TableTennisCoaching.com - - Your worldwide center for table tennis coaching http://tabletenniscoaching.com/ en May 16, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3378 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">May 16, 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><b>Tip of the Week</b><br /> <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3377">Never Decide If You Have to Move</a>.</p> <p><b>Table Tennis Timeliness and Weekend Coaching</b><br /> I was three minutes late for a group session yesterday. Yes, three minutes - and it's only the third time I've been late in the thirty years since we opened MDTTC in 1992. I estimate I've done about 25,000 sessions in that time. So, what happened?</p> <p>I was sitting in my lounge chair at home reading and about to have lunch, when I suddenly realized the clock on my wall that claimed it was about noon wasn't moving. I glanced at my watch . . . and it was 12:48 PM! And I had a session at 1PM, and I was about a 12-minute drive away! I leaped to my feet, threw things together, and raced for my car. I didn't have time for lunch. At a stop light I texted that I'd be a few minutes late. I <s>walked</s> <s>ran</s> sprinted into the club at 1:03 PM. Since Coach Wang was already leading them in stretching, hardly anybody noticed I was late. But it felt funny rushing into the club and right into a session. I normally arrive 15 minutes early, both so I'm not rushed, so I'm never late, and to set up things as needed (balls, ball nets, changing shoes, etc.).</p> <p>The two other times I was late? Once I simply had my times off by an hour, and arrived an hour late. The other time there was a car accident, and I was stuck in one spot, with cars ahead, behind, and on both sides, for almost an hour before I was able to get out.</p> <p>Timeliness is important for coaches. I know of two table tennis coaches who lost their coaching positions because they were late so often.</p> <p>As to the coaching itself, I had six group sessions this weekend, all junior players, ranging from the weekly novice group to two sessions with the advanced group. I did two sessions primarily as a practice partner/coach, one mostly multiball, and three mostly as a walk-around coach. Some of the things emphasized this weekend were serving lower; keeping the ball to corners in drills (unless the drill is to go to the middle); and focusing on consistency, not ripping the ball.</p> <p><b>WTT Feeder Westchester 2022</b><br /> <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2570">Here's the World TT Page</a> for the event held at the Westchester TTC in New York, USA, May 11-15, with complete <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?selectedTab=Results&amp;eventId=2570">results</a>. I was only there the first day, but it looked like it was run well. It is hopeful that we can attract stronger players to these ITTF Feeder events in the US - the top seed in <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?selectedTab=Player%20List&amp;eventId=2570">Men's Singles</a> (and eventual winner) was Chuang Chih-Yuan (TPE, world #25), and the top seed in <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?selectedTab=Player%20List&amp;eventId=2570">Women's Singles</a> was Shin Yubin (KOR, also world #25).</p> <p>For something like this, you'd think there would be all sorts of news items on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news">USATT news page</a>, but there aren't any, at least on the front page of the news page, going back to April 4. Shouldn't there be news articles promoting this event, as well as reporting the results? (There hasn't been a new news item there since May 6, and before that you have to go back to April. Remember when they used to have daily news there from around the US and the world?)<br /> ADDENDUM: On Thursday night, May 19, three days after I wrote the above, five WTT news items on the WTTs finally went up on the USATT news page - all dated so they appear to have gone up on May 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16. I think they each went up on the ITTF/WTT news page on those dates. Why didn't USATT put them on our news page at the time they originally went up, before they became old news? </p> <p>Here are two articles from Steve Hopkins on the Butterfly news page:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-feeder-westchester-ojio-over-zhang-and-chuang-over-duda/">WTT Feeder Westchester: Ojio over Zhang and Chuang over Duda</a></li> <li><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-feeder-westchester-zhang-in-womens-final-four/">WTT Feeder Westchester: Lily Zhang in Women’s Final Four</a></li> </ul> <p>I went up on the first day with Ryan Lin and his dad. Ryan, 12 and about 2200, was there just for experience. He lost his only match (why is it SE instead of RR?), and we spent the rest of the day watching and doing homework. (I pointed out some of Chuang's techniques in his doubles matches, and others.)</p> <p>One big nit - when a rule leads to a bad result, change the rule. They have a one-size-fits-all rule where a coach has to pay $300 for coaching accreditation to coach any matches. It doesn't matter if you are there to coach one match on one day, or coach lots of matches all five days! So, if I wanted to coach the US #1 12-year-old in his one match, we'd have had to pay $300 in addition to his $300+ entry fee. It wasn't worth it - $300 will get you 6-7 hours training with a 2600 player - so he played the match without a coach. I had to sit in the stands and watch. His opponent, a Canadian, had a Canadian national coach coaching him - it's cost effective for him to pay $300 since he'll be coaching a number of matches all five days. Seriously, there should be a daily coaching fee. Otherwise, it's like going to a nice restaurant and being told if you want one meal, you have to buy five days' worth of meals. (Plus, couldn't we negotiate some sort of break so USATT certified coaches don't have to pay so much? We already have to pay $75 annual "Pro" membership, an annual $50 coaching fee, pass SafeSport, and a background check. Now I have to play $300 to coach a top junior in his one match, right here in the US?) On the trip up and back, we took a break halfway each time and tossed a frisbee around for 15 minutes. That was fun! It's also becoming a tradition during our long drives to tournaments in NY, NJ, OH, and NC.</p> <p><b>USATT Visits the White House</b><br /> <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/06/USA-Table-Tennis-Visits-the-White-House">Here's the photo gallery</a>.</p> <p><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-aditya-godhwani-half-long-loop-gameplay/">Half Long Loop &amp; Gameplay</a> (77 sec) with Aditya Godhwani</li> <li><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-derek-may-returning-power-loops/">Returning Power Loops</a> (4:51) with Derek May</li> </ul> <p><b>How to Train a Good Serve</b><br /> <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/how-to-train-a-good-serve/">Here's the article</a> by Jeffrey Zeng (one of my fellow coaches at MDTTC).</p> <p><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/out-your-mind">Out-of-Your-Mind</a></li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/your-first-tournament">Your First Tournament</a></li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/reverse-preparation">Reverse Preparation</a></li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/table-tennis-slugfest">Table Tennis Slugfest</a> (23 sec) - great rally!</li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/choosing-table">Choosing a Table</a> (2:39)</li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/winning-ugly">Winning Ugly</a> (5:25)</li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/tournaments/tournament-results-and-photos">Tournament Results and Photos</a> (Presper Financial Architects in Ohio)</li> </ul> <p><b>Power is the Least Useful Skill at Lower Levels</b><br /> <a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/power-is-the-least-useful-skill-at-lower-levels/">Here's the article</a> by Tom Lodziak.</p> <p><b>New from the Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0b9akzyT6E" title="Table tennis: Multi-Ball Exercise for speed.">Multi-Ball Exercise for speed</a> (1:14)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0R2J-agmkE" title="Table tennis: gesture speed frequency and scrolling speed.">Gesture speed frequency and scrolling speed</a> (1:58)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYK5hp1Lz5o" title="Table tennis: footwork basic. Side Step FHTP.">Footwork basic. Side Step FHTP</a> (59 sec)</li> </ul> <p><b>New from Ti Long</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVT9paz1bwM" title="Ti Long trains 6 professional exercises for young athletes | Tutorial &amp; Fix">Ti Long trains 6 professional exercises for young athletes</a> (21:38)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwzvV_bWZU8" title="Ti Long trains professional athletes 10 exercises | Tutorial &amp; Fix">Ti Long trains professional athletes 10 exercises</a> (22:29)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMUXX3Hv3R8" title="How to Return Reverse Serve | 3 basic and easiest ways | Part 1">How to Return Reverse Serve | Part 1</a> (10:48)</li> </ul> <p><b>Ask the Coach</b><br /> <a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</p> <p><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVbvn2onBRQ&amp;t=5s" title="DARKO JORGIĆ PLAYS BACKHAND WINNERS FOR 2 MINUTES (PERFECT CAMERA ANGLES) SLOW MOTION">DARKO JORGIĆ PLAYS BACKHAND WINNERS FOR 2 MINUTES (PERFECT CAMERA ANGLES) SLOW MOTION</a> (2:00)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R90LeNnaEmA" title="Lin Yun Ju vs Ovtcharov (GOOD CAMERA ANGLE)">Lin Yun Ju vs Ovtcharov (GOOD CAMERA ANGLE)</a> (1:17)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBjL2TdXrFU&amp;t=2s" title="QUADRI ARUNA SENDING ROCKETS">QUADRI ARUNA SENDING ROCKETS</a> (3:30)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z877xEV450g&amp;t=44s" title="MA LONG PLAYS INSANE TABLE TENNIS! (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES)">MA LONG PLAYS INSANE TABLE TENNIS! (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES)</a> (2:57)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvVq8JwaE3k" title="The day TIMO BOLL LOST a World tour FINAL to a 14 YEAR OLD">The day TIMO BOLL LOST a World tour FINAL to a 14 YEAR OLD</a> (1:53)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/yqeVBQvoaoQ" title="World championships doubles final 2021🌮🔥🏓 Credits: Joe Bao">World championships doubles final 2021</a> (10 sec)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFtIKBpjQck" title="THE SWEDES WHO SHOCKED THE WORLD AND BECAME WORLD CHAMPIONS">THE SWEDES WHO SHOCKED THE WORLD AND BECAME WORLD CHAMPIONS</a> (2:38)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI3vuqyd63c" title="XU XIN DESTROYS DEFENCE">XU XIN DESTROYS DEFENCE</a> (2:09)</li> </ul> <p><b>ITTF News</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/description?artId=1270">Become a WriTTer!</a> ITTF is looking for writers.</li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/15/meeting-expectations-lasko-impresses-ittf-top-officials/" title="Surpassing Expectations, Lasko Impresses ITTF Top Officials">Surpassing Expectations, Lasko Impresses ITTF Top Officials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/14/first-titles-decided-surprise-winners-lasko/" title="First titles decided, surprise winners in Lasko">First titles decided, surprise winners in Lasko</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/13/five-questions-hungary-world-youth-festival-returns/" title="Five Questions for Hungary: World Youth Festival Returns">Five Questions for Hungary: World Youth Festival Returns</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/13/first-high-performance-research-training-camp-a-success/" title="First High Performance Research Training Camp a success">First High Performance Research Training Camp a success</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/13/featured-ittf-magazine-remarkable-story-hans-soova/" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: The Remarkable Story of Hans Soova">Featured in ITTF Magazine: The Remarkable Story of Hans Soova</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/13/medallists-known-colour-unknown/" title="Medallists known, colour unknown">Medallists known, colour unknown</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/12/united-nations-appointment-hana-goda/" title="United Nations appointment for Hana Goda">United Nations appointment for Hana Goda</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/12/caused-biggest-first-day-upset-france-jonas-hansson-slovenia/" title="Caused biggest first day upset in France, same again for Jonas Hansson in Slovenia">Caused biggest first day upset in France, same again for Jonas Hansson in Slovenia</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/11/ittf-president-showcases-sport-inclusivity-global-sports-week-paris/" title="ITTF President Showcases Sport Inclusivity at Global Sports Week in Paris">ITTF President Showcases Sport Inclusivity at Global Sports Week in Paris</a></li> </ul> <p><b>Quadri Aruna</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/nigeria-sports-news/527435-table-tennis-nigerias-quadri-aruna-breaks-into-worlds-top-10.html">Table Tennis: Nigeria's Quadri Aruna breaks into World's Top 10</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/nigeria-sports-news/528973-the-journey-has-been-tough-and-the-sacrifice-many-says-quadri.html">The journey has been tough and the sacrifice many, says Quadri</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/nigeria-sports-news/527803-table-tennis-african-players-tasked-to-emulate-quadri-aruna.html">African players tasked to emulate Quadri Aruna</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hV_bEr8aZg&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis">Top 5 Points from Quadri Aruna</a>! (2:20)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBjL2TdXrFU&amp;ab_channel=tacobackhand">Quadri Aruna Sending Rockets</a> (3:29)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr5idkZZ5Gc&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong">Aruna Quadri Insane Power! Timing vs Technique</a> (56 sec)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU1nh52ui8w&amp;ab_channel=SlomoSports">Quadri Aruna Now | The Green Bat</a> (2:56)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZD9t55lTho&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012">Aruna Quadri vs Dang Qiu | German League 2022</a> (6:05)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-nnBQBKPos&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012">Timo Boll vs Aruna Quadri | German League 2022</a> (8:29)</li> </ul> <p><b>German League Rematch: Dusseldorf and Saarbrucken Advance to Final</b><br /> <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/german-league-rematch-dusseldorf-and-saarbrucken-advance-to-final/">Here's the article</a> by Steve Hopkins.</p> <p><b>Daniel González Ascends into the Top 100 World Ranking</b><br /> <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/table-tennis-player-daniel-gonzalez-ascends-into-the-top-100-world-ranking/">Here's the article</a>. The Puerto Rican player currently resides in NYC.</p> <p><b>Sportageous Talks to Ecuadorian Pro Table Tennis Player Alberto Mino</b><br /> <a href="https://www.sportageous.co/alberto-mino-ecuadorian-table-tennis-player/">Here's the article</a>. "Ecuadorian table tennis player, Alberto Mino, talks about the Tokyo Olympics, being Ecuador #1, and the psychology of table tennis."</p> <p><b>Ma Long Plays Insane Table Tennis</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z877xEV450g&amp;ab_channel=tacobackhand">Here's the video</a> (2:56).</p> <p><b>The TT Point of the Century?</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOAyxmDUWUM&amp;ab_channel=TrystwithTableTennis">Here's the video</a> (48 sec) of the point between Ma Long and Dimitrij Ovtcharov.</p> <p><b>Best Women's Rallies of All Time</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5TfLr52CD8&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis">Here's the video</a> (12:22)!</p> <p><b>Useful Backhands from the Best Matches in the World</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHcw35uy7tk&amp;ab_channel=TTshorts">Here's the video</a> (4:16).</p> <p><b>Unstoppable Shots from the Best Matches in the World</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPBSoCfsit0&amp;ab_channel=TTshorts">Here's the video</a> (3:00).</p> <p><b>Taking Table Tennis to the Next Level</b><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=402475908414224">Here's the video</a> (55 sec) from World Table Tennis.</p> <p><b>Samuel Walker vs Tom Jarvis | FINAL | 2022 England National Championships</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv3kWWdCowc&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012">Here's the video</a> (12:16). (Pitchford and Drinkhall did not play.)</p> <p><b>Real Tennis Player VS Ping Pong Player</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-omhV3kE48g&amp;ab_channel=IllyaMarchenko">Here's the video</a> (5:25). "Today I [Illya Marchenko] accepted a challenge from Slovakian table tennis player Lubomir Pistej."</p> <p><b>Gov't to the Rescue of Table Tennis Team Stranded in Dom Rep</b><br /> <a href="https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/govt-to-the-rescue-of-table-tennis-team-stranded-in-dom-rep/">Here's the story</a> from the Jamaica Observer.</p> <p><b>Singapore Loses 0-3 to Thailand Ending Streak</b><br /> <a href="https://www.channelnewsasia.com/sport/table-tennis-women-team-event-lose-thailand-sea-games-2021-silver-2686486">Here's the story</a> from Channel News Asia. "Singapore loses 0-3 to Thailand in 31st SEA Games table tennis women's team, ending 9 consecutive gold streak."</p> <p><b>Saturday Evening Post Ping-Pong Cartoons</b><br /> <a href="https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2022/05/cartoons-ping-pong/">Here they are</a>!</p> <p><b>New from Pongfinity!</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BToB0LkLayM" title="Can You Split a Ball by Hitting It at an AXE?">Can You Split a Ball by Hitting It at an AXE?</a> (8:29)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/JJLYvsDB7rY" title="Imagine if this wasn't recorded 🤯">Imagine if this wasn't recorded </a>(10 sec) - have to see this to believe it!</li> </ul> <p>***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</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, 05/16/2022 - 17:54</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, 16 May 2022 16:54:31 +0000 Larry Hodges 3378 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3378#comments May 9, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3376 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">May 9, 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>Tips of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">While I was in Austria, two Tips went up, plus this week's Tip. Here they are!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">April 25: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3373" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">How to Stop a Simple Third-Ball Forehand Attack</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">May 2: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3374" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Don't "Go For a Shot" or "Play Safe" - Just Do the Right Shot</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">May 9: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3375" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Playing the Middle Doubles the Opponent's Difficulties</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>&lt;BEGIN AUSTRIA TRIP&gt;</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">WTT Youth Contender and ITTF Hopes Camp in Linz, Austria</span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">I've divided this into four parts: </span></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 style="color:black"><a href="#Travel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Travel</a></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 style="color:black"><a href="#WTTYouthContender" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Youth Contender</a></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 style="color:black"><a href="#TimeOff" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Time Off</a></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 style="color:black"><a href="#ITTFHopesCamp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Hopes Camp</a></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">=&gt;<a name="Travel" id="Travel">PART 1: Travel</a></span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Wow, what a great twelve days in Austria! On Monday, April 25, I flew to Linz with Ryan Lin (USA #1 in 12 and Under). The nine-hour flight arrived in Vienna on Tuesday morning. It was delayed 90 minutes after we boarded, so we were on the plane for nearly eleven hours. We then took an hour and 45-minute train to Linz. Below are a couple of pictures. (For all Facebook pictures, I'm also linking to the non-Facebook versions, since those not on Facebook often can't see Facebook photos.)</span></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 style="color:black"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.154739800360073/154738153693571" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ryan and I in our USA warmups</a> just before leaving for the airport. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/278734130_154740003693386_8801831111315927521_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=21Va_HXwVewAX9voTV0&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT_5dVWgcwjh46z_N4aW_Hg3QAJ47S1tTjS2FlKDqOn-4A&amp;oe=627D7573" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </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 style="color:black"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.154739800360073/154738130360240" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ryan and I at the airport</a>. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/278930264_154739993693387_3821450743245339876_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=Oubde_47QZwAX8-Jdap&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT9z9gkR6UTo4OIq2yp0ZRikyNxPTH_xILevQ29nP46vIw&amp;oe=627ED4A7" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On the flight to Vienna, a man across the aisle, one seat up, wouldn't put on his mask. Flight attendants kept asking and telling him to do so. At times he'd say none fit him or they are uncomfortable. For much of the flight, he simply put a drink on his tray table and said he was drinking. Other times he'd put it on until they left, then immediately take it off. The Stewardesses finally got tired of asking and seemed to give up on him. Ryan and I mostly slept on the flight, though he also did some of his homework. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;<a name="WTTYouthContender" id="WTTYouthContender">PART 2: WTT Youth Contender</a></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">The first part of our trip was the WTT Youth Contender (boys' events), April 27-29. The local organizers picked us up at the train station and took us straight to the playing venue, the Tips Arena. It was divided into two areas, the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641586936561" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Match Area</a> and the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641730269880/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Practice Area</a>. (Here's the non-Facebook versions: <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279154833_155641583603228_4587766310045394113_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=vba9vbb5iGoAX9aO630&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-O52S8AcFNehjiB5jFyb7jEDZDeBA-3lga9pBP3MSxzw&amp;oe=627F4D88" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Match Area</a> and <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279245095_155641726936547_5499264939473980805_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=06zwl1NCDOsAX-yJurj&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-Tojcjc_AmwC-s9mqTLY29DydBn9HAl5dW8H5hC7-Gwg&amp;oe=627E2215" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Practice Area</a>.) Ryan and I were both Covid vaccinated, and as required, we'd both had a PCR Covid test just before leaving the US. They gave us another test at the venue. The Ryan and I had a 90-minute practice session to get used to the playing conditions. (After the long flight and train, I was tottering about this first session, and Ryan wasn't playing well either, but we both got better.) Then we checked into our hotel for the stay, the Hotel Park Inn. (I spent twelve days wondering if I should point out that "Inn" and "Hotel" seemed redundant.) We had another practice session the following morning, then Ryan practiced with Emmanuel Otalvaro of Columbia - who would not only be his ongoing practice partner for much of the trip, but would move in with Ryan on the second day and be roommates and video game partners. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641476936572" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's Ryan and Emmanuel</a>. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279080792_155641473603239_6508508233399223531_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=eroHL6qcwUIAX-jv0nA&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-N7sHzWtMdfiI15agbtvIhHiJYDSc_Wx4Z4K1H6Wtrig&amp;oe=627DF987" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) Emmanuel and Ryan came in 1-2 at the America's Hopes Tournament in Ecuador last year. Emmanuel is about 2250, Ryan about 2200. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Here's the ITTF page for the <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5373/2022/wttyouthcontender-Linz/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Youth Contender</a>; click on <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2545" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">EVENT INFO</a> to get to the WTT page with results. Ryan was in two events, Under 13 Boys and Under 15 Boys. Here are some pictures of Ryan:</span></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 style="color:black"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641263603260" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">In front of the Sponsor Wall</a>. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279474201_155641260269927_4649608143963551159_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=T_kktGSaDbMAX-DfIXZ&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-25vZcYExO4bChiBe6wRAl6foU0Dj2UxRYZCGZqevliQ&amp;oe=627EDF4F" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </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 style="color:black"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641336936586" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">About to smash</a> in the practice hall. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279112429_155641330269920_4267841777376666858_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=zDC5V_O5tFcAX8VZV2h&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8iRSmBjTbuacofcYf5eGPHUl1knmyc5CGVtHprHuJMDQ&amp;oe=627D6C94" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.)</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 style="color:black"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641383603248" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Serving</a> in the practice hall. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279080792_155641380269915_317217877814723380_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=vdv5zwnhjewAX8ndQp6&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT_iG1CesvX4bRsYz23_Vx8HAqKjcQ4RlYw3jLlywtmgvQ&amp;oe=627EB1B4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.)</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">In Under 13, Ryan didn't play well at the start. Part of the problem was the time difference. He'd arrived the previous morning, and so only had one day to adjust to a six-hour time difference. His first match was against a Croatian player at 10:30 AM Wednesday, which was 4:30 AM Maryland time. In a match I'm certain he could have won, he instead lost at 9,7,7. After that, he played better, defeating a player from Ukraine, 6,-8,7,2. Yes, he was able to attend despite what's going on in his country - don't get me started on that. I spoke some with his mom on the issue - and it turned out she was from the US (spoke perfect English) before emigrating to Ukraine. Her son had actually been born in the US before moving to Ukraine, and had joint citizenship. In his final match in the RR, Ryan played a player from Qatar, and started out well, and ended up having to struggle before pulling it out, 9,11,-6,-9,9, and advancing into the main draw.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">In the first round (round of 32), played Wednesday night, Ryan played a player from Spain, and won, 11,8,-10,9. In the second round (round of 16), he played the top seed, Benjamin Girlinger of Austria. This would be Ryan's worst match of the tournament by several magnitudes - he'd lose at 4,5,4 - but he'd get redemption. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">In Under 15 the next day, Ryan was in a group of three. As luck would have it, he had Girlinger again - and in his first match Thursday morning! The match was at 9:30 AM, which is 3:30 AM Maryland time, and since Ryan had just gotten killed by him in his last match the night before, I was worried about this match. But Ryan and I discussed tactics (shh!), and this time he played much, much better in a spectacular match by both players - but oh, how the Lords of Fate conspired against Ryan!!! In game one, at 9-10, Girlinger gets an edge to win. In game two, at 10-all, he gets another edge, and wins 12-10. At this point Ryan is beyond frustration, but he's playing well - and with nothing to lose, he lets loose in the third, winning 11-4. Game four is close all the way, but Girlinger pulls away at the end and wins, 9,10,-4,8. But now Ryan is playing well - only thing is, the tournament is almost over for him. But not only did he get some redemption from that poorly played match on Wednesday night, he also, as I pointed out to him, played dead even with Girlinger this time, as the two ended up tied in points, 38-38. Oh, those edges! (The online listing has Ryan losing the fourth 11-7, but it was 11-8.) </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">In his second match, he played Mihai Nagy of Romania, and player he knew well from the previous Hopes Camp and Tournament in Jordan, and who would also be in the upcoming Hopes Camp. They played a great dead-even match, but alas, the Romanian pulled it out, -9,10,-12,8,9. So Ryan was done with the tournament. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">=&gt;<a name="TimeOff" id="TimeOff">PART 3: Time Off</a></span></b><br /> <span style="color:black">We now had two days off before the ITTF Hopes Camp would start on Sunday. We spent Friday mostly at the venue where Ryan practiced much of the day with Emmanuel and did serve and receive practice with me. He also did a lot of homework. We also discovered the four local pizza places - we'd eat at all of them. (We ordered a pepperoni pizza at the first place - and due to some miscommunication, we got a pizza covered with hot peppers! But we picked them out and it was very good.) Throughout our stay meals were served at the playing venues for free, but sometimes we wanted something different. On our off days, we would have to take a 15-minute bus ride each way to get the meals, so we had pizzas. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">On Saturday, Ryan and I walked one mile and toured the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linz_Castle" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Linz Castle and Museum</a>. (The Wikipedia article is rather sparse, and doesn't mention that it's mostly a museum now.) Then we went to the <a href="https://www.zoo-linz.at/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Zoo Linz</a>! Lots to see there. The he and Emmanuel played video games the rest of the day while I read and did some writing. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">=&gt;<a name="ITTFHopesCamp" id="ITTFHopesCamp">PART 4: ITTF Hopes Camp</a></span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">[Here is the ITTF article on the camp, which went up on Tuesday: </span><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/10/hopes-squad-assembles-linz/">Hopes Squad Assembles in Linz</a>.]<br /> <span style="color:black">What a great job by </span>Massimo "Max" Costantini (ITTF High Performance Elite Coach, ITA) and Dominique Plattner (AUT)! This was my third ITTF Hopes Camp with them, following ones in Ecuador and Jordan last year. Everything was well organized, they kept discipline (not easy with a pack of 12-year-olds), and of course the training was once again excellent. They were not only great in the training, but very helpful outside of training - they helped arrange our Covid tests, make changes in our train schedule, and other issues. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The physical training sessions were run by Dominique and Didi, the latter a top physical trainer and former boxer who had highly entertaining exercises for the kids - including some boxing practice!!! (No real punching except at targets.) <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/videos/1161974594591297" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's video</a> (13 sec) of the physical training in the morning (13 sec), with Dominque running it. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The camp was held at the Linz AG Froschbert Sportpark Lissfeld, which has a full-time table tennis training center. There were 14 "official" players in the camp (most with their coaches present), with others brought in on a day-to-day basis, so we usually had 16 players. The players, mostly age 12 (a few 11 or 13) were from USA, Puerto Rico, Columbia, England, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Belgium, Czech Republic, South Africa, Tunisia, Iran, and Australia. There wasn't a weak link in the group, basically the best 12-year-olds in the world from Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. They ranged from about 2100 to 2350 in level, with most of them (including Ryan) in the 2200 range. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">With some daily variations, here was the basic training schedule:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">7:40 AM: Meet in lobby for 15 minutes of outside physical training, then breakfast. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">9:30 AM-12:30 PM: Training, including about 15 minutes of physical training at the start and finish. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">4:00-7:30 PM: Training, including about 15 minutes of physical training at the start and finish.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">The drills were varied and intense, and included lots of footwork and stroking drills, lots of serve and receive drills, and an hour of multiball training each afternoon, fed by the players' coaches. (So I fed to Ryan.) There were also several practice tournaments, so the kids got lots of match play as well. Ryan didn't play particularly well in the practice tournaments at first, but on the last day he exploded and played really well. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">The kids had a welcome surprise one afternoon when 2003 World Champion <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werner_Schlager">Werner Schlager</a> showed up and spent the afternoon with us. He gave a talk on how to become a champion and answered lots of questions from the players and the coaches. He watched Ryan play for ten minutes and had a few suggestions for him. Here's a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.157210693446317/157208976779822/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">picture of Ryan and I with Werner</a>, from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ryan's Facebook Table Tennis Page</a>. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279418772_157210796779640_3685920324003893155_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=BcfM5pD2IooAX8083Is&amp;_nc_oc=AQkKy4vwDYGCCPpPSPBcg7GMkIM5wNDnBy4ato7OSicRngFEVtW_P9DilZgEbcZkNHMaZ0OOh_IEmBREMkhUZbyi&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8oBraui2eeEJIO0xfy0Gft6InxZY5PsazwfjfvNiHNOA&amp;oe=627E0E3F" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) Here's a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.157210693446317/157208933446493/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">group picture of the whole camp with Werner</a>. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279627223_157208926779827_5274608835726407457_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=9IZMIQBkKCEAX_Ftqv4&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT9BosZfkaprT1ZTO05vERXW31x-WcWBe4bT-5bwws8rNA&amp;oe=627F02AD" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) I'm second from the left in the back; Werner's right in the middle in the back; Ryan's in the front in the blue and black shirt; Emmanuel is the slightly shorter kid two spots to the right of Ryan in front. (Enrique Rios from Puerto Rico is in the second row, toward the left, in the dark blue shirt with "Churry" in green on it - that's one of his sponsors. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/elchurrypr/photos/pcb.5014376495322843/5014367928657033/">He has a sandwich named after him</a>! He has a USATT rating of 2319, and was one of the two or three strongest in the camp. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Enrique-Yezu%C3%A9-R%C3%ADos-2387198438190898">Here's his Athlete Facebook page</a>.) </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">For meals, most days we had an "Americas Table," where the two from USA, two from Columbia (Emmanuel and his coach), and two from Puerto Rico (Enrico Rios and his mom) sat together. It was an interesting mix: I only speak English; Ryan speaks English and Chinese (though he's learning Spanish); Emmanuel, his coach, and Enrique's mom only speak Spanish. Enrique speaks Spanish and his rapidly improving English, so he ended up being a translator for much of the time, though Ryan and Emmanuel often used the English-Spanish translator app on their phones. Every night the three of us helped ourselves to the free hot chocolate offered in the lobby. (The machine also had various types of coffee for others.) </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">We had the morning of Wednesday, May 4 off - yes, Star Wars Day. So the six from the Americas went for a long walk about Linz. It's also when the kids discovered the ice cream place nearby - or rather, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelato" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">gelato</a>, which is the European version of ice cream, which the kids absolutely loved. In the last three days of the camp we had three trips to the gelato place. We had another walk that night. Here are two pictures:</span></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 style="color:black"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Trinity-Column.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Enrique, Emmanuel, and Ryan</a> in front of the <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Trinity_Column_monument_in_Linz_main_square_(8167882711).jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Trinity Column in Linz Main Square</a></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 style="color:black"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Ryan-book-monument.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ryan in front of a huge book monument</a>, with numerous guns of various types coming out of it. (That tall one at the top is a tank turret.) <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Das_andere_Buch_by_Theo_Blaickner,_Linz_01.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's a page</a> with some info on it. </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 style="color:black"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Enrique-and-Larrys-forehand.mp4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Enrique describing my forehand</a> (12 sec)!</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">I kept notes on Ryan's matches and training throughout the trip, and compiled a list of things he should focus on as he continues his training at home in Maryland. Other coaches did the same, of course - I saw one coach's notebook that was absolutely jammed with about 50 pages of notes and sketches of various drills. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Before leaving, we were required to have another Covid PCR test, which we did two days before leaving. Because the medical facility at the playing venue had closed the day before, they arranged for our tests at a local facility - but it cost $69 each. (In all, we both had four tests for the trip.) the PCR test was required - but for some reason, nobody ever asked for it on our return flights, at either end!</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">On Friday, May 6, it was time to go home. Once again we took the hour and 45-minute train to Vienna, and the nine-hour flight back to Maryland, full of jokes, brain teasers, and homework. I even got some writing done!</span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>&lt;END AUSTRIA TRIP&gt;</b></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">Countries I've Been To</span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">With the addition of Austria, I've now been to 23 countries. (I've also been to all 50 US states.) Here they are in </span>the order that I've visited them: USA, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan*, Japan, China, Bahamas, Portugal, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Egypt, Panama, Ecuador, Jordan, Austria. (*For this listing, I have the self-governing Taiwan as a country, for lack of better word ("self-governing entity" is too ponderous), but that's <i>not</i> a political statement or a claim that Taiwan is a country, so please leave the politics out of this.) Here's my book on my seven-week tour of Europe and Egypt in 2019: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086PN9B67" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Larry's Adventures in Europe and Egypt: Seven Weeks Following Tour Guides with Little Flags and Funny Hats, and the Quest for the Elusive Dr Pepper</a>, one of my <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">17 books</a> (with two more coming out later this year - "Yet Still More Table Tennis Tips" and "Yet Still More Pings and Pongs"). In October this year I'll be in Pula, Croatia, coaching Navin Kumar at the World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships, and I likely will do a one-week or so tour of some neighboring countries afterwards. There's also a chance I might be going to Argentina in a few weeks to coach at another ITTF Hopes Camp and two junior tournaments. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTT Feeder Fremont</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2569" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the WTT page</a> for the event, just held May 5-8 in Fremont, CA. Following that is . . .</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTT Feeder Westchester</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'll be going up on Tuesday to coach and spectate for 1-2 days at the <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2570" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Feeder in Westchester</a>, NY, May 11-15. I'm going up with Ryan Lin (US #1 in 12 and Under, just back from Austria) and his dad. He's playing in <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?subEvt=MSINGLES&amp;selectedTab=Draws&amp;eventId=2570" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Men's Singles</a>, but likely won't last long there. The primary purpose is for Ryan to watch some of the matches in person . . . and maybe get an autograph and picture with top-seeded Chuang Chih-Yuan!!! (Ryan was born in the US, but his parents are from Taiwan, as is Chuang.) Poor Ryan will be stuck in the stands as I commentate on tactics and technique in the matches! </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 returned from Austria on Friday night, exhausted and used to Austrian time, six hours ahead of us. Alas, I had six group sessions to coach at on Saturday and Sunday, each 90 minutes. Our junior program is divided into four groups - Group 1 ("Select"); Group 2 ("Progress"); Group 3 ("Intermediate"); and Group 4 ("Novice"). On Saturday, I did Group 4 (mostly feeding multiball), Group 1 (where I was a wandering coach), and a combined Group 2-3 session, where I was a practice partner. On Sunday I did Group 3 (mostly feeding multiball), Group 2 (practice partner); and Group 1 (wandering coach). I also did a one-hour session with Navin Kumar on Sunday. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/navin.kumar.161/videos/392336872774318" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's video</a> (27 sec). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was one of the most tiring weekends ever, as I came in tired, and the sessions were almost all back-to-back-to-back. On Saturday I was on my feet for five hours straight, and on Sunday it was 2.5 hours, off an hour, and then three more hours on my feet. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">A lot of the focus was (as usual) making sure we have active feet. I also harped a lot on keeping the ball to wide corners in drills rather than just to the middle forehand or backhand. What you do in practice you will do in a match. </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 April 18 (due to my 12-day trip to Austria), 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">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">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">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="http://nctta.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NCTTA 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">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">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">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">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">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">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">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/c/MALONGFanmadeChannel/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">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/c/MHTableTennis/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">MH 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.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>D Vishwa: The Future of Indian Table Tennis, Destined for Great Things, Until Tragedy Struck</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://scroll.in/field/1022800/d-vishwa-the-future-of-indian-table-tennis-destined-for-great-things-until-tragedy-struck" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> on the 18-year-old Indian star. <a href="https://scroll.in/field/1022055/table-tennis-tamil-nadu-paddler-d-vishwa-dies-in-car-accident" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's another article on it</a>. He was entered at the WTT Youth Contender (Under 19 events) in Linz, Austria, which I just returned from. They held a moment of silence for him there. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Who Did It Best? Around The Net</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=4gR3u4CiJhg&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:36), from World Table Tennis.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>'Futuristic' Ping Pong Venue Opens In Astoria, Promising 24/7 Gameplay</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://patch.com/new-york/astoria-long-island-city/futuristic-ping-pong-venue-opens-astoria-promising-24-7-gameplay" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> on the new PongPod in Queens, NYC. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Inside the NBA got Chuck again with Ping Pong Balls</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=xC1H1sMZTZ0&amp;ab_channel=HouseofHighlights" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (4:40) from House of Highlights. Table tennis section starts at <a href="https://youtu.be/xC1H1sMZTZ0?t=111" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">1:51</a>. See Charles "Chuck" Barkley dowsed in ping-pong balls!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Boxing Pong Shirts</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://teeartprint.com/product/table-tennis-bat-boxing-gloves-boxing-table-tennis-t-shirt/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can get them</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ice Table</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/battleofthepaddlebristol/photos/a.1568157793449527/1795224977409473/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the picture</a>! (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.18169-9/16387394_1795224977409473_6823314585813712032_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=9267fe&amp;_nc_ohc=zPtVNczX2EQAX9IhdXW&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT89FfTC-e9eK1hrC8XTz8q5KE-b032taoGVrgu5Qlr6jg&amp;oe=628585A0" 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>Anything Can Be a Table Tennis Table</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=709715903559995" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (22 sec)! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Pongfinity!</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=KT6Zi9iRE3c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Return My Serve, I Fill Your Gas Tank">Return My Serve, I Fill Your Gas Tank</a> (8:01)</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/shorts/M0rQ9hARrhU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ping pong illusion with Zach King">Ping pong illusion with Zach King</a> (14 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/shorts/oT6HukxhFPg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Never Let Them Know Your Next Move">Never Let Them Know Your Next Move</a> (8 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>And The Winner is ...</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=lMhvwYPbyfw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (15:38) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Mostly Non-Table Tennis - Eight Sales in Eight Weeks!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It's been a crazy two months in my science fiction writing world - eight sales!!! As noted below, a ping-pong ball has a major impact in "Christmas Interrupted." (<a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's my science fiction bibliography,</a> with links to many of my stories. I've sold 131 short stories and 4 novels.)  </span></span></p> <ol> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Small Step" (6600 words) to Abyss &amp; Apex. What really happened on the moon when Neil Armstrong left out the "a" in "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Buzz must negotiate with time-altering aliens to save mankind!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Christmas Interrupted" (3600 words) to the Flame Tree Christmas Gothic anthology. What happens thousands or millions of years from now, when humankind is extinct but Santa, suffering from Alzheimer's, still tries to deliver presents to children every year, to the extreme annoyance of his aging elves? A darkly comic story, with a surprise ending that many will find touching. A ping-pong ball has a major impact on the story!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Rationalized" (2400 words) to the Flame Tree Compelling Science Fiction anthology. A dystopian society requires everyone to have an operation when they turn 13 to remove the parts of the brain responsible for emotion. An underground that avoided the operation fights back - and their leader faces an impossible decision. Probably the best tear-jerker I've ever written.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"The Vampire on the Tesseract Wall" (3900 words) to Dark Matter Magazine, my third sale to them. A 4-D being collects 3-D beings to display on its wall. It gets more than it bargained for when it collects a powerful vampire. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Packing List for the Invasion" (1000 words) to Daily Science Fiction, my third sale to them since December. The story is told in the form of a literal packing list. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Ten Songs of Halloween" (1700 words) to the B Cubed Alternative Holidays anthology. A nasty spirit explains what happens each hour, a countdown toward its killing you, with a new song every hour. Can you escape?</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"A Grand Canyon of Lions" (100 words) to Martian Magazine. Yeah, that happened. Anything that's possible happens somewhere in the multiverse, right?</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Death Message" (100 words) to Martian Magazine. A deadly way to send a ship-to-ship message.</span></span></li> </ol> <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, 05/09/2022 - 17:51</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 May 2022 16:51:05 +0000 Larry Hodges 3376 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3376#comments April 18, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3372 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 18, 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 Will Be Monday, May 9</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">However, the <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/TipOfTheWeek" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tips of the Week</a> will still go up each Monday. I'm going out of town for two weeks, coaching at the ITTF Youth Contender and Hopes Camp in Linz, Austria - see segment below. </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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3371" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Keep the Ball to the Extreme Angles in Practice</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF Youth Contender and Hopes Camp in Linz, Austria</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'm off next Monday to Linz, Austria to coach at the <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5373/2022/wttyouthcontender-Linz/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Youth Contender</a> (April 27-29) and <a href="https://www.ittf.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/2022-Hopes-Squad-Follow-Up-Activity-Linz-25-April-5-May.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Hopes Camp</a> (May 1-5). I'll be coaching Ryan Lin (12, 2155 (was recently over 2200), #1 in US for 12 and Under), who will be playing in Under 13 and Under 15 Boys. Also attending and competing will be three US girls: Mandy Yu (coached by Wei Qi), Tashiya Piyadasa (coached by her dad, Thilina), and Genelia William (traveling with family, might have a local coach her). Also attending will be the top two boys from Puerto Rico, Enrique Rios and Steven Moreno. It'll be a lot of work, but it'll also be a fun reunion of the players (Ryan, Mandy, Tashiya) and their coaches (Me, Wei Qi, Thilina) - we were together at previous Hopes events last year in Cuenca, Ecuador and Amman, Jordon. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">HOWEVER . . . there is one serious problem we will face, one that dwarfs all others, an absolute calamity in the making that could lead to international instability, pestilence, famine, and war . . . there is no Dr Pepper in Austria. <i>How Will I Survive???</i></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 junior sessions over the weekend. In the Novice group, we focused on fundamentals, as usual, but for the last 15 minutes, I introduced them to a new game we haven't done recently. I put a bottle of water on the table. I told them I have a pet Saint Bernard that slobbers all the time, and that I'd put a pan under his mouth the night before and caught all the slobber, and put it in the bottle. And so the bottle was dog saliva! I explained that they'd rotate in a line, rapid-fire, each getting three shots (wide backhand, middle, wide forehand), and if anyone hit the bottle, I had to drink the dog saliva. I assured them that none of them were good enough to do it, and so I was completely safe. I wasn't; they had delirious fun, I drank lots of it. Yuck!!! (When I have green Gatorade, we play the same game, except it's "squeezed worm juice.") </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was a practice partner for the second strongest group, which ranged from 1200 to 1800. One of the drills started with them serving backspin, I push to their forehand, they loop to my backhand, I block to their backhand, and the rally continues with the usual 2-1 Falkenberg drill: backhand from backhand side; forehand from backhand side; forehand from forehand side; and repeat. But a strange thing happened - over and over, even though they knew I was going to push to the forehand, they started to move to cover their backhand. Why? Because, from years of practice, if I'm going to push to the forehand, I aim my paddle at the backhand side, and only change directions at the last second. It's one of those simple things that maybe 1% of players under 2200 regularly do. At least our kids will grow up getting used to it!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the other two groups, I mostly fed multiball, though I also did some walking around coaching. (On a side note, I usually coach <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10297504/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Navin Kumar</a> on Sundays, but he had to take the day off. See his segment below - he's featured on Parkinson's TV.) </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">Larry Hodges Books</span></b><br /> <span style="color:black">It's time for one of my shameless sales plugs for my table tennis books! They are all on both my <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff6300">Larry Hodges Books</span></a> page here and on my <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Larry-Hodges/e/B001KINJFY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff6300">Amazon page</span></a>. (You might also try out one of my science fiction books, or even my travel book to Europe and Egypt!) </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a> - my best-seller</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tips-Larry-Hodges/dp/1497496144" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><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></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><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></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://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></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://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></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Pong-Larry-Hodges/dp/1512117080/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Spirit of Pong</a><span style="color:black">  - fantasy table tennis novel about a top American who goes to China to learn the secrets of table tennis - and trains under the spirts - ghosts! - of past champions. My personal favorite.</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">I have two other out-of-print table tennis books, <i>Table Tennis: Steps to Success</i> (from 1993, and a bit dated) and <i>Instructors Guide to Table Tennis</i> (from 1989). I may do updates and reprint these someday.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 US Nationals Update</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/April/13/2022-US-Nationals-Update" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the report</a> from Nationals Director Mike Babuin on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-national-table-tennis-championship" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 US Nationals</a>, July 2-7 in Fort Worth, TX. Here's the ongoing list of entries, which you can sort by rating, alphabetically, or by event. There are 124 so far as I write this. At the moment, we have 17 of our junior players from MDTTC planning to go, with ten of them also playing in the Junior Team Trials held there the week before. So I'll be coaching there for two weeks. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Navin P. Kumar - ParkinsonTV</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=1145998819466979&amp;ref=sharing" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:17) on Facebook, here's the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLZO5kRHsL4&amp;ab_channel=EndingParkinson%27sDisease">Youtube version</a>. I'm <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10297504/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Navin</a>'s coach, but during the filming of this I was out of town coaching at the World Hopes in Jordan, so didn't get to make an appearance. </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="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-crystal-wang-abs-back-exercises/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Abs &amp; Back Exercises</a> (1:44 and 1:48) with Crystal Wang. </span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-wenting-zha-foundational-skills/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Foundational Skills</a> (1:47) with Wenting Zha, commentary by Brian Pace.</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-shashin-shodhan-the-forehand-pendulum-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Forehand Pendulum Serve</a> (1:27) with Shashin Shodhan, commentary by Brian Pace.</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-zelin-ye-handspeed-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Handspeed &amp; Footwork</a> (58 sec) with Zelin Ye, commentary by Brian Pace.</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="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/rehearsal" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rehearsal</a> - with quotes from Lanny Bassham</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/buying-racket" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Buying a Racket?</a> (3:35) - 4 Aspects to Consider</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/puerto-rico-open" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Puerto Rico Open</a> (2:01) - highlights</span></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="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/alexis-lebrun-world-youth/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Alexis Lebrun - the New World Youth Leader</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/gacina-andrej-equipment/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Gacina Andrej Equipment and Playing Style</a> (world #33 from Croatia)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPzWixTpkfA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="elbow problem in the backhand topspin table tennis technique">Elbow problem in the backhand topspin table tennis technique</a> (5:12)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUEWyYLlLHs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong training 2022">Fan Zhendong training 2022</a> (3:40)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_SPJ3K89qs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Miwa Harimoto loves dancing">Miwa Harimoto loves dancing</a> (50 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvPR5zzqKWU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="message from Quadri Aruna">Message from Quadri Aruna</a> (2:55)</span></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 Philosophy/Coach Jon</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSM4xQql8OI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The First Step In Learning How to Loop">The First Step In Learning How to Loop</a> (52 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7lRDK4igSQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Video Self-Analysis of Table Tennis Habits">Video Self-Analysis of Table Tennis Habits</a> (2:47)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NxuDx7Ht-M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="A Little (Very Little) Table Tennis Action">A Little (Very Little) Table Tennis Action</a> (2:47)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=act0cZ1_Jm8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How Many Times Should You Change Your Tactics During a Table Tennis Match?">How Many Times Should You Change Your Tactics During a Table Tennis Match?</a> (5:08)</span></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><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Just discovered <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qB0R__Vb9Pw3nQMw5haUg/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">this site</a> - lots more videos.)</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLzqp6IuyGg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE BIGGEST COMEBACK IN MODERN TABLE TENNIS">The Biggest comeback in Modern Table Tennis</a> (1:21)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huhZ_98lwPE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="TIMO BOLL’S GREATEST VICTORY">Timo Boll's Greatest Victory</a> (1:13)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDqhqn0OaRg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WHEN MA LONG BECAME THE GOAT">When Ma Long Became the GOAT</a> (1:42). That's Mattias Falck of Sweden he's playing in the 2019 final (with short pips on the forehand). One small note - at 1:27 it says Ma Long is the only player to win "World Championships" three times in a row. However, just sticking with Men's Singles, Viktor Barna won four times in a row (1932-35, when it was held annually, and a fifth in 1930) and Zhuang Zedong won three in a row (1961, 1963, 1965). </span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH2kF9PQ9nI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="CHINAS BIGGEST THREAT! BEST OF LIN JUN YU EP 4">China's Biggest Threat! Best of Lin Jun Yu</a> (2:11)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeaL89hC4EE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="XU XIN BEHIND THE BACK SHOT">Xu Xin Behind the Back Shot</a> (12 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMQXzuPeepE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE MATCH MA LONG WANTS TO FORGET">The Match Ma Long Wants to Forget</a> (1:54)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkYJ8-XEGf4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA LONG 360 BLOCK">Ma Long 360 Block</a> (13 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFwle8_8Pfw&amp;t=5s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE GOAT (PRIVATE RECORDING) Best of Ma Long EP 8">The GOAT: Best of Ma Long</a> (2:27)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaeQHIT1sMs&amp;t=30s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE GERMAN POWERHOUSE CRUSHES HIS OPPONENTS! (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES) BEST OF FRANZISKA EP 3">The German Powerhouse Crushes His Opponents! The Best of Franziska</a> (2:26)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g47xrinOQSM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="BEST ANGLE - FAN ZHENDONG VS LIANG JINGKUN (SEMI FINAL WTTC 2021)">Best Angle - Fan Zhendong vs. Liang Jingkun (Semifinals WTTC 2021)</a> (10 min)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/wnyvJoHWGbo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="FAN ZHENDONG AROUND THE NET SHOT">Fan Zhendong Around the Net Shot</a> (15 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIVgPNOW3hI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="IS FAN ZHENDONG THE NEXT GRAND SLAM? (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES) BEST OF FZD EP 9">Is Fan Zhendong the Next Grand Slam Champion? Best of FZD</a> (2:47)</span></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><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Just discovered <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQNgmj_R1FCCx8KopqJ4vQQ/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">this site</a>.)</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTrabz3ZPSQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Aruna Quadri backhand version 1.0 to 2.0!">Aruna Quadri backhand version 1.0 to 2.0!</a> (2:34)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc47fAjImdA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="3rd Baroda Open Quarterfinals ( Vishal Baraiya vs Anantha Hegde)">3rd Baroda Open Quarterfinals ( Vishal Baraiya vs Anantha Hegde)</a> (6:39)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPooXB0Dj2o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="A serve to catch your opponent off guard">A serve to catch your opponent off guard</a> (31 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEX5gwc-kDY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sharath Kamal annoys Yuan Licen with Indian style blocking">Sharath Kamal annoys Yuan Licen with Indian style blocking</a> (1:18)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibzOzm_lVLg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Chuqin anticipates Ma Longs combo the 3rd time">Wang Chuqin anticipates Ma Longs combo the 3rd time</a> (58 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6KEsx5akGs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Gameplay points - 70 year old with EPIC counterattack!">Gameplay points - 70 year old with EPIC counterattack!</a> (40 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr5idkZZ5Gc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Aruna Quadri Insane Power!">Aruna Quadri Insane Power!</a> (57 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX8xa-TKdlU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sanil Shetty Best Points - Elegant Topspin!">Sanil Shetty Best Points - Elegant Topspin!</a> (3:25)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HccvJ0P325E" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="3rd Baroda Open 2022 - Semifinals (Keval Makwana vs Anantha Hegde)">3rd Baroda Open 2022 - Semifinals (Keval Makwana vs Anantha Hegde)</a> (16:31)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYN2P7neLjY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="2nd Baroda Open 2021 - Round of 16">2nd Baroda Open 2021 - Round of 16</a> (11:52)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbP_6rCW1gk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Forehand Topspin technique evolution!">Forehand Topspin technique evolution!</a> (60 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQXe-k-cVP0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Gameplay points - crazy drop shot!">Gameplay points - crazy drop shot!</a> (51 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY_r_ve_W2M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Forehand Topspin Drill">Forehand Topspin Drill</a> (46 sec)</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Developing Kids 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://pingskills.com/blog/developing-kids-in-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (12:08) from PingSkills. </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="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/a-puerto-rico-experience-la-playa-plazas-plantains-and-ping-pong/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">A Puerto Rico Experience: La Playa, Plazas, Plantains, and Ping Pong</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-puerto-rico-open-from-the-lower-divisions/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Puerto Rico Open: From the Lower Divisions</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-puerto-rico-open-teams-tta-888-win-in-san-juan/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Puerto Rico Open Teams: TTA/888 Win in San Juan</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-denver-table-tennis-alliance-part-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Denver Table Tennis Alliance Part 2</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/big-team-changes-for-ovtcharov-major-upgrade-for-neu-ulm/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Big Team Changes for Ovtcharov: Major Upgrade for Neu-Ulm</a></span></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="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/15/five-questions-kazakhstan-major-strides-nationwide/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Five Questions to Kazakhstan: Major Strides Nationwide">Five Questions to Kazakhstan: Major Strides Nationwide</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/14/veterans-society-president-peter-bakker-passes-71/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Veterans Society President Peter Bakker Passes at 71">Veterans Society President Peter Bakker Passes at 71</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/14/houston-sports-moment-year-mixed-doubles-pairs-nominated/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Houston Sports Moment of the Year: Mixed Doubles Pairs Nominated">Houston Sports Moment of the Year: Mixed Doubles Pairs Nominated</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/12/ittf-publishes-development-objective-report/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Publishes Development Objective Report">ITTF Publishes Development Objective Report</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/12/table-tennis-confirmed-2026-commonwealth-games/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Confirmed for 2026 Commonwealth Games">Table Tennis Confirmed for 2026 Commonwealth Games</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">ITTF <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ittfchannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">video page</a> ("World Table Tennis") </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>War in Ukraine – Stranded in Russia, Table Tennis Player Polina Mikhailova Was Able to Find Her Saint-Quentin Club: "what is happening affects her a lot"</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://5aial.com/war-in-ukraine-stranded-in-russia-table-tennis-player-polina-mikhailova-was-able-to-find-her-saint-quentin-club-what-is-happening-affects-her-a-lot/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from 5aial.com. And speaking of Ukraine, did you know that German superstar table tennis player <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimitrij_Ovtcharov" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dimitrij Ovtcharov</a> (world #7, I think #2 at one time) was actually born in Ukraine? His family moved to Germany shortly after he was born. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Global Table Tennis Balls Market SWOT Analysis, Key Indicators, Forecast 2029 : STIGA, Butterfly, Franklin Sports, KEVENZ, EastPoint Sports</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.bloomingprairieonline.com/global-table-tennis-balls-market-swot-analysis-key-indicators-forecast-2029-stiga-butterfly-franklin-sports-kevenz-eastpoint-sports/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the report</a> from Blooming Prairie Online. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>PingPod Coach Tahl Leibovitz</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=505219797758541" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the interview</a> (1:23). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Xianyao He – Tournament Highlights</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/xianyao-he-tournament-highlights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:31) of the USA Cadet Team Member. </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>Happy Birthday to the Legendary Vladimir Samsonov!</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=50786Qh8_mU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:10) of former world #1 <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Samsonov" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Samsonov</a>, who turned 46 yesterday (Apr. 17), who retired just last year. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Monday Motivation with Jean-Philippe Gatien!</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=322973569926149" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (33 sec)! Lefty Gatien was the 1993 World Men's Singles Champion. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dreamer21 Table Tennis Museum</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/UCEj-ySRDkmQb1UyxVx68GyQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the page</a> with six videos (most 10-15 min) showing his extensive TT collection. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Bryson DeChambeau Returns to PGA Tour, Said He Hurt His Wrist Playing Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://sports.yahoo.com/bryson-dechambeau-returns-to-pga-tour-said-he-hurt-his-wrist-playing-table-tennis-wgc-match-play-masters-002110870.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Yahoo Sports. There were a number of reports on this, but this seemed the best one. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Clocks</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/s?k=table+tennis+clock&amp;crid=10DQWO5WEYU04&amp;sprefix=table+tennis+clock%2Caps%2C80&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are some</a> at Amazon. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Legend of 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.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Table-Tennis-Women/dp/B09VC1VWF3?th=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the throw pillow</a> from Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Happy Thai New Year with a SPLASH!</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=3039449923037227" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (29 sec) from Punny Boy. How come my students never do this to me???</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Sharath Kamal Achanta Rates YOUR Crazy Table Tennis 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=FFJL8TysZq4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (3:22) from the Indian star. And the winner? <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1675524989463278&amp;aggr_v_ids%5b0%5d=1675524989463278" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kevin Table Tennis</a> (22 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Game Show, Winner Gets The Sponsorship</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=ifCJprkuDak&amp;t=432s&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (13:44) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Coaching Stereotypes</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=HlusZiyl_5Q&amp;t=3s&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:37) from Pongfinity! This is great - I recognize a lot of coaches here!</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, 04/18/2022 - 17:42</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, 18 Apr 2022 16:42:30 +0000 Larry Hodges 3372 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3372#comments April 11, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3370 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 11, 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/3369" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Do You Receive to Set Up Your Game?</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis . . . Blackspins?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There have been various attempts to create the equivalent of "belts" in table tennis. A decade or more ago Diego Schaaf created <a href="https://images.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Images/Features/MeritBadge_600x375.jpg">table tennis pins</a>, with different types signifying various levels reached in rating. It was a great idea, but it never took off. Perhaps it was too complicated - at a glance, it was tricky to really know what each one signified. (I just spent fifteen minutes trying to find mine - I thought it was in my playing bag, but I can't find it there.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's a thought. The belts in martial arts are very simple - just a belt, with the color signifying level. What if we created simple ball-shaped pins, where the colors signify highest level reached, using the same colors from martial arts? For example:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">White: Beginner</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yellow: 1000</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Orange: 1200</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Green: 1400</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Blue: 1600</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Purple: 1800</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Brown: 2000</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Black: 2200</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My first thought was that you had to be 2400 or 2500 for black. But in martial arts, a person can start as an adult, and if he sticks with it, can eventually reach black belt. I Googled it, and <a href="https://themmaguru.com/which-black-belt-takes-the-longest" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">found this</a>: "An adult student who train Karate and who attends class at minimum two times per week on a regular basis can expect to earn a black belt in about five years. Some very dedicated karate students who train more intensely have been known to earn a black belt in as little as two or three years." </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My guess is that an adult who does this in table tennis might reach 1800, 2000 at most. And it's almost impossible for an adult beginner to reach 2400. So I decided to make it 2200, a more reachable goal for a hard-working adult, and a pretty high level - a 2200 player can make a living as a coach. (Perhaps even lower it to 2000.) There would also be different degrees of black belt, as in martial arts, where are nine degrees of black belt. So a 2200 player would be first degree; 2300 would be second degree; and so on, every 100 points. The best players in the world would probably be rated about 3000 in USATT ratings - they'd be ninth degree.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But what do we call these levels? A beginner starts out as a "whitespin." When he reaches 1000, he's a "yellowspin." And so on up to "blackspin." (I don't like the more obvious "whiteball," "blackball," etc. - it has rather humorous connotations.) So a 2200 player would be first degree blackspin; a 3000 player would be ninth degree blackspin. We could also adjust the ratings for women or disabled, and for players from the past both from before ratings came out in 1974 and because they've since inflated, but we can do that if this idea takes off. (We might also want to bring in a martial arts expert to see how they would set this up for table tennis.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships</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/champs/2022/index.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here is the home page</a> for the event held this past weekend in Rock Round, TX, with complete results, news, and video. There's lots of news coverage of this on the <a href="http://nctta.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NCTTA site</a>. Here's an article featuring Sharon and Gal Alguetti from Indiana University, <a href="https://www.wthr.com/article/sports/local-sports/twin-brothers-lead-indiana-university-table-tennis-to-first-national-championship-appearance/531-71a382a6-c5f7-4a33-b3db-a07a775386ef" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Twin brothers lead IU table tennis to 1st national championship appearance</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Puerto Rico Open Teams</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://sportfist.com/TableTennis/Usatt/Results/Results/Sdt/706" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the results page</a> for the event held this past weekend, April 8-10. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Table Tennis Day</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was on April 6, this past Wednesday. Here are some related links!</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/2022/04/05/world-table-tennis-day-2022-celebrating-power-peace/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Day 2022: Celebrating the Power of Peace</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=9dPh77ZMlJk&amp;ab_channel=ITTFFoundation" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Day 2022</a> (64 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.ittf.com/2022/04/06/ioc-president-wishes-everyone-great-world-table-tennis-day/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">IOC President Wishes Everyone a Great World Table Tennis Day</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.facebook.com/watch?v=679982113118871" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Jan-Ove Waldner Wishes You a Happy World Table Tennis Day</a> (13 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.facebook.com/watch?v=5276993465653662" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Day on the Artic Ocean</a> (36 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=gSveo4hW3rg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">"Why I Love Table Tennis" by Popular Players</a> (2:32)</span></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.news.cn/english/20220406/0000d5cf3fb34871b5bded4e1514c6d8/c.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Yan An, Fang Bo Launch 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcRF4nSyI3E" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Spectacular Shots in 2021</a> (5:19)</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.facebook.com/234102623373061/photos/a.1937110756405564/4875479859235291/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sri Lanka: Kids and Lots of Balls</a>! (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/277674259_4875479852568625_8912325447135260783_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=FlxTgCodW6wAX8AoB2l&amp;_nc_oc=AQm4MLG4UWO67R2pMXM8zb1e6Xs62vwQOkhon7Xr1s5tYpYdcxYiMRIi9DABWDYteqpSkO33o25y5l3BODZrXOvB&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT_KzW3LOVbEGQ-hFnI5yGphP_lxAIn875fSAgd_zfH9dg&amp;oe=625975D5" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</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 style="color:black"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/world-table-tennis-day/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What is World Table Tennis Day?</a> (From PingSunday/EmRatThich.)</span></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-darius-fahimi-training-with-dimitrij-ovtcharov/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Training with Dimitrij Ovtcharov</a> (50 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-taiwo-adeyinyka-forehand-counterloop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Counterloop</a> (1:29) with Taiwo Adeyinyka, commentary by Brian Pace. </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/grip-pressure" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Grip Pressure</a> - 3 Tips From Samson Dubina</span></span></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/top-rated/learning-stages" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Learning Stages</a> - Learn the Recipe For Success!</span></span></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=qimftp7JbWU&amp;ab_channel=samsondubina" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Faulkenberg Footwork</a> (30 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Can't Smash, Won't Smash</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/cant-smash-wont-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and video</a> (5:40) by Tom Lodziak. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>3 Effects of the Free Hand</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=KFm8Ku_TCO8&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:32) from Ti Long. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Philosophy/Coach Jon</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=EN2KWowHy8Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="A Better Way To Look At Your Table Tennis Goals">A Better Way To Look At Your Table Tennis Goals</a> (8 min)</span></span></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=XOsknWvtogA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The Trouble With Table Tennis Shoes (and What To Do About It)">The Trouble With Table Tennis Shoes (and What To Do About It)</a> (5:18)</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=bOxK6nC9qzU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The Very Misunderstood Table Tennis Ready Position">The Very Misunderstood Table Tennis Ready Position</a> (3:37)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>19 Advantages and Disadvantages of Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://racketrampage.com/19-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Racket Rampage. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Playing Table Tennis to Lose Weight</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://jumpingsmash.com/will-table-tennis-help-lose-weight/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Will Table Tennis Help Lose Weight?</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.trendingus.com/table-tennis-weight-loss/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Benefits of Playing Table Tennis to Lose Weight</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.sportsrec.com/6970053/what-are-the-benefits-of-playing-table-tennis-to-lose-weight" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What Are the Benefits of Playing Table Tennis to Lose Weight?</a></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><span style="color:black">New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</span></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 style="color:black"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/rubber-for-all-ping-sans-frontiere/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rubber for All Project - Recycle Your Used Rubbers</a></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 style="color:black"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/world-table-tennis-day/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What is World Table Tennis Day?</a> (Also listed in World Table Tennis Day segment above.)</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.youtube.com/watch?v=3y1WQ-MyA_Y&amp;t=5s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to serve legally in table tennis">How to serve legally in table tennis</a> (4:15)</span></span></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=0IoHOI-YAWs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Don't throw your used table tennis rubbers away">Don't throw your used table tennis rubbers away</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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM7asWbt48Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="6 types of spin in table tennis that you should know">6 types of spin in table tennis that you should know</a> (9:05)</span></span></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=AgT2g1jjmlw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="When is the World Table Tennis Day?">When is the World Table Tennis Day?