TableTennisCoaching.com - - Your worldwide center for table tennis coaching http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/ en December 5, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3430 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">December 5, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3429" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lobbing</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching, MDTTC Open, and Books</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">With the North American Teams over, the focus switches from preparing them for a major tournament to long-term development. Which means lots of foundational work! Footwork, strokes, serve, receive, and so on. I coached in the usual four group sessions this weekend. In two of them, I mostly fed multiball. In another, I did both multiball and hit with various players, working on consistency. In the other, I was a “walk around” coach, where the focus was on good technique. They played games at the end of the session, and I kept harping on some of them that this was the time to <i>practice</i> their shots, because this was <i>practice</i>. (Way too often some get “scared” and just push.) I also worked with players on serves, including working with two on how to do a really effective no-spin serve, i.e. “heavy no-spin,” where the serve looks like heavy backspin but is no-spin. As we demonstrated, receivers often push them as if they are heavy backspin, and so the ball pops up. The returns also have less backspin then returns actual heavy backspin serves. I also had a good discussion with one of our top juniors on sports psychology, and I gave him a copy of “<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Game-Tennis-Classic-Performance-ebook/dp/B003T0G9E4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Inner Game of Tennis</a>.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We have an MDTTC Open coming up this weekend, Dec. 10-11. (See the Maryland entry in <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=8&amp;Region=6&amp;e=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Omnipong</a>.) I have a special this time – two, in fact. First, I’ll have a table and be selling <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">my books</a> at the tournament (discounted), both table tennis and science fiction. Second, I’m giving everyone in groups 1, 2, and 3 in our junior program (about 55 kids) free copies of “<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>.” (The kids in group 4, the Novice group, are mostly 6-8 years old and aren’t ready for it – I’ll get them copies when they are older.) For the roughly 15 or so who already have copies, they’ll get to choose any other of my books. (Yes, I have to pay a wholesale price for the books I give away!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Board Meeting and Alcoholic Beverages Policy</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Governance-and-Financials/Agenda-and-Notices" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the USATT Agenda and Notices page</a>, with a link to the info page for the USATT Zoom meeting, to be held this Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7PM eastern time. I usually attend these, but since they’ve turned off the comment section, I’ve lost interest. I and others would often put in polite comments during the meeting. One or two people put in rude comments, and rather than simply kick those people off the meeting, they closed down the entire comment section in a classic case of overreaction. When the board comes to its senses it will return the comment section. Perhaps they should survey the membership, asking this simple question: “When someone posts inappropriate comments during a USATT board meeting on Zoom, should they ban that person or ban all comments?” I think the overwhelming response would be obvious. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One issue that may come up at the board meeting is whether USATT should take sponsors or advertisers for alcoholic beverages (or tobacco products), such as the Dream Blue sponsor for the upcoming US Open. (Dream Blue is a hard liquor company from China.) There really are two issues – 1) Should they take such sponsors or advertisers, and 2) Should such a policy issue be decided by the policy-making arm of USATT governance, which is the board of directors, or the CEO? In this case, the CEO made the decision, with no notice to the board. I’ve had board members (plural) tell me that the first they learned of this was from my blog, when I blogged about it <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3426" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">two weeks ago</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I strongly believe this is a board decision, just as it was when the matter came up once before and it was overwhelmingly rejected. I also am against accepting such sponsors or advertisers (especially hard liquor and tobacco products) primarily because it’s a bad influence on our junior players. Even if it’s a large amount of money that might be good in the short run, I’m against it because, in the long run, I don’t want our sport beholden to a hard liquor company. I’ve heard the arguments for taking the sponsor, a primary one of which is that it was allowed by ITTF at some international events. But so what? I don’t believe in the theory of “monkey-see, monkey-do,” and believe we should decide our own ethical standards. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On a side note, I usually have a segment on USATT news here, but there hasn’t been any new news items there since Nov. 25, ten days ago. The USATT news page used to be much more active. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Assembly</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18, 6:30-7:30PM, at the US Open in Ontario, California. How do I know? In my blog <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3426" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">two weeks ago</a>, I pointed out that USATT was required to give 30 days’ notice of their annual USATT Assembly, and had not done so. Bylaws 15.3 says, “Notice of the annual USATT Assembly stating the place, date and time of the meeting shall be posted on the website of USATT no fewer than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting.” Well, they haven’t actually posted it, but they quietly, and without any public notice of the change, added two lines about it, buried on page 9, column 2, of the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/2022/2022-US-Open/2022-US-Open-Prospectus-22-11-22a.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=70ACE81C79B830646BD7A375588227BFD0A7AA3D" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open Prospectus</a>. It wasn’t there before – I have the previous version, both in PDF and a printout. I don’t think this qualifies as “posted on the website of USATT”! (Some of you may remember the opening scene of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” which is similar.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I probably won’t attend. If I did, I would likely feel obligated to react to some of the reports they would give, and frankly speaking, I’d rather a nice, quiet US Open where I just coach and play. I also have heard rumors that they will be running various panels at the Open – but if so, why are they keeping the assembly and panels secret? They should be advertising the heck out of them, with news items all over the place! There’s a reason movies, for example, are advertised many months in advance, to build interest. They don’t send out a Marvel movie by letting people know it’s coming out in a few days! If the plan is to have a USATT Assembly and panels that are poorly attended, they are doing exactly the right thing. But if you want good attendance, then they should be advertised well in advance, multiple times. That’s advertising 101. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-jinxin-wang-backhand-forehand-block/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand &amp; Forehand Block</a> (64 sec) with Jinxin Wang</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-ye-tian-forehand-counterloop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Counterloop</a> (71 sec) with Ye Tian</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/perception" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Perception</a> (8:16)</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/welcome-jiri-martinko" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Welcome Jiri Martinko!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/excessive-celebration" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Excessive Celebration</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/giving-tuesday" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Giving Tuesday</a> (6:45)</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/have-plan" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Have. A. Plan.</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/learn-the-basic-backhand-serve-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Learn the Basic Backhand Serve</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@pingsunday/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Plus 19 new videos this past week</a>!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>3 Levels of Touch in Push</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=QbX6HjmsGLU&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (57 sec) from Drupe Pong. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Coin Method: Right Grip 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=x7I4MuOZjuE&amp;fbclid=IwAR09S0-jV6MEkgs84j9PL_YYZ68t22GvxihA8TtEFYuJvpGX8RJ_62HavQY&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:46) from Pingispågarna. </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"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><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></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Kou Lei TTC Dominate 2022 JOOLA North American Team Championships Final</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://joolausa.com/kou-lei-ttc-dominate-2022-joola-north-american-team-championships-final/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> on the North American Teams held last weekend, by Matt Hetherington. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Fan Zhendong vs Wang Chuqin | MT - Chinese Super League 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvjcIMrSFJE&amp;list=RDCMUCnpt_griacMF15CpK0rFEAA&amp;index=2&amp;ab_channel=TT11TV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (7:47). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">Dan Seemiller vs. Eric Boggan</span></b></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/100008080268770/videos/514198410762908" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the highlights video</a> (4:48) from Jim Butler, featuring their classic 1982 US Men’s Singles Final. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Judy Hoarfrost Reflects on U.S. Table Tennis Team’s China Trip in 1971</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://blog.paddlepalace.com/2022/12/judy-hoarfrost-reflects-on-u-s-table-tennis-teams-china-trip-in-1971/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from Paddle Palace. </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/butterfly-interview-with-kanak-jha/" style="color:blue; 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text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF World Youth Championships Starts in Tunis, as Nova Gorica and Helsingborg Set to Host 2023 &amp; 2024 Editions">ITTF World Youth Championships Starts in Tunis, as Nova Gorica and Helsingborg Set to Host 2023 &amp; 2024 Editions</a> </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/04/ittf-summit-starts-new-era-federation/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Summit Starts New Era for Federation">ITTF Summit Starts New Era for Federation</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/03/executive-committee-makes-key-decisions-ahead-ittf-summit/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Executive Committee Makes Key Decisions Ahead of ITTF Summit">Executive Committee Makes Key Decisions Ahead of ITTF 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/2022/12/03/para-table-tennis-activities-spotlight-development-participation/" style="color:blue; 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text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Leadership Arrives in Jordan for First-Ever ITTF Summit">ITTF Leadership Arrives in Jordan for First-Ever ITTF 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/2022/12/02/ittf-group-ceo-takes-part-wadi-ashar-dialogue/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Group CEO Takes Part in Wadi Ashar Dialogue">ITTF Group CEO Takes Part in Wadi Ashar Dialogue</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/12/01/continued-commitment-strong-clean-sport-collaboration-ittf-renews-partnership-ita/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Continued commitment for a strong clean sport collaboration: ITTF renews partnership with the ITA">Continued commitment for a strong clean sport collaboration: ITTF renews partnership with the ITA</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/30/world-table-tennis-unveils-first-half-2023-event-calendar-ahead-ittf-summit/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="World Table Tennis Unveils First Half of 2023 Event Calendar ahead of ITTF Summit">World Table Tennis Unveils First Half of 2023 Event Calendar ahead of ITTF 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/2022/11/29/ittf-joins-call-proactive-approach-safe-sport-sustainability-forum-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Joins Call for Proactive Approach to Safe Sport and Sustainability at IF Forum 2022">ITTF Joins Call for Proactive Approach to Safe Sport and Sustainability at IF Forum 2022</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/29/register-ita-webinar-principles-values-clean-sport/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Register for ITA Webinar: Principles and Values of Clean Sport">Register for ITA Webinar: Principles and Values of Clean Sport</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/29/annual-report-released-ahead-ittf-summit/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Annual Report Released ahead of ITTF Summit">Annual Report Released ahead of ITTF Summit</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Did Someone Say 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.etsy.com/listing/1228238109/did-someone-say-pin-pong-shirt-gift-for" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy the shirt</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Shirts</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/clothing/t-shirts/funny+table+tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are lots of funny and interesting table tennis shirts</a> to choose from, from spreadshirt.com. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Man vs. Dog</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/yoih_L5_oBI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (10 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Funny Table Tennis World Compilation</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=ct4r1_c4ClI&amp;ab_channel=tabletennislove" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (10:46) – a nice collection of the “classics”!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Killer Ping Pong Trick Shots – Horror 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=3n-9L5i4Av0&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:33) from Table Tennis Daily – this is great!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Yet Still More Pings and Pongs and Flame Tree Interview</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/B0BNDTSHSJ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">My 19th book is out</a>! Nope, it’s not a table tennis book. It’s the fourth book in my “Pings and Pongs” series (170 pages, only $10), which are collections of my best short science fiction and fantasy stories that I’ve sold. (<a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I’ve sold 136, plus 42 resales and four novels</a>.) Typically, when a magazine or anthology buys one of my stories they have the rights to it for 3-6 months after publication. Then, when I have enough stories – about 25 – they are compiled into the newest collection. When I needed a name for the series, I came up with “Pings and Pongs.” I do manage to work in table tennis mentions in some of the stories, and a ping-pong ball is instrumental to the climax of one story, “Christmas Interrupted.” (<a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are all 19 of my books</a>.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Speaking of “Christmas Interrupted,” that story was published in the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Gothic-Short-Stories-Fantasy/dp/1804171646" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Christmas Gothic anthology</a> by Flame Tree Fiction. (They’ve bought four stories from me for their anthologies – they are a top-paying market.) They did interviews with the authors on the inspiration for their stories. <a href="https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/christmas-gothic-author-qa-story-inspirations" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s my interview</a>, the ninth one down. The story is about Santa Claus in the distant future, suffering from Alzheimer’s, and still trying to deliver toys at Christmas to non-existent children, with his long-suffering elves humoring him. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My next book will be the fourth in the “Tips” series, coming in May, 2023. Like the “Pings and Pongs” series, they have ever-lengthening titles: “Table Tennis Tips,” “More Table Tennis Tips,” “Still More Table Tennis Tips,” and the upcoming “Yet Still More Table Tennis Tips.” For both series, #5 will have “And” added to the start. </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, 12/05/2022 - 17:33</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 Dec 2022 17:33:42 +0000 Larry Hodges 3430 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3430#comments November 29, 2029 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3428 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 29, 2029</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/3427" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">What Comes First, Speed or Consistency?</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>JOOLA North American Teams</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent Thanksgiving weekend coaching at the Teams at the National Harbor in Maryland. It was my 46th consecutive Teams – every year starting my first year in table tennis, 1976, back when it was in Detroit from the early 1970s to 1997. (It would be 47 years in a row, but they didn’t hold it in 2020 due to Covid.) I was a player or player/coach for most years, but in modern times I’ve only coached. (I’ve also been to every US Open and Nationals since 1984, plus a few before that.) <a href="http://natabletennis.com/tournaments/results.php" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are complete results</a>. (Make sure to set the dropdown menu to 2022 JOOLA NA Teams.) <a href="http://natabletennis.com/tournaments/listentries.php?tournament=2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here is the list of entries</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There were 1119 players, 270 teams, and 166 tables this year – I believe all records. I heard rumors that there were some top players playing in the Championship division on the front tables, but I never really saw any of it except occasionally walking by – I was on the back tables coaching Maryland Table Tennis Center junior teams. We had twelve junior teams but only five coaches, so we were jumping about each round, coaching different teams. (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6bLKEBgo50&amp;ab_channel=JOOLATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s video</a> of the Team Final, Kou Lei TTC vs. PongPod One, 91 min.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This is I think the second year in a row where they went paperless, with everything run online. Team captains got their schedules, registered, and put in results via smart phones. Alas, problems arose the first morning when the server went down. Teams couldn’t register for their upcoming round and so things fell behind. Fortunately, they had paper backups, and so got the matches going again after a 45 minute delay. They got the server back up, but it went down other times, especially in the morning when everyone was checking in at once. This led to scheduling problems – including late-starting team match that didn’t finish until 12:25 AM, with a few other teams still playing as we left. But I think this was a one-time problem they’ll be more ready for next year. While I’m old-fashioned and prefer paper, most seemed happy with the new system. They’ve been running the Teams efficiently since they took over in 1998 and there have been few problems like this before. A great thanks goes to the hard-working staff that sets up and runs the event! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"> As usual, there were lots of tactical issues that came up. I think I did a lot of emphasis on placement, making sure the players played to the “three spots” – wide forehand and backhand, and middle (mid-point between opponent’s forehand and backhand). I also emphasized figuring out early which two spots were the best to go to. Or sometimes one – there were several matches won with the simple tactic of pushing to the very wide backhand so the opponent couldn’t forehand loop. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One opponent, rated just over 1800, had a 2200 forehand and backhand loop against backspin, but the rest of his game was weaker – in particular, he didn’t block very well– and he was somewhat slow. But since he got to serve half the time, and mostly served short backspin, and since my players were unable to consistently flip or drop the serve short, over and over they were stuck pushing long and facing those 2200 loops. We did find some success by pushing quick to the middle, so he had to move some to loop (and go out of position if my player blocked it back), but even that usually didn’t work. One player found himself down 0-2 in games against this player, and I pointed out that, except for a couple times when the opponent served long and he’d looped the serve, he’d pushed the serve back fifteen times, the opponent had looped all fifteen, and we’d lost all fifteen points! “You might as well try flipping. Even if you miss, it’s better than losing every point pushing.” It almost worked – while he missed most of the flips and went back to pushing, it forced the opponent to be ready for both. They went five, but we lost. But now the three who lost to him know that there are better options against a short serve than pushing back long every time! (I spoke with the opponent later. His level would go up dramatically – well over 2000 – with a few months of serious training, including physical training.)  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One player dominated against an opponent by mixing up short backspin and no-spin serves. When the next player to play him admitted he didn’t really know how to serve no-spin except by just patting the ball on the table (so it doesn’t look like backspin), I took him aside and gave him a quick lesson on it – but it was too late for this match. (To serve a good no-spin serve – often called “heavy no-spin,” one of my favorite terms – you have to use the same motion as heavy backspin, except contact the ball near the handle instead of the tip. You have to really sell it as backspin so they’ll push as if it’s backspin – and then the ball pops way up.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There were two matches where, at key times, I called timeout, and called for short no-spin serves to the forehand. I was expecting, or at least hoping, the opponents would pop the serves up, since the player hadn’t been serving there much. Both times I was wrong – both times the opponent pushed the serve off the end. Yay! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Coaching kids between games is half tactical, half psychological. Or sometimes, 100% psychological. During that late-night team match that ended at 12:25 AM my main purpose between games was to wake the player up! They were pretty sleepy – one could barely keep his eyes open. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In one of our team matches, the opposing team had what appeared to be a 2300 player on their team, while the rest of the players were around 1500. This guy looked GOOD!!! He had world-class form and athleticism, and his shots were way too powerful for our players. But . . . as he began to play matches, we realized something – he kept missing. I’ve never seen a player look so good but not be so good. As I explained to one of our players, “He’s all swing, no bling.” We ended up winning two of the three matches against him, mostly by serving and looping, and watching him miss shots that most players couldn’t even attempt. If this guy plays a lot for a year, he’ll be really good. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's a quiz question I kept asking our kids, and none answered correctly. The question was, “Why am I wearing my <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Band-Sports-ABI00-Therapeutic/dp/B000FML7SW" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">arm brace</a> when I’m not playing?” Answer – because my arm was hurting from clapping! I have periodic arm problems. Basically, there are microscopic tears in the muscles or tendons, and the brace holds them together so they don’t tear more. It’s mostly preventive these days, but I wear it when I have to do a lot of playing. If I don’t, the arm starts to hurt after a while.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In one of our matches, my player was down 6-10 in the first game. But he thought he’d already lost, and so came over. I thought it was 6-10, but he said he’d lost 11-6. So for about twenty seconds I coached him for the next game. Then the coach for the other team came over and asked, “Are you taking a timeout?” That’s when we discovered the game wasn’t over! They were nice about it and our player went back out but lost the game, and a minute later we were talking tactics again, preparing for game two. But for the first time in years, I was stuck on a rules question – did that “break” we’d taken at 6-10 count as our one time-out? I wasn’t sure. I kept debating whether I could legitimately call a timeout after that. But late in the fifth game, my player called a timeout on his own, and no one complained. Alas, he lost. Later, I checked with one of the umpires, and he said that while it was a mistake when we started talking, no time-out was called, and so it wasn’t a timeout. (Also alas, there’s probably at least one person reading this who is thinking, “Hey, I’m going to take advantage of that next time I play!” Yes, there are cheaters out there.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There were other interesting “incidents.” One opponent left the court after every game and sat down on a chair that was a well away from the playing area. Since he was elderly and I didn’t feel like getting into an argument, we let it go, but twice I timed him, and one time he took over five minutes, other time over four. Another opponent had this unique but completely illegal serve – he’d stand about five feet to the left of the table (he’s a righty), and then would suddenly almost jump to the table, waving his free hand with the ball about, including well below the table, and then, in a continuous motion, he’d serve. I explained to him after the first game that he had to come to a complete stop when serving and keep the ball above the playing area, and he agreed and toned it down a bit – though still illegal – for a few points. Then he went back to full illegal serve mode. Since my player was beating him easily, we decided not to make an issue out of it. Another opponent hid his serve with his body, but he stopped when we asked him to do so. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Now we get to the nastier side of table tennis and the boundary between cheating and just not knowing the rules. In one of our matches,  with our team leading 4-3, my player, age nine, won the first two games rather easily against an elderly opponent, who was rated about the same. At the start of the third, first point, the opponent set up to receive and my player served. The opponent put the serve in the net. Then he stepped back and realized that it should have been his serve. The point counted, however, since he had played the point. The opponent then served, and lost that point as well. Then it was my players turn to serve, due to Rule 2.14.1:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">2.14.1 If a player serves or receives out of turn, play shall be interrupted by the umpire as soon as the error is discovered and shall resume with those players serving and receiving who should be server and receiver respectively at the score that has been reached, according to the sequence established at the beginning of the match</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The facts were not in dispute, but the opponent insisted it was his serve again, and he was holding the ball. I explained the rule to him, but he absolutely insisted it was his serve, as did one of his teammates. It got rather heated. Several times I said we needed to go to the referee’s desk and get a ruling, but both of them were absolutely insistent it was his serve. After five minutes of this, I decided it was better to just let the other guy serve rather than spend more time on this, which could disrupt my player’s focus. Since my player was winning rather easily so far I didn’t really want to make the long walk to the referee’s desk, since the break could disrupt my player’s focus. So I finally said, “Fine, you can serve. But if you do, you are cheating.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Pandemonium. The opponent and his teammate spent the next five minutes screaming at me, demanding an apology. But what I said was accurate. Not knowing the rules is not cheating, but they were refusing to even check with the referee to get a ruling – the opponent still held the ball and insisted he was going to serve. It was <a href="https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/willful_ignorance" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/willful_ignorance">willful ignorance</a>. - "A decision in bad faith to avoid becoming informed about something so as to avoid having to make undesirable decisions that such information might prompt." I'll let readers decide if that is cheating. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">At this point, with matches all around now disrupted by their screaming, I had no choice but to get the referee. They still refused to do so, so I went on my own – but they then followed. Once there, it took about five minutes before we could get them to stop yelling so we could explain the situation to the referee. Of course, the referee explained the rule and said it was my player’s serve. They were dead wrong.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">However, the referee also thought I should apologize for calling the player a cheater. As I explained, I didn't call him a cheater, I said that if he served - given that he refused to check with the referee on the actual rule - he would be cheating. (Since he ended up not serving, he didn't actually "cheat.") The referee was insistent that I apologize, and for all I know he'd ban me from the playing hall if I didn't. Rather than spend more time on this (and risking my player's focus even further), I finally said. "Fine. I apologize for calling you a cheater. Now, can we finish the match?" However, I was only apologizing for the benefit of my player. Given the situation, I don't think what I said was wrong in itself. However, I probably shouldn't have said it simply to avoid any more argument, so my player could keep his focus and continue to dominate the match. It's irritating but true that sometimes it's in your player's favor to grit your teeth and let an opponent get away with willfully breaking the rules rather than have a long argument that can change the course of a match. And in this case, my player was winning rather easily, and so of course it was greatly in the opponent's favor to find a way to disrupt things. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I then asked several times that the opponent apologize to my nine-year-old player for disrupting the match by his ignorance of the rules and his insistence on breaking the rules rather than checking with the referee on the correct ruling. He ignored me and there was no apology. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We finally went back. My player (who stayed warmed up by hitting with his dad), served, and easily won the third game and the match. I apologized to both the kid and his dad for the whole issue. The risk of his losing his focus or getting cold was greater than the small disadvantage of letting the opponent serve illegally. My player and his dad deserved an apology, from me, and from the opponent and his teammate; the opponent did not. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In a later team match I coached we had another rules problem. My player was up 2-1 in games, but down 9-10 in the fourth. (Our team was up 4-3.) They played a point, and my player seemed to hit a winner. One of the parents (not this player's dad) yelled, "Yes!" But the opponent made a spectacular return. My player popped the ball back high, and the opponent ran in and smashed - into the net. Deuce!!! Except - the opponent immediately demanded a let, saying the loud "Yes!" call had distracted him. The rule on this is also clear - he could have immediately called a let after making the great return, since he would have already been going for that shot when the disruption occurred. But once he went in and tried to kill the ball, he could no longer call a let - you can't play out a point and then call let after the point. Here's a simple way of explaining this - if the player could have called a let, then if he makes the smash, he wins the point, but if he misses it, it's a let - and my player has no way of winning the point! (I went over this with the referee afterwards, and he of course agreed.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">However, the opponent and his teammates insisted he'd immediately called a let. I wanted to go to the referee again, but the problem was that since the opponent was saying he'd called a let immediately, the referee would have called it a let. I finally relented, and they replayed the point - and the opponent won the point, forcing a fifth game. In the fifth, the opponent was up 10-5 match point, and won 11-9. Afterwards, we had a cordial discussion about what happened, and I asked him point blank if the disruption affected his shot. He said that yes, it distracted him and caused him to miss the smash. That's when I pointed out that he'd just admitted that he'd lost the point, since he attempted the smash <i>after</i> the disruption, as I’d been claiming all along - it was, in fact, his second shot after the disruption. Once I explained the rules, he admitted it shouldn’t have been a let, but it was too late to go back and replay it. The ninth match had already begun (and I had to coach that), which we would win in five.  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Holiday Shopping – Buy My Books!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays are coming up – time to buy my table tennis books! (But feel free to buy my science fiction ones as well.) <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a listing</a> with descriptions of each. Below are direct links to the table tennis 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="http://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a> - best seller</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tips-Larry-Hodges/dp/1497496144" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></li> <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/dp/1544715137" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">More Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></li> <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/dp/B088N68MS6" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Still More Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tales-Techniques-Hodges/dp/B003AYB2A0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tales &amp; Techniques</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Table-Tennis-Coaches-Handbook/dp/1484033760" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Professional Table Tennis Coaches Handbook</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Pong-Larry-Hodges/dp/1512117080/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Spirit of Pong</a> - fantasy table tennis novel - American travels to China to train with the spirits (ghosts!) of past champions.</span></span></li> <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/First-Galactic-Table-Tennis-Championships/dp/B0BCD4ZLKH" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a> - science fiction table tennis novelette - aliens from around the galaxy compete in Beijing!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>What Advice Should You Give to Teammates During Matches?</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/what-advice-should-you-give-to-team-mates-during-matches/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from Tom Lodziak. This, in a nutshell, is similar to my thinking on coaching between games. Make sure that you notice that the first three examples are things you shouldn’t do! (At first, when I saw the subheading, “Focus on Technique,” I thought he was advocating that, when (as he explains) that’s a big mistake. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-brian-pace-foundational-training-with-practice-partner/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Foundational Training With Practice Partner</a> (79 sec) with Brian Pace.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-changbo-lu-forehand-flip/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Flip</a> (66 sec) with Changbo Lu.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Serve Return Lesson</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/serve-return-lesson" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:42) from Samson Dubina. </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=HeId7YFQOEI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis tactics: How to serve offensively to counter the forehand playstyle of the whole table">Table tennis tactics: How to serve offensively to counter the forehand playstyle of the whole table</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=J_8yZa3b7P4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="table tennis tactics: How to serve long and counterattack (Part 2) | Ti Long shares experience">How to serve long and counterattack (Part 2)</a> (23:19)</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=1Ox5ivd9jpo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="BIGGEST TALENT OF THE NEW GENERATION">BIGGEST TALENT OF THE NEW GENERATION</a> (3:00)</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=vV9JSNmWtjY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WORLD CHAMPIONS👑">WORLD CHAMPIONS</a> (1:39)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/some-updates-about-alexis-lebrun/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Some Updates About Alexis Lebrun</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/some-updates-about-felix-lebrun/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Some Updates About Fëlix Lebrun</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/liang-jingkun-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Liang Jingkun Equipment and Playing Style</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-to-become-a-table-tennis-umpire/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Become a Table Tennis Umpire</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/handbook-for-table-tennis-umpire-and-referee/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Handbook for Table Tennis Umpire and Referee</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceMSQ-E-K8Q" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Don't put your table tennis rackets into your pants">Don't put your table tennis rackets into your pants</a> (1:38)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQSKjLLnZ6k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Freitas Marcos - Jorgic Darko | Table Tennis Champions League Men">Freitas Marcos - Jorgic Darko | Table Tennis Champions League Men</a> (49:37)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MolOTaPwnXk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Shouting during the point is forbidden in table tennis">Shouting during the point is forbidden in table tennis</a> (9:18)</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=0PCVdvD9RmM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Best penholder versus Best Defender">Best penholder versus Best Defender</a> (8:34)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txtS7jSG6i0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Too hard for Maze Michael - Franziska Patrick | Table Tennis Champions League Men">Too hard for Maze Michael - Franziska Patrick | Table Tennis Champions League Men</a> (15:22)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6N2jNjbOfQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong bursted laughing of Ma Long">Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong bursted laughing of Ma Long</a> (2:20)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwMC2vLQy1k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The table tennis level in France is high">The table tennis level in France is high</a> (6:24)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFGU6ZJHo0s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Learn the backhand flick technique with Yan An">Learn the backhand flick technique with Yan An</a> (4:47)</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=9up1p2YAYP4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Félix Lebrun has improved so fast">Félix Lebrun has improved so fast</a> (4:52)</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=7RhGeb4uif4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Why Truls Moregard is so good?">Why Truls Moregard is so good?