Tip of the Week
On Friday we had the final day of the camp in Fairfax, Virginia. In the morning we split the players into two groups. One group did various physical training and agility exercises with Wen Hsu (as they had been doing all week). The other group did multiball with me and hit with the robot. We did a lot of smashing and pushing, and a few worked on looping. We also did "player's choice," where the players got to choose what to work on.
Then we had a practice tournament. There were 14 players, so we divided them into two groups of seven, with the top two from each side playing crossovers. All matches were best of three to 11. For prizes we had a series of "large" prizes - a playing bag and copies of all of my books (signed). We also had table tennis key chains. The first place winner got his choice of two large prizes plus a key chain. Second was one large prize and a key chain. Third through six got their choice of one large prize or key chain. (All took books.) I donated the books - in all, the books chosen were three copies of "Table Tennis: Steps to Success," and one copy each of "Table Tennis Tips," "Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers," and my humorous fantasy novel (which stars a table tennis wannabe), "Sorcerers in Space." I also gave a signed copy of Table Tennis Tales and Techniques to all 14 players. (I have a lot of extra copies.) Camp tournament results: 1. Harrison Tun; 2. Brandon Choi; 3-4: Leo Diperna and Ian Ramanata; 5. Vincent Diperna; 6. Chris Kutscher.
Here's a camp picture, with two players missing - they had to leave early, alas, and we forgot to get a picture when they were there. (Coach John Hsu is in background, that's me on the right.) Immediately after the picture they took turns smacking balls at the cup fort, with me feeding multiball. Many cups dies in the onslaught, but Froggy survived.
Koki Niwa and His Techniques and Tactics
Here's an article on Japan's Koki Niwa, world #15, where he talks about his techniques and tactics. Includes instructional pictures and a link to a Koki Niwa tribute video (3:36). (Note that the "chiquita" her refers to is the banana flip - Chiquita is a major producer and distributors of bananas and other produce, so I'm guessing that's where it comes from.)
Seven Things You Need to Know to Master the New Plastic Ball
Here's the posting and some discussion at the OOAK TT Forum.
Sports Psychology - Recognize Your Feelings
Here's the video (5:27) from PingSkills.
Top 10 Servers in Table Tennis
Here's the video (12:40).
Marty Reisman: The Greatest Sportsman You've Never Heard Of
Here's the article from Esquire Magazine.
USA's Shivansh Kuma Finds Success at Guatemala Junior and Cadet Open
He made the final of Cadet Boys Singles, and teamed with India's Mudit Dani to win Cadet Boys teams. The two also made the semifinals of Cadet Boys Teams and the quarterfinals of Junior Boys Doubles. Here's the home page for the Aug. 6-9 event, with results, articles, pictures, and video. Here's the ITTF article on the Cadet Boys Teams.
Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open
Here's the home page for the Aug. 6-10 event, with results, articles, pictures, and video. Fifteen USA juniors took part in the event - here's a participants listing. Here's a listing USA major results.
- Krish Avvari: semifinals of Cadet Boys (here's a picture of him on the podium, second from right)
- Kanak Jha: quarterfinals of Cadet Boys
- Krish Avvari and Kanak Jha: Semifinals of Cadet Boys Doubles and Teams
- Adar Alguetti and Victor Liu: Quarterfinals of Cadet Boys Doubles
- Lily Zhang and Prachi Jha: Semifinals of Junior Girls Doubles, Quarterfinals of Junior Girls Teams
- Joy Li and Puerto Rico's Adriana Diaz: Quarterfinals of Cadet Girls Doubles
Bockoven Brothers Netting Success in Table Tennis
Here's the article from the Boston Globe. I remember going to a Seemiller camp in 1977 when I was 17 and father Ralph was one of the big stars of the camp! Connor and Chase are the heirs of that tradition.
Top Ten Places to Play Table Tennis
Here's the article by Matt Hetherington.
Final of the China Super League - Zhang Jike vs. Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Here's the video (39 min). To save time and add drama they only play to seven in the fifth game in this league. (Spoiler alert!) Dimitrij leads 4-0 in that decisive fifth game - but Zhang scores seven in a row.
100-Day Countdown to Change in the ITTF's Presidency
Former USATT President Sheri Pittman Cioroslan is doing an article every day during the last 100 days of Adham Sharara's ITTF presidency, counting downwards from 100. Previous ones are linked from the USATT News page, as well as in my past blogs. Seventy-nine down, 21 to go!
- Day 22: The Gift of Braking and Changing Focus
- Day 23: ITTF’s Museum Curator Chuck Hoey Preserves Our Heritage
- Day 24: Shahrokh Shahnazi Promotes ITTF’s P5 Plan, Even to the IOC
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Play Table Tennis
Here they are playing at a homeless shelter.
Ruini Li the Cover for the Milpitas Post
Funny Dog Watching Table Tennis
Here's the video (48 sec) - it's hilarious! (I might have posted this a couple years ago, but it's worth repeat viewing.)
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