TableTennisCoaching.com - - Your worldwide center for table tennis coaching http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/ en April 8, 2024 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3558 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 8, 2024</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="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3557" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Top Ten Things to Remember in Doubles</a>.</span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Excerpt from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a> by Larry Hodges. April is Doubles Month!)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and My Short Stint as Head Tactical Coach for the Chinese National Team</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I only coached one group junior session this past weekend (Beginning-Intermediate group) – our other coaches need the hours more than I do! I fed multiball for most of the session, then hit live with players the last 15 minutes or so. At the start we did a group shadow-practicing session, which is a good warmup, where we put the players through a series of stroking and footwork drills. Key things to remind players when they do this:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Lively feet;</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Cover the wide corners when moving side to side;</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Take a full stroke, with full shoulder turn on forehand;</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Imagine you are hitting a real ball.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As always, footwork is key to all drills. Active feet are a must. As I said to one player during the session, “Your feet should move like rabbits, not dead hamsters!” Meanwhile, I continued our weekly “What’s your name, Coach?” joke. This weekend I explained that my name was Esargrate, and even spelled it for them. I told them to call me Coach Esargrate. (Say it out loud. They figured it out quickly.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On a side note, remember how in last week’s <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3556" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">April 1 blog</a> I announced that China had hired me as the Head Tactics Coach for the Chinese National Team? Alas, when they picked me up at the airport I explained to them how I planned to convert the entire Chinese Team to the Seemiller grip. <i>I was joking!</i> But they have no sense of humor, and I never made it out of the airport. They put me on the next flight back home, alas. (If you look at the first letter of each line in last week’s blog, what it spells out is purely coincidental.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Now go and enjoy the eclipse – and see my Butterfly Eclipse cartoon at the end below!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action! They have two events left this season, a West Division event in Wichita, KS, Apr. 5-7, and the Championship Weekend at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28.</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://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></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/whos-going-to-chicago-princeton-or-florida/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Who’s going to Chicago: Princeton or Florida?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/major-league-table-tennis-championship-tickets-now-on-sale/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major League Table Tennis Championship Tickets Now On Sale</a> (for Championship Weekend at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28)</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-hanwei-wang-backhand-loop-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop from underspin</a> (2:14) with Hanwei Wang</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-hanwei-wang-backhand-flip-serve-return/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Flip Serve Return</a> (1:41) with Hanwei Wang</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-hanwei-wang-forehand-loop-from-underspin-and-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop from underspin and footwork</a> (1:50) with Hanwei Wang</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-bob-chen-returning-long-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Returning Long Serve</a> (63 sec) with Bob Chen</span></span></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-bob-chen-third-ball-attack/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Third Ball Attack</a> (67 sec) with Bob Chen</span></span></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-sanuka-herath-amicus-training-match-play-situation-drill/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Amicus Training: Match Play Situation Drill</a> (58 sec) with Sanuka Herath</span></span></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-sanuka-herath-amicus-training-backhand-flip-and-follow-up-attack/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Flip and Follow up Attack</a> (1:23) with Sanuka Herath</span></span></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-kou-lei-backhand-loop-crosscourt-down-the-line/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop Crosscourt &amp; Down the Line</a> (46 sec) with Kou Lei</span></span></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/fethomania-6-drill-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 6: Drill 4</a> (54 sec) with Stephan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></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/fethomania-6-drill-5/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 6: Drill 5</a> (54 sec) with Stephan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Pingispågarna</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=CeunDfibCmY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Playing to the POCKET: How to LEARN &amp; PRACTICE to IMPROVE your TABLE TENNIS | Ping Pong Tutorial |">Playing to the POCKET: How to LEARN &amp; PRACTICE to IMPROVE your TABLE TENNIS</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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZKDx0-hlWs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How To Learn and Practice with SHORT PIMPLES in TABLE TENNIS | Tutorial | Methods">How To Learn and Practice with SHORT PIMPLES</a> (7:25)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVTMoHmNfmY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How To QUICKLY Improve Your BACKHAND Opening | Step-by-Step Table Tennis Lesson">How To QUICKLY Improve Your BACKHAND Opening</a> (2:06)</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=xdyWNMc-rnY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fixed wrist issues and improved Forehand Topspin's power">Fixed wrist issues and improved Forehand Topspin's power</a> (7:18)</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=JUT76qbvqbg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Increases Spin for all serve techniques">Increases Spin for all serve techniques</a> (3:46)</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=odlhgyx90jI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tip Returns 4 types of serves - Forehand">Tip Returns 4 types of serves - Forehand</a> (7:35)</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=B9HgF5HpoVc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Increases the power of Forehand Flick">Increases the power of Forehand Flick</a> (6:30)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PongSpace</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M2qjvvk9iQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Correcting the Forehand Loop | Table Tennis Tutorial">Correcting the Forehand Loop</a> (4:06)</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=XtPAIKlNPbo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The tuck and roll - Jiangmen Youth Cup 2024 - Edmund Suen">The tuck and roll - Jiangmen Youth Cup 2024 - Edmund Suen</a> (11 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKoQvxz4F7g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Correcting the Forehand | Table Tennis Tutorial">Correcting the Forehand</a> (2:54)</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=_5YQ1tv3GjM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Hao vs Ryu Seng Ming 2008. My participation as umpire.">Wang Hao vs Ryu Seng Ming 2008. My participation as umpire</a> (9:00)</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=rMx8bYztb0I&amp;t=56s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="4 table tennis techniques you must master to go from beginner to master.">4 table tennis techniques you must master to go from beginner to master</a> (2:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ipa4piO2sM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sun Yingsha. Forehand the bets table tennis women.">Sun Yingsha. Forehand the bets table tennis women</a> (1:50)</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=I4aw7ZGXrqg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Manyu the best elite female backhand.">Wang Manyu the best elite female backhand</a> (4:21)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Dark Arts of Serving</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-dark-arts-of-serving/" 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>Roadmap to Learning Forehand Counter from Scratch</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=IJlXGQufwXM&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (20:43) from Drupe Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ping Sunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXN2uwIjseM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong lost Hugo Calderano | WTT Champions Incheon 2024">Fan Zhendong lost Hugo Calderano | WTT Champions Incheon 2024</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=VtyypqXABm4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long lost to Liang Jingkun | WTT Champions Incheon 2024">Ma Long lost to Liang Jingkun | WTT Champions Incheon 2024</a> (4:13)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUmquOOXBxo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Hugo Calderano defeated both LEBRUN brothers (Alexis, Felix) | WTT Incheon Champions 2024">Hugo Calderano defeated both LEBRUN brothers (Alexis, Felix) | WTT Incheon Champions 2024</a> (2:14)</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=KKoYm2i1Nx8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Chuqin = illegal serve ?">Wang Chuqin = illegal serve ?</a> (7:35)</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=SeKcQqGh2L4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long, Fan Zhendong at WTT Incheon Champions 2024">Ma Long, Fan Zhendong at WTT Incheon Champions 2024</a> (4:16)</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 and answers</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 National Collegiate Table Tennis Association</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">All articles by Michael Reff. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/pongspace-joins-2024-championship-fun" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">PongSpace Joins the 2024 Championship Fun</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/balancing-act-college-tt-and-academics" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Balancing Act of College TT and Academics</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/flying-solo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Flying Solo</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/paying-it-forward-nctta-alumni-2024-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Paying it Forward: NCTTA Alumni at the 2024 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="http://nctta.org/content/joola-and-nctta-partner-success" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">JOOLA and NCTTA Partner for Success</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/eau-claire-makes-it-count-2024-nctta-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Eau Claire Makes It Count at 2024 NCTTA 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="http://nctta.org/content/nctta-welcomes-new-national-organization-director-usatt" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NCTTA Welcomes new National Organization Director to USATT</a> – Kagin Lee</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/chuqin-and-zhendong-lead-mens-rankings/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Chuqin and Zhendong Lead Men’s Rankings</a></span></span></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/saarbrucken-repeats-atop-champions-league/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Saarbrucken Repeats Atop Champions League</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/breaking-news-2024-us-junior-national-team-trials-highlights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2024 US Junior National Team Trials Highlights</a></span></span></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-masters-games-see-you-in-cleveland-this-july/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Masters Games – See You in Cleveland this July</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Post Olympic Trials: A Thank You Note</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/post-olympic-trials-a-thank-you-note-by-rachel-sung/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Rachel Sung.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Navigating The Role Of An Olympic Alternate</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/almost-olympian-navigating-the-role-of-an-olympic-alternate-by-sally-moyland/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Sally Moyland.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Coach Mingwei Ju: Shaping Young Talents and Building Community</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/april/05/coach-mingwei-ju-shaping-young-talents-and-building-community" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the USATT article</a> from Table Tennis America. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Media</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=hLKptRulSag" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="🔥 Throwback | Jiang Jialiang vs. Lo Cheng-chun | 1985 WTTC">Throwback | Jiang Jialiang vs. Lo Cheng-chun | 1985 WTTC</a> (24:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEj7otAXxdo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="🔥 Throwback | Jan-Ove Waldner vs. Chen Longcan (1990)">Throwback | Jan-Ove Waldner vs. Chen Longcan (1990)</a> (17:10)</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=eY9FJrcxEcU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="🔥 Truls Moregardh | Best From 2024 Swedish National Championships">Truls Moregardh | Best From 2024 Swedish National Championships</a> (3:22)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/08/1-week-to-macao-thrilling-new-playing-format-unveiled-for-ittf-world-cups-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">1 Week to Macao: Thrilling New Playing Format Unveiled for ITTF World Cups 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/07/chen-mengs-quest-for-a-second-womens-world-cup-triumph/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chen Meng's Quest for a Second Women's World Cup Triumph">Chen Meng's Quest for a Second Women's World Cup Triumph</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/04/05/can-fan-zhendong-continue-his-world-cup-reign/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Can Fan Zhendong continue his World Cup reign?">Can Fan Zhendong continue his World Cup reign?</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/04/05/ittf-president-continues-equipment-manufacturers-tour-to-foster-sustainability/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF President Continues Equipment Manufacturers Tour to Foster Sustainability">ITTF President Continues Equipment Manufacturers Tour to Foster Sustainability</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/04/03/the-2024-ittf-international-umpire-examination-dates-revealed/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The 2024 ITTF International Umpire Examination Dates Revealed">The 2024 ITTF International Umpire Examination Dates Revealed</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/01/april-rankings-propel-over-100-para-table-tennis-players-on-the-road-to-paris-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="April Rankings Propel Over 100 Para Table Tennis Players on the Road to Paris 2024">April Rankings Propel Over 100 Para Table Tennis Players on the Road to Paris 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/01/iconic-trophies-and-medals-ready-for-the-revival-of-the-ittf-world-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Iconic Trophies and Medals ready for the revival of the ITTF World Cup">Iconic Trophies and Medals ready for the revival of the ITTF World Cup</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/03/30/legacy-renewed-exploring-the-history-of-the-ittf-mens-womens-world-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Legacy Renewed: Exploring the History of the ITTF Men’s &amp; Women’s World Cup">Legacy Renewed: Exploring the History of the ITTF Men’s &amp; Women’s World Cup</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Frog 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.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=2421447068245971&amp;set=gm.7287139668080028&amp;idorvanity=4708105259316828" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Cartoon1</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/048/607/577/large/jp_smile-driver2.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Cartoon2</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://images.fineartamerica.com/images/artworkimages/mediumlarge/1/the-forehand-smash-john-lautermilch.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Cartoon3</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://thumb.ac-illust.com/e1/e11c8c9a403801dbb01b40bbfe73a8f9_t.jpeg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Cartoon4</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://thumb.ac-illust.com/7a/7a35a706165d2794480c87de9f47c98c_w.jpeg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Cartoon 5</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.aliexpress.us/item/1005005933970350.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Hanging Frog Table Tennis set</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.scullyandscully.com/Webstore%20Product%20Images/BF245WB_0.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Frogs Playing</a> (and <a href="https://www.scullyandscully.com/austrian-bronze-frogs-playing-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here’s where you can buy the bronze sculpture</a> for $450!)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.google.com/search?sca_esv=807b745412b14cf8&amp;sca_upv=1&amp;sxsrf=ACQVn08Ewo0foltTkkBXZ72CmN7wvY2JkQ:1712584752179&amp;q=frog+table+tennis+paddles&amp;uds=AMwkrPt3WrCCUIpuQZiXY0TM3Lr1FP0nTYAfxsPJtI83gpZXZn3_EbrPunlM8lnphIIbmYXBmCDNjBvsiGuwW539-ywDQl7IvGJp7bWlhKU8UpDAMZMjKywR5px2RqpyjPewtNWRgfhib9cyYy3edaoJUvcWu-Ji8kodMy7scaRn3nofWSRn7Q_PUYjLrt9euRtW6HQ5YyJfIuxaRigloYAxZMSeWyzmjzOjPZ8g510HkFMYIJ-mwevJtBn4igeqrYdmenqTQk7KtRUxkIjFfHWobA-8TGE46VA8hPtgfKj0fknmCEKHzuDU7Zz5VYpYRjdia6gMROYV&amp;udm=2&amp;prmd=sivnmbtz&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwi9m7Su47KFAxX548kDHaUEC-oQtKgLegQIChAB&amp;biw=2560&amp;bih=1313&amp;dpr=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Ping-Pong Paddles</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Hypnotizing Ricocheting 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/shorts/XNCt74yi0oo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (15 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Someone Said Table Tennis is an Easy Sport</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=379581858393446&amp;set=a.178016111883356" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">This is what happened to them</a>! (Here’s the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/435778892_379581855060113_8236135447220504147_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=5f2048&amp;_nc_ohc=ZGpu63W68WAAb7nCjlZ&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-2.xx&amp;oh=00_AfALbGzGh-P45XbzTQHMHaBy5XySRS1pdy9AF74jl6PG_Q&amp;oe=6619CFF6" 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>Table Tennis Daily Takes on the Butterfly Legends</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=DY-frgd9qqI&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (28:09) as they play (with a 3-0 spot) against Michael Maze, Kalinikos Kreanga, Werner Schlager, and Zoran Primorac.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Eclipse</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/butterfly-eclipse.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a>! I didn’t know they made ping-pong balls that big. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 04/08/2024 - 16:39</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 08 Apr 2024 15:39:09 +0000 Larry Hodges 3558 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3558#comments April 1, 2024 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3556 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 1, 2024</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/3554" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">What Makes a Great Doubles Partnership?</a></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Excerpt from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a> by Larry Hodges. April is Doubles Month!)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;<i>BREAKING NEWS</i> - I’ve Been Hired as Head Tactical Coach for the Chinese National Team</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong>A</strong>fter 48 years coaching in the US, next week I start my new job coaching the top Chinese<br /> <strong>p</strong>rofessional players as the new Head Tactical Coach for the Chinese National Team. I’ve<br /> <strong>r</strong>eviewed videos of their players for months, and after weeks of emailing back and forth,<br /> <strong>I</strong> wrote up a detailed report with my tactical analysis last week to China’s head coach,<br /> <strong>L</strong>iu Guoliang. He read my book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a>, and says he’s its biggest<br /> <strong>f</strong>an. I look forward to working with Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin, and the<br /> <strong>o</strong>thers. I fly to Beijing on April 8 – I’m already packed. So, to all my fellow coaches and<br /> <strong>o</strong>ther US friends, when you next see me, I’ll be coaching China. They’ll use my tactics against<br /> <strong>L</strong>ily Zhang, Amy Wang, Kanak Jha, Nikhil Kumar, the Naresh brothers, and other US players.<br /> <strong>S</strong>orry! (The whole Chinese team is now required to read <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a>!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What, you mean you still haven’t bought my new book</a>!!!??? I’ve been patient with you, but if you don’t buy it today, tomorrow you will be docked 100 rating points.</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;SPECIAL NOTE – if you have a table tennis site and would like to feature or review the book, <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">let me know</a> and I can send you a free copy (print or pdf). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Junior Trials – Part 1</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I flew down to West Monroe, Louisiana, March 24-30, for the first of the two US Junior Team Trials. (Part 2 is at the 888 Club in Burlingame, CA, May 24-27 – I expect to be there.) <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=3593" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are complete results of Part 1</a>. The tournament ran well, run by Vlad Farcas with referee Linda Leaf. They even provided me with a chair when I explained that (when spectating and not coaching) I couldn’t sit in the bleachers for more than five minutes without straining my back, since they had no back support. The hotel was a seven-minute walk away. The playing facility was excellent, with good lighting and flooring, and extra tables for practice. On the down side, getting to West Monroe is tricky – not a lot of flights going there. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are two USATT articles:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/march/30/part-one-done-top-finishers-shine-during-junior-national-team-trials" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Part One Done: Top Finishers Shine During Junior National Team Trials</a> by Vlad Farcas</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/march/27/2024-us-junior-national-team-trials-part-1-begin-in-west-monroe" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2024 US Junior National Team Trials – Part 1 Begin in West Monroe<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"> by Vlad Farcas</span></span></a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I ran into difficulties prepping our players before the Trials. Why? Let’s see, first I injured my neck while chopping to a player (to prepare him for a chopper at the Trials), and wore a neck brace for four days, until four days before we left for the Trials. Then, the day before leaving for the Trials, while stepping a barrier, I put my foot down wrong and sprained my right ankle. I hobbled around for the rest of the session, then went straight to Walgreens, where I bought an ankle brace that I would wear throughout the Trials. It worked – I was able to play, though I had to wear running shoes for the extra support, which felt like playing on stilts. While the ankle problem made movement and forehand shots tricky, it didn’t affect my backhand blocking, and so I ended up doing lots of that – my backhand blocking in a drill is still a wall. Another problem is that since I was favoring my right ankle, it put pressure on my knees and back, which also began to hurt. But I survived. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We had six players from MDTTC competing – Stanley Hsu, Mu Du, Ryan Lin, Winston Wu, Richik Ghosh, and Carmen Yu. I coached all but Ryan and Carmen in some matches, along with fellow MDTTC coaches Cheng Yinghua and Wang Qingliang. Coach Lai from Taiwan coached Ryan. (Ryan spent much of the last year training in Taiwan.) Carmen was coached by her dad, Thomas Yu. As usual, there were many ups and downs. It was jaw-dropping watching some of them pull off great wins and then lose to seemingly weaker players – playing in a Trials isn’t easy! Lots of pressure. Stanley (15) won the Under 17 Boys’ Trials and finished sixth in Under 19. Mu Du (15) finished sixth in Under 17 Boys. Carmen finished third in Under 15 Girls and sixth in Under 17. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As usual, I spent a bunch of time watching videos of opponents and taking notes. I also brought my giant racket case, the one with six rackets of different surfaces. All but the hardbat racket have regular inverted (Tenergy) on the reverse side. I used two of the rackets to prepare players for opponents, the long pips chopping racket and the short pips racket. The six rackets had: </span></span></p> <ol> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Long pips with thin sponge (chopping blade)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Long pips with no sponge (push-blocking blade)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Medium long pips</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Short pips</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Antispin</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Hardbat</span></span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As usual, lots of tactical issues came up. Here are a few.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One opponent ate up any serve that went the least bit long, even ripping serves that were half-long, where the second bounce was right over the white line – he had enough power to right over the table. So we had to go to shorter serves. Fortunately, the opponent didn’t have a good short game, and so returned the short serves long, which gave my player the attack. Many of the short serves were no-spin and were popped up. He started leaning in over the table as my player served, so a few sudden deep serves paid off. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One bad loss came about for one simple reason – the opponent would serve backspin, my player would push long to the backhand, and the opponent would backhand down the line. The backhand loop itself wasn’t that strong, but my player felt uncomfortable against it and missed it over and over, leading to a close loss. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One of Stanley’s opponents had short pips on the forehand. Before the match I pulled out my short-pips racket and warmed him up with it for 20 minutes. It paid off. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There was a lot of focus on ball placement, both for rallies and serves. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Heavy pushes to the backhand were effective in a surprising number of matches, but not always. Against short serves, it’s almost always best to mix in short and long pushes, and flips, and adjust the percentages based on the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, and their serves. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Olympic Trials</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=3588" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are the results</a>. Here are some links. (I wasn’t there.) </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.usatt.org/news/2024/march/24/kanak-jha-amy-wang-lead-at-us-olympic-team-trials-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Amy Wang, Rachel Sung Secure Olympic Qualification</a> 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.usatt.org/news/2024/march/24/kanak-jha-amy-wang-lead-at-us-olympic-team-trials-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha, Amy Wang Lead at U.S. Olympic Team Trials</a> 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.usatt.org/news/2024/march/22/top-eight-players-decided-at-us-olympic-team-trials-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Top Eight Players Decided at U.S. Olympic Team Trials</a> 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.usatt.org/news/2024/march/22/qualification-kicks-off-at-the-us-olympic-team-trials-table-tennis-in-west-monroe" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Qualification Kicks Off at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials</a> 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://onedrive.live.com/?id=ACD8701C94F053F8%21257063&amp;resid=ACD8701C94F053F8%21257063&amp;ithint=folder&amp;authkey=%21AK75jGwnENwrfAA&amp;cid=acd8701c94f053f8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Photos by Grant Bergmann</a></span></span></li> <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/photo/?fbid=901180395348315&amp;set=a.488811663251859" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mixed Doubles Results and Commentary on Problems by Bruce Liu</a> on Facebook – feel free to comment if you were there. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Leadership: 18 Principles to Succeed at Any Table in Business, Sports, and Life</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Leadership-Principles-Business/dp/B0CYLNFCRT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the new book</a> by Justin Bookey, 293 pages. I’m in the book, where I told Justin about a match I once played where I used all sorts of theatrics, faking difficulties and missing on purpose, to convince the opponent to keep chopping (which I was very good against) rather than attacking (where he might have challenged me). The section is titled, “When Deception is Fair Play.” Here’s the book’s description from Amazon: </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Tens of millions of people worldwide enjoy ping pong on some level. And if you’re looking to enhance your leadership skills, ping pong offers surprisingly relevant lessons for success.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Justin Bookey has spent decades in both worlds. As an Emmy-nominated content creator and strategist, he’s worked with leaders at global companies to accomplish their business goals. As a competitive table tennis player, he’s trained with national and world champions and won medals at the US Open.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Those two worlds rarely overlapped—until Bookey realized that the core principles he learned while training to compete at the table also apply to success in business and leadership.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the 1970s, the leaders of the US and China famously used friendly table tennis matches as a first step in thawing decades of icy relations—an effort dubbed Ping Pong Diplomacy. Ping Pong Leadership takes the next step, showing leaders of all types how to envision and create meaningful change, from small business to the Fortune 500 and broader communities.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Along with exclusive insights from leaders in commerce, culture, and technology, this book distills lessons from the world’s most-played sport into 18 actionable and unforgettable “Pong Principles.”</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">For leaders, entrepreneurs, and competitors of all kinds, Ping Pong Leadership is a powerful guide to success at any table.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dana Hanson RIP</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The long-time table tennis aficionado left us two days ago. </span></span>Here's <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=829433835881817&amp;set=a.472051641620040"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#050505">In Memory of Dana Hanson</span></span></a> <span style="color:#050505"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal; text-align:start"><span style="text-decoration-thickness:initial"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="float:none">by the Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina Table Tennis Community. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s what USTT Hall of Famer Sean O’Neill wrote of him <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=7786930771326492&amp;set=a.270948149591496" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">on Facebook</a>: </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The entire table tennis community lost one of our greatest supporters and lover of the game with the passing of Dana Hanson this evening. </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dana played out of the Richmond Table Tennis club, but was a regular at the US Open, US Nationals and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/USTTHallofFame?__cft__%5b0%5d=AZX89Pr6JtTH5CLicFL5Avr0v7BUztWU0mtGhKkenSxjCutTycjr4BLvEdLf0dEJaxBV46L6V2kFbMaxcr6qMc5ohnMCS6kOZltO7H5xXWAPdiSV9OiECFIZPoUJZYuXd0J2OTQ-piwyHGUftPw_tm3mypop1cEheKiijhiKhRHNKSFnLONryZS1YFDc66Blz0Y&amp;__tn__=-%5dK-R" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">United States Table Tennis Hall of Fame</a> annual dinners. </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dana loved to play singles and doubles. Condolences go out to the members of RTTC, Moni Rot, and David + Donna Sakai who were close friends of Dana. </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Our sports brings together players of all kinds, young and old, big and small, and kind and generous. Dana possessed all of the best attributes of our game and he will be sorely missed by all that had the pleasure to hid the ball and play a match against him.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action! They have two events left this season, a West Division event in Wichita, KS, Apr. 5-7, and the Championship Weekend at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28.</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://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></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/whos-going-to-chicago-princeton-or-florida/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Who’s going to Chicago: Princeton or Florida?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/major-league-table-tennis-championship-tickets-now-on-sale/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major League Table Tennis Championship Tickets Now On Sale</a> (for Championship Weekend at Loyola<span style="color:#555555"> University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28)</span></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 (coaching at US Junior Trials), as I often do when I’m away for more than a week, rather than try to list every interesting article, here are links to some of the main news and coaching pages that have been active in that time, 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://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://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="http://nctta.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">NCTTA News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@pongspace9577/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PongSpace</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/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/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/@ttblab/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/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/@Pingispagarna/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Pingispågarna</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSkills Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Chop Block in Table Tennis: How-To &amp; When To Use It</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingpongruler.com/chop-block-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Alex Horscroft at PingPongRuler. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Fan Zhendong Slammed</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/china-personalities/article/3256212/champion-china-table-tennis-player-slammed-losing-crucial-singapore-game-after-joyfully-singing" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from the South China Morning Post (in English). The full title is, “Champion China table tennis player slammed for losing crucial Singapore game after ‘joyfully singing’ at Taylor Swift gig.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Chess at Light Speed</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2024/mar/19/ping-pong-players-from-all-skill-levels-ages-and-c/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, WA. The full title is, “Ping-pong players from all skill levels, ages and countries of origin flock to play ‘chess at light speed’ in weekly club gathering.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Talent Has Arrived</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/Arrived-Table-Tennis-Funny-T-Shirt/dp/B0CWL8DK49" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy this table tennis shirt</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Crowd Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://i.pinimg.com/564x/0c/7f/69/0c7f69c953670aa31f3acec63fabd2f3.jpg" 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>It’s Safe to Say I’m Winning: Rwanda 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.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10161057259343407&amp;set=a.10155654779233407" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a>! (Here’s the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/420168945_10161057259323407_9113031469983839838_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=5f2048&amp;_nc_ohc=x9A9UGCW254AX96REph&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-2.xx&amp;oh=00_AfDhpEVAVEYycLhBgnxEbGtmC_KFuMVVi4qNgX-smi9ZuQ&amp;oe=65FFBAC8" 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>Beat Me, Win $100 [China]</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycm-HLOpBaA&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (15:20) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tennis Stereotypes</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVGTykF2wNs&amp;t=299s&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (9:08) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis -  Confederate Cavalry on a Plane</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My humorous science fiction story, “<a href="https://www.metastellar.com/fiction/confederate-cavalry-on-a-plane/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Confederate Cavalry on a Plane</a>” was published at Metastellar on March 20. A physics professor and his student on a passenger plane argue about the possibility of infinite alternate universes, while being robbed blind by a bratty kid. The professor bets the student that even the most unlikely event possible must happen, leading to three very confused Confederate Cavalry charging down the aisle of the plane. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 04/01/2024 - 20:35</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 Apr 2024 19:35:52 +0000 Larry Hodges 3556 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3556#comments March 18, 2024 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3553 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">March 18, 2024</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 April 1</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Not an April Fool’s Joke! I’ll be out of town, March 24-31, coaching at the US Junior Team Trials. See segment below. So no blog or tip on March 25. </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/3552" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Let’s Talk About Shoes</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It has come to my attention that you - yes, <i>YOU</i>, the one reading these words - have not yet bought a copy of my new book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a>. I know who you are. I have a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long table tennis career. If you buy the book now that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you and I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will beat you in ping-pong and take your rating points. (Oh My God, Liam Neeson has Taken my words and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZOywn1qArI&amp;ab_channel=GreatestMovieClips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">used them in his movie</a>!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching, Neck Injury, and a Lot of Blocking</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As mentioned in my blog last week, I injured my neck last weekend while coaching. (I was chopping to the student and wrenched it.) I was in a neck brace Mon-Wed, and part of Thursday. I debated whether I could coach this weekend, but it seemed a lot better by Friday, so I came in. While it was still stiff and I had to be careful, I was able to coach. Of course, a lot of coaching is walking around and yelling out tips (“Move your feet!”), and feeding multiball, which weren’t a problem. I had to be careful with both forehand and backhand looping as both put a strain on the neck. But what I could do with no problem was block. For our top group (1800-2550), I spent two hours blocking to a rotation of players, ranging from 1800 to 2200. There were times where my block felt like old times, and nothing could get past me. (Then the player would loop at a wide angle that I couldn’t get to, which would be a wake-up call that my feet aren’t as fast as they used to be.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">At the end of the session with the Intermediate Group they played up-down tables, games to 11, with a one-point tie-breaker at 10-all. There was one player who, over and over, served short backspin, opponents would push to this backhand, and he’d step around and forehand loop and dominate the points. He had a one-point tie-breaker with another kid, and it happened again – serve, push to backhand, step-around forehand loop which won the point. I pulled his losing opponent aside (age 11) and pointed out that he’d been pushing to the backhand over and over, and asked why. He said, “Because his forehand is good, so I want him to play backhand.” I asked him if that had worked, or had the opponent just forehand looped from the backhand corner, since he knew the push return would go there. That’s when it hit him what the problem was. I told him next time he played someone like that, fake a push to the wide backhand, and then, at the last second, push to the wide forehand. I told him not only would it likely be a winner, but then the opponent would have to watch for that – and THEN you could push to the backhand and he wouldn’t be so quick to step around. The kid then moved down a table and played someone else – and on the first point, he did exactly what I’d suggested – and the kid he was now playing also had stepped around, and so the push to the forehand was an ace!  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Junior Team Trials</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’ll be coaching at the <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1091-74.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Junior Team Trials</a> next week in West Monroe, Louisiana. (If I put down “West Monroe, LA,” many will think it’s a suburb of Los Angeles.) I fly down on Sunday, March 24 (the last day of the US Olympic Trials at the same venue), we have a practice day on March 25, then the Trials are March 26-30. MDTTC has five players in the Trials (Stanley Hsu, Mu Du, Ryan Lin, Winston Wu, and Richik Ghosh) and three coaches going (me, Cheng Yinghua, Wang Qingliang, plus a guest coach from Taiwan who will be coaching Ryan Lin). This is the first of two Junior Trials, with Part 2 at the 888 TTC in Burlingame, CA, May 24-27. You can see the results each day at <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/t-tourney.asp?e=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Omnipong</a> – see <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1091-74.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2024 US Junior National Team Trials - Part 1</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:#555555">Major League Table </span>Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action! They have two events left this season, a West Division event in Wichita, KS, Apr. 5-7, and the Championship Weekend at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28. </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://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></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/whos-going-to-chicago-princeton-or-florida/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Who’s going to Chicago: Princeton or Florida?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/major-league-table-tennis-championship-tickets-now-on-sale/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Major League Table Tennis Championship Tickets Now On Sale</a> (for Championship Weekend at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Mental Training Tip: Focus on the “WIN” to Help You Win</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/mental-training-tip-focus-on-the-win-to-help-you-win/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here the article</a> by Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu, Ph.D.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Fethomania</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">With Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman.</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/fethomania-5-drill-1/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">FETHOMANIA 5: Drill 1</a> (52 sec) - Forehand Topspin against backspin that comes half long to Forehand. (I linked to this one on March 4.) </span></span></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/fethomania-5-drill-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 5: Drill 2</a> (53 sec) -  Backhand Topspin against backspin that comes half long to Backhand.</span></span></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/fethomania-5-drill-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 5: Drill 3</a> (57 sec) - Forehand flip against short backspin in Forehand to Forehand or Forehand.</span></span></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/fethomania-5-drill-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 5: Drill 4</a> (57 sec) - Backhand flip against short backspin in Backhand to Backhand or Backhand.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-5-drill-5/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 5: Drill 5</a> (54 sec) - RANDOM HALF LONG BALLS all over the table and Forehand Topspin.</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-tashiya-piyadasa-counterlooping-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Counterlooping &amp; Footwork</a> (64 sec) with Tashiya Piyadasa</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-lingshuai-meng-no-spin-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">No Spin Serve</a> (79 sec) with Lingshuai Meng</span></span></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-alex-yang-forehand-backhand-counterloop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand &amp; Backhand Counterloop</a> (43 sec) with Alex Yang</span></span></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-stuti-kashyap-forehand-push-forehand-loop-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Push &amp; Forehand Loop from Underspin</a> (42 sec) with Stuti Kashyap</span></span></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-jabdiel-torres-backhand-power-looping-from-underspin-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Power Looping from Underspin</a> (50 sec) with Jabdiel Torres</span></span></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-kou-lei-around-the-net-forehand-loop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Around the Net Forehand Loop</a> (77 sec) with Kou Lei</span></span></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-lucca-lobo-backhand-and-forehand-stroke-chemistry/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand and Forehand Stroke Chemistry</a> (45 sec) with Lucca Lobo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-darryl-tsao-forehand-middle-footwork-coverage/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Middle Footwork Coverage</a> (2:09) with Darryl Tsao</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-tiana-piyadasa-push-loop-combination/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Push &amp; Loop Combination</a> (62 sec) with Tiana Piyadasa</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to PLAY against LEFT-HANDERS</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=-VSNmm3Ti5Q&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> (8 min) from Pingispågarna.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How To Return the Sidespin 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=5uBLqrH9APs&amp;ab_channel=NickRuddTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:31) from Nick Rudd. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PongSpace</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wDwG-zJoFc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Looping after Chopping | Table Tennis Tutorial">Looping after Chopping</a> (1:55) with Yang Xiaoxin</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkKNDi_YU24" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Master Attacking with Long Pips | Table Tennis Tutorial">Master Attacking with Long Pips</a> (1:12) with Yang Xiaoxin</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/watch?v=2BFDz-1Ztug" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Chuqin vs Felix Lebrun | Who is stronger ? Singapore Smash 2024">Wang Chuqin vs Felix Lebrun | Who is stronger ? Singapore Smash 2024</a> (2:54)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZN13wlcaTQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WTT Singapore Smash 2024, Fan Zhendong loves watching Taylor Swift">WTT Singapore Smash 2024, Fan Zhendong loves watching Taylor Swift</a> (6:21)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU6ZdIseeEE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Lin Shidong illegal serve versus Timo Boll | WTT Singapore Smash 2024">Lin Shidong illegal serve versus Timo Boll | WTT Singapore Smash 2024</a> (5:15)</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=fjPDPkNVohQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="What is the rule if a player shouts or talks during a table tennis rally?">What is the rule if a player shouts or talks during a table tennis rally?</a> (4:40)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB6XXtBZvgI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Will Fan Zhendong be replaced by Lin Shidong for Paris Olympics? Singapore Smash 2024">Will Fan Zhendong be replaced by Lin Shidong for Paris Olympics? Singapore Smash 2024</a> (5:16)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAVb5igc2AM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong (WR #1) lost to Lin Shidong | WTT Singapore Smash 2024">Fan Zhendong (WR #1) lost to Lin Shidong | WTT Singapore Smash 2024</a> (7:55)</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=6aCfm-5XSdI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Why Ma Long lost to Patrick Franziska | WTT Singapore Smash 2024">Why Ma Long lost to Patrick Franziska | WTT Singapore Smash 2024</a> (6:52)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz5UGmKKW-s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Dimitrij Ovtcharov training at Singapore Smash 2024">Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Dimitrij Ovtcharov training at Singapore Smash 2024</a> (12:43)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIa0mohj6lI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA Long is still amazing at 35 years old">MA Long is still amazing at 35 years old</a> (18:06)</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=uSkZecrGUqs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Use booster on very hard Chinese rubbers">Use booster on very hard Chinese rubbers</a> (9:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzKY7oV9PMw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long, Chen Meng, Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin training at World Championships 2024">Ma Long, Chen Meng, Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin training at World Championships 2024</a> (15:28)</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=0grRRxPa4yI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="best moments in World Championships 2024">Best moments in World Championships 2024</a> (10:13)</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=9hpf9n6odqE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Reverse world class serving secret - Join the membership to see">Reverse world class serving secret - Join the membership to see</a> (3:36)</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=v5ocrZYs4Ak" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="High level Backhand Chop Block 🪓 - Tutorial">High level Backhand Chop Block <span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Emoji&quot;,sans-serif">🪓</span> - Tutorial</a> (5:47)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyQXvHcl0Ag" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fixes and Spin improvements for Forehand Push">Fixes and Spin improvements for Forehand Push</a> (4:45)</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=48EfpeM-KLw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to increase Spin for Backhand Push">How to increase Spin for Backhand Push</a> (5:09)</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=QSHMScjm8Fw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Advanced tactics: 5th ball.">Advanced tactics: 5th ball</a> (43 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpHkqdEDpu8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The best match of the World Cup Fan Zhendong vs Alexis Lebrum.">The best match of the World Cup Fan Zhendong vs Alexis Lebrum</a> (4:31)</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=9en89BQpcNY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The Man Who Beat MA LONG">The Man Who Beat MA LONG</a> (2:53)</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=Sf5LtDirnMM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="17 Year Old Plays Against The Best With No Fear">17 Year Old Plays Against The Best With No Fear</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=I27xLLib7lo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="LIN YUN-JU: The Silent Assassin Demolishes From Best Camera Angles!">LIN YUN-JU: The Silent Assassin Demolishes From Best Camera Angles!</a> (2:52)</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=WHwdkQyZWnQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA LONG: The GOAT Dominates from Jaw-Dropping Camera Angles!">MA LONG: The GOAT Dominates from Jaw-Dropping Camera Angles!</a> (2:48)</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 and answers</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dan Seemiller’s Top 12 Table Tennis Moments (in his own words)!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://ektt.org/blog/?fbclid=IwAR0IgslWCwWdl9_zwyPkMe_qv-NH3jEhSZe3ki3rSofqlYtFIWcHb16AqYY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from Around the Table. They are doing two per week, so they only have moments 9-12 so far. And perhaps pick up a copy of one of Dan’s books!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Table-Tennis-Skills-Strategies/dp/B089TZTLKT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Winning 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.amazon.com/Revelations-Ping-Pong-Champion-Dan-Seemiller/dp/1537589237" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Revelations of a Ping-Pong Champion</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Smash-Moments-Memories-Dan-Seemiller/dp/B08Y4HC7WR" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Smash! Moments, Memories, and Tips</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Talkin' Smash by JOOLA Ep10: Bridging the Gap from Social to Pro 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=ZDHWmRod9JQ&amp;ab_channel=JOOLATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (63 min) from Matt Hetherington with PingPod's Max Kogler.</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/singapore-smash-early-main-draw-action/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Singapore Smash: Early Main Draw Action</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/chuqin-and-manyu-win-in-singapore/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Chuqin and Manyu Win 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://butterflyonline.com/singapore-smash-boll-and-other-underdogs-give-way-to-top-seeds/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Singapore Smash: Boll and Other Underdogs Give Way to Top Seeds</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/singapore-smash-more-surprises-reach-quarters/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Singapore Smash: More Surprises Reach Quarters</a></span></span></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/early-upsets-at-singapore-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Early Upsets at Singapore Smash</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/rhode-islands-high-school-championship/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rhode Island’s High School Championship</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>United States Coastguard Becomes NCTTA Sponsor!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/united-states-coastguard-becomes-nctta-sponsor" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from the National Collegiate TTA. </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/2024/03/16/singapore-reaps-rewards-of-hott-sg-initiative-through-elevated-wtt-grand-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF &amp; Singapore Reaps Rewards of HoTT SG Initiative through Elevated WTT Grand Smash</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/03/14/clear-statements-on-the-costa-brava-as-prominent-names-add-to-previous-weeks-success/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Clear Statements on the Costa Brava as Prominent Names Add to Previous Week’s Success">Clear Statements on the Costa Brava as Prominent Names Add to Previous Week’s Success</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/03/14/ittf-visit-pukyong-national-university-during-world-championships-busan-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Visit Pukyong National University during World Championships Busan 2024">ITTF Visit Pukyong National University during World Championships Busan 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/03/10/astana-and-lignano-suggests-tension-even-higher-on-the-costa-brava/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Astana and Lignano Suggests Tension Even Higher on the Costa Brava">Astana and Lignano Suggests Tension Even Higher on the Costa Brava</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/03/09/cheng-ming-chih-causes-major-upsets-as-reigning-paralympic-games-champions-fall/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Cheng Ming-Chih Causes Major Upsets as Paralympic Games Champions Fall">Cheng Ming-Chih Causes Major Upsets as Paralympic Games Champions Fall</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/03/08/ittf-and-un-women-forge-partnership-to-promote-gender-equality-through-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF and UN Women Forge Partnership to Promote Gender Equality Through Table Tennis">ITTF and UN Women Forge Partnership to Promote Gender Equality Through 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/2024/03/06/my-gender-my-strength-a-journey-towards-empowering-female-coaches/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="&quot;My Gender. My Strength.&quot; A Journey Towards Empowering Female Coaches">"My Gender. My Strength." A Journey Towards Empowering Female Coaches</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/03/05/ittf-development-publishes-annual-report/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Development publishes Annual Report">ITTF Development publishes 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/2024/03/05/celebrating-busan-a-welcome-return-to-normalcy-at-world-table-tennis-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Celebrating Busan: A Welcome Return to Normalcy at World Table Tennis Championships">Celebrating Busan: A Welcome Return to Normalcy at World Table Tennis Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/03/05/high-quality-entry-means-lignano-is-no-place-for-the-faint-of-heart/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="High Quality Entry Means Lignano is No Place for the Faint of Heart">High Quality Entry Means Lignano is No Place for the Faint of Heart</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Greeting Cards</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://fineartamerica.com/shop/greeting+cards/ping+pong?page=4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy them</a> at Fine Art America.</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</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/table-tennis-ping-pong-dinosaur/dp/B07L1LTZ1J" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the shirt</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Cow 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.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Table-Tennis-Premium/dp/B0BNXZ63N3?customId=B07536XX75&amp;customizationToken=MC_Assembly_1%23B07536XX75&amp;th=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Cow Ping Pong Shirt at Amazon</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://racketinsight.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/The-Agressor.png.webp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bull Smash</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/TenHTOQ8fTg/maxresdefault.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Cow Smash</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://media.istockphoto.com/id/1286231742/vector/bear-and-bull-play-ping-pong.jpg?s=1024x1024&amp;w=is&amp;k=20&amp;c=Cdip8KNQmBes_QY3UZkbpbwPTAvVeBLcfwfPitSd6r8=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bull vs. Bear</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://cdn.nba.com/teams/legacy/www.nba.com/bulls/sites/bulls/files/0313_spin-62.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Chicago Bull 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://images.freeimages.com/365/images/istock/previews/1188/11885613-cows-play-table-tennis.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Cow 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://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61m0QasqV9L.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Cow Pong Pillow</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.zazzle.co.uk/cow+ping+pong+paddles?trchd=true" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Cow Ping Pong Paddles</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/set-of-cute-cow-playing-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Cow Playing Table Tennis as Mascot</a> (5 images)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Two Nancy Cartoons that Feature Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Both involve playing in Nancy’s crowded basement with Sluggo. </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://2.bp.blogspot.com/Urf6O8WJ_ci9Q1JPydjwHD3gQ5dUHKWysC4vZ9LSO6rSqCiMdJfnxSEd7Xb0Ie_McUZemgcR9zLqblOC0_ukO8NKnB-i-kAP7Pr4Zc7ofl1sKRM0EvNBsRz6JmIpjZSZYGb1_1S8XA=s0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Cartoon1</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/nLjw2Cu80iwC89mChiibaRZae8E3xoU5o-B9DYOhFULXk5FtN2BUPIkf8wTCOzSUFc4f1KBBTYuxtPtZF2uf_p5aMHz3O6NWz-N3GSaWF-hHgNPXAe0kcYypA8XVSSLL9qibTr4QCg=s0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Cartoon2</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Hide and Seek 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=bbcXL9FBlWE&amp;ab_channel=MarekZ%C3%A1%C5%A1kodn%C3%BD" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (7 sec) with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/@MarekZaskodny" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Marek Záškodný</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>5 Best Shots In Table Tennis History Recreated!</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=vymWslu63GQ&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:56) from Table Tennis Daily!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis – The Personary</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My very short fantasy story, “<a href="https://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmyths-com-issue-66/issue-66-stories/the-personary" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Personary</a>” (500 words) was published last week by New Myths Magazine. If a person goes to the library to read books, where does a book go to get a person to read it? Why, the Personary! And what if adventurous books have to avoid bullying books to get to the Personary?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My humorous science fiction story, “<a href="https://www.metastellar.com/fiction/confederate-cavalry-on-a-plane/">Confederate Cavalry on a Plane</a>” (4700 words) was published at <a href="https://www.metastellar.com/category/fiction/short-stories/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Metastellar</a> on March 20. A physics professor and his student on a large passenger plane argue about the possibility of infinite alternate universes, while being robbed blind by a bratty kid. The professor bets the student that even the most unlikely event possible must happen, leading to three very confused Confederate Cavalry charging down the aisle of the plane. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 03/18/2024 - 17:16</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 Mar 2024 17:16:30 +0000 Larry Hodges 3553 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3553#comments March 11, 2024 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3551 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">March 11, 2024</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"><strong>NOTE </strong>– due to a neck injury (see “Weekend Coaching”) I can barely hold my head up straight. So, I’m doing a shortened version of my blog this week, where I’m skipping all the usual links. (I’ll catch up with them next week.) Much of the below was written in advance. The rest I painstakingly typed this morning. </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/3549" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Four Types of Defense</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Doubles for Champions - NOW ON SALE!!!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">My new book is out at Amazon</a>!!! It’s 133 pages, with 109 pictures and illustrations. There have been many instructional books on singles, but rarely more than perhaps a few pages on doubles. So, if you like doubles, this is for you! (I’ve won a lot of doubles titles, but more importantly, I’ve <i>coached</i> a lot of doubles champions.) Chapters include:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Great Partnerships</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Start of a Doubles Match</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Serving in Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Receiving in Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Rallying in Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Positioning &amp; Footwork – fully illustrated</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Secrets from the Pros – see list of interviews below</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Tactical Doubles Stories</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Wacky World of Doubles – the funny side of doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Doubles Rules</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">World and Olympic Champions – complete listing</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The “Secrets from the Pros” chapter includes interviews, tips, and features on great doubles champions such as Stellan Bengtsson, Gao Jun, Nikhil Kumar, Amy Wang, Jasna Rather, Dan Seemiller, Sean O’Neill, Dell &amp; Connie Sweeris, and Dave &amp; Donna Sakai. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The book had an incredible Editorial Board, a virtual Who’s Who of table tennis, that edited, made suggestions, and improved and approved the book. In alphabetical order, they are: </span></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">Angelita Bengtsson</span></b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">, 4-time US National Women’s Doubles Champion; member of US Table Tennis Hall of Fame and the Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">Stellan Bengtsson</span></b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">, World Singles and Doubles Champion; long-time Swedish National Coach; and member of the US Table Tennis Hall of Fame</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">Mark Dekeyser</span></b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">, 40 years’ experience in singles and doubles; edited previous TT books by Larry Hodges; and author of “The No. 1 Brain Sport” in Active Seniors Digest.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">Sean O'Neill</span></b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">, 5-time Men’s Singles, 5-time Men’s Doubles, and 6-time Mixed Doubles US National Champion; Two-time Olympian; member and president of US Table Tennis Hall of Fame.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">John Olsen</span></b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">, USATT (State) and ITTF certified coach; Virginia State Open Doubles Champion; 16 gold medals in doubles (never lost) at the Virginia Senior Games and Northern Virginia Senior Olympics; one silver and two bronze medals for doubles at the National Senior Games. </span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">Dan Seemiller</span></b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">, 5-time Men’s Singles, 11-times Men’s Doubles, and 8-time Mixed Doubles US National Champion; former long-time US Men’s Team Coach; member of US Table Tennis Hall of Fame.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">Dell Sweeris</span></b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">, 4-time Mixed Doubles and 3-time Men’s Doubles US Open Champion; long-time US Team member and US National Coach; member of US Table Tennis Hall of Fame. </span></span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">Dennis Taylor</span></b><span style="font-size:11.5pt">, USATT General Counsel for 18 years; past USATT Board Member; past chair of the USATT High Performance Committee; and member of the US Table Tennis Hall of Fame.</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Get your copy now</a>! And if you like it, give it a nice review at Amazon. If you run a table tennis site and would like to do an interview or other feature of the book, <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">email me</a>. If you are a table tennis distributor, <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">email me</a> for the wholesale price list. (<a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a listing of all my books</a>.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and Neck Injury</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a busy weekend, coaching in four group sessions and one private session. Saturday went well until near the end, when I did a private session with Richik Ghosh (age 9, rated 1844) to help him get ready for the US Junior Trials at the end of the month. (We’ll do two more the next two Saturdays.) My neck had been bothering me for a few days, but it wasn’t so bad. During our session I strained it – and soon afterwards I could barely hold my head up straight! It got worse and worse. On Sunday morning I debated whether I could even go in, but decided I had to. But I couldn’t do any actual hitting or even demonstrate shots, could only feed multiball and walk around coaching in the two group sessions that day. I tried to keep my head up straight, but that was painful and so often my head was tilted sideways and forward, to the amusement of the kids. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’ve had this same neck injury twice this past year. Both times it took about a week of rest to get better. I probably won’t bother seeing a doctor, but I ordered a neck brace from Amazon that should be coming in today. I had one before but I can’t seem to find it. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Some of the focus for the day was on staying closer to the table. Some of our kids like to back up, while others naturally stay at the table. It’s best to be able to play from all distances, while favoring staying at the table. Giving up the table too easily by backing up is almost always a mistake. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We now have an ongoing tradition that I have a different name every session. It’s reached the point that I have to brainstorm for new names. On Saturday, I explained that when I was born, my parents took one look at me and said, “You’re Ugly!”, and the doctor thought that was my name, and put that down on my birth certificate, and my name is Coach You’re Ugly. (Yes, the kids called me by name, over and over.) On Sunday I explained how when I was born, parents though I had a pretty nose and so named me Nose, and that of course my last name is Table Tennis, and so my name is Coach Nose Table Tennis. (Say it out loud.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Nationals 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.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1091-77.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The entry form is up</a> and you can now enter at <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/t-tourney.asp?e=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Omnipong</a>. It’s in Huntsville, Alabama, July 3-7. I’ll be there, both coaching and playing. As I’ve done every US Nationals and Open starting in 1999, I proofed it for them. (I’m that weird type who can read a book, and on page 350 will point out something that contradicts what was said on page 50, plus I’m a long-time editor, among other things.) I just noticed that a few of my edits didn’t get made – I just emailed them. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Magazines, 1933-2014</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Vince Mioduszewski has made it his latest mission to collect and put online every USATT Magazine every done. I’d helped by putting together a listing of every <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/USATT-Leaders#Editors" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Editor</a> in our history, dates they were editor, and the number of issues they’d done. (There have been a total of 556.) I also put online <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/USATT-Magazines-Edited-by-Larry-Hodges" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">all 71 issues that I edited</a>. Vince you may remember was also behind putting the results of every US Open and Nationals online – the <a href="https://sites.google.com/view/usatabletennisresultshistory/home" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Table Tennis Results History</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">He's started to scan some of the old issues he has, including eight from 1935-1938. He sent them to me, and I put them online and created a page with links. Here it is, the <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/USATT-Magazines" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Magazines Historical Listing</a>! As of now, it only includes the 71 issues I did and the seven he’s scanned so far. Later we’ll get more, though he’s told me he’ll be really busy for a while and may not be able to get to scanning the rest for a while. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Magazines, 1976-2014</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I started playing and joined USATT in 1976. I received every USATT Magazine during that time, but somehow, along the way, lost a few of them. The last year or so I’ve been trying to complete my collection for that period – and I finally got the last one missing! Mike Babuin sent me a copy of the May 1989 issue, and so my collection is complete for that time period. Of course, there were lots of issues before 1976, starting in 1933, but I’ll let someone else collect those. Here’s a listing of <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/LarryHodgesTTCollections.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">my complete table tennis memorabilia collection</a>, including the magazines. (They stopped doing USATT Magazine in 2014.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>NPR Puzzlemaster Will Shortz Says He Is Recovering From a Stroke</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.npr.org/2024/03/03/1235697837/npr-puzzlemaster-will-shortz-stroke" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article from NPR</a>. Will is the owner of the Westchester TTC and a member of the USATT Board of Directors. Will said, "Hey guys, this is Will Shortz. Sorry I've been out the last few weeks. I had a stroke on Feb. 4 and have been in rehabilitation since then, but I am making progress. I'm looking forward to being back with new puzzles soon.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Intense Table Tennis Training – with Wheels</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=1413720042574021" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (33 sec). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Extremely Hard 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=R9yMa8yQSNo&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:08) from Pongfinity! Now they’re playing with holes drilled on the table. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis – 200th Short Story Sale</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a major breakthrough this past week – I sold my 200th science fiction/fantasy short story. (That includes 156 original sales and 44 resales.) The story was, “Two Democratic Civilizations Passing in the Twilight of the Boondocks of the Galaxy” to Ahoy Comics. (It’s my second sale to them.) A huge ship of galaxy-wandering snake-like aliens shows up, and since they outnumber humans (it’s a big ship and they’re crammed into it) and since they worship democracy, they claim Earth as their own . . . and give us one hour to leave. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Another story of mine, “<a href="https://flashfictionmagazine.com/blog/2024/03/05/a-tale-of-one-city/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">A Tale of One City</a>,” went up at Flash Fiction Magazine this past week. It’s sort of a takeoff of “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens and the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. What happens when a developing but average writer starts a mass movement that worships averageness, and condemns all that is great or poor – but runs into the problem of how to grow a mass movement that condemns your very success in growing it?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 03/11/2024 - 15:30</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, 11 Mar 2024 15:30:38 +0000 Larry Hodges 3551 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3551#comments March 4, 2024 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3548 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">March 4, 2024</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="The%20Definition%20of%20Insanity%20and%20Its%20Table%20Tennis%20Implications" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Definition of Insanity and Its Table Tennis Implications</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2024 US Table Tennis Hall of Fame Inductions</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://ustthof.projecttabletennis.com/2024/03/04/class-of-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the announcement</a>! Inducted this year are Glenn Cowan as a player, Stellan Bengtsson and Dennis Taylor as contributors, and Patty Martinez-Wasserman the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner will be held on Oct. 10 at the Houston International TT Academy, in conjunction with the Si and Patty Wasserman Jr. &amp; Open Championships on Oct. 11-13. (I expect to be there, both for the HoF Inductions &amp; dinner and to coach at the tournament.) I’ll be doing the Hall of Fame program booklet, as I’ve done since 2009. Already started on it! (On a side note, both Stellan and Dennis are on the Editorial Board for my upcoming book, “Table Tennis Doubles for Champions,” which should be out by the end of March.) Here are the honorees:</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>Glenn Cowan</b> was on the US Ping-Pong Diplomacy Team to China in 1971 where he is credited with making friends and exchanging gifts with Zhuang Zedong, which helped lead to Ping-Pong Diplomacy. (He was the only player on the team not yet inducted.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Stellan Bengtsson</b> had a stellar career as a Swedish player (1971 World Men’s Singles Champion, 1973 World Doubles and Team Champion, many-time European and Swedish Champion) as well as a coach, both in Sweden and then the US. For the US, he was instrumental in coaching Jimmy Butler and numerous Para players. [NOTE - As noted in the announcement, Stellan will be inducted with the 2025 Class due to travel concerns.]</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dennis Taylor</b> was the USATT pro-bono lawyer for 18 years, a member of the board of directors, and chaired a number of committees, including the High Performance Committee. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong>Patty Martinez-Wasserman</strong> has won a zillion titles, including three-time US Open Women’s Singles Champion, and even more titles through the years in various senior events, including a total of 14 medals (7 golds) at the 2023 US Nationals and Open. </span></span></li> </ul> <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"><a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=3575" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are the results</a> of the tournament at my home club in Gaithersburg, Maryland. There were two notable breakthroughs in this tournament. First, Stanley Hsu, 15, who recently achieved an even 2500 rating, won Open Singles. He’s won a few before, but what’s notable is that he upset Bruno Ventura Dos Anj in the final, rated 2571. (Bruno is one of Stanley’s coaches and practice partners.) The other breakthrough was 9-year-old Ritchik Ghosh’s performance. He came in rated 1632, and won both Under 1900 and Under 2000! Along the way he won 13 matches in the two events, including players rated 1743, 1852, 1877, and 1925, losing only one game to these players, and had no bad losses. I coached him in six of his Under 1900 matches, and he easily won them all 3-0 – I kept waiting for a real match to break out where he might actually need me! His focus is very good, so my coaching is mostly about serve, receive, and ball placement. (He can go from focused champion at the table one minute, to joking around playing other kids on the mini-table the next.) I’ll likely be coaching him at the US Junior Team Trials in West Monroe, Louisiana, March 26-30, where he’ll be in Under 11 and Under 13. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action!</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://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></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/major-drama-brewing-with-two-regular-season-events-left/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Major Drama Brewing With Two Regular Season Events Left</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/major-league-table-tennis-championship-tickets-now-on-sale/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Major League Table Tennis Championship Tickets Now On Sale</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYoOqWfloso&amp;ab_channel=MajorLeagueTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TOP 10 PLAYS -- Everett, WA</a> (6:26)</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/fethomania-4-drill-9/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 4: Drill 9</a> (56 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></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/fethomania-5-drill-1/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 5: Drill 1</a> (52 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></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-stuti-kashyap-forehand-loop-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop from underspin</a> (42 sec) with Stuti Kashyap</span></span></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-hong-lin-reversed-penhold-backhand-block/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Reversed Penhold Backhand Block</a> (59 sec) with Hong Lin</span></span></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-angel-naranjo-backhand-loop-from-middle-forehand/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop from Middle &amp; Forehand</a> (54 sec) with Angel Naranjo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-geovanny-coello-forehand-backhand-loop-with-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand &amp; Backhand Loop with Footwork</a> (63 sec) with Geovanny Coello</span></span></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-tiffany-ke-random-and-sequence-play/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Random and Sequence Play</a> (69 sec) with Tiffany Ke</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-zhigao-si-backhand-loop-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop from underspin</a> (65 sec) with Zhigao Si</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tips &amp; Tricks, How to Read and Return a spinny SERVE</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=644zaEajRL8&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:19) from Pingispågarna.</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=qtpHWcCHlcE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="COACHES NEVER GIVE UP - Powerful motivational video (World Records)">COACHES NEVER GIVE UP - Powerful motivational video</a> (11:06)</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=rHLzQB-ICaw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Improved the power of Forehand Topspin against Backspin (high level)">Improved the power of Forehand Topspin against Backspin</a> (6:52)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM_EowL3cw4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Instructions for serving Killer - secret transformation">Instructions for serving Killer - secret transformation</a> (7:01)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Do You Practice Returning Serves? If Not, Why Not?</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/do-you-practise-returning-serves-if-not-why-not/" 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>Sports Psychology by Dora Kurimay</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://dorakurimay.com/blog/#allblogs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s her blog page</a> – lots of topics! Here’s her <a href="https://dorakurimay.com/products/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">sports psychology books and videos</a>. Who is she? <a href="https://dorakurimay.com/about/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s her bio</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Jon Gustavson</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletennisgwinnett.com/blog" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">They are at his blog page</a>. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Roll the Low Ones -Hit The High Ones</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Student of 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 Sticky Situation</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Roadmap to Learning the Strokes – Introduction</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=73Y1M6jXYPU&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (5:01) from Drupe Pong. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Attacking with Long Pips</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEc8pKP-cns&amp;ab_channel=PongSpace" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:38) from PongSpace, with World #13 Yang Xiaoxin. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIveNVPjc5A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="World Team Table Tennis Championships 2024 - Team China Training Practice Sessions with coach Ma Lin">World Team Table Tennis Championships 2024 - Team China Training Practice Sessions with coach Ma Lin</a> (29:50)</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=XtBcO7vD-nQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Japan vs China - Final women 2024 - World Championships 2024 - Hina Hayata, Mima Ito, Miwa Harimoto">Japan vs China - Final women 2024 - World Championships 2024 - Hina Hayata, Mima Ito, Miwa Harimoto</a> (22:53)</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=IdNFIgkGD0M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="China vs Korea | Jang Woo-jin, Lim Jong-hoon, Lee Sang-su vs Wang Chuqin, Ma Long, Fan Zhendong">China vs Korea | Jang Woo-jin, Lim Jong-hoon, Lee Sang-su vs Wang Chuqin, Ma Long, Fan Zhendong</a> (13:16)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTBc3K3SuWA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Chuqin, Fan Zhendong training at World Championships 2024">Wang Chuqin, Fan Zhendong training at World Championships 2024</a> (16:39)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuOi0_2zI8o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="FRANCE vs CHINA | Final World Championships Busan 2024">FRANCE vs CHINA | Final World Championships Busan 2024</a> (8:16)</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=N9oNRwzNZLc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="#tabletennis WANG CHUQIN WON vs LIM JONGHOON TEAM BUSAN 2024.">WANG CHUQIN WON vs LIM JONGHOON TEAM BUSAN 2024</a> (9:47)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ARMOu5Bb_w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Alexis Lebrum the new King of Europe?">Alexis Lebrum the new King of Europe?</a> (7:49)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Backhand “Ghost” Serve</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/1451359412453833" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (13 sec), where the heavy backspin serve bounces back over the net. I can do this with my forehand pendulum serve, but not on the backhand side – though with practice I think I could do it. Developing these types of serves are an excellent way to develop heavy backspin and control. They aren’t too effective against top players, who see it coming and run to the side of the table and (as the ball bounces backwards) kill it! I have seen a few players use this against kids, which I find unsportsmanlike. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Passing the Torch: Modernizing Olympic, Paralympic, &amp; Grassroots Sports in America</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/642af7d875688d63cfff08be/t/65e1bc1bf438017c9d43ba82/1709292599616/CSUSOP+Final+Report+%28Digital%29.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the report</a>. While table tennis is only mentioned in passing, one of the two co-chairs of the report is USATT Hall of Famer Han Xiao. (He was from my club, MDTTC.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Barbara Wei at the Worlds in South Korea</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/1614577615614098" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (75 sec) – she was there doing coverage and play-by-play. (She’s another former long-time junior star from my club!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Singapore Smash Preview: Could this be Three in a Row for Fan?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/singapore-smash-preview-could-this-be-three-in-a-row-for-fan/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Steve Hopkins. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2025 NCTTA Champs Returns to Rockford Stage After Over a Decade</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/2025-nctta-champs-returns-rockford-stage-after-over-decade" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association by Michael Reff. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USATT</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/march/01/lily-zhang-is-the-first-to-qualify-for-the-u-s-olympic-table-tennis-team" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lily Zhang is the First to Qualify for the U.S. Olympic Table Tennis Team</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/february/29/recap-usa-athletes-at-the-2024-ittf-world-team-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Recap: USA Athletes at the 2024 ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/february/28/experience-kayla-goodwin-on-her-first-ittf-world-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Experience: Kayla Goodwin on her first ITTF World 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 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/2024/03/04/seven-teams-secure-final-spots-for-paris-2024-olympics-team-events/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Seven Teams Secure Final Spots for Paris 2024 Olympics Team Events</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/03/03/tokyo-medallists-return-to-international-stage-in-impressive-manner/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tokyo Medallists Return to International Stage in Impressive Manner">Tokyo Medallists Return to International Stage in Impressive Manner</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/03/01/macao-the-spectacular-stage-of-ittf-singles-world-cups-return-in-april/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Macao, the Spectacular Stage of ITTF Singles World Cups' Return in April">Macao, the Spectacular Stage of ITTF Singles World Cups' Return in April</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/02/29/crucial-world-ranking-points-at-stake-as-manic-march-starts-in-astana/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Crucial World Ranking Points at Stake as Manic March Starts in Astana">Crucial World Ranking Points at Stake as Manic March Starts in Astana</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/02/27/busan-unites-table-tennis-family-in-conclusion-of-ittf-summit-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Busan Unites Table Tennis Family in Conclusion of ITTF Summit 2024">Busan Unites Table Tennis Family in Conclusion of ITTF Summit 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/02/27/ittf-executive-board-announces-key-decisions-during-busan-2024-summit/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Executive Board Announces Key Decisions During Busan 2024 Summit">ITTF Executive Board Announces Key Decisions During Busan 2024 Summit</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/02/27/213561/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Watch the 2024 ITTF Annual General Meeting live!">Watch the 2024 ITTF Annual General Meeting live!</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/02/27/ittf-awards-night-celebrating-excellence-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Awards Night: Celebrating Excellence in Table Tennis">ITTF Awards Night: Celebrating Excellence 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>Point of the Tournament - Busan 2024 World Teams Table Tennis Championships 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=aHT_Xdx0BSw&amp;ab_channel=TonysTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (52 sec) from Tony’s Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>1 Man vs. 4 Pro Women</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=8J1I9ZGz4ng&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (12:30) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ep2. Ping Pong With Pineapple | 24 Hours with Roger: Shanghai Edition</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMK3irnKDhc&amp;ab_channel=UNIQLO%E3%83%A6%E3%83%8B%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AD" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:14) where tennis great Roger Federer takes on 7-year-old Chinese girl! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Polar Vortex vs. Hotter Summers: Climate Change is a Hoax</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://image.cagle.com/221343/750/221343.png" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a> that mocks the climate change deniers. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Nancy Playing Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GHy4de0XwAANWVP?format=jpg&amp;name=large" 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>Watching the First Point Between Two Choppers</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/772911107566469" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the Titanic video</a> (4 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The PongFather &amp; The Phoenixville Table Tennis Club, Karaoke 2024</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=nfrWF5kDSWU&amp;ab_channel=ThePongFather" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:56)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis – Eternity and the Devil</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I recently sold a science fiction/fantasy story, “Eternity and the Devil,” to the anthology The Devil You Know Best. <a href="https://www.wook.pt/ebook/the-the-devil-you-know-best-jean-jentilet/29799428" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">It goes on sale tomorrow</a> (Tuesday, March 5). There’s also an <a href="https://streamyard.com/emannynrc2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">online Launch Party</a> on Tuesday at 8PM Eastern Time – I’ll be on it, talking about my story. This is actually the fourth time I’ve sold this story! It was published in various anthologies and magazines in 2009. 2012, 2017, and now 2024, and I’ve been paid over $1,000 for it. (Not bad for a 5,000-word story, about 23 pages double-spaced.) The story is a twist on the "Deal with the Devil" story. A physicist sells his soul to the Devil so he can solve the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Unified_Theory" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Grand Unified Theory</a>, which he uses to greatly benefit mankind – he’s a good guy. At the end of his life, when the Devil shows up to take him to Hell, the scientist escapes into the future in a time machine he created using what the Grand Unified Theory. He has numerous stops as he goes a trillion years into the future, pursued by the Devil. At each stop, he is surrounded by billions of systematically tortured souls in Hell - including his long-suffering girlfriend, who he is determined to save.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I split my time between my TT and SF worlds. Recently I’ve had a plethora of science fiction &amp; fantasy short story sales, selling three in Feb, three in Jan, and two each in Dec and Nov, and Oct. Several of them are coming out soon – I’ll post links when they do. Some have TT in them!!! <a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s all my short story sales</a> – all 199 of them! #200 should come any time now. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 03/04/2024 - 18:38</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, 04 Mar 2024 18:38:36 +0000 Larry Hodges 3548 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3548#comments February 26, 2024 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3546 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">February 26, 2024</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/3545" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Be the Lawnmower</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Last Wednesday I sent the draft of the book to the Editorial Board. They are supposed to get back to me by Monday, March 11 with any edits, suggestions. They bring a wide range of talents to the job, from table tennis to editorial expertise. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Who is this Super Seven? <span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; color:black; padding:0in">Stellan &amp; Angie Bengtsson, Mark Dekeyser, Sean O'Neill, John Olsen, Dan Seemiller, and Dennis Taylor. That’s a pretty nice group. (Edit- it's now the Great Eight, with Dell Sweeris joining the Editorial Board.)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The book is 133 pages (9x6 inch pages), with 108 photos or graphics. If all goes well, it’ll be on sale  and I’ll have copies printed by the end of March. I’m hoping to have copies with me on March 24, when I go to coach at the US Junior Trials in West Monroe, Louisiana. A number of people who helped with the book will be there. For example, Nandan Naresh helped in doing photo sequences of forehand and backhand flipping (and is in a number of other photos), and I’m hoping some of the photographers for the book will be there. I’ll also give copies to some coaches who helped in some aspects of the book, such as Gao Jun – she and I had a great discussion about doubles footwork last year, and she has a nice <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AliSNrQrW0Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">video on doubles</a> (4 min). The US Olympic Trials end the day I arrive in West Monroe, so some of the people I interviewed for the book will likely be there, including Gao, Nikhil Kumar, Amy Wang, Jasna Rather, and others. </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">Once again I split my time between feeding multiball to a rotating set of players, and then as a practice partner for rotating pairs of players, where they’d take turns hitting with me. Theme for the day was consistency, and so we counted how many shots they’d do in a row while doing a footwork drill. One thing they need to learn is that accuracy is part of consistency. If you are spraying balls all over the table in a practice drill, then even though they are technically hitting the table, they aren’t really controlling the ball – and in a game situation, where they don’t know where the ball is going as much as they do in a drill, this lack of control means outright misses. So I kept putting my water bottle in various places on the table and they had to keep the ball between that and the playing corner. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One issue that keeps coming up, and so I keep harping on, is recovery from the previous shot, especially with the forehand. If you hit a forehand from the wide forehand or wide backhand, staying balanced and returning back into position as you follow through is part of the technique. But the return-to-position direction and therefore technique is different depending on where you hit the shot. If a righty hits from the wide forehand, he follows through back to his left. If he hits a forehand from the wide backhand, he follows through to his right. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It’s become a local tradition that every weekend I get a new name. When I show up on Saturday morning for our Intermediate Class, the kids come running up to me, all excited, and ask, “Who are you?” And then I explain that whoever I was the previous week, along with Coach Larry, is in prison for terrible crimes, and I am Coach [Fill In The Blank]. This weekend I explained that my first name was I, my last name was You, and that my middle name was Hate. So, for the weekend I was Coach I Hate You. And if the kids had a question, they’d say, “Coach, I hate you.” In previous weeks I’ve had names such as Coach Hit Me, Coach Spit On Me, and Coach You Have The Best Forehand. I think next time I’ll be Coach You Have The Worst Forehand. (I should sit down and brainstorm on names for the next few months.)</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"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/teamseventInfo?eventId=2751" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the home page</a> where you can find results, etc. for the event held in Busan, South Korea, Feb. 16-25. Here’s the <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/2751/2024-ittf-world-team-championships-finals/#news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF News page on the Worlds</a>. As expected, China swept both Men’s and Women’s Teams – but the men’s team was down 1-2 in the semifinals of Men’s against South Korea, and in the women’s final they were down 1-2 to Japan. In the Men’s Final, China beat France (and the Lebrun brothers), with Alexis almost defeating Fan Zhendong:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Wang Chuqin (CHN) d. Felix Lebrun (FRA), 4,8,3</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Fan Zhendong (CHN) d. Alexis Lebrun (FRA), -9,4,-8,10,7</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Ma Long (CHN) d. Simon Gauzy (FRA), -7,2,4,6. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">France defeated Taiwan in the semifinals, 3-1. Here’s the China vs. South Korea semifinal battle, with Lee’s upset over Ma Long giving Korea a 2-1 lead:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Jang Woojin (KOR) d. Wang Chuqin (CHN), 7,02,11,6</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Fan Zhendong (CHN) d. Lim Jonghoon (KOR), 8,6,8</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Lee Sang Su (KOR) d. Ma Long (CHN), 7,-4, 10,10,-6,4</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Fan Zhen Dong (CHN) d. Jang Woojin (KOR), 6,7,10</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Wang Chuqin (CHN) d. Lim Jonghoon (KOR), 5,7,6</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On the Women’s side, in the semifinals China defeated France 3-0, and Japan defeated Hong Kong 3-0. In the final, China came from down 1-2 to defeat Japan:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sun Yingsha (CHN) d. Miwa Harimoto (JPN), 5,8,4</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Hina Hayata (JPN) d. Chen Meng (CHN), -6,8,9,12</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Miu Hirano (JPN) d. Wang Yidi (CHN), 8,11,10</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sun Yingsha (CHN) d. Hina Hayata (JPN), 2,7,6)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Chen Meng (CHN) d. Miwa Harimoto (JPN), -4,7,8,7</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;Worlds Coverage by Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/world-team-championships-a-narrow-china-sweep/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: A Narrow China Sweep</a></span></span></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-outside-of-the-finals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: Outside of 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/world-team-championships-chinese-teams-pushed-in-saturday-matches/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: Chinese Teams Pushed in Saturday Matches</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There was a major controversy regarding Team USA. USA had clinched advancing out of the RRs and into the main draw – when disaster struck. Jishan Liang (USA) apparently did not turn his racket in to racket testing in time as he was using it to warm up for his next match. Normally rackets are tested before the match, but because of this, it wasn’t tested in advance. Jishan won his match against Kazakhstan which seemed to clinch USA advancing. But when it was tested afterwards, his sponge was found to be 4.19mm thick, over the 4.0mm limit. (I’ve been told they allow up to 4.04mm.) And so he was defaulted from the match, and USA did not advance. </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=UuxQtQqLJ3k&amp;ab_channel=tabletennis%22PingSundayEmRatThich%22" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a video</a> [3:12] from PingSunday/EmRatThich on the episode.</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"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzdZN8GzRlw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Explained: What happened during the USA vs KAZ controversial world championship match?">Explained: What happened during the USA vs KAZ controversial world championship match?</a> (15:41) from Tony’s Table Tennis Talk</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RklDNRIoNiY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Explanation Update 2: What happened during the USA vs KAZ controversial world championship match?">Explanation Update 2: What happened during the USA vs KAZ controversial world championship match?</a> (5:03) from Tony’s Table Tennis Talk</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">USATT protested and put out two statements on this, but the default was upheld. I’ve linked the statements below to their Facebook pages, where there is a lot of discussion. (Neither statement has been posted on the USATT home page, only on Facebook. There’s nothing on the USATT News Page on the Worlds at all – no new news items since Feb. 16.)</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=809412261230814&amp;set=a.558117383026971" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Statement #</a>1:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">USA Table Tennis contests the decision at 2024 ITTF World Team Championships to disqualify Jishan Liang due to racket control issues in our pivotal match against KAZ. This decision robbed our Men’s Team of their hard earned place in the final 24 teams. We are challenging the call with the ITTF Jury Committee. We will expect a just and fair response from ITTF in the next day. We support our Men’s Team and congratulate them on their performance at the competition.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=809983191173721&amp;set=a.558117383026971" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Statement #2</a>:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">At the 2024 ITTF World Team Championships, USA's men's team was poised to advance to the knock out rounds as long as they won at least 2 matches and 2 more games against Kazakhstan. Jishan Liang played against Aidos Kenzhigulov from Kazakhstan in the 3rd match and won 3-1, giving the US a 2-1 lead. However, he was disqualified because one side of his racket was 0.19mm over the thickness limit. Jishan’s racket VOC was within range.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">USATT submitted the following 4 points to the ITTF Jury Committee to contest the decision to disqualify Jishan Liang. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Jishan Liang had competed with the same racket for 3 days of competition prior to the disqualification call on day 5. Prior to the test in question, his racket had passed all visual inspections. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The umpires and referees have no time log indicating Jishan Liang was late to turn in his racket prior to his match. Jishan was not informed his racket would be tested after his match because of the time in which he submitted it. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The announcement of the racket failing came after Nikhil had lost to Kirill, despite the test result occurring earlier. This did not give the US Men’s team an opportunity to adjust their play to account for a disqualification.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Jishan’s racket was tested 4-5 times before it was deemed illegal. The necessity for multiple tests raises significant doubts about the reliability and trustworthiness of the testing process itself. Jishan’s racket, which stayed with the umpires and referees overnight, got tested again today and it was within the standard. They also conducted two separate tests and the readings were different</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action!</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://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</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/fethomania-4-drill-7/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 4: Drill 7</a> (60 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></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/fethomania-4-drill-8/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 4: Drill 8</a> (60 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></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-jabdiel-torres-forehand-loop-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop from Underspin</a> (56 sec) with Jabdiel Torres</span></span></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-angel-naranjo-banana-backhand-flip/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Banana Backhand Flip</a> (60 sec) with Angel Naranjo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-ju-mingwei-forehand-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Smash</a> (67 sec) with Ju Mingwei</span></span></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-stuti-kashyap-backhand-flip/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Flip</a> (38 sec) Stuti Kashyap</span></span></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-hong-lin-middle-corners-penhold/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Middle Corners Penhold</a> (53 sec) with Hong Lin</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Serve Into the Cricket Goals</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/1566439844180904" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (20 sec). These are good targets to learn to serve into. (But you can improvise with other objects as targets.) A key thing is to serve faster against the deeper ones, slower but with more break against the closer but wider ones. (And today I’ve learned what a cricket goal looks like. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Basic Strokes - Backhand Drive</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=-2mMF2RBl2M&amp;ab_channel=PingPongPlaybook" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (17:09) from PingPongPlaybook. </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=fGMfPwcAKdc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The secret strategy that helps Darko Jorgic win (Tutorial &amp; Analysis)">The secret strategy that helps Darko Jorgic win</a> (4:54)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyAJCX5wd1Q" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to counter Short Pips and Long Pips - Analysis &amp; Explanation">How to counter Short Pips and Long 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=_fFyrVhT5ag" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Truls Moregard's Hook serve secret revealed - situation explained">Truls Moregard's Hook serve secret revealed - situation explained</a> (7:30)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_izltF1vMo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Advanced ways to counter Long Pimples">Advanced ways to counter Long Pimples</a> (9:23)</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=_vSk7DpU7Mk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to do Forehand Topspin Against Backspin only requires wrists and forearms">How to do Forehand Topspin Against Backspin only requires wrists and forearms</a> (7:29)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmnERQ7P72g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Adjust standing distance to attack effectively">Adjust standing distance to attack effectively</a> (2:04)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n71pa2RI2k8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Men's Team Final | Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin training before the match #ITTFWorlds2024">Men's Team Final | Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin training before the match #ITTFWorlds2024</a> (17:54)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhtGNonBQU0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Xu Xin has fun at WTTC Busan 2024">Xu Xin has fun at WTTC Busan 2024</a> (6:33)</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=rWWpGzbcRSU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha cried after the final WTTC 2024">Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha cried after the final WTTC 2024</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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUFTcpkQpus" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Is high toss serve a good serve ?">Is high toss serve a good serve ?</a> (3:05)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuxQtQqLJ3k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Jishan Liang (team USA) is disqualified due to rubber too thick">Jishan Liang (team USA) is disqualified due to rubber too thick</a> (3:13)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKmlW9sESEo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 12 : Backhand Flick techniques">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 12 : Backhand Flick techniques</a> (10:29)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLG-RrqHhZw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class - Lesson 13 - Build playing style">Zhang Jike Master Class - Lesson 13 - Build playing style</a> (10:38)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Talkin' Smash by JOOLA Ep9: The Career Journey from Brazil to the World | Thiago Monteiro</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=erTPQVNO3zA&amp;ab_channel=JOOLATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (33:32) from Matt Hetherington/JOOLA. </span></span></p> <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=xcJ3l5CWhn8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="#tabletennis Felix Lebrum the new king of Europe?">Felix Lebrum the new king of Europe?</a> (10:05)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RN7EMUVxvw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="#tabletennis FAN ZHENDONG WINS LIM JONGHOON IN BUSAN 2024.">FAN ZHENDONG WINS LIM JONGHOON IN BUSAN 2024</a> (9:41)</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=k6I5uJKo0Qs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="#tabletennis WANG CHUQIN LOSES vs. JANG WOOJIN TEAM BUSAN 2024.">WANG CHUQIN LOSES vs. JANG WOOJIN TEAM BUSAN 2024</a> (12:15)</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=4hYsGpKS-N8&amp;t=21s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="#tabletennis Ayhika Mukherjee (IND) wins by slowing down Sun Yinsha (Chi). Surprise?">Ayhika Mukherjee (IND) wins by slowing down Sun Yinsha (Chi). Surprise?</a> (8:27)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Chuang Chih-Yuan Ball Placement vs Qiu Dang</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=nCUzt38Nerg&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (58 sec) from Drupe Pong. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Behind the Back Stroke</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9Lup0zpnoo&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:54) from Pingispågarna.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How a Pro Table Tennis Player Packs</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=ohAKHTutHoE&amp;ab_channel=PongSpace" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:43) from PongSpace. </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 and answers</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 Tony’s Table Tennis Talk</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=aHT_Xdx0BSw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Point of the tournament - Busan 2024 World Teams Table Tennis Championships Final. Wang Chuqin">Point of the tournament - Busan 2024 World Teams Table Tennis Championships Final. Wang Chuqin</a> (53 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=RklDNRIoNiY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Explanation Update 2: What happened during the USA vs KAZ controversial world championship match?">Explanation Update 2: What happened during the USA vs KAZ controversial world championship match?</a> (5:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzdZN8GzRlw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Explained: What happened during the USA vs KAZ controversial world championship match?">Explained: What happened during the USA vs KAZ controversial world championship match?</a> (15:41)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Interview with Sid Naresh at the Worlds . . . While Hitting!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/925901239539100" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (43 sec)! This reminds me of my Hall of Fame Induction, where I had to be talked out of my initial plan, which was to give my acceptance speech while bouncing a ball on a paddle. Was told it would be too distracting. (And the way to calculate 19 x 65 in your head [while hitting forehands] is just do 10 times 65 [650], double it [1300] and subtract 65 [1235. Yeah, I have a degree in math...)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>I Challenged The STRONGEST Ping Pong Hustler in New York!</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=7fAx68CGk9Y&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:10) from Table Tennis Daily. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>A Table for Two</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=3801431010078177&amp;set=a.1847865252101439" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a>! (Here’s the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/426531808_3801431063411505_2325020096652384494_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=3635dc&amp;_nc_ohc=Gb4ltiy_AkgAX9CqYbV&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-2.xx&amp;oh=00_AfAooTozRH7ZzdbqZBEn32pBB_qZElZyy0g6zxgmtN8ulQ&amp;oe=65E247D0" 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>20 Funniest Moments in Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&amp;v=70MOoZt4R28&amp;ab_channel=WaveofTrend" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:06) from Wave of Trend!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World’s Most Dangerous Ping Pong Table (5000 Spikes)</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=lYFhUDtCQ38&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:01) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">AND NOW – Here’s my challenge to Pongfinity – I want to see them each go to a supermarket, pick out the best frozen fish they can find, and use that as a racket! (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flounder" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Flounder</a>, anyone?) Suggestion - wear gloves while holding the frozen fish.  Afterwards they can have a fish fry. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 02/26/2024 - 18:43</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 Feb 2024 18:43:59 +0000 Larry Hodges 3546 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3546#comments February 19, 2024 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3544 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">February 19, 2024</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/3543" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Laziness of Simple Serves</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT’s Illegal Chair, USATT Assemblies, and Those Pesky Bylaws</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/Letter-to-USATT-Board-on-the-Chairs-Eligibility-2-16-24.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I sent another email</a> to the USATT Board regarding this. (<a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3542" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I blogged about the issue last week</a>, including a link to my previous email.) Just to be clear, I have zero expectation that anything will come of this – too many enablers on the Board. The point is they can no longer deny knowing about it. This abuse of power, as well as policy issues, will be among the big issues in the Fall USATT elections. The facts speak for themselves. The primary “defense” against this is the assertion that Char’s term started on Jan. 1, 2021 – but it’s argument by assertion, with no facts or logic backing it up. But there’s little accountability in USATT these days, and so they can do pretty much get away with anything. Normally the lawyers report to the CEO and Board, and the CEO reports to the Board which oversees everything, but these days it’s pretty much reversed. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I don’t like harping on the bylaws, but this has huge implications. The chair of the board is a powerful position. Later in the year I’ll write about some of the ramifications of past rulings from the current chair. I’ll also write about policy issues, which is what I really want to write about, when the time comes. I don’t know if I’ll be running for the Board this Fall or backing others, but the two big issues will be the abuse of power and policy issues. Much more on this as the election approaches. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But seriously, they don’t even follow obvious bylaws. For example (and this is just one of numerous examples), many years ago USATT began running the annual USATT Assembly at the US Open or Nationals, where USATT members could discuss issues with the USATT board and staff. A key aspect was that there would be a board meeting immediately afterwards so board members could discuss the issues raised. And so Bylaw 15.2 states, “The annual USATT Assembly shall be held in conjunction with a Board meeting.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">So, what happened? In 2021, they had the USATT Assembly at the US Open in December, but no board meeting. Why? At the USATT Assembly itself, I raised the issue, pointing out how easy it would have been to simply hold a Zoom meeting at the end of the tournament or the day after, i.e. follow the bylaws. Chair Char told me that it was <i>inconvenient</i> for the top players to meet during a major tournament. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Two HUGE problems here. First, <i>USATT Bylaws are not things USATT should follow only when they are convenient; they are the rules for governing our sport</i>. Second, I checked with several of the player reps and they denied ever saying they couldn’t attend such a meeting, and thought the Zoom meeting would be the perfect solution. Char promised to follow the bylaws and hold the required board meeting the following year, 2022, and so all would be well, right? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Nope. In 2022, they again held the USATT Assembly at the Open in December, but <i>again</i> didn’t hold the required board meeting in conjunction. I pointed this out again, and once again Char promised they’d do it the following year, in 2023. So, in 2023 the Assembly was again held in December at the US Open, and once again they didn’t bother with the required board meeting. So, for three straight years, despite knowing the bylaws <i>require it</i>, they have refused to hold the board meeting in conjunction with the USATT Assembly. All three USATT Assemblies were held in mid-December, at the US Open; in all three cases, the next board meeting wasn’t until early February the following year. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">What are they showing us? 1) Utter contempt for following the governing rules of our sport; 2) Utter contempt for the membership; 3) USATT Assemblies are just for show. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Note that it’s only a few USATT people who actually abuse the rules. Most of the rest just go along with it. (Alas, my pointing it out will only make them dig in their heels deeper.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I am sickened to have to write these posts about USATT. <i>I plan to ignore them for a time</i>, since there’s not much we can do about it until the elections come up, and I’d just end up repeating myself week after week. (I have a variety of other topics to blog about.) There’s no accountability in USATT right now, but guess what an election is? Accountability. </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 fed multiball for about 15 minutes at the start of one session, but then worked one-on-one with players as a practicing partner the rest of the session. Focus was on consistency in footwork drills, and control. To work on control, I put my water bottle in the table, sideways, about nine inches to the left of the middle line on my backhand side. Anything that didn’t come to the left of the bottle was a miss. Once the kids know what they need to do, they become pretty good at it. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’m always looking for ways to make the group sessions more interesting. Last week I saw a movie at a Regal theater, and they served my medium popcorn in a plastic <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Taylor-Swift-Eras-Tour-movie-popcorn-bucket-and-cup-via-AMC.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Taylor Swift bucket</a>. So I cleaned it and brought it to the club. After the session we had a competition. I put the bucket on the far side of a table, and had the kids line up on the other. They took turns trying to hit or serve a ball into the bucket. After a few rounds, two of them did it, and we then had a playoff, won by 7-year-old Crystal – who, it turns out, is a Taylor Swift fan! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Alas, as the session went on, including the contest at the end, I began feeling sick. By that night I had a full-blown nasty cold, which still won’t go away. (I did a home Covid test just to be safe, but negative.) No fever, but constant chills, aching teeth, countless Kleenex, constant coughing up stuff, and general feeling of extreme sickness. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The first draft is done! That includes the page layouts, all 125 pages, including 103 photos or graphics. (Putting together graphics to demonstrate four types of doubles footwork took a LONG time.) I’ve printed it out for proofing. Because of my cold, I’m not sure if I’m going to get to it today, but hopefully early this week I’ll “finalize” it. I put that in quotes because I plan to send it to an editorial board. I’ve got 17 possible names on the list (!) and so haven’t decided yet whether to ask all of them or not. They’ll all be thanked in the Intro chapter of the book, as well as a signed copy. (If you are a National Coach or equivalent, with an interest in doubles, and wish to be on the Editorial Board, <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">email me</a>. Not everyone on the Editorial Board will be a National Coach or elite player, but I already have several who will double-check my grammar, etc.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>10 Best Table Tennis Books of All Time</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://sportsfoundation.org/best-table-tennis-books/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the listing</a> from Sports Foundation – I like the rankings!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Table Tennis 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, Feb. 16-25 in Busan, South Korea. Because I’ve been alternating between working on my doubles book and fighting a bad cold, I haven’t been able to see much of it. But one USA highlight was the USA Men’s Team defeating England, with Nikhil Kumar upsetting Liam Pitchford (world #25) and Paul Drinkhall (#101), with Jishan Liang also defeating Drinkhall. Nikhil went in seriously under-ranked at #379, but should go up a bunch after this. While I didn't see the matches, I'm guessing he dominated with his supurb receiving skills, ball placement, and overall shot-making efficiency. 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.ittf.com/tournament/2751/2024-ittf-world-team-championships-finals/#information" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Info Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/2751/2024-ittf-world-team-championships-finals/#news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">News Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/home" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Coverage</a> (lots of video)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.butler.583234/videos/760234742338625/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Team USA Coverage</a> (5:11) by Jimmy Butler on Team USA!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;Coverage by Steve Hopkins/Butterfly:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/world-team-championships-usa-men-top-england/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: USA Men Top England</a></span></span></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-early-action-in-busan/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: Early Action in Busan</a></span></span></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/good-luck-team-usa/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Good Luck Team USA!</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2023 USATT Coach of the Year Awards</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/february/10/2023-coach-of-the-year-awards" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the USATT News Item</a>. Congrats to Gao Jun, Thilina Piyadasa, Hong Lin, Sean O'Neill, Vlad Farcas, and Lidney Castro (who coaches at my club!). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b><br /> Follow the action!</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://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/revealed-major-league-table-tennis-announces-championship-weekend/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major League Table Tennis Announces Championship Weekend</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></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-race-to-the-championship-is-heating-up-%f0%9f%94%a5/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Race to the Championship is Heating Up!</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>You're Tearing Me Apart</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://blog.kaginism.com/2024/02/youre-tearing-me-apart.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the blog</a> by International Referee Kagin Lee. It covers a rather interesting rules proposal coming up at the Worlds, and a semi-parallel situation from the past (the infamous Kim Taek See-Wang Tao match at the 1995 Worlds). I haven’t really studied the issue, but here’s the gist of it: “This testing would involve disassembling the racket and examining the discrete blade and racket coverings - after the match.” I’m a bit skeptical of this! Kagin explains why he too is opposed to the proposal. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-4-drill-5/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 4</a>: Drill 5 (50 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/0SdFbDokUes" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 4</a>: Drill 6 (56 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></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-zhigao-si-pendulum-serve-variation/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pendulum Serve Variation</a> (68 sec) with Zhigao Si</span></span></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-jabdiel-torres-backhand-power-looping-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Power Looping from Underspin</a> (50 sec) with Jabdiel Torres</span></span></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-tiffany-ke-multi-ball-training-forehand-smash-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Multi Ball Training Forehand Smash from Underspin</a> (66 sec) with Tiffany Ke</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-angel-naranjo-backhand-flip/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Flip</a> (60 sec) with Angel Naranjo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-ju-mingwei-modified-penhold-block/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Modified Penhold Block</a> (67 sec) with Ju Mingwei</span></span></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-zhigao-si-forehand-counterloop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Counterloop</a> (82 sec) with Zhigao Si</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=msPTBzDR6j4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The effect of the right foot when doing Forehand Topspin">The effect of the right foot when doing Forehand Topspin</a> (5:06)</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=37uijFtEomE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to judge and return short and long serves &amp; change Spin up and down randomly">How to judge and return short and long serves &amp; change Spin up and down randomly</a> (7:02)</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=s6fkPMoaqk8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="5 effects of the tool - 12 techniques &amp; 4 combined exercises">5 effects of the tool - 12 techniques &amp; 4 combined exercises</a> (8:53)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to INSTANTLY Improve as a Table Tennis Player</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NrwYo7NJFo&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (13:05) from Pingispågarna.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Coach Jon is Back</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletennisgwinnett.com/blog" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Coach Jon Gustavson put up three new blog items</a>. They are: “Offense and Defense at Table Tennis Gwinnett,” “Table Tennis on a Budget,” and “The Great Table Tennis Paradox.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PongSpace</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-qQ6VPh61Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Winning Under Pressure | Table Tennis Tutorial">Winning Under Pressure</a> (5 min)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SanD6HAOYso" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="20240211 Match ending counter">Match ending counter</a> (10 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=uYlErrKv-GM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="20230211 Chopping a tomahawk smash?">Chopping a tomahawk smash?</a> (9 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=ng1As08ql5s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="20240211 One knee counter, Edmund Suen, LYTTC Feb 2024 Open">One knee counter, Edmund Suen, LYTTC Feb 2024 Open</a> (15 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBIgUBT9bkU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Final | The battle between 2 legends | Final World Championships">Final | The battle between 2 legends | Final World Championships</a> (42:50)</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=v9EGOXmQ2XY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha training at World Championships 2024">Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha training at World Championships 2024</a> (10:54)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNviCnP8KgE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Let's learn Ma Long's serve at World Championships 2024">Let's learn Ma Long's serve at World Championships 2024</a> (4:21)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvFcQZB4u-w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How team China prepared for WTTC Busan 2024? Men vs Women">How team China prepared for WTTC Busan 2024? Men vs Women</a> (12:46)</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=BK00LOUlYd8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA Long, FAN Zhendong, Team China at WTTTC busan 2024 #ITTFWorlds2024">MA Long, FAN Zhendong, Team China at WTTTC busan 2024 #ITTFWorlds2024</a> (14:06)</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 and answers</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Prince Who Never Became King: The Best of Zhou Qihao</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=0ViWrW80M0I&amp;ab_channel=tacobackhand" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:41) of the world #24 from China, from TacoBackhand. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Nanhu Girls Table Tennis Team - Thank you Coach, Wish you a Happy Retirement</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=VDDBI_oJE8o&amp;ab_channel=TonysTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (7:26) from Tony’s Table Tennis.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>301+ Table Tennis Team Names (Funny, Cool &amp; Puns)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://sportsfoundation.org/table-tennis-team-names/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the listing</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Orban Wins</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/tom-janssen/2022/04/orban-wins" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a>. That’s Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ready to Play Table Tennis Anywhere with Passion</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=zxZTdabm6rM&amp;ab_channel=GlobalFunAcademy" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (52 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>YouTuber vs. 4 Pros</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=WWi3at0iOJE&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (11:57) from Adam Bobrow! “What would happen if I challenge four professional players in a single game showdown?” He takes on Aditya Sareen, El Sayed Lashin, David McBeath, and Tyrese Knight.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 02/19/2024 - 15:31</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, 19 Feb 2024 15:31:07 +0000 Larry Hodges 3544 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3544#comments February 12, 2024 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3542 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">February 12, 2024</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/3541" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Learn From Your Easy Wins and Bad Losses</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT’s Illegal Chair of the Board</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">[Skip this segment if you have no interest in USATT politics. And sorry about the length!]</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’ve blogged about this issue multiple times. This past week I sent an email about it to the USATT Board of Directors. <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/Letter-to-USATT-Board-on-the-Chairs-Eligibility-2-7-24.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here is the email</a>. The key issue is simple. The bylaws say a chair cannot serve more than two consecutive full terms. It defines a full term as any term over one year. The current chair became chair of the board on June 1, 2020, and continued as chair until the next election, on Dec. 6, 2021, 18 months later. Since 18 months is more than a year, that’s a full term, with his second term starting on Dec. 6, 2021. As explained in the email, in the Dec. 6, 2021 election, the board voted to make it retroactive, so that the chair, Richard Char, who had already served a full term, suddenly had not served a full term – thereby creating the fiction that his first term started seven months after it actually began. (As I wrote in the email, i<span style="font-size:11.5pt">t’s likely that some board members did not understand the implications of the wording at the time.)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">So, what did USATT do after receiving my email? Rather than arguing the case themselves, they brought in their lawyer to argue for them. Now, one should listen to the lawyer’s arguments, but his conclusion was ordained from the start – he’s going to argue for the person or persons he believes he represents, which is the chair and CEO - and so his conclusions are meaningless. And yet, in case after case in recent years, board members hide behind the USATT lawyer, telling me they are just abiding by what the lawyer says, which is circular reasoning since the lawyer is essentially assigned what their conclusion is and then argues it. (The CEO did chime in at the start, of course taking Char’s side – they support each other 100% in all issues - but not giving a serious argument for it, making key assertions without support, such as claiming his term started on Jan. 1, 2021 – more on that below. I pointed this out in my response.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In this case, the lawyer kept arguing with me on non-central issues while avoiding any serious argument over how the chair’s first term can arbitrarily and retroactively be changed so as to create the fiction that his first term wasn’t a full term, thereby claiming his illegal third term is actually only his second term. Then, after going back and forth a few times, he took me off the CC list so that I couldn’t respond to his arguments to the board. But his arguments on the key issues were mostly arguing by assertion (i.e. claiming key points without evidence) and circular reasoning. When forced to argue something that isn’t logical, that’s about all you can do. (If the lawyer requests it, I’ll post the entire transcript of our emails here and readers can judge for themselves.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">What’s almost nails-on-chalkboard irritating in the various emails is the refusal to address the central point – that Char’s first term started on June 1, 2020 – and instead just assert it started on Jan. 1, 2021, despite the fact that it did not. It’s right in the <a href="https://teamusa-org-migration.s3.amazonaws.com/USA%20Table%20Tennis/Migration/Documents/USATT%20-%20Minutes%20of%20the%20Board%20-%2020%2006-01c.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">June 1, 2020 minutes</a>, where they voted to re-appoint him as chair. It says, “That Richard Char is hereby appointed as Chair of the Board, <i>to serve until his successor is duly qualified</i>.” (Italics are mine.) Note the part where it says he serves under his successor is duly qualified? Seven months later, on Jan. 1, 2021, had his successor been duly qualified (i.e. elected)? No. That didn’t take place for another eleven months, on Dec. 6, 2021, when he was re-elected, a total of 18 months, i.e. a full term, as per the bylaws. Voting otherwise violates the bylaws. (The whole issue reminds me of the <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/kionasmith/2018/02/05/indianas-state-legislature-once-tried-to-legislate-the-value-of-pi/?sh=5da96dd3260a" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">1897 Indiana vote to make pi equal to 3.2</a>!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The facts of the matter are simple, and explained in <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/Letter-to-USATT-Board-on-the-Chairs-Eligibility-2-7-24.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">the email</a>. The key part starts in paragraph five, where it talks about Bylaw 8.3. There’s also a simple timeline given at the end. One interesting issue - for the past three years it’s been generally acknowledged that Char’s first term as chair of the board was to complete the previous chair’s term, since that’s what the bylaws say happens when a chair resigns, which is why there was supposed to have been an election on Jan. 1, 2021. It’s one of the few things the board seems to have agreed on. But now the lawyer disagrees. But if so, then why did they even bother with making the election in December of 2021 retroactive to eleven months before, except for that fact that that’s when it was <i>supposed</i> to have happened? It didn’t, and so Char’s term continued for 18 months, hence a full term, as per the bylaws. (However, I don’t want to get bogged down on that argument since it’s just a way to keep the topic away from the current issue of an illegal chair of the board. That literally is the goal of certain USATT people right now.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Will my email do anything for now? No. There are several board members who agree with me, but since they don’t have the votes, don’t think it’s worth pursuing right now. I’m sure others know that it’s obvious that Char is on an illegal third term, but since they are part of his “team,” they won’t speak up, or worse, use the circular reasoning that they are just going by what the lawyer “advises.” When a board becomes too close like this where they’ll just blindly support the others in this way, it’s time for a new board. (And yes, it leads to policy problems as well, but that’s for another blog.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">When I pointed all this out to one board member last year, his reaction was curious – he said he wasn’t sure about the bylaws, but would support Char either way. He also said that it doesn’t make a difference who is chair, which is silly – the chair wields great power in our organization. That’ll also be a topic for a future blog. When I’ve brought this up with other board members who support Char, they got very quiet, refusing to comment or to get involved. They know that they are  on the wrong side of the issue but do not want to become pariahs on the board. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There are two options available to pursue this. One is to take it to the USOPC. Any unbiased person there will agree that, since Char served continuously from June 1, 2020 to his re-election on Dec. 6, 2021, what was a full term at the time of the vote can’t be retroactively changed to less than a full term by a simple vote to make the election effective eleven months before. As noted above, the June 1, 2020 vote itself says he stayed chair until the next election (“...until his successor is duly qualified”), which was Dec. 6, 2021, and NOT Jan. 1, 2023. Trying to retroactively change this was a blatant attempt to pretend his first term wasn’t a full term. If so, as I explained in the email, then congress, with a simple majority vote, can declare George W. Bush and Barack Obama eligible to run for a “third” term! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">However, I’m in Maryland, while USATT headquarters is right there on the USOPC campus in Colorado Springs, interacting regularly with the very people who might be making this decision. Who knows how that would influence any decision? It might be no different than going to the USATT board where most just want to get along and support their “team” – but I have no way of knowing. So I’m undecided now on whether it’s worth pursuing when there’s another option.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The other option? USATT elections are this Fall. This will be a major issue, and it’ll be interesting seeing board members defend this and other such issues, along with numerous policy issues. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One other interesting tidbit – why did I wait until Feb. 7 to email the board? There’s a simple parliamentary trick that I wanted to avoid. By waiting until Feb. 7, it meant that Char’s (illegal) third term was over one year, thereby a third full term. (His third term started on Feb. 6, 2023.) According to the bylaws, one can only have two consecutive full terms or three in an eight-year period. Now that Char has served three full terms, he cannot run again due to term limits. If I had sent the letter earlier, Char could have simply resigned, let the board elect a new chair selected by Char, then that new chair resigns – and presto, Char is eligible to run for chair again! </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">Once again my time was split between feeding multiball and acting as a practice partner/coach with one or two players at a time. As usual, lots of footwork drills. At one point I had two advanced beginners, both about seven or eight, who needed work on pushing. So I put them both on the far side, one on the left, one on the right, and we I alternated pushing side to side so they both got to work on it. We had some nice long rallies!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I often banter with the kids. This week when some of the younger kids came in, I pretended not to know them, asking, “Who are you? I am new here.” Then I explained that I was Coach Larry’s twin, and that Larry was in prison for murder. “Someone gave him a high ball and he killed it. He’s in prison for murder!” When they asked me my name, I had a sudden brainstorm, and said, “I am Coach Hit Me.” And so, for a time, I wouldn’t respond unless they called me Coach Hit Me – and, of course, whenever they did that, I had an excuse to fake hit them. Also, when I was feeding multiball and gave them a high ball to “kill,” I’d accuse them of murder. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On a completely unrelated note, I just heard that Will Shortz had a stroke a few days ago and is in the hospital. I don’t know the details. He’s on the USATT Board of Directors, owns the Westchester TTC, and of course is the New York Times Crossword Editor. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes Playing Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfonDWSbd5M&amp;ab_channel=DanPatrickShow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (65 sec) of quarterback Patrick Mahomes playing table tennis back in 2017 (on left), the year he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. (They are playing with hardbats.) He stands up too straight, which affects his entire game – fix that up, and he has some potential! Alas, he chose another sport than table tennis, and yesterday won his third Super Bowl. Alas, there are no know pictures or videos of Taylor Swift or Travis Kelce playing table tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Full-Time Table Tennis Centers</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/full-time_table-tennis_clubs_usa" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s my listing</a> I maintain, with a number of recent updates. There are now 116 in 26 states and DC. (Steve Hopkins was especially helpful in sending me a number of updates.) <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Email me</a> if you have any updates!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action!</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://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/revealed-major-league-table-tennis-announces-championship-weekend/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Major League Table Tennis Announces Championship Weekend</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.butler.583234/videos/688560336799025/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Major League Table Tennis Commentary</a> (4:55) by Jimmy Butler</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>University of Maryland Table Tennis Club Needs Your Support!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-nationals-nctta-championship-2024" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here’s their GoFundMe page</a> – hope you can help out. They are so closed to their $3,000 goal – they are at $2,481. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-4-drill-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 4: Drill 3</a> (53 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></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/fethomania-4-drill-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 4: Drill 4</a> (52 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></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-daniel-gonzalez-forehand-backhand-random-play/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand &amp; Backhand Random Play</a> (60 sec) with Daniel Gonzalez</span></span></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-sequence-play-to-free-play/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sequence Play to Free Play</a> (52 sec) with Simeon Martin</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-ju-mingwei-forehand-smash-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Smash from Underspin</a> (71 sec) with Ju Mingwei</span></span></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-zhigao-si-short-push-forehand-loop-sequence/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Short Push &amp; Forehand Loop Sequence</a> (70 sec) with Zhigao Si</span></span></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-daniel-gonzalez-backhand-middle-backhand-forehand-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand, Middle, Backhand, Forehand</a> (65 sec) with Daniel Gonzalez</span></span></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-middle-corners/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Middle Corners</a> (55 sec) with Simeon Martin</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Eleven Lessons from the two-time World Men’s Singles Champion, and the High Toss Serve.</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=lFzIELwYpz0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 11 : How to serve in table tennis">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 11 : How to serve in table tennis</a> (16:43)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaDdpBHPESA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 10 : Receiving the Serve">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 10 : Receiving the Serve</a> (12:07)</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=i_IZMDZYLrw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 9 : Forehand and backhand topspin against underspin ball">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 9 : Forehand and backhand topspin against underspin ball</a> (9:34)</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=JUQu3-nrw0I" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 8 : Forehand and Backhand Push Techniques">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 8 : Forehand and Backhand Push Techniques</a> (16:55)</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=PUct3YyI7GM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 7 : Forehand and Backhand Topspin - Mastering Topspin Sense">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 7 : Forehand and Backhand Topspin - Mastering Topspin Sense</a> (18:14)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plk-P-2Jdzw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 6 : Basic Steps Footwork">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 6 : Basic Steps Footwork</a> (11:40)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn761lGX8qM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 5 : Forehand and Backhand Combination">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 5 : Forehand and Backhand Combination</a> (10:33)</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=mbBaPoC6gLI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 4 : Forehand and Backhand Topspin">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 4 : Forehand and Backhand Topspin</a> (16:24)</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=5brjy5RDm7A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 3 : Improve the feeling">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 3 : Improve the feeling</a> (14:25)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4GPz5b7SVM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 2 : My Table Tennis Journey">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 2 : My Table Tennis Journey</a> (5:43)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GCCAdZspP0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 1 : Introduction">Zhang Jike Master Class 2024 - Lesson 1 : Introduction</a> (2:05)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTpiUqrJTfQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Learn the high toss serve in table tennis">Learn the high toss serve in table tennis</a> (4:32)</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=YYJHLq1LjYM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Attack Half Long serve with Forehand Topspin">Attack Half Long serve with Forehand Topspin</a> (9:04)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZSnF87mJGM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Backhand attack technique using Long Pimples (community video)">Backhand attack technique using Long Pimples (community video)</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=qUQlmy6Oplc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to do Backhand Topspin Against Backspin is very easy for veterans">How to do Backhand Topspin Against Backspin is very easy for veterans</a> (6:46)</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=Ap2WSJeY4xA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Improved 3rd Ball Attack Serve - do Forehand Pivot">Improved 3rd Ball Attack Serve - do Forehand Pivot</a> (7:55)</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=F0i1DeHT9Cg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Increase Spin and control placement for the Heavy Underspin serve">Increase Spin and control placement for the Heavy Underspin serve</a> (7:10)</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=b_XkN7tCeOk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Train 6 techniques at home with hanging table tennis equipment">Train 6 techniques at home with hanging table tennis equipment</a> (7:24)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Anger Management for 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=3fTDz-wfb1c&amp;ab_channel=PongSpace" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:40) from Damien Provost/PongSpace. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>On Timo Boll's WTT Doha Win! And Other Things...</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=6yGMzow8Z0Y&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (14:21) from Drup Pong. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSkills</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/blog/antispin-revolution-john-hiltons-european-triumph" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Antispin Revolution: John Hilton's European Triumph</a> (24 min)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from 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/getting-schools-involved-ri-table-tennis-school-invitationals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Getting Schools Involved: RI Table Tennis’ School Invitationals</a></span></span></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-preview/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships Preview</a></span></span></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-bob-chen-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB CLUB FEATURE: Bob Chen 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/bowmar-sports-tournament-highlights-charles-shen-us-open-highlights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Charles Shen US Open Highlights</a> (4 min)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Member Clubs Invited to Host 2024 USATT State Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/february/05/member-clubs-invited-to-host-2024-usatt-state-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the USATT news item</a>. </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/2024/02/10/the-swaythling-and-corbillon-cups/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Swaythling And Corbillon Cups</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/02/09/one-week-to-go-5-burning-questions-for-busan-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="One Week To Go; 5 Burning Questions For Busan 2024">One Week To Go; 5 Burning Questions For Busan 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/02/07/ittf-development-empowers-para-table-tennis-seminar-and-training-camp-in-oceania-makes-significant-impact/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Development Empowers Para Table Tennis: Seminar and Training Camp in Oceania Makes Significant Impact">ITTF Development Empowers Para Table Tennis: Seminar and Training Camp in Oceania Makes Significant Impact</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Greece and Turkey Play Ping-Pong with Political Refugees</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’s the cartoon</a>. It would seemingly be more relevant right now if it were more about Israel and Gaza. (Not sure when the cartoon came out – it’s not dated – but according to Google it was posted this past week.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>I Return Everything</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s where you can get the shirt. I like the first one’s design. Great for choppers, lobbers, and blockers!</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.thegiftio.com/products/i-return-everything-table-tennis-player-funny-ping-pong-gift-graphic-design-printed-casual-daily-basic-men-v-neck-tshirt-6yM7WbJgbtHe" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I Return Everything</a> (Giftio)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Funny-Return-Everything-Table-Tennis/dp/B09211411S?customId=B0752XJYNL&amp;customizationToken=MC_Assembly_1%23B0752XJYNL&amp;th=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I Return Everything</a> (Amazon)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>This Is What a Table Tennis Temper Tantrum Looks Like</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/100003273281071/videos/948972970171384" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (21 sec)! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Beetle Bailey – “Only if you give me an advantage”</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://comicskingdom.com/beetle-bailey-1/2024-02-09" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the comic strip</a> from Friday, Feb. 9, 2024! Here’s my <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/Beetle-Bailey" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Beetle Bailey Table Tennis page</a>, with links to all 33 known Beetle Bailey table tennis strips, as well as a link to where Mort Walker explains why he does table tennis so often. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Funny Table Tennis Tiktoks</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=iuTRz-YZowk&amp;ab_channel=VladTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:40), which is a compilation of lots of old funny videos. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weirdest Ping Pong Items</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=Bf9BJMChGgU&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (10:34) from Pongfinity! “I searched the Internet for the coolest and weirdest table tennis items ever.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis – Orange Head to Fry</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This is political, but I when I figured out that “Year of the Dragon” was an anagram for “Orange Head to Fry,” <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Orange-Head-To-Fry.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I put this cartoon together</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 02/12/2024 - 20:19</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> Mon, 12 Feb 2024 20:19:36 +0000 Larry Hodges 3542 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3542#comments February 5, 2024 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3540 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">February 5, 2024</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/3539" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Types of Topspin Contact</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching, Doubles Book, and USATT, Oh My!!!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I split my coaching weekend between feeding multiball (yes, lots and Lots and LOTS of footwork drills), and as a practice partner at the end. I used to be in charge of running these group sessions, but now that I’m semi-retired others have taken over, and I get to just coach. My primary function in most sessions is feeding multiball, where I put them through a series of drills while working on their technique. Different players are rotated to me (the multiball station) throughout the session, so I work with a lot of the players. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I also had a session with Navin Kumar, where I’m getting him ready for the upcoming <a href="http://www.westchestertabletennis.com/pics/pdf/Parkinsons24.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Parkinson’s Championships</a>, April 13-14 at the Westchester Club in New York. Opening Ceremonies are on Friday night, April 12, though at $75/person, I will likely skip it. There are also some sort of Parkinson’s workshops during the event, though I’m not yet sure what those are about. Here’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW9y0HSu9ZA&amp;ab_channel=NenadBach" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I Love Ping Pong</a> (2:48, by Nenad Bach), the official tournament song and the anthem from the 2019 ITTF Parkinson's World TT Championships. I’ll likely be coaching Navin at the tournament. A lot of my focus with Navin right now is being more aggressive with the long pips against pushes and weak balls, and brick-wall blocking against attacks. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’ve also been working on my upcoming book, <i>Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</i>. The text was basically done a few weeks ago, but I decided I wanted something more – and so arranged a series of interviews with elite doubles players and coaches. I’m working on page layouts now, and hope to have it done this week. I’m still waiting on one photo sequence I’ve arranged, plus getting photo permissions is a huge headache. I’m debating whether to have the book read and critiqued by an Editorial Board before publishing, which would postpone things a few weeks. I’m hoping to have copies to give out at the US Junior Team Trials, March 24-31 in West Monroe, Louisiana, where I’ll be one of the MDTTC coaches. It'll be about 120 pages, with numerous photos. Chapters are (and now I’m debating whether to take off the “in Doubles” in chapters 6-9):</span></span></p> <ol> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Introduction to Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Secrets from the Pros</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Doubles Stories</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Great Partnerships</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Start of a Doubles Match</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Serving in Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Receiving in Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Rallying in Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Footwork and Positioning in Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Wacky World of Doubles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Doubles Rules</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">World and Olympic Doubles Champions</span></span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Regarding USATT, this week I’m taking action on one major USATT issue. Full details in my blog next week. The hardest part was narrowing it down to which item to act on now. I’m sure sparks will fly. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Ultimate Challenge: 1000 Forehands in a Row!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.pingskills.com/tutorials/basic-strokes/the-ultimate-challenge-1000-forehands-in-a-row" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (11:47) from PingSkills. It is a big challenge. Many coaches, including me, often tell students they don’t have a forehand or backhand until they hit 100 in a row . . . but 1,000??? That’s a lot! I’ve done it – my forehand record is actually about 3,000 circa 1979 (alas, we lost count, so I could be off by a little), while my backhand record is exactly 2,755 (with Ben Nisbet at a 1978 Seemiller Camp in Pittsburgh). Here are two stories about junior players I coached who hit 1,000 in a row. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/1905" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sameer Shaikh</a> – 99, 97, 94 . . . 1,000!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3477" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ryan Li</a> – age 7, not just 1,000, but he did it last summer while doing side-to-side footwork!</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/fethomania-4-drill-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 4: Drill 2</a> (42 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></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-zhigao-si-backhand-forehand-combination-attack/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand &amp; Forehand Combination Attack</a> (62 sec) with Zhigao Si</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xicIDSWHF_0&amp;feature=youtu.be" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Opening Attacking &amp; Following-Up Attack</a> (90 sec) with Tiffany Ke</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-jabdiel-torres-forehand-loop-from-underspin-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop from Underspin &amp; Footwork</a> (58 sec) with Jabdiel Torres</span></span></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-zhigao-si-backhand-forehand-combination-attack-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pendulum &amp; Reversed Pendulum Serve Variation</a> (71 sec) with Ju Mingwei</span></span></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-edward-ly-drop-shot/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Drop Shot</a> (62 sec) with Edward Ly</span></span></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-daniel-gonzalez-game-play-exercises/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Game Play</a> Exercises (57 sec) with Daniel Gonzalez</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Talkin' Smash by JOOLA Ep8: The Evolution of Table Tennis Daily</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=P5kMOVMiZ64&amp;ab_channel=JOOLATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (51:03) with Matt Hetherington talking to TT Daily’s Dan Ives. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Choosing the Right Tactics</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/choosing-the-right-tactics/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Tom Lodziak. I like this one – it quotes 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.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Improve Your Mental Game</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P33jk01WdI&amp;ab_channel=PongSpace" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:40) from Damien Provost/PongSpace.</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=U81OQqNRGI0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Backhand Drive &amp; Punch - Instruct and explain techniques to American veterans">Backhand Drive &amp; Punch - Instruct and explain techniques to American veterans</a> (7:56)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGLn5uYtW44" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="High level Forehand Flick and Backhand Flick | Tutorial &amp; Fixs">High level Forehand Flick and Backhand Flick | Tutorial &amp; Fixes</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=rRArMlobVUE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sharing experiences of attacking and returning serves - for the veteran">Sharing experiences of attacking and returning serves - for the veteran</a> (9:19)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muq2G6g8p_E" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to fix errors and improve Forehand &amp; Backhand Push techniques">How to fix errors and improve Forehand &amp; Backhand Push techniques</a> (10:16)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XpWR5gsEEo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="3 ways to change racket head position according to the ball">3 ways to change racket head position according to the ball</a> (10:12)</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=HoZtF6vCdyQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Short and long Heavy Backspin Backhand serve - change Placement">Short and long Heavy Backspin Backhand serve - change Placement</a> (16:16)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAWcidqoFUQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Backhand Against Backspin &amp; Backhand Punch with Short Pips">Backhand Against Backspin &amp; Backhand Punch with Short Pips</a> (8:57)</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/watch?v=PBUS5UdK99M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Euro vs China? Who is stronger now in 2024?">Euro vs China? Who is stronger now in 2024?</a> (18:40)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXmFa9VZaVk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Top Chinese players are playing in France 2024">Top Chinese players are playing in France 2024</a> (28:05)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>All Pros Use This Shot You Should Too!</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=YwPKtNiaNAo&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (9:33) from Sean Pech – the “no-spin loop.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Effective Method &amp; Exercises for Beginners</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=4X5yEFVx6zA&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:40) from Pingispågarna. Also note the Pingispågarna ad/link on the left – they’re a pretty established and high-level coaching group, and we’ve exchanged ads. </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>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><i>Follow the action!</i></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://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Trademark</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://secureyourtrademark.com/blog/common-word-trademarks-ping-pong/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s all you need to know about it</a> – but the short version is Escalade bought the trademark from Parker Brothers in the 1970s. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Challenge</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://doxaproducts.com/products/ping-pong-challenge-game" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the game</a> – but it has little to actually do with ping pong! I wonder if Escalade knows about this? See segment above! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>NCTTA--2024 (Singles, Divisions, forms and more!)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/nctta-2024-singles-divisions-forms-and-more" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from National Collegiate Table Tennis Association. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Introducing USA Table Tennis’s New Ranking System Pilot</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/january/30/introducing-usa-table-tennis-s-new-ranking-system-pilot" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the USATT news item</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-bappa-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: BAPPA 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/lily-zhang-wins-in-manchester/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lily Zhang Wins in Manchester</a></span></span></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-rankings-felix-lebruns-career-high/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Rankings: Felix Lebrun’s Career High</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/02/05/formidable-names-with-paris-aspirations-maintain-form-in-sao-paulo/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Formidable Names with Paris Aspirations Maintain Form in São Paulo</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/02/02/liebherr-renews-table-tennis-partnership-elevating-excitement-for-the-ittf-world-team-championships-finals-busan-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Liebherr Renews Table Tennis Partnership, Elevating Excitement for the ITTF World Team Championships Finals Busan 2024">Liebherr Renews Table Tennis Partnership, Elevating Excitement for the ITTF World Team Championships Finals Busan 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/02/01/elevating-skills-and-fostering-collaboration-at-the-advanced-competition-management-seminar-for-asia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Elevating Skills and Fostering Collaboration at the Advanced Competition Management Seminar for Asia">Elevating Skills and Fostering Collaboration at the Advanced Competition Management Seminar for Asia</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/02/01/ittf-world-team-championships-busan-2024-winners-to-share-1000-ranking-points/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF World Team Championships Busan 2024 Winners to Share 1,000 Ranking Points">ITTF World Team Championships Busan 2024 Winners to Share 1,000 Ranking Points</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/02/01/wada-introduces-enhanced-search-tool-for-researchers-and-stakeholders/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WADA Introduces Enhanced Search Tool for Researchers and Stakeholders">WADA Introduces Enhanced Search Tool for Researchers and Stakeholders</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/02/01/wada-calls-for-proposals-fueling-innovations-in-anti-doping-through-2024-scientific-research-grants/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WADA Calls for Proposals: Fueling Innovations in Anti-Doping Through 2024 Scientific Research Grants">WADA Calls for Proposals: Fueling Innovations in Anti-Doping Through 2024 Scientific Research Grants</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/01/31/the-goal-an-incredible-four-in-succession-but-response-needed-in-sao-paulo-to-keep-dreams-alive/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The Goal an Incredible Four in Succession but Response Needed in São Paulo to Keep Dreams Alive">The Goal an Incredible Four in Succession but Response Needed in São Paulo to Keep Dreams Alive</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/01/30/butterfly-named-official-ball-partner-for-the-ittf-world-table-tennis-championships-finals-2024-2026/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Butterfly Named Official Ball Partner for the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals 2024-2026">Butterfly Named Official Ball Partner for the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals 2024-2026</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Very Bad Ping</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://verybadping.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a page</a> of French TT cartoon! They’re pretty good even if you can’t read the captions. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Fear My Racket</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Funny-Ping-Pong-Shirts-T-shirt/dp/B07MPXC8SS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy the shirt at Amazon</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pros Vs New York Ping Pong Hustlers For $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=Rp9uIP51FmY&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (9:56) from Table Tennis Daily. They are playing in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryant_Park" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bryant Park</a> in New York City, where they have two outside tables with nonstop play. (The linked Wikipedia article mentions the table tennis there.) I toured NYC in 2021, and visited and played in Bryant Park. <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3309" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s my writeup</a> – see paragraph 4. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Adam vs. Daniely</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=p39rR4nLJV0&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (15 min) from Adam Bobrow! That’s Puerto Rico star Daniely Rios.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - Super Rex</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/C2TXSdmxmuL/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here’s the great video preview</a> (28 sec, make sure sound is on) from storiaverse.com of my upcoming story, Super Rex – seriously, you should see it. Storia takes science fiction &amp; fantasy stories and animates them along with the text. They recently bought two stories from me. Super Rex is a superhero fantasy with SF and horror elements, and perhaps the only Superhero T-Rex story ever written. A paleontologist digs up a T-Rex skeleton in the Yucatan – only it comes alive. It’s a heroic superhero (basically a T-Rex Superman) that’s been trapped under the remains of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs for 66 million years, after it failed to save them from it. It’s friendly (though slightly mad after all those years trapped underground) . . . but its priority is to bring back the dinosaurs, even if that means the end for humans. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 02/05/2024 - 19:00</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 Feb 2024 19:00:01 +0000 Larry Hodges 3540 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3540#comments January 29, 2024 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3538 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">January 29, 2024</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/3537" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Start With Your Trickiest Serve</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Three Big Things to Happen to USA Table Tennis Since I Started</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I started playing table tennis and joined USATT in 1976. Since that time, I would say there are three BIG things that have happened in our sport, specifically in the US for two of them. (If I’d started five years earlier, then I might have put Ping-Pong Diplomacy as a fourth.) 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"><b>Table Tennis Becomes Olympic Sport, 1988</b>. This led to increased revenues and recognition. Many of our athletes now aspire to be Olympic athletes. Our headquarters is at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. There are a number of other benefits – if I researched it, I’m sure I could come up with a lengthy list. However, it’s not all roses without thorns. It’s meant that we do not control our destiny as much as before. Much of our governance is done to uphold rules made by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), rather than our making our own rules. When you attend USATT board meetings, you start to realize that much that is done is to keep USOPC happy. It’s meant our board of directors, which used to be made up almost exclusively of elected members, is now 1/3 non-table tennis people from a pool basically set up by USOPC. And twice (in 2007 and 2019) the USOPC has stepped in and dissolved our board for reasons of their own, forcing us to create a new one under their supervision. The irony is that, unlike in the past when we’ve had really bad boards that hurt our sport directly, we were able to vote them out quickly and completely change the board for the better – it’s harder now. (For one thing, the non-table tennis people on the board, since their introduction in 2008, have been almost exclusively supportive of whatever is currently happening and whoever the current CEO is, and so making major changes in our sport is more difficult.)  There’s enough material here, good and bad, to write a book. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Rise of Full-Time Training Centers</b>. From the time I started out in 1976 until 1992, there were a few attempts at setting up training centers, but they never lasted. There were a few full-time clubs, but they were mostly league-driven. The first successful one was the Maryland Table Tennis Center, which I co-founded in 1992 with Cheng Yinghua and Jack Huang. From then until around 2007 a few others copied our business model – I basically explained what made it work for some of them. In 2007 there were about 5-6 such training centers in the whole country, and perhaps a couple dozen full-time coaches in the entire country. I made a proposal to USATT in 2007 to make a goal of having 100 full-time training centers in ten years, but they were not interested. However, the idea exploded anyway, and there are now over <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/full-time_table-tennis_clubs_usa" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">100 full-time training centers</a> in the country. (The list isn’t completely up to date – <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">email me</a> if you have updates on new ones or ones that closed.) There are now probably around 500 full-time professional coaches in the US. This has led to a large increase in the number of junior training programs and junior players, and the level and depth of play in the US has increased dramatically. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b>. There have been a few attempts in the past to set up such professional leagues, but none really got off the drawing board or early stages. Now we have <a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Major League Table Tennis</a> (MLTT) right here in the US. What does this mean? Before, our up-and-coming juniors could aspire to be Olympians . . . but few could really make a living at our sport unless they became coaches. Those that wanted to make a living at it had to go overseas. How we are moving toward a truly professional league where top players may be able to make a full-time living at it. These next few years will be fascinating to watch – we live in historic times for table tennis in the US. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Olympic Team and Junior Team Trials</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Want to try out for the US Olympic Team or the National Junior Team (U19, U17, U15, U13, and U11, for boys and girls)? Both Trials are being held in West Monroe, Louisiana. (Yes, a rather interesting, out-of-the-way place to hold them.) The Olympic Trials are March 21-24, followed by the Junior Trials (Part 1), March 26-30. (I’ll be coaching at the Junior Trials.) It’s still early, but one strange this is that there are currently only ten entries for the Olympic Trials (including likely top seed Kanak Jha, who is back in action), there are 122 for the Junior Team Trials. 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.omnipong.com/t-tourney.asp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Omnipong</a>, where you can enter and get further info – see USATT Events at the top, and see the links for 2024 US Olympic Team Trials and the 2024 US Junior National Team Trials, Part 1, which include links to the following:</span></span></li> <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/EntryForms/1091-73.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Olympic Team Trials Entry Form</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=3588&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">List of US Olympic Team Trials current entries</a>. </span></span></li> <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/EntryForms/1091-74.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Junior Team Trials Entry Form</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=100&amp;r=3593" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">List of US Junior Team Trials current entries</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>University of Maryland Table Tennis Club Needs Your Support!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-nationals-nctta-championship-2024" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here’s their GoFundMe page</a> – hope you can help out. As I blogged last week, I founded the club many years ago. They could use your help! They are about halfway toward their goal of $3,000. </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">It was held this past weekend at the Maryland Table Tennis Center. <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=3574" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are the results</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>TableTennisCoaching.com Ads</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Some of you may have noticed that there are four ads here at TableTennisCoaching.com. The question has come up – how much do I charge for these ads? How much money do I get for them? Are they making me rich? Alas, here’s the answer – I do not charge for any of the ads. Nothing. Nobody is paying me for them. I put them up either as favors or as a trade where they put one up for me. (I used to charge for them, but stopped years ago – I don’t need the money.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League 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://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a></span></span></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/2024-mltt-draft-news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2024 MLTT Draft 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://mltt.com/shop/Major-League-Table-Tennis-Apparel-c156892302" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Major League Table Tennis Shirts</a> or <a href="https://mltt.com/shop" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">by Team</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/fethomania-4-drill-1/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 4: Drill 1</a> (55 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-darryl-tsao-serve-third-ball-attack/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Serve &amp; Third Ball Attack</a> (2:20) with Darryl Tsao</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-daniel-gonzalez-backhand-middle-backhand-forehand/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand, Middle, Backhand, Forehand</a> (65 sec) with Daniel Gonzalez</span></span></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-lucca-lobo-footwork-stroke-chemistry/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Footwork &amp; Stroke Chemistry</a> (59 sec) with Lucca Lobo</span></span></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-zhigao-si-forehand-control-looping/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Control Looping</a> (69 sec) with Zhigao Si</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-nandan-naresh-modified-reversed-pendulum-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Modified Reversed Pendulum Serve</a> (1:47) with Nandan Naresh</span></span></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-geovanny-coello-amicus-robot-training-underspin-to-topspin-looping/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Amicus Robot Training Underspin to Topspin Looping</a> (66 sec) with Geovanny Coello</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=r9AjNt6cb-c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to do Forehand Flick counter Heavy Underspin and change placement easily">How to do Forehand Flick counter Heavy Underspin and change placement easily</a> (14:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouV3L2qJ2WI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to do 2 types of Backhand Banana Flick | High level">How to do 2 types of Backhand Banana Flick</a> (10:18)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grQgTG4fLPQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to do 1 Backhand - 1 Forehand High level Topspin | Tutorial &amp; Fixs">How to do 1 Backhand - 1 Forehand High level Topspin</a> (6:11)</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=2Q2XNp0AROM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to change the time when changing standing position">How to change the time when changing standing position</a> (6:08)</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=3j_Aln-wZWc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to breathe in table tennis">How to breathe in table tennis</a> (6:17)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>What Is Your Favourite Backhand Block?</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=6fxyYGnDNLw&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (2:09) from Pingispågarna. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Master Attacking with Longpips</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=3C4dTvUtDsc&amp;ab_channel=PongSpace" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:04) from Angela Guan/PongSpace. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Daily</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=qrEw3rVtbdA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="10 Tips To Become A Better Table Tennis Player Quickly | Part 2">10 Tips To Become A Better Table Tennis Player Quickly | Part 2</a> (10:46)</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=yrFQCOcTlFY&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">10 Tips To Become A Better Table Tennis Player Quickly | Part 1</a> (11:22, from four years ago) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5DCysW0r_Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="I Played Vs 5x World Champion Jorgen Persson">I Played Vs 5x World Champion Jorgen Persson</a> (9:43)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/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/jenson-van-emburgh-leads-teamusa-at-2024-ittf-para-us-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Jenson Van Emburgh Leads TeamUSA at 2024 ITTF Para US Open</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/felix-lebrun-wins-in-goa/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Felix Lebrun Wins in Goa</a></span></span></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-rankings-edward-ly-and-timo-boll-launch-into-top-50/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Rankings: Edward Ly and Timo Boll Launch into Top 50</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/bowmar-sports-tournament-highlights-bella-xu-2023-wtt-youth-contender-mosquera-highlights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bella Xu 2023 WTT Youth Contender Mosquera Highlights</a> (78 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USATT</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/january/26/jenson-van-emburgh-wins-gold-in-class-3-at-ittf-us-para-open" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Jenson Van Emburgh wins Gold in Class 3 at ITTF US 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.usatt.org/news/2024/january/24/zheng-pu-helps-usher-in-a-new-era-of-champions" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Zheng Pu Helps Usher in a New Era of 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://www.usatt.org/news/2024/january/22/amy-wang-lily-zhang-secure-2nd-and-4th-at-ittf-pan-am-cup" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Amy Wang &amp; Lily Zhang Secure 2nd and 4th at ITTF Pan Am Cup</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/january/22/takahashi-claims-pan-am-gold-ly-stuns-the-competition-in-corpus-christi" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Takahashi Claims Pan Am Gold, Ly Stuns the Competition in Corpus Christi</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/january/21/strong-outing-from-the-north-canada-and-usa-stack-semifinals" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Strong Outing from the North: Canada and USA Stack Semifinals</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/01/28/najlah-al-dayyeni-causes-major-upset-on-return-to-egypt-para-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Najlah Al-Dayyeni Causes Major Upset on Return to Egypt 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/2024/01/28/ittf-president-paves-the-way-for-sustainable-table-tennis-equipment-during-japan-visit/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF President Paves the Way for Sustainable Table Tennis Equipment During Japan Visit">ITTF President Paves the Way for Sustainable Table Tennis Equipment During Japan Visit</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/01/23/willpower-crucial-as-tokyo-medallists-aim-to-consolidate-status-in-giza/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Willpower Crucial as Tokyo Medallists Aim to Consolidate Status in Giza">Willpower Crucial as Tokyo Medallists Aim to Consolidate Status in Giza</a></span></span></li> <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/2024/01/22/get-your-tickets-for-ittf-world-team-championships-finals-busan-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Get Your Tickets for ITTF World Team Championships Finals Busan 2024!">Get Your Tickets for ITTF World Team Championships Finals Busan 2024!</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Action at the LATTA Butterfly Thanh Banh Memorial Tournament</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/739164040/videos/pcb.10161810571079041/1337777573590177" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the music video</a> (2:27) of the tournament held Jan. 27. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Let’s Slap Some Balls</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.spreadshirt.com/shop/design/ping+pong+table+tennis+tabletennis+funny+kraken+mens+premium+t-shirt-D5f97a8c343ab922b562a698c?sellable=0XGLom8maYh30Yd9z37k-812-7" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy the shirt</a> – the only octopus (or kraken?) table tennis shirt I know of. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Jokes</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.jokes4us.com/sportsjokes/pingpongjokes.html" 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>Table Tennis Fails</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/vExIXLj0Svg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (65 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 01/29/2024 - 16:10</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 Jan 2024 16:10:56 +0000 Larry Hodges 3538 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3538#comments