3T3HWfFZrPjhxx6xMnil" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">he posted the following on Facebook</a>: </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On December 1, I was given notice by the US Anti-Doping Agency that they are provisionally suspending me from competing or participating in ITTF, any clubs or member associations affiliated events, effective immediately, as a result of having missed three USADA tests within a 12-month period. As a professional athlete competing at a high level, I am required to comply with USADA’s Anti-Doping Rules and make myself available for random testing. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I have requested and will receive an arbitration hearing to contest the missed tests. The judgement for the case will most likely be done in first quarter of 2023. I am hopeful that the arbitration committee will rule that the circumstances warrants a dispensation in one or more of the missed tests.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s a possible explanation – someone posted the following on the <a href="https://mytabletennis.net/forum/topic92706_page2.html#1136453" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">mytabletennis.net forum</a>:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">According to some German New Articles, Kanak changed his residence in Ochsenhausen but negligently forgot to inform the USADA of his new address. So, when the USADA inspectors went to his old address to conduct the inspection/tests, Kanak was of course not present for the test because he was already residing elsewhere.</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sources:</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://sportky.zoznam.sk/c/317649/americka-hviezda-si-moze-buchat-hlavu-o-stenu-mladicka-nerozvaznost-sa-nevyplaca" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">https://sportky.zoznam.sk/c/317649/americka-hviezda-si-moze-buchat-hlavu-o-stenu-mladicka-nerozvaznost-sa-nevyplaca</a></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/baden-wuerttemberg/friedrichshafen/spieler-ttf-ochsenhausen-wird-gesperrt-wegen-verpasstem-dopingtest-100.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/baden-wuerttemberg/friedrichshafen/spieler-ttf-ochsenhausen-wird-gesperrt-wegen-verpasstem-dopingtest-100.html</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT’s Suspension List</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was shocked to discover that a member of the USATT’s Board of Directors, Dan Reynolds, is now on the public <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/athlete-safety/suspended-member-list" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Suspended list</a>, effective December 27. I have no idea what happened – just what’s on the page. (See the fifth and last case.) Let’s not jump to conclusions – we have no idea at this point what the facts are or what it's about, who made the complaint, and whether there is any evidence. (Dan is not even allowed to discuss the issue.) This could also have major political implications as the USATT board of directors will be voting for the chair of the board later this month (January), and many believe Dan would be running for the position, or (since the board is somewhat split right now) would cast a decisive vote. (And yes, the timing of this is suspicious – but we just don’t know yet what the facts are.) The suspension is a temporary measure, “Pending Investigation and Resolution of Complaint.” Anyone can make such a complaint, and that leads to an immediate suspension pending investigation. But until the matter is resolved, it says he is “suspended from participating in any and all USATT-related activities and events.” <i>IF</i> it turns out he is innocent, and yet is barred from the running for or voting in the board chair election, then something very wrong has taken place, and USATT should do all in its power to make sure that doesn't happen. I think we need a timeline here of how long before this will be resolved, and the board chair vote should wait until afterwards, assuming the issue will be resolved in a reasonable amount of time. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Jan-Ove Waldner: When the Feeling Decides: 2022's Updated Version</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BQGQNRV9/ref=sr_1_2?crid=WQPOO7I07A2J&amp;keywords=when+the+feeling+decides+waldner&amp;qid=1671433997&amp;s=books&amp;sprefix=when+the+feeling+decides+waldner%2Cstripbooks-intl-ship%2C132&amp;sr=1-2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is on Amazon</a>! It's updated from the 2003 issue. Here's the Amazon description: </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Jan-Ove Waldner: When the feeling decides was originally published in Swedish in 1997. For a long time the book has only been translated from Swedish to English, German, Japanese and Chinese. Now I am deeply happy that the English version of Jan-Ove Waldner: When the feeling decides, first launched in 2003, has been republished in an updated version. Since it is now many years since the original version was published some of the material has not really survived the influence of time. Such chapters have been left out in this edition. On the other hand, there is a longer fresh interview with Waldner, which puts the rest of the material in new perspective. I hope you, dear reader, will find the reading pleasant and the content still interesting.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>News from All Over</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Since I haven't blogged since Dec. 12 (due to US Open and Christmas), rather than try to list every interesting article, for this blog I'll just link to some of the main news and coaching pages, and you can pick and choose.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Butterfly News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Samson Dubina</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/articles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tom Lodziak</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSkills Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/articles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - Video</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qB0R__Vb9Pw3nQMw5haUg/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">TacoBackhand Videos</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@TT11TV/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TT11TV</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@pongspace9577/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">PongSpace</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@drupepong/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Drupe Pong</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/MALONGFanmadeChannel/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">MaLong Fanmade Channel</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@Pingispagarna/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pingispågarna</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@AdamBobrow/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Adam Bobrow</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Best Backhand Ever? - Kalinikos Kreanga</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/1734583124/videos/391541459831805" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (10 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Technical Journal Articles on Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0274717" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">An External Focus of Attention Enhances Table Tennis Backhand Stroke Accuracy in Low-Skilled Players</a>, from PLOS ONE. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/2022/10000/Weightlifting_Is_Better_Than_Plyometric_Training.31.aspx" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Weightlifting Is Better Than Plyometric Training to Improve Strength, Counter Movement Jump, and Change of Direction Skills in Tunisian Elite Male Junior Table Tennis Players</a>, from The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Happy New Year from Jorgen Persson</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=867681554453751" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (24 sec) of the 1991 World Men’s Champion as he plays on a mini-table with a robot and a funny hat. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Mug – Big Guy vs. Jumpy Guy</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.cafepress.com/+,1279123860?pgn=3&amp;applycoupons=PLASB&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;sqp=1&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_source=pla-google&amp;utm_campaign=18148117834-d-c&amp;utm_content=-adid-&amp;utm_term=-pid-1279123860&amp;gclid=CjwKCAiAv9ucBhBXEiwA6N8nYObnKCKV_VHxQ_Md4gUyahZgYmD5FrpxQ2keFU27m-cBExKjBbj2zhoCTywQAvD_BwE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy it!</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pabst Blue Ribbon Table Tennis Ping Pong Beer Vintage 1942 Ad Magazine Print</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ebay.com/itm/334628413669" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a> – and it’s only $12.59 on Ebay!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Spooky #161 FINAL ISSUE of Series (Harvey Comics 1980)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ebay.com/itm/204037363549" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a> – and it’s only $3.74 on Ebay!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Are You the Table Tennis or Ping Pong Elf?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s where you can buy the shirts at Amazon!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Elf-Matching-Family-Christmas-T-Shirt/dp/B07YZV3D7Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Ping Pong Elf</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Family-Matching-Group/dp/B0BMVYPMVV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Table Tennis Elf</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Elf-Christmas-Matching/dp/B07WHGK9BB" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Elf</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Big Paddle, Many Balls</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://media4.giphy.com/media/o0poI9XEbRKoM/giphy.gif?cid=790b7611205349dba5280059f5992306dcf1e6c7575d95c3&amp;rid=giphy.gif&amp;ct=g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the gif!</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Lego Table Tennis Robot</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://ttcanada.ca/lego-table-tennis-robot/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="https://ttcanada.ca/lego-table-tennis-robot/">Here's the article and video</a> (18 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World's Spinniest Shots</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3hA6oheGls&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:23) from PongFinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Greatest Game of Ping Pong I’ve Ever Seen</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB44ZlLAZfQ&amp;ab_channel=OmarRaja-ESPN" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a> (54 sec)! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 01/02/2023 - 18:39</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 02 Jan 2023 18:39:58 +0000 Larry Hodges 3436 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3436#comments December 12, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3432 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">December 12, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Next Blog on January 2, 2023, But Tips Every Monday</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’ll be out of town the next few weeks at the US Open and for Christmas, so no blogging until after I return. However, the <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/TipOfTheWeek" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tip of the Week</a> will still go up every Monday!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3431" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Should You Use a Super-Fast Racket?</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>MDTTC Open, Books Sales, and the Novice Class</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2751" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are the results</a> of the MDTTC December Open, care of Omnipong. I usually coach at these tournaments, but this time I spent most of my time . . . selling books! I set up a table and had 18 of <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">my books</a> on sale, both table tennis and science fiction. <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Larry-selling-books-mdttc-dec22-open1-sm.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a picture</a>! (Table tennis books on the right, science fiction &amp; fantasy on the left. Note that I’m wearing my “Baby Yoda Playing Table Tennis” shirt on Saturday. On Sunday I wore my “Baby Yoda Dressed as Santa Claus with Ping-Pong Paddle” shirt.) I ended up selling 42 books, plus gave a way a bunch. Half the profits will go to the MDTTC junior program. Normally, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a> dominates the sales, but most of the locals already have that book. I ended up selling at least one copy of 16 of the 18 books, and three or more of nine of them. (Profits came to about $220, so I'll be donating $110 to the junior program.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Speaking of giving away “a bunch,” I’m giving out about 55 of my books for free to those in the MDTTC junior program. The program is divided into four groups; everyone in groups 1-3 will get a free copy of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a>. (Many of them already have the book, so for them, they get their choice of any of my books. Those in group 4, the novice group, will get a copy when they advance to group 3.) It’ll cost me close to $300 for the books plus shipping. Of course, I’ll require them to say, “Larry has the best forehand” or all they get is a crumpled-up ping-pong ball. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Because of the tournament, the only class we had was the Novice class on Sunday at 5PM, where the age range is about 6-8. As usual (drum roll...) the focus was on fundamentals. A key thing here is finding ways to get them to do “drudgery” drills while keeping it fun and interesting. I usually start with standard drills, but when I detect boredom – and kids at that age don’t hide that – I bring out <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/froggy2sm.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Froggy</a> for target practice, start counting how many shots they make in a row, and do interactive drills. I actually have two “Froggys” – Grampa Froggy, the original that I bought in 2006 (so 16 years old), who is falling apart (missing one leg, most of his toes, and held together by duct tape) and Baby Froggy, the new one I bought summer of 2021. I often put one on the deep forehand side, the other on the deep backhand side, so the kids are forced to hit deep and wide – exactly what we want them to do. At their demand, we finished the session with a short “Simon Says” – except, since I was wearing the Baby Yoda Christmas Table Tennis Shirt (see above), it was “Baby Yoda Says.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>George Braithwaite Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pongspace.com/clubleague/?fbclid=IwAR1JuIT_iPuJlStMvNpPjwdAVjyydiOh0qGjLtGASITF63MyOhoh3Oc6csU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the info page</a>. The league, from the Boston to the Washington DC region, with 3-5 on a team, starts in January, with the final in April. “The purpose of the league is to facilitate individual competitiveness and team spirit of players in various clubs thereby creating more interaction and friendship through team-based table tennis competition. By increasing participation in the Olympic sport of table tennis through the vast number of table tennis players in the United States, Pongpace sets the foundation of making table tennis a major sport in the country.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Panels at US Open</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s the USATT news item, <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/December/09/Open-Panel-to-Be-Held-Meetings-at-the-2022-US-Open" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Open Panel Meetings to Be Held at the 2022 US Open<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none">. </span></span></a>They are running five, plus the USATT General Assembly. (Presumably there will also be a USATT board meeting held in conjunction with the General Assembly, as required by USATT bylaw 15.2.) </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Below is the panel schedule – much of which conflicts with my own coaching and playing schedule, so not sure how many I’ll be able to attend. One thing that jumps out to me – no coaching panels! Alas. I used to run such clinics at the Open and Nationals. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">FRI      7:00-8:00 PM              USATT Foundation: Meet the Members</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">SAT     6:00-7:00 PM              Club Development and Tournament Sanctioning</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">SUN    6:30-7:30 PM              USATT General Assembly</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">            7:30-8:30 PM              Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">MON   6:30-7:30 PM              Meet and Greet Olympians</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">            7:30-9:00 PM              High Performance Team</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We’ve had similar panels in the past at the Nationals and Open. I still have the flyer for the 2017 Nationals, where we had eight panels – I think that was the last time we had such panels. I taught two of them, “Intermediate and Advanced Serves,” and “How to Set Up a Successful Junior Program.” (The turnout for the serving clinic I taught was huge!) Others were “Tournament Directors Best Practices 101”; “Advanced Return of Serve” (with Stefan Feth); “USATT Umpires Clinic”; “USATT Club Best Practices”; “One-on-One with High Performance Director Jörg Bitzigeio”; and “Omnipong 101” (with Craig Krum). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Holiday Shopping – Buy My Books!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays are coming up – time to buy my table tennis books! (But feel free to buy my science fiction ones as well.) <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a listing</a> with descriptions for each. Below are direct links to the table tennis books. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a> - best seller</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tips-Larry-Hodges/dp/1497496144" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544715137" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">More Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088N68MS6" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Still More Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tales-Techniques-Hodges/dp/B003AYB2A0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tales &amp; Techniques</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Table-Tennis-Coaches-Handbook/dp/1484033760" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Professional Table Tennis Coaches Handbook</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Pong-Larry-Hodges/dp/1512117080/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Spirit of Pong</a> - fantasy table tennis novel - American travels to China to train with the spirits (ghosts!) of past champions.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/First-Galactic-Table-Tennis-Championships/dp/B0BCD4ZLKH" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a> - science fiction table tennis novelette - aliens from around the galaxy compete in Beijing!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Make sure to see the Michael Jordan quote. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/michael-jordan" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Michael Jordan</a> - What was his best skill? (4:43)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/optimist-vs-pessimist" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Optimist vs Pessimist</a> - Which are you??????? (3:26)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/cheater" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Cheater!</a> - 4 Ways He Will Cheat (7:54)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/gaining-advantage" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Gaining an Advantage</a> (5:21)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/devastate-underdog" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Devastate the Underdog</a> - Learn Proper Preparation</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/upset" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Upset</a> - Pull Off the Upset of the Tournament!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">He’s been busy – see last item!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-to-improve-the-speed-of-your-backhand-topspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Improve the Speed of Your Backhand Topspin</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-to-become-fast-and-relax-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Move Faster</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/what-is-the-official-net-height-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What is the Official Net Height?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/ping-pong-serve-rules-for-singles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ping Pong Serve Rules for Singles</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@pingsunday/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">47 new videos this past week!!!</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>This Grip Change Which Will Make a Big Difference</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/this-grip-change-which-will-make-a-big-difference/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from Tom Lodziak. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjsFIMF4asU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="HUGO CALDERANO ENTERING GOD MODE">HUGO CALDERANO ENTERING GOD MODE</a> (2:25)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3-uiWkzRuY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE MAN WE CAN’T BE WITHOUT (BEST OF TIMO BOLL)">THE MAN WE CAN’T BE WITHOUT (BEST OF TIMO BOLL)</a> (3:17)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Forehand Topspin Wins Worlds and Olympics</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6St3pNbiPM&amp;ab_channel=CoachMarcoGomez" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (74 sec) with slow-motion of forehand loop, from Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmMvJE_Gfd8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Talk session of Ti Long and Swedish coach Peter Nilsson sharing technical experience | Part 1">Talk session of Ti Long and Swedish coach Peter Nilsson sharing technical experience | Part 1</a> (46:19)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vODz3M0w-Ug" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to do a Forehand Flick and attack a Heavy Backspin serve | Ti Long guides the French 🇫🇷">How to do a Forehand Flick and attack a Heavy Backspin</a> (11:54)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips - Serve &amp; Attack Forehand Smash</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-tiffany-ke-serve-attack-forehand-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (54 sec) with Tiffany Ke.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Bowmar Sport Tournament Highlights – Darryl Tsao WTT at Lignano</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/bowmar-sport-tournament-highlights-darryl-tsao-wtt-lignano/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:45).</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Hungary 2022 WTT Youth Contender</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/hungary-2022-wtt-youth-contender-by-sally-moyland/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Sally Moyland.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Videos from Pong Space</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are recent videos from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/@pongspace9577/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pong Space</a>, many featuring defensive star Angela Guan. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7oAchkA524" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Angela Guan teaches you 3 keys on how to smash a high ball">Angela Guan teaches you 3 keys on how to smash a high ball</a> (65 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_gzC-ni_KU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="PSAL 2022 Girls Table Tennis Varsity, BTECH vs John Jay">PSAL 2022 Girls Table Tennis Varsity, BTECH vs John Jay</a> (32:26)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URXpZ73s68E" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Key points on how to receive side spin serves - Angela Guan">Key points on how to receive side spin serves - Angela Guan</a> (1:33)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIsZMJ2bKg4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The rules for playing a doubles match">The rules for playing a doubles match</a> (13:27)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRwCPeiSOxs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Three keys to execute a deceptive forehand push - Angela Guan">Three keys to execute a deceptive forehand push - Angela Guan</a> (90 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RCFo48urc0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="What is a legal serve">What is a legal serve</a> (1:22)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhgSzAPRTBw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Paul Gauzy Teaches You How To Perform Three different Types of Forehand Loop">Paul Gauzy Teaches You How To Perform Three different Types of Forehand Loop</a> (2:55)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from TT11TV</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@TT11TV/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">28 new videos this past week</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-austin-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Austin Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-feeder-fort-lauderdale-early-action-at-host-broward-ttc/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Feeder Fort Lauderdale: Early Action at Host Broward TTC</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/ittf-world-youth-championships-china-and-japan-top-countries-again/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF World Youth Championships: China and Japan Top Countries Again</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/how-popular-is-table-tennis-worldwide-almost-a-billion-watched-in-october/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How Popular is Table Tennis Worldwide? Almost a Billion Watched in October</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USA Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/December/09/Open-Panel-to-Be-Held-Meetings-at-the-2022-US-Open" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Open Panel Meetings to Be Held at the 2022 US Open </a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/December/09/Hard-Work-Pays-Off-for-a-True-Competitor" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Hard Work Pays Off for a True Competitor</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/December/08/VIP-Studded-Ping-Pong-Diplomacy-Event-Lands-in-Raleigh-North-Carolina" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">VIP Studded Ping Pong Diplomacy Event Lands in Raleigh, North Carolina</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/December/07/Spin-and-Smash-Table-Tennis-and-Ping-Pong-Center-Hosts-December-Open-in-New-Location" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Spin &amp; Smash Table Tennis &amp; Ping Pong Center Hosts December Open in New Location</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/12/executive-committee-approves-changes-world-ranking-regulations/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Executive Committee Approves Changes to World Ranking Regulations</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/11/final-call-entries-muscat-2023-ittf-world-veteran-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Final Call for Entries: Muscat 2023 ITTF World Veteran Championships">Final Call for Entries: Muscat 2023 ITTF World Veteran Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/10/ittf-high-performance-programmes-bear-fruits-world-youth-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF High Performance Programmes Bear Fruits at World Youth Championships">ITTF High Performance Programmes Bear Fruits at World Youth Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/10/world-youth-championships-tunisia-welcomes-ittf-leadership-caps-busy-year/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="World Youth Championships in Tunisia Welcomes ITTF Leadership, Caps Busy Year">World Youth Championships in Tunisia Welcomes ITTF Leadership, Caps Busy Year</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/09/featured-ittf-magazine-baptism-fire-akanisi-latu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: Baptism of Fire for Akanisi Latu">Featured in ITTF Magazine: Baptism of Fire for Akanisi Latu</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/08/2022-world-hopes-week-challenge-line-revealed/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="2022 World Hopes Week &amp; Challenge line up revealed">2022 World Hopes Week &amp; Challenge line up revealed</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/07/high-performance-world-youth-championship-preparation-series-draws-top-global-youth-players/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="High Performance World Youth Championship preparation series draws top global youth players">High Performance World Youth Championship preparation series draws top global youth players</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/06/doha-selected-host-2025-ittf-world-table-tennis-championships-finals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Doha Selected to Host the 2025 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals">Doha Selected to Host the 2025 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/06/successful-ittf-summit-set-return-thank-table-tennis-family/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Successful ITTF Summit Set for Return, Thank You Table Tennis Family!">Successful ITTF Summit Set for Return, Thank You Table Tennis Family!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/05/watch-2022-ittf-annual-general-meeting/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Watch the 2022 ITTF Annual General Meeting">Watch the 2022 ITTF Annual General Meeting</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Hawaiian Shirt</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://puppyprinty.com/product/in-table-tennis-you-must-hit-every-ball-with-a-purpose-hwaiian-shirt-100007877932?variant=8801212" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can get one!</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Shirts at Amazon</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s a selection. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/s?k=King+Pong+Shirts&amp;i=fashion&amp;crid=P5Y7GKS0PMUN&amp;sprefix=king+pong+shirts%2Cfashion%2C95&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">King Pong Shirts</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Ping+Pong+Ninja+Shirts&amp;i=fashion&amp;crid=3EKYHZ39427G1&amp;sprefix=ping+pong+ninja+shirts%2Cfashion%2C124&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ping Pong Ninja Shirts</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/s?k=eat+sleep+ping+pong+repeat+t+shirt&amp;i=fashion&amp;crid=LXY0SEB6CB2B&amp;sprefix=eat+sleep+ping+pong+repeat+t+shirt%2Cfashion%2C119&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Eat Sleep Ping-Pong Repeat Shirts</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Navy Drops Ping Pong Balls on Army</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/06/politics/army-navy-football-2022-spirit-mission/index.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the CNN story</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Big Guy vs. Little Guy – Who Will Win?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10160414670871182&amp;set=gm.1117502592275105&amp;idorvanity=514359859256051" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a>! (Here’s the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/316189248_10160414670956182_7363628161450798725_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=5cd70e&amp;_nc_ohc=10SfrxvmNkMAX-g2pYp&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AfCySxvmcyj0RZMm-UGYNtktjHM2CKCAJ7mlQyndv-4Wcg&amp;oe=639C57D1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Adam vs. Anastasiia 2</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyUDGlgaspU&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (10:53) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World's Stickiest Ping Pong Racket and Ping-Pong with a Remote Control Car</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ6gFnZjKxA&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:35) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 12/12/2022 - 18:37</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 12 Dec 2022 18:37:44 +0000 Larry Hodges 3432 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3432#comments December 5, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3430 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">December 5, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3429" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lobbing</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching, MDTTC Open, and Books</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">With the North American Teams over, the focus switches from preparing them for a major tournament to long-term development. Which means lots of foundational work! Footwork, strokes, serve, receive, and so on. I coached in the usual four group sessions this weekend. In two of them, I mostly fed multiball. In another, I did both multiball and hit with various players, working on consistency. In the other, I was a “walk around” coach, where the focus was on good technique. They played games at the end of the session, and I kept harping on some of them that this was the time to <i>practice</i> their shots, because this was <i>practice</i>. (Way too often some get “scared” and just push.) I also worked with players on serves, including working with two on how to do a really effective no-spin serve, i.e. “heavy no-spin,” where the serve looks like heavy backspin but is no-spin. As we demonstrated, receivers often push them as if they are heavy backspin, and so the ball pops up. The returns also have less backspin then returns actual heavy backspin serves. I also had a good discussion with one of our top juniors on sports psychology, and I gave him a copy of “<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Game-Tennis-Classic-Performance-ebook/dp/B003T0G9E4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Inner Game of Tennis</a>.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We have an MDTTC Open coming up this weekend, Dec. 10-11. (See the Maryland entry in <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=8&amp;Region=6&amp;e=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Omnipong</a>.) I have a special this time – two, in fact. First, I’ll have a table and be selling <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">my books</a> at the tournament (discounted), both table tennis and science fiction. Second, I’m giving everyone in groups 1, 2, and 3 in our junior program (about 55 kids) free copies of “<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a>.” (The kids in group 4, the Novice group, are mostly 6-8 years old and aren’t ready for it – I’ll get them copies when they are older.) For the roughly 15 or so who already have copies, they’ll get to choose any other of my books. (Yes, I have to pay a wholesale price for the books I give away!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Board Meeting and Alcoholic Beverages Policy</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Governance-and-Financials/Agenda-and-Notices" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the USATT Agenda and Notices page</a>, with a link to the info page for the USATT Zoom meeting, to be held this Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7PM eastern time. I usually attend these, but since they’ve turned off the comment section, I’ve lost interest. I and others would often put in polite comments during the meeting. One or two people put in rude comments, and rather than simply kick those people off the meeting, they closed down the entire comment section in a classic case of overreaction. When the board comes to its senses it will return the comment section. Perhaps they should survey the membership, asking this simple question: “When someone posts inappropriate comments during a USATT board meeting on Zoom, should they ban that person or ban all comments?” I think the overwhelming response would be obvious. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One issue that may come up at the board meeting is whether USATT should take sponsors or advertisers for alcoholic beverages (or tobacco products), such as the Dream Blue sponsor for the upcoming US Open. (Dream Blue is a hard liquor company from China.) There really are two issues – 1) Should they take such sponsors or advertisers, and 2) Should such a policy issue be decided by the policy-making arm of USATT governance, which is the board of directors, or the CEO? In this case, the CEO made the decision, with no notice to the board. I’ve had board members (plural) tell me that the first they learned of this was from my blog, when I blogged about it <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3426" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">two weeks ago</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I strongly believe this is a board decision, just as it was when the matter came up once before and it was overwhelmingly rejected. I also am against accepting such sponsors or advertisers (especially hard liquor and tobacco products) primarily because it’s a bad influence on our junior players. Even if it’s a large amount of money that might be good in the short run, I’m against it because, in the long run, I don’t want our sport beholden to a hard liquor company. I’ve heard the arguments for taking the sponsor, a primary one of which is that it was allowed by ITTF at some international events. But so what? I don’t believe in the theory of “monkey-see, monkey-do,” and believe we should decide our own ethical standards. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On a side note, I usually have a segment on USATT news here, but there hasn’t been any new news items there since Nov. 25, ten days ago. The USATT news page used to be much more active. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Assembly</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18, 6:30-7:30PM, at the US Open in Ontario, California. How do I know? In my blog <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3426" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">two weeks ago</a>, I pointed out that USATT was required to give 30 days’ notice of their annual USATT Assembly, and had not done so. Bylaws 15.3 says, “Notice of the annual USATT Assembly stating the place, date and time of the meeting shall be posted on the website of USATT no fewer than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting.” Well, they haven’t actually posted it, but they quietly, and without any public notice of the change, added two lines about it, buried on page 9, column 2, of the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/2022/2022-US-Open/2022-US-Open-Prospectus-22-11-22a.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=70ACE81C79B830646BD7A375588227BFD0A7AA3D" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open Prospectus</a>. It wasn’t there before – I have the previous version, both in PDF and a printout. I don’t think this qualifies as “posted on the website of USATT”! (Some of you may remember the opening scene of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” which is similar.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I probably won’t attend. If I did, I would likely feel obligated to react to some of the reports they would give, and frankly speaking, I’d rather a nice, quiet US Open where I just coach and play. I also have heard rumors that they will be running various panels at the Open – but if so, why are they keeping the assembly and panels secret? They should be advertising the heck out of them, with news items all over the place! There’s a reason movies, for example, are advertised many months in advance, to build interest. They don’t send out a Marvel movie by letting people know it’s coming out in a few days! If the plan is to have a USATT Assembly and panels that are poorly attended, they are doing exactly the right thing. But if you want good attendance, then they should be advertised well in advance, multiple times. That’s advertising 101. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-jinxin-wang-backhand-forehand-block/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand &amp; Forehand Block</a> (64 sec) with Jinxin Wang</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-ye-tian-forehand-counterloop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Counterloop</a> (71 sec) with Ye Tian</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/perception" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Perception</a> (8:16)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/welcome-jiri-martinko" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Welcome Jiri Martinko!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/excessive-celebration" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Excessive Celebration</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/giving-tuesday" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Giving Tuesday</a> (6:45)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/have-plan" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Have. A. Plan.</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/learn-the-basic-backhand-serve-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Learn the Basic Backhand Serve</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@pingsunday/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Plus 19 new videos this past week</a>!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>3 Levels of Touch in Push</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbX6HjmsGLU&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (57 sec) from Drupe Pong. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Coin Method: Right Grip in Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&amp;v=x7I4MuOZjuE&amp;fbclid=IwAR09S0-jV6MEkgs84j9PL_YYZ68t22GvxihA8TtEFYuJvpGX8RJ_62HavQY&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:46) from Pingispågarna. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Kou Lei TTC Dominate 2022 JOOLA North American Team Championships Final</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://joolausa.com/kou-lei-ttc-dominate-2022-joola-north-american-team-championships-final/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> on the North American Teams held last weekend, by Matt Hetherington. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Fan Zhendong vs Wang Chuqin | MT - Chinese Super League 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvjcIMrSFJE&amp;list=RDCMUCnpt_griacMF15CpK0rFEAA&amp;index=2&amp;ab_channel=TT11TV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (7:47). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">Dan Seemiller vs. Eric Boggan</span></b></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/100008080268770/videos/514198410762908" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the highlights video</a> (4:48) from Jim Butler, featuring their classic 1982 US Men’s Singles Final. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Judy Hoarfrost Reflects on U.S. Table Tennis Team’s China Trip in 1971</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://blog.paddlepalace.com/2022/12/judy-hoarfrost-reflects-on-u-s-table-tennis-teams-china-trip-in-1971/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from Paddle Palace. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-interview-with-kanak-jha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Interview with Kanak Jha</a> (15:39)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/ittf-world-youth-championships-team-event-finishing-singles-and-doubles-to-follow/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF World Youth Championships: Team Event Finishing – Singles and Doubles to Follow</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/ittf-world-youth-championships-teamusa-u19-girls-reach-quarterfinals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF World Youth Championships: TeamUSA U19 Girls Reach Quarterfinals</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/bowmar-sports-welcomes-oscar-a-birriel/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bowmar Sports Welcomes Oscar A. Birriel</a> (53 sec) - “In this introduction video, Oscar shows some of his stretching and physical training routine as well as a few behind the back and around the net trick shots.” </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/05/ittf-group-names-first-sustainability-manager/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Group Names First Sustainability Manager</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/05/think-sustainably-act-now-theme-world-table-tennis-day-2023/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="“Think Sustainably, Act Now,” Theme for World Table Tennis Day 2023">“Think Sustainably, Act Now,” Theme for World Table Tennis Day 2023</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/04/ittf-world-youth-championships-starts-tunis-nova-gorica-helsingborg-set-host-2023-2024-editions/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF World Youth Championships Starts in Tunis, as Nova Gorica and Helsingborg Set to Host 2023 &amp; 2024 Editions">ITTF World Youth Championships Starts in Tunis, as Nova Gorica and Helsingborg Set to Host 2023 &amp; 2024 Editions</a> </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/04/ittf-summit-starts-new-era-federation/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Summit Starts New Era for Federation">ITTF Summit Starts New Era for Federation</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/03/executive-committee-makes-key-decisions-ahead-ittf-summit/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Executive Committee Makes Key Decisions Ahead of ITTF Summit">Executive Committee Makes Key Decisions Ahead of ITTF Summit</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/03/para-table-tennis-activities-spotlight-development-participation/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Para Table Tennis Activities in the Spotlight for Development and Participation">Para Table Tennis Activities in the Spotlight for Development and Participation</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/03/featured-ittf-magazine-way-penhold-way/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: My Way, the Penhold Way">Featured in ITTF Magazine: My Way, the Penhold Way</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/02/new-ittf-athletes-commission-meets-first-time-elects-chairs/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="New ITTF Athletes’ Commission Meets For First Time, Elects Chairs">New ITTF Athletes’ Commission Meets For First Time, Elects Chairs</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/02/ittf-leadership-arrives-jordan-first-ever-ittf-summit-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Leadership Arrives in Jordan for First-Ever ITTF Summit">ITTF Leadership Arrives in Jordan for First-Ever ITTF Summit</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/02/ittf-group-ceo-takes-part-wadi-ashar-dialogue/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Group CEO Takes Part in Wadi Ashar Dialogue">ITTF Group CEO Takes Part in Wadi Ashar Dialogue</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/01/continued-commitment-strong-clean-sport-collaboration-ittf-renews-partnership-ita/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Continued commitment for a strong clean sport collaboration: ITTF renews partnership with the ITA">Continued commitment for a strong clean sport collaboration: ITTF renews partnership with the ITA</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/30/world-table-tennis-unveils-first-half-2023-event-calendar-ahead-ittf-summit/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="World Table Tennis Unveils First Half of 2023 Event Calendar ahead of ITTF Summit">World Table Tennis Unveils First Half of 2023 Event Calendar ahead of ITTF Summit</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/29/ittf-joins-call-proactive-approach-safe-sport-sustainability-forum-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Joins Call for Proactive Approach to Safe Sport and Sustainability at IF Forum 2022">ITTF Joins Call for Proactive Approach to Safe Sport and Sustainability at IF Forum 2022</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/29/register-ita-webinar-principles-values-clean-sport/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Register for ITA Webinar: Principles and Values of Clean Sport">Register for ITA Webinar: Principles and Values of Clean Sport</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/29/annual-report-released-ahead-ittf-summit/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Annual Report Released ahead of ITTF Summit">Annual Report Released ahead of ITTF Summit</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Did Someone Say Ping Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/1228238109/did-someone-say-pin-pong-shirt-gift-for" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy the shirt</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Shirts</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.spreadshirt.com/shop/clothing/t-shirts/funny+table+tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are lots of funny and interesting table tennis shirts</a> to choose from, from spreadshirt.com. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Man vs. Dog</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/yoih_L5_oBI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (10 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Funny Table Tennis World Compilation</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct4r1_c4ClI&amp;ab_channel=tabletennislove" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (10:46) – a nice collection of the “classics”!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Killer Ping Pong Trick Shots – Horror Edition!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n-9L5i4Av0&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:33) from Table Tennis Daily – this is great!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Yet Still More Pings and Pongs and Flame Tree Interview</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BNDTSHSJ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">My 19th book is out</a>! Nope, it’s not a table tennis book. It’s the fourth book in my “Pings and Pongs” series (170 pages, only $10), which are collections of my best short science fiction and fantasy stories that I’ve sold. (<a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I’ve sold 136, plus 42 resales and four novels</a>.) Typically, when a magazine or anthology buys one of my stories they have the rights to it for 3-6 months after publication. Then, when I have enough stories – about 25 – they are compiled into the newest collection. When I needed a name for the series, I came up with “Pings and Pongs.” I do manage to work in table tennis mentions in some of the stories, and a ping-pong ball is instrumental to the climax of one story, “Christmas Interrupted.” (<a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are all 19 of my books</a>.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Speaking of “Christmas Interrupted,” that story was published in the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Gothic-Short-Stories-Fantasy/dp/1804171646" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Christmas Gothic anthology</a> by Flame Tree Fiction. (They’ve bought four stories from me for their anthologies – they are a top-paying market.) They did interviews with the authors on the inspiration for their stories. <a href="https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/christmas-gothic-author-qa-story-inspirations" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s my interview</a>, the ninth one down. The story is about Santa Claus in the distant future, suffering from Alzheimer’s, and still trying to deliver toys at Christmas to non-existent children, with his long-suffering elves humoring him. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My next book will be the fourth in the “Tips” series, coming in May, 2023. Like the “Pings and Pongs” series, they have ever-lengthening titles: “Table Tennis Tips,” “More Table Tennis Tips,” “Still More Table Tennis Tips,” and the upcoming “Yet Still More Table Tennis Tips.” For both series, #5 will have “And” added to the start. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:33</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 05 Dec 2022 17:33:42 +0000 Larry Hodges 3430 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3430#comments November 29, 2029 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3428 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 29, 2029</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3427" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">What Comes First, Speed or Consistency?</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>JOOLA North American Teams</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent Thanksgiving weekend coaching at the Teams at the National Harbor in Maryland. It was my 46th consecutive Teams – every year starting my first year in table tennis, 1976, back when it was in Detroit from the early 1970s to 1997. (It would be 47 years in a row, but they didn’t hold it in 2020 due to Covid.) I was a player or player/coach for most years, but in modern times I’ve only coached. (I’ve also been to every US Open and Nationals since 1984, plus a few before that.) <a href="http://natabletennis.com/tournaments/results.php" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are complete results</a>. (Make sure to set the dropdown menu to 2022 JOOLA NA Teams.) <a href="http://natabletennis.com/tournaments/listentries.php?tournament=2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here is the list of entries</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There were 1119 players, 270 teams, and 166 tables this year – I believe all records. I heard rumors that there were some top players playing in the Championship division on the front tables, but I never really saw any of it except occasionally walking by – I was on the back tables coaching Maryland Table Tennis Center junior teams. We had twelve junior teams but only five coaches, so we were jumping about each round, coaching different teams. (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6bLKEBgo50&amp;ab_channel=JOOLATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s video</a> of the Team Final, Kou Lei TTC vs. PongPod One, 91 min.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This is I think the second year in a row where they went paperless, with everything run online. Team captains got their schedules, registered, and put in results via smart phones. Alas, problems arose the first morning when the server went down. Teams couldn’t register for their upcoming round and so things fell behind. Fortunately, they had paper backups, and so got the matches going again after a 45 minute delay. They got the server back up, but it went down other times, especially in the morning when everyone was checking in at once. This led to scheduling problems – including late-starting team match that didn’t finish until 12:25 AM, with a few other teams still playing as we left. But I think this was a one-time problem they’ll be more ready for next year. While I’m old-fashioned and prefer paper, most seemed happy with the new system. They’ve been running the Teams efficiently since they took over in 1998 and there have been few problems like this before. A great thanks goes to the hard-working staff that sets up and runs the event! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"> As usual, there were lots of tactical issues that came up. I think I did a lot of emphasis on placement, making sure the players played to the “three spots” – wide forehand and backhand, and middle (mid-point between opponent’s forehand and backhand). I also emphasized figuring out early which two spots were the best to go to. Or sometimes one – there were several matches won with the simple tactic of pushing to the very wide backhand so the opponent couldn’t forehand loop. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One opponent, rated just over 1800, had a 2200 forehand and backhand loop against backspin, but the rest of his game was weaker – in particular, he didn’t block very well– and he was somewhat slow. But since he got to serve half the time, and mostly served short backspin, and since my players were unable to consistently flip or drop the serve short, over and over they were stuck pushing long and facing those 2200 loops. We did find some success by pushing quick to the middle, so he had to move some to loop (and go out of position if my player blocked it back), but even that usually didn’t work. One player found himself down 0-2 in games against this player, and I pointed out that, except for a couple times when the opponent served long and he’d looped the serve, he’d pushed the serve back fifteen times, the opponent had looped all fifteen, and we’d lost all fifteen points! “You might as well try flipping. Even if you miss, it’s better than losing every point pushing.” It almost worked – while he missed most of the flips and went back to pushing, it forced the opponent to be ready for both. They went five, but we lost. But now the three who lost to him know that there are better options against a short serve than pushing back long every time! (I spoke with the opponent later. His level would go up dramatically – well over 2000 – with a few months of serious training, including physical training.)  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One player dominated against an opponent by mixing up short backspin and no-spin serves. When the next player to play him admitted he didn’t really know how to serve no-spin except by just patting the ball on the table (so it doesn’t look like backspin), I took him aside and gave him a quick lesson on it – but it was too late for this match. (To serve a good no-spin serve – often called “heavy no-spin,” one of my favorite terms – you have to use the same motion as heavy backspin, except contact the ball near the handle instead of the tip. You have to really sell it as backspin so they’ll push as if it’s backspin – and then the ball pops way up.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There were two matches where, at key times, I called timeout, and called for short no-spin serves to the forehand. I was expecting, or at least hoping, the opponents would pop the serves up, since the player hadn’t been serving there much. Both times I was wrong – both times the opponent pushed the serve off the end. Yay! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Coaching kids between games is half tactical, half psychological. Or sometimes, 100% psychological. During that late-night team match that ended at 12:25 AM my main purpose between games was to wake the player up! They were pretty sleepy – one could barely keep his eyes open. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In one of our team matches, the opposing team had what appeared to be a 2300 player on their team, while the rest of the players were around 1500. This guy looked GOOD!!! He had world-class form and athleticism, and his shots were way too powerful for our players. But . . . as he began to play matches, we realized something – he kept missing. I’ve never seen a player look so good but not be so good. As I explained to one of our players, “He’s all swing, no bling.” We ended up winning two of the three matches against him, mostly by serving and looping, and watching him miss shots that most players couldn’t even attempt. If this guy plays a lot for a year, he’ll be really good. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's a quiz question I kept asking our kids, and none answered correctly. The question was, “Why am I wearing my <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Band-Sports-ABI00-Therapeutic/dp/B000FML7SW" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">arm brace</a> when I’m not playing?” Answer – because my arm was hurting from clapping! I have periodic arm problems. Basically, there are microscopic tears in the muscles or tendons, and the brace holds them together so they don’t tear more. It’s mostly preventive these days, but I wear it when I have to do a lot of playing. If I don’t, the arm starts to hurt after a while.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In one of our matches, my player was down 6-10 in the first game. But he thought he’d already lost, and so came over. I thought it was 6-10, but he said he’d lost 11-6. So for about twenty seconds I coached him for the next game. Then the coach for the other team came over and asked, “Are you taking a timeout?” That’s when we discovered the game wasn’t over! They were nice about it and our player went back out but lost the game, and a minute later we were talking tactics again, preparing for game two. But for the first time in years, I was stuck on a rules question – did that “break” we’d taken at 6-10 count as our one time-out? I wasn’t sure. I kept debating whether I could legitimately call a timeout after that. But late in the fifth game, my player called a timeout on his own, and no one complained. Alas, he lost. Later, I checked with one of the umpires, and he said that while it was a mistake when we started talking, no time-out was called, and so it wasn’t a timeout. (Also alas, there’s probably at least one person reading this who is thinking, “Hey, I’m going to take advantage of that next time I play!” Yes, there are cheaters out there.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There were other interesting “incidents.” One opponent left the court after every game and sat down on a chair that was a well away from the playing area. Since he was elderly and I didn’t feel like getting into an argument, we let it go, but twice I timed him, and one time he took over five minutes, other time over four. Another opponent had this unique but completely illegal serve – he’d stand about five feet to the left of the table (he’s a righty), and then would suddenly almost jump to the table, waving his free hand with the ball about, including well below the table, and then, in a continuous motion, he’d serve. I explained to him after the first game that he had to come to a complete stop when serving and keep the ball above the playing area, and he agreed and toned it down a bit – though still illegal – for a few points. Then he went back to full illegal serve mode. Since my player was beating him easily, we decided not to make an issue out of it. Another opponent hid his serve with his body, but he stopped when we asked him to do so. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Now we get to the nastier side of table tennis and the boundary between cheating and just not knowing the rules. In one of our matches,  with our team leading 4-3, my player, age nine, won the first two games rather easily against an elderly opponent, who was rated about the same. At the start of the third, first point, the opponent set up to receive and my player served. The opponent put the serve in the net. Then he stepped back and realized that it should have been his serve. The point counted, however, since he had played the point. The opponent then served, and lost that point as well. Then it was my players turn to serve, due to Rule 2.14.1:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">2.14.1 If a player serves or receives out of turn, play shall be interrupted by the umpire as soon as the error is discovered and shall resume with those players serving and receiving who should be server and receiver respectively at the score that has been reached, according to the sequence established at the beginning of the match</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The facts were not in dispute, but the opponent insisted it was his serve again, and he was holding the ball. I explained the rule to him, but he absolutely insisted it was his serve, as did one of his teammates. It got rather heated. Several times I said we needed to go to the referee’s desk and get a ruling, but both of them were absolutely insistent it was his serve. After five minutes of this, I decided it was better to just let the other guy serve rather than spend more time on this, which could disrupt my player’s focus. Since my player was winning rather easily so far I didn’t really want to make the long walk to the referee’s desk, since the break could disrupt my player’s focus. So I finally said, “Fine, you can serve. But if you do, you are cheating.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Pandemonium. The opponent and his teammate spent the next five minutes screaming at me, demanding an apology. But what I said was accurate. Not knowing the rules is not cheating, but they were refusing to even check with the referee to get a ruling – the opponent still held the ball and insisted he was going to serve. It was <a href="https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/willful_ignorance" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/willful_ignorance">willful ignorance</a>. - "A decision in bad faith to avoid becoming informed about something so as to avoid having to make undesirable decisions that such information might prompt." I'll let readers decide if that is cheating. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">At this point, with matches all around now disrupted by their screaming, I had no choice but to get the referee. They still refused to do so, so I went on my own – but they then followed. Once there, it took about five minutes before we could get them to stop yelling so we could explain the situation to the referee. Of course, the referee explained the rule and said it was my player’s serve. They were dead wrong.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">However, the referee also thought I should apologize for calling the player a cheater. As I explained, I didn't call him a cheater, I said that if he served - given that he refused to check with the referee on the actual rule - he would be cheating. (Since he ended up not serving, he didn't actually "cheat.") The referee was insistent that I apologize, and for all I know he'd ban me from the playing hall if I didn't. Rather than spend more time on this (and risking my player's focus even further), I finally said. "Fine. I apologize for calling you a cheater. Now, can we finish the match?" However, I was only apologizing for the benefit of my player. Given the situation, I don't think what I said was wrong in itself. However, I probably shouldn't have said it simply to avoid any more argument, so my player could keep his focus and continue to dominate the match. It's irritating but true that sometimes it's in your player's favor to grit your teeth and let an opponent get away with willfully breaking the rules rather than have a long argument that can change the course of a match. And in this case, my player was winning rather easily, and so of course it was greatly in the opponent's favor to find a way to disrupt things. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I then asked several times that the opponent apologize to my nine-year-old player for disrupting the match by his ignorance of the rules and his insistence on breaking the rules rather than checking with the referee on the correct ruling. He ignored me and there was no apology. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We finally went back. My player (who stayed warmed up by hitting with his dad), served, and easily won the third game and the match. I apologized to both the kid and his dad for the whole issue. The risk of his losing his focus or getting cold was greater than the small disadvantage of letting the opponent serve illegally. My player and his dad deserved an apology, from me, and from the opponent and his teammate; the opponent did not. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In a later team match I coached we had another rules problem. My player was up 2-1 in games, but down 9-10 in the fourth. (Our team was up 4-3.) They played a point, and my player seemed to hit a winner. One of the parents (not this player's dad) yelled, "Yes!" But the opponent made a spectacular return. My player popped the ball back high, and the opponent ran in and smashed - into the net. Deuce!!! Except - the opponent immediately demanded a let, saying the loud "Yes!" call had distracted him. The rule on this is also clear - he could have immediately called a let after making the great return, since he would have already been going for that shot when the disruption occurred. But once he went in and tried to kill the ball, he could no longer call a let - you can't play out a point and then call let after the point. Here's a simple way of explaining this - if the player could have called a let, then if he makes the smash, he wins the point, but if he misses it, it's a let - and my player has no way of winning the point! (I went over this with the referee afterwards, and he of course agreed.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">However, the opponent and his teammates insisted he'd immediately called a let. I wanted to go to the referee again, but the problem was that since the opponent was saying he'd called a let immediately, the referee would have called it a let. I finally relented, and they replayed the point - and the opponent won the point, forcing a fifth game. In the fifth, the opponent was up 10-5 match point, and won 11-9. Afterwards, we had a cordial discussion about what happened, and I asked him point blank if the disruption affected his shot. He said that yes, it distracted him and caused him to miss the smash. That's when I pointed out that he'd just admitted that he'd lost the point, since he attempted the smash <i>after</i> the disruption, as I’d been claiming all along - it was, in fact, his second shot after the disruption. Once I explained the rules, he admitted it shouldn’t have been a let, but it was too late to go back and replay it. The ninth match had already begun (and I had to coach that), which we would win in five.  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Holiday Shopping – Buy My Books!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays are coming up – time to buy my table tennis books! (But feel free to buy my science fiction ones as well.) <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a listing</a> with descriptions of each. Below are direct links to the table tennis books. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a> - best seller</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tips-Larry-Hodges/dp/1497496144" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544715137" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">More Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088N68MS6" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Still More Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tales-Techniques-Hodges/dp/B003AYB2A0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tales &amp; Techniques</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Table-Tennis-Coaches-Handbook/dp/1484033760" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Professional Table Tennis Coaches Handbook</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Pong-Larry-Hodges/dp/1512117080/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Spirit of Pong</a> - fantasy table tennis novel - American travels to China to train with the spirits (ghosts!) of past champions.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/First-Galactic-Table-Tennis-Championships/dp/B0BCD4ZLKH" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a> - science fiction table tennis novelette - aliens from around the galaxy compete in Beijing!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>What Advice Should You Give to Teammates During Matches?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/what-advice-should-you-give-to-team-mates-during-matches/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from Tom Lodziak. This, in a nutshell, is similar to my thinking on coaching between games. Make sure that you notice that the first three examples are things you shouldn’t do! (At first, when I saw the subheading, “Focus on Technique,” I thought he was advocating that, when (as he explains) that’s a big mistake. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-brian-pace-foundational-training-with-practice-partner/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Foundational Training With Practice Partner</a> (79 sec) with Brian Pace.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-changbo-lu-forehand-flip/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Flip</a> (66 sec) with Changbo Lu.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Serve Return Lesson</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/serve-return-lesson" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:42) from Samson Dubina. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeId7YFQOEI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis tactics: How to serve offensively to counter the forehand playstyle of the whole table">Table tennis tactics: How to serve offensively to counter the forehand playstyle of the whole table</a> (16:39)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_8yZa3b7P4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="table tennis tactics: How to serve long and counterattack (Part 2) | Ti Long shares experience">How to serve long and counterattack (Part 2)</a> (23:19)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ox5ivd9jpo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="BIGGEST TALENT OF THE NEW GENERATION">BIGGEST TALENT OF THE NEW GENERATION</a> (3:00)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV9JSNmWtjY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WORLD CHAMPIONS👑">WORLD CHAMPIONS</a> (1:39)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/some-updates-about-alexis-lebrun/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Some Updates About Alexis Lebrun</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/some-updates-about-felix-lebrun/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Some Updates About Fëlix Lebrun</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/liang-jingkun-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Liang Jingkun Equipment and Playing Style</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-to-become-a-table-tennis-umpire/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Become a Table Tennis Umpire</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/handbook-for-table-tennis-umpire-and-referee/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Handbook for Table Tennis Umpire and Referee</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceMSQ-E-K8Q" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Don't put your table tennis rackets into your pants">Don't put your table tennis rackets into your pants</a> (1:38)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQSKjLLnZ6k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Freitas Marcos - Jorgic Darko | Table Tennis Champions League Men">Freitas Marcos - Jorgic Darko | Table Tennis Champions League Men</a> (49:37)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MolOTaPwnXk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Shouting during the point is forbidden in table tennis">Shouting during the point is forbidden in table tennis</a> (9:18)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PCVdvD9RmM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Best penholder versus Best Defender">Best penholder versus Best Defender</a> (8:34)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txtS7jSG6i0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Too hard for Maze Michael - Franziska Patrick | Table Tennis Champions League Men">Too hard for Maze Michael - Franziska Patrick | Table Tennis Champions League Men</a> (15:22)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6N2jNjbOfQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong bursted laughing of Ma Long">Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong bursted laughing of Ma Long</a> (2:20)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwMC2vLQy1k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The table tennis level in France is high">The table tennis level in France is high</a> (6:24)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFGU6ZJHo0s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Learn the backhand flick technique with Yan An">Learn the backhand flick technique with Yan An</a> (4:47)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9up1p2YAYP4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Félix Lebrun has improved so fast">Félix Lebrun has improved so fast</a> (4:52)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RhGeb4uif4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Why Truls Moregard is so good?">Why Truls Moregard is so good?