</a> (5:35)</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=4-B-KCCJ5-g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to deal with the top 5 dirty table tennis serve">How to deal with the top 5 dirty table tennis serve</a> (4:35)</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=dZfJK02Ju8M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Darko Jorgic equipment and playing style">Darko Jorgic equipment and playing style</a> (6:15)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Danny Seemiller - "World's Greatest Table Tennis Coach"</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=5262759467088306&amp;set=pcb.5262759597088293" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the picture</a> of Dan with this new award, "A Dominique Clark creation for a well-deserved man!" Dan wrote, "One of my talented and gifted students made this for me. Thanks Dominique and Crystal." (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/278376386_5262759750421611_1608420438540484375_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=Ty2eWIjcnAQAX-UrFZK&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-UMfj5fZVYhgQpBj2kKcRPFQATqyuc6onkyNkRVNqVKQ&amp;oe=6258F692" 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>'The Sport of Love': Ping-Pong, the Great Equalizer</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/06/sports/ping-pong-wally-green.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> in the New York Times. "Wally Green has played everywhere from Brooklyn to Pyongyang, becoming a beloved American ambassador for table tennis — and international understanding — in the process."</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><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There was only one news item from USATT this past week, <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/April/05/2022-Washington-State-Qualifier-Shaping-into-a-Massive-Northwest-Table-Tennis-Event" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Washington State Qualifier Shaping Into a Massive Northwest Table Tennis Event</a>. It was held this past weekend, and I'm sure it was successful. However, I wish USATT would drop the hyperbole - 122 players is not "massive." (Also, only 25 played in the Qualifier events that are referred to in the heading.) But 122 is a good turnout!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Quadri Aruna</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Nigerian star is all over the news this 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://punchng.com/ittf-rankings-aruna-returns-to-top-12/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF rankings: Aruna returns to Top 12</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://guardian.ng/sport/aruna-must-start-winning-laurels-to-become-real-great-says-obisanya/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Aruna Must Start Winning Laurels to Become Real Great, says Obisanya</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.thecable.ng/aruna-quadri-becomes-first-african-to-reach-semi-final-of-wtt-star-contender/amp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Aruna Quadri becomes first African to reach semi-final of WTT star 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://tdpelmedia.com/aruna-goes-down-with-ttc-in-bundesliga" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Aruna goes down with TTC in Bundesliga</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Lover Vera Celebrates 100th Birthday</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/wolverhampton/2022/04/08/table-tennis-lover-celebrated-100th-birthday-with-themed-cake/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the Express &amp; Star in Wolverhampton in Britain. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Would You Rather Play Table Tennis with Obama or Donald Trump?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskAnAmerican/comments/ghu2bu/would_you_rather_play_table_tennis_with_obama_or/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the discussion thread</a> on Reddit. I usually keep politics out of this blog, but this was too funny. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Emotional Ping-Pong Paddle Images</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://charatoon.com/?sch=table+tennis&amp;btnSend=Cartoon+Search" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here they are</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Custom Caricature Portrait From Your Photo / Table Tennis Player</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/855309633/ping-pong-player-gift-custom-caricature" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can have them made</a> for $32. </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/aIZrbREXw9c?&amp;ab_channel=Funlover" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (14 sec) from Spartans TTC. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Longest Rallies</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.facebook.com/watch?v=390329022657382" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Day's Longest Table Tennis Rally Ever</a> (5:47)!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/722997652/videos/10157065169167653" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Day Rally</a> (22 sec)! - featuring Eric Owens, Mimi Bosika, Danny Dulkin, Elie Mehl, Lucian Munteanu, Jon Bosika, and others. </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - Science Fiction Stories</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a good month selling short stories, selling six this past month, including that great three-day span from March 6-8! I can't announce two of the sales yet - they want to make a public announcement of their next table of contents, and so we're asked to keep quiet until then. Here's a <a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">listing of my sales</a>, many with links to the stories. Here are the six sales this past month:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">March 6: "Small Step" to Abyss &amp; Apex. What really happened when we first landed on the moon, from Buzz Aldrin's point of view - and why Neil Armstrong seemingly left out the "a" in "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind. Hint - there are time-freezing aliens, and Buzz must negotiate to save Earth!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">March 7: "Death Message" to Martian Magazine. A deadly way to communicate an important message. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">March 8: "Packing List for the Invasion" to Daily Science Fiction. The story is literally told by what the aliens pack before invading Earth. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">March 28: "Christmas Interrupted" to . . . can't announce it until after April 22! It's way, way in the future, possibly a million years or more, and Santa is very, very old and is fighting Alzheimer's, humanity is extinct . . . and yet he still tries to deliver his toys to children each Christmas, to the ongoing irritation of his also-aging elves and reindeer. It's a darkly comic story, with a surprise ending that many will find touching. (The ending features a ping-pong ball!)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">March 31: "Rationalized" to . . . can't announce it until after April 29! In a dystopian future, everyone has an operation at age 13 to remove all emotions - but there's an underground that fights this, who have avoided the operation but must pretend to be unemotional, no matter what happens. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">April 4: "A Grand Canyon of Lions" to Martian Magazine. If anything possible must be happening somewhere in the multiverse, then, well . . . see the title. </span></span></li> </ul> <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, 04/11/2022 - 17:49</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, 11 Apr 2022 16:49:26 +0000 Larry Hodges 3370 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3370#comments April 4, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3368 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 4, 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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3367" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">If You Get Caught Out of Position, Either You Made a Mistake or Your Opponent Did Something Great</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Table Tennis Day</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It's this Wednesday, April 6! Here's the <a href="https://worldtabletennisday2022.vfairs.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Info Page</a> and the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPh77ZMlJk&amp;t=1s&amp;ab_channel=ITTFFoundation" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF video</a> (64 sec)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>MDTTC Open and Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent Saturday coaching at the MDTTC Open. Here are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2289" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">complete results</a> care of Omnipong. As usual, it was a wild ride - sometimes the kids play great, sometimes they don't. Lots of tactical decisions. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On interesting one - several of our juniors had to play this 2100 player with a very strong forehand loop. He varied his tricky serves, sometimes long, sometime short, and look to follow with a forehand. If you pushed the serve, he was all over it; if you topspinned it back and it was anywhere over 80-90% of the table he was all over it with his forehand. So the answer? Decide in advance to topspin <i>every</i> serve back to the wide, wide backhand. Since there was no decision to make, it's a lot easier. If the serve was long, soft-loop to wide backhand; if the serve is short, soft-flip to wide backhand. If the player tried to step way around to play forehand from way over on the backhand, then sometimes topspin the serve to the wide forehand. (The player is from our club, and asked me about this. He is going to work hard on developing his backhand attack off those soft topspins.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There seemed to be a number of opponents with strong forehands, weaker backhands, so a lot of the coaching was about pinning opponents down on the backhand and going after their backhands and middle. A few opponents had seemingly good receives against most serves - until we threw every serve at them, and then they crumbled. (That was me long ago - good against any serve, but weak against lots of variation.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Most of our group sessions were cancelled due to the tournament, but we had the Novice group (mostly ages 7-8 or so) on Sunday afternoon. Lots of shadow practice and multiball! As usual, halfway through I brought out the two "<a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/froggy2sm.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">froggies</a>" as targets. At the end, in what's become a new thing, we did five minutes of "Simon Says"! (The kids keep asking every session, "Can we play Simon Says at the end?") </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Coaches List</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As of tomorrow (April 5), it'll be two months since I've been off the <a href="https://usatt.simplycompete.com/userAccount/c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Certified Coaches Listing</a>. Why? My SafeSport certification ran out on Feb. 5. I retook it in January, and did all the other things required to stay certified - background check, USATT "Pro" membership (I'm a life member), and the $50 annual fee. The problem, I'm told, is because of the USATT software. When I received an email from SafeSport saying it was time to renew, it gave a link to where I could do so at SafeSport.com. I aced the test - but I kept getting emails afterwards saying my SafeSport certification had expired. I emailed with USATT on this, but they said they are unable to make the change in my file, and can't do so until their software is updated. And so, for two months now, I've been off their list. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I know a number of others are in the same situation - as of now, there are only 63 coaches on the USATT certification list. There were 318 when I stepped down from my second tenure as coaching chair a few years ago. I know the numbers have dropped dramatically since then, due to the SafeSport requirement and the hated $50 annual fee, and when I last checked before the software problem, there were about 90 USATT certified coaches. I've been told for weeks that the problem would be fixed in days, but other things apparently keep putting it off. Once they get around to fixing this issue, I hope they'll have the sense to postpone the annual $50 fee by however long they took to get coaches back on the list. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New School Club in Virginia with Improvised Tables, Looking to Fund New Ones</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Rachel Ku, who trained as part of the MDTTC junior program for the last three years (I'm one of the coaches), discovered that her high school in Virginia (Langley High School) didn't have a table tennis club. So she and her non-identical twin sister, Katherine, decided to start one. (They are both Freshmen.) They prepared all the necessary forms, begged a school teacher to be the sponsor, and recruited several of their classmates as officers. But they didn't have table tennis tables - so they improvised! <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/ku-table-tennis-table-sm.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's a picture</a> of how they put together classroom tables to create one. They are now raising money to buy tables. The <a href="https://hwglobal.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">HW Global Foundation</a> will match any donations raised by the students for their club. (If you'd like to donate, email <a href="mailto:hwglobalfoundation@gmail.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">HW Global</a>, Attn. Rachel Ku.) </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The club has now met several times, and membership has grown to 20. (<a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Rachel-Ku-2022-Virginia-Nationals-Qualifier.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Rachel Ku</a> just won Under 15 and Under 17 girls, and made the finals of Women's Singles at the Nationals Qualification Tournament for Virginia. Her brother, <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Jeremy-Ku-2022-Virginia-Nationals-Qualifier.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Jeremy Ku</a>, who also trains at MDTTC, won Under 13 and Under 15 Boys and got third for Under 17. Here's all three - <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/rachel--katherine-jeremy-ku-2022-Virginia-Nationals-Qualifier.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Rachel, Katherine, and Jeremy Ku.)</a></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-crystal-wang-off-the-table-leg-strengthening-exercises/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Off The Table Leg Strengthening Exercises</a> (1:47) with Crystal 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-crystal-wang-off-the-table-footwork-training/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Off The Table Footwork Training</a> (76 sec) with Crystal 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-yutian-wang-forehand-drill/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand drill</a> (62 sec) with Yutian 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-shashin-shodhan-backhand-loop-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop From Underspin</a> (88 sec) with Shashin Shodhan, commentary by 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-wenting-zha-wide-angle-attacks/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Wide Angle Attacks</a> (57 sec) with Wenting Zha, commentary by 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-natalie-chan-tournament-highlights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tournament Highlights</a> (74 sec) with Natalie Chan.</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/post-traumatic-stress-disorder" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder</a> - How do you react to a loss?</span></span></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/fall-love-your-backup-racket" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Fall in Love with Your Backup Racket</a> - Prepare for disaster...</span></span></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/top-rated/nets-and-edges" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Nets and Edges</a> - Learn 5 Key Elements to Returning Some of the Most Difficult Balls!</span></span></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/5-aspects-ball-selection" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">5 Aspects of Ball Selection</a> - What are you looking for? (76 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/videos/fastpong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FastPong</a> - NEW Invention! (2:55)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Review: FastPong Training System</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/review-fastpong-training-system/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the review</a> by Tom Lodziak. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Philosophy/Coach Jon</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=43hjZGd-rZY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis - Long Stroke, Short Stroke, No Stroke">Table Tennis - Long Stroke, Short Stroke, No Stroke</a> (6:49)</span></span></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=f_GC0R3gPoE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Coaching or Training Saturation???">Table Tennis Coaching or Training Saturation???</a> (6:49)</span></span></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=1mNuf3vfiV8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="What Makes A Great Table Tennis Serve - The Surprising Answer">What Makes A Great Table Tennis Serve - The Surprising Answer</a> (4:34)</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=5RB_z3nRxJc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Decisions (It's All Decisions)">Table Tennis Decisions (It's All Decisions)</a> (11:17)</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/power-ground-backhand/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Apply Power from Ground to the Backhand Side</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=wJ8oHuko9ek&amp;t=7s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to apply &quot;Power from the ground&quot; to the backhand">How to apply "Power from the ground" to the backhand</a> (4:23)</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://pingsunday.com/umpire-mistake-net/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Umpire Mistake - Ball Touches Net Assembly</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=GppLFdcYQ4E" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The umpire is wrong - ball touches the net">The umpire is wrong - ball touches the net</a> (2:19)</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=h1j3HpfyhiQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Is Truls Moregard the new king of table tennis?">Is Truls Moregard the new king of table tennis?</a> (3:57)</span></span></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=XvKDSLMWVcM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Where to practice table tennis in France">Where to practice table tennis in France</a> (10:43)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Serve Half-Long and Its Tactics</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=H8nIoio-dg8&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10:29) 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</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-rhode-island-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Rhode Island 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/ttbls-final-four-likely-set-dusseldorf-saarbrucken-muhlhausen-fulda/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TTBL's Final Four Likely Set: Dusseldorf, Saarbrucken, Muhlhausen, Fulda</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/ochsenhausens-longshot-playoff-hopes-alive/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ochsenhausen's Longshot Playoff Hopes Alive</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/andrej-gacina-on-top-at-wild-star-contender-event-in-doha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Andrej Gacina On Top at Wild Star Contender Event in Doha</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/Features/2022/April/04/Emburgh-and-Sarand-Medal-in-Spain" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Emburgh and Sarand Medal in 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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/March/31/South-Jersey-ISC-is-Ready-to-take-on-the-New-Jerseys-2022-SQT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">South Jersey ISC is Ready to take on the New Jersey’s 2022 SQT</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/Features/2022/March/30/Westchester-TTC-Looks-to-Crown-State-Champions-in-April" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Westchester TTC Looks to Crown State Champions in April</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/Features/2022/March/30/Womens-Sports-Foundation-Travel-and-Training-Funding-Now-Available" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Women's Sports Foundation | Travel &amp; Training Funding Now Available: Deadline May 27</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/Features/2022/March/30/NY-Military-Academy-Starts-Table-Tennis-Program-Looks-to-Bring-in-World-Class-Coaches" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NY Military Academy Starts Table Tennis Program, Looks to Bring in World Class Coaches</a></span></span></li> </ul> <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/texas-and-california-powerhouses" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Texas and California Powerhouses</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/spotlight-alumni-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Spotlight on Alumni</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/new-kids-block" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">New Kids on the Block</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/going-solo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Going Solo</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/women-nctta" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Women in NCTTA</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/people-power" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">People Power</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/2022/04/03/curtain-closes-ismailia-clement-berthier-man-form/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Egypt Para Open 2022: Curtain closes in Ismailia, Clément Berthier the man in form</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/2022/04/02/french-pairs-impress-doubles-success/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="French pairs impress, doubles success">French pairs impress, doubles 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://www.ittf.com/2022/04/01/tokyo-medallists-show-quality-egyptian-soil/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tokyo medallists show quality on Egyptian soil">Tokyo medallists show quality on Egyptian soil</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/2022/03/31/ittf-opens-bidding-processes-several-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Opens Bidding Processes for Several World Championships">ITTF Opens Bidding Processes for Several World 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/2022/03/31/opening-day-success-leading-names-ismailia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Opening day success for leading names in Ismailia">Opening day success for leading names in Ismailia</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/2022/03/29/ittf-attu-sign-agreement-enhance-collaboration/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF and ATTU Sign Agreement to Enhance Collaboration">ITTF and ATTU Sign Agreement to Enhance Collaboration</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/2022/03/28/ukrainian-players-meet-ittf-leadership-doha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ukrainian Players Meet ITTF Leadership in Doha">Ukrainian Players Meet ITTF Leadership in Doha</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://worldtabletennis.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis News page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's the ITTF <a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">news page</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ittfchannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">video page</a> ("World Table Tennis") and <a href="https://www.ittf.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">home page</a>.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Olympian Table Tennis Player Lily Zhang Is Hopeful About WTT World Tour 2022 Thanks to Coach Zheng Pu’s Support and Training</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220331005043/en/Olympian-Table-Tennis-Player-Lily-Zhang-Is-Hopeful-About-WTT-World-Tour-2022-Thanks-to-Coach-Zheng-Pu%E2%80%99s-Support-and-Training" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Business Wire. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>When Nixon Met Mao: Ping-Pong Tables Charted a Path to the Negotiating Tables</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3172125/when-nixon-met-mao-ping-pong-tables-charted-path-negotiating-tables" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the new article</a> from the South China Morning Post.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Free Us From Sport England's Dead Hand</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/free-us-from-sport-england-s-dead-hand-dwnwsxwfq">Here's the article</a> by former English star Matthew Syed. You have to subscribe to read it there, but here's a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10159746276584491&amp;set=gm.1416710118761624" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">scan of the article on Facebook</a>, and the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/277163207_10159746276624491_2860824164738644160_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=5cd70e&amp;_nc_ohc=syp_Bty-kEcAX88Au_p&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-AV6jW1m-cB8cl5GSPwTK84mYr_FPQRaYTJsyGRunveg&amp;oe=625497BD" 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>Olufunke Oshonaike: Why Women Need Each Other</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://olympics.com/en/news/olufunke-oshonaike-table-tennis-africa-women-future" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Olympics.com. "Olufunke Oshonaike, Nigeria's and Africa's table tennis pioneer, waved goodbye to the Olympic Games last summer in Tokyo after seven appearances." (Here's an interview with her from February, <a href="https://punchng.com/my-parents-supported-my-table-tennis-career-funke-oshonaike/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">My parents supported my table tennis career</a>.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 ITTF Para Spanish Open: Van Emburgh Wins Gold, Sarand Upsets the Odds to Win Silver</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-ittf-para-spanish-open-van-emburgh-wins-gold-sarand-upsets-the-odds-to-win-silver/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Vlad Farcas</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Northshore Spring Open - Jimmy Butler vs. Ojo Onaolapo</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/jimmy.butler.583234/videos/846634070067953" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:13 - first 1:25 is bio info on Jimmy Butler, main video starts around 1:40) from Jimmy Butler. </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>Insane Rally</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=809747466150999" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (25 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Posters</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.art.com/gallery/id--b766165/table-tennis-posters.htm" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the page</a> at art.com. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Saatchia Table Tennis Art</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/paintings/table-tennis/feature" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the page</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Cloud Services: Take the World by Cloud</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=TrzPWa0PUdA&amp;ab_channel=Accenture" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the commercial</a> (30 sec) about Accenture's cloud services, which features table tennis from 0:05 to 0:10. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>My Lucky Ping Pong 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/Table-Tennis-Ping-Pong-T-Shirt/dp/B09MWFLC38" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can buy yours</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New Service Rules Explained</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=S7bzKuJrMxY&amp;ab_channel=TomLodziak" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (4:44) from Tom Lodziak that came out on April 1, 2022. Yes, we need to prepare for all these crazy changes to the serve rules! I still can't believe the ITTF now requires the serve to start with the ball resting freely on the flat, dry tongue. But at least they allow the server to towel off his tongue before each serve. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World's Spinniest Table</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=0xrC8vaddcg&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:04) from Pongfinity! They covered the table with grippy table tennis sponge, plus other escapades. </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, 04/04/2022 - 17:58</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, 04 Apr 2022 16:58:11 +0000 Larry Hodges 3368 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3368#comments March 28, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3366 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">March 28, 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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3365" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Pavlovian Response and 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</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Another busy weekend, with lots of multiball and blocking. I coached in four junior group sessions. In one of them I was a practice partner where I mostly blocked, but did one (exhausting) footwork drill where I served backspin, partner pushes to my backhand, I step around and forehand loop, partner blocks to my wide forehand, I move over and forehand loop, and then we continue, with partner blocking side to side as I alternate forehand and backhand. The problem is, once I get into a rhythm, I'm pretty consistent, and so we had a lot of LONG rallies. I also did a lot of serve coaching, especially on how to serve low and short, with serve still driving out so there's a low, quick bounce on the far side, with second bounce near the endline. I also had a one-hour session with Navin Kumar, who I'm preparing for the Parkinson's events at the US Nationals in July and the World Parkinson's in Pula, Croatia, Sept. 30-Oct. 3. Focus was on loop &amp; smash, serving, and the usual stroking drills. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Team Trials and Nationals</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Entry forms for both are out. They will be at Forth Worth, Texas, June 25-July 1 and July 2-7, respectively. Below are info pages. I'll be coaching at both, as well as at the World Hopes Camp and Tournament in Linz, Austria (Apr. 25-May 5), so that'll be a pair of two-week working "vacations"!</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/Features/2022/March/25/2022-National-Team-Trials-Prospectus" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Team Trials</a>, June 25-July 1</span></span></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/2022-US-Nationals-Table-Tennis-Championships/2022-US-Nationals-Table-Tennis-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Nationals</a>, July 2-7</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong>Family Guy Table Tennis</strong><br /> Table tennis was featured on Family Guy yesterday (Sunday, March 27, S20.E16, "Prescription Heroine"). Here's the description from IMDB: "Lois becomes addicted to painkillers prescribed for Brian after he gets hurt. Peter's ping pong table becomes the hot spot in the neighborhood." I watched the episode. <span style="color:black">Peter and Cleveland are very good, smacking the ball back and forth, lots of smashes and chasing down smashes. There's a takeoff from the movie "The Shining" where Lois sees that Peter has typed, over and over, "All ping pong and no silence makes Peter hungry for cheetos." SPOILER ALERT - there's a logical problem at the end. Cleveland leads 10-9 game point, but decides to throw the game. He serves a high ball to let Peter smash. Peter jumps in the air but misses, and falls on the table, breaking it. So Cleveland should win, 11-9. But umpire Joe says it's a draw. (Also in the episode, Lois gets addicted to painkillers and Brian the dog does an intervention.) First mention of TT is at around 3:50, with the real TT action starting around 4:55, with the climactic Peter vs. Cleveland near the end. </span></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.fox.com/watch/cb6e4fa12686604a8cd12ebfe4a61a20/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can watch it online</a><span style="color:black"> (22 min)</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.facebook.com/FamilyGuy/photos/a.10150329755772674/10159770685417674/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's a Facebook picture and discussion</a><span style="color:black">. (Here's the </span><a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/277436676_10159770685402674_1447497954818159048_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=9267fe&amp;_nc_ohc=W1q9MBA6qO0AX_wfOph&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT85sURDAw3dDMf2srvTUZhcdijXLYreYyC8mxJYvNNMwg&amp;oe=62462238" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a><span style="color:black">.) </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>$30,000 Classic Hardbat 2022 World Invitational Championships</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/EntryForms/1129-6.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the entry form</a> for the event to be held Aug. 5-7 in Houston. Events include Open Singles, Reisman Cup Teams, Women's Singles, Senior Singles (over 60) and Junior Singles (under 18). You can enter through <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/t-tourney.asp?e=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Omnipong</a>. Here is the current <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=2207&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">list of players</a> - 46 have already entered, including Jimmy Butler (2021 World Hardbat Champion), Alexander "The Flash" Flemming (GER, 2021 World Sandpaper Champion), Yinka Olasoji, A.J. Carney (2021 US National Hardbat Champion), Richard "The Chopper" Gonzales (from the Philippines), Oriol Monzo, Ojo Onaolapo, and Jones Balonado (2021 US Open Hardbat Champion). I'll be there, doing coverage and playing one event, Over 60 Hardbat, which I won at the Nationals last year (along with Over 40!). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Top Player from India Looks to Coach in US</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's what he wrote me, with an email link at the end: </span></span></p> <blockquote><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Hello, I am Jayanta Chandra from India, I was professional table tennis player. Three times State Champion in under 12, under 14 and under 17 categories, also National Champion in Under 12 and Under 14 categories, also got bronze medal in National Games in Senior category. Since last 3 years I am professional coach in India. Actually I am looking for a job in USA as a Table Tennis Coach. So I am requesting you to if you kindly look into the matter then I will be very thankful to you. Thanking you. Yours Sincerely, JAYANTA CHANDRA <a href="mailto:panzerjayanta84@gmail.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">email</a>.</span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTT Contender Doha 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?selectedTab=Results&amp;innerselectedTab=Completed&amp;eventId=2533" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the ITTF page</a> for the event, taking place March 25-31 in Doha, Qatar. Meanwhile, here are links for both the WTT Contender and WTT Star Contender, running consecutively in Doha.</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=_PpXISe1-oM&amp;list=PLIl_mJ3zK7B_WQNDCes3GdL7VtKr68z8U&amp;index=6&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Men's Singles Final</a>: Dang Qiu vs Yuan Licen (11:39)</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=xWlLsbVZQvs&amp;list=PLIl_mJ3zK7B_WQNDCes3GdL7VtKr68z8U&amp;index=5&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Women's Singles Final</a>: Fan Siqi vs Zhang Rui (18:14)</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=cw49RccPOA0&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Match of interest</a>: Lily Zhang (USA) vs. Tetyana Bilenko (UKR chopper) (7:07) Round of 48. </span></span></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.insidethegames.biz/articles/1121008/wtt-star-contender-ukraine" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Four Ukrainian Players Set to Take Part in WTT Star Contender in Doha</a> from Inside the Games.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Unstoppable Forehand Loop HOW TO!</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=BY5t3Dhqi7o&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (28:36) from Seth Pech. "Learn Chinese Smash Touch Loop, How to Drive the ball, Misdirection Shots and more!"</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-rachid-el-bou-bou-the-deep-push/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Deep Push</a> (81 sec) with Rachid El Bou Bou, commentary by 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-zelin-ye-falkenburg/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Falkenburg</a> (69 sec) with Zelin Ye, commentary by Brian Pace.</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/losing-close-games" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Losing Close Games?</a> - Find Out the REASON</span></span></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/new-training-videos-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NEW Training Videos</a> (22 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/5-levels-communication" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">5 Levels of Communication</a> - Player / Coach Relationship</span></span></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/2-types-respect" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2 Types of Respect</a> (4 min) - True Story About Samson Dubina</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 Philosophy/Coach Jon</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=wmQGQcAOyOI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Riding a Wave of Confident Table Tennis (Fighting Through Table Tennis Insecurities)">Riding a Wave of Confident Table Tennis (Fighting Through Table Tennis Insecurities)</a> (4:30)</span></span></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=Dh4EIbkIEsc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How Friendly Is Your Table Tennis Club?">How Friendly Is Your Table Tennis Club?</a> (2:04)</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=GSup5RCzUA8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tension - The Table Tennis Stroke Killer or Why Table Tennis Is Better Than Golf">Tension - The Table Tennis Stroke Killer or Why Table Tennis Is Better Than Golf</a> (6:03)</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=UOVHa2QmJak" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The Violent Sport of Table Tennis">The Violent Sport of Table Tennis</a> (5:39)</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=Ss7NLYDkRX0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: forehand topspin new mechanics.">Forehand topspin new mechanics</a> (45 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=5vP0ECicQD4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: BH TP. Fixed ball method.">BH TP. Fixed ball method</a> (70 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=af39WQoVrVE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Slowmotion: Analysis Wang Manyu vs Adriana Diaz.">Slowmotion: Analysis Wang Manyu vs Adriana Diaz</a> (33 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=vAYykOj2jxs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: forehand and backhand topspin. footwork.">Forehand and backhand topspin. footwork</a> (78 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=jIbve5OnrjI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: video summary. Final: Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong.">Video summary. Final: Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong</a> (4:11)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Make a Short Serve Unpredictable, Part 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=r_NKJlF6c4E&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (12:09) from Ti Long. I linked to Part 1 last week, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZZ8a0rAdN8&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Serve Short with Purpose in Competition</a> (7:18).</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Basic Rules for an ITTF Legal 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?v=f1JsA7Plids&amp;ab_channel=MHTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (1:52) from Matt Hetherington. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The 15 Powerful Lessons Teens Learn From Sports</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://grownandflown.com/15-lessons-kids-learn-from-sports/" 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>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>How to Maintain Chinese Table Tennis Rubber Stickiness</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=7t_r6HTEDmw&amp;ab_channel=tabletennis%22PingSundayEmRatThich%22" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (3:57) from PingSunday/EmRatThich. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis United</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletennisunited.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the page</a>, a "Fundraising campaign for supporting the table tennis communities affected by crisis." They currently fund those "Severely affected by Covid-19" and those "Affected by the Russo - Ukrainian conflict."</span></span></p> <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/Features/2022/March/25/2022-National-Team-Trials-Prospectus" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 National Team Trials Prospectus</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/Features/2022/March/24/Massachusetts-Hosts-First-2022-New-England-SQT-at-Westford-TTC" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Massachusetts Hosts First 2022 New England SQT at Westford 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://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/March/24/Triangle-BTT-Takes-Aim-at-2022-North-Carolina-SQT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Triangle BTT Takes Aim at 2022 North Carolina SQT</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/Features/2022/March/23/A-Visit-to-LA-for-50th-Anniversary-Ping-Pong-Diplomacy-Friendship-Match" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">A Visit to LA for 50th Anniversary Ping Pong Diplomacy Friendship Match</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</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-rankings-fan-then-ma-and-now-liang-in-third/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Rankings: Fan then Ma and now Liang in Third</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-star-contender-diaz-and-harimoto-in-action-on-monday/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Star Contender: Diaz and Harimoto in Action on Monday</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-star-contender-doha-miwa-harimoto-among-qualifiers/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Star Contender Doha: Miwa Harimoto Among Qualifiers</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/ukraine-players-compete-in-doha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ukraine Players Compete In Doha</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-featured-club-vancouver-table-tennis-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Featured Club: Vancouver Table Tennis Club</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Tournament Results</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-cary-cup-2022-results-and-photos/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Cary Cup results and photos</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/57th-robo-pong-st-joe-valley-open-results/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">57th Robo-Pong St. Joe Valley Open results</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/icc-spring-open-2022-results/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ICC Spring Open results</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/pingpod-pro-league-finals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">PINGPOD Pro League 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/2022-fremont-butterfly-march-open-tournament-results/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Fremont Butterfly March Open Results</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from 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/passion-personified-umass-amherst" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Passion Personified: UMass Amherst</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/2022-nctta-championships%E2%80%93-numbers" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 NCTTA Championships–by the numbers</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the 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/2022/03/28/five-questions-oman-brave-initiatives-reach-ever-higher-standards/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Five Questions to Oman: Brave Initiatives to Reach Ever Higher Standards</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/2022/03/27/table-tennis-england-celebrates-centenary-gala-dinner/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis England Celebrates Centenary with Gala Dinner">Table Tennis England Celebrates Centenary with Gala Dinner</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/2022/03/27/double-prominent-names-add-earlier-success/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="At the double, prominent names add to earlier success">At the double, prominent names add to earlier 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://www.ittf.com/2022/03/26/tokyo-revisited-mixed-fortunes-poland/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tokyo revisited, mixed fortunes for Poland">Tokyo revisited, mixed fortunes for Poland</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/2022/03/25/2022-ittf-participation-program-launches/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="2022 ITTF Participation Program launches">2022 ITTF Participation Program launches</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/2022/03/25/opening-day-sensation-ander-cepas-stuns-platja-daro/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Opening day sensation, Ander Cepas stuns in Platja d’Aro">Opening day sensation, Ander Cepas stuns in Platja d’Aro</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/2022/03/24/tt-england-use-wtt-results-system-2022-national-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis England to Use WTT Results System for 2022 National Championships">Table Tennis England to Use WTT Results System for 2022 National 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/2022/03/24/four-ukrainian-players-participate-wtt-star-contender-doha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Four Ukrainian Players To Participate in WTT Star Contender Doha">Four Ukrainian Players To Participate in WTT Star Contender Doha</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/2022/03/23/roman-klecker-named-first-ever-gold-badge-umpire/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Roman Klecker named first ever Gold Badge Umpire">Roman Klecker named first ever Gold Badge Umpire</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Top 10 Points from Singapore Smash</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=tuTyMTf9B9Q" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:13). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>57th Robo-Pong St. Joseph Valley Highlights with Nandan Naresh</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/57th-robo-pong-st-joseph-valley-highlights-with-nandan-naresh/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:44).</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>Why Playing Ping Pong is Great for the Brain and Could Help Prevent Dementia</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.miriamstoppard.com/news/playing-ping-pong-great-brain-help-prevent-dementia/" 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>Table Tennis Turnout on the Rise in the Metro</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.fox9.com/video/1048595" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (3:20) from FOX9, featuring the Twin Cities. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Centenary Stories: A Pioneer of Para 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.tabletennisengland.co.uk/centenary-stories-a-pioneer-of-para-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Table Tennis England. "Philip Lewis MBE, a true pioneer of para table tennis and a tireless campaigner for the sport, is the subject of the latest in our series of Centenary Stories."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Atari's 'Home Pong' Prototype Sells at Auction for More Than $270K</b><br /> <a href="https://www.wlfi.com/news/national/ataris-home-pong-prototype-sells-at-auction-for-more-than-270k/article_c0dda5ea-f1ed-5874-9673-e928bf803dcb.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a>. This is "The original 1975, hand-carved wood mock-up of the Pong system."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis / Song on Games</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=Q-easM7zqjU&amp;ab_channel=APPUSERIES" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:22) which is a child's video showing the rules of the sport. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Never Underestimate an Old Man Who Plays 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.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Grandpa-Table-Tennis/dp/B09DL8FWK7" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can buy the shirt</a> from Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dropping 2,000 Ping Pong Balls</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=BKu4A20f6tk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (30 sec). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Top 10 Ping Pong Commercials</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=g-ABCWNKL9o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (6:16. (This is from a couple of years ago.) </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, 03/28/2022 - 17:42</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, 28 Mar 2022 16:42:03 +0000 Larry Hodges 3366 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3366#comments March 21, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3364 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">March 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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3363" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">A Table Tennis Player's Guide to Toweling</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Cary Cup</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent the weekend coaching at the Cary Cup Open in North Carolina. We had eleven kids from MDTTC there and three coaches (myself, Wang Qingliang, and Jeffrey Zeng Xun). I ended up coaching eight of them in over 30 matches. Our players were Stanley Hsu (13, 2402), Mu Du (13, 2283), Ryan Lin (12, 2216), William Wu (16, 2140), Christian Funderberg (16, 2112), Winston Wu (12, 2079), Lance Wei, Todd Klinger, Kurtus Hsu, Aaron Zhang, and Liam Draper. AJ Carney did a great job running the tournament (as always). <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2077" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are complete results</a>, care of Omnipong.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As usual, the results were all over the place. The down side was that some of our players kept playing players with "weird" styles, and that gave them difficulties. But that's all part of the learning process. While tactics are huge, another aspect is sports psychology - between games a coach not only has to tactically prepare the player for the next game, but also make sure they are ready mentally. It's a tricky balancing act. But most of the players I coach have been through this a lot and so are now pretty strong mentally, so we can focus on tactics - and that in itself does half the job of keeping them from worrying about winning or losing. You can't think about two things at once, so if you are thinking about what serve to use or where to attack, you aren't thinking about the rating points you'll lose if you lose and so aren't so nervous, and so play better. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One of my favorite moments was when I called a timeout. My player was down 1-2 in games, and 4-8 in the fourth. I told him two simple things (alas, I can't post it publicly, since they may play again), and he went back . . . and scored seven in a row! He went on to win the match. In two matches, I told my player to "throw every serve you have at them." Some players (myself included) can return any given serve effectively, but have great difficulty with sheer variety. Others have difficult with specific serves, or can't stop an opponent from attacking off certain serves. You simply adjust your serving game against your opponent. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One of our juniors was in the quarterfinals of Class D. He had to play a no-sponge long pips blocker, a style he'd never played. (He'd only played long pips choppers.) So I borrowed a racket with long pips no sponge and practiced with him for 45 minutes. After that, he had no trouble with the pips, and won 3-0, and went on to win the event. In the final, he played a player he'd played earlier. In that match, I had missed the first game, and arrived only in time to see game two. He was already down 0-2 before I talked to him. With a few simple tactical changes, he won the next two games, and was up 7-3 in the fifth - but alas, lost when the opponent got red-hot. But in the final, applying those same tactics, he won 3-0, at 2,7,3. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Two matches were won by a simple tactic. Both players were having trouble with deep, spinny serves. The answer? I told them to take the ball as late as possible so they'd have more time to see the serve, and to just topspin them back soft and easy. Such a simple thing, and it worked both times. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I've often said that "Tactics isn't about finding complex tactics to defeat an opponent. Tactics is about sifting through all the zillions of possible tactics and finding a few simple ones that work." The mark of a good tactician is the ability to find a few simple ones that work. Some freeze up, either because there are so many possibilities and they can't decide which one is "best," or because it's not easy thinking at the table, and so can't think of any possibilities. You don't need to always find the "perfect" tactic, you only need a few that work enough to win that match. If you can't think of any possibilities, then you need to clear your mind because it's like looking at a field of corn and not being able to see a single cornstalk. There are so many!!! (Of course, it's helpful to spend time thinking about these things as they pertain to your game, so you will more quickly recognize the possibilities.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">At its most basic, at the higher levels, probably more matches have been won by two simple tactics than anything else: "attack the middle" and "serve short no-spin to the middle." I probably said one of those two things in about half the matches I coached. (There is more to it than that. For example, it's not just "attack the middle" - it might be "attack the middle and wide backhand"; "attack the middle and wide forehand"; or "attack all three spots" (wide forehand and backhand, middle). Keep in mind that "middle" means the mid-point between forehand and backhand, usually where the playing elbow is. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Why is short no-spin to the middle so effective? By going to the middle, it cuts off the extreme angles. A no-spin serve is harder to push short, harder to push heavy, and for some players, harder to flip since they can't use the incoming spin to help create their own topspin. But it's always more effective if varied with spin serves and sudden deep serves. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT News and the 2022 US Nationals</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The main news is that the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/March/16/USATT-Opens-Registration-for-2022-US-National-Table-Tennis-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">entry form and online registration</a> for the 2022 US Nationals is now open. It will be held July 2-7 at the Forth Worth Convention Center. Immediately before that, from June 25-July 1, are the US Team Trials for Men, Women, and for Under 11, 13, 15, and 19. (No U17 - there should be an explanation for that in the info page.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In July, 1999, I was hired for my second tenure (into 2007) as editor of USATT Magazine, the print magazine that used to go to all 8000 or so members. (It stopped print in 2014 and is now USATT Insider.) They asked me to proof the entry form for the 1999 US Open, and I found numerous corrections for them. Since then I've proofed for USATT the entry form for every US Open and Nationals entry form before it went public - 44 in a row. This year it wasn't sent to me for proofing in advance, but I proofed it for them a few hours after it went up and sent them a number of edits which they incorporated within a day. I also did some proofing of the prospectus for the Team Trials, which is supposed to go public this Wednesday (March 23). We've had three poorly run US Opens and Nationals in a row; hopefully, fourth is the charm!!!