Table Tennis Niches and Groups
Have you noticed that there are a number of people in table tennis who have their own "niches"? I'm a prime example; while there are plenty of other table tennis coaches around, none write anywhere near as much as I do, so my table tennis niche is writing. (Six books and over 1300 published articles on table tennis, plus this blog.) Who are the others? (This doesn't imply that this is all they do in table tennis; it's what they do that stands out, that few others do.) Anyone and any niches that I missed?
- Tim Boggan's table tennis niche is history. (He had others before, but this is what he mostly does now.) Mike Babuin and Scott Gordon are following in his footsteps. (Scott earlier found his niche as the main leader for many years in hardbat table tennis, so does he qualify for two niches?)
- Mike Mezyan's table tennis niche is artwork.
- Brian Pace's table tennis niche is videos. Jim Butler has recently been joining him in this niche. So has Gerry Chua and a number of others.
- There are a number who have found their niche as table tennis photographers. They include Mal Anderson, Gerry Chua, Diego Schaaf, Bruce Liu, Tom Nguyen, and the others I accidentally left off who will be angrily emailing me shortly. Then there's Ayoade Ademakinwa, with tabletennisphotos.com.
- Richard Lee's niche is running nationwide tournaments. Plenty of others run tournaments, but few others run big ones all over the country. Craig Krum also runs a lot of tournaments around the country with his Omnipong software.
- Scott Preiss, Adam Bobrow and Judah Friedlander are the table tennis entertainers.
There are other niches as well, but most have larger numbers - I'd call them groups instead. To how many of the following 50 table tennis groups do you belong?
- Top Player
- Paralympic player
- USATT Member
- USATT Officer, Committee Member, or Staff
- Practice Partner
- Club Owner
- Club President
- Club Officer
- Tournament Director
- 4- or 5-star Tournament Director
- League Director
- Entertainer (includes those doing exhibitions)
- Forum Member
- Forum Troll
- Mini-Cadet (Under 13)
- Cadet (under 15)
- Junior (under 18)
- Top Junior (any age group)
- Senior (over 40)
- Esquire (over 50)
- Senior Esquire (over 60)
- Veteran (over 70)
- Top Senior (any age group)
- Hardbat player
- Sandpaper player
- Long Pips player
- Antispin player
- Short pips player
- Inverted both sides player
- Lefty player
- Penhold player
- Seemiller grip player
- Player who trains regularly
- Player who takes coaching regularly
- Player who only plays matches
- Has played U.S. Open or Nationals
Larry Hodges Books
I finally put together a simple page where I can list and sell all of my books: larryhodgesbooks.com. It actually takes you to a page I created here at TableTennisCoaching.com. I'm not sure why I didn't do this long ago - I bought the larryhodgesbooks.com domain name a while back.
National College Championships
The USA National Collegiate Championships are this weekend, April 4-6, Fri-Sun, in Monroeville, PA. Here's their home page, and here's where they will have results. They will also have live-streaming, starting 9:30AM on Friday, which is why I'm letting you know now so you can schedule it for tomorrow! (I'll repost this note again tomorrow as a reminder.)
Werner Schlager Meets Wang Liqin in Shanghai
Here's the article. No, it's not a rematch of their famous quarterfinal match at the 2003 Worlds!
"…you make it that much easier for me to beat you."
Here's a nice table tennis meme. The title above is only the ending of the meme's statement.
ITTF Legends Tour Teaser
Here's the video (38 sec).
Ovtcharov vs. Mizutani
Here's video (1:07:29) of the final of the German Open this past weekend, won by Dimitrij Ovtcharov over Jun Mizutani, 11-9 in the fifth. Jump to 1:04:20 to see the start of the last point of the match - a great one! Or watch the entire thing.
Ten Cool and Unusual Ping Pong Table Designs From Around the World
Here's the page from Uberpong. I think I posted this once before, but I was browsing it yesterday and thought I'd put it up again. I don't think the first one was there before, the one with the brick wall and barbed wire! It'll take a lot of topspin to pull the ball down over that - or would you tactically play through the barbed wire? I don't think I covered this in my tactics book.
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