TableTennisCoaching.com - - Your worldwide center for table tennis coaching http://tabletenniscoaching.com/ en October 3, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3412 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">October 3, 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/3411" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Larry Line</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached in four group sessions over the weekend, each 90 minutes long. The kids kept asking me, "Where have you been?" since I'd missed the last two weekends since I was down in Santo Domingo (see segment below on Pam Ams). I quizzed them – none knew where Santo Domingo was, and only about one-third knew where the Dominican Republic was. (This was mostly ages 8-12.) Now they all know. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One drill we did in one session was simple – one player served backspin, other player pushed to backhand, server forehand or backhand looped at the receiver's elbow, receiver blocked or counterlooped, and server just caught the ball or grabbed another from a box and repeated. This allowed the server to rapid-fire work on both looping against backspin and attacking the middle, while the other player worked on covering the middle. Many players, when trying to go to the middle, hit the ball so it goes through the middle of the table, but by the time it reaches the opponent, it's on their backhand side. I explained and showed them how, to get at the opponent's middle (midpoint between forehand and backhand, roughly the playing elbow),  when hitting from the backhand side, the ball had to go through the opponent's forehand side so that when it reached the opponent, it would be at their elbow. (This is for righty vs. righty.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had an interesting speed-walk situation. While doing the above drill I looked across the room and saw a girl who had looped with her <i>left</i> foot back. (She was a righty.) I did sort of a double-take – I knew she was trained better than that, so I thought it was just a fluke shot. She did it again, and I started walking to her table. She did it a third time, and now I basically speed-walked to the table and pointed out the problem. She wasn't sure where she'd picked up that habit, but went back to doing it properly the rest of the session.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">During a multiball session, one kid kept finding chances to practice his backhand serve, but wasn't quite doing it right. So I rearranged the schedule so I could spend a few minutes with him on it. (He was serving too much in front, so not getting the torque you get is you rotate sideways for this serve.) He was fascinated to discover you could do different spins with the same motion – backspin, side-backspin, sidespin, and side-top. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We have one para junior player who uses long pips on his backhand. When we did a backhand pushing drill, the girl he was hitting with had trouble pushing against the no-spin and light topspins that his pips returned when he pushed, and she kept popping them up. At first, I showed her how to chop down on it to keep it low. But then I had a better idea - I had her alternate backhand topspin and backhand push. When she topspinned, she got a backspin ball which she could push; when she pushed, she got a light topspin ball back that she could topspin. This simulated for both of them the type or rallies they might face in a tournament. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Open Entry Form</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/2022-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here is the 2022 US Open Home page</a>, with the entry form linked. It will be held Dec. 16-21 in Ontario, California, near LA. I will, of course, be there, both coaching and likely playing some hardbat events. (I normally use sponge, but like to play hardbat events at big tournaments.) As I've done with every US Open and Nationals entry form starting in 1999, USATT sent it to me for proofing, and as usual I found a bunch of things to fix. (I'm one of those weird ones who, while reading a book, will on page 200 suddenly exclaim, "But that contradicts what it said on page 10!") My first US Open was in 1976, the year I started playing. I've been to every US Open and Nationals since 1984, and several before that. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Table Tennis Team Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They are taking place right now in Chengdu, China, Sept. 30 – Oct. 9. <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/teamseventInfo?selectedTab=Overview&amp;eventId=2535" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the info page</a> where you can find complete results, schedule, news, and video. The <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT News page</a> is doing coverage of Team USA, with one article up so far, <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/30/USA-Begins-World-Teams-with-Victories-Over-Thailand-and-Canada" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Begins World Teams with Victories over Thailand and Canada</a>. (Also see articles on Worlds in segment below from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pan Am Under 11 &amp; Under 13 Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Below are links to the articles on the Pan Ams by myself and Lifeng Yu. I linked to the Teams articles last week, but the Singles and Doubles articles are new. I was down in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from Sept. 15-25 as one of the USA Team coaches. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/28/2022-Pan-Am-Under-11-and-Under-13-Championships--Boys-Singles-and-Doubles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Boys' Singles and Doubles</a> by Larry Hodges – <i>NEW!</i></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/19/2022-Pan-Am-U11-U13-Championships-Boys-Team-Matches-Days-1-2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Boys' Team Matches, Days 1-2</a> by Larry Hodges</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/22/2022-Pan-Am-U11-U13-Championships-Boys-Teams-Finals" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Boys' Teams Finals</a> by Larry Hodges</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/27/2022-PAN-AM-U11-and-U13-CHAMPIONSHIPS-GIRLS-SINGLES-AND-DOUBLES-EVENTS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Girls' Singles and Doubles</a> by LiFeng Yu – <i>NEW!</i></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/20/2022-PAN-AM-U11-U13-CHAMPIONSHIPS-GIRLS-TEAM-MATCHES-DAYS-1-2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Girls' Team Matches, Days 1-2</a> by LiFeng Yu</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/22/2022-Pan-Am-U11U13-Championship-Girls-Teams-Finals" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Girls' Teams Finals</a> by LiFeng Yu</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Review of Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.samsondubina.com/equipment/tt-tactics-thinkers" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the review</a> by Samson Dubina. "Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers is one of the best table tennis books that I have ever read. I feel that players of all levels can benefit from the details of serve tactics, receive tactics, rallying tactics, doubles tactics, and tactics against various grips, rubbers, and styles."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Best Table Tennis Blogs You Should Know</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/best-table-tennis-blogs/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TableTennisCoaching.com is #2 in the World</a>!!! From PingSunday/EmRatThich</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>First Galactic Table Tennis Championship</b><br /> It has come to my attention that not everyone has bought a copy of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/First-Galactic-Table-Tennis-Championships/dp/B0BCD4ZLKH" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a>, which came out a few weeks ago. What's wrong with you??? C'mon, it's like $5 for a print copy, the minimum Amazon would let me charge for it. It takes place about 100 years from now, and table tennis has spread to the galaxy – and the title pretty much tells you what it’s about. Yes, the aliens are coming! (To Beijing, to be specific, where the Championships will be held.) I had a lot of fun imagining various alien TT players, including the Ith, who are like giraffes but with arms just under their head, so instead of moving to the ball, they just move their heads on their long necks. Here’s the back cover description:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Li Yi is a member of the Chinese National Table Tennis Team and the best woman in the world. She has trained long hours since she was a child. But now she faces her biggest challenge – aliens! Table tennis has spread to the galaxy and alien players now dominate the sport. The best are the giraffe-like Ith, with their dominating champion Egrayu.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But Earth isn't part of it, not since the cowboy Americans colonized a moon in the Ith home system, which led to a blockade of Earth. The Chinese hope to reopen trade with the galaxy by using "Ping-Pong Diplomacy" – by running the first Galactic Table Tennis Championships in Beijing. Li, her teammates, and the American champion Danny See – a literal cowboy –  play aliens of all shapes and sizes, including the seemingly unbeatable Egrayu, as they battle for the biggest cash prize in table tennis history. But Li is drawn into a corrupt conspiracy that will shake the very foundations of honor and sportsmanship. Plus, there's that problem with the Chinese dumplings…</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/communication" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Communication</a> (3:25)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/mental-strength" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mental Strength</a> (8:34)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/dont-make-me-mad" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Don't Make Me Mad...</a> Mentally Strong vs Mentally Weak</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.samsondubina.com/equipment/tt-tactics-thinkers" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TT Tactics for Thinkers</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Backhand Loop</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=FwcClQZuqYk&amp;t=5s&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the tutorial</a> (37:02) from Seth Pech. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-_z0nHvEtE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long guide and fix Backhand Drive and Serve best for beginners">Ti Long guide and fix Backhand Drive and Serve best for beginners</a> (19:28)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZuCdLhrAOg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long guides the spin variation of the Tomahawk serve (Underspin, Sidespin, Topspin) | Part 8">Ti Long guides the spin variation of the Tomahawk serve (Underspin, Sidespin, Topspin) | Part 8</a> (14:03)</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/koki-niwa-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Koki Niwa 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBwnRvEpHZg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Team France vs. team Germany | Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Team France vs. team Germany | Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (4:58)</span></span></li> <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=UVZdTOOSwlw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="(Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha) Chinese women team at Chengdu 2022">(Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha) Chinese women team at Chengdu 2022</a> (10:52)</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=xUyNQaTmYfU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Some upsets at WTTTC 2022 Chengdu">Some upsets at WTTTC 2022 Chengdu</a> (6:32)</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=wssSkpKBRbw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="(Ma Long) team China vs team USA | Chengdu WTTTC 2022">(Ma Long) team China vs team USA | Chengdu WTTTC 2022</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=zy5PFEZCFjM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Coach Wang Hao and Fan Zhendong very tough backhand training | Chengdu 2022">Coach Wang Hao and Fan Zhendong very tough backhand training | Chengdu 2022</a> (3:11)</span></span></li> <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=A3wxLeMfGus" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Team Germany lost to India in Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Team Germany lost to India in Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (1:57)</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=OZZdGrxtAJY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Incredible speed of Fan Zhendong | Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Incredible speed of Fan Zhendong | Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (5:30)</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=4C94-wDBMuQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Lin Gaoyuan backhand training at WTTTC 2022 (01 October)">Lin Gaoyuan backhand training at WTTTC 2022</a> (2:30)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from 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=uakaL8tywJg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis trick shots. Biomechanics.">Table tennis trick shots. Biomechanics</a> (4:28)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjOVHrMKs6A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis. Multi Balls and training load.">Multi Balls and training load</a> (2:10)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RRYg91yUvg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis. fixed ball to teach the forehand topspin butterfly.">Fixed ball to teach the forehand topspin butterfly</a> (1:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8g5vP9gGiw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis. Fan Zhendong new adaptation for the team world.">Fan Zhendong new adaptation for the team world</a> (50 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How Do You Come Back from a Tough Loss?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://joola.com/how-do-you-come-back-from-a-bad-loss-lily-zhangs-blog/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Lily Zhang.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Surprising Power of a No-Spin Serve</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/the-surprising-power-of-a-no-spin-serve/" 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 Win the Serve | Trick to know where the umpire has the ball </b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&amp;v=2bq_8TaPXlk&amp;fbclid=IwAR07Fd0T0ABPKtaEuei2gAfrw71O9q3xYGze4cjGZAyjUf26KaZAPeAtao8&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (1:52) from Pingispagarna. </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 TacoBackhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4fvaOLIAzY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WANG CHUQIN OUTPLAYS HARIMOTO">WANG CHUQIN OUTPLAYS HARIMOTO</a> (1:22)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5sKsyuJZZA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE SHOWMAN DEFEATS SIMON GAUZY">THE SHOWMAN DEFEATS SIMON GAUZY</a> (2:30)</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=LcMuzRwD3Hk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WANG YANG PLAYS BEAUTIFUL DEFENCE">WANG YANG PLAYS BEAUTIFUL DEFENCE</a> (3:44)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0SoEN3oHvo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE FUTURE OF JAPAN (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES)">THE FUTURE OF JAPAN (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES)</a> (2:06)</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=uFigmMZuH6c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="KANAK JHA’S INSANE VICTORY IN FRONT OF THE HOME CROWD">KANAK JHA’S INSANE VICTORY IN FRONT OF THE HOME CROWD</a> (1:47)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Personality Traits and Motives in Table Tennis Players</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/17/10715/htm" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the scholarly article</a> from Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). "This study aims to investigate table tennis players’ personality traits and motives in the frame of the Big Five personality model and the self-determination theory (SDT) of motivation. A total of 447 Italian table tennis players ranging in level of play between the regional and international levels participated in the study."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/world-team-championships-men-top-puerto-rico/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: Men Top Puerto Rico</a></span></span></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/world-team-championships-new-faces-for-teamusa/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: New Faces for TeamUSA</a></span></span></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/world-team-championships-usa-teams-log-early-wins/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: USA Teams Log Early Wins</a></span></span></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-silicon-valley-table-tennis-club-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Silicon Valley 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/steven-moreno-and-his-teammate-enrique-rios-became-the-u-13-category-pan-american-champions/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Steven Moreno And His Teammate Enrique Ríos Became The U-13 Category Pan American Champions</a></span></span></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/tashiya-piyadasa-won-the-ittf-americas-hope-continental-challenge-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tashiya Piyadasa Won The ITTF Americas Hope Continental Challenge 2022</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Seven Days at the 2022 U19 Pan Ams</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/seven-days-with-sally-moyland-in-the-2022-u19-panam-rosario-argentina/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Sally Moyland.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly San Antonio Fall Open Results And Tournament Report</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-san-antonio-fall-open-results-and-tournament-report/" 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>New from USA Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/30/USA-Begins-World-Teams-with-Victories-Over-Thailand-and-Canada" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Begins World Teams with Victories Over Thailand and Canada</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/28/Mark-Hazinski-Named-as-Mens-Coach-for-2022-ITTF-Pan-American-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mark Hazinski Named as Men's Coach for 2022 ITTF Pan American 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/News/2022/September/28/2022-Pan-Am-Under-11-and-Under-13-Championships--Boys-Singles-and-Doubles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Pan Am Under 11 &amp; Under 13 Championships - Boys' Singles and Doubles</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/27/2022-PAN-AM-U11-and-U13-CHAMPIONSHIPS-GIRLS-SINGLES-AND-DOUBLES-EVENTS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Pan Am U11 &amp; U13 Championships - Girls' Singles and Doubles 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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/28/USATT-Opens-Registration-for-2022-US-Open-Table-Tennis-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Opens Registration for 2022 US Open Table Tennis Championships</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/2022/10/03/ittf-president-appointed-ioc-gender-equality-diversity-inclusion-commission/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF President Appointed to IOC Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commission</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/10/02/full-houses-alexandra-saint-pierre-alexa-svitacs-argostoli/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Full Houses for Alexandra Saint-Pierre and Alexa Svitacs in Argostoli">Full Houses for Alexandra Saint-Pierre and Alexa Svitacs in Argostoli</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/10/02/titles-great-britain-billy-shilton-double/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Titles for Great Britain, Billy Shilton at the Double">Titles for Great Britain, Billy Shilton at the Double</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/10/02/ittf-publishes-athletes-commissions-election-guide-deadline-candidate-approaches/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Publishes Athletes Commission’s Election Guide as Deadline to Candidate Approaches">ITTF Publishes Athletes Commission’s Election Guide as Deadline to Candidate Approaches</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/10/02/ittf-world-team-championships-finals-new-standards-chengdu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF World Team Championships Finals: &quot;New standards&quot; in Chengdu">ITTF World Team Championships Finals: "New standards" in Chengdu</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/10/01/champions-anointed-greek-para-open-surprise-names-clinch-honours/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Champions anointed at Greek Para Open, surprise names clinch honours">Champions anointed at Greek Para Open, surprise names clinch honours</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/10/01/impressive-medal-haul-british-players-respond-greek-island/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Impressive Medal Haul, British Players Respond on Greek Island">Impressive Medal Haul, British Players Respond on Greek Island</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/10/01/leading-names-impose-authority-medals-decided-success-hosts-argostoli/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Leading Names Impose Authority, Medals Decided, Success for Hosts in Argostoli">Leading Names Impose Authority, Medals Decided, Success for Hosts in Argostoli</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/30/training-focus-september/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Down Under the training focus in September">Down Under the training focus in September</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/30/ittf-executive-committee-thanks-chengdu-outstanding-world-championships-delivery/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Executive Committee Thanks Chengdu For Outstanding World Championships Delivery">ITTF Executive Committee Thanks Chengdu For Outstanding World Championships Delivery</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/30/sarah-hanffou-anna-hursey-short-listed-bbc-green-sport-award/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sarah Hanffou and Anna Hursey short listed for BBC Green Sport Award">Sarah Hanffou and Anna Hursey short listed for BBC Green Sport Award</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/30/world-hopes-qualifiers-decided-africa-americas/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="World Hopes qualifiers decided in Africa and Americas">World Hopes qualifiers decided in Africa and Americas</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/29/andalucia-world-para-table-tennis-championships-2022-media-accreditation-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Andalucia World Para Table Tennis Championships 2022: Media Accreditation Open">Andalucia World Para Table Tennis Championships 2022: Media Accreditation 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/2022/09/29/first-world-team-championships-four-years-declared-open-moving-opening-ceremony/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First World Team Championships in Four Years Declared Open After Moving Opening Ceremony">First World Team Championships in Four Years Declared Open After Moving Opening Ceremony</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/29/2022-ittf-world-team-championships-finals-media-guide-available/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals - The Media Guide Is Available">2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals - The Media Guide Is Available</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/28/kefalonia-hosts-inaugural-ittf-greek-para-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Kefalonia Home for Inaugural ITTF Greek Para Open">Kefalonia Home for Inaugural ITTF Greek Para 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/2022/09/28/commonwealth-champions-spearhead-great-britains-hopes-argostoli/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Commonwealth Champions Spearhead Great Britain’s Hopes in Argostoli">Commonwealth Champions Spearhead Great Britain’s Hopes in Argostoli</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/28/first-stage-draw-completed-chengdu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First Stage Draw Completed in Chengdu!">First Stage Draw Completed in Chengdu!