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I will be attending the Nationals, mostly as a coach (while likely playing some hardbat events on the side, though I'm normally a sponge player). I will also be coaching at the Team Trials, so I'll be there for two weeks. (Then I plan on doing a little sightseeing in Texas and Mexico.) I've been to every US Nationals and US Open from 1984 to present, and several before that, starting in 1976 (my first year), including the 1976 US Open in Philadelphia. </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/Features/2022/March/16/USATT-Opens-Registration-for-2022-US-National-Table-Tennis-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Opens Registration for 2022 US National 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"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/March/16/Inaugural-Virginia-State-Qualifier-Rallies-Member-Base" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Inaugural Virginia State Qualifier Rallies Member Base</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/Features/2022/March/16/USATT-Extends-Deadline-for-Member-Clubs-to-Submit-Bid-to-Host-US-Nationals-RQT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Extends Deadline for Member Clubs to Submit Bid to Host US Nationals Regional Qualifying Tournament</a></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-tiana-piyadasa-the-falkenberg-drill/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Falkenberg Drill</a> (85 sec) with Tashiya Piyadasa</span></span></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-tiana-piyadasa-underspin-forehand-hit-with-short-pips/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Underspin Forehand Hit with Short Pips</a> (69 sec) with Tiana Piyadasa. </span></span></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-natalie-chan-backhand-flip-follow-up-with-backhand-and-forehand-topspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Flip Follow up With Backhand and Forehand Topspin</a> (1:42) with Natalie Chan</span></span></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-simeon-martin-short-forehand-return-and-random-forehand-follow-up/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Short Forehand Return and Random Forehand Follow Up</a> (49 sec) with Simeon Martin</span></span></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-jinxin-wang-the-short-sidespin-serve-return/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Short Sidespin Serve Return</a> (62 sec) with Jinxin Wang, commentary by 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-taiwo-adeyinyka-2-forehand-loop-2-backhand-loops/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2 Forehand Loop, 2 Backhand Loops</a> (69 sec) with Taiwo Adeyinyka</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/how-serve-pro" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Serve Like a Pro</a> - 12 Steps (9:49)</span></span></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/tournament-day-reminders" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tournament Day Reminders</a> - 8 simple things to think about...</span></span></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/jumping-new-heights" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Jumping to NEW Heights!</a> - Learn how to peak for your next tournament!</span></span></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/breakthrough-andrew-cao" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Breakthrough for Andrew Cao</a> (38 sec) - Champion of the U2450!</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=IrIKqI83ubo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Slowmotion Analysis Fan Zhendong vs Ma Long.">Slowmotion Analysis Fan Zhendong vs Ma Long</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=2xV0dmRUNZQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis: Slowmotion Analysis. Wang Manyu VS Sun Yingsha.">Slowmotion Analysis. Wang Manyu VS Sun Yingsha</a> (22 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=fFy_J3kKWQE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: strength and conditioning. tactical technique.">Strength and conditioning. tactical technique</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=ke98KZEHY-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tablet tennis: Action and reaction. Visual-Kinesthetic.">Action and reaction. Visual-Kinesthetic</a> (1:23)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Coach Jon</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=9L25AGRNkHE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The Surprising Necessity of Practicing Table Tennis Alone (At Least Sometimes)">The Surprising Necessity of Practicing Table Tennis Alone (At Least Sometimes)</a> (6:40)</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=IimdkKC3CSg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="It's Not The Pips! (For Pips Players Only)">It's Not The Pips! (For Pips Players Only)</a> (3:51)</span></span></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=ljsfFpPH7B4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Playing Table Tennis From Way Back....And Not So Way Back">Playing Table Tennis From Way Back....And Not So Way Back</a> (59 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=Pw9MW3r35es" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Observe the Serve! (Why Table Tennis Players F#*+ Up Serve Return)">Observe the Serve! (Why Table Tennis Players F#*+ Up Serve Return)</a> (3:50)</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=ByP0EOig1mk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Customizing Your Table Tennis Drills">Customizing Your Table Tennis Drills</a> (8:10)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Serve Short with Purpose in Competition</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=mZZ8a0rAdN8&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (7:18) from Ti Long. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Why you Should Have a Table Tennis Coach</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=iN55rk2ocGA&amp;ab_channel=tabletennis%22PingSundayEmRatThich%22" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (15:12) from PingSunday/EmRatThich. (There's a lot of other new stuff on their <a href="https://pingsunday.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">regular home page</a>, but it's no longer dated and so it's not easy figure out what is new.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Shadow Practice</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=301789975223746" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (1:57) from Table Tennis America. This is similar to some of the training we do at our club in our junior program. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b><br /> <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 Malong Fanmade Channel</b><br /> <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>Singapore Smash … Hit or miss?</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/singapore-smash-hit-or-miss/" 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 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/singapore-smash-fan-over-ma/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Singapore Smash: Fan over Ma</a> - article and video (8 min)</span></span></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/singapore-smash-final-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Singapore Smash: Final 4</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/singapore-smash-final-8/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Singapore Smash: Final 8</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-featured-club-atlanta-international-table-tennis-academy/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Featured Club</a> – Atlanta International Table Tennis Academy</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/2022/03/21/inaugural-singapore-smash-smashing-success/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Inaugural Singapore Smash Was a Smashing Success</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/2022/03/17/olympic-world-championships-form-continental-council-agenda/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Olympic and World Championships form Continental Council Agenda">Olympic and World Championships form Continental Council 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/2022/03/16/one-voice-high-praise-ittf-executive-committee-inaugural-singapore-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Singapore Smash, Ukraine, AGM, and Sustainability Key Topics at ITTF Executive Committee Meeting">Singapore Smash, Ukraine, AGM, and Sustainability Key Topics at ITTF Executive Committee Meeting</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/2022/03/16/agm-date-scheduled-2022-2025-hosting-rights-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="AGM date scheduled for 2022, from 2025 Hosting Rights Open">AGM date scheduled for 2022, from 2025 Hosting Rights 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.ittf.com/2022/03/16/ittf-creates-task-force-support-ukraine-table-tennis-community/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Creates Task Force to Support Ukraine Table Tennis community">ITTF Creates Task Force to Support Ukraine Table Tennis community</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/2022/03/16/ittf-launch-bidding-processes-world-events/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF To Launch Bidding Processes for World Events">ITTF To Launch Bidding Processes for World 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://www.ittf.com/2022/03/16/ittf-executive-committee-meeting-praises-first-ever-wtt-grand-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Executive Committee Meeting Praises First-Ever WTT Grand Smash">ITTF Executive Committee Meeting Praises First-Ever WTT Grand Smash</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/2022/03/15/singapore-smash-catalyst-build-legacy/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Singapore Smash, a catalyst to build a legacy">Singapore Smash, a catalyst to build a legacy</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>PingPod Closes $10 Million Series A Funding for Expansion</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220316005842/en" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the Business Wire. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Russia, Belarus Banned From Multi-Sport Euro Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://wtop.com/sports/2022/03/russia-belarus-banned-from-multi-sport-euro-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from WTOP. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Atanda Musa Eyes National Table Tennis Team Job</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://guardian.ng/sport/atanda-musa-eyes-national-table-tennis-team-job/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from The Guardian on former Nigerian star Musa. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Raising Awareness for Parkinson's at Singapore Smash</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.sportanddev.org/en/article/news/raising-awareness-parkinsons-singapore-smash" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Sport and Development. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis' New Spin: Coloured and Hexagonal bats</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/table-tennis-new-spin-coloured-and-hexagonal-bats" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the Straits Times. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>There Is No Ping Without a Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/The-Home-Forum/2022/0314/There-is-no-ping-without-a-pong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the Christian Science Monitor. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Teen Table Tennis Star Helps Plant First Trees for Amazing Commonwealth Forest Project in the Midlands</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/teen-table-tennis-star-helps-23289619" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the Birmingham Mail. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Jill’s Part in Historic China Trip</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletennisengland.co.uk/centenary-stories-jills-part-in-historic-china-trip/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Table Tennis England featuring Jill Parker. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>"BACKSP!N" Features Over 60 Table Tennis Paddles Designed by Artists</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.printmag.com/color-design/backspn-table-tennis-fundraiser/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a>. It seems to showcase a book of these art designs, which is on sale for £15, but I can't find a link to where to buy it. There's a link where it says, "this exhibit will inspire even amateurs to master a <a href="https://www.newgy.com/blogs/coaching-tips/tagged/loop-topspinning" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Loop</a> shot" - which links to one of my old articles! (It's dated July 19, 2021, but I think I wrote this article over 20 years ago. But still seems to apply.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>You're the Ping to My Pong</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/Funny-Ping-Pong-Table-Tennis/dp/B08D79W3NP" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can get the shirt</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Kid Goes Airborne During this Backhand</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=336696621594601" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (26 sec) - and note the score!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>I Challenged the INTERNET</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=bcZlPVyLI2g&amp;t=246s&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (18:46) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Zelensky Smashes Putin!</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/larry.hodges.5/posts/10158767626623325" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the cartoon</a> I put together! (I did a similar one a while ago, but this is simpler and better.) That's Judge Hofmański from the International Criminal Court in the Hague, who would preside over a Putin trial for crimes against humanity. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong>Ping-Pong on Family Guy?</strong></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">From the description for <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt18394906/">Episode 20.16, "Prescription Heroin</a>," coming up this Sunday, March 27, 9:30 PM Eastern Time on FOX: "Peter's ping pong table becomes the hot spot in the neighborhood."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - "Madam Hitler"</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My science fiction story "<a href="https://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmyths-com-issue-58/issue-58-stories/madam-hitler" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Madam Hitler</a>" just went up at New Myths Magazine. (It's my seventh sale to them, and 127th overall.) Here's the situation: It's April 30, 1945, in Berlin, and the Russians are closing in on Hitler's underground bunker. He's about to commit suicide. Then an awestruck time-traveling tourist shows up. He has a device that allows him to trade bodies with Hitler, just so he can experience being Hitler. (He also gets a snippet of Hitler's mustache.) But Hitler takes the device and switches bodies with his real-life secretary, Traudl Junge, who's the story's main character. Hitler escapes in her body and becomes a rising star in West Germany politics. Junge is captured by the Soviets, in Hitler's body, and has to face a revengeful Stalin, who thinks she's the real Hitler. What can she do to convince Stalin of the truth, and will the real Hitler ever be caught? It features multiple appearances by the time traveler (who also visits Stalin and Mao, and gets a snippet of Stalin's mustache). The story has a wild culmination when all of the main characters are brought together in a room at the end. There's also a graphic at the very end that helps explain the various timelines. The story gets rather dark at time, but with the time traveler as comic relief. I researched the story by reading "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1611453232">Hitler's Last Secretary</a>," the biography of Traudl Junge. </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, 03/21/2022 - 16:51</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 Mar 2022 16:51:57 +0000 Larry Hodges 3364 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3364#comments March 14, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3362 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">March 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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3361" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">How to Learn by Watching the Top Players</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Exhaustedly Tired and Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It's been an exhausting week. I had all sorts of things I was going to get done this week. But on Wednesday, I came down with what was likely 24-hour stomach flu. But the "24-hour" part isn't that accurate. It's true that I was only really sick on Wednesday - REALLY sick, 102.2 fever - but I spent the next two days (Thu &amp; Fri) mostly in bed exhausted. I did my usual coaching on the weekend, mostly group sessions where I did a lot of multiball training. But one session on Sunday we had an odd number of players, so I was recruited to be a practice partner. It started off fine, but toward the end I was getting pretty tired. But it didn't affect my play much. Then we played up-down tables for an hour, where we'd have improvised games starting at 5-5. For example, in one set of games, the receiver had to push long to the wide forehand, the server had to loop the first ball consistently to the backhand, the then play out point. Or the same, except the receiver had to push long to the wide backhand. Again, I started out fine, and despite 20 players ranging up to about 1950 level, I quickly reached the first table. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And then . . . the combination of tired muscles  from still recovering from the flu and from the earlier drilling, and playing kids who don't understand the concept of "not so fast!") kicked in. Suddenly easy shots became like trying to lift a heavy weight while tap dancing, and I kept missing, even off high balls. The table conspicuously doubled in width, though no one else seemed to notice. The balls developed their own jet engines. Result? Right at the end I lost three of the last five games. I think the kids went from looking at me in awe (well, I can dream) to how they look at a hot fudge sundae. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I made the usual mistake of staying up too late reading on Sunday night. Adding that to the previous exhaustion, I woke up this morning with a headache and stomachache. I almost postponed today's blog until next week, but after some lunch, I finally buckled down. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As to the coaching, I think the focus this week was on speed, at least for the more advanced players. I fed faster and faster, while using shorter sessions - 70 seconds each as the players rotated - and ran them through a lot of speed drills. (Most sessions would have one player doing multiball, one player behind shadow-practicing as a mirror, and one on ball pickup.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I also had a private session with Navin Kumar - <a href="https://www.facebook.com/navin.kumar.161/videos/1302502886942188" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here's a video</a> (24 sec). We're getting him ready for the World Parkinson's Championships in Pula, Croatia, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3. At the World's Parkinson's in 2020 Navin got silver in doubles, bronze in singles. I'll also likely be coaching him in the Parkinson's events at this year's US Nationals in July. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Happy Pi Day</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yes, it's <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pi Day</a>! And here's some <a href="https://www.zazzle.com/pie+ping+pong+equipment" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pi Ping-Pong stuff</a>! (I'm pretty sure I'm going to have some apple pie later today. Yum.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Upcoming Schedule</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I've got a really busy upcoming schedule. Here's the major items, including a few non-TT ones. (For the table tennis ones, you can enter most of them via <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/t-tourney.asp?e=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Omnipong</a>.) I'm sure more events will fill up my Fall schedule. </span></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Mar. 18-20, coaching at the <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1075-134.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Cary Cup Championships</a> in North Carolina. </span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Apr. 2-3, coaching at the <a href="https://mdttc.com/tournaments/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">MDTTC Open</a>.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Apr. 8-10, possibly coaching at the <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/propenteams/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Puerto Rican Teams</a>.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Apr. 27-29, coaching at the <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5373/2022/wttyouthcontender-Linz/">WTT Youth Contender</a> (Linz, Austria)</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">May 1-5, coaching at the ITTF Hopes Camp (Linz, Austria)</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">May 27-30, panelist at the Balticon Science Fiction Convention.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">June 11-12, coaching at <a href="https://mdttc.com/tournaments/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">MDTTC Open</a>.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">June 25-July 1, coaching at USA Team Trials (Fort Worth). Still no info page on this, alas. </span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">July 2-7, coaching at US Nationals (Fort Worth) - combined with the Team Trials, it'll be two weeks of consecutive coaching in Fort Worth. But still no info page or entry form for the US Nationals. </span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">July 22-30, attending "The Never-Ending Odyssey" Science Fiction Writing Workshop, as I do every year. </span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 5-7, playing and doing coverage of the <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1129-6.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Hardbat Championships</a> in Houston. Following that I plan a roughly five-day tour of Houston (starting with the NASA Spaceflight Center) and San Antonio (starting with The Alamo), and then a ten-day tour of the historic sites of Mexico. It'll be my second time in Mexico - the last one was circa 1990 when I coached the US junior team in a tournament there.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sept. 1-4, coaching at the <a href="https://joola.com/events/global-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Global Championships</a> in Orlando, then a day or two at Disneyworld. (I went there once, circa 1987, after the US Open in Miami or Fort Lauderdale.) Alas, this means missing the World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago, Sept. 1-5. </span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sept. 30-Oct. 3, coaching Navin Kumar at the World Parkinson's Championships in Pula, Croatia. I plan to follow this with some sort of European tour. I was thinking of visiting the historic sites of Russia, but this might not be a good time for that...</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Oct. 8-9, coaching at the <a href="https://mdttc.com/tournaments/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">MDTTC Open</a>.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Nov. 3-6, panelist at the World Fantasy Convention in New Orleans.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:1.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Nov. 25-27, coaching at the <a href="http://joolateams.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">North American Teams</a> in Washington DC. </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Singapore Smash</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2536" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the ITTF home page</a> for the event, March 7-20, with <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/results?selectedTab=COMPLETED" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">results</a>, <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">news</a>, and lots of <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/headervideo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">video</a>. There are some great matches (browse over them), but the one we all want to see is USA's world #30 Kanak Jha's upset of world #4 Tomokazu Harimoto of Japan, -7,9,9,3 in the round of 64. <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/headervideo?vid=646" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:24). (Alas, Kanak lost next round to world #31 Anton Kallberg of Sweden, -10,8,6,9.) See also Steve Hopkin's coverage of the event below, in particular <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/kanak-jha-upsets-no-4-harimoto/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha Upsets No.4 Harimoto</a>. Here are two articles from World Table Tennis that cover Kanak's upset, <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/March/12/Singapore-Smash-Delivers-Drama-on-Day-2-of-Action" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Singapore Smash Delivers Drama on Day 2 of Action</a> and <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/description?artId=1049" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Timeout: Jha's Butterfly Tactic</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>NCTTA Announces Call for World University Games Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.com/content/nctta-announces-call-world-university-games-coach" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the info page</a>. The event takes place in Chengdu, China, June 25 - July 7. I was asked if I could do it, but since this coincides with the US Team Trials and US Nationals (literally the exact same dates), I had to turn it down. (I was also asked if I could coach some paralympic events overseas, but again, I was too busy, plus these days I focus more on local TT.)</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-anav-gupta-middle-backhand-middle-forehand-loop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Middle-Backhand-Middle-Forehand loop</a> (2:06) with Anav Gupta.</span></span></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-xianyao-he-short-forehand-and-long-backhand-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Short Forehand and Long Backhand Underspin</a> (1:31) with Xianyao He.</span></span></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-truong-tu-long-serve-to-backhand-and-forehand/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Long serve to Backhand and Forehand</a> (2:42) with Truong Tu.</span></span></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-jinxin-wang-forehand-and-backhand-loop-stroke-chemistry/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand and Backhand Loop Stroke Chemistry</a> (1:12) with Jinxin 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-taiwo-adeyinyka-forehand-loop-down-the-line/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop Down the line</a> (1:32) with Taiwo Adeyinyka, commentary by 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-darryl-tsao-backhand-underspin-loop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Underspin Loop</a> (49 sec) Tips with Darryl Tsao.</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/mental-vs-physical" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mental vs Physical</a> - Are Your Training Your Mental Game This Year?</span></span></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/keep-your-coach-happy" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Keep Your Coach Happy</a>- Seven Secrets Revealed (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://samsondubina.com/coaching/upset" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Upset</a> - Pull Off the Upset of the Tournament!</span></span></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/talent-trap" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Talent Trap</a> - Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset - By Jim Thompson</span></span></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/free-drills" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Free Drills</a> - 5 New Power Pong Drills!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Dora Kurimay</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://dorakurimay.com/blog/winning-mindset/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Winning Mindset</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://dorakurimay.com/blog/forehand-smash-like-pros/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Forehand Smash Like The Pros!</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://dorakurimay.com/blog/set-goal-like-pros-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Set Up Your Goal Like The Pros for 2022!</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Matt Hetherington</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=2-Z0UpQ0rcQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Basic Backhand Loop for Table Tennis Beginners | JOOLA Infinity">Basic Backhand Loop for Table Tennis Beginners</a> (2:43)</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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENwPbNhB170" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Practicing with 3-Time US Olympian Lily Zhang 🇺🇲 at JOOLA photo/video shoot 🏓">Practicing with 3-Time US Olympian Lily Zhang at JOOLA photo/video shoot</a> (1:00)</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=nfkkolgdkuA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Got em with the snake shot 🐍🏓 #tabletennis #pingpong #trickshots #spin #winner">Got em with the snake shot </a>(14 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=xHUFs1OcH3Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Good warmup drill for modern defenders, helps balance timing for chopping and topspin #tabletennis 🏓">Good warmup drill for modern defenders, helps balance timing for chopping and topspin</a> (15 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=I7k6thx0Lzs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="I got absolutely punished around the net in this tournament match 🤩🤣🤣 #tabletennis #trickshots #pong">I got absolutely punished around the net in this tournament match</a> (11 sec)</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 Philosophy/Coach Jon</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=7_hTUKOphDY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Redefining Success In Table Tennis (Little Victories)">Redefining Success In Table Tennis (Little Victories)</a> (3:04)</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=kjqEG5i3cvc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Are You a Lazy Table Tennis Player...Or Just Super Efficient?">Are You a Lazy Table Tennis Player...Or Just Super Efficient?</a> (7:30)</span></span></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=Dj2of5_gOpU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Express Yourself Through Table Tennis">Express Yourself Through Table Tennis</a> (2:16)</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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fnL_ftTx3k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Total Table Tennis Immersion...Good Or Bad? Yes">Total Table Tennis Immersion...Good Or Bad? Yes</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=9PPSJRa6Owk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Why Is Table Tennis So Complicated? (Maybe It's Not)">Why Is Table Tennis So Complicated? (Maybe It's Not)</a> (4:42)</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=JLTolFelziM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="What's Missing From Your Table Tennis Training?">What's Missing From Your Table Tennis Training?</a> (5:59)</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/add-more-spin-backhand-flick/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Add More Spin in Your Backhand Flick</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=4kpT4cvMlkg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to add more spin to the backhand flick">How to add more spin to the backhand flick</a> (8:54)</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://pingsunday.com/ma-long-wtt-grand-smash-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ma Long, Xu Xin at WTT Grand Smash Singapore 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.youtube.com/watch?v=nN6cMO75F1s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long, Xu Xin at WTT Singapore Grand Smash 2022">Ma Long, Xu Xin at WTT Singapore Grand Smash 2022</a> (8:41)</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=GZQeINBXlBo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to improve your consistency in table tennis">How to improve your consistency in table tennis</a> (6:52)</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=bzuU0DmBL80" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="some simple tips to maintain your table tennis racket">Some simple tips to maintain your table tennis racket</a> (4:21)</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=HH5TLSTY80c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Trick serve in table tennis">Trick serve in table tennis</a> (16 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=X-fbE_3HStw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to Serve Long Super Fast - Maximum Speed | Ti Long's Secret | Short Pips">How to Serve Long Super Fast - Maximum Speed</a> (10:08)</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=dz6EZJCfJzQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: specific preparation with simulation and time.">Table tennis: specific preparation with simulation and time</a> (1:06)</span></span></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=l5BT3quUzmE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Footwork in table tennis: transition.">Footwork in table tennis: transition</a> (1:44)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Average to Pro Backhand in 7 Days</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=_xY1E9w0Z5c&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (11:20) from Table Tennis Daily. </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="Singapore%20Smash:%20Final%2016" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Singapore Smash: Final 16</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/singapore-smash-update-more-surprises-on-sunday/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Singapore Smash Update: More Surprises on Sunday</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/kanak-jha-upsets-no-4-harimoto/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha Upsets No.4 Harimoto</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/top-players-convene-this-week-for-singapore-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Top Players Convene this Week for Singapore Smash</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-ly-table-tennis-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Ly Table Tennis Club</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 WTT Youth Contender Vila Real: A Memorable Experience</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-wtt-youth-contender-vila-real-a-memorable-experience/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Isabella Xu. </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/Features/2022/March/09/Message-to-the-Membership-Regarding-the-2022-US-National-Championship" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Message to the Membership Regarding the 2022 US National Championship</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/Features/2022/March/08/2022-US-National-Table-Tennis-Championship-Tournament-Offering-Events-for-Persons-with-Parkinsons" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 US National Table Tennis Championship Tournament to Make History By Offering Events for Persons Living with a Parkinson Diagnosis</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/Features/2022/March/12/Singapore-Smash-Delivers-Drama-on-Day-2-of-Action" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Singapore Smash Delivers Drama on Day 2 of 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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/March/09/California-Are-You-Ready-for-SQT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">California Are You Ready for SQT?</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/Features/2022/March/09/Texas-Builds-Momentum-for-Upcoming-2022-State-Qualification-Tournament" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Texas Builds Momentum for Upcoming 2022 State Qualification 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 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://worldtabletennis.com/home" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World 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/2022/03/13/ittf-officials-arrive-singapore-observe-first-ever-grand-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Officials Arrive in Singapore To Observe the First-Ever Grand Smash</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/2022/03/11/first-ittf-high-performance-training-camp-2022-books/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First ITTF High Performance Training Camp of 2022 in the books">First ITTF High Performance Training Camp of 2022 in the books</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/2022/03/08/iwd2022-not-gender-fight-journey-together/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="#IWD2022: &quot;It’s not a gender fight; it is a journey together!”">"It’s not a gender fight; it is a journey together!”</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>"This Is Not Ping Pong" says Zelensky</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://kyivindependent.com/uncategorized/zelensky-urges-poland-us-to-decide-on-logistics-of-sending-fighter-jets-to-ukraine-immediately/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the quote</a> from Ukrainian President Zelensky. The full quote is, "Listen, we have a war! We do not have time for all these signals. This is not ping pong! It's about human lives! We ask once again: Solve it faster. Do not shift the responsibility, send us planes." [<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yXFabJBrnc&amp;ab_channel=AFPNewsAgency" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="background:white">Here's the video</span></a><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"> from last week's blog of Zelensky playing table tennis (43 sec).]</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>Colorado Suspends Betting On Russian &amp; Belarusian Sports In Response To Invasion Of Ukraine</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/2022/03/07/colorado-betting-russia-ukraine/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and video</a> (2:18) from CBS Denver. "Two years later, table tennis’ popularity still stumps St. Clair, who said it consistently ranks in the top ten sports bet on in Coloradans. 'Colorado has wagered $181.7 million on table tennis,' St. Clair said. 'It’s been one of those interesting scenarios where people can’t explain it.'"</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Jimmy Butler</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.facebook.com/jimmy.butler.583234/videos/649452936310195" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Paddle Palace Spring Open</a> (4:59). Starts with some Jimmy bio video before getting to the tournament.</span></span></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.facebook.com/jimmy.butler.583234/videos/497791685088048" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TT players Jimmy Butler, Pete &amp; Derek May play Disc golf</a> (4:04). Pete really is the world over 80 disco golf champion. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Janova Paddle Brings Performance-Tracking Smarts to Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://newatlas.com/sports/janova-performance-tracking-table-tennis-racket" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and video</a> (1:57), along with Kickstarter. </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>Calories Burned Playing Table Tennis Calculator</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://fitnessvolt.com/calories-burned-table-tennis-calculator/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Fitness Volt. But I don't think this can possibly be accurate. It gives the only variable as your weight. But players will burn vastly different amounts of calories in a given time based on their playing level, style, and whether you are playing games or doing footwork drills. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Four-Player Ping-Pong Table</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/Player-Hyperpong-Tennis-Extreme-Perfect/dp/B09TVPRHC4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a>! You can get it at Amazon for $268. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Man, The Myth, The Ping Pong Legend</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/Myth-Ping-Pong-Legend-T-Shirt/dp/B07DD4QSDY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can buy the shirt</a> at Amazon! And here's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=4951504741601948&amp;set=a.758153090937155" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Hermann Luechinger</a>, The Man, The Myth, the Ping Pong Modeling Legend!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Three Consecutive Crazy Shots</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=1275140836346717" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (7 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Extreme Ping Pong Set-Ups</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=HenqASCe7so&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:01) 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, 03/14/2022 - 16:55</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 Mar 2022 16:55:37 +0000 Larry Hodges 3362 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3362#comments March 7, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3360 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">March 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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3359" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Be Both a Machine and an Artist</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Princeton Pong Tournament</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I went up to Princeton, NJ on Friday (three-hour drive from Maryland) with five of our kids and their parents, and coached at the <a href="https://www.princetonpong.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Princeton Pong</a> tournament on Saturday. Here are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2265" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">complete results</a>, care of Omnipong. A great thanks goes out to tournament staff Ben Rosenberg (director), Claudia Dunlevy, and referee Chris Lehman, and to the other volunteers who helped out with the tournament. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This time around it was a group of our younger kids, all rated under 1300, ages 10 to 13, most of them playing in three round robin rating events. Four of the five had never played a tournament outside Maryland. They had a great time - I wonder if I was that excited to play in tournaments back when I first traveled to tournaments back in 1976? (Answer: yes.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached an even 20 matches, plus part of two others. It's really half tactics, half psychology as I tried to find creative ways to get them to play as well as they do in practice. Tactically, they usually are faster than their opponents, so we did a lot of quick attacks to the "three spots" - wide corners and middle (roughly opponent's elbow). They were mostly used to playing players from the club who'd they'd played many times, so playing new players and styles is a challenge. They played a LOT of players with long pips! One kid struggled against his first long pips blocker, a style he's never played, and got killed. Then he played another one later on and played one of the best matches he's ever played. Amazing how fast kids pick things up. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">More importantly, the tournament dramatically showed their strengths and weaknesses, as tournament always do. I took careful notes, and later today, after I finish the blog, I'll likely go off to Panera's for lunch or dinner and write up an analysis and recommendations for all five. It'll include bullet lists of things they do well, things that could or should become strengths, and things that need work on. A couple of them simply could not serve anything effectively but backspin serves - we'll be working on that. I worked with one of them on that on Sunday. Some of them loop against pushes fine in practice, but in tournaments against a player they've never played? That needs work - and much of that comes with experience and the decision that you have to do the shots you practice or you'll never do them effectively. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We came back Sunday morning, and I got back just in time for a noon group session with a number of kids, including two of the ones from the tournament. I had two group sessions and fed multiball for nearly three hours, with a big focus on looping against backspin, both forehand and backhand. For those sessions, most of the players were paired up, with Coaches Wang Qingliang and/or Lidney Castro running the drills and coaching, while 2-3 at a time were sent to me for 15-30 minutes of intense multiball.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Coaches Certification</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I haven't been on the <a href="https://usatt.simplycompete.com/userAccount/c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Coaches Certification listing</a> since January, even though I'm certified at the highest level as a National Coach. I've jumped through all the hoops - I'm a full USATT member ($75/year for most, but I have a lifetime membership via Hall of Fame induction), $50/year certified coach fee, I've passed SafeSport (again), did the background check, and (new rules!) promised to turn over my firstborn table tennis racket and 100 rating points. :) But according to headquarters, there's a software problem, and they have been unable to mark me as passing SafeSport even though I passed that in January. (I keep getting these automatic emails saying I'm not SafeSport compliant.) I wonder if others are affected by this? (I emailed to find out.) Presumably, next year they will extend my certification for the amount of time I'm left off the list before I have to pay the annual $50 again. You can't charge someone for certification if you aren't putting them on the certification list!<br /> UPDATE - I'm told they will have an update (i.e. fixed the problem) "within the next few days."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ukraine President Zelenksy Playing 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=4yXFabJBrnc&amp;ab_channel=AFPNewsAgency" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (43 sec)! Here's a related cartoon I created where Zelensky smashes Putin, "<a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158744785903325" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Putin's Dream Becomes a Nightmare</a>." (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/275292582_10158744785898325_7291428108429098632_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_ohc=B8ZCqUn87_8AX-twSd3&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8WmCPOYJxTYhJtJC-uVQBaQNVGGT5EN5UkmQ1yAu81yA&amp;oe=622A2AA7" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">non-Facebook version</a>. I used graphics I found online to create it.)</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><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This first one may be the single hardest thing to get across to students. Those who overcome this improve rapidly. All of this week's Samson tips are really good. </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/3-bad-words" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">3 Bad Words</a> (3:27) - Olympians Never Say These Words</span></span></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/improvement-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Improvement</a> - Four Primary Keys</span></span></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/ten-tactical-timeout-tips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ten Tactical Timeout Tips</a> - Take 3 minutes to read these 10 tips...</span></span></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/play-smarter-and-win" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Play Smarter and Win!</a> - Three Real Examples (12:50)</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/investigating-implementing-performing" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Investigating, Implementing, Performing</a> - a Tournament Goal</span></span></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/8-world" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">#8 in the World</a> - Sarah Jalli World Success</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-yu-di-attack-half-long-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Attack Half Long Serve</a> (77 sec) with Yu Di, commentary by 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-taiwo-adeyinyka-stroke-chemistry-for-backhand-loop-forehand-pivot/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Stroke Chemistry for Backhand Loop &amp; Forehand Pivot</a> (56 sec) with Taiwo Adeyinyka, commentary by 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-natalie-chan-1-to-3-ball-on-forehand-and-1-to-3-ball-on-backhand-random-drill/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">1 to 3 ball on Forehand and 1 to 3 ball on Backhand Random drill</a> (71 sec) with Natalie Chan</span></span></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-nandan-naresh-short-inside-out-serve-to-forehand/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Short Inside Out Serve to Forehand</a> (75 sec) with Nandan Naresh. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Matt Hetherington</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=P5w4IHdN_cU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Two Table Multiball Example. Four Point Backhand - Forehand Transition 🏓">Two Table Multiball Example. Four Point Backhand - Forehand Transition</a> (16 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=LFujuTbn3bg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Unique 🏓 style, traditional penhold antispin twiddling 😅 and lefty...😬 #tabletennis #pingpong">Unique style, traditional penhold antispin twiddling and lefty</a> (16 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=mMm-SJICjv0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Refining Backhand Loop Technique Against Topspin with Petr Korbel in Ostrava TTC 🏓">Refining Backhand Loop Technique Against Topspin with Petr Korbel in Ostrava TTC</a> (38 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=V_Cutkxic5A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Basic in and out footwork drill for defenders. Also great for exercise 😅 #tabletennis #pingpong">Basic in and out footwork drill for defenders. Also great for exercise<span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Emoji&quot;,sans-serif">.</span></a> (15 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=nUk7OqaFLZA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Basic Forehand Loop for Table Tennis Beginners | JOOLA Infinity">Basic Forehand Loop for Table Tennis Beginners</a> (2:04)</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=7gMNzA40Ehg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: Motor learning and correction.">Table tennis: Motor learning and correction</a> (1:48)</span></span></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=5zkygcJBYeI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: fixed ball method.">Table tennis: fixed ball method</a> (62 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=98kNPEs-yno" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: footwork.right triangle.">Table tennis: footwork. Right triangle</a> (39 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=YcesbjZUQW4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Xu Xin Footwork: Parallel step. Table tennis.">Xu Xin Footwork: Parallel step. Table tennis</a> (2:45)</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=7kLEjEE-J40" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ping pong: backhand basic serve">Ping pong: backhand basic serve</a> (1:45)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Coach Jon/Table Tennis Philosophy</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=IvS0_PsrOrM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Invisible Table Tennis Skills or Why I'll Never Underestimate Anybody Again">Invisible Table Tennis Skills or Why I'll Never Underestimate Anybody Again</a> (5:39)</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=4AMgUL22r44" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Very Cool Table Tennis Tournament Format">Very Cool Table Tennis Tournament Format</a> (3:53)</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=-wV2Y3Djf8c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Hand Skills and Footwork (Putting Them Together)">Table Tennis Hand Skills and Footwork (Putting Them Together)</a> (4:51)</span></span></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=Fo15or62ylk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The Japanese Pen-Hold Table Tennis Playing Style">The Japanese Pen-Hold Table Tennis Playing Style</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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnZNNIcKalk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Cheating at Table Tennis (Why Not???)">Cheating at Table Tennis (Why Not???)</a> (7:28)</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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yo7lei4f1E" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to coach in table tennis">How to coach in table tennis</a> (10:30)</span></span></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=__JV2ycyfD4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Professional table tennis players need help to participate in WTT events">Professional table tennis players need help to participate in WTT events</a> (4:21)</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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFrFU-MbL6I" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Jorgic Darko - Assar Omar (ETTU Champions Leagues)">Jorgic Darko - Assar Omar (ETTU Champions Leagues)</a> (24:27)</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=rg8AgAP_Wfc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Truls Moregard vs excavators battles">Truls Moregard vs excavators battles</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=iX_bpHRyO2k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The new king in Europe (Champion of top 16)">The new king in Europe (Champion of top 16)</a> (6:38)</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=biIscLpPB-o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Final - Truls Moregardh vs Darko Jorgic (Top 16 2022)">Final - Truls Moregard vs Darko Jorgic (Top 16 2022)</a> (16:11)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>3 Drills That Will Level Up Your Game</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=H15B-wlgg2U&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (7:24) from Seth Pech. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Myth of Sport Specific Training</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=iABFRcioaeg&amp;ab_channel=PeakPerformanceTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (5:45) from Kevin Finn/Peak Performance Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Joining the Dark Side - When Is the Right Time to Switch to Pimples?</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/joining-the-dark-side-when-is-the-right-time-to-switch-to-pimples/" 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>How to Do Mima Ito's One-Inch Backhand Punch with Short Pips</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=EMaQPDdg3qQ&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10:39) 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>Impact of Ball Material Change from Celluloid to Plastic on Game Statistics in Elite Women 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.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24748668.2022.2029096" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the rather technical article</a> from the International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. This is just the abstract - you have to pay $47 for the whole article. "This study compared the statistics of 24 matches played by elite women table-tennis players using the old celluloid versus new plastic balls to provide insight into the on-court adaptations made. Matches played by five, top-10 world ranked female players, using the celluloid (n = 12) versus plastic balls (n = 12) in international competitions from 2011 to 2017 were analysed. The results showed that the average strokes per point and point duration were approximately 15% and 13% shorter when playing with the plastic (4.79 ± 0.59; 3.91 ± 0.54s) compared with celluloid balls (5.52 ± 0.62; 4.49 ± 0.53s)."</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>Support Lily Zhang in Attending 2022 WTT Events</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/send-lily-to-wtt-events" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's her GoFundMe page</a>. "Lily's home club Table Tennis America supports this initiative of sending Lily to participate at the WTT Events. All funds raised will 100% go towards covering her expenses at the WTT events. Table Tennis America Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Your generous donation is tax deductible." (So far they have raised $8163 out of the $40,000 goal.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Navin Kumar Documentary Preview</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/navin.kumar.161/posts/10161653741094838" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (61 sec). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF PingPongParkinson World Championship</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=HNc7O6UpFik&amp;ab_channel=PingPongParkinson" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the promo video</a> (50 sec) for the event to be held in Pula, Croatia, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2022. I will likely be coaching Navin Kumar there. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New Zealand Protesters Use Table Tennis Table as Shield</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/03/01/protesters-use-table-tennis-table-as-shield-spray-extinguisher/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article and video</a> (67 sec). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 NCTTA College Table Tennis Championships--COMING SOON</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.com/content/2022-nctta-college-table-tennis-championships-coming-soon" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the info page</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-featured-club-seattle-pacific-table-tennis-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Featured Club: Seattle Pacific 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/ettu-takes-a-stand-dusseldorf-awarded-champions-league-title/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ETTU Takes a Stand: Dusseldorf Awarded Champions League 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/ettus-ukraine-announcement-what-happens-to-the-champions-league-now/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ETTU’s Ukraine Announcement: What Happens to the Champions League Now?</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/pcttc-brings-table-tennis-to-two-locations-in-the-potomac-maryland-area/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">PCTTC brings Table Tennis to Two Locations in the Potomac Maryland Area</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-rankings-movement-in-the-top-20/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF World Rankings: Movement in the Top 20</a></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/Features/2022/March/02/Broward-TTC-Up-for-Round-Two-2022-Florida-SQT-Coming-in-March" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Broward TTC Up for Round Two, 2022 Florida SQT Coming in March</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/Features/2022/March/02/2022-California-SQT-Registration-Updated-on-Omnipong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 California SQT Registration Updated on Omnipong</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/Features/2022/March/01/Houston-Deadline-Closing-In-For-State-Qualification-Tournament" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Houston Deadline Closing In For State Qualification Tournament</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/Features/2022/March/01/USA-Table-Tennis-Diversity-Equity-and-Inclusion-Committee-Releases-Survey-to-USATT-Membership" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Table Tennis Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee Releases Survey to USATT Membership</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/2022/03/07/grand-new-legacy-begins-table-tennis-first-ever-wtt-grand-smash-starts-today/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">A Grand New Legacy Begins For Table Tennis as First-Ever WTT Grand Smash Starts Today</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/2022/03/06/gender-strength-member-associations-shine-light-womens-development/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="My Gender. My Strength. Member Associations shine light on women's development">My Gender. My Strength. Member Associations shine light on women's development</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/2022/03/05/join-ittf-webinar-international-womens-day-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Join the ITTF Webinar on International Women’s Day 2022">Join the ITTF Webinar on International Women’s Day 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/2022/03/03/overwhelming-interest-ittf-virtual-mentorship-program/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Overwhelming interest in ITTF Virtual Mentorship Program">Overwhelming interest in ITTF Virtual Mentorship Program</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/2022/03/01/russian-belarusian-players-officials-not-allowed-ittf-group-events/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Russian and Belarusian Players and Officials Not Allowed in ITTF Group Events">Russian and Belarusian Players and Officials Not Allowed in ITTF Group 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://www.ittf.com/2022/03/01/welcome-falkland-islands-227th-member/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Welcome the Falkland Islands, 227th member">Welcome the Falkland Islands, 227th member</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dinosaur Pong Prints and Shirts</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.redbubble.com/i/canvas-print/Dinosaur-Playing-Table-Tennis-Funny-Good-Dinosaur-Table-Tennis-Lovers-Blue-Design-by-pedrored369/102992971.5Y5V7" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the page to buy them</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dragon Ping Pong Paddles</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.zazzle.com/dragon+ping+pong+paddles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the page to buy them</a>! (Beginner paddles but fun souvenirs.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Point is Never Over</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=1288971194932336" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (12 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Skinny Pong</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/100000147297803/videos/1097395317783023" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (10 sec)! That table looks about three inches wide. I want one!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>David vs. Goliath Pong?</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=10159867311046182&amp;set=gm.941402256551807" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the cartoon</a>! (Or is this Ukraine vs. Russia - and note the worried look on "Russia's" face!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - "Small Step" Sold to Abyss &amp; Apex</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It's my 126th science fiction short story sale (along with four novels), and my fourth to Abyss &amp; Apex. When Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, he said, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." But he left out the "a," and so the quote didn't really make sense. It turns out he didn't leave it out, and this is the story of what <i>really</i> happened when mankind first landed on the moon. Two retired aliens lived there, living life at 1/10,000 our speed, but with technical capabilities far beyond ours, including time manipulation. When the landing accidentally kills one of the aliens, it's up to Buzz Aldrin to save humanity by convincing the surviving alien - using perhaps the most unique communication technique ever invented - not to burn humanity to a crisp. The story idea came about from reading "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AVBO9XW" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Eagle Has Landed: The Story of Apollo 11</a>," by Jeffrey K. Smith. The publishing industry often has a slow process, and this was no exception. I submitted the story last Aug. 1, and it took seven months before they accepted it. It's already scheduled for publication - on July 1, <i>2024</i>!!! (We also went through a two-week rewrite process where they asked for certain changes.) It's a somewhat long story, 6,600 words, about 27 pages double-spaced.</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, 03/07/2022 - 17:54</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, 07 Mar 2022 17:54:20 +0000 Larry Hodges 3360 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3360#comments February 28, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3358 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">February 28, 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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3357" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Be a Machine But Not Mechanical</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching, an Exhausting Session, . . . and USATT or Local TT</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was another busy week at the Maryland Table Tennis Center. I had four group sessions, plus a private session with Navin Kumar. (As noted previously, I'm retired from private coaching, but made an exception for Navin, a Paralympic player. I'll likely be coaching him at the World Parkinson's Championships at the <a href="https://ittffoundation.org/programmes/tt4health/ittf-parkinsons-world-table-tennis-championships/id-2022-ittf-parkinsons-world-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2022 ITTF Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships</a>, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2022, in Pula, Croatia.) Head junior coach Wang Qingliang ran most of these sessions, with Coach Lidney Castro running one of them. (I used to run many or most of these sessions, but now that I'm "semi-retired," I've taken a back seat and let others be in charge while I assist.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">With the Novice group, the focus is always on fundamentals. We do a lot of shadow-stroking at the start. One interesting thing - the local middle schools require all students to do a certain number of hours of volunteer work. MDTTC had applied as an option, and so for the last few years we've had many of our junior stars helping out in such classes. This time around we had six of them (ages 12 to 15), along with Wang and I - so eight coaches/practice partners with 13 players!!! So we were able to do a lot of one-on-one hitting and multiball. In other sessions I was split between feeding lots and Lots and LOTS of multiball, and being a "walking around" coach. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the last session on Sunday afternoon, they played practice matches to help some of them prepare for upcoming tournaments. There were 15 in the group and needed a 16th, so I became a player once again. The level in this group ranged up to about 1850. At the start, I was winning most of my games by scores ranging from 11-0 (sorry!) to 11-3. (All best of three to 11.) Then I started getting tired. Why was I tired? Well . . . perhaps it was age. No one there knew it, but I turned 62 (!!!) on Sunday. As I got tired, I made mistakes and struggled to cover the table against these way-too-fast kids, who more and more seemed like Tasmanian devils on steroids. No, I didn't lose any games, but the second half I had a number of close ones, even down 7-10 one game to a kid around 1600 (but swinging for the fences and hitting!) - but I came back. I probably need to start practicing and do some physical training if I want to stay ahead of them! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'm going up to Princeton Pong in New Jersey to coach at a tournament this weekend. Normally, when I travel to tournaments, it's to coach our top juniors. This time, a number of younger, lower-rated kids are doing their first out-of-town tournament. I've met with some of the parents to go over various aspects of the trip. We leave sometime on Friday afternoon. These kids are enthused and can't wait!!! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">With all of this local TT, and my growing disillusionment with the current leadership of USA Table Tennis, I'm leaning more and more towards just focusing on local table tennis until things get better at USATT. (One board member told me that members have always complained about USATT. My response was the key thing was whether the complaints are <i>justified</i>.) We have over 50 kids in our junior program, generally divided into four training groups. There are some really hard-working kids. They may not all become "champions" in table tennis, but they will all have fun, learn discipline and sportsmanship, and have a sport for a lifetime - i.e. they will all be champions. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">However, it's also fun to work with the top ones. In the current rankings, in 13 and Under, we have players like Stanley Hsu (13, 2402), Mu Du (13, 2286), Ryan Lin (12, 2216), Winston Wu (2079) - the four are ranked #1, 3, 6, and 8 in the country. In 12 and Under, Ryan and Winston are #1 and #2. In 11 and Under, Riley Yang (11, 1920) is #5; in 9 and Under Girls, Audrey Yang (9, 1242) is #4. And there are many others. (It's tempting to list them all . . . lots of kids from 1800 to 2200, we have some great coaches at MDTTC!) Anyway, I'd rather work with these kids, most of whom I've worked with since they were beginners, then spend a huge amount of time tilting at windmills, i.e. dealing with USATT. I'm on the USATT coaching committee, and will continue that - though we haven't met since June of 2020. </span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;ADDENDUM - Another reason for my disinterest in USATT is that, with all their problems, they are insignificant compared to what's happening in Ukraine as well as what's happened to American politics. There's a good chance our next president will be one who regularly tells us how much he likes and admires Putin and how much Putin likes him, and about a thousand other problems. I usually stay out of US politics in this blog, but jeez...</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Team Trials and Nationals</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/Features/2022/February/22/2022-US-National-Table-Tennis-Team-Trials-to-Be-Held-in-Fort-Worth" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The US Team Trials</a> (for men, women, and juniors, June 25 - July 1) and the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/February/17/2022-US-National-Table-Tennis-Championships-Headed-to-Fort-Worth" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Nationals</a> (July 2-7) will be held back-to-back this year in Fort Worth. So it looks like I'll be very busy coaching for two weeks! Then I'm going on vacation. Tentatively, immediately afterwards I'm taking a bus or flight to San Antonio (270 miles south) to visit the Alamo. (I'm told I was there when I was two years old, but strangely I don't remember it.) Then I'm doing something I've held off for a couple of years for some pandemical reason - I'm hoping to do a one-to-two week tour of Mexico - probably <a href="https://www.tourradar.com/d/mexico" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">one of these</a>. (I especially like visiting historical sites.) Some of you may remember my 7-week tour of Europe and Egypt in late 2019, just before the pandemic - here's my book in that trip, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086PN9B67" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Larry's Adventures in Europe and Egypt</a>: Seven Weeks Following Tour Guides with Little Flags and Funny Hats, and the Quest for the Elusive Dr Pepper. (Flights from San Antonio to Mexico are inexpensive, about $200 round trip.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Number of Events at the US Open and Nationals</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'm hearing rumors that they are thinking of once again lowering the number of events a player can enter at the US Open and Nationals. I hope this is wrong - they should go the other way and increase it. I checked some of my old entry forms, and as recently as 2015 players could enter up to ten events, with just as many or more events held as current Opens and Nationals. They lowered it to nine for the next two years, then to seven, then last year they lowered it to six. For a six-day event such as these, players want to play more, especially juniors, seniors, para players, and hardbat/sandpaper players who can play a lot of singles and doubles events. Since they had no problems with the scheduling in past years with players entering nine or ten events, why can't they do that now? The entry form will be out soon, so we'll know then.<br /> =&gt;ADDENDUM - Jasna from USATT posted, "From what I understood at the task force meeting, it seems it will be allowed for up to 10 events for athletes to enter." Another person from USATT had told me they were "considering" going to only five events, but presumably that was vetoed. (Another person also mentioned this to me, though not sure if it was a prediction or they'd also heard it, possibly from same source. It's quite possible the idea of going to five events was privately discussed but not brought up in official meetings and subsequently dropped. It would be an easy - and bad - partial solution to the recent scheduling problems.) If so, that's a good decision. Now, let's just run it on time and deal with the other problems raised from the last three US Opens and Nationals. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong on Space Force</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I've been watching <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Force_(TV_series)" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Space Force</a>, the satirical show on <a href="https://www.netflix.com/browse" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Netflix</a>, which recently released season 2. In Season 2, Episode 4, at 10:40, one of the scientists, Dr. Chan, is described, <span style="color:black">"Did you know that at age ten, Chan was actually a table tennis champion." There's a picture of him as a child holding a paddle. (The series stars Steve Carell and John Malkovich.)<br /> =&gt;ADDENDUM - Matt Hetherington informs me of the following: </span></span></span></p> <blockquote><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">"</span>That picture of Dr Chan in SpaceForce is actually a real picture of Jimmy O Yang, the actor who plays him. Jimmy played table tennis in Hong Kong at a young age and his father took him to competitions in Guangzhou sometimes. He's mentioned it in his standup shows a couple of times, I sent him a new racket last year so here's hoping we can get him on a table a little in 2022!"</span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> </span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USA Table Tennis 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/Features/2022/February/24/USATT-Third-and-Fourth-Elite-Athlete-Elections-Certified" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Third and Fourth Elite Athlete Elections Certified</a>. They are Tahl Leibovitz and Niraj Oak. </span></span></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/Features/2022/February/22/2022-US-National-Table-Tennis-Team-Trials-to-Be-Held-in-Fort-Worth" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 US National Table Tennis Team Trials to Be Held in Fort Worth</a>. They will take place June 25 - July 1, just before the US Nationals, July 2-7. </span></span></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/Features/2022/February/28/USA-Table-Tennis-Board-Seeks-Applications-for--High-Performance-Committee-Member" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Board Seeks Applications for High Performance Committee Member</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/Features/2022/February/23/First-2022-Tournament-First-Medals-in-France" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">First 2022 Tournament, First Medals in France</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/Features/2022/February/23/The-57th-St-Joseph-Valley-Open" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The 57th St. Joseph Valley Open</a></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-tian-ye-backhand-backspin-loop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Backspin Loop</a> (50 sec) with Tian Ye</span></span></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-tian-ye-short-forehand-attack/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Short Forehand Attack</a> (67 sec) with Tian Ye</span></span></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-forehand-footwork-and-backhand-recovery/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Footwork and Backhand Recovery</a> (57 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-taiwo-adeyinyka-forehand-backhand-stroke-chemistry-exercise/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Forehand &amp; Backhand Stroke Chemistry Exercise</a> (61 sec) with Taiwo Adeyinyka</span></span></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-wang-hui-random-forehand-underspin-loop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Random Forehand Underspin loop</a> (76 sec) with Wang Hui</span></span></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-taiwo-adeyinyka-backhand-close-far/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Close &amp; Far</a> (66 sec) with Taiwo Adeyinyka, commentary by Brian Pace</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/ma-long-slow-motion-forehand-analysis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ma Long Slow-Motion Forehand Analysis</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/ma-long-equipment/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ma Long 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-practice-power-ground/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Practice Chinese Method Power from the Ground</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-make-rubber-sticky/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Make Your Rubber Sticky 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://pingsunday.com/darko-jorgic-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Darko Jorgic 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/emmanuel-lebesson-equipment/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Emmanuel Lebesson 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/about-borussia-dusseldorf-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">About Borussia Dusseldorf 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.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">19 New Videos in the Past Week</a>!!!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Seth Pech vs Sharon Alguetti 2022 Presper Financial Architects Open</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=5jgLPA2TZJ8&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (9:48) with Seth's expert tactical analysis. </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/situational-ethics" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Situational Ethics</a> (6:54)</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/wtt-contender-final" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Contender Final</a> (2:12)</span></span></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/new-coaching-videos-1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">New Coaching Videos</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Serve Ghost 4 Easy Levels</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=rMx5Y03dAxQ&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (9:29) from Ti Long. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Philosophy/Coach Jon</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=nP45V_UulWA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to Keep Your Table Tennis Rubber Clean (Including Tacky Rubber and Pips)">How to Keep Your Table Tennis Rubber Clean (Including Tacky Rubber and Pips)</a> (9:45)</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=YyaBG__jPXw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="&quot;Cheap Chinese Rubber&quot; - Booster- and The Good Stuff (Choosing the right table tennis rubber)">"Cheap Chinese Rubber" - Booster- and The Good Stuff (Choosing the right table tennis rubber)</a> (7:22)</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=qka0ZRkePLs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How Frequently Should You Adjust or Change Your Table Tennis Racket???">How Frequently Should You Adjust or Change Your Table Tennis Racket???</a> (4:56)</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=r1YKJc0Q-pE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Why Are There So Few Top Table Tennis Players Using Pips or Anti Spin?">Why Are There So Few Top Table Tennis Players Using Pips or Anti Spin?</a> (5:46)</span></span></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=H7VBc-e4M0I" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Forehand Loop....Speed or Spin?">Forehand Loop....Speed or Spin?</a> (4:48)</span></span></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=JW8wigkmALI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Taking Your Table Tennis Questions...Every One Of Them">Taking Your Table Tennis Questions...Every One Of Them</a> (2:56)</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=vAaSW_6lgYY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ping pong: basic serve.">Ping pong: basic serve</a> (16 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=Uy-18vadh0c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis: Fundamentation training.">Table Tennis: Fundamentation training</a> (2:32)</span></span></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=ZZohXZ8sMH8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: Dreams come true with discipline.">Table tennis: Dreams come true with discipline</a> (2:32)</span></span></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=zfJ7DDb0zfM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="FastPong: table tennis training system.">FastPong: table tennis training system</a> (1:22</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Matt Hetherington</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=Dy_syVR4pkI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to deal with a ghost backspin lob for a guaranteed point 🤣 #tabletennis #pingpong">How to deal with a ghost backspin lob for a guaranteed point</a> (14 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=L1DPUi9w8_c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Lily Zhang 🇺🇸 hits a bomb of a forehand counter at an exhibition in Canada! #tabletennis #pingpong">Lily Zhang <span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Emoji&quot;,sans-serif">🇺🇸</span> hits a bomb of a forehand counter at an exhibition in Canada!</a> (11 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=RUCujXl6EDo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Kids Play with Hungarian Table Tennis Legends Gergely, Klampar and Jonyer in Budapest WTTC">Kids Play with Hungarian Table Tennis Legends Gergely, Klampar and Jonyer in Budapest WTTC</a> (51 sec). Playing on the left is Gabor Gergely; the guy in all blue standing behind the kid is Istvan Jonyer; the guy in all black behind the kid on the right (with his back to us at the start) is Tibor Klampar. These are the "Three Hungarians" who beat China in the final of Men's Teams at the 1979 World's. Jonyer was also the 1975 World Men's Singles Champion. </span></span></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=BEuizgctIcI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Not getting any younger, but still keeping at it 😅🏓 #tabletennis #pingpong #sport">Not getting any younger, but still keeping at it</a> (13 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=ILzR30p3sZM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Finally after weeks of heart and cardio issues post-omicron, I can do forehand footwork #tabletennis">Finally after weeks of heart and cardio issues post-omicron, I can do forehand footwork</a> (15 sec)</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 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/ukraine-and-russia-conflict-ioc-and-ittf-issue-statements/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ukraine and Russia Conflict: IOC and ITTF Issue Statements</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-featured-club-san-antonio-table-tennis-club-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Featured Club: San Antonio 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/europe-top-16-and-han-take-titles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Europe Top 16: Jorgic and Han Take Titles</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/europe-top-16-top-four-men-advance/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Europe Top 16: Top Four Men Advance</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-update-with-backs-against-the-wall-ochsenhausen-over-neu-ulm/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TTBL Update: With Backs Against the Wall, Ochsenhausen over Neu-Ulm</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/steven-joel-moreno-rivera-champion-u-13-world-table-tennis-youth-contender-metz-france/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Steven Joel Moreno Rivera Champion U-13 World Table Tennis Youth Contender in Metz, France</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-sponsored-player-ted-li-swedish-open-tournament-highlights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ted Li – Swedish Open Tournament Highlights</a> (91 sec)</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/2022/02/25/ittf-announces-new-dates-chengdu-2022-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Announces New Dates for Chengdu 2022 World Championships">ITTF Announces New Dates for Chengdu 2022 World 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/2022/02/25/anna-carin-ahlquist-announces-retirement/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Anna-Carin Ahlquist announces retirement">Anna-Carin Ahlquist announces 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.ittf.com/2022/02/24/hybrid-model-participation-program-proven-successful/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="A hybrid model of the Participation Program proven to be successful">A hybrid model of the Participation Program proven to be successful</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/2022/02/24/get-ready-celebrate-2022-world-table-tennis-day-ittf-foundation/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Get Ready to Celebrate the 2022 World Table Tennis Day with ITTF Foundation">Get Ready to Celebrate the 2022 World Table Tennis Day with ITTF Foundation</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/2022/02/24/europe-cup-celebrates-golden-jubilee/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Europe Cup Celebrates Golden Jubilee">Europe Cup Celebrates Golden Jubilee</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://ittffoundation.org/programmes/tt4health/ittf-parkinsons-world-table-tennis-championships/id-2022-ittf-parkinsons-world-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2022 ITTF Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships</a>, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2022, in Pula, Croatia</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>Fix Un Foxi</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://comicvine.gamespot.com/fix-und-foxi-sonderausgabe-3-sport-comic-hits/4000-908038/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the 1995 German comic book</a>! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pong Eyes</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/czech-tv-cameraman-jokes-during-the-match-between-germanys-news-photo/107793261" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the picture</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World's Biggest Ping-Pong Paddle</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/WTT/photos/a.174499652580046/5685699758126647/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here it is</a>! (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/274718639_5685699751459981_1511782867302689187_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_ohc=U-HcFpT2a4kAX8bbUGV&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8aMdKm_PdryyBijlCwqiyAQ3eN-XoZQMw-Qaepo2L4Qw&amp;oe=622140A1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">non-Facebook version</a>.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Pong</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=644520370116435" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (18 sec) - and look what they use as a net!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pole Pong with 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=297337835717957" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (17 sec) as 1991 Men's World Champion Jorgen Persson battles the ball, a pole, and a punching bag!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Full-House Pong</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=691414062229881" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (48 sec) - this is hilarious!</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, 02/28/2022 - 17:51</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 Feb 2022 17:51:29 +0000 Larry Hodges 3358 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3358#comments