</a> (7:37)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Magnus Effect in Table Tennis and Why Topspin is the Most Dominant Stroke</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EPgUzAgEmU&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:16) from Drupe Pong. I bet this could be the inspiration for a school science project!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tomokazu Harimoto Evolution (Age 4-19)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msJeGWvRB6g&amp;t=28s&amp;ab_channel=PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:35) from Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.com/content/nctta-and-aytto-partner-george-braithwaite-scholarship" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NCTTA and AYTTO Partner Up for the George Braithwaite Scholarship</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.com/content/behind-scenes-nctta-looking-directors" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NCTTA looking for directors!</a></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>Minnesota Division Director</b> is available now and is in charge of a division that covers Minnesota, Iowa and Idaho.</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>Great Lakes Regional Director</b> is available now and is in charge of a region that covers Upstate NY, Ohio schools near Akron and Canadian schools in Ontario and Quebec. This director is also a non-voting member of the NCTTA Board of Directors!</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>Directors have some perks</b>, getting to come to the NCTTA Championships free, please reach out to <a href="mailto:hr@nctta.org" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">hr@nctta.org</a> to get on board with NCTTA in these positions!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/23/USATT-Awarded-2023-ITTF-Pan-American-Youth-Table-Tennis-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Awarded 2023 ITTF Pan American Youth Table Tennis Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><b><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/25/Ohio-Winter-Camp-to-Utilize-the-Power-of-Teamwork" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-weight:normal">Ohio Winter Camp to Utilize the Power of Teamwork</span></a></b></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-sarasota-table-tennis-club-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Sarasota Table Tennis Club</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/german-league-final-four-dusseldorf-and-ochsenhausen-lead-the-way/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">German League Final Four – Dusseldorf and Ochsenhausen Lead the Way</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/two-weeks-until-wtt-feeder-ft-lauderdale-americans-seeded-first-in-both-singles-events/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Weeks Until WTT Feeder Ft. Lauderdale – American’s Seeded First in Both Singles Events</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/rankings-harimoto-jumps-to-no-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rankings – Harimoto Jumps to No. 2</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-interview-with-jorg-bitzigeio/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Interview with Jörg Bitzigeio</a> (14:11)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/27/tunis-well-prepared-welcome-worlds-aspiring-young-talents/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tunis Well Prepared to Welcome World’s Most Aspiring Young Talents </a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/25/featured-ittf-magazine-danisha-patel-healthy-lifestyle/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: Danisha Patel a Healthy Lifestyle">Featured in ITTF Magazine: Danisha Patel a Healthy Lifestyle</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/25/governance-video-conference-prepares-delegates-ittf-summit/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Governance Video Conference Prepares Delegates for ITTF Summit">Governance Video Conference Prepares Delegates for ITTF Summit</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/24/203528/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Online Portal Launched for ITTF Summit Delegates">Online Portal Launched for ITTF Summit Delegates</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/24/ittf-summit-schedule-unveiled/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Summit Schedule Unveiled">ITTF Summit Schedule Unveiled</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/24/member-associations-get-updates-ittf-group-finances/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Member Associations Get Updates on ITTF Group Finances">Member Associations Get Updates on ITTF Group Finances</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/23/register-ita-webinars-series-clean-sport-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Register to ITA Webinars Series on Clean Sport">Register to ITA Webinars Series on Clean Sport</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/22/ittf-foundation-wins-sports-business-awards-parkinsons-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Foundation Wins Sports Business Awards for Parkinson's World Championships">ITTF Foundation Wins Sports Business Awards for Parkinson's World Championships</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>TT11TV</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/TT11TV/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Character T-Shirt</b><br /> <a href="https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/17783809-table-tennis-character" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy one</a> – or a hoodie, mug, or mask!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Club Cap</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/1308609706/ping-pong-club-dad-hat" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy it</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Adam vs. French Champion</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM-oIyWarPA&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (11:21) from Adam Bobrow - he takes on French Champion Simon Gauzy, world #33!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Impossible Penalty Kicks</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XmSWoNHbV0&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (5:13) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 11/28/2022 - 17:06</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 28 Nov 2022 17:06:26 +0000 Larry Hodges 3428 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3428#comments November 21, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3426 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 21, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3425" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Recovering from Forehand Attacks from a Corner</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and the JOOLA North American Teams</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Our junior program at MDTTC is divided into four groups (66 players total), and this weekend I worked with one session for each. It was also an exhausting weekend as I acted as a practice partner for three of the sessions, for two reasons. First, we had an odd number of players, though we can work around that by doing multiball or bringing in another player. Second, and perhaps more important, we’re getting them ready for the <a href="http://joolateams.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">North American Teams</a> next weekend (Fri-Sun after Thanksgiving), and so it’s valuable they get a good practice session with a good player. (Yay, I’m the “good” player!) For drills, I mostly blocked – and boy, after a short time it really came together and I stopped missing. They rotated the players who hit with me, and each time I greeted them with the warning, “The rumors are true, I never miss.” And, of course, if I did miss, I’d explain I was only showing them what a miss would look like if I were to miss – after all, how could they identify a miss by an opponent if we don’t show them what it looks like?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We also played a lot of games to prepare them for the Teams. I managed to go undefeated (closest game was 11-7) – mostly because I didn’t play games with the first group, just drilled with them. With the other groups (strongest players under 1800), I often relied on my serves. Coach Wang Qingliang warned my opponents that I serve a lot of side-top serves that looked like backspin, but most still had great difficulty in reading them. The hardest part for me about not training or playing matches regularly is in return of serve, and ending the point with the forehand, both of which used to be big strengths. For receive, I mostly just pushed serves back – quick, fast, heavy, low and at wide angles. But as I got warmed up and played better, I got more aggressive and began forehand looping serves, especially from the backhand corner. Because most of our players are trained to be more two-winged, and I mostly attack with my forehand, two of them asked why I stood so far on my backhand side when I received, and why I stepped around to loop so many serves. So I had to explain how the game has changed, though of course most players should still sometimes step around to forehand loop in a serve. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’m telling parents of players who have never been to the Teams to video their kids as they first walk into the playing hall. The normal reaction is eyes go wide, mouth drops, and they look side to side as they take in this incredibly large hall, with tables in full-sized courts seemingly going on forever! There will be 167 playing courts, with <a href="http://natabletennis.com/tournaments/listentries.php?tournament=2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">1113 players on 269 teams</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This will be my 46<sup>th</sup> straight time at the Teams, starting in 1976, the year I started in table tennis. (It would be 47 except they skipped 2020 because of Covid.) As I pointed out to one of our junior players who will be playing in it for the second time, “We’re experienced pros. Together we’ve played in it 46 times.” (See segment below on <a href="https://joolausa.com/the-biggest-table-tennis-tournament-in-the-usa-reaches-new-heights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Biggest Table Tennis Tournament in the USA Reaches New Heights</a> by Matt Hetherington.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dream Blue Liquor and US Open Sponsors</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Should USATT be taking sponsorships for alcohol, especially hard liquor? Here’s the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/2022/2022-US-Open/2022-US-Open-Prospectus-22-11-08a.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=66A4754CE0194217515B55072DA5F5CAC9812080" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_top">Prospectus</a> (entry form) for the upcoming US Open. On page five it lists the sponsors, and the first one listed is Dream Blue, which is a distilled hard liquor from China. (Their liquor alcohol contents rate very high, at “40.8%, 45% or 52% ABV.”) This issue has come up in the past – I was in the room years ago when the USATT board debated whether they should take sponsorships from companies that sell alcoholic beverages or cigarettes. The decision at the time was overwhelmingly no. Apparently that has changed. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As a non-drinker, I’m personally opposed to such sponsors and would likely vote against it if I were on the Board. I’m pretty sure that there was something on this in the USATT bylaws many years ago, but it’s no longer there. (During my twelve years as editor of USATT Table Tennis Magazine we did not take ads for alcoholic beverages or tobacco products, and I’m pretty sure they were never a USATT sponsor.) Since the US Open is an international event, it comes under ITTF laws. The ITTF doesn’t specifically ban sponsors for liquor, but they do have these restrictions in their rules about such ads, which would apply to the US Open – I bolded the key part: </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:24px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://documents.ittf.sport/sites/default/files/public/2022-02/ITTF_HB_2022_clean_v1_0.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">3.2.5.1.1</a> <b>Advertisements or markings in or next to the playing area, on playing clothing or numbers and on umpires’ clothing, shall not be for tobacco goods, alcoholic drinks, harmful drugs or illegal products</b> and they shall be without negative discrimination or connotation on the grounds of race, xenophobia, gender, religion, disabilities or other forms of discrimination; however, for competitions not explicitly organised for players under 18 years of age, the ITTF may allow advertisements or markings for non-distilled alcoholic drinks on equipment and fittings in or next to the playing area, provided the local law permits.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One strange thing – while there are eight sponsors listed on the US Open sponsor on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/2022/2022-US-Open/2022-US-Open-Prospectus-22-11-08a.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=66A4754CE0194217515B55072DA5F5CAC9812080" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_top">Prospectus</a> PDF (no links), but there is <i>nothing</i> about these sponsors on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open page</a>. You’d think they’d be listed there, with links! If I were a sponsor I’d expect this and be pretty unhappy that there is nothing about their US Open sponsorship on the US Open page. The eight sponsors from the Prospectus are Dream Blue, Butterfly, Paddle Palace, Nittaku, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, DHS, Ping Pong Parkinson, and Blossom Houston.<br /> =&gt;UPDATE - they've sort of added a Sponsor section at the very bottom of the US Open page, below the "Directions and Parking" map where few will see it. But the only sponsor listed there is Dream Blue. The other seven are not listed. This implies that the only sponsor is Dream Blue, which is not correct. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Assembly</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’m told the USATT Assembly will take place at the upcoming <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open</a>, on Sunday night, Dec. 18. This is required by the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/governance-and-financials/bylaws" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT bylaws</a> as an annual event (Article 15, page 46). However, I haven’t yet seen any announcement, either on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT news</a> page or <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open</a> page. Bylaws 15.3 says, “Notice of the annual USATT Assembly stating the place, date and time of the meeting shall be posted on the website of USATT no fewer than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting.” Assuming it’s held on Dec. 18, then thirty days before that was Nov. 18, this past Friday.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;ADDENDUM (added Dec. 5, 2022): Hurray! Apparently USATT read my blog. They added a small mention of the USATT Assembly to the Prospectus, on page 9 (of 10), column 2. It wasn't there before. (I have the copy that had been posted previously.) However, this does not consitute being "...posted on the website of USATT no fewer than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting." (See below.) First, adding the lines buried in a PDF file linked from the US Open page without letting people know it had been changed is right out of the novel "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." (Some of you will recognize the reference.) Second, the change was not made 30 days in advance. We'll see if there is any other notice of the Assembly. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Below is the entire section from the bylaws on the USATT Assembly, for those interested in attending. I’m told there also might be some panels at the US Open on various topics, such as clubs or high performance, but I haven’t heard or seen anything official yet. They’ve done that twice before at Opens or Nationals – I was on several panels – but they stopped doing that. I think it’s a good idea. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ARTICLE XV ANNUAL USA TABLE TENNIS ASSEMBLY</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Section 15.1. Purpose.</b> There shall be an annual USATT Assembly at which all individual and organization members and other USATT constituencies in the United States Table Tennis family shall be invited to gather and provide input to the Board on important issues confronting the organization. At USATT’s Assembly, the Board shall provide a report on the “State of the USATT.” The Chief Executive Officer shall provide a managerial report addressing issues of concern and importance to USATT. Individual and organization members and other constituencies may be permitted to pose questions to the Board and Chief Executive Officer for response. The annual USATT Assembly shall be purely advisory and shall have no rulemaking, budgetary, legislative, or other authority, though it, or some of it, may be involved in some appropriate way in the nomination of individuals to serve on the Board as otherwise set forth in these Bylaws. The Board shall determine the agenda of the annual USATT Assembly. Page 47 of 56 USATT 22 02-17a</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Section 15.2. Place.