</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/28/education-agenda-match-officials/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Education on the Agenda for Match Officials">Education on the Agenda for Match Officials</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/28/china-telecom-appointed-presenting-partner-2022-ittf-world-team-championships-final/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="China Telecom Appointed as Presenting Partner of the 2022 ITTF World Team Championships Final">China Telecom Appointed as Presenting Partner of the 2022 ITTF World Team Championships Final</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/27/2022-ittf-world-team-championships-finals-players-land-chengdu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals Players Land in Chengdu">2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals Players Land in Chengdu</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 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>Roger Federer Warm-ups with Ping Pong Dressed as James Bond for Laver Cup</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Roger_Federer/121118/roger-federer-warmups-with-ping-pong-dressed-as-james-bond-for-laver-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and video</a> from Tennis World USA! Yes, he has a forehand, and did you see the backhand at the end? And yes, his opponent is faking Rafael Nadal groaning as he hits! (Here's a related story, <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/300699210/why-we-should-all-follow-roger-federers-ping-pong-lead" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Why we should all follow Roger Federer’s ping pong lead</a>, from Stuff.co.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>iPhone 7 vs iPhone 11 Table Tennis Match</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/iphone-7-vs-iphone-11-table-tennis-match" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:50) from PingSkills! (With Panda bear officiating.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Who Needs a 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/shorts/vus-V__5NKU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (6 sec but repeats)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Return My Serve, Win £100 [London]</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=DRa_VpMp2ls&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10:09) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pong with Anything</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/erIoqEd8n1I" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (25 sec) as two use whatever's available in the basement as rackets!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tiny Tennis Players on 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.art.com/products/p15063505905-sa-i6848925/joseph-farris-tiny-tennis-players-on-ping-pong-table-cartoon.htm" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the cartoon</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>T-Rex Hates Table Tennis T-Shirt, Button, Sticker, Coffee Cup, Mask</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teepublic.com/pin/3701302-t-rex-hates-table-tennis-ping-pong-table-tennis-di" 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>The Man The Myth The Ping Pong Legend T-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/Myth-Ping-Pong-Legend-T-Shirt/dp/B07DD4QSDY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>SF &amp; Fantasy Stories</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I've had a flurry of stories coming out in the world of science fiction and fantasy, my sideline outside table tennis. A common question I get is, "How much do you pay to get them published?" It's the other way around – magazines pay me to publish my stories, with fees ranging from $50 to $500 for a story. (And note the ping-pong ball mention in "Christmas Interrupted"!) </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://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/space-travel/larry-hodges/packing-list-for-the-invasion" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Packing List for the Invasion</a>" came out last week in Daily Science Fiction. The story is literally told through an alien's packing list for the invasion . . . of Earth. (I had another story there on Sept. 9, "<a href="https://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/religious/larry-hodges/soul-testing-in-major-league-baseball" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Soul Testing in Major League Baseball</a>.")</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" in the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Gothic-Short-Stories-Fantasy/dp/1804171646" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Christmas Gothic Short Stories anthology</a>. It's thousands or millions of years in the future and humankind is extinct, but Santa, suffering from Alzheimer's, is still trying 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. <b>A ping-pong ball</b> 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" in the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Compelling-Science-Fiction-Gothic-Fantasy/dp/1839649399" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Compelling Science Fiction anthology</a>. 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">I have several more coming out this Fall, including "The Vampire on the Tesseract Wall," coming Oct. 11 from <a href="https://darkmattermagazine.com/authors/larry-hodges-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dark Matter Magazine</a>. What happens when 4-D being collects 3-D beings as a hobby – and mistakenly captures a powerful vampire? It's a mashup of SF and dark fantasy. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And, of course, there's <a href="https://www.amazon.com/First-Galactic-Table-Tennis-Championships/dp/B0BCD4ZLKH" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a>, my SF novelette – see segment above! (If you want something a little longer, try <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Pong-Larry-Hodges/dp/1512117080/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Spirit of Pong</a>, my fantasy table tennis novel.) </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, 10/03/2022 - 18:31</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, 03 Oct 2022 17:31:55 +0000 Larry Hodges 3412 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3412#comments September 26, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3410 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">September 26, 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></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sept. 19: <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3408" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Blowing Ball in Air</a></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sept. 26: <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3409" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Quick Chip Receive</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pan Am Under 11 &amp; Under 13 Championships and a Short Blog</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I just returned from ten days in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where I was one of the USA Team coaches for the Pan Am Under 11 &amp; Under 13 Championships, along with Qi Wei, Wu "Jennifer" Yue, Xinhue "Taylor" Wang, Cheng Yinghua, and Thilina Piyadasa. We won 9 of the 16 golds, plus 7 silvers and 4 bronze! (<a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/2022-Pan-Am-Jrs-Team-Picture.jpg">Here's a team picture</a>.) I coached both Under 11 (Hopes) and Under 13 boys (Mini-Cadets), with four players in each, but was in charge of Under 11 boys. The Under 11 Boys' Squad (Kyler Chen, Jason Liu, Caillou Chen, and Arjun Kumar) won gold and bronze in Boys' Teams (the two teams had to play each other in the semis or it might have been an all-USA final), gold in Boys' Doubles, Gold in Mixed Doubles, and silver and bronze in Boys' Singles. See below for my more extensive writeups. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The current human population on this planet is about 7.8 billion, and all but one of them messaged me during the ten days I was away, asking if I could do something for them. What, you weren't one of them? Then you are the only one who didn't. (I was also messaged for help by a number of chimpanzees, gorillas, blue whales, dolphins, giant squid, and a grey parrot from Uganda with questions on proper forewing technique.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Because of this rather long todo list, this will be a short blog. However, I've got two lengthy articles on the USATT news page about the USA Boys' Teams in Santo Domingo, with two more coming in the next day on singles and doubles play. (LiFeng Yu has two articles on Girls' Teams, with another coming on singles and doubles.) Here are those articles – make sure to check back tomorrow when the rest should go up. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/19/2022-Pan-Am-U11-U13-Championships-Boys-Team-Matches-Days-1-2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Boys' Team Matches, Days 1-2<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"> by Larry Hodges</span></span></a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/22/2022-Pan-Am-U11-U13-Championships-Boys-Teams-Finals" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Boys' Teams Finals<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"> by Larry Hodges</span></span></a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/20/2022-PAN-AM-U11-U13-CHAMPIONSHIPS-GIRLS-TEAM-MATCHES-DAYS-1-2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Girls' Team Matches, Days 1-2</a> by LiFeng Yu</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/22/2022-Pan-Am-U11U13-Championship-Girls-Teams-Finals" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Girls' Teams Finals</a> by LiFeng Yu</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Brian Pace GoFundMe – On the Road to Recovery</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Coach and former championship player Brian Pace was recently in a terrible bicycle accident. If you'd like to help, here is the <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/brian-pace-on-the-road-to-recovery" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">GoFundMe page</a>, which has so far raised about $39,000, with a $100,000 goal. Any help would be appreciated. (See Brian's updates.) How did it happen? </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Brian was on his weekly 5 am training ride where he had the right of way at an intersection. A work van took a left turn in front of Brian, striking him on his left side and knocking him down an incline where he was only stopped by hitting a cluster of trees. His bike lay close to him with his shoes still clipped into the pedals</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The driver of the van attempted to help Brian but could not due to Brian's injuries. The fire and rescue teams were first on the scene, followed by the paramedics and police. They worked to remove his helmet, placed him on the gurney, and finally got him into the ambulance to be transported to Wake Med Trauma Center.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Injury Assessment<br /> Brian's x-rays revealed extensive injuries: 1) Multiple fractures and dislocation of the hip socket and pelvis, 2) Multiple left rib fractures, 3) Broken Left Arm, 4) Broken Right Knee, 5) 5" laceration on the left hand, and 6) 4" laceration on left knee</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are some other pages you might check out. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Butterfly News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Samson Dubina</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSkills Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/articles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - Video</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qB0R__Vb9Pw3nQMw5haUg/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">TacoBackhand Videos</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.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://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/sethdan1995/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PechPong</a></span></span></li> <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/UCSdlsyWvr-EriabK13fZWSQ/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Central</a></span></span></li> <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/UCQNgmj_R1FCCx8KopqJ4vQQ/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Drupe Pong</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Adam Bobrow</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Bounce the Ball, Win $1000</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=9ivd_GZJHyg&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10:48) from Pongfinity! They challenged about 30 players to bounce the ball on their paddles as long as they could, with whoever went longest winning $1000! As someone commented on the video, this is more of a mental exercise. Toward the end, they began to do things to distract them or raise the difficulty level, such as having to lift one leg. (Otherwise, a good player could do this essentially forever, until they lost their focus or their arm got too tired.) </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, 09/26/2022 - 16:41</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, 26 Sep 2022 15:41:24 +0000 Larry Hodges 3410 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3410#comments September 12, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3407 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">September 12, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Next Blog</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Next blog will be Monday, Sept. 26. I’m out of town Sept. 15-25 coaching US junior team in Santo Domingo (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://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3406" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Consistency is King</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>First Galactic Table Tennis Championship</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It’s finally here! No, not the actual first galactic table tennis championship, but my new novelette, “<a href="https://www.amazon.com/First-Galactic-Table-Tennis-Championships/dp/B0BCD4ZLKH" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a>”! It’s in both print and kindle formats. It’s about 10,000 words, about 40 pages double spaced. It takes place about 100 years from now, and table tennis has spread to the galaxy – and the title pretty much tells you what it’s about. Yes, <i>the aliens are coming</i>! (To Beijing, to be specific, where the Championships will be held. Only Open Singles, no women’s events.) Cost is only $5 for a print copy within 1-2 days, or $3 for kindle. (Gee, I wonder who “Danny See” is named after?) I had a lot of fun imagining various alien TT players, including the Ith, who are like giraffes but with arms just under their head, so instead of moving to the ball, they just move their heads on their long necks! It’s a huge advantage. Here’s the back cover description:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Li Yi is a member of the Chinese National Table Tennis Team and the best woman in the world. She has trained long hours since she was a child. But now she faces her biggest challenge – aliens! Table tennis has spread to the galaxy and alien players now dominate the sport. The best are the giraffe-like Ith, with their dominating champion Egrayu. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But Earth isn't part of it, not since the cowboy Americans colonized a moon in the Ith home system, which led to a blockade of Earth. The Chinese hope to reopen trade with the galaxy by using "Ping-Pong Diplomacy" – by running the first Galactic Table Tennis Championships in Beijing. Li, her teammates, and the American champion Danny See – a literal cowboy –  play aliens of all shapes and sizes, including the seemingly unbeatable Egrayu, as they battle for the biggest cash prize in table tennis history. But Li is drawn into a corrupt conspiracy that will shake the very foundations of honor and sportsmanship. Plus, there's that problem with the Chinese dumplings…</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Regarding the thing about the Chinese dumplings, this is a takeoff on an actual experience I had many years ago, except it was cheeseburgers – <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/1657" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here's the story on that</a>. Many of the incidents that take place in the story are taken from my own playing and coaching career. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF Pan Am Under 11 &amp; Under 13 Championships in Santo Domingo</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’ll be in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sept. 15-25, as one of the coaches of the US Junior Teams at the <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5433/2022/ittf-pan-am-u11-u13-champs/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Pan Am Under 11 &amp; Under 13 Championships</a>. The other coaches are Wei Qi, Wu Yue, Xinyue “Taylor” Wang, Thilina Piyadasa, and Cheng Yinghua (team leader). In the team competition, I’ll be coaching the Under 11 Boys’ Team. Once they get to singles and doubles, they usually have a number of them play at the same time, so coaches coach others from outside the team we’re in charge of. I have extensive notes on many of our opponents from competitions this past year in Ecuador, Jordan, and more recently in Austria in May, which I’ll share with the other coaches when we play them. US Head Coach Gao Jun has been working with us in preparing for the event, including two Zoom meetings (one last night). Here’s the complete team listing:</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Under 13 Boys</b> (Coach Wei Qi): Ryan Lin (2200), Winston Wu (2181), Kef Noorani (2092), Dhruv Chopra (2105)</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Under 13 Girls</b> (Coach Wu Yue): Amina Batkhuyag (2231), Aria Shi (2106), Genelia William (2034), Mandy Yu (2072)</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Under 11 Boys</b> (Coach Larry Hodges): Kyler Chen (2045), Jason Liu (1970), Caillou Chen (1929), Arjun Kumar (1981)</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Under 11 Girls</b> (Coach Xinyue "Taylor" Wang): Sophia Chen (1886), Abigail Yu (1886), Tiana Piyadasa (1919), Irene Yeoh (1897)</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Team Leader</b>: Cheng Yinghua. <b>Volunteer Coach</b>: Thilina Piyadasa</span></span></li> </ul> <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"><a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2584" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are the results</a> of the MDTTC Open. Coach Wang Qingliang now runs these – I retired from running tournaments in 2019 after running 203 USATT tournament. Alas, he had to go somewhere Sunday night, so I ran it the last four hours. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPw-3e_pzqU&amp;ab_channel=zbencz2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Just when I think I’m out . . . they pull me back in</a>. They also had a computer problem and so had to run the entire tournament off my laptop. Meanwhile, due to the tournament we only had one junior group session, for the Novice class. Lots of multiball! </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://ttlive.app/ui/tournament/34028775-0859-4cc6-b78b-dc9cddcfda26" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">$6000 Nittaku Ohio 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://samsondubina.com/videos/mental-strength" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mental Strength</a> (8:34)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/and-out-footwork" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">In-And-Out Footwork</a></span></span></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/tournament-tough-20-steps" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tournament Tough in 20 Steps</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from EmRatThich/PingSunday</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Video page</a> – 21 new videos this past week!!!