</a> (7:37)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Magnus Effect in Table Tennis and Why Topspin is the Most Dominant 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=-EPgUzAgEmU&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:16) from Drupe Pong. I bet this could be the inspiration for a school science project!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tomokazu Harimoto Evolution (Age 4-19)</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=msJeGWvRB6g&amp;t=28s&amp;ab_channel=PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:35) from Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.com/content/nctta-and-aytto-partner-george-braithwaite-scholarship" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NCTTA and AYTTO Partner Up for the George Braithwaite Scholarship</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.com/content/behind-scenes-nctta-looking-directors" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NCTTA looking for directors!</a></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>Minnesota Division Director</b> is available now and is in charge of a division that covers Minnesota, Iowa and Idaho.</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>Great Lakes Regional Director</b> is available now and is in charge of a region that covers Upstate NY, Ohio schools near Akron and Canadian schools in Ontario and Quebec. This director is also a non-voting member of the NCTTA Board of Directors!</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>Directors have some perks</b>, getting to come to the NCTTA Championships free, please reach out to <a href="mailto:hr@nctta.org" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">hr@nctta.org</a> to get on board with NCTTA in these positions!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/23/USATT-Awarded-2023-ITTF-Pan-American-Youth-Table-Tennis-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Awarded 2023 ITTF Pan American Youth 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"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><b><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/25/Ohio-Winter-Camp-to-Utilize-the-Power-of-Teamwork" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-weight:normal">Ohio Winter Camp to Utilize the Power of Teamwork</span></a></b></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-sarasota-table-tennis-club-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Sarasota Table Tennis Club</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/german-league-final-four-dusseldorf-and-ochsenhausen-lead-the-way/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">German League Final Four – Dusseldorf and Ochsenhausen Lead the Way</a></span></span></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/two-weeks-until-wtt-feeder-ft-lauderdale-americans-seeded-first-in-both-singles-events/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Weeks Until WTT Feeder Ft. Lauderdale – American’s Seeded First in Both Singles 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://butterflyonline.com/rankings-harimoto-jumps-to-no-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rankings – Harimoto Jumps to No. 2</a></span></span></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-interview-with-jorg-bitzigeio/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Interview with Jörg Bitzigeio</a> (14:11)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/27/tunis-well-prepared-welcome-worlds-aspiring-young-talents/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tunis Well Prepared to Welcome World’s Most Aspiring Young Talents </a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/25/featured-ittf-magazine-danisha-patel-healthy-lifestyle/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: Danisha Patel a Healthy Lifestyle">Featured in ITTF Magazine: Danisha Patel a Healthy Lifestyle</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/25/governance-video-conference-prepares-delegates-ittf-summit/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Governance Video Conference Prepares Delegates for ITTF Summit">Governance Video Conference Prepares Delegates for ITTF 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/2022/11/24/203528/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Online Portal Launched for ITTF Summit Delegates">Online Portal Launched for ITTF Summit Delegates</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/24/ittf-summit-schedule-unveiled/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Summit Schedule Unveiled">ITTF Summit Schedule Unveiled</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/24/member-associations-get-updates-ittf-group-finances/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Member Associations Get Updates on ITTF Group Finances">Member Associations Get Updates on ITTF Group Finances</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/23/register-ita-webinars-series-clean-sport-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Register to ITA Webinars Series on Clean Sport">Register to ITA Webinars Series on Clean Sport</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/22/ittf-foundation-wins-sports-business-awards-parkinsons-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Foundation Wins Sports Business Awards for Parkinson's World Championships">ITTF Foundation Wins Sports Business Awards for Parkinson's World Championships</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>TT11TV</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/c/TT11TV/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Character T-Shirt</b><br /> <a href="https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/17783809-table-tennis-character" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy one</a> – or a hoodie, mug, or mask!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Club Cap</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/1308609706/ping-pong-club-dad-hat" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy it</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Adam vs. French Champion</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=cM-oIyWarPA&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (11:21) from Adam Bobrow - he takes on French Champion Simon Gauzy, world #33!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Impossible Penalty Kicks</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=1XmSWoNHbV0&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (5:13) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 11/28/2022 - 17:06</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 28 Nov 2022 17:06:26 +0000 Larry Hodges 3428 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3428#comments November 21, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3426 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 21, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3425" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Recovering from Forehand Attacks from a Corner</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and the JOOLA North American Teams</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Our junior program at MDTTC is divided into four groups (66 players total), and this weekend I worked with one session for each. It was also an exhausting weekend as I acted as a practice partner for three of the sessions, for two reasons. First, we had an odd number of players, though we can work around that by doing multiball or bringing in another player. Second, and perhaps more important, we’re getting them ready for the <a href="http://joolateams.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">North American Teams</a> next weekend (Fri-Sun after Thanksgiving), and so it’s valuable they get a good practice session with a good player. (Yay, I’m the “good” player!) For drills, I mostly blocked – and boy, after a short time it really came together and I stopped missing. They rotated the players who hit with me, and each time I greeted them with the warning, “The rumors are true, I never miss.” And, of course, if I did miss, I’d explain I was only showing them what a miss would look like if I were to miss – after all, how could they identify a miss by an opponent if we don’t show them what it looks like?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We also played a lot of games to prepare them for the Teams. I managed to go undefeated (closest game was 11-7) – mostly because I didn’t play games with the first group, just drilled with them. With the other groups (strongest players under 1800), I often relied on my serves. Coach Wang Qingliang warned my opponents that I serve a lot of side-top serves that looked like backspin, but most still had great difficulty in reading them. The hardest part for me about not training or playing matches regularly is in return of serve, and ending the point with the forehand, both of which used to be big strengths. For receive, I mostly just pushed serves back – quick, fast, heavy, low and at wide angles. But as I got warmed up and played better, I got more aggressive and began forehand looping serves, especially from the backhand corner. Because most of our players are trained to be more two-winged, and I mostly attack with my forehand, two of them asked why I stood so far on my backhand side when I received, and why I stepped around to loop so many serves. So I had to explain how the game has changed, though of course most players should still sometimes step around to forehand loop in a serve. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’m telling parents of players who have never been to the Teams to video their kids as they first walk into the playing hall. The normal reaction is eyes go wide, mouth drops, and they look side to side as they take in this incredibly large hall, with tables in full-sized courts seemingly going on forever! There will be 167 playing courts, with <a href="http://natabletennis.com/tournaments/listentries.php?tournament=2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">1113 players on 269 teams</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This will be my 46<sup>th</sup> straight time at the Teams, starting in 1976, the year I started in table tennis. (It would be 47 except they skipped 2020 because of Covid.) As I pointed out to one of our junior players who will be playing in it for the second time, “We’re experienced pros. Together we’ve played in it 46 times.” (See segment below on <a href="https://joolausa.com/the-biggest-table-tennis-tournament-in-the-usa-reaches-new-heights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Biggest Table Tennis Tournament in the USA Reaches New Heights</a> by Matt Hetherington.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dream Blue Liquor and US Open Sponsors</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Should USATT be taking sponsorships for alcohol, especially hard liquor? Here’s the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/2022/2022-US-Open/2022-US-Open-Prospectus-22-11-08a.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=66A4754CE0194217515B55072DA5F5CAC9812080" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_top">Prospectus</a> (entry form) for the upcoming US Open. On page five it lists the sponsors, and the first one listed is Dream Blue, which is a distilled hard liquor from China. (Their liquor alcohol contents rate very high, at “40.8%, 45% or 52% ABV.”) This issue has come up in the past – I was in the room years ago when the USATT board debated whether they should take sponsorships from companies that sell alcoholic beverages or cigarettes. The decision at the time was overwhelmingly no. Apparently that has changed. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As a non-drinker, I’m personally opposed to such sponsors and would likely vote against it if I were on the Board. I’m pretty sure that there was something on this in the USATT bylaws many years ago, but it’s no longer there. (During my twelve years as editor of USATT Table Tennis Magazine we did not take ads for alcoholic beverages or tobacco products, and I’m pretty sure they were never a USATT sponsor.) Since the US Open is an international event, it comes under ITTF laws. The ITTF doesn’t specifically ban sponsors for liquor, but they do have these restrictions in their rules about such ads, which would apply to the US Open – I bolded the key part: </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:24px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://documents.ittf.sport/sites/default/files/public/2022-02/ITTF_HB_2022_clean_v1_0.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">3.2.5.1.1</a> <b>Advertisements or markings in or next to the playing area, on playing clothing or numbers and on umpires’ clothing, shall not be for tobacco goods, alcoholic drinks, harmful drugs or illegal products</b> and they shall be without negative discrimination or connotation on the grounds of race, xenophobia, gender, religion, disabilities or other forms of discrimination; however, for competitions not explicitly organised for players under 18 years of age, the ITTF may allow advertisements or markings for non-distilled alcoholic drinks on equipment and fittings in or next to the playing area, provided the local law permits.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One strange thing – while there are eight sponsors listed on the US Open sponsor on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/2022/2022-US-Open/2022-US-Open-Prospectus-22-11-08a.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=66A4754CE0194217515B55072DA5F5CAC9812080" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_top">Prospectus</a> PDF (no links), but there is <i>nothing</i> about these sponsors on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open page</a>. You’d think they’d be listed there, with links! If I were a sponsor I’d expect this and be pretty unhappy that there is nothing about their US Open sponsorship on the US Open page. The eight sponsors from the Prospectus are Dream Blue, Butterfly, Paddle Palace, Nittaku, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, DHS, Ping Pong Parkinson, and Blossom Houston.<br /> =&gt;UPDATE - they've sort of added a Sponsor section at the very bottom of the US Open page, below the "Directions and Parking" map where few will see it. But the only sponsor listed there is Dream Blue. The other seven are not listed. This implies that the only sponsor is Dream Blue, which is not correct. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Assembly</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’m told the USATT Assembly will take place at the upcoming <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open</a>, on Sunday night, Dec. 18. This is required by the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/governance-and-financials/bylaws" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT bylaws</a> as an annual event (Article 15, page 46). However, I haven’t yet seen any announcement, either on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT news</a> page or <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open</a> page. Bylaws 15.3 says, “Notice of the annual USATT Assembly stating the place, date and time of the meeting shall be posted on the website of USATT no fewer than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting.” Assuming it’s held on Dec. 18, then thirty days before that was Nov. 18, this past Friday.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;ADDENDUM (added Dec. 5, 2022): Hurray! Apparently USATT read my blog. They added a small mention of the USATT Assembly to the Prospectus, on page 9 (of 10), column 2. It wasn't there before. (I have the copy that had been posted previously.) However, this does not consitute being "...posted on the website of USATT no fewer than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting." (See below.) First, adding the lines buried in a PDF file linked from the US Open page without letting people know it had been changed is right out of the novel "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." (Some of you will recognize the reference.) Second, the change was not made 30 days in advance. We'll see if there is any other notice of the Assembly. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Below is the entire section from the bylaws on the USATT Assembly, for those interested in attending. I’m told there also might be some panels at the US Open on various topics, such as clubs or high performance, but I haven’t heard or seen anything official yet. They’ve done that twice before at Opens or Nationals – I was on several panels – but they stopped doing that. I think it’s a good idea. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ARTICLE XV ANNUAL USA TABLE TENNIS ASSEMBLY</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Section 15.1. Purpose.</b> There shall be an annual USATT Assembly at which all individual and organization members and other USATT constituencies in the United States Table Tennis family shall be invited to gather and provide input to the Board on important issues confronting the organization. At USATT’s Assembly, the Board shall provide a report on the “State of the USATT.” The Chief Executive Officer shall provide a managerial report addressing issues of concern and importance to USATT. Individual and organization members and other constituencies may be permitted to pose questions to the Board and Chief Executive Officer for response. The annual USATT Assembly shall be purely advisory and shall have no rulemaking, budgetary, legislative, or other authority, though it, or some of it, may be involved in some appropriate way in the nomination of individuals to serve on the Board as otherwise set forth in these Bylaws. The Board shall determine the agenda of the annual USATT Assembly. Page 47 of 56 USATT 22 02-17a</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Section 15.2. Place.</b> The annual USATT Assembly shall be held in conjunction with a Board meeting. If practicable, the annual USATT Assembly meeting shall also be held in conjunction with a major USATT competition.48</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Section 15.3. Notice.</b> Notice of the annual USATT Assembly stating the place, date and time of the meeting shall be posted on the website of USATT no fewer than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Biggest Table Tennis Tournament in the USA Reaches New Heights</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://joolausa.com/the-biggest-table-tennis-tournament-in-the-usa-reaches-new-heights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> on the <a href="http://joolateams.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">North American Teams</a> by Matt Hetherington. The tournament is Nov. 25-27 in Washington DC. I’ll be there coaching some of the twelve junior teams from the Maryland Table Tennis Center. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/21/2023-Junior-US-National-Table-Tennis-Team-Trials-to-Be-Held-in-Charlotte-North-Carolina" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-weight:normal">2023 Junior US National Table Tennis Team Trials to Be Held in Charlotte, North Carolina</span><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"> - I’ve added this to my coaching calendar!</span></span></span></a> </b>HOWEVER - why in the world don't they give a REASON why they are running U11, 13, 15, and 19, but not U17? I've emailed USATT requesting they include U17 with the other junior trials. Also, if you look at the picture that goes with the story - the USA contingent (including parents) at the Pan Am Juniors in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republican in September, you can find me in the back row, fourth from the right. (I was one of the coaches.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/17/Spirit-of-Charity-and-Togetherness-Permeate-NYC-Ping-Pong-Diplomacy-Tournament" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Spirit of Charity and Togetherness Permeate NYC Ping Pong Diplomacy Tournament</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Multi-Player Training with Shadow Play</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=853128222554360" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s video</a> (24 sec) from the Houston Intl Table Tennis Academy of a coach working with three players at once – one directly, the other two shadow-practicing. We do this type of training at my club (MDTTC) all the time, though I usually do it with multiball, where I’m feeding to one player while the others shadow practice. There would also be one player doing ball pickup, with the players rotating. Sometimes we’ll have a player practice serves on an adjacent table as part of the rotation. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/5-consistency-tips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">5 Consistency Tips</a> (5:52)</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/13-stages" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">13 Stages</a> - Develop a systematic approach to learning a new skill</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/nandan-naresh-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Nandan Naresh</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IKyu0X5nZI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis tactics: how to serve a weak opponent Backhand | Ti Long guide for Australia (part 1)">Table tennis tactics: how to serve a weak opponent Backhand (part 1)</a> (10:50)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KX9UPDGRm0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to change the spin of reverse serve and serve short and long | Ti Long tutorial &amp; fixes">How to change the spin of reverse serve and serve short and long</a> (18:38)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Physical Training For Juniors</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-huijing-wang-physical-training-for-juniors/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:27) from Huijing Wang.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Manage Travel Fatigue (Physiologically)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://joola.com/how-to-manage-travel-fatigue-physiologically-lily-zhangs-blog/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lily_Zhang" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lily Zhang</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pingpong Video Analysis (Forehand Topspin in Table Tennis - Essential Characteristics)</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=oDEHZTzK31k&amp;t=13s&amp;ab_channel=Dr.TableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (7:34) from Dr. Table Tennis. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfMgFBWqy1N24fAYI9Fpb9Q/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are more videos</a> from the site. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiXEBuX16sA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WORLD NUMBER ONE FROM BEST CAMERA ANGLES">WORLD NUMBER ONE FROM BEST CAMERA ANGLES</a> (2:01)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sXUh1qF6KI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE HOTTEST NAME IN EUROPE BEATS KOREA’S NUMBER ONE STAR">THE HOTTEST NAME IN EUROPE BEATS KOREA’S NUMBER ONE STAR</a> (1:21)</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>Ma Long Player Profile &amp; Equipment</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://tabletennistop.com/ma-long-player-profile/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from Table Tennis Top. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Most Creative Table Tennis Player Ever?</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=Q1cZqWDGnNg&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:49) featuring Japan’s Koki Niwa. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-los-angeles-table-tennis-association-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Los Angeles Table Tennis Association</a></span></span></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-puerto-rico-open-teams-tta-888-won-in-2022-who-will-win-in-2023/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Puerto Rico Open Teams: TTA/888 Won in 2022 – Who Will Win in 2023?</a></span></span></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/andalucia-world-para-championships-jenson-van-emburgh-brings-silver-home/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Andalucia World Para Championships: Jenson Van Emburgh Brings Silver Home</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>About 16th Si &amp; Patty Wasserman Junior &amp; Open Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/about-16th-si-patty-wasserman-junior-open-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Tawny Banh. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Some People Say</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=NpM9zO-v2tw&amp;ab_channel=PINGPOD" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (70 sec) about table tennis from PingPod - it's pretty good!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/21/oman-ready-world-veteran-championships-moves-ever-closer/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2023 World Veteran Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/19/ittf-participated-ipc-extraordinary-general-assembly-membership-gathering/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Participated in IPC Extraordinary General Assembly and Membership Gathering">ITTF Participated in IPC Extraordinary General Assembly and Membership Gathering</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/18/featured-ittf-magazine-new-members-exclusive-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: New Members for Exclusive Club">Featured in ITTF Magazine: New Members for Exclusive Club</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/18/ittf-president-appointed-international-masters-games-association-board/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF President Appointed to International Masters Games Association Board">ITTF President Appointed to International Masters Games Association Board</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/18/ittf-leadership-attends-asian-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Leadership Attends Asian Cup">ITTF Leadership Attends Asian 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/2022/11/17/ittf-world-championships-finals-wtt-champions-wtt-cup-finals-cumulated-close-one-billion-viewers/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF World Championships Finals, WTT Champions, WTT Cup Finals Cumulated Close to One Billion Viewers">ITTF World Championships Finals, WTT Champions, WTT Cup Finals Cumulated Close to One Billion Viewers</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/16/register-ita-webinars-series-clean-sport-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Register to ITA Webinars Series on Clean Sport">Register to ITA Webinars Series on Clean Sport</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/15/new-ittf-athletes-commission-members-elected/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="New ITTF Athletes Commission Members Elected">New ITTF Athletes Commission Members Elected</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555">TT11TV</span></span></strong><br /> <span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><span style="box-sizing:border-box"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/TT11TV/videos" style="box-sizing:border-box; cursor:pointer; color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="box-sizing:border-box; text-align:start"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="text-decoration-thickness:initial"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial">Lots of videos here</span></span></span></span></span></a>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Postal Stamps</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ebay.com/b/Table-Tennis-Postal-Stamps/162067/bn_16566027" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here they are</a> – on sale at Ebay!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong, Spin, and Third-Ball Attack (Or, Why Dialogue Gets Boring and How to Fix It)</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.kittywumpus.net/blog/2022/11/10/guest-post-ping-pong-spin-and-third-ball-attack-or-why-dialogue-gets-boring-and-how-to-fix-it-by-gregory-ashe/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Gregory Ashe. It’s not about table tennis – it uses ping-pong as a metaphor for a dialogue writing problems for writers. He gets his table tennis terms and tactics right!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Funny Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Wc7a129jP2A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (36 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>I Went to the World Championships… in 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=BHPoOjmR_Gc&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (14:56) from Adam Bobrow. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>5 Things Ping Pong Players Hate</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=tOiQdAkhnaw&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:28) from Table Tennis Daily – this is <i>HILARIOUS!!!</i></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> <p> </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, 11/21/2022 - 18:45</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:45:29 +0000 Larry Hodges 3426 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3426#comments November 14, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3424 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 14, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3423" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Backhand Counter Domination</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached in four group sessions over the weekend, as is my norm. As usual the focus was on fundamentals, technique, footwork, placement . . . yada yada yada. I did do extra down-the-line drills - too often players focus on crosscourt. I also worked with two players on their grip. One of them has begun changing his grip drastically between forehand and backhand, with a wristy finger-down-the-middle forehand - NO!!! (1967 Men's World Champion Hasegawa might disagree - he used that grip.) It's important to catch things like this early, and the player in question only started this past year. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a realization during one session, which I explained to some of the players. If the players can't beat me after I've coached them for a full 90 minutes, I must be a bad coach. But if they can beat me after 90 minutes of training, I must be a bad player. Hmmm... Of course, I also explain to them that if they are tired during a drill, they must be out of shape and so we must work them harder. If they are not tired then we must not be working them hard enough and so we must work them harder. And if they won't answer us when we ask if they are tired, then we must punish them by making them work harder. Hmmm...</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a discussion with three of the parents who also play. (We allow parents to hit on open tables during junior group sessions. Some are pretty good.) The topic was footwork, and how kids and adults do it differently. For example, up-and-coming players and world-class players, when near the table in a fast rally, usually play their forehands with their feet parallel. But that takes a lot of training to do properly, and I don't recommend it for players who aren't going to put in the training and who aren't in very good shape. For most of us (including me), it's better to move the right foot back (for righties) as you move to play a forehand in a fast rally. It's not as quick but gives better stability and power. Another difference is the up-and-comers and world-class players often move both feet almost together when moving. For most of us, it's better to start by taking a short step with the foot on the side you are moving toward, commonly called "two-step footwork." </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I also had private session with <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10297504/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Navin Kumar</a> on Sunday night. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/navin.kumar.161/posts/pfbid0Gg1EoZxLhVqeazt4akdx6NKya2Nyu1vNuSyXNqQkQXssV29uVNQi37kwnVNCdn5cl?notif_id=1668398049107178&amp;notif_t=mention&amp;ref=notif" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s video</a> (15 sec). (I’m retired from private coaching, but made an exception for Navin.) Navin is somewhat of an equipment junkie, an EJ. During the session I asked him if such experimenting gave an Edge to an Ej. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT News and Favoritism</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/12/Coach-Park-Ji-Hyun-and-Coach-Tao-Wenzhang-to-Lead-World-class-Table-Tennis-Camp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Coach Park Ji-Hyun &amp; Coach Tao Wenzhang to Lead World-class Table Tennis Camp</a>. This news item (which was also featured in the last USATT Insider) caught my eye as it’s basically an ad for a camp at a private commercial club, written by a USATT employee. This isn’t exactly fair to the many other clubs that also run such camps, especially other clubs in the Bay Area that run competing camps, such as ICC, Table Tennis America, and others. I contacted the USATT CEO and asked about this, and she responded, “<span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="color:#2a3039">We will have a section dedicated to promoting clubs’ events. We could either use the articles the club submits or we can help write them if they need some help.” </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="color:#2a3039">The problem here, of course, is that this needs to be equal opportunity, and it’s not equal opportunity when one club gets to have such a news item before other clubs even know about the opportunity. Since there hasn’t been any announcement about this, clubs <i>still</i> don’t know about this opportunity, unless of course they are reading my blog – and so, like me, they are probably pretty irritated about this favoritism. There should have been a news item about it, and among those clubs interested, a random drawing for the order they would be run. Or they could have a committee put together objective criteria for such camps, and select an order based on that. Perhaps better still, one article about all of these camps around the country, with links to them.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="color:#2a3039">The club in question, 888, is an excellent one, with excellent coaches, and no doubt will run an excellent camp. But so would others, including my own (<a href="http://www.mdttc.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">MDTTC</a>), which </span></span></span>has three coaches in the USATT Hall of Fame, four coaches who have won USATT Coach of the Year awards (eight in total), and two former members of the Chinese National Team (one of whom achieved a USATT rating of 2830) and both former Head Province Coaches in China. Ironically, my club might not even be interested since we tend to fill our Winter camp from local players, but other clubs might be interested. There are also camps, such as the ones at Samson Dubina’s in Ohio, that actively draw players from all over the country, who are likely not thrilled that USATT is actively promoting a competing camp, with no notice about the opportunity. Does USATT understand that if they, say, draw two or three players from one camp to the one they feature, that might be a thousand dollars in revenue lost for that club, not to mention a weaker camp? Do they understand that, once again, they are creating unneeded hostility toward USATT? (Addendum, added at the last minute – I just spoke with one club leader – not from my club - who said they are also unhappy about this, but do not want to deal with USATT anymore and so will likely not bother asking USATT to do a news item on them.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are other USATT news items this past week. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/12/2022-US-Open-Early-bird-Registration-Deadline-Ends-in-3-Days" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 US Open Early-bird Registration Deadline Ends in 3 Days</a> – I’ll be there!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/10/Ping-Pong-Diplomacy-Breaks-New-Ground-in-Chicago" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ping Pong Diplomacy Breaks New Ground in Chicago</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/10/Wang-and-Kumar-Take-Mixed-Doubles-Silver-in-Chile" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Wang and Kumar Take Mixed Doubles Silver in Chile</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/09/USA-Awarded-3-Medals-in-Pan-Am-Championship-Singles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Awarded 3 Medals in Pan Am Championship Singles</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/09/Amy-Wang-and-Rachel-Sung-Bring-Home-Gold-in-Womens-Doubles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Amy Wang and Rachel Sung Bring Home Gold in Women’s Doubles</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Christmas Books</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It’s time for some Christmas shopping, both for others and for yourself!!! <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Why not get one of my books</a>? Or one of <a href="http://www.danseemiller.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dan Seemiller’s</a>? Or one of <a href="https://samsondubina.com/products" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Samson Dubina’s</a> books and other products? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Brian Pace on the Road to Recovery</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/brian-pace-on-the-road-to-recovery" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s his latest update</a> on his GoFundMe page. So far they have raised $47,638 of the goal of $100,000. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-huijing-wang-qualities-need-to-be-a-complete-player/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Qualities Need To Be A Complete Player</a> (1:54) with Huijing 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-darius-fahimi-forehand-backhand-flip/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand &amp; Backhand Flip</a> (78 sec) with Darius Fahimi</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-darryl-tsao-two-backhand-loops-two-forehand-loops/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Backhand Loops &amp; Two Forehand Loops</a> (77 sec) with Darryl Tsao</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-jiangshan-guo-backhand-bump-with-long-pips/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Bump With Long Pips</a> (62 sec) with Jiangshan Guo</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/1-tournament-question" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">#1 Tournament Question</a> (5:39) – an excellent discussion on when to change tactics. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/13-stages" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">13 Stages</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/events/banquet-and-tournament" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Banquet and Tournament</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/kasumi-ishikawas-deceptive-pendulum-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kasumi Ishikawa’s Deceptive Pendulum Serve</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/backhand-push-technique-with-a-lot-of-spin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Push Technique with a Lot of Spin</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/koki-niwa-officially-announced-his-retirement/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Koki Niwa Officially Announced His Retirement</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">19 new videos since last week</a>!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from TacoBackhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSW9AX9ZZUM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE GOAT AS A YOUNGSTER">THE GOAT AS A YOUNGSTER</a> (2:10)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HabSBVzDXHA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="BEST IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW">BEST IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW</a> (2:29)</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=C_jWQYQTJsY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to serve a variable spin (down, side, top) Pendulum to a Swedish student | TiLong tutorial">How to serve a variable spin (down, side, top) Pendulum to a Swedish student</a> (9:35)</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=5uwcigkoxok" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to Serve Side + Downspin Reverse | Ti Long guides and corrects the French 🇫🇷">How to Serve Side + Downspin Reverse | Ti Long guides and corrects the French</a> (29:58)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Central</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZDPY_UCBuQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="High IQ Moments in Table Tennis">High IQ Moments in Table Tennis</a> (4:08)</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=EhYkO6F_P4w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Moments with 1% Chance">Table Tennis Moments with 1% Chance</a> (4:14)</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=SSlQs0jaz4s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong destroying players for 4 minutes">Fan Zhendong destroying players for 4 minutes</a> (4:03)</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=BelaWvuhly8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Skills That Shocked Everyone [HD]">Table Tennis Skills That Shocked Everyone</a> (8:22)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPH3Svnuu90" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Xu Xin destroying players for 3 minutes">Xu Xin destroying players for 3 minutes</a> (3:14)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>5 Easy Tactics to Outplay Your Opponent 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?v=x2WTsgm_UGw&amp;ab_channel=RationalTableTennisAnalysis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:16). <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6A9-AjFzYBBTHq0ltDpa4Q/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are other videos</a> from Rational Table Tennis Analysis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-massachusetts-table-tennis-and-badminton-club-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Massachusetts Table Tennis and Badminton Club</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-pingpod-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: PingPod</a></span></span></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/puerto-rico-open-teams-a-look-back-to-last-year/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Puerto Rico Open Teams – A Look Back to “Last Year”</a></span></span></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/neu-ulm-dusseldorf-superteams-advances-in-euro-champions-league/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Neu-Ulm, Dusseldorf Superteams Advance in Euro 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/americans-in-slovak-republic-for-wtt-youth-contender/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Americans in Slovak Republic for WTT Youth Contender</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/november-sees-changes-at-the-top-of-the-rankings/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">November Sees Changes at the Top of the Rankings</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Former Editor Loses Super-Close Election Race</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Former USATT Magazine co-editor Marie Hopkins apparently lost a close one last Tuesday. She and husband Steve (author of the articles in the segment above) co-edited USATT Magazine from May/June 2007 through 2014 (46 issues). In the election for <a href="https://www.ri.gov/election/results/2022/general_election/races/66.