</b> The annual USATT Assembly shall be held in conjunction with a Board meeting. If practicable, the annual USATT Assembly meeting shall also be held in conjunction with a major USATT competition.48</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Section 15.3. Notice.</b> Notice of the annual USATT Assembly stating the place, date and time of the meeting shall be posted on the website of USATT no fewer than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Biggest Table Tennis Tournament in the USA Reaches New Heights</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://joolausa.com/the-biggest-table-tennis-tournament-in-the-usa-reaches-new-heights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> on the <a href="http://joolateams.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">North American Teams</a> by Matt Hetherington. The tournament is Nov. 25-27 in Washington DC. I’ll be there coaching some of the twelve junior teams from the Maryland Table Tennis Center. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/21/2023-Junior-US-National-Table-Tennis-Team-Trials-to-Be-Held-in-Charlotte-North-Carolina" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-weight:normal">2023 Junior US National Table Tennis Team Trials to Be Held in Charlotte, North Carolina</span><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"> - I’ve added this to my coaching calendar!</span></span></span></a> </b>HOWEVER - why in the world don't they give a REASON why they are running U11, 13, 15, and 19, but not U17? I've emailed USATT requesting they include U17 with the other junior trials. Also, if you look at the picture that goes with the story - the USA contingent (including parents) at the Pan Am Juniors in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republican in September, you can find me in the back row, fourth from the right. (I was one of the coaches.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/17/Spirit-of-Charity-and-Togetherness-Permeate-NYC-Ping-Pong-Diplomacy-Tournament" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Spirit of Charity and Togetherness Permeate NYC Ping Pong Diplomacy Tournament</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Multi-Player Training with Shadow Play</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=853128222554360" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s video</a> (24 sec) from the Houston Intl Table Tennis Academy of a coach working with three players at once – one directly, the other two shadow-practicing. We do this type of training at my club (MDTTC) all the time, though I usually do it with multiball, where I’m feeding to one player while the others shadow practice. There would also be one player doing ball pickup, with the players rotating. Sometimes we’ll have a player practice serves on an adjacent table as part of the rotation. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/5-consistency-tips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">5 Consistency Tips</a> (5:52)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/13-stages" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">13 Stages</a> - Develop a systematic approach to learning a new skill</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/nandan-naresh-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Nandan Naresh</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IKyu0X5nZI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis tactics: how to serve a weak opponent Backhand | Ti Long guide for Australia (part 1)">Table tennis tactics: how to serve a weak opponent Backhand (part 1)</a> (10:50)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KX9UPDGRm0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to change the spin of reverse serve and serve short and long | Ti Long tutorial &amp; fixes">How to change the spin of reverse serve and serve short and long</a> (18:38)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Physical Training For Juniors</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-huijing-wang-physical-training-for-juniors/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:27) from Huijing Wang.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Manage Travel Fatigue (Physiologically)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://joola.com/how-to-manage-travel-fatigue-physiologically-lily-zhangs-blog/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lily_Zhang" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lily Zhang</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pingpong Video Analysis (Forehand Topspin in Table Tennis - Essential Characteristics)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDEHZTzK31k&amp;t=13s&amp;ab_channel=Dr.TableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (7:34) from Dr. Table Tennis. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfMgFBWqy1N24fAYI9Fpb9Q/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are more videos</a> from the site. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiXEBuX16sA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WORLD NUMBER ONE FROM BEST CAMERA ANGLES">WORLD NUMBER ONE FROM BEST CAMERA ANGLES</a> (2:01)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sXUh1qF6KI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE HOTTEST NAME IN EUROPE BEATS KOREA’S NUMBER ONE STAR">THE HOTTEST NAME IN EUROPE BEATS KOREA’S NUMBER ONE STAR</a> (1:21)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ma Long Player Profile &amp; Equipment</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://tabletennistop.com/ma-long-player-profile/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from Table Tennis Top. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Most Creative Table Tennis Player Ever?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1cZqWDGnNg&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:49) featuring Japan’s Koki Niwa. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-los-angeles-table-tennis-association-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Los Angeles Table Tennis Association</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-puerto-rico-open-teams-tta-888-won-in-2022-who-will-win-in-2023/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Puerto Rico Open Teams: TTA/888 Won in 2022 – Who Will Win in 2023?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/andalucia-world-para-championships-jenson-van-emburgh-brings-silver-home/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Andalucia World Para Championships: Jenson Van Emburgh Brings Silver Home</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>About 16th Si &amp; Patty Wasserman Junior &amp; Open Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/about-16th-si-patty-wasserman-junior-open-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Tawny Banh. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Some People Say</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpM9zO-v2tw&amp;ab_channel=PINGPOD" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (70 sec) about table tennis from PingPod - it's pretty good!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/21/oman-ready-world-veteran-championships-moves-ever-closer/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2023 World Veteran Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/19/ittf-participated-ipc-extraordinary-general-assembly-membership-gathering/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Participated in IPC Extraordinary General Assembly and Membership Gathering">ITTF Participated in IPC Extraordinary General Assembly and Membership Gathering</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/18/featured-ittf-magazine-new-members-exclusive-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: New Members for Exclusive Club">Featured in ITTF Magazine: New Members for Exclusive Club</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/18/ittf-president-appointed-international-masters-games-association-board/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF President Appointed to International Masters Games Association Board">ITTF President Appointed to International Masters Games Association Board</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/18/ittf-leadership-attends-asian-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Leadership Attends Asian Cup">ITTF Leadership Attends Asian Cup</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/17/ittf-world-championships-finals-wtt-champions-wtt-cup-finals-cumulated-close-one-billion-viewers/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF World Championships Finals, WTT Champions, WTT Cup Finals Cumulated Close to One Billion Viewers">ITTF World Championships Finals, WTT Champions, WTT Cup Finals Cumulated Close to One Billion Viewers</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/16/register-ita-webinars-series-clean-sport-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Register to ITA Webinars Series on Clean Sport">Register to ITA Webinars Series on Clean Sport</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/15/new-ittf-athletes-commission-members-elected/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="New ITTF Athletes Commission Members Elected">New ITTF Athletes Commission Members Elected</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555">TT11TV</span></span></strong><br /> <span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><span style="box-sizing:border-box"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/TT11TV/videos" style="box-sizing:border-box; cursor:pointer; color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="box-sizing:border-box; text-align:start"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="text-decoration-thickness:initial"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial">Lots of videos here</span></span></span></span></span></a>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Postal Stamps</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ebay.com/b/Table-Tennis-Postal-Stamps/162067/bn_16566027" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here they are</a> – on sale at Ebay!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong, Spin, and Third-Ball Attack (Or, Why Dialogue Gets Boring and How to Fix It)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.kittywumpus.net/blog/2022/11/10/guest-post-ping-pong-spin-and-third-ball-attack-or-why-dialogue-gets-boring-and-how-to-fix-it-by-gregory-ashe/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Gregory Ashe. It’s not about table tennis – it uses ping-pong as a metaphor for a dialogue writing problems for writers. He gets his table tennis terms and tactics right!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Funny Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Wc7a129jP2A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (36 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>I Went to the World Championships… in CHINA</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHPoOjmR_Gc&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (14:56) from Adam Bobrow. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>5 Things Ping Pong Players Hate</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOiQdAkhnaw&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:28) from Table Tennis Daily – this is <i>HILARIOUS!!!</i></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> <p> </p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 11/21/2022 - 18:45</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:45:29 +0000 Larry Hodges 3426 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3426#comments November 14, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3424 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 14, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3423" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Backhand Counter Domination</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached in four group sessions over the weekend, as is my norm. As usual the focus was on fundamentals, technique, footwork, placement . . . yada yada yada. I did do extra down-the-line drills - too often players focus on crosscourt. I also worked with two players on their grip. One of them has begun changing his grip drastically between forehand and backhand, with a wristy finger-down-the-middle forehand - NO!!! (1967 Men's World Champion Hasegawa might disagree - he used that grip.) It's important to catch things like this early, and the player in question only started this past year. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a realization during one session, which I explained to some of the players. If the players can't beat me after I've coached them for a full 90 minutes, I must be a bad coach. But if they can beat me after 90 minutes of training, I must be a bad player. Hmmm... Of course, I also explain to them that if they are tired during a drill, they must be out of shape and so we must work them harder. If they are not tired then we must not be working them hard enough and so we must work them harder. And if they won't answer us when we ask if they are tired, then we must punish them by making them work harder. Hmmm...</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a discussion with three of the parents who also play. (We allow parents to hit on open tables during junior group sessions. Some are pretty good.) The topic was footwork, and how kids and adults do it differently. For example, up-and-coming players and world-class players, when near the table in a fast rally, usually play their forehands with their feet parallel. But that takes a lot of training to do properly, and I don't recommend it for players who aren't going to put in the training and who aren't in very good shape. For most of us (including me), it's better to move the right foot back (for righties) as you move to play a forehand in a fast rally. It's not as quick but gives better stability and power. Another difference is the up-and-comers and world-class players often move both feet almost together when moving. For most of us, it's better to start by taking a short step with the foot on the side you are moving toward, commonly called "two-step footwork." </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I also had private session with <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10297504/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Navin Kumar</a> on Sunday night. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/navin.kumar.161/posts/pfbid0Gg1EoZxLhVqeazt4akdx6NKya2Nyu1vNuSyXNqQkQXssV29uVNQi37kwnVNCdn5cl?notif_id=1668398049107178&amp;notif_t=mention&amp;ref=notif" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s video</a> (15 sec). (I’m retired from private coaching, but made an exception for Navin.) Navin is somewhat of an equipment junkie, an EJ. During the session I asked him if such experimenting gave an Edge to an Ej. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT News and Favoritism</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/12/Coach-Park-Ji-Hyun-and-Coach-Tao-Wenzhang-to-Lead-World-class-Table-Tennis-Camp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Coach Park Ji-Hyun &amp; Coach Tao Wenzhang to Lead World-class Table Tennis Camp</a>. This news item (which was also featured in the last USATT Insider) caught my eye as it’s basically an ad for a camp at a private commercial club, written by a USATT employee. This isn’t exactly fair to the many other clubs that also run such camps, especially other clubs in the Bay Area that run competing camps, such as ICC, Table Tennis America, and others. I contacted the USATT CEO and asked about this, and she responded, “<span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="color:#2a3039">We will have a section dedicated to promoting clubs’ events. We could either use the articles the club submits or we can help write them if they need some help.” </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="color:#2a3039">The problem here, of course, is that this needs to be equal opportunity, and it’s not equal opportunity when one club gets to have such a news item before other clubs even know about the opportunity. Since there hasn’t been any announcement about this, clubs <i>still</i> don’t know about this opportunity, unless of course they are reading my blog – and so, like me, they are probably pretty irritated about this favoritism. There should have been a news item about it, and among those clubs interested, a random drawing for the order they would be run. Or they could have a committee put together objective criteria for such camps, and select an order based on that. Perhaps better still, one article about all of these camps around the country, with links to them.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="color:#2a3039">The club in question, 888, is an excellent one, with excellent coaches, and no doubt will run an excellent camp. But so would others, including my own (<a href="http://www.mdttc.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">MDTTC</a>), which </span></span></span>has three coaches in the USATT Hall of Fame, four coaches who have won USATT Coach of the Year awards (eight in total), and two former members of the Chinese National Team (one of whom achieved a USATT rating of 2830) and both former Head Province Coaches in China. Ironically, my club might not even be interested since we tend to fill our Winter camp from local players, but other clubs might be interested. There are also camps, such as the ones at Samson Dubina’s in Ohio, that actively draw players from all over the country, who are likely not thrilled that USATT is actively promoting a competing camp, with no notice about the opportunity. Does USATT understand that if they, say, draw two or three players from one camp to the one they feature, that might be a thousand dollars in revenue lost for that club, not to mention a weaker camp? Do they understand that, once again, they are creating unneeded hostility toward USATT? (Addendum, added at the last minute – I just spoke with one club leader – not from my club - who said they are also unhappy about this, but do not want to deal with USATT anymore and so will likely not bother asking USATT to do a news item on them.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are other USATT news items this past week. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/12/2022-US-Open-Early-bird-Registration-Deadline-Ends-in-3-Days" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 US Open Early-bird Registration Deadline Ends in 3 Days</a> – I’ll be there!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/10/Ping-Pong-Diplomacy-Breaks-New-Ground-in-Chicago" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ping Pong Diplomacy Breaks New Ground in Chicago</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/10/Wang-and-Kumar-Take-Mixed-Doubles-Silver-in-Chile" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Wang and Kumar Take Mixed Doubles Silver in Chile</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/09/USA-Awarded-3-Medals-in-Pan-Am-Championship-Singles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Awarded 3 Medals in Pan Am Championship Singles</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/09/Amy-Wang-and-Rachel-Sung-Bring-Home-Gold-in-Womens-Doubles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Amy Wang and Rachel Sung Bring Home Gold in Women’s Doubles</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Christmas Books</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It’s time for some Christmas shopping, both for others and for yourself!!! <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Why not get one of my books</a>? Or one of <a href="http://www.danseemiller.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dan Seemiller’s</a>? Or one of <a href="https://samsondubina.com/products" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Samson Dubina’s</a> books and other products? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Brian Pace on the Road to Recovery</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/brian-pace-on-the-road-to-recovery" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s his latest update</a> on his GoFundMe page. So far they have raised $47,638 of the goal of $100,000. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-huijing-wang-qualities-need-to-be-a-complete-player/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Qualities Need To Be A Complete Player</a> (1:54) with Huijing Wang</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-darius-fahimi-forehand-backhand-flip/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand &amp; Backhand Flip</a> (78 sec) with Darius Fahimi</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-darryl-tsao-two-backhand-loops-two-forehand-loops/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Backhand Loops &amp; Two Forehand Loops</a> (77 sec) with Darryl Tsao</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-jiangshan-guo-backhand-bump-with-long-pips/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Bump With Long Pips</a> (62 sec) with Jiangshan Guo</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/1-tournament-question" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">#1 Tournament Question</a> (5:39) – an excellent discussion on when to change tactics. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/13-stages" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">13 Stages</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/events/banquet-and-tournament" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Banquet and Tournament</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/kasumi-ishikawas-deceptive-pendulum-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kasumi Ishikawa’s Deceptive Pendulum Serve</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/backhand-push-technique-with-a-lot-of-spin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Push Technique with a Lot of Spin</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/koki-niwa-officially-announced-his-retirement/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Koki Niwa Officially Announced His Retirement</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">19 new videos since last week</a>!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from TacoBackhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSW9AX9ZZUM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE GOAT AS A YOUNGSTER">THE GOAT AS A YOUNGSTER</a> (2:10)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HabSBVzDXHA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="BEST IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW">BEST IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW</a> (2:29)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_jWQYQTJsY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to serve a variable spin (down, side, top) Pendulum to a Swedish student | TiLong tutorial">How to serve a variable spin (down, side, top) Pendulum to a Swedish student</a> (9:35)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uwcigkoxok" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to Serve Side + Downspin Reverse | Ti Long guides and corrects the French 🇫🇷">How to Serve Side + Downspin Reverse | Ti Long guides and corrects the French</a> (29:58)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Central</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZDPY_UCBuQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="High IQ Moments in Table Tennis">High IQ Moments in Table Tennis</a> (4:08)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhYkO6F_P4w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Moments with 1% Chance">Table Tennis Moments with 1% Chance</a> (4:14)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSlQs0jaz4s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong destroying players for 4 minutes">Fan Zhendong destroying players for 4 minutes</a> (4:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BelaWvuhly8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Skills That Shocked Everyone [HD]">Table Tennis Skills That Shocked Everyone</a> (8:22)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPH3Svnuu90" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Xu Xin destroying players for 3 minutes">Xu Xin destroying players for 3 minutes</a> (3:14)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>5 Easy Tactics to Outplay Your Opponent in Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2WTsgm_UGw&amp;ab_channel=RationalTableTennisAnalysis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:16). <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6A9-AjFzYBBTHq0ltDpa4Q/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are other videos</a> from Rational Table Tennis Analysis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-massachusetts-table-tennis-and-badminton-club-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Massachusetts Table Tennis and Badminton Club</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-pingpod-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: PingPod</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/puerto-rico-open-teams-a-look-back-to-last-year/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Puerto Rico Open Teams – A Look Back to “Last Year”</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/neu-ulm-dusseldorf-superteams-advances-in-euro-champions-league/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Neu-Ulm, Dusseldorf Superteams Advance in Euro Champions League</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/americans-in-slovak-republic-for-wtt-youth-contender/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Americans in Slovak Republic for WTT Youth Contender</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/november-sees-changes-at-the-top-of-the-rankings/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">November Sees Changes at the Top of the Rankings</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Former Editor Loses Super-Close Election Race</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Former USATT Magazine co-editor Marie Hopkins apparently lost a close one last Tuesday. She and husband Steve (author of the articles in the segment above) co-edited USATT Magazine from May/June 2007 through 2014 (46 issues). In the election for <a href="https://www.ri.gov/election/results/2022/general_election/races/66.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Representative in Rhode Island’s General Assembly District 21</a>, Marie, a Republican, lost to Democrat Camille Vella-Wilkinson, 2603 to 2570, losing by 33 votes, 50.0% to 49.4%, with 34 write-ins. However, since the differences is under 1%, there will be a recount before results are finalized. (Side note – <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/USATT-Leaders" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here is the page</a> where I put together and update a complete listing of all past and present USATT Presidents, Board Chairs, Executive Directors, CEOs, and Editors.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Puerto Rico News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/steven-moreno-champion-in-wtt-lignano-italy/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Steven Moreno Champion In WTT Lignano</a>, Italy, by Edgardo Vazquez)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/bronze-for-the-mens-and-womens-national-table-tennis-teams-at-the-pan-am-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bronze For The Men’s And Women’s National Table Tennis Teams At The Pan Am Championships</a> by </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/12/curtain-falls-best-ever-world-para-table-tennis-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Andalucia World Para Championships 2022</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/12/familiar-names-new-names-added-roll-honour-play-concludes-andalucia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Familiar Names and New Names Added to Roll of Honour as Play Concludes in Andalucia">Familiar Names and New Names Added to Roll of Honour as Play Concludes in Andalucia</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/11/strong-wills-reap-rewards-champions-crowned-andalucia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Strong Wills Reap Rewards as Champions Crowned in Andalucia">Strong Wills Reap Rewards as Champions Crowned in Andalucia</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/11/featured-ittf-magazine-dreams-shattered-dreams-realised/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: Dreams Shattered Dreams Realised">Featured in ITTF Magazine: Dreams Shattered Dreams Realised</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/11/ipc-president-visits-andalucia-2022-world-para-table-tennis-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="IPC President Visits Andalucia 2022 World Para Table Tennis Championships">IPC President Visits Andalucia 2022 World Para Table Tennis Championships</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/10/leading-names-prominent-contenders-honours-stake-claim/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Leading Names Prominent as Contenders for Honours Stake Claim">Leading Names Prominent as Contenders for Honours Stake Claim</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/10/ukraine-para-table-tennis-succeeds-world-championships-sport-movement-support/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ukraine Para Table Tennis Succeeds at World Championships with Sport Movement Support">Ukraine Para Table Tennis Succeeds at World Championships with Sport Movement Support</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/10/call-wild-cards-2022-ittf-world-hopes-week-challenge-now-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Call for Wild Cards to the 2022 ITTF World Hopes Week &amp; Challenge now open">Call for Wild Cards to the 2022 ITTF World Hopes Week &amp; Challenge now open</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/09/first-medallists-known-fourth-day-concludes-granada-notable-names-depart/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First Singles Medallists Known as Fourth Day Concludes in Granada, Notable Names Depart">First Singles Medallists Known as Fourth Day Concludes in Granada, Notable Names Depart</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/09/andalucia-2022-receives-green-sport-flag-certification-sustainability-programme/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Andalucia 2022 Receives Green Sport Flag Certification for Sustainability Programme">Andalucia 2022 Receives Green Sport Flag Certification for Sustainability Programme</a><br /> <a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/08/first-ever-world-championships-class-one-event-proves-major-milestone/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First Ever World Championships Class One Event Proves Major Milestone">First Ever World Championships Class One Event Proves Major Milestone</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/08/electric-atmosphere-doubles-conclude-andalucia-2022-world-para-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Electric Atmosphere as Doubles Conclude at Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships">Electric Atmosphere as Doubles Conclude at Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/08/close-co-operation-prevails-paris-2024-table-tennis-manager-takes-notes-granada/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Close Co-operation Prevails as Paris 2024 Table Tennis Manager Takes Notes in Granada">Close Co-operation Prevails as Paris 2024 Table Tennis Manager Takes Notes in Granada</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/07/tense-contests-first-finals-decided-andalucia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tense Contests as First Finals Decided in Andalucia">Tense Contests as First Finals Decided in Andalucia</a></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 Chinese Nationals</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They were just held in Huangshi, Hubei Province.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQHtiZPdZl0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong vs Lin Gaoyuan | Final 2022 Chinese National Championships">Fan Zhendong vs Lin Gaoyuan | Final</a> (19:38)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2ngIFgg4FE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Lin Gaoyuan vs Liu Dingshuo | Semifinal 2022 Chinese National Championships">Lin Gaoyuan vs Liu Dingshuo | Semifinal </a>(9:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPq1plK2bok" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong vs Niu Guankai | Semifinal 2022 Chinese National Championships">Fan Zhendong vs Niu Guankai | Semifinal</a> (9:08)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>1965 Worlds – Zhuang Zedong vs. Li Furong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=1162358411320353" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s video</a> (1:26) of that final. Here’s the Google [poorly] translated caption:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Zhuang Zedong defeated Li Furong in the final. 1965 Men's Singles World Championship in Ljubljana Slovenia The duo have made history against each other in three consecutive men's singles finals (Beijing, Prague, Ljubljana), none of which has been possible to date. But according to Sun Meiying, a former vice president of the China Table Tennis Federation, who had met Zhou Enlai more than 40 times, behind the scenes of such a not very elegant event.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">After Zhuang Zedong won his first men's singles world championship, the first 'result lock' took place, as the above wanted to make Zhuang a three-time champion and become a national role model.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">At that time, Li Furong, who was ranked behind Zhuang in the world rankings. Therefore, he had to lose to Zhuang every time when competing in the finals.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">“I can keep Li Furong purely by hand.” Zhuang clearly expressed his displeasure. “When Master ordered Li to surrender. I also felt discouraged. Even now, people are saying that all my World Championship results are locked.” Li was also angry, saying, “I can keep Zhuang Zedong, but the Leader wants me to. I lost."</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Currently, due to the strong ability of Chinese athletes This makes locking effect much less important. Until then, it was no longer necessary. Former China national team head coach Tsai Zhenhua said in 2005, “Today we hardly have any results locked. I would like to clarify that for the Olympic Games The interests of the nation must come above all else, for example, when comparing which of our athletes is stronger than the next foreign athlete. I think the country should be the first. This is my principle We have been like this for over a decade.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>TT11TV</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/TT11TV/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lots of videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Master Shirt</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Master-Vintage-T-Shirt/dp/B085XC36WW" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy it</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Is My Music</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/813364414/videos/453450176875087" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:53) from Steve Rowe. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Many-Paddle Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Qr9pMbaWt0w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (9 sec, but repeating)! I’ve never rallied with a cat (I don’t think the cat minded), but I once stuck a sheet of sponge on the forehead of a three-year-old (with his permission), picked him up, and rallied off his forehead! I wish I had pictures.  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Gigantic Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/zvrCJXR1qxI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8 sec, but repeating)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Mario &amp; Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Knuckles in Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ8vwyTdr90&amp;ab_channel=TyreseAlbright1018" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (5:18)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong: Expectations vs Reality 2</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bIvJ1vUEiE&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:09) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 11/14/2022 - 18:08</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 14 Nov 2022 18:08:04 +0000 Larry Hodges 3424 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3424#comments November 7, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3422 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 7, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3421" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Coming Back or Beating Stronger Players</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The hardest part of the weekend for me was in the last of four group sessions – three on Sunday – where they needed one more player for up-down tables. I’m out of practice, haven’t warmed up, and have been feeding multiball for hours, and suddenly I’m up against kids who make the Flash seem like a sloth. Fortunately, this wasn’t our top group, and fortunately, they couldn’t return my serves, and so I was able to win all my matches easily. Biggest scare - one kid made it to 4-all on four nets and edges! (He popped one serve back on the edge, and net-dribbled another.) One girl hits the ball so fast that any rally I didn’t win on the first two shots ended up with me lobbing, and she wasn’t bad against lobs. She also gave me a scare when she suddenly backhand flipped in two of my short side-top serves! (Apparently she didn’t get the memo that she’s supposed to misread them and push them straight up.) She was jamming the table, so I switched to deep breaking serves and fast, dead ones, and that ended that threat. (I also chickened out and chopped back some of her topspin serves, which worked.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As noted, I fed a lot of multiball. For some of the sessions, I mostly fed backspin. In one-on-one drills with other players, even if the drill starts with backspin you only get one opening loop against backspin, and then it’s all topspin the rest of the rally. You might get 3-4 loops against backspin per minute. With multiball, you get about 60! That’s a lot more practice, and why it’s valuable in a group session to have one coach feeding multiball backspin, with the players rotated over throughout the session. One key that many forget – it’s not just forehand loops, don’t forget backhand loops!!!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">Pan Americans</span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5434/2022/2022%20ITTF%20Pan%20American%20Championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the ITTF home page</a> for the event, with results. I don’t see a lot of online videos, such as USA’s Lily Zhang’s final against Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico. (Diaz got the gold, 4-0. <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Email me</a> if you have a link to the video - I couldn't find one.) USA’s Kanak Jha (world #28) played Brazil’s Hugo Calderano (world #7) twice. Kanak won the first in the Team final, 4-0, but lost in the Men’s Singles Final, 0-4. Here are videos of both. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.butler.583234/posts/pfbid02J776gpB4KoBQa6dT1fxTFLQap5qZWp5RUhMgCM3eM1fKVU7suBpg2TsXQFhahtwil" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha vs. Hugo Calderano, Team Final Highlights, from Jimmy Butler</a> (1:40)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVLV3PNKerI&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha vs. Hugo Calderano, Men’s Singles Final</a> (12:22)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><span style="font-size: 16px;">There was controversy in the quarterfinal of Men's Singles between</span></font><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"> Canada’s Eugene Wang and Ecuador’s Alberto Mino.</span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"> Mino won the first three games, Wang the next three. In the seventh, at 9-all, Mino hit a clear side, but the umpire mistakenly called it an edge and gave the point to Mino. Wang argued for a LONG time, to no avail. He then refused to play the next point, and shook Mino's and the umpire's hands and walked off the court. However, the argument continued, with Wang off-court arguing with Mino, who remained in the court for a time, along with the umpires. Here's the video - it should take you to <a href="https://youtu.be/j9igbugJH6w?t=7528">2:05:28, 9-all in the seventh</a>. (Thanks to Greg Mascialino, who messaged me the link.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here is Pan Am coverage by Steve Hopkins/Butterfly. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/pan-am-championships-teamusa-has-gold-in-womens-doubles-5-silvers-and-1-bronze/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Championships: TeamUSA has Gold in Women’s Doubles, 5 Silvers, and 1 Bronze</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/pan-am-championships-top-seeds-advance-to-finals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Championships: Top Seeds Advance to Finals</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/pan-am-championships-silvers-for-usa-big-win-for-jha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Championships: Silvers for USA, Big Win for Jha</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here is USATT’s article by Joshua Dyke on the Team event. (Presumably more will be coming on their <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">news page</a>.) </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/02/USA-Begins-2022-Pan-Am-Champs-Medal-Run-with-a-Pair-of-Team-Event-Silver" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Begins 2022 Pan Am Champs Medal Run with a Pair of Team Event Silver</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tipping Off Opponents</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://twitter.com/JoeGiglioSports/status/1587677443158167553" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a non-table tennis example</a> (2:50) of baseball hall of famer Pedro Martinez explaining how pitcher Lance McCullers was tipping off his pitches in the world series. But the same thing happens in table tennis. To use one example, I used to coach our players against USATT hall of famer Brian Masters, and they did pretty well. One reason for this was that Brian liked to throw in sudden deep serves – and I noticed that whenever he did this, as he started his serve he’d stick his tongue out of his mouth! We used this for years against him. There are many other less extreme examples. Five-time US Men’s Champion Dan Seemiller once told me that he could often tell what the opponent was serving long before they served. I’ve had the same experience – often you aren’t even sure at first what the “tell” is, you just noticed something’s different whenever they do a certain thing. I used to coach Tong Tong Gong, a member of the US Cadet Team, but it drove him crazy that even after he passed me in rating, I would still beat him every time – because I could read, from his motion, what each of his serves was before he served it. I worked with him on fixing this, but it was so ingrained, and since nobody else seemed to have picked up on it, it didn’t really hurt him. (Example – when he served deep, he lengthened his backswing, and as soon as I saw that, I’d prepare to loop the serve. For heavy backspin, he always opened his racket more during the backswing, while for no-spin or sidespin, it would be more closed.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Smash Against Lob</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/NjfW330dDPo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s video</a> (48 sec) of Ye Seo Dang smashing against Krisztina Toth. She’s consistent, but her smashes have little power, and so she is unable to win the point. She’s really just looping the ball, with little arm snap. This is an example of what was covered in last week’s Tip of the Week, <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3419" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="background:white">Increase Forearm Snap to Increase Smashing Speed</span></a><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal; text-align:start"><span style="text-decoration-thickness:initial"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="float:none">.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/eugene-wang-quote" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Eugene Wang Quote</a> (2:41) – This is one of those really important things that a lot of players and even coaches don’t really get. I’m always stressing to players to remember their best games or matches, remembering the mindset, and simply repeat it. If you play poorly, put that out of your mind and remember when you played great! (The only exception is when you have to analyze <i>why</i> you played poorly. But that’s strictly a technical analysis.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/placement" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Placement</a> (5:54)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/upset-year" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Upset of the Year</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/paddle-palace-fitness-video-month" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Paddle Palace Fitness Video of the Month</a> (74 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/robot-tips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Robot Tips</a> (7:45)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/theme" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Theme</a> (4:11)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-angel-naranjo-backhand-loop-stroke-chemistry/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop &amp; Stroke Chemistry</a> (51 sec) with Angel Naranjo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-jiangshan-guo-backhand-chop-block-with-long-pips/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Chop Block With Long Pips</a> (59 sec) with Jiangshan Guo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-anav-gupta-forehand-backhand-stroke-chemistry/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand &amp; Backhand Stroke Chemistry</a> (74 sec) with Anav Gupta</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How Often Should You Use Long Serves?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/how-often-should-you-use-long-serves/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Tom Lodziak. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Why Does Fan Zhendong Lose?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuvjirXn6OA&amp;ab_channel=PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (40 sec) from Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Seth Pech Swedish League Match 2022 + Tutorial Two Tricky Serve Returns at the End</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utDWLg29qeI&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (13:39) from Seth, with point-by-point analysis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Serve Attack and Make Backhand Topspin Against Backspin Powerful and Advanced</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDWzmhnj2Uk&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (23 min) from Ti Long. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(See his three articles on Pan Ams in segment above.)</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/sally-moyland-wins-in-hungary/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sally Moyland Wins in Hungary</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/bowmar-sports-tournament-highlight-clip-nandan-naresh-highlights-1/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bowmar Sports Tournament Highlight Clip – Nandan Naresh Highlights 1</a> (77 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USATT</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/04/Sally-Moyland-Wins-U17-Gold-at-WTT-Youth-Contender-Szombathely-2022" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sally Moyland Wins U17 Gold at WTT Youth Contender Szombathely 2022</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/04/DoubleTree-Hotel-Guests-Granted-Access-to-US-Open-Championships-VIP-Lounge" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">DoubleTree Hotel Guests Granted Access to US Open Championships VIP Lounge</a>. This, along with the discount offered if you enter through the USATT US Open page, should have been on the entry form. (The news item went up after 440 players had already entered the tournament.) Many of us, including me, entered through Omnipong, where the link goes to the entry form, not to the US Open home page. With the code, the cost (after taxes) drops from $225 to $181/night – but still a LOT more than the $85/night I’m paying at the nearby <a href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/ramada-ontario.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ramada</a>, as noted in <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3420" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">my blog last week</a>.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/02/USA-Begins-2022-Pan-Am-Champs-Medal-Run-with-a-Pair-of-Team-Event-Silver" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Begins 2022 Pan Am Champs Medal Run with a Pair of Team Event Silver</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/07/miguel-rodriguez-perfect-ending-illustrious-career-spanning-three-decades/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Miguel Rodriguez: Perfect Ending to Illustrious Career Spanning Three Decades </a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/06/andalucia-2022-world-para-table-tennis-championships-starts-dramatic-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Andalucia 2022 World Para Table Tennis Championships Starts in Dramatic Style">Andalucia 2022 World Para Table Tennis Championships Starts in Dramatic Style</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/06/showtime-para-table-tennis-andalucia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Showtime for Para Table Tennis in Andalucia">Showtime for Para Table Tennis in Andalucia</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/06/andalucia-2022-world-para-championships-begin-watch-follow-action/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships: Watch and Follow All the Action">Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships: Watch and Follow All the Action</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/05/opening-ceremony-signals-start-andalucia-2022-world-para-championships-theatrical-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Opening Ceremony Signals Start of Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships in Theatrical Style">Opening Ceremony Signals Start of Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships in Theatrical Style</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/05/draw-completed-intriguing-contests-await-andalucia-2022-world-para-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Draw Completed, Intriguing Contests Await in Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships">Draw Completed, Intriguing Contests Await in Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/04/star-name-present-intriguing-clash-awaits-southern-spain/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Star Name Once Again Present, Intriguing Clash Awaits in Southern Spain">Star Name Once Again Present, Intriguing Clash Awaits in Southern Spain</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/04/digital-solutions-conquering-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Digital Solutions Conquering Table Tennis">Digital Solutions Conquering Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/03/featured-ittf-magazine-means-commonwealth-champion/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: What it Means to be a Commonwealth Champion">Featured in ITTF Magazine: What it Means to be a Commonwealth Champion</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/03/ittf-delegation-attends-annual-general-meeting-ittf-americas/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Delegation Attends Annual General Meeting of ITTF Americas">ITTF Delegation Attends Annual General Meeting of ITTF Americas</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/03/spanish-players-aspirations-andalucia-2022-world-para-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Spanish Players Aspirations at Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships">Spanish Players Aspirations at Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/02/players-current-form-granada-new-heights-agenda/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Players in Current Form, in Granada, New Heights on Agenda">Players in Current Form, in Granada, New Heights on Agenda</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/01/aiming-hat-trick-world-para-champs-titles-rising-stars-set-make-mark/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Aiming for a Hat-Trick of World Para Champs Titles, Rising Stars Set to Make their Mark">Aiming for a Hat-Trick of World Para Champs Titles, Rising Stars Set to Make their Mark</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Steve Moreno Men’s U13 Champion of the WTT Youth Contender Podgorica 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/steven-moreno-mens-u13-champion-of-the-wtt-youth-contender-podgorica-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Edgardo Vasquez.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Africa’s Best Player of All Time from Perfect Camera Angles</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x781G-KyyM&amp;ab_channel=tacobackhand" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (2:18) featuring Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, from Tacobackhand.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Chinese National Championships Team Final</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_6FUryP3X_kJDm7eGWQN_g/join" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you see these great videos</a> from the Chinese Nationals, from ttlondon2012. They include finals matches Fan Zhendong vs. Lin Gaoyuan, Xu Xin vs. Li Yijie, and Fan Zhendong vs. Zhou Qihao, as well as semifinal and quarterfinal matches. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Evaluation of Competition and Travelling Diet of Elite Table Tennis Players</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s the <a href="https://nsnis.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Evaluation-of-Competition-and-Travelling-Diet-of-Elite-Table-Tennis-Players..pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">scientific journal article</a> from the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports from India. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong in the LA Crossword</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The <a href="https://www.latimes.com/games/daily-crossword" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle</a> on Saturday, Nov. 5 included 32 Across, “Game room fixture.” Answer – Ping Pong Table! The crossword also runs in the Washington Post, which I still get and do the crossword at lunch every day. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Novak Djokovic 'Knocked Out' by a Ball Boy in Ping Pong Battle</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tennis.com/baseline/articles/watch-novak-djokovic-knocked-out-by-a-ball-boy-in-ping-pong-battle" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (27 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong Is My Therapy</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are three versions of this shirt that most of us need! (No, I don’t sell these or any other shirts or other non-book items that I link to here.) </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ping-pong-therapy-Forehand-Backhand/dp/B0B1CCPBQF" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Version 1</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Therapy-Table-Tennis/dp/B0844N1B76" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Version 2</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Therapy-Quotes-T-Shirt/dp/B093QDPXVV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Version 3</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Belly-Flop Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/ymYzeD64o3Q" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (12 sec) – it starts with a behind-the-back shot, and then comes the belly flop!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Never Let ‘em Know Your Next Move</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/tlE-jJHKV-U" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (5 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 11/07/2022 - 18:24</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 07 Nov 2022 18:24:16 +0000 Larry Hodges 3422 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3422#comments