</span></span></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/when-is-the-prime-of-ma-long/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">When is Ma Long’s Career Starting to Bright</a> (when did he reach his prime)</span></span></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/learning-the-basic-backhand-topspin-technique/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Learning the Basic Backhand Topspin Technique</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-to-use-a-long-serve-and-attack/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Use a Long Serve and 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"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/personal-notes-about-coaching-and-techniques/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Person Note about Coaching and Techniques</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/chinese-forehand-technique-with-sidespin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Chinese Forehand Technique with Sidespin</a></span></span></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/the-reason-why-xu-xin-and-liu-shiwen-lost-the-election-for-wtttc-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Why Xu Xin Not Selected for WTTTC 2022</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/one-of-the-greatest-comebacks-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">One of the Greatest Comebacks in Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfkk4N1ghvA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="TWO LEGENDS OF THE GAME">TWO LEGENDS OF THE GAME</a> (2:11)</span></span></li> <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=xHqF8X3c4Lo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="FAN ZHENDONG THE NEXT GRAND SLAM?">FAN ZHENDONG THE NEXT GRAND SLAM?</a> (1:18)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD1j3HVjgSc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE BEAUTY OF TABLE TENNIS">THE BEAUTY OF TABLE TENNIS</a> (3:18)</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=ZE55eW7W_GQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="XU XIN DESTROYS LEE SANGSU!">XU XIN DESTROYS LEE SANGSU!</a> (1:25)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Worried About Winning or Losing? Set Yourself a Different Goal</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/worried-about-winning-or-losing-set-yourself-a-different-goal/" 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>Ti Long Guides and Corrects Forehand Push Technical Errors for Swedish Students</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=XcPtM3grL9k&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (15:19). Most of it has English subtitles, and some is in English. </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 USA Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/06/USATT-Extends-Sincere-Condolences-for-the-Passing-of-Si-Wasserman" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Extends Sincere Condolences for the Passing of Si Wasserman</a> – The passing of a great Hall of Famer and table tennis contributor.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/08/US-Builds-Momentum-Leading-Into-WTT-Muscat-Singles-Quarterfinals" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-weight:normal">U.S. Builds Momentum Leading Into WTT Muscat Singles Quarterfinals</span></a></b> – “Kanak Jha and Lily Zhang have battled through tough opponents in their Round of 16 matchups to reach the Men’s and Women’s Singles quarterfinals at the World Table Tennis Contender Muscat 2022 in Oman.”</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/08/2022-ITTF-Pan-American-Veteran-Championships-Lima-PER-21-26-Nov" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 ITTF Pan American Veteran Championships Lima PER 21 26 Nov</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-essential-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Essential 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/german-league-update-dusseldorf-and-ochsenhausen-only-unbeaten-teams/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">German League Update: Dusseldorf and Ochsenhausen Only Unbeaten Teams</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-contender-top-americans-have-impact-in-muscat/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Contender: Top Americans Have Impact in Muscat</a></span></span></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-moreno-champion-of-2022-wtt-youth-contender-ecuador/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Steven Moreno Champion of 2022 WTT Youth Contender Ecuador</a></span></span></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/si-patty-wasserman-junior-open-championships-nov-11-13-2022-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Si &amp; Patty Wasserman Junior &amp; Open Championships – Nov. 11-13, 2022</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>North Carolina Table Tennis Hall of Fame</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/ty.hoff.7/videos/1115063406104540" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:37) of Ty Hoff’s induction into the North Carolina Table Tennis Hall of Fame. Ty and I won hardbat doubles at the US Open or US Nationals eight times! Here’s the complete list of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=497119319088593&amp;set=pcb.497119352421923" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 inductees</a>. (Here’s the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/306340272_497119399088585_9169249427937829952_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=rXTBFyIgLNEAX8woeKZ&amp;tn=QQdrFujAHTtuY7ZA&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8z8JLbZ93NihRJAYUF7EQCCDk6vmHRkmLpHSFFZaTv1Q&amp;oe=6324D881" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) Here’s the news item on the <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/north-carolina-table-tennis-hall-of-fame/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">inaugural 2021 inductees</a>. (I don't have a video of the whole ceremony.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>My Experience At The U13 US Team Trials</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/my-experience-at-the-u13-us-team-trials-by-keft-noorani/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Kef Noorani</span></span></p> <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/2022/09/12/eastland-2022-ittf-oceania-championships-new-fans-recruited-australia-opens-doors/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Eastland 2022 ITTF-Oceania Championships: New Fans Recruited, Australia Opens Doors">Eastland 2022 ITTF-Oceania Championships: New Fans Recruited, Australia Opens Doors</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/11/play-concludes-full-house-lahti-jung-younga/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Play concludes, Full House in Lahti for Jung Younga">Play concludes, Full House in Lahti for Jung Younga</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/11/british-para-players-pay-emotional-tributes/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="British Para Players Pay Emotional Tributes">British Para Players Pay Emotional Tributes</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/10/surprises-abound-no-shortage-upsets-lahti/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Surprises Abound, No Shortage of Upsets in Lahti">Surprises Abound, No Shortage of Upsets in Lahti</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/10/koreans-form-opening-day-lahti/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Koreans in form on opening day in Lahti">Koreans in form on opening day in Lahti</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/09/list-teams-vying-2022-world-champions-title-unveiled/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="List of Teams Vying for 2022 World Champions Title Unveiled">List of Teams Vying for 2022 World Champions Title Unveiled</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/09/roadtochengdu-six-decades-sixth-host-city-china-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="#RoadToChengdu – Six Decades, Sixth Host City for China at World Championships">RoadToChengdu – Six Decades, Sixth Host City for China at 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/2022/09/08/finland-para-open-lahti-welcomes-celebrated-names/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Finland Para Open, Lahti welcomes celebrated names">Finland Para Open, Lahti welcomes celebrated names</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/08/ittf-world-veteran-tour-starts-otocec/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF World Veteran Tour Starts in Otocec">ITTF World Veteran Tour Starts in Otocec</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/07/ittf-africa-senior-championships-petra-sorling-welcomed-algiers/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF-Africa Championships Conclude Successfully, Major Boost for Table Tennis in Algeria">ITTF-Africa Championships Conclude Successfully, Major Boost for Table Tennis in Algeria</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/07/asian-junior-cadet-championships-qin-yuxuan-turns-tables/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Asian Junior and Cadet Championships: Qin Yuxuan Turns the Tables">Asian Junior and Cadet Championships: Qin Yuxuan Turns the Tables</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/06/british-paralympic-games-gold-medallists-heading-finland/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="British Paralympic Games Gold Medallists heading for Finland">British Paralympic Games Gold Medallists heading for Finland</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/06/ittf-umpires-level-four-course-staged-laos/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Umpires Level Four Course Staged in Laos">ITTF Umpires Level Four Course Staged in Laos</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/06/ittf-hosts-information-session-2022-ittf-world-championships-participants/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Hosts Information Session for 2022 ITTF World Championships Participants">ITTF Hosts Information Session for 2022 ITTF World Championships Participants</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 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>Truls Moregardh vs Elias Ranefur | FINAL | Sweden Tour Masters 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBWp2pF-mso&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:44). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Rules in 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.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&amp;v=4GPZF-CIB7M&amp;fbclid=IwAR1VUvPVQXYHp2oNgdTRdyxawmZ3S1skc8UQzXU_tbzzBLtIUki6BWMAYtg&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:52). It’s in Swedish, but with English subtitles. With Swedish national para team players David Olsson and Peter Molander.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>25 Table Tennis Cartoons from Cartoonstock</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/t/table_tennis.asp" 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>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">If the heading fits, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Never-Underestimate-Plays-Ping-Shirt/dp/B07LG77314" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">this is the shirt for you</a>! I can’t find one for “Woman,” but here’s <a href="https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/19613276-never-underestimate-a-girl-who-plays-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Never Underestimate a Girl Who Plays Table Tennis</a>. And how about <a href="https://www.redbubble.com/i/t-shirt/Never-Underestimate-Old-Man-Long-Pips-Table-Tennis-by-GoldDragonHN/46320636.EEZDA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Never Underestimate an Old Man Who Plays With Long Pips</a>?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Point Isn’t Over Until the Point Is Over</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=YN2trvt5PWE&amp;ab_channel=MarkBrooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (16 sec) - watch that last shot and the premature celebration! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Win 1 Point, Win $100</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=jDwAtTIOdx8&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (15:14) as Adam Bobrow once again entertains while promoting table tennis – and giving away hordes of money! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - Soul Testing in Major League Baseball</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My story "<a href="https://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/religious/larry-hodges/soul-testing-in-major-league-baseball" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Soul Testing in Major League Baseball</a>" came out last Friday at Daily Science Fiction! It's a satire on drug testing and the steroids scandal in baseball. Forget steroids - what happens when major league baseball players illegally sell their souls to Satan to become stars? Finding ways to test for souls leads to an ever-escalating battle between players and Major League Baseball. If you like it, don't forget to rate it! (Come to think of this, is this really non-table tennis? There was at least one case of a suspension in table tennis due to steroids usage, so who knows how many others have sold their souls to the Satan in return for power loops and footwork?)</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, 09/12/2022 - 18:42</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, 12 Sep 2022 17:42:46 +0000 Larry Hodges 3407 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3407#comments September 5, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3405 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">September 5, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3404" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Simplicity of Tactics</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached in four group junior sessions this weekend, one on Saturday, three on Sunday, all 90 minutes. (We have 65 kids in our junior program, divided into four groups by level. Most meeting twice a week for 90 minutes, while the strongest group meets three times a week for two hours, plus smaller sessions after school.) Other coaches in the sessions included Wang Qingliang, Lidney Castro, and Vikash Sahu, with Cheng Yinghua and Jack Huang doing private sessions separately. </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 one of the sessions, where the players rotated around so I blocked for them while they did footwork drills. The kids really improve this way. For some reason, I felt energized the whole session – perhaps after seven days in Texas, 17 in Mexico, and the day before in Chicago (see segment at end), I was craving TT? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Using this newfound energy, I was all over the place in another session as a "walk around" coach, jumping on the kids (not literally) to have active feet, to control their placements, to focus on consistency, and so on. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Especially at the higher levels, I'm a strong advocate of doing drills that allow you to zero in on and practice specific techniques and rallies that you use in an actual match. I discussed this with two of the coaches, with some suggestions on specific players and drills. I noticed that one of our top junior players tends to dominate in one type of rally that he often gets into, but that he may not be doing enough drills that allow him to practice this specific strength. In his last few tournaments he hasn't dominated as well in these rallies as he has in the past – hopefully we can focus on that so that he can continue to dominate with it, and at even higher levels.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One of our top juniors said his arm was bothering him, and will probably take a few days off at least. When this happens, you have to figure out of it's serious or not and whether he should see a doctor; make sure the player doesn't do anything to aggravate the problem; and figure out the source of the problem – a technique problem, overuse, or a fluke injury from some mishap, either in table tennis or out. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">During a break in one group, I nonchalantly did my "blowing the ball" trick. <a href="https://youtu.be/O0zTdJQuQ-E?t=2325" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's video of the trick,</a> from an interview I did in 2020 with Kevin Nguyen. (The link should take you to 38:45.) Notice that I'm not just blowing the ball <i>up</i>, but I'm blowing it <i>sideways</i> - and somehow, magically, it just floats in mid-air! Immediately I was surrounded by kids demanding to know how I did it. Alas, we were in a <i>table tennis</i> session, not a <i>blow-ping-pong-balls</i> session, and the other coaches were already looking at me with "What are you doing?" looks. So I told them if they wanted to learn, we could do it after class. At the end of the session, they all ran over – and so we had a 15-minute session where I taught the trick and they practiced it! (Due to Covid, I hadn't been doing this trick for a while, so it was new to a lot of them. I used to do it all the time.) The parent love how I explain the physics of how I blow the ball sideways by spinning the ball – it's the same principle that makes a topspin ball drop, a sidespin curve sideways, and a backspin float. Since so many people ask me how to do this, I've decided to write it up as a Tip of the Week! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My new novelette (basically a short novel) will be out next week! It combines my two worlds of table tennis and science fiction. I'll give the link in my blog next Monday. Below is the back cover text that explains the story. Regarding the thing about the Chinese dumplings, this is a takeoff on an actual experience I had many years ago, except it was cheeseburgers – <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/1657" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here's the story on that</a>. And <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/FirstGalactic-TT-Championships-FRONT%20COVER-sm.jpg">here's the cover!</a><br /> =&gt;BREAKING NEWS - <a href="First Galactic Table Tennis Championships">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a> is on sale now at Amazon, paperback or kindle!</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Li Yi is a member of the Chinese National Table Tennis Team and the best woman in the world. She has trained long hours since she was a child. But now she faces her biggest challenge – aliens! Table tennis has spread to the galaxy and alien players now dominate the sport. The best are the giraffe-like Ith, with their dominating champion Egrayu. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But Earth isn't part of it, not since the cowboy Americans colonized a moon in the Ith home system, which led to a blockade of Earth. The Chinese hope to reopen trade with the galaxy by using "Ping-Pong Diplomacy" – by running the first Galactic Table Tennis Championships in Beijing. Li, her teammates, and the American champion Danny See – a literal cowboy –  play aliens of all shapes and sizes, including the seemingly unbeatable Egrayu, as they battle for the biggest cash prize in table tennis history. But Li is drawn into a corrupt conspiracy that will shake the very foundations of honor and sportsmanship. Plus, there's that problem with the Chinese dumplings…</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>JOOLA Global Championship</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They were held this past weekend in Orlando, FL. <a href="http://natabletennis.com/tournaments/results.php" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are the results</a> (go to dropdown menu at top and choose "2022 JOOLA Global Championship"). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Board Meeting on Tuesday</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They will have a Zoom meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 8PM eastern time. Here's the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Governance-and-Financials/Agenda-and-Notices" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Agenda and Notices page</a>, with a link to the agenda and how you can join in. USATT members are welcome to attend, though they cannot speak without permission of the chair. (They used to have the standard Zoom comments section for anyone, but they didn't like the comments there and so no longer allow that.) Here's the current agenda, subject to change:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">US Performance Center (Ike Belk) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Report of the Chief Executive Officer </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Audit Committee Report </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Next Board Meeting Set for December 5, 2022 </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Executive Session</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/top-rated/tournament-tough-20-steps" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tournament Tough in 20 Steps</a></span></span></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/weight-transfer" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Weight Transfer</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/tournaments/two-minute-warm" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Minute Warm-Up</a></span></span></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/winning-deuce-games" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Winning Deuce Games!</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-jabdiel-torres-forehand-backhand-power-loops/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand &amp; Backhand Power Loops</a> with Jabdiel Torres (47 sec). </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-rachel-wang-forehand-loop-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop Footwork</a> with Rachel Wang (56 sec). </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USA Nationals Men's R16 + How to Backhand Flip After Serve Tutorial</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=yf_tr4JFjGk&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (12:43) from Seth Pech. "Seth Pech vs Dan Liu Men's R16 2022 USA Nationals Texas" – Seth gives another great tactical analysis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jNr1S_54dE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long guides and fixes Backhand Serve technical errors for players in Sweden | Part 5">Ti Long guides and fixes Backhand Serve technical errors for players in Sweden | Part 5</a> (11:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe71OSJvydM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to move and make random Forehand Topspin 2/3 of the table &amp; Exercises | (Part 4)">How to move and make random Forehand Topspin 2/3 of the table &amp; Exercises | (Part 4)</a> (9:17)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOz_bfPiKvw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long teaches students how to fight Long Pimples | personal training | part 1">Ti Long teaches students how to fight Long Pimples | personal training | part 1</a> (11:48)</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/fang-bo-the-best-forehand-in-the-world/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Fang Bo – the Best Forehand in the World</a></span></span></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-test-a-new-table-tennis-racket/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Test a New Table Tennis Racket</a></span></span></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/simple-tips-to-defeat-long-pimples-player-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Simple tips to Defeat Long Pimples Player</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeS_LgNN26s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fang Bo vs Ma Long forehand">Fang Bo vs Ma Long forehand</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=uzjnCIzc0rU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Alexis Lebrun, Félix Lebrun say goodbye to Butterfly">Alexis Lebrun, Félix Lebrun say goodbye to Butterfly</a> (7:37)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZccEtMHGZgE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="One of the best comebacks in table tennis">One of the best comebacks in table tennis</a> (7:09)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA2Kalzm_UE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Winning easily with ace serve in table tennis [Ma Long serve]">Winning easily with ace serve in table tennis [Ma Long serve]</a> (1:46)</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=U7fLcML4nto" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long prepares for WTTTC Chengdu 2022">Ma Long prepares for WTTTC Chengdu 2022</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=qrpbe216fJo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fang Bo - one of the best forehand in the world">Fang Bo - one of the best forehand in the world</a> (3:28)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtFsU-Uaqjg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to test a new table tennis racket">How to test a new table tennis racket</a> (5:41)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWY1O6VA2tE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long versus Fan Zhendong, the battle of the two superstars!">Ma Long versus Fan Zhendong, the battle of the two superstars!</a> (22:37)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4K3NcdvsiM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Simple tips to defeat long pimple rubbers player">Simple tips to defeat long pimple rubbers player</a> (4:09)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f38okkEcFq4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Some typical type of table tennis players">Some typical type of table tennis players</a> (6:59)</span></span></li> <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=tZpCU7UBLT4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to avoid “choking” in table tennis?">How to avoid “choking” in table tennis?</a> (8:19)</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>USATT News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/02/USATT-Seeking-Applications-for-2023-US-National-Team-Coaching-Pool" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-weight:normal">USATT Seeking Applications for 2023 US National Team Coaching Pool</span></a></b></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/02/Team-USA-Comes-Up-with-a-Golden-Sweep-at-Pan-Am-Cadet-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Team USA Comes Up with a Golden Sweep at Pan Am Cadet Championships</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/ttbl-franziska-and-saarbrucken-rebound/" style="color:blue; 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text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: HiTT</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"><b><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/05/eastland-2022-ittf-oceania-championships-breathtaking-new-location/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-weight:normal">The Eastland 2022 ITTF-Oceania Championships: Breathtaking New Location</span></a></b></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/02/roadtochengdu-halmstad-2018-revisited-goodwill-friendship-understanding-prevails/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="#RoadToChengdu - Halmstad 2018 Revisited, Goodwill, Friendship and Understanding Prevails">RoadToChengdu - Halmstad 2018 Revisited, Goodwill, Friendship and Understanding Prevails</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/02/featured-ittf-magazine-life-not-life-without-regret/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: Life Not Life Without Regret">Featured in ITTF Magazine: Life Not Life Without Regret</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/02/ittf-africa-senior-championships-first-algeria-defending-champions-return/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF-Africa Senior Championships: First for Algeria, Defending Champions Return">ITTF-Africa Senior Championships: First for Algeria, Defending Champions Return</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/09/01/agricultural-bank-china-becomes-partner-2022-ittf-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Agricultural Bank of China Becomes Partner of 2022 ITTF World Championships">Agricultural Bank of China Becomes Partner of 2022 ITTF 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/2022/08/31/ittf-foundation-publishes-2021-annual-report/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Foundation Publishes 2021 Annual Report">ITTF Foundation Publishes 2021 Annual Report</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/08/31/registration-open-international-referees-school-november-singapore/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Registration Open for International Referees School in November in Singapore">Registration Open for International Referees School in November in Singapore</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/08/31/register-now-access-media-content-2022-ittf-world-team-championships-finals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Register Now to Access Media Content During 2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals">Register Now to Access Media Content During 2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/08/30/ittf-celebrate-table-tennis-chengdu-world-team-championships-finals-kick-off-exactly-one-month/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF to &quot;Celebrate Table Tennis with Chengdu&quot; as World Team Championships Finals Kick Off in Exactly One Month">ITTF to "Celebrate Table Tennis with Chengdu" as World Team Championships Finals Kick Off in Exactly One Month</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKdZUiXkcfg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="FAN ZHENDONG PLAYS OUTSTANDING TABLE TENNIS FOR 2.5 MINUTES STRAIGHT">FAN ZHENDONG PLAYS OUTSTANDING TABLE TENNIS FOR 2.5 MINUTES STRAIGHT</a> </span></span></li> <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=CAoJZFwcCLU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="JANG WOJING DESTROYS HIS OPPONENTS FOR 2 MINUTES STRAIGHT!">JANG WOJING DESTROYS HIS OPPONENTS FOR 2 MINUTES STRAIGHT!</a> (2:07)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZaxGkizI2o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="16 YEAR OLD FAN ZHENDONG BEATS XU XIN">16 YEAR OLD FAN ZHENDONG BEATS XU XIN</a> (2:08)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9PSNUS15YY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE LEGEND WANG LIQIN PLAYS FANTASTIC TABLE TENNIS! (EXPLOSIVE FOREHANDS)">THE LEGEND WANG LIQIN PLAYS FANTASTIC TABLE</a> (1:25)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Central</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GFJS_iEmss" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Mind Bending Shots in Table Tennis [HD]">Mind Bending Shots in Table Tennis [HD]</a> (4:02)</span></span></li> <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=OOm6Wvipn8o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Epic Rallies">Epic Rallies</a> (4:50)</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=LNH9n_AuKxU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Best of Liang Jingkun - Insane Skills [HD]">Best of Liang Jingkun - Insane Skills [HD]</a> (9:38)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Awesome Table Tennis Short Videos</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/UC6tOKirqg2hbPvDHwkMB_7A/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's their video page</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Puerto Rico- Third Place Global In The 2022 ITTF Pan American Cadet Championships U15</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/puerto-rico-third-place-global-in-the-2022-ittf-pan-american-cadet-championships-u15/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Edgardo Vázquez.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>"Fear My Racket" Table Tennis 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-Racket-Funny-Design/dp/B07SCNMGJV/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is!</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Sitting Down on the Lob</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvT1iCeXQls&amp;ab_channel=PingPongTrener" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (40 sec), also with other trick shots!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Saturday Evening Post Table Tennis Cartoons</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2022/05/cartoons-ping-pong/" 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>Non-Table Tennis - World Science Fiction Convention</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I flew up to Chicago on Friday morning, returning late that night, for the <a href="https://chicon.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Science Fiction Convention</a>. It was primarily a "business" trip where I met with three publishers. One of them is reprinting my science fiction novel "Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions" (which had gone out of print at the previous publisher, and has <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/2355" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">multiple table tennis scenes</a>) – I'm hoping this publisher will promote it like crazy!!! (They also did a lot of proofing of it, and I will be spending a number of hours this week going over the edits.) I met with two others about upcoming short stories, and I've been commissioned to write one, a sequel to a previous published story, "Nanogod," which was published last year in <a href="https://darkmattermagazine.shop/collections/print-editions/products/issue-003">Dark Matter Magazine</a>. I also discussed with one a possible satirical political book I might write – let's just say Trump fans won't approve. :) August was a good month for my SF writing career - I sold three stories and two others are "finalists." <br /> ***</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><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, 09/05/2022 - 17:30</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 05 Sep 2022 16:30:13 +0000 Larry Hodges 3405 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3405#comments August 30, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3403 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">August 30, 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">Here are the Tips I put up during my 24 days in Texas and Mexico, plus this week's. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 8: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3398" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Are You Really Serving Low?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 15: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3399" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Don't Be a Predictable Receiver</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 22: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3400" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Developing Your Game at Different Ages</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 29: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3401" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Where to Serve Short?</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Texas and Mexico</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I returned Sunday night from a week in Texas and 17 days in Mexico. (Yeah, I'm exhausted – I've been walking seemingly non-stop the last three weeks.) Here's a short rundown. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The week in Texas could be divided into three parts. I was in Missouri City, TX (just outside Houston) from Aug. 4-7 for the 2022 Classic Hardbat World Championships – see segment below with my ten articles. I spent Monday, Aug. 8 touring Houston, with a tour of Space Center Houston the highlight. I spent Aug. 9-11 in San Antonio, touring The Alamo, the Riverwalk, the San Antonio Zoo, the Sea Life Aquarium, and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (I've now been to four of them, in San Antonio, New York City, Santa Monica, CA, and Galveston, TX.) As always, I buy souvenir magnets when I sightsee – <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/magnets-texas2022.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here's the six from Texas.</a> </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On Aug. 11, I flew to Mexico City for a 17-day tour. Fifteen were as part of the <a href="https://www.tourradar.com/t/5092" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mexico Unplugged</a> guided tour with superguide Mark Bobich. I could write a book on that trip, like I did in 2019 – see <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>. Instead, I was inspired to write a new science fiction story that involves a time traveler going back to 1519 to stop Hernán Cortés and the Spaniards from conquering the Aztecs. (On a side note, I sold three more science fiction stories while I was away. The stories are called "You Are President, Madam President"; "The Whaler and the Whale"; and "War Around the Clock." The last one's title can have two literal meanings – and both describe the story.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">During those fifteen days we toured the sights of Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristobel de Las Casas, Palenque, Merida, Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun. I saw lots of archeological sites (i.e. ruins) of Aztecs, Mayans, and others. (Note that their descendants are alive and well, and still speaking their languages!) Some of the best were the ruins of <a href="https://www.chichenitza.com/ruins" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Chichen Itza</a>, Mayan ruins from roughly 600-1200 AD – though much of it was in pretty good shape. I also spent a lot of time just walking about these cities, exploring. I ate lots of Mexican food – alas, I came down with food poisoning of some sort and spent one day rather sick, and after that ate mostly "American" food. I've now been to 21 countries, all 50 US states, and 10 of the 32 Mexican states. <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/magnets-mexico2022.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the 19 souvenir magnets I picked up in Mexico</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As always when I'm out of town for a time, my todo list is longer than an unexpedited match between two passive  and extremely patient choppers. I've got seven requests for letters of recommendation, a zillion emails with various questions and requests, plus I've got to watch videos of a number of our top junior players and other preparations for coaching at the upcoming <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5433/2022/ittf-pan-am-u11-u13-champs/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 ITTF Pan American U11 &amp; U13 Championships</a> (Sept. 17-24 in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic). I've also got to prepare for a one-day trip to Chicago this Friday for the <a href="https://chicon.org/">World Science Ficton Convention</a>, where I'm meeting with publishers. Plus four group sessions I'll be doing this weekend at MDTTC. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Meanwhile, I'm currently involved in various stages of six (6!) different books - you might say I'm "booked" for the forseeable future. They are:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="list-style-type:none"> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships (a novelette that I'm self-publishing)</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yet Still More Table Tennis Tips (fourth in the series, likely coming out this fall, <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">see first three here</a>)</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yet Still More Pings and Pongs (fourth in the series, likely coming out this fall, <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">see first three here</a>)</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Campaign-2100-Scorpions-Larry-Hodges/dp/0692657487" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions</a> (it's being republished by Arc Manor Publishers, with some changes, including a new cover – and it has a number of table tennis scenes!)</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Campaign 2110 (the sequel to the above)</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I Can Do Anything (political humor book I've outlined and started writing)</span></span></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 Classic Hardbat World Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The event took place Aug. 6-7 in Missouri City, TX, just outside Houston. I won bronze in Over 60 Men's Singles! But I was mostly there to do coverage. Here are the ten articles I wrote. </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/2022-classic-hardbat-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Classic Hardbat 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://butterflyonline.com/classic-hardbat-world-championships-interview-with-steve-claflin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Interview with Steve Claflin</a></span></span></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/classic-hardbat-world-championships-alexander-flemming-who-will-clash-with-the-flash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Alexander Flemming – Who Will Clash with “The Flash”?</a></span></span></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/the-hardbat-rivalry-jimmy-butler-and-a-j-carney/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Hardbat Rivalry – Jimmy Butler and A.J. Carney</a></span></span></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/classic-hardbat-world-championships-womens-singles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Women’s Singles</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/classic-hardbat-world-championships-under-17/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Under 17</a></span></span></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/classic-hardbat-world-championships-over-60/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Over 60</a></span></span></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/classic-hardbat-world-championships-the-dream-team-wins-again/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: The Dream Team Wins Again</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/classic-hardbat-world-championships-finals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Open Singles</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/classic-hardbat-world-championships-and-amibo/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Classic Hardbat World Championships… and AMIBO</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 ITTF Pan American Cadet Championships (U15)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5415/2022/2022-pan-american-cadet-champs-u15/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the ITTF home page</a> with complete results. The event took place Aug. 23-28 in Cuenca, Ecuador. USA swept everything! <a href="https://www.facebook.com/100008080268770/videos/2161868007318931" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's video coverage from Jimmy Butler</a> (3:31). Here are articles:</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;USATT articles by Joshua Dyke:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/August/26/U15-Teams-Off-to-Hot-Start-at-Pan-Am-Cadet-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">U15 Teams Off to Hot Start at Pan Am Cadet 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/News/2022/August/19/United-States-U15-Teams-Journey-to-Ecuador-for-2022-ITTF-Pan-Am-Cadet-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">United States U15 Teams Journey to Ecuador for 2022 ITTF Pan Am Cadet 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/News/2022/August/12/Moyland-Captures-Gold-in-Girls-Singles-at-Pan-Am-Youth-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Moyland Captures Gold in Girls’ Singles at Pan Am Youth Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/August/11/U19s-Medal-in-Doubles-at-2022-ITTF-Pan-Am-Youth-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">U19s Medal in Doubles at 2022 ITTF Pan Am Youth Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/August/05/US-U19-Girls-Win-Team-Event-Final-at-Pan-Am-Youth-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">U.S. U19 Girls Win Team Event Final at Pan Am Youth Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/July/29/Junior-National-Team-Prepped-for-Competition-at-Youth-Pan-American-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Junior National Team Prepped for Competition at Youth Pan American Championships</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;Butterfly articles by Steve Hopkins:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/pan-am-cadet-u15-results-seven-events-seven-golds-for-teamusa/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Cadet (U15) Results: Seven Events – Seven Golds for TeamUSA</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/pan-am-cadet-championships-u15-moyland-and-tran-make-the-finals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Cadet Championships (U15): Moyland and Tran Make the Finals</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/pan-am-cadet-championships-update-usa-teams-score-gold/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Cadet Championships Update: USA Teams Score Gold</a></span></span></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/wang-and-moyland-impressive-at-wtt-youth-contender-in-ecuador/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Wang and Moyland Impressive at WTT Youth Contender in Ecuador</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Sally Moyland GoFundMe Page for Worlds</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/road-to-the-world-team-championships?qid=c6ae52b7bd067b459afb3ecfd02ff914" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the page</a>. "Sally is currently the Number 5 player on the 2022 national team, she has been told that she must be self-funded if she wishes to attend the Worlds Team Championships. She needs 7000 dollars for the trip to China." How good is 15-year-old Sally? At the Nationals in July, Sally made the final of Women's Singles, won Under 15 Girls' Singles and Doubles, Under 19 Mixed Doubles, and made the semifinals of Under 21 and Under 19 Girls' Singles. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>European Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.munich2022.com/en/table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the home page</a> with results for the event held Aug. 13-21 in Munich, GER. </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=Q9wNhEfTeNs&amp;ab_channel=TT11TV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Best of European Championship 2022</a> (6:22).</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=G5OLyDPjFWo&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Best of Dang Qiu at European Championships 2022</a> (5:08), featuring the new European 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=orfnPsyt6h4&amp;ab_channel=tacobackhand" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Trul Moregard's Biggest Win in His Career</a> (2 min), featuring the world #6 Swede defeating Timo Boll at the European Championships. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>I'm a Longevity Doctor, and I Always Recommend This Game for a Longer, Healthier Life</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.wellandgood.com/table-tennis-longevity/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Well and Good. "Volleying a ping-pong ball back and forth may not seem like much of a sport. After all, it usually doesn’t require any real athletic prowess, excepting the occasional lunge after a rogue hit. But when you delve into the mechanics of the activity, there’s far more than meets the eye (or hand). As you step from side to side, strategize your next shot, and reach to hit the ball, a whole bunch of systems fire in the brain and body, making regular table tennis sessions a secret boon for longevity."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Older Prevents Dementia, Let’s Play Ping Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://nationworldnews.com/table-tennis-older-prevents-dementia-lets-play-ping-pong/?fbclid=IwAR37wkNIXCu6_v44VL7dEHUFGyMaA90nWr5e-A-ZmaVZ_DxXv7YTuqd_xMs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Nation World News.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>"Hard Work Beats Talent:" Meet the 20-year-old Orthodox table tennis phenom battling discrimination and aiming for the Olympics</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://forward.com/news/514901/table-tennis-estee-ackerman-nadal-fei-ming-tong/?fbclid=IwAR2PRWg9MIA-TwovfNxsjXQnngL5mMBwpV26Qkdcb2fxdXxaq5SZcDJJwKs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Forward.com, featuring Estee Ackerman. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How Nigerian Paddler Quadri Aruna is Reinventing Table Tennis for a Whole Continent</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/nigerian-table-tennis-quadri-aruna-2022-commonwealth-games?fbclid=IwAR3C7AF9gpQjmI8ptnejdVwQrYahX9ZwigO4LedqGQ_v93dEXtO2rv1Jvuw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Olympic.com. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>'We Are Faster In Observing Things Than Chinese'- G Sathiyan Reveals How Indian TT Can Reach New Heights</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/sathiyan-gnanasekaran-exclusive-interview-he-reveals-how-indian-table-tennis-can-reach-new-heights-1037540?fbclid=IwAR3zD0aIF4oxPihcdMWfZWcZscsDuKfu3fdtSASLoTPtRo1HDkPIn89VRVw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Cricket Country. </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><br /> Since I've been away for about a month, rather than try to list every interesting article, I'll just link to some of the main news and coaching pages, and you can pick and choose.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Butterfly News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Samson Dubina</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSkills Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/articles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - Video</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qB0R__Vb9Pw3nQMw5haUg/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">TacoBackhand Videos</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/sethdan1995/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PechPong</a></span></span></li> <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/UCSdlsyWvr-EriabK13fZWSQ/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Central</a></span></span></li> <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/UCQNgmj_R1FCCx8KopqJ4vQQ/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Drupe Pong</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Smurf Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca887773594c2.wixmp.com/f/6ebd569b-be26-4210-9638-c725c4526f90/dfc18f5-e93a5bc4-b590-4ddf-abe7-99f51bb4538b.jpg?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7InBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcLzZlYmQ1NjliLWJlMjYtNDIxMC05NjM4LWM3MjVjNDUyNmY5MFwvZGZjMThmNS1lOTNhNWJjNC1iNTkwLTRkZGYtYWJlNy05OWY1MWJiNDUzOGIuanBnIn1dXSwiYXVkIjpbInVybjpzZXJ2aWNlOmZpbGUuZG93bmxvYWQiXX0.tKs-Z677iO7rYjNsDjWAYLwEA6V0INwkGC8ewyKB9gQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the cartoon</a>! (Translation: "Game, set and match.")  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Win 1 POINT, Win $10 (Beat Me, Win $100)</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=CPENSTbbp8Q&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (14:23) from Adam Bobrow! Here's another (12:29), <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZqycYCA4OA&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Beat Me, Win $100</a> (Sunset Edition)</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">Tue, 08/30/2022 - 17:19</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> Tue, 30 Aug 2022 16:19:03 +0000 Larry Hodges 3403 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3403#comments August 29, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3402 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">August 29, 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">I got back last night from seven days in Texas and seventeen in Mexico. My todo list makes the shark from Jaws look like a minnow and I'm a week behind on sleep. So I'm going to postpone this week's blog until tomorrow, Tuesday Aug. 30. Meanwhile, this week's Tip of the Week is up, along with the three I put up while I was away. Enjoy! </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 8: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3398" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Are You Really Serving Low?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 15: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3399" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Don't Be a Predictable Receiver</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 22: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3400" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Developing Your Game at Different Ages</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 29: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3401" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Where to Serve Short?</a></span></span></li> </ul> </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, 08/29/2022 - 16:46</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, 29 Aug 2022 15:46:09 +0000 Larry Hodges 3402 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3402#comments August 1, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3397 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">August 1, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Next Blog on August 29</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As noted below, I'll be out of town Aug. 4-28. However, there will still be a <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/TipOfTheWeek" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tip of the Week</a> every Monday. See segment "Houston, San Antonio, Mexico."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<strong>UPDATE </strong>- Here are the nine articles I wrote at the Classic Hardbat World Championships, Aug. 6-7 In Missouri, TX, just outside Houston.</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/2022-classic-hardbat-world-championships/" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">2022 Classic Hardbat 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://butterflyonline.com/classic-hardbat-world-championships-interview-with-steve-claflin/" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Interview with Steve Claflin</a></span></span></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/classic-hardbat-world-championships-alexander-flemming-who-will-clash-with-the-flash/" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Alexander Flemming – Who Will Clash with “The Flash”?</a></span></span></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/the-hardbat-rivalry-jimmy-butler-and-a-j-carney/" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">The Hardbat Rivalry – Jimmy Butler and A.J. Carney</a></span></span></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/classic-hardbat-world-championships-womens-singles/" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Women’s Singles</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/classic-hardbat-world-championships-under-17/" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Under 17</a></span></span></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/classic-hardbat-world-championships-over-60/" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Over 60</a></span></span></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/classic-hardbat-world-championships-the-dream-team-wins-again/" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: The Dream Team Wins Again</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/classic-hardbat-world-championships-finals/" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">Classic Hardbat World Championships: Open Singles</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tips of the Week</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">July 25: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3395" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Develop an All-Around Game</a></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 1: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3396" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Serving - the Trick Part of Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 8: </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3398" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">August 8, 2022 - Are You Really Serving Low?</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Classic Hardbat Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They will be this weekend in Missouri City, TX, just outside Houston. <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=102&amp;r=2207&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the player listing</a> by event – it's pretty strong! <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/August/02/2022-Classic-Hardbat-Championships">Here's my article</a> on the USATT News Page. (This is an update of the one published by Butterfly a month ago.)</span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"> I'm only playing one event – Over 60 Hardbat – and will be there primarily doing coverage. I expect to write up a storm!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Quick note to those in the Over 60 Event – you have no chance against my absolutely unstoppable forehand. Give up now. Your only chance is if you find my weak backhand. (Shhh – keep that a secret. I don't want others in the event to know.) There's a history behind this. In sponge (which is what I primarily play and coach), I developed a forehand-dominant style, with just a consistent backhand. With sponge, I could just rebound the ball back, over and over. But I can't do that with hardbat, where you have to stroke the ball more – and so my backhand isn't so good. Good thing that, at 62, I still move like a [really old and broken down] cheetah!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There was some controversy regarding this event and USATT, which initially wouldn't put the article up on their news page. However, after twelve days, it's been resolved, and USATT is going to post the updated article on their news page tonight. I'll link to it when it goes up. (I wrote a long article on this topic for today, but since it's been resolved, I decided not to post it.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Houston, San Antonio, Mexico - Sightseeing!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I leave this Thursday for a 24-day odyssey through Texas and Mexico, Aug. 4-28. Here's my 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">Aug. 4-7: Missouri City, Texas (just outside Houston) for the World Hardbat Championships. (See segment above.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 8: Sightseeing in Houston, in particular the NASA Space Center, and possibly the Houston Zoo or the Museum of Natural Science. </span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 9-10: Sightseeing in San Antonio, in particular The Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk, and likely the Historic Market Square, San Antonio Zoo &amp; Aquarium, and perhaps the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park &amp; Mission Trail. (I'm told I actually visited The Alamo once – but was one or two years old at the time, and somehow can't remember it!)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 11-28: <a href="https://www.tourradar.com/t/5092" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Guided Tour of Mexico</a>. The tour itself is Aug. 13-27, but I'm going down a couple days early on my own. The tour focuses on historical sites, including Aztec ruins, and so on. Place we'll visit include Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Merida, Chichen Itza, and Playa del Carmen. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 US Open Table Tennis Championships</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/July/26/2022-US-Open-Table-Tennis-Championships-Set-for-Southern-California" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the USATT news item</a> – they will be held in Ontario, CA (just outside Los Angeles, not Canada), Dec. 16-21, 2022. I will be there and so should you! It'll be the seventh time we've had a US Open in the Greater Los Angeles Area. I attended the 1994 and 1995 US Opens in Anaheim and did major writeups of the events for USA Table Tennis Magazine (I was editor) – in fact, I've been to every US Open and US Nationals from 1984 to present. My first Open was the 1976 US Open in Philadelphia. (I started playing early that year.) Alas, I missed the 1977 US Open in Hollywood. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The article says, "This will mark the first time in the 91 years of playing the US Open that USATT has hosted a major event in this Southern California inland region." This is a little bit misleading, though presumably they are referring to strictly the inland region east of LA. Below is a listing of past Opens in the LA region. Your best source for such info (including results of every US Open and Nationals in our history) is <a href="https://sites.google.com/view/usatabletennisresultshistory/home" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Table Tennis Results History</a>, created and maintained by Vince Mioduszewski. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">1959 US Open, Inglewood, CA, 18 miles from LA. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">1964 US Open, Inglewood, CA, 18 miles from LA.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">1977 US Open, Hollywood, CA, 7 miles from LA.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">1994 US Open, Anaheim, 28 miles from LA.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">1995 US Open, Anaheim, 28 miles from LA.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">2022 US Open, Ontario, CA, 35 miles from LA.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Maccabiah Games – 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.tttm.co.il/e/527-5484/Maccabiah-2022/Para-Open-Men" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Results</a> - it goes to Para Open Men results, with Tahl Leibovitz results, but I believe the rest of the results are there. If USATT puts up any news items on this before I go out of town on Thursday, I'll add links here. </span></span></li> <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/tahl.leibovitz.5/posts/2444027805738632" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Opening Ceremonies</a>, from Tahl Leibovitz</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://jewishlink.news/sports/52512-changing-the-world-with-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Changing the World With Table Tennis</a>, featuring Tahl Leibovitz</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://forward.com/news/sports/511820/stuart-weitzman-shoe-designer-philanthropist-and-competitive-table-tennis-maccabiah/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">He’s an 80-year-old shoe designer, philanthropist – and competitive table tennis player</a></span></span></li> </ul> <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've been away two weeks, rather than try to list every interesting article, for this blog I'll just link to some of the main news and coaching pages, and you can pick and choose.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Butterfly News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Samson Dubina</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSkills Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/articles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - Video</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qB0R__Vb9Pw3nQMw5haUg/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">TacoBackhand Videos</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/TTshorts/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">TT Shorts</a></span></span></li> <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/user/sethdan1995/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PechPong</a></span></span></li> <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/UCSdlsyWvr-EriabK13fZWSQ/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Central</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Fan Zhendong Moments of Magic</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=TeaURUzqcRM&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisCentral" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (9:19) from Table Tennis Central. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tomokazu Harimoto vs Lin Gaoyuan | MS | WTT Champions European Summer Series 2022 (Final)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chwVawzUgeE&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (14:05). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>China and Table Tennis: Inception of a Sport Juggernaut</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=S-zbknGxPOE&amp;ab_channel=Outofbounds" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (12:26), from Feb. 2021. I found this video fascinating as it covers the rise of Chinese table tennis and the Cultural Revolution's negative effect on it – leading to multiple suicides. My table tennis fantasy novel <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Pong-Larry-Hodges/dp/1512117080/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Spirit of Pong</a> has a chapter that's sort of a flashback during the Chinese Cultural Revolution for <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rong_Guotuan" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rong Guotuan</a>, China's first table tennis champion, who is featured in the video. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Kids of Austin Table Tennis Club</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=84UijzEtSKM&amp;ab_channel=KVUE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:09) from KVUE.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Rwandan Man Chases Career 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://english.news.cn/20220727/2e10e5f321b746318fe9fb85f814ba45/c.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the English News. "Didier Nzosaba, one of Rwanda's best table tennis players, is using his success to inspire more people to develop a career in the game."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Carlos Alcaraz Tries Table Tennis Amid Dominant Hamburg Campaign</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tennis.com/baseline/articles/spanish-teenager-carlos-alcaraz-hamburg-open-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and pictures</a>. Alcaraz is world #4 in tennis at age 19.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Commonwealth Games 2022: Tin-Tin Ho on Tackling an Eating Disorder and Sporting Stress</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.bbc.com/sport/commonwealth-games/62273399" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the BBC. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Little Tokyo Table Tennis Unites the Young, the Old, the Fashionistas</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/greater-la/homelessness-prison-parolees-ping-pong/little-tokyo-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from KCRW. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Clayton Kershaw To Host Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/dodgers/news/dodgers-news-clayton-kershaw-to-host-annual-ping-pong-4-purpose-ag1214" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Sports Illustrated. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong Hats</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=ping-pong+hats&amp;crid=T6KJFJY065NO&amp;sprefix=ping-pong+hats" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I bet you didn't know Amazon had so many</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Lots of Table Tennis Cartoons – in French</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/VeryBadPing/posts/1402287693587037" 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>How Panda Trains for the 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=aspCVE6VXz4&amp;t=4s&amp;ab_channel=PingSkills" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:04)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>This Serve Can't Be Returned</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=czM5ctDO-qw&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:31) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Mostly Non-Table Tennis</span></span></strong><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://larryhodges.com/">Here's my new blog</a> on my latest science fiction &amp; fantasy happenings, with some table tennis included. I'm always split between my TT and SF worlds!</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, 08/01/2022 - 17:37</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 01 Aug 2022 16:37:44 +0000 Larry Hodges 3397 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3397#comments July 18, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3394 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">July 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>=&gt;NOTE </b>– Next blog will be on Monday, Aug. 1. See segment below on "Upcoming Schedule."</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/3393" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Contact Point on Racket When Serving</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Strategic Versus Tactical Thinking</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">[I was going to write about this – and then I realized I could just copy and paste from my book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a>. Here are all my books – <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">buy a few</a> so I can afford supper!]</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">What’s the difference? Strategic thinking is how you develop your game. Tactical thinking is how you use what you already have to win. Strategic thinking is long-term planning while tactical thinking is short-term, usually confined to a specific match. (These are the general definitions, and they are what I will use in this book though they are not universal.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">For example, a strategic thinker with a good loop might think about what types of serves will set up his loop, and develop those serves in practice sessions. A tactical thinker might think about what serves he should use to set up his loop in a match against a given opponent. Strategic thinking takes place during the developmental stage of your game—which never ends as long as you are still practicing. Tactical thinking takes place while preparing for and playing a specific match. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Suppose you have a weak forehand attack against backspin. When an opponent pushes heavy to your forehand, you have to tactically choose whether to use your weak forehand attack (perhaps using good ball placement to make up for the weakness of the attack), or whether to just push it back. Tactically, these may be your only options. Strategically, you should note this weakness in your game and go practice your forehand attack against backspin so next time you aren’t so limited tactically. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It is the strategic thinking that leads to developing the tools needed for tactical play. But it works both ways—it is tactical thinking that makes you aware of what parts of your game need development, which leads to strategic thinking. Call it the Circle Of Strategy &amp; Tactics, or COST.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Many years ago there were two juniors at my club. Both started out together, and by age twelve were getting pretty good. One mostly won by pushing and blocking, a winning tactic, while the other mostly attacked, using tactics to allow himself to do so. When they played in tournaments, the pusher/blocker won over and over. Then one tournament match the pusher/blocker tried to win by attacking, and lost. After the match his father yelled at him, and over the next year his father made him play tactically, both in practice and tournaments, relying on his pushing and blocking to win. The other junior continued to attack, even though he kept losing to the pusher/blocker. Then, predictably, about a year later the attacker began winning, and soon his level was much higher. This was a classic case of strategic thinking (the attacker) versus tactical thinking (the pusher/blocker). You need both. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There are also countless cases of strategic thinkers who never learn to play tactically, and so never win at the level they should win. You need to learn both strategic and tactical thinking. It’s a balance. From a mental and tactical standpoint, you should develop the mindset that you should win, and expect to win, against players at your level, and even those above. Playing matches strategically too often (and thereby not thinking tactically) may affect this winning mindset. So find a balance.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As you read these pages, think about how each topic relates to your own game—which is both tactical and strategic thinking. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>My Upcoming Schedule</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'm going to be hyper-busy the rest of the summer, including a lot of travel. There will be a Tip of the Week every Monday – I've written them in advance – but no blog on July 25, and then, after doing one on Aug. 1, no more until Aug. 29. During that time I'll be traveling in Texas and Mexico – see schedule below. This Friday I'll be in a nine-day science fiction writing workshop. Do not even DREAM of asking me to do anything during that time – the workshop is all day, every day, and most nights. Here's my upcoming schedule. (Yes, my world is split between table tennis and science fiction.) </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">July 22-30 - Attending "<a href="https://www.odysseyworkshop.org/tneo/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Never-Ending Odyssey</a>" Science Fiction Writing Workshop, as I do every year. This is for graduates of the Odyssey Science Fiction Writing Workshop, a six-week workshop I attended in 2006. This will be my 13th TNEO, including the last ten in a row. (In the link above, you can see me in the picture, back row, third from left.) It used to be in person, in Saint Anselm, NH, but it is now online on Zoom. (Here's my <a href="http://larryhodges.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Science Fiction Writing Page</a> and <a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bibliography</a>.)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 5-7 - Playing and doing coverage of the <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/2022-classic-hardbat-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">World Hardbat Championships</a> in Houston. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 8-11 – Touring Houston (NASA Johnson Space Center and Space Center Flight) and San Antonio (Alamo, River Walk). </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 13-27 – <a href="file:///C:/Users/larry/Documents/Table%20Tennis/2022%20Mexico/5092.mexico-unplugged_tourradar.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Guided tour of Mexico</a>. The tour focuses on historical sites, including Aztec, Zapotec, Maya and Spanish cultures, with sightseeing in Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Merida, Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen. (Link above gives detailed listing of trip. Feel free to join me!) 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></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sept. 1-4 - Tentatively coaching at the <a href="https://joola.com/events/global-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Global Championships</a> in Orlando, then a day or two at Disneyworld. (No plans made yet, however.) </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Two Upcoming Major Events You Should Attend</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/2022-classic-hardbat-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Classic Hardbat World Championships</a> – this is my article on it, with relevant links. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://joola.com/events/global-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">$100,000 JOOLA Global Championships, Sept. 1-4 in Orlando, Florida</a>. I will likely be coaching at this event . . . then going to Disneyworld afterwards!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Maccabiah Games – Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They are taking place in Israel right now. Here are some 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.tttm.co.il/e/527/Maccabiah-2022" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Home page</a>, with results, listings of participants, etc. </span></span></li> <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/tahl.leibovitz.5/posts/2444027805738632" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Opening Ceremonies</a> </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://maccabiusa.com/maccabiah-open-table-tennis-set-sights-on-gold/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Maccabiah Open Table Tennis Set Sights On Gold</a>, featuring Tahl Leibovitz. </span></span></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/tahl-leibovitz-named-banner-bearer-for-team-usa-at-the-world-maccabiah-games/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tahl Leibovitz Named Banner Bearer for Team USA at the World Maccabiah Games</a> by Steve Hopkins</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-wang-hui-backhand-loop-against-random-plays/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop Against Random Plays</a> with Wang Hui (60 sec).</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-rachel-wang-footwork-and-consistency-training/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Footwork And Consistency Training</a> with Rachel Wang (61 sec).</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-simeon-martin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop Crosscourt &amp; Down-The-Line</a> with Simeon Martin (63 sec).</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">New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">He's been Busy! (See comment on first item under "VIDEO.")</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">ARTICLES</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://pingsunday.com/what-is-wtt-star-contenders/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What is WTT Star Contenders</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/is-table-tennis-a-dangerous-sport/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Is Table Tennis a Dangerous Sport?</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/surprised-upsets-at-wtt-european-summer-series/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Surprised Upsets at  WTT European Summer Series</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/why-did-fan-zhendong-refuse-to-play-in-the-wtt-european-summer-series/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Why Did Fan Zhendong Refuse to Play in the WTT European Summer Series?</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/ma-long-at-wtt-star-challenge-budapest/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ma Long at WTT Star Challenge Budapest</a></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">VIDEO</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=qtcXZ8Lvmoc&amp;t=4s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="So satisfying to hear the sound of Ma Long's techniques">So satisfying to hear the sound of Ma Long's techniques</a> (4:03) – This one was inspired by my July 4, 2022 Tip, <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3390" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Consistent Contact Leads to Consistency</a>. EmRatThich wrote, "Special thanks to Coach Larry Hodges for the coaching advices."</span></span></li> <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=IjQ-v6MKIFU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long, Cheng Meng are busy at WTT Summer Series">Ma Long, Cheng Meng are busy at WTT Summer Series</a> (7:23)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCNzzWp-500" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long nearly cried in WTT Star Contender">Ma Long nearly cried in WTT Star Contender</a> (1:55)</span></span></li> <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=qP1gOnNIlFw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Respect? He is the hexagonal warrior">Respect? He is the hexagonal warrior</a> (4:59)</span></span></li> <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=0cXzaJ1Fb6g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chen Meng shows her injury with Dimitrij Ovtcharov">Chen Meng shows her injury with Dimitrij Ovtcharov</a> (1:57)</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=68XntAUqFMs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Will Truls Moregard defeat all top Chinese players?">Will Truls Moregard defeat all top Chinese players?</a> (3:59)</span></span></li> <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=WLoZxyakS5k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to watch the WTT Star Contender LIVE?">How to watch the WTT Star Contender LIVE?</a> (1:45)</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=2wXWetcxzEA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sun Yingsha - Wang Yidi - practice service before the final">Sun Yingsha - Wang Yidi - practice service before the final</a> (6:14)</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=bd_zpvNEAfg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Match statistics - Ma Long vs Wang Chuqin - WTT Star Contender European Summer Series 2022">Match statistics - Ma Long vs Wang Chuqin - WTT Star Contender European Summer Series 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=QnQqsWgxm2A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Hexagonal warrior (Ads for car)">Hexagonal warrior (Ads for car)</a> (2:21) – with table tennis</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rlFkep1D24" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Congratulation to Wang Chuqin + Wang Manyu">Congratulation to Wang Chuqin + Wang Manyu</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=cwn5yRbxKVc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chen Meng withdraws from WTT Star Contender European Summer Series due to injury">Chen Meng withdraws from WTT Star Contender European Summer Series due to injury</a> (16:35)</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=V3uXFcXdLhc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long/ Wang Chuqin - Le Brun brothers">Ma Long/ Wang Chuqin - Le Brun brothers</a> (2:57)</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=zt1zfuF5wJg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Why Fan Zhendong refused to play in the WTT European Summer Series?">Why Fan Zhendong refused to play in the WTT European Summer Series?</a> (2:35)</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=7EfWofHXuH8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long training at 2022 WTT Star Challenge Budapest">Ma Long training at 2022 WTT Star Challenge Budapest</a> (7:33)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA6fQl_5HWA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Xu Xin's left hand is bigger than the average person's">Xu Xin's left hand is bigger than the average person's</a> (5:38)</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=hcunaRa3iOw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="99% of beginners in table tennis make this mistake">99% of beginners in table tennis make this mistake</a> (5:38)</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/your-first-tournament" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Your First 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://samsondubina.com/coaching/how-many-tournaments-should-i-play" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How Many Tournaments Should I Play?</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcCORLflyls" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long guides and corrects 3 Forehand techniques for Australians | (part 1)">Ti Long guides and corrects 3 Forehand techniques for Australians | (part 1)</a> (21:07)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FUWytE7jlk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long guides and corrects 3 Backhand techniques for Australians | (Part 2)">Ti Long guides and corrects 3 Backhand techniques for Australians | (Part 2)</a> (16:15)</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=TZ_9qwWqqZc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to make Forehand Drive with Short Pips">How to make Forehand Drive with Short Pips</a> (7:36)</span></span></li> <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=51-ATz5yQxk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long fixes Backhand Drive &amp; Topspin technical errors for students from Israel">Ti Long fixes Backhand Drive &amp; Topspin technical errors for students from Israel</a> (20:55)</span></span></li> <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=S5xZQAzNG3A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long fixes Forehand Block technique against Forehand Loop increasing spin">Ti Long fixes Forehand Block technique against Forehand Loop increasing spin</a> (15:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5dt-WQyieI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long corrects technical errors for students from Israel">Ti Long corrects technical errors for students from Israel</a> (16:14)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqGwmH8SiJQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE 🐐 DESTROYS UNTRAINED TABLE TENNIS LEGEND ALEKSANDAR KARAKASEVIC (KING KARA)">THE <span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Emoji&quot;,sans-serif">🐐 </span>DESTROYS UNTRAINED TABLE TENNIS LEGEND ALEKSANDAR KARAKASEVIC (KING KARA)</a> (1:34)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX-dIWe-Uvk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE TIME JENS LUNDQVIST WANTED HIS REVENGE AGAINST HARIMOTO">THE TIME JENS LUNDQVIST WANTED HIS REVENGE AGAINST HARIMOTO</a> (1:35)</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=lGnps2CgkCQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="CHUANG CHIH-YUAN PLAYS WONDERFUL TABLE TENNIS">CHUANG CHIH-YUAN PLAYS WONDERFUL TABLE TENNIS</a> (2:46)</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=v9edRt3CR3U" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="LIN GAOYUAN PLAYS FANTASTIC TABLE TENNIS!">LIN GAOYUAN PLAYS FANTASTIC TABLE TENNIS!</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=CfBsrwzlNgk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="XU XIN IN EXCELLENT FORM DESTROYS ZHAO ZIHAO 4-0">XU XIN IN EXCELLENT FORM DESTROYS ZHAO ZIHAO 4-0</a> (1:35)</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=GRBdIxLtOvg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="HUGO CALDERANO’S TOUGH DEFEAT AGAINST RUWEN FILUS">HUGO CALDERANO’S TOUGH DEFEAT AGAINST RUWEN FILUS</a> (3:02)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Drupe Pong</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eApoTlvgheo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Omar Assar Passive Blocks against Harimoto Tomokazu">Omar Assar Passive Blocks against Harimoto Tomokazu</a> (60 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=Ww6-G88uTbs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long clever push against Felix Lebrun!">Ma Long clever push against Felix Lebrun!</a> (1:41)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Lower Body Circuit; Coordination and Agility</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=xnXR7IYaZmM&amp;ab_channel=PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (64 sec) from the Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Central</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/UCSdlsyWvr-EriabK13fZWSQ/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">They have 20 new videos</a> this past week. </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-my-table-tennis-club-markham-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: My Table Tennis Club Markham</a></span></span></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/euro-summer-series-chuqin-surprise-winner/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Euro Summer Series: Chuqin Surprise Winner</a></span></span></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/euro-summer-series-moregard-to-face-chuqin-in-final/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Euro Summer Series: Moregard to Face Chuqin in Final</a></span></span></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/mo-zhang-and-paul-qi-headline-and-canadian-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mo Zhang and Paul Qi Headline and Canadian 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://butterflyonline.com/euro-summer-series-moregard-tops-world-no-3-to-reach-final/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Euro Summer Series: Moregard Tops World No.3 to Reach Final</a></span></span></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/quarterfinal-action-in-budapest-live-this-afternoon/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Quarterfinal Action in Budapest Live This Afternoon</a></span></span></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/tahl-leibovitz-named-banner-bearer-for-team-usa-at-the-world-maccabiah-games/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tahl Leibovitz Named Banner Bearer for Team USA at the World Maccabiah Games</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/News/2022/July/15/Road-to-Paris2024-Olympic-Table-Tennis-Qualification-System-Unveiled" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Road to Paris2024 Olympic Table Tennis Qualification System Unveiled</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/July/13/Rachel-Sung-Scores-3rd-Gold-Medal-in-Dominant-Fashion-Alongside-Dan-Liu" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rachel Sung Scores 3rd Gold Medal in Dominant Fashion Alongside Dan Liu</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/July/13/Tran-Brothers-Take-Home-Gold-with-Strong-Mens-Doubles-Finish" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tran Brothers Take Home Gold with Strong Men's Doubles Finish</a></span></span> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">by Joshua Dyke</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/July/13/Amy-Wang-and-Rachel-Sung-Win-Womens-Doubles-Final-in-Game-5" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Amy Wang and Rachel Sung Win Women’s Doubles Final in Game 5</a></span></span> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">by Joshua Dyke</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/July/13/Ping-Pong-Diplomacy-Event-Visits-Bay-Area" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ping Pong Diplomacy Event Visits Bay 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://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/July/12/Nikhil-Kumar-Captures-First-US-Nationals-Mens-Singles-Title" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Nikhil Kumar Captures First U.S. Nationals Men’s Singles Title</a></span></span> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">by Joshua Dyke</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/July/12/Lily-Zhang-Secures-National-Championship-Number-6-in-Womens-Singles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lily Zhang Secures National Championship Number 6 in Women's Singles</a></span></span> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">by Joshua Dyke</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/July/09/Nikhil-Kumar-Wins-First-National-Mens-Title" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Nikhil Kumar Wins First National Men’s Title</a></span></span> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">by Barbara Wei</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/July/07/Lily-Zhang-Claims-Sixth-US-National-Title" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lily Zhang Claims Sixth US National Title</a></span></span> by <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">by Barbara Wei</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>U.S. Table Tennis Tour Kicks off to Honor Legacy of Ping Pong Diplomacy</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=2zxnoEsvyhI&amp;ab_channel=CCTVVideoNewsAgency" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:30). "The first leg of a special table tennis exhibition honoring the renowned "Ping Pong Diplomacy" between China and the U.S. kicked off in Houston, Texas over the weekend, marking the start of a five-city tour which aims to carry on the legacy of the historic diplomatic turning point between the two nations."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/07/18/valuable-world-ranking-points-stake-tense-opening-day/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Thailand Para Open 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/2022/07/18/tong-chi-ming-makes-presence-felt-feeling-amazing/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tong Chi Ming makes presence felt, feeling amazing">Tong Chi Ming makes presence felt, feeling amazing</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/07/18/first-ever-wtt-champions-begins-budapest/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First-Ever WTT Champions Begins in Budapest">First-Ever WTT Champions Begins in Budapest</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/07/17/globe-trotting-scotsman-search-world-championships-place/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Globe Trotting Scotsman in Search of World Championships Place">Globe Trotting Scotsman in Search of World Championships Place</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/07/17/aiming-repeat-success-four-years-early-return-thailand/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Aiming to repeat success of four years early, return to Thailand">Aiming to repeat success of four years early, return to Thailand</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/07/15/ittf-president-visits-european-youth-championships-meets-sport-minister/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF President Visits European Youth Championships, Meets with Sport Minister">ITTF President Visits European Youth Championships, Meets with Sport Minister</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/07/13/stefano-bosi-bruce-burton-appointed-ittf-senior-advisors/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Stefano Bosi and Bruce Burton Appointed ITTF Senior Advisors">Stefano Bosi and Bruce Burton Appointed ITTF Senior Advisors</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/07/12/competition-managers-course-johannesburg-investing-south-africa/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Competition Managers Course Latest Initiative to Strengthen Durban 2023 Legacy">ITTF Competition Managers Course Latest Initiative to Strengthen Durban 2023 Legacy</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTT Star Contender European 2022 [Felix LEBRUN VS MA Long]</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=ERR3Yda-xno" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (12:42) between the French rising penhold star (world #80) and perhaps the GOAT from China. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Truls Moregard vs Wang Chuqin | MS | WTT Star Contender European Summer Series 2022 (Finals)</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=bQwUrq7-das&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (11:13) of the match between the world #5 from Sweden and #14 from China. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Funny Table Tennis Shirts</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://printerval.com/ping-pong-ninja-funny-table-tennis-player-t-shirt-p3486213" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ping Pong Ninja</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://printerval.com/table-tennis-accessories-for-a-ping-pong-player-t-shirt-p3484461" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dinosaurs Didn't Play Table Tennis Now They Are Extinct</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Happy Birthday Ping Pong Cards</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/ping_pong_birthday_card-137143227818465747?rf=238974999011995336&amp;" 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>Six Seconds of Real 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=UECWZuvut-U&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a>! (That's Nadal on near side, I think Djokovic on far side.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>When The Boys Take Ping Pong Too Seriously</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=UbfS_AJP-Iw&amp;ab_channel=YouTubeMovies" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (35 sec)! (It's from 2020, but I don't think I'd seen this one.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Political Table Tennis Cartoons</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.cagle.com/tag/table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are two</a>! (Greece, Turkey, and Refugees; Climate Change)</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, 07/18/2022 - 17:38</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 Jul 2022 16:38:46 +0000 Larry Hodges 3394 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3394#comments July 11, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3392 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">July 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>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 at the US Team Trials and US Nationals, 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">June 27, 2022 - <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3389" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What Is the Playing Style You Are Trying to Develop?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">July 04, 2022 - <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3390" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Consistent Contact Leads to Consistency</a><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline">.</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">July 11, 2022 - <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3391" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Five Ways to Force an Opponent Out of Position</a>.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Team Trials and US Nationals: Coaching &amp; Covid!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I returned this past Friday from two weeks in Fort Worth, Texas, for these two huge events. For the Team Trials, June 25 – July 1 (Men's, Women's, plus boys and girls U19, U15, U13, U11), our club (Maryland TTC) had an even ten junior players and five coaches (Wang Qingliang, Cheng Yinghua, Jack Huang, Jeffrey Zeng, and myself). For the Nationals, July 2-7, we had 18 junior players and four coaches (Cheng had to leave after the Trials). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The last three US Opens and Nationals were run very poorly by USATT, ending a streak of well-run ones dating back to 1994. Those who attended them or who read my blog may remember all the problems and the seeming inability to learn from the past. This time they brought in a new director, Mike Babuin, and other new staff, and Craig Krum made some adjustments in Omnipong, and this time they got it right. It mostly ran on time, helped by having extra tables and better scheduling. The facility was also nice. There were still a number of problems, but listing them would seem nitpicking. I already went over some of them with Mike and Craig. After three disasters in a row, our long national nightmare is over. :) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And here are the results and video! Congrats all the champions, including Men's and Women's Singles Champions Nikhil Kumar and Lily Zhang! (It's Lily's sixth.) </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.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2548" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Team Trials 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://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2357" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Nationals Results</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Women's Singles</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Final: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUcy6xQoB1c&amp;t=18149s&amp;ab_channel=USATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lily Zhang vs. Sally Moyland</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Semifinal: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdDPSNqkYBw&amp;t=175s&amp;ab_channel=USATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lily Zhang vs. Rachel Wang</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Semifinal: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el2w8CF9FOM&amp;ab_channel=USATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sally Moyland vs. Amy Wang</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Men's Singles</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Final: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUcy6xQoB1c&amp;t=22544s&amp;ab_channel=USATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Nikhil Kumar vs. Sharon Alguetti</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Semifinal: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdDPSNqkYBw&amp;t=4058s&amp;ab_channel=USATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sharon Alguetti vs. Jishan Liang</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Semifinal: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdDPSNqkYBw&amp;t=7130s&amp;ab_channel=USATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Nikhil Kumar vs. Kai Zhang</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">More Links</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/USATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">More USATT Videos</a> - lots of coverage of the US Team Trials and Nationals</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT News</a> - lots of coverage of the US Team Trials and Nationals</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I arrived on Thursday, June 23, helped run training sessions on Friday, coached on Saturday &amp; Sunday at the Trials . . . and then came down sick. Yes, Covid. I'd managed to go 2.5 years into this pandemic without getting it, and I chose a rather bad time to come down with it. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I actually had Monday, June 27 off, since we had few players playing in the Trials that day. So that became my sightseeing day, specifically the <a href="https://www.fortworthstockyards.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Fort Worth Stock Yards</a> and the <a href="https://www.fortworth.com/things-to-do/attractions/fort-worth-water-gardens/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Fort Worth Water Gardens</a>. I went over early in the morning with Stanley &amp; Kurtus Hsu, their dad, and Mu Du. Before leaving I was felling chills, but blamed it on my roommate, Cheng Yinghua, who had lowered the temperature in the room. I was tired all day, but blamed it on the 95 degree heat – we were mostly outside. I returned to the hotel in mid-afternoon – and that's when it really hit me. I was burning up. I finally went across the street, where there was a CVS, and bought a thermometer and Covid test. At 7:30 PM, my fever was 102.4, and I'm sure it was higher earlier. I took the Covid test . . . positive. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yes, I was vaccinated and boosted. But as Dr. Hwang explained – see below – these days that mostly keeps people who get it from getting it worse, and if I hadn't been vaccinated and boosted, I probably would have gone to the hospital and been sick much longer. Fortunately, no one else from Maryland or others that I interacted with seemed to have come down with it. However, I'm told there were a few other cases. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent the next week quarantined in my hotel room. (Cheng had to move to another room.) I bought cereal, milk, bread, peanut butter &amp; jelly, paper plates &amp; bowls, plastic silverware . . . and mostly lived on that, though I also ordered some online, mostly soups since I couldn't stomach much else. The first few days were rather bad. After that, the symptoms mostly went away. I started taking a Covid test each night, but it stayed positive. The guidelines from the CDC are I had to spend at least five days in quarantine plus a negative test. I finally tested negative on Monday, July 4 – and so, after one week, I was finally able to get back to coaching! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">A great thanks goes to Dr. Dennis Hwang, who was great help while I was sick – even prescribing and delivering Paxlovid, a Covid medicine, and other supplies. He was there coaching his son, Nathaneal, who made the US National Under 13 Boys' Team (top eight). I've known Dennis since he was 16 and a member of the USATT Resident Training Program at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, which existed from 1985-1993. I was at various times manager, director, and a coach there. Dennis was a part of it for four semesters, from Fall, 1988 through Spring, 1990 – and graduated as Valedictorian! (He's a pulmonologist, specializing in the respiratory system, i.e. the lungs.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'd missed the last five (out of seven) days of the Team Trials and the first two days of the Nationals, but went back into it 100%. (As a precaution, I always wore a mask.) While I was primarily there to coach, I was the defending champion in Over 40 and Over 60 Hardbat Singles. (I normally use sponge, but play hardbat on the side.) Because Over 40 coincided with some of the junior events I would be coaching, I didn't enter that, so I was only entered in Over 60. But after missing so much coaching time, and with many of our junior matches taking place at the same time as Over 60, I dropped the event. (I wonder how well I would have done after lying in bed for a week?)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This was my 83rd US Open or Nationals, dating back to my first Open in 1976, and including every Nationals and Open from 1984 to present, other than the ones cancelled in 2020. (I've also been to the US/North American Teams every year since I started in 1976.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">MDTTC had some pretty good results. 12-year-olds Ryan Lin (rated 2224) and Winston Wu (rated 2168, but recently as high as 2238) dominated Under 13 Boys. In the Team Trials, Winston came in first, Ryan fourth. (Ryan was actually in a four-way tie for second, and came in fourth based on their game records.) In the Nationals, they finished 1-2, with Ryan winning 4-3 in the final over Winston. That automatically made Ryan #1 on the National Team, so they were 1-2 in both the Nationals and on the National Team. The final of the National was a bit crazy – Ryan was up 3-2 and led 10-6 championship point. Winston fought off seven (7!) match points and ended up winning that game, 18-16. But Ryan won game seven, 11-5. Until he faced Winston in the final, Ryan had not lost a game in seven matches in Under 13. (They also played well in other events. Both of them, especially Winston, had a bunch of upsets, and Ryan had multiple match points on two 2300+ players.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.172578801909506/172576891909697" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Winston and Ryan</a>, with their dads. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/291860491_172579245242795_6067587549216370630_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=UzSQGJJgDP0AX_oCZpr&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-50GCCAi8aL50sDza3tiV24ER2H_djMzp6FkGpesxhlA&amp;oe=62D23643" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.172578801909506/172576845243035" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's Ryan</a> with his medal and certificate for winning Under 13. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/291550253_172579205242799_6943549688509410229_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=T5YxNphhT_sAX8C7vmi&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT_ncKGCL7M8T6r3xJRSWtnDLHb-0-7COuHV9bLkqps9cg&amp;oe=62D0FB4A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.172578801909506/172576725243047" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the trophy</a> they got for making the Under 13 Boys' National Team. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/291628468_172579135242806_7047223890187830535_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=gCWDbrMJrKsAX8HKvmc&amp;tn=QQdrFujAHTtuY7ZA&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8mq478QjjsorpVMKxYiUVcSQLA7Dez05AsUHKILgWdbg&amp;oe=62D0C760" 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">What does making the National Team mean? In this case, the top four will be eligible for the Pan Am Juniors. The Pan Am Under 11 and Under 13 Championships are Sept. 17-24 in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and it's likely Ryan and Winston will go on the Under 13 Boys' Team, along with Kef Noorani and Dhruv Chopra. (I might even go as coach – I've coached US junior teams in the last six months in Ecuador, Jordan, and Austria.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Stanley Hsu (2406) teamed with Yishiuan Lin (2205) of Massachusetts to win Under 15 Mixed Doubles. (I coached all their matches.) In the semifinals, they defeated the second-seeded team of Daniel Tran/Hannah Song (2553/2187) at -4,5,6,8. In the final they defeated the top-seeded team of Darryl Tsao/Rachel Wang (2516/2272) at 6,7,11. (Lefty Daniel Tran dominates in doubles - at these Nationals he won Men's Doubles, Under 19 Doubles, Under 19 Mixed Doubles, and Under 15 Boys' Doubles - and he did so with four different partners. This was his only doubles loss. He's the best doubles player in the US among juniors, possible among everyone.) Their only close call was in the quarterfinals, where they won 13-11 in the fifth over Andrew Cao and Amber Liu.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">So . . . how did they pull off these upsets? From my book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a>, "Tactics isn't about finding complex strategies to defeat an opponent. Tactics is about sifting through all the zillions of possible tactics and finding a few simple ones that work." That's what happened here – they executed one simple tactic that allowed them to dominate. (It also worked in the close quarterfinal match, but in that match the opposing team found a very smart, unorthodox tactic, but it only worked in one order – and it allowed them to win games two and four, and make gave five so close. The scores tell a tale – 6,-4,6,-8,11.)  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Most good coaches would have used the tactic. But that wasn't enough - the key was understanding that everything in the matches (based on the playing styles of the players) centered around this tactic. The players executed it beautifully and played great overall, and the result was they dominated against very strong opponents. (You have no idea how much I'd like to write specifically about this tactic - but then I'd literally be coaching against my own team!) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Stanley, 13, also made the Under 15 Boys' Team, finishing sixth. He and Mu Du won Bronze in Under 15 Doubles. Both of them will be eligible again next year, with all the players seeded ahead of him no longer eligible.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Samuel Altshuler, rated 973, upset a 1373 player to get silver in Para Class 6-7. Nicholas Nash won six consecutive matches to get the bronze in Under 1900 juniors. (Due to early ratings used for eligibility, the event included five players over 1900, with the top seed rated 2027.) Nicholas lost in the semifinals to eventual winner and second seed, Ben Zhang, rated 1983. Todd Klinger/Kurtus Hsu made the quarterfinals of Under 3800 Doubles. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Besides coaching our junior players, I also coached Navin Kumar in various Standing Disabled and Parkinson's events. (This was the first time we've had Parkinson's events, a nice addition.) Navin did well – he won Gold in Para Doubles Standing (with Ilya Rozenblat); Silver in Parkinson's Under 55; and Bronzes in both Parkinson's Open and Parkinson's Class 2. Here's a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10161932033404838&amp;set=a.10150451691719838" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">happy Navin with his medals</a> (here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/292635848_10161932033364838_7828649178391822124_n.jpg?stp=cp1_dst-jpg&amp;_nc_cat=101&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=s0IpCHrIBNAAX-HdN4J&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8I3tmp3t1K1k5FEy0WTM3sG8mB3UmWnP0J6fPx67Pr2w&amp;oe=62D1C557" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>), and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10161935034074838&amp;set=a.10151748324549838" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">me coaching him</a> (here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/293082793_10161935034069838_9018564488327021122_n.jpg?stp=cp1_dst-jpg&amp;_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=e3f864&amp;_nc_ohc=O-vS0ZRjrHIAX_DBhpX&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-TkPl37aGS6lD1vQX1R-N6urjCI-Tg-eV8gL0ug9G4xQ&amp;oe=62D1B699" 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>2022 Classic Hardbat World Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/2022-classic-hardbat-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's my article</a> on the upcoming event near Houston. Hope to see you there!!! Here's the current list of entries, by <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=100&amp;r=2207&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">name</a>, <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=2207&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">rating</a>, and <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=102&amp;r=2207&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">event</a>. (Look who's top seed in Over 60! But the other players in the event are scary.) </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 June 20 (due to the US Team Trials and US Nationals), rather than try to list every interesting article, for this blog I'll just link to some of the main news and coaching pages, and you can pick and choose. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT News</a> - lots of coverage of the US Team Trials and Nationals</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Butterfly News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Samson Dubina</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/articles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tom Lodziak</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSkills Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/articles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - Video</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qB0R__Vb9Pw3nQMw5haUg/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">TacoBackhand Videos</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/MALONGFanmadeChannel/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">MaLong Fanmade Channel</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/TTshorts/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TT Shorts</a></span></span></li> <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/user/sethdan1995/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">PechPong</a></span></span></li> <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/UCSdlsyWvr-EriabK13fZWSQ/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Central</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Sally Moyland Martial Arts</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sally, who just turned 15, won Silver in Women's Singles at the recent US Nationals. She won gold in Under 15 Girls' Singles &amp; Doubles, and Under 19 Mixed Doubles, and won Bronze in Under 21 and Under 19 Girls' Singles. She also came in first in Under 19 and 15 Girls at the US Team Trials held the week before, as well as fourth in Women's. So, what makes her special? Hmmm . . . could it be martial arts? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz3aClLCgsE&amp;t=21s&amp;ab_channel=%E6%9D%B1%E9%A2%A8%E8%A1%9B%E8%A6%96" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's video</a> of her from four years ago (82 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tears of My Opponents – 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/s?k=tears+of+my+opponents+ping+pong&amp;crid=2TVGLFEAZJX1N&amp;sprefix=tears+of+my+opponents+pi%2Caps%2C56&amp;ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_24" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's a selection</a> of cups and mugs!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>BasketPong?</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=5504271629623239" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (71 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Feline Forehand</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=-bHFp2tygtU&amp;ab_channel=TTDRAGON" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (15 sec) – if only our junior players could smash lobs so well!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Beat Me, Win $100</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=xwjadbUIuoI&amp;t=8s&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (13:51) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World's Most Expensive Racket</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=7eCs-3Ed-U0&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (9:15) from Pongfinity, where three players have to make their own racket – but one has a $1 budget, one has a $100 budget, and one has a $1000 budget!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis – Releasing Hitler</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My story <a href="https://www.metastellar.com/2022/07/11/releasing-hitler/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Releasing Hitler</a> was just republished by Metastellar. What happens if, a million years from now, Hitler is paroled from Hell?</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, 07/11/2022 - 17:40</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 Jul 2022 16:40:14 +0000 Larry Hodges 3392 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3392#comments June 20, 2022 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3388 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">June 20, 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 – July 11</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'm off for the US Team Trials and Nationals in Fort Worth, TX, June 23 – July 7, where I'll be coaching for two weeks. However, the Tip of the Week will still go up on both Mondays while I'm gone. See you soon!</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/3387" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">1% Hesitation = 100% Miss</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>MDTTC Open</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent much of the weekend coaching at the MDTTC Open at the Maryland Table Tennis Center. Here are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2468" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">complete results</a>, care of Omnipong. One nice breakthrough – after making the final in four consecutive tournaments (and losing some close finals), Stanley Hsu (US #1 in 13 and under) broke through and won Open singles, over Khoi Dinh, 8,9,5. He also teamed with Mu Du (who made the quarters of the Open) to win Open Doubles. Here's a picture of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/StanleyHsuTT/photos/pcb.752424772870806/752423292870954" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Stanley</a>, and of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/StanleyHsuTT/photos/pcb.752424772870806/752423299537620" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Stanley &amp; Mu Du</a>. (Here are the non-Facebook versions – <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/289350782_752423279537622_979056938430511014_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_ohc=1We5JqcxG-kAX9Is5GA&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT98kLuQUdlFWqnjiURBczeiamViYCk0xJa_B7lJbWJ8UA&amp;oe=62B68D39" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Stanley</a>, <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/289505452_752423289537621_3657457475155065421_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_ohc=hw11YBBk1VAAX-iZZxR&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-Tth1v7v72N3fmfG4S8-vYdBGYnt-q_oKof7bl1jpEJw&amp;oe=62B60ED3" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Stanley &amp; Mu Du</a>.) Stanley only lost one game in singles – to Ryan Lin (US #1 in 12 and Under) in the quarterfinals. Stanley, Mu Du, Ryan, and lots of other top juniors all train together regularly at MDTTC. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Serve practice and selection seemed to be a key aspect of many of the matches I coached. In one close match, up 2-1 in games and at 9-9, I signaled Ryan Lin to use a serve he hadn't used the entire match. It wasn't one of his front-line serves, and he only serves it with sidespin-topspin, but looks a little like backspin. Normally, when it's close, you want to use your best serves. But in this case I was pretty sure the opponent would hesitate and pop the serve up, something he hadn't done with almost any of the past serves. And he did – a serve and easy rip, leading to the win. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had worked with Navin Kumar a lot on serves before this tournament, especially his backhand serve, where he had a good side-top serve, but needed a fast, dead one. So he worked on the fast, dead one – and it worked! Player after player put it in the net, and he ended up winning his preliminary round robin. Ironically, he now was having trouble doing his side-top serve – but he's going to practice it to make sure he can do both at the upcoming Nationals. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached two players against two different lobbers, and both had difficulty. One problem with modern table tennis is that it's all centered around looping, so players generally don't smash as well as they used to. But a combination of patience, placement, and mixing in blocks enabled both players to win. One thing that helped one player was to always set up as if smashing to the wide forehand, and then, a little before contact, rotate the shoulders back and smash down the line. In general, when playing a good lobber, it's best to smash to the backhand and middle, and only go to the forehand when you see an open court. Most players are more consistent, spinnier, and have more range on the forehand lob than on the backhand lob, which was the case in the two matches I coached. They are also almost always a bigger threat to counter-attack on the forehand side. But it depends on the lobber. And, of course, it's always best if you can disguise your direction until the last second. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Nationals Entries</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's the apparently <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=2357&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">final listing of 752 players</a>, which is about the norm for a Nationals. Two surprises. First, last year's winner, Xin Zhou, who would have been top seed in Men's Singles at 2771, is only playing Men's Doubles (with Aditya Godhwani). Second, for the second year in a row, Kanak Jha, rated 2767 (and world #31 and presumably the favorite if he played), who won the event four times in a row (2016-2019, with 2020 skipped due to pandemic), isn't entered. Neither Xin nor Kanak are playing in the US Team Trials either. (Team Trials are June 25 – July 1; Nationals are July 2-7; both are in Fort Worth, TX. I'll be coaching at both.) </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/winning-mindset" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Winning Mindset</a> (5:12)</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/coaching/three-ways-boost-your-game" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Three Ways to Boost Your Game</a> (5:34)</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/think-circle" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Think Circle</a></span></span></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/fathers-day-gift" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Father's Day Gift!</a> – Pandemic Robot Training (2:46)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>5 Tips To Improve Your Reverse Pendulum Serve</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-5-tips-to-improve-your-reverse-pendulum-serve-with-vlad-farcas/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (65 sec) with Vlad Farcas.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ti Long Corrects 9 Techniques and Guides 3 Exercises</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=GDDtHtoNQdY&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (25:55). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CJev9NGq4M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE DAY TIMO BOLL WAS FRIGHTENINGLY CLOSE TO BEAT FAN ZHENDONG">THE DAY TIMO BOLL WAS FRIGHTENINGLY CLOSE TO BEAT FAN ZHENDONG</a> (4:37)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmpj_rgL22Q" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WANG CHUQIN SURPRISINGLY WINS THE BATTLES OF THE YOUNGSTERS">WANG CHUQIN SURPRISINGLY WINS THE BATTLES OF THE YOUNGSTERS</a> (1:12)</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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US8AFUMhp6w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WHEN TABLE TENNIS BECOMES SATISFYING (Best of defenders from perfect camera angles)">WHEN TABLE TENNIS BECOMES SATISFYING (Best of defenders from perfect camera angles)</a> </span></span></li> <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=huM4695WWbI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE CLOUDWAKER DESTROYING HIS OPPONENTS FOR 2 MINUTES STRAIGHT!">THE CLOUDWAKER DESTROYING HIS OPPONENTS FOR 2 MINUTES STRAIGHT!</a> (2:11)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from TT Shorts</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=MLo1DtUL1EU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="FAST table tennis Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world.">FAST table tennis Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world</a> (2:57)</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=W2jePtHnISw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Good place Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world">Good place Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world</a> (3:30)</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=mDBfmIoJF3c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Counter Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world">Counter Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world</a> (3:24)</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=Zzfpn67FOOo&amp;t=9s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Useful backhands 3 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world">Useful backhands 3 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world</a> (2:58)</span></span></li> <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=unok7Wak0Tg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Kill Shots | from the Best table tennis matches in the world">Kill Shots | from the Best table tennis matches in the world</a> (2:00)</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=sPjQ2UvUGmY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Beautiful Comeback | Timo Boll VS Jun Mizutani / 2019 German Open">Beautiful Comeback | Timo Boll VS Jun Mizutani / 2019 German Open</a> (4:37)</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>National Collegiate Table Tennis Association June Newsletter</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/newsletters/jun2022/index.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from 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/qiu-wins-in-lima/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Qiu Wins in Lima</a></span></span></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-mk-georgia-table-tennis-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: MK Georgia 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/lin-yun-ju-and-mima-ito-win-in-zagreb/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lin Yun-Ju and Mima Ito Win in Zagreb</a></span></span></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/ovtcharov-qiu-shine-in-lima/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ovtcharov, Qiu Shine in Lima</a></span></span></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/lin-yun-ju-and-mima-ito-favorites-in-finals-in-zagreb/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lin Yun Ju and Mima Ito Favorites in Finals in Zagreb</a></span></span></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/truls-moregard-and-lin-yun-ju-advance-to-quarters-in-zagreb/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Truls Moregard and Lin Yun-Ju Advance to Quarters in Zagreb</a></span></span></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/ovtcharov-makes-quarters-in-lima-as-many-seeded-players-fall/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ovtcharov Makes Quarters in Lima as Many Seeded Players Fall</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Butterfly/Bowmar</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/2022-wtt-feeder-westchester-highlighting-american-participants/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 WTT Feeder Westchester: Highlighting American Participants</a></span></span></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-africa-cup-comments-from-omar-assar-the-winner/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Africa Cup Comments From Omar Assar The Winner</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USA Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/June/17/Para-National-Team-Takes-Home-14-Medals-from-Cancun-Mexico" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">U.S. Para Team Takes Home 14 Medals from Cancun, Mexico<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none">. One of the silver medalists was Samuel Altshuler, who is from my club and who I work with in group sessions and sometimes coach at tournaments – though I wasn't along for this one. </span></span></a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/June/17/Friendship-Rings-True-at-Ping-pong-Diplomacy-Teams-Houston" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Friendship Rings True at Ping-pong Diplomacy Teams Houston</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>A U.S. Table Tennis Tour Honors the Legacy of Ping Pong Diplomacy</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=K7xCqmFSxWY&amp;ab_channel=CGTNAmerica" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:48). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How Many Table Tennis Players in the World</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-many-table-tennis-players-in-the-world/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from PingSunday/EmRatThich. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/06/17/featured-ittf-magazine-model-reliability/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Featured in ITTF Magazine: “The Model of Reliability” </a></span></span></li> <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/2022/06/15/brazil-launches-second-level-coach-education-program/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Brazil launches second level of coach education program">Brazil launches second level of coach education 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/2022/06/15/ittf-received-record-number-bids-host-senior-youth-veteran-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Received Record Number of Bids to Host Senior, Youth and Veteran World Championships">ITTF Received Record Number of Bids to Host Senior, Youth and Veteran 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://worldtabletennis.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Comparison of dynamic elasticity between two types of new material plastic table tennis ball: taking DHS D40+ and Nittaku 40+ as an Example</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://assets.researchsquare.com/files/rs-1683743/v1/c43ff19c-053a-494f-9e91-41dcf21c4cc5.pdf?c=1654500575" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the paper</a> from Research Square. Just some light summer reading. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Joo Sae Hyuk, From Defense To Offense</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=0ZA03FrT52k&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisTemple" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (37 sec). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Extreme 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.youtube.com/watch?v=97XKSIx9b-o&amp;ab_channel=Dreesus" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (4:45) – with one of the strangest and funniest commentaries on the game I've ever heard! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Gun Game 4</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=WHDFgneZIzE&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:54) from Pongfinity! Where they take on challenges with sandals, skateboards, irons, a jar of peanut butter, a racket with a huge hole in it, boxing gloves, motorcycle helmets, basketballs, spoons, and giant kids' toy car!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Belly Pong?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqpdhDmjkGc&amp;ab_channel=PingPongTrener" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (13 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 06/20/2022 - 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, 20 Jun 2022 16:49:33 +0000 Larry Hodges 3388 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3388#comments