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Representative in Rhode Island’s General Assembly District 21</a>, Marie, a Republican, lost to Democrat Camille Vella-Wilkinson, 2603 to 2570, losing by 33 votes, 50.0% to 49.4%, with 34 write-ins. However, since the differences is under 1%, there will be a recount before results are finalized. (Side note – <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/USATT-Leaders" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here is the page</a> where I put together and update a complete listing of all past and present USATT Presidents, Board Chairs, Executive Directors, CEOs, and Editors.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Puerto Rico News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/steven-moreno-champion-in-wtt-lignano-italy/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Steven Moreno Champion In WTT Lignano</a>, Italy, by Edgardo Vazquez)</span></span></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/bronze-for-the-mens-and-womens-national-table-tennis-teams-at-the-pan-am-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bronze For The Men’s And Women’s National Table Tennis Teams At The Pan Am Championships</a> by </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/12/curtain-falls-best-ever-world-para-table-tennis-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Andalucia World Para Championships 2022</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/12/familiar-names-new-names-added-roll-honour-play-concludes-andalucia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Familiar Names and New Names Added to Roll of Honour as Play Concludes in Andalucia">Familiar Names and New Names Added to Roll of Honour as Play Concludes in Andalucia</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/11/strong-wills-reap-rewards-champions-crowned-andalucia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Strong Wills Reap Rewards as Champions Crowned in Andalucia">Strong Wills Reap Rewards as Champions Crowned in Andalucia</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/11/featured-ittf-magazine-dreams-shattered-dreams-realised/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: Dreams Shattered Dreams Realised">Featured in ITTF Magazine: Dreams Shattered Dreams Realised</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/11/ipc-president-visits-andalucia-2022-world-para-table-tennis-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="IPC President Visits Andalucia 2022 World Para Table Tennis Championships">IPC President Visits Andalucia 2022 World Para Table Tennis Championships</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/10/leading-names-prominent-contenders-honours-stake-claim/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Leading Names Prominent as Contenders for Honours Stake Claim">Leading Names Prominent as Contenders for Honours Stake Claim</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/10/ukraine-para-table-tennis-succeeds-world-championships-sport-movement-support/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ukraine Para Table Tennis Succeeds at World Championships with Sport Movement Support">Ukraine Para Table Tennis Succeeds at World Championships with Sport Movement Support</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/10/call-wild-cards-2022-ittf-world-hopes-week-challenge-now-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Call for Wild Cards to the 2022 ITTF World Hopes Week &amp; Challenge now open">Call for Wild Cards to the 2022 ITTF World Hopes Week &amp; Challenge now open</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/09/first-medallists-known-fourth-day-concludes-granada-notable-names-depart/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First Singles Medallists Known as Fourth Day Concludes in Granada, Notable Names Depart">First Singles Medallists Known as Fourth Day Concludes in Granada, Notable Names Depart</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/09/andalucia-2022-receives-green-sport-flag-certification-sustainability-programme/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Andalucia 2022 Receives Green Sport Flag Certification for Sustainability Programme">Andalucia 2022 Receives Green Sport Flag Certification for Sustainability Programme</a><br /> <a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/08/first-ever-world-championships-class-one-event-proves-major-milestone/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First Ever World Championships Class One Event Proves Major Milestone">First Ever World Championships Class One Event Proves Major Milestone</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/08/electric-atmosphere-doubles-conclude-andalucia-2022-world-para-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Electric Atmosphere as Doubles Conclude at Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships">Electric Atmosphere as Doubles Conclude at Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/08/close-co-operation-prevails-paris-2024-table-tennis-manager-takes-notes-granada/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Close Co-operation Prevails as Paris 2024 Table Tennis Manager Takes Notes in Granada">Close Co-operation Prevails as Paris 2024 Table Tennis Manager Takes Notes in Granada</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/07/tense-contests-first-finals-decided-andalucia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tense Contests as First Finals Decided in Andalucia">Tense Contests as First Finals Decided in Andalucia</a></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 Chinese Nationals</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They were just held in Huangshi, Hubei Province.</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=dQHtiZPdZl0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong vs Lin Gaoyuan | Final 2022 Chinese National Championships">Fan Zhendong vs Lin Gaoyuan | Final</a> (19:38)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2ngIFgg4FE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Lin Gaoyuan vs Liu Dingshuo | Semifinal 2022 Chinese National Championships">Lin Gaoyuan vs Liu Dingshuo | Semifinal </a>(9:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPq1plK2bok" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong vs Niu Guankai | Semifinal 2022 Chinese National Championships">Fan Zhendong vs Niu Guankai | Semifinal</a> (9:08)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>1965 Worlds – Zhuang Zedong vs. Li Furong</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=1162358411320353" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s video</a> (1:26) of that final. Here’s the Google [poorly] translated caption:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Zhuang Zedong defeated Li Furong in the final. 1965 Men's Singles World Championship in Ljubljana Slovenia The duo have made history against each other in three consecutive men's singles finals (Beijing, Prague, Ljubljana), none of which has been possible to date. But according to Sun Meiying, a former vice president of the China Table Tennis Federation, who had met Zhou Enlai more than 40 times, behind the scenes of such a not very elegant event.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">After Zhuang Zedong won his first men's singles world championship, the first 'result lock' took place, as the above wanted to make Zhuang a three-time champion and become a national role model.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">At that time, Li Furong, who was ranked behind Zhuang in the world rankings. Therefore, he had to lose to Zhuang every time when competing in the finals.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">“I can keep Li Furong purely by hand.” Zhuang clearly expressed his displeasure. “When Master ordered Li to surrender. I also felt discouraged. Even now, people are saying that all my World Championship results are locked.” Li was also angry, saying, “I can keep Zhuang Zedong, but the Leader wants me to. I lost."</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Currently, due to the strong ability of Chinese athletes This makes locking effect much less important. Until then, it was no longer necessary. Former China national team head coach Tsai Zhenhua said in 2005, “Today we hardly have any results locked. I would like to clarify that for the Olympic Games The interests of the nation must come above all else, for example, when comparing which of our athletes is stronger than the next foreign athlete. I think the country should be the first. This is my principle We have been like this for over a decade.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>TT11TV</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/c/TT11TV/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lots of videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Master Shirt</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Master-Vintage-T-Shirt/dp/B085XC36WW" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy it</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Is My Music</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/813364414/videos/453450176875087" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:53) from Steve Rowe. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Many-Paddle 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/shorts/Qr9pMbaWt0w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (9 sec, but repeating)! I’ve never rallied with a cat (I don’t think the cat minded), but I once stuck a sheet of sponge on the forehead of a three-year-old (with his permission), picked him up, and rallied off his forehead! I wish I had pictures.  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Gigantic 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/shorts/zvrCJXR1qxI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8 sec, but repeating)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Mario &amp; Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Knuckles 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?v=rQ8vwyTdr90&amp;ab_channel=TyreseAlbright1018" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (5:18)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong: Expectations vs Reality 2</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bIvJ1vUEiE&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:09) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 11/14/2022 - 18:08</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 14 Nov 2022 18:08:04 +0000 Larry Hodges 3424 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3424#comments November 7, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3422 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 7, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3421" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Coming Back or Beating Stronger Players</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The hardest part of the weekend for me was in the last of four group sessions – three on Sunday – where they needed one more player for up-down tables. I’m out of practice, haven’t warmed up, and have been feeding multiball for hours, and suddenly I’m up against kids who make the Flash seem like a sloth. Fortunately, this wasn’t our top group, and fortunately, they couldn’t return my serves, and so I was able to win all my matches easily. Biggest scare - one kid made it to 4-all on four nets and edges! (He popped one serve back on the edge, and net-dribbled another.) One girl hits the ball so fast that any rally I didn’t win on the first two shots ended up with me lobbing, and she wasn’t bad against lobs. She also gave me a scare when she suddenly backhand flipped in two of my short side-top serves! (Apparently she didn’t get the memo that she’s supposed to misread them and push them straight up.) She was jamming the table, so I switched to deep breaking serves and fast, dead ones, and that ended that threat. (I also chickened out and chopped back some of her topspin serves, which worked.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As noted, I fed a lot of multiball. For some of the sessions, I mostly fed backspin. In one-on-one drills with other players, even if the drill starts with backspin you only get one opening loop against backspin, and then it’s all topspin the rest of the rally. You might get 3-4 loops against backspin per minute. With multiball, you get about 60! That’s a lot more practice, and why it’s valuable in a group session to have one coach feeding multiball backspin, with the players rotated over throughout the session. One key that many forget – it’s not just forehand loops, don’t forget backhand loops!!!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">Pan Americans</span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5434/2022/2022%20ITTF%20Pan%20American%20Championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the ITTF home page</a> for the event, with results. I don’t see a lot of online videos, such as USA’s Lily Zhang’s final against Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico. (Diaz got the gold, 4-0. <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Email me</a> if you have a link to the video - I couldn't find one.) USA’s Kanak Jha (world #28) played Brazil’s Hugo Calderano (world #7) twice. Kanak won the first in the Team final, 4-0, but lost in the Men’s Singles Final, 0-4. Here are videos of both. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.butler.583234/posts/pfbid02J776gpB4KoBQa6dT1fxTFLQap5qZWp5RUhMgCM3eM1fKVU7suBpg2TsXQFhahtwil" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha vs. Hugo Calderano, Team Final Highlights, from Jimmy Butler</a> (1:40)</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=qVLV3PNKerI&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha vs. Hugo Calderano, Men’s Singles Final</a> (12:22)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><span style="font-size: 16px;">There was controversy in the quarterfinal of Men's Singles between</span></font><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"> Canada’s Eugene Wang and Ecuador’s Alberto Mino.</span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"> Mino won the first three games, Wang the next three. In the seventh, at 9-all, Mino hit a clear side, but the umpire mistakenly called it an edge and gave the point to Mino. Wang argued for a LONG time, to no avail. He then refused to play the next point, and shook Mino's and the umpire's hands and walked off the court. However, the argument continued, with Wang off-court arguing with Mino, who remained in the court for a time, along with the umpires. Here's the video - it should take you to <a href="https://youtu.be/j9igbugJH6w?t=7528">2:05:28, 9-all in the seventh</a>. (Thanks to Greg Mascialino, who messaged me the link.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here is Pan Am 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/pan-am-championships-teamusa-has-gold-in-womens-doubles-5-silvers-and-1-bronze/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Championships: TeamUSA has Gold in Women’s Doubles, 5 Silvers, and 1 Bronze</a></span></span></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-championships-top-seeds-advance-to-finals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Championships: Top Seeds Advance to Finals</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/pan-am-championships-silvers-for-usa-big-win-for-jha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Championships: Silvers for USA, Big Win for Jha</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here is USATT’s article by Joshua Dyke on the Team event. (Presumably more will be coming on their <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">news 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"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/02/USA-Begins-2022-Pan-Am-Champs-Medal-Run-with-a-Pair-of-Team-Event-Silver" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Begins 2022 Pan Am Champs Medal Run with a Pair of Team Event Silver</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tipping Off Opponents</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://twitter.com/JoeGiglioSports/status/1587677443158167553" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a non-table tennis example</a> (2:50) of baseball hall of famer Pedro Martinez explaining how pitcher Lance McCullers was tipping off his pitches in the world series. But the same thing happens in table tennis. To use one example, I used to coach our players against USATT hall of famer Brian Masters, and they did pretty well. One reason for this was that Brian liked to throw in sudden deep serves – and I noticed that whenever he did this, as he started his serve he’d stick his tongue out of his mouth! We used this for years against him. There are many other less extreme examples. Five-time US Men’s Champion Dan Seemiller once told me that he could often tell what the opponent was serving long before they served. I’ve had the same experience – often you aren’t even sure at first what the “tell” is, you just noticed something’s different whenever they do a certain thing. I used to coach Tong Tong Gong, a member of the US Cadet Team, but it drove him crazy that even after he passed me in rating, I would still beat him every time – because I could read, from his motion, what each of his serves was before he served it. I worked with him on fixing this, but it was so ingrained, and since nobody else seemed to have picked up on it, it didn’t really hurt him. (Example – when he served deep, he lengthened his backswing, and as soon as I saw that, I’d prepare to loop the serve. For heavy backspin, he always opened his racket more during the backswing, while for no-spin or sidespin, it would be more closed.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Smash Against Lob</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/NjfW330dDPo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s video</a> (48 sec) of Ye Seo Dang smashing against Krisztina Toth. She’s consistent, but her smashes have little power, and so she is unable to win the point. She’s really just looping the ball, with little arm snap. This is an example of what was covered in last week’s Tip of the Week, <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3419" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="background:white">Increase Forearm Snap to Increase Smashing Speed</span></a><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><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">.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/eugene-wang-quote" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Eugene Wang Quote</a> (2:41) – This is one of those really important things that a lot of players and even coaches don’t really get. I’m always stressing to players to remember their best games or matches, remembering the mindset, and simply repeat it. If you play poorly, put that out of your mind and remember when you played great! (The only exception is when you have to analyze <i>why</i> you played poorly. But that’s strictly a technical analysis.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/placement" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Placement</a> (5:54)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/upset-year" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Upset of the Year</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/paddle-palace-fitness-video-month" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Paddle Palace Fitness Video of the Month</a> (74 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/robot-tips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Robot Tips</a> (7:45)</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/theme" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Theme</a> (4:11)</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-angel-naranjo-backhand-loop-stroke-chemistry/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop &amp; Stroke Chemistry</a> (51 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-jiangshan-guo-backhand-chop-block-with-long-pips/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Chop Block With Long Pips</a> (59 sec) with Jiangshan Guo</span></span></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-anav-gupta-forehand-backhand-stroke-chemistry/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand &amp; Backhand Stroke Chemistry</a> (74 sec) with Anav Gupta</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How Often Should You Use Long Serves?</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/how-often-should-you-use-long-serves/" 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>Why Does Fan Zhendong Lose?</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=UuvjirXn6OA&amp;ab_channel=PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (40 sec) from Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Seth Pech Swedish League Match 2022 + Tutorial Two Tricky Serve Returns at the End</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=utDWLg29qeI&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (13:39) from Seth, with point-by-point analysis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Serve Attack and Make Backhand Topspin Against Backspin Powerful and Advanced</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=WDWzmhnj2Uk&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (23 min) from Ti Long. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(See his three articles on Pan Ams in segment above.)</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/sally-moyland-wins-in-hungary/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sally Moyland Wins in Hungary</a></span></span></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-highlight-clip-nandan-naresh-highlights-1/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bowmar Sports Tournament Highlight Clip – Nandan Naresh Highlights 1</a> (77 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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/04/Sally-Moyland-Wins-U17-Gold-at-WTT-Youth-Contender-Szombathely-2022" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sally Moyland Wins U17 Gold at WTT Youth Contender Szombathely 2022</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/04/DoubleTree-Hotel-Guests-Granted-Access-to-US-Open-Championships-VIP-Lounge" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">DoubleTree Hotel Guests Granted Access to US Open Championships VIP Lounge</a>. This, along with the discount offered if you enter through the USATT US Open page, should have been on the entry form. (The news item went up after 440 players had already entered the tournament.) Many of us, including me, entered through Omnipong, where the link goes to the entry form, not to the US Open home page. With the code, the cost (after taxes) drops from $225 to $181/night – but still a LOT more than the $85/night I’m paying at the nearby <a href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/ramada-ontario.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ramada</a>, as noted in <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3420" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">my blog last week</a>.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/November/02/USA-Begins-2022-Pan-Am-Champs-Medal-Run-with-a-Pair-of-Team-Event-Silver" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Begins 2022 Pan Am Champs Medal Run with a Pair of Team Event Silver</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/2022/11/07/miguel-rodriguez-perfect-ending-illustrious-career-spanning-three-decades/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Miguel Rodriguez: Perfect Ending to Illustrious Career Spanning Three Decades </a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/06/andalucia-2022-world-para-table-tennis-championships-starts-dramatic-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Andalucia 2022 World Para Table Tennis Championships Starts in Dramatic Style">Andalucia 2022 World Para Table Tennis Championships Starts in Dramatic Style</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/06/showtime-para-table-tennis-andalucia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Showtime for Para Table Tennis in Andalucia">Showtime for Para Table Tennis in Andalucia</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/06/andalucia-2022-world-para-championships-begin-watch-follow-action/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships: Watch and Follow All the Action">Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships: Watch and Follow All the Action</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/05/opening-ceremony-signals-start-andalucia-2022-world-para-championships-theatrical-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Opening Ceremony Signals Start of Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships in Theatrical Style">Opening Ceremony Signals Start of Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships in Theatrical Style</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/05/draw-completed-intriguing-contests-await-andalucia-2022-world-para-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Draw Completed, Intriguing Contests Await in Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships">Draw Completed, Intriguing Contests Await in Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/04/star-name-present-intriguing-clash-awaits-southern-spain/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Star Name Once Again Present, Intriguing Clash Awaits in Southern Spain">Star Name Once Again Present, Intriguing Clash Awaits in Southern Spain</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/04/digital-solutions-conquering-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Digital Solutions Conquering Table Tennis">Digital Solutions Conquering Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/03/featured-ittf-magazine-means-commonwealth-champion/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: What it Means to be a Commonwealth Champion">Featured in ITTF Magazine: What it Means to be a Commonwealth 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.ittf.com/2022/11/03/ittf-delegation-attends-annual-general-meeting-ittf-americas/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Delegation Attends Annual General Meeting of ITTF Americas">ITTF Delegation Attends Annual General Meeting of ITTF Americas</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/03/spanish-players-aspirations-andalucia-2022-world-para-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Spanish Players Aspirations at Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships">Spanish Players Aspirations at Andalucia 2022 World Para Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/02/players-current-form-granada-new-heights-agenda/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Players in Current Form, in Granada, New Heights on Agenda">Players in Current Form, in Granada, New Heights on Agenda</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/11/01/aiming-hat-trick-world-para-champs-titles-rising-stars-set-make-mark/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Aiming for a Hat-Trick of World Para Champs Titles, Rising Stars Set to Make their Mark">Aiming for a Hat-Trick of World Para Champs Titles, Rising Stars Set to Make their Mark</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Steve Moreno Men’s U13 Champion of the WTT Youth Contender Podgorica 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/steven-moreno-mens-u13-champion-of-the-wtt-youth-contender-podgorica-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Edgardo Vasquez.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Africa’s Best Player of All Time from Perfect Camera Angles</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=-x781G-KyyM&amp;ab_channel=tacobackhand" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (2:18) featuring Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, from Tacobackhand.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Chinese National Championships Team 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/channel/UC_6FUryP3X_kJDm7eGWQN_g/join" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you see these great videos</a> from the Chinese Nationals, from ttlondon2012. They include finals matches Fan Zhendong vs. Lin Gaoyuan, Xu Xin vs. Li Yijie, and Fan Zhendong vs. Zhou Qihao, as well as semifinal and quarterfinal matches. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Evaluation of Competition and Travelling Diet of Elite Table Tennis Players</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s the <a href="https://nsnis.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Evaluation-of-Competition-and-Travelling-Diet-of-Elite-Table-Tennis-Players..pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">scientific journal article</a> from the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports from India. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong in the LA Crossword</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The <a href="https://www.latimes.com/games/daily-crossword" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle</a> on Saturday, Nov. 5 included 32 Across, “Game room fixture.” Answer – Ping Pong Table! The crossword also runs in the Washington Post, which I still get and do the crossword at lunch every day. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Novak Djokovic 'Knocked Out' by a Ball Boy in Ping Pong Battle</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tennis.com/baseline/articles/watch-novak-djokovic-knocked-out-by-a-ball-boy-in-ping-pong-battle" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (27 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong Is My Therapy</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are three versions of this shirt that most of us need! (No, I don’t sell these or any other shirts or other non-book items that I link to here.) </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-therapy-Forehand-Backhand/dp/B0B1CCPBQF" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Version 1</a></span></span></li> <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-Therapy-Table-Tennis/dp/B0844N1B76" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Version 2</a></span></span></li> <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-Therapy-Quotes-T-Shirt/dp/B093QDPXVV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Version 3</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Belly-Flop 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/shorts/ymYzeD64o3Q" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (12 sec) – it starts with a behind-the-back shot, and then comes the belly flop!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Never Let ‘em Know Your Next Move</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/tlE-jJHKV-U" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (5 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, 11/07/2022 - 18:24</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 07 Nov 2022 18:24:16 +0000 Larry Hodges 3422 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3422#comments October 31, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3420 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">October 31, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3419" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Increase Forearm Snap to Increase Smashing Speed</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Open Hotel – How to Save Lots of Money</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I just saved a thousand dollars. How? I will be going to the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open</a>, Dec. 16-21 in Ontario, CA. The official tournament hotel is the <a href="https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/onto-dt-doubletree-ontario-airport/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel ‐ Ontario Airport</a>, which is 0.3 miles from the playing hall. It looks like a nice hotel, and if you can afford it, go for it!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I will be at the Open for seven nights, Dec. 15-21. At the Doubletree, after taxes, that came to $1576, or $225/night!!! Sorry, that’s way, Way, WAY too much. But I’ve been to every US Open and US Nationals since 1984 (with my first in 1976), so . . . is my streak coming to an end?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Nope, thanks to <a href="http://www.booking.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">www.booking.com</a>. It took me just a few minutes to find a number of  cheap hotels nearby. They are not super-nice hotels like the 4-star DoubleTree, but they are fine for my purposes. I’ve actually used booking.com to find such cheap hotels all over the US and Europe many times, saving hordes of money. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I will be staying at the <a href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/ramada-ontario.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ramada by Wyndham Ontario</a>, which is 0.7 miles away. The room will be smaller and there will be fewer housekeepers, but it’s a private room bathroom with free WiFi and a 24-hour desk. (See the list of amenities on the hotel page.) I’ve never had a problem with cleanliness or other issues. Cost there is $596 for seven nights, or $85/night. Total savings . . . $980!!!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">[Update: I went by the info on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/2022/2022-US-Open/2022-US-Open-Prospectus-22-11-01a.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=DF814496925FE422A5533EA1EF85432621DE0720">online entry form</a>, which doesn't have a discount code. That's a rather important piece of info to mistakenly leave out! If you use the link from the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-open-table-tennis-championships">USATT US Open page</a>, then the cost, after taxes, is $1268, or $181 a night - still a LOT more than the $596 or $85/night I'm paying at the Ramada.]</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Some will argue we should support USATT by using their official hotel. There is an argument for that, and I half expect to get a call from USATT asking me to take the above info down. But nobody owes them an extra $980 out of loyalty. In fact, USATT should be promoting cheaper alternatives – let those who can afford it stay at a really nice hotel, while those who can’t afford $225/night and wouldn’t otherwise attend can now attend, thereby <i>supporting</i> USATT with their entry fees. (Besides coaching, I am playing in four events, so I supported USATT to the tune of $300.) I bet a LOT of players aren’t coming due to the hotel costs. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Other cheap local hotels I found 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"><a href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/ontario-airport-inn.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ontario Airport Inn</a>, $595/7 nights ($85/night + tax). 0.8 miles away</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/folk-inn-ontario-airport.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Folk Inn Ontario Airport</a>, $785/7 nights ($112/night + tax), 0.3 miles away</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en-us.html?ss=Ontario&amp;ssne=Ontario&amp;ssne_untouched=Ontario&amp;efdco=1&amp;label=gen173nr-1FCAEoggI46AdIM1gEaJkCiAEBmAExuAEXyAEM2AEB6AEB-AECiAIBqAIDuAKFo4CbBsACAdICJDMyZTMxYzVlLWMyM2UtNGQyNi1hZWMzLTAxNmY5ZDM3NWQwOdgCBeACAQ&amp;aid=304142&amp;lang=en-us&amp;sb=1&amp;src_elem=sb&amp;src=searchresults&amp;dest_id=20014970&amp;dest_type=city&amp;checkin=2022-12-15&amp;checkout=2022-12-22&amp;group_adults=1&amp;no_rooms=1&amp;group_children=0&amp;sb_travel_purpose=leisure" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Or browse the list yourself</a>. This will take you to a list of hotels in Ontario, CA, for the dates Dec. 15-22. But you can adjust yourself. To find distance from playing hall, use <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ontario+Convention+Center/@34.0655141,-117.608634,17z/data=!3m2!4b1!5s0x80c33450ca555f27:0x6817e0dadd8cd33c!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c335a0e6dd1769:0x7128cd7f31505a41!8m2!3d34.0655097!4d-117.6064453" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Googlemaps</a>, where I’ve already put in the playing hall for you, the Ontario Convention Center ‐ Ontario, California. Click on “Directions” and put in the hotel’s address, and it’ll give you the distance. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">ADDENDUM - Another option was pointed out to me - stay at an <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">airbnb</a>. I'm not really familiar with them, but it seems another inexpensive option. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and Halloween</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As usual, I coached in four junior group sessions. There was a lot of emphasis on ball placement – too many shots were going to the middle backhand or forehand instead of wide angles. What you do in practice you will do in a match!!! As usual, there was a focus on active feet. When players were erratic on a shot, I’d remind them to remember the feel and timing of the ones the ones they do correctly and repeat, while forgetting the ones they messed up on. (If you think about the ones you mess up on, guess what your subconscious will be thinking about and emulating?) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Most will be trick or treating tonight. After the last session, I talked to a small group of kids in the 12-15 age group who wondered if they were too old to go trick or treating. I told them a story from when I was twelve. I was all set to go trick or treating with another kid from the neighborhood, Max, who was also twelve. It was always my favorite holiday! But a fourteen-year-old from across the street made fun of us, said trick or treating was for little kids. Even though I badly wanted to go, I decided I was too old, and though Max tried to convince me and even though I had a costume ready, I didn’t go. That night I cried myself to sleep over missing Halloween – I still can’t believe I let that kid from across the street convince me not to go, and it’s bothered me for many decades that I did so, and missed out on that night. As I told the kids, trick or treating is fun, and do it as long as you can – and if you are worried some will think you are too old, well then wear a mask!!! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Halloween Pong</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT149SduTPM&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisProfessionalandExperts" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Halloween Ping Pong</a> (1:47)</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=VHNGVaZ2KZ4&amp;ab_channel=WallyTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dracula versus Frankenstein’s Monster epic table tennis match</a> (3:04)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/RmuRQfQWQLY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rudolf vs. Santa</a> (20 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Blast from the Past: 1982 US Nationals Men’s Singles Final - Dan Seemiller vs. Eric Boggan</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=X_KEpwVopN0&amp;ab_channel=cloudfirexx3" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (57:52), which was recently uploaded. Note that both use the Seemiller grip.( If you want, you can skip right to <a href="https://youtu.be/X_KEpwVopN0?t=3011" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">50:11</a>, when Eric is serving up 19-16 and see what happens next. In those days, games were to 21 and you served five times each.) In fact, at the 1983 World Championships, four of the five members of the US Team used that grip – Dan, Eric, plus Ricky Seemiller and Brian Masters. The lone exception was Sean O’Neill. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555">Here are Dan's three books - get 'em now for Christmas!</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BHL2XDCF" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Smash! Moments, Memories and Tips</a> - black and white (much cheaper)</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Y4HC7WR" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Smash! Moments, Memories and Tips</a> - color (more expensive)</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><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> - his autobiography</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Revelations-Ping-Pong-Champion-Dan-Seemiller/dp/1537589237" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Winning Table Tennis</a> - instructional manual</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT News</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The last <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT news</a> item was from Oct. 20, eleven days, and only two items since Oct. 7, 24 days ago. For many years the USATT news page was the place to go for US table tennis news, but no more. I was once co-webmaster for USATT for about a decade, primarily responsible for creating content, and both in those days and for many years after we kept the site updated regularly with lots of news content. Alas, in modern times USATT has switched to a policy of mostly featuring USATT stuff, and ignoring other US table tennis news. (ITTF has a similar policy, but they have a lot more news to report each week.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/31/granada-ready-welcome-world-para-table-tennis-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Granada Ready to Welcome the World Para 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/2022/10/30/wtt-cup-finals-2022-climax-stunning-season-world-table-tennis-wtt-series/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WTT Cup Finals 2022, Climax of a Stunning Season for World Table Tennis and WTT Series">WTT Cup Finals 2022, Climax of a Stunning Season for World Table Tennis and WTT Series</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/29/featured-ittf-magazine-china-yet-unique-experience-chengdu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: China Yet Again, Unique Experience in Chengdu">Featured in ITTF Magazine: China Yet Again, Unique Experience in Chengdu</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/27/successful-conclusion-international-referees-school-helsinki/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Successful Conclusion to International Referees' School in Helsinki">Successful Conclusion to International Referees' School in Helsinki</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/27/register-ita-webinars-series-clean-sport/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Register to ITA Webinars Series on Clean Sport">Register to ITA Webinars Series on Clean Sport</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/25/france-host-2024-world-parkinsons-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="France to Host 2024 World Parkinson’s Championships">France to Host 2024 World Parkinson’s Championships</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTT Cup Finals</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2627" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the home page</a> for the event, held Oct. 27-30 in Xinxiang, China, with complete results, news, and video. Perhaps the most interesting match was <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFZ86zZRisY&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Fan Zhendong vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the QF</a> (11:26), where the German pulls off the big upset. (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzMXrFt0mvM&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the full version with full commentary</a>, 33:30.) See more coverage from Steve Hopkins below. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF Pan American Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5434/2022/2022%20ITTF%20Pan%20American%20Championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the home page</a> for the event being held in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 31 – Nov. 6. USA Women’s Team is Sarah Jalli, Rachel Sung, Amy Wang and Lily Zhang. USA Men’s Team is Liang Jishan, Sharon Alguetti, Kanak Jha and Nikhil Kumar.</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/two-in-a-row-for-mr-october-chuqin-wins-wtt-finals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two in a Row for “Mr. October”: Chuqin Wins WTT 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/wtt-cup-finals-ovtcharov-upset-and-chuqin-is-mr-october/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Cup Finals: Ovtcharov Upset and Chuqin is “Mr. October”</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-cup-finals-boll-logs-early-upset-win/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Cup Finals: Boll Logs Early Upset Win</a></span></span></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-nandan-naresh/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bowmar Sports Tournament Highlights – Nandan Naresh</a> (69 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Backhand Middle Backhand Forehand</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-emily-tan-backhand-middle-backhand-forehand/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (79 sec) with Emily Tan. </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=cLn2KFiT1vo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to serve the ball using Flick technique to attack the short ball | Tutorial &amp; Fixes">How to serve the ball using Flick technique to attack the short ball</a> (26:14)</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/shorts/8GetL0gQTIE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long instructs 2 complementary exercises for Forehand Topspin technique">Ti Long instructs 2 complementary exercises for Forehand Topspin technique</a> (2 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=-9jLbwRr7vM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to move double step make Forehand Drive 2 points (1-1) | Ti Long guide for beginners">How to move double step make Forehand Drive 2 points (1-1)</a> (17:09)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/top-performers" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Top Performers</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/pep-talk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pep Talk</a> (4:30)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/kareem-interview" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kareem Azrak Interview</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/9-aspects-blocking" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">9 Aspects of Blocking</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/events/banquet-and-tournament" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Banquet and Tournament</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Falk Beats Harimoto in the Form of His Life</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=suGKeAR8nzE&amp;ab_channel=tacobackhand" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:33) from Taco Backhand. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrH2Hb7cla0&amp;t=0s&amp;ab_channel=LCP" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the full match</a> (22:01) from the 2022 WTT Macao. These are two of the best backhands in the world. Note that Falck has short pips on his forehand – and yet, players stay away from that side when they can to avoid his smash. Makes you wonder why more players don’t try short pips on one side. </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=6YEBtVSI-b4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ping Pong or table tennis? Your biomechanics is which?">Ping Pong or table tennis? Your biomechanics is which?</a> (58 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/PssbE_q4ttA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Importance of methods and correction in the table tennis.">Importance of methods and correction in the table tennis</a> (57 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <ul> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Singapore Sports School – Learning 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.facebook.com/watch?v=459211426093215" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (2:22). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Just Another Tahl Rally</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/100008080268770/videos/1228042668053477" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (26 sec, but it’s replays after the first ten) as Tahl Leibovitz demonstrates some basic attacking techniques.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dimitrij Ovtcharov Rates YOUR Crazy Table Tennis Shots!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUjJskQkox0&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (5:32) as he judges four crazy shots. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New Table Tennis Music Videos</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/reel/1146955769273696/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Percussion</a> (52 sec, but repeats over and over)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opKb9BQMzJM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I Love Ping Pong Live in Germany</a> (3:45)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Custom Table Tennis Cartoon Mug</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.cafepress.com/+,1279123860?gclid=CjwKCAjw79iaBhAJEiwAPYwoCFg0hQM_9etrxkdi3gUxjFzu7HURt9qm7Tg73WNmPYOE43PpQ4Fp0RoCgiEQAvD_BwE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can get it</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Wham! Bam! and Pow! Rackets</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.zazzle.com/comic+book+ping+pong+paddles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">I kind of want one</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Table Tennis Neon Sign</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-Table-Tennis-Decor-Prints/dp/B08S7MR2NG" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can get it at Amazon</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Keep the Ball in Play for 60 Seconds, Win £100</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN4mK31HcYw&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (10:21) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Trick Shots</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/7eULrPB6Z4w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (40 sec) – a great compilation!</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, 10/31/2022 - 17:25</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, 31 Oct 2022 17:25:58 +0000 Larry Hodges 3420 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3420#comments October 24, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3418 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">October 24, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3417" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Treat Opponents Who Are Not Threats as Threats so They Do Not Become Threats</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and Coaching Between Points</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I helped run four group junior sessions over the weekend. In three of them I mostly fed multiball – lots of fundamentals. However, once you get beyond the beginning stage, often the most important thing in multiball is feeding backspin so the player can practice looping. Why? It's easy to get lots of practice in topspin rallies with a practice partner, but in a regular drill, once a player loops against backspin, the rest of the rally is mostly all topspin. If you want repetitive practice against backspin, multiball is the way to go. In most of the sessions, players in the group did various drills while I took them three at a time, feeding backspin. (One player does the drill, usually combined with footwork; one shadow-practices behind that player; and the third picks up the balls.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent about 45 minutes in one session walking around while players did game-type drills, and then actual matches at the end. A key thing here is that the coach can interrupt any drill or match to talk to the player on what they need to do differently. That's similar to what happens in many tournament matches these days, ever since they began allowing coaching between points in tournament matches. How has that changed things? In most matches for most players, it's not that big a change, but when junior players with coaches play, especially in international events, it's a huge change. I've had dozens of matches where the opposing coach signaled all or most of the serves, and/or where there's nonstop coaching between every point. (I think this is usually a long-term mistake – how can a kid learn to think for himself if the coach does all the thinking?) Sometimes they use signals - a few times I've deciphered them and took advantage of it.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The bigger problem I face is that often the opposing coach and player speak a language we don't speak, while they know the only language I speak – English. (Sometimes we also work out signals for certain things, but that's limited.) And so I'm often at a disadvantage as the opposing coach can call out advice between every point and we have no idea what he's saying. But I can't do that since they'd hear and understand what I'm saying. Often I've even had other coaches coach matches to make up for this. For example, I coached at international tournaments this past year in Ecuador, Jordan, Austria, and Dominican Republic. Over and over there would be rival coaches and players who would openly coach in various foreign languages, and we'd have no idea what they are saying. But since they often spoke English as a second language, anything I say they would understand. So sometimes, since many of our players and other coaches were Chinese-American, I'd have a Chinese coach do that match so they could coach in Chinese. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It can backfire. I coached a kid in the semifinals of Under 14 at the US Open one year. The opposing player and coach were Chinese. Throughout the match the opposing coach was coaching in Chinese between points (illegal at the time), and (worse still), the opposing kid was constantly bad-mouthing my player in Chinese. What they didn't know was that the kid I was coaching had been attending Chinese school on weekends with his Chinese friends, and so was fluent in Chinese! And so, throughout the match, we knew what the coach and player was saying. At 9-9 in the fifth, when the opposing player said something nasty, my player told him off in fluent Chinese! I think the other kid turned green. He never recovered – my player won the next two points and went on to win the event. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was told a similar thing happened at the Worlds or other international tournaments a few times. Atanda Musa was the Nigerian champion and top 30 in the world. One of his teammates had trained in China for several years and so knew Chinese. So when Atanda played the Chinese, he'd arrange for that player to be his coach – and between games, the player/coach would listen intently to what the Chinese coach would say, since he often didn't keep his voice down, assuming Nigerian players didn't know Chinese. And so Atanda did pretty well against those Chinese players!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTT Champions Macao 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2619" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the home page</a> for the event held Oct. 19-23 in Macao, China, with complete results, news, and video. (See the extensive coverage of this event below by Steve Hopkins, and USATT article <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/October/20/Kanak-Jha-Sprints-Through-Round-of-32-at-WTT-Champions-Macao" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha Sprints Through Round of 32 at WTT Champions Macao</a>.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTT Cup Finals Xinxiang 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2627" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the home page</a> for the event to be held Oct. 27-30 in Xinxiang, China. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tips and Demo with Sid Naresh for the Forehand Counter</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/vvkGSdOrJuc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (29 sec). Interesting terminology note – I would call these forehand loops, but in the modern game, where players rarely do straightforward forehand counter-hitting, many probably think of looping as a simple counter. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Masterclass</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=60VWuid7U0c&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (11:56) from Adam Bobrow. His videos are always entertaining (and, believe it or not, he's just reached <i>one million</i> subscribers!), but this one is educational as well. "Olympian and youngest ever US National Champion, Ariel Hsing, shows some of the drills that helped her become a 3-time US National Champion and an Olympian."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-shigang-yang-backhand-loop-from-multi-ball/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop From Multi Ball</a> with Shigang 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-jinxin-wang-loop-and-push-combo-against-chop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Loop And Push Combo Against Chop</a> with Jinxin Wang</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/robot-tips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Robot Tips</a> (7:45)</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://samsondubina.com/videos/champion-senura-silva" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Champion Senura Silva</a> (41 sec)</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=bsJAj4j-gBQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to serve short and long Hook serves for professional athletes | Ti Long guide &amp; fix errors">How to serve short and long Hook serves for professional athletes</a> (18:53)</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=EMliexdIvM8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to Serve and Pivot Forehand Topspin for professional athletes | World Class 🌎 | Ti Long">How to Serve and Pivot Forehand Topspin for professional athletes</a> (15:54)</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=daOjv5SANy0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="18 minutes know how to return tomahawk serve of German officials | Ti Long guides &amp; Fixes">18 minutes know how to return tomahawk serve of</a> (18:59)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Give Your Opponent Something to Worry About</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/give-your-opponent-something-to-worry-about/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Tom Lodziak. "Let’s look at how you can dominate your opponent in the first five shots of each rally…"</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/lin-gaoyuan-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lin Gaoyuan Equipment and Playing Style</a> (world #12 from China, previously #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://pingsunday.com/hayata-hina-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Hayata Hina Equipment and Playing Style</a> (world #6 from Japan)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfPd0OUtuiE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Best points of Ma Long 2022">Best points of Ma Long 2022</a> (9:57)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g72GF0ECwl4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="You can win a lot with a good backhand push">You can win a lot with a good backhand push</a> (6:47)</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=TRZS9LDatO8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WANG CHUQIN LEAVES TRULS MOREGARDH SPEECHLESS">WANG CHUQIN LEAVES TRULS MOREGARDH SPEECHLESS</a> (1:39)</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=jf5zRnigZD4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="BIG FATTY ENTERING GOD MODE">BIG FATTY ENTERING GOD MODE</a> (2:25)</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=eQ0Iieo0LVk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="DEFENDERS PLAYS BEAUTIFUL TABLE TENNIS!">DEFENDERS PLAYS BEAUTIFUL TABLE TENNIS!</a> (4:03)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Drupe Pong</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcXeLgk0BP0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong upsets Lin Yun-Ju's combo">Fan Zhendong upsets Lin Yun-Ju's combo</a> (1:58)</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=X-FmKxVNmV0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Incredible touch by Lin Yun-Ju against Ruwen Filus">Incredible touch by Lin Yun-Ju against Ruwen Filus</a> (57 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis as a Treatment for Parkinson's</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=muvTkoJjJ2k&amp;ab_channel=PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (61 sec) from the Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>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/wtt-champions-macao-wang-chuqins-historic-run-highlight-of-the-event/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Champions Macao: Wang Chuqin’s Historic Run Highlight of the Event</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-champions-macao-final-8/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Champions Macao: Final 8 (Szocs and Lebrun Log Upsets)</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-champions-macao-alexis-lebrun-shock-upset/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Champions Macao: Alexis Lebrun Shock Upset</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-champions-macao-final-16-china-germany-sweden-and-usa-too/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Champions Macao Final 16: China, Germany, Sweden, and USA Too</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-champions-macao-kanak-jha-among-early-winners-in-macao/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Champions Macao: Kanak Jha Among Early Winners in Macao</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-champions-macao-preview/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Champions Macao: 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-pingpod-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: PingPod</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/pingpod-how-far-theyve-come/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">PingPod: How Far They’ve Come</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/2022-butterfly-fall-cary-cup-results/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Butterfly Fall Cary Cup: Ojo Onaolapo Takes Top Honors</a></span></span></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-highlight-rachid-el-bou-bou-in-action-at-tbtt-monthly-tournament/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bowmar Sports Tournament Highlight – Rachid El Bou Bou In Action At TBTT Monthly Tournament</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Smiling Faces in the Name of NCTTA!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.com/content/smiling-faces-name-nctta" 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>Ni Xialian: An Inspiration for All Generations</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://olympics.com/en/news/ni-xialian-excusive-inspiration-all-generations-table-tennis-59-years" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Olympics.com. Many years ago, when I was editor of USA Table Tennis Magazine (a print magazine that went to all 8000 or so USATT members), I interviewed her at I think a US Open. Later, when I played a match, I noticed her watching. Afterwards, completely on her own, she came over and offered some tips! (She speaks pretty good English.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Mountain View Table Tennis Athlete Kef Noorani's Talent Takes Him Abroad</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://mv-voice.com/news/2022/10/11/mountain-view-table-tennis-athlete-kef-nooranis-talent-takes-him-abroad" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the Mountain View Voice. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Local Para Athlete Sets Sight on World Championships, 2024 Paralympics</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.observernews.net/2022/10/20/local-para-athlete-sets-sight-on-world-championships-2024-paralympics/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the Observer Voice featuring Valerie Rolph.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Watch Google’s Ping-Pong Robot Pull off a 340-hit Rally</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://techcrunch.com/2022/10/18/watch-googles-ping-pong-robot-pull-off-a-340-hit-rally/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from techcrunch.com. Here's a related article and series of videos of this robot, <a href="https://sites.google.com/view/is2r" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">i-Sim2Real: Reinforcement Learning of Robotic Policies in Tight Human-Robot Interaction Loops</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USATT</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/October/20/Kanak-Jha-Sprints-Through-Round-of-32-at-WTT-Champions-Macao" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha Sprints Through Round of 32 at WTT Champions Macao</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/October/19/USATT-Encourages-Parents-of-Minor-Athletes-to-Utilize-SafeSport-Resources" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Encourages Parents of Minor Athletes to Utilize SafeSport Resources</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/23/complete-success-first-ever-wtt-series-event-hosted-china/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Complete Success for First-Ever WTT Series Event Hosted in Macao, China</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/21/ittf-athletes-commissions-candidates-unveiled/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Athletes Commission’s Candidates Unveiled">ITTF Athletes Commission’s Candidates Unveiled</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/21/ittf-magazine-special-world-championships-edition-now-available/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF MAGAZINE - Special World Championships Edition - Now Available">ITTF MAGAZINE - Special World Championships Edition - Now Available</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/19/ittf-represented-anoc-general-assembly/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Represented at ANOC General Assembly">ITTF Represented at ANOC General Assembly</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/19/dina-meshref-named-forbes-30-30-list/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Dina Meshref Named on Forbes “30 Under 30” List">Dina Meshref Named on Forbes “30 Under 30” List</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong Whisper</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-Table-Tennis-Ping-Pong/dp/B09WJZGC64?customId=B078RZCQZR&amp;th=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can buy the sweatshirt</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong Ball Christmas Tree Shirt</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://halowtee.com/product/ping-pong-christmas-tree-shirt-funny-xmas-table-tennis-outfit-party-christmas/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can buy it</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>We Built a Mega Table</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/SR_3vVqG0aU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (17 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Trick Shots</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/UQQORGdv4uE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (12 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Hydro and Fluid – Funny Cartoons for Children</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=jYvW0NZN2To&amp;ab_channel=HYDROandFLUID" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a>! It's over 31 minutes, but the table tennis is in the first 30 seconds. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Toddler 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/reel/5495939363866839/?s=single_unit" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (14 sec) – make sure sound is turned on so you can hear his laugh!</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, 10/24/2022 - 18:22</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, 24 Oct 2022 17:22:00 +0000 Larry Hodges 3418 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3418#comments October 17, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3416 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">October 17, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3415" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Yin and Yang of Serving</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Cary Cup Open</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent the weekend coaching at the Cary Cup at the Triangle Badminton and Table Tennis Club in Cary, NC. Here are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2326" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">complete results of the tournament</a>, care of Omnipong. I was coaching two players, Todd Klinger and Christian Funderberg. I can't really go into details of most of the coaching – call it coach-player privilege – but here are some highlights. Ojo dominates the big events!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yes, if you miss your own serve twice a game, you drop about 100 rating points in level. (It cost us at least two matches.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">No, the match is not over if you are up 2-0 in games (twice), or up 9-6, 9-7, or 9-8 in deciding game, or up match point in deuce twice. It was one of those weekends. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yes, in fact, you most certainly should attack the middle and forehand and stop going to the player's really good backhand. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">No, don't think about the shot, just do it.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yes, it's lucky that Christian and I had the same size shoes and so when his literally broke apart while he was playing, he was able to borrow mine.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">No, just because he's playing with a hardbat doesn't mean it's going to be an easy match.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yes, if the opponent is a passive receiver, we're going to take advantage of it. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">No, you cannot call a let after the point is over. (Todd and Christian didn't do this – they know better.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yes, we discussed and solved every philosophical issue on the five-hour drive home. Later we will publish our annotated discussions in the <i>New York Times</i>. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/equipment/equipment" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Equipment</a> - Here are the top 6 table tennis equipment questions</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/playing-system" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Playing System</a> (3:45)</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=MWxUneCNLko" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long instructs to move 1 - 1 ( 2 points far) to make Forehand Topspin against Backspin for Sweden">Ti Long instructs to move 1 - 1 ( 2 points far) to make Forehand Topspin against Backspin for Sweden</a> (6:47)</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=7vYYGcBYqpk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long instructs and corrects 3 techniques for returning serve to the Americans">Ti Long instructs and corrects 3 techniques for returning serve to the Americans</a> (17:27)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJfFV98PgoE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long guide and fix Tomahawk Serve (arc, underspin, sidespin, Topspin) for Switzerland">Ti Long guide and fix Tomahawk Serve (arc, underspin, sidespin, Topspin) for Switzerland</a> (10:08)</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=F9uUiARKolI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="18 minutes to know how to do Forehand Push | Ti Long fixes errors for beginners">18 minutes to know how to do Forehand Push | Ti Long fixes errors for beginners</a> (18:59)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9QO-z7v5c0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long instructs and corrects Forehand Pendulum serve errors for Swedish students">Ti Long instructs and corrects Forehand Pendulum serve errors for Swedish students</a> (14:26)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_3hJswUakc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="know how to return the long and fast Forehand Pendulum serve with side + topspin in 15 minutes">Know how to return the long and fast Forehand Pendulum serve with side + topspin in 15 minutes</a> </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How Often Should I Change Table Tennis Rubbers</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://joolausa.com/mhtt-blog-how-often-should-i-change-table-tennis-rubbers/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Matt Hetherington. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Forehand Loop &amp; Footwork</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-ye-tian-forehand-loop-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (48 sec) with Ye Tian</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tournament Update … Steady Progress, But Too Many Missed Opportunities</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/tournament-update-steady-progress-but-too-many-missed-opportunities/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Tom Lodziak, with some insights from his play. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/mmu8L5Gp5LQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Leg forward?. Forehand topspin table tennis.">Leg forward?. Forehand topspin table tennis</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=ow0QAex856o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis Games Evolution.">Table tennis Games Evolution</a> (62 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/znxUDnuL-gI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis. Reverse pendulum or banana Split.">Table tennis. Reverse pendulum or banana Split</a> (27 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=Xj9LhhfRQNY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to Play Table Tennis . (Fundamental Tips).">How to Play Table Tennis . (Fundamental Tips)</a> (59 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://pingsunday.com/who-has-won-the-most-titles-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Who Has Won the Most Titles in 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://pingsunday.com/liu-shiwen-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Liu Shiwen Equipment and Playing Style</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PewXcV6fMM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="FAN ZHENDONG AT 16 YEARS OLD">FAN ZHENDONG AT 16 YEARS OLD</a> (2:07)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LOa82lGtdg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="IMPRESSIVE EXHIBITION MATCH - KRISTIAN KARLSSON VS RUWEN FILUS">IMPRESSIVE EXHIBITION MATCH - KRISTIAN KARLSSON VS RUWEN FILUS</a> (6:13)</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=gn5yDGiqOw0&amp;t=11s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE MOST ENTERTAINING TABLE TENNIS PLAYER - PERFECT CAMERA ANGLES">THE MOST ENTERTAINING TABLE TENNIS PLAYER - PERFECT CAMERA ANGLES</a> (3:39)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Seth Pech vs Senura Silva 2022 (16:04) Presper Financial Architect Open</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRFnGw2lqIM&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> as Seth gives point-by-point commentary. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/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-pingpod-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: PingPod</a></span></span></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-many-looks-of-kanak-jha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Many “Looks” of Kanak Jha</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/pingpod-featured-in-mens-health-article/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">PingPod Featured in Men’s Health Article</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-feeder-fort-lauderdale-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Feeder Fort Lauderdale 2022</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/irene-yeoh-looking-ahead-to-world-hopes-week-challenge-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Irene Yeoh Looking Ahead To World Hopes Week &amp; Challenge</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/14/olympic-solidarity-course-great-success-chile/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-weight:normal">Olympic Solidarity Course a Great Success in Chile</span></a></b></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/13/chengdu-china-2022-lights-camera-ittf-world-team-table-tennis-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chengdu, China – 2022 – Lights, Camera, ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships">Chengdu, China – 2022 – Lights, Camera, 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.ittf.com/2022/10/12/parkinsons-world-championships-goes-crete/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="World Parkinson’s Table Tennis Championships Goes to Crete">World Parkinson’s Table Tennis Championships Goes to Crete</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/10/full-house-joyce-oliveira-leading-name-brazilian-para-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Full House for Joyce Oliveira, the Leading Name at Brazilian Para Open">Full House for Joyce Oliveira, the Leading Name at Brazilian Para Open</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Return Everything Shirt</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://trainsanddiecast.com/product/i39d-rather-be-playing-table-tennis-player-ping-pong-paddle-t-shirt-1662215637/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Famous People 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=-FllpwwZUZo&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisCentral" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:06) from Table Tennis Central, which includes Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, English football (soccer) players Tom Carroll and Raheem Sterling, Rafael Nadal, Kevin Spacey, and two people at the very end that I don't recognize. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Charlie Cox, Mark Ruffalo, and More Play Ping Pong in New She-Hulk BTS Video</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/news/charlie-cox-mark-ruffalo-ping-pong-new-she-hulk-bts-video/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and video</a> (15 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Miami Dolphins Ping-Pong Odyssey</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://bleacherreport.com/articles/10052171-mike-mcdaniel-praises-dolphins-captains-for-removing-ping-pong-table-from-locker-room" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mike McDaniel Praises Dolphins Captains for Removing Ping-Pong Table from Locker Room</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/tyreek-hill-says-dolphins-removed-damaged-ping-pong-table-from-locker-room-to-replace-it-with-a-new-one/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tyreek Hill says Dolphins removed damaged ping-pong table from locker room to replace it with a new one</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>This is How the Dream Starts</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=849336482732297" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Most Random Ping Pong Racket</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQGjwluQ1rc&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:19) from Pongfinity! "In today's challenge episode, we're going to play with the world's most uneven racket, see how many papers we can slice with a ping pong ball, and more!"</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">Mostly Non-Table Tennis</span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Here are more science fiction &amp; fantasy stories of mine that just came out. </span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/1949476316" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Post Roe Alternatives: Fighting Back</a>. This is an anthology of stories protesting the end of Roe v. Wade. It just came out last week. It includes my satire, "Interview with Mr. Plub." </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://darkmattermagazine.shop/blogs/halloween-special-issue-2022/the-vampire-on-the-tesseract-wall" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Vampire on the Tesseract Wall</a>. This also came out last week in Dark Matter Magazine. <span style="color:black">A 4-D being buys a 3-D being as a decoration for his wall - but the 3-D being is a powerful vampire who sucks not only blood but energy. It's a mix of SF and dark fantasy/horror and takes place entirely in a vividly described 4-D world as the 4-D being and the 3-D vampire wage war. </span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Here's my complete <a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">science fiction &amp; fantasy bibliography</a>.</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Here's my entire <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/written.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">written works</a> and <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">all 17 of my books</a> (including nine on table tennis) - see link on left of this page.</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And don't forget to get your copy of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/First-Galactic-Table-Tennis-Championships/dp/B0BCD4ZLKH" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a> – only $5 for print, $3 kindle! </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 10/17/2022 - 18:52</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, 17 Oct 2022 17:52:25 +0000 Larry Hodges 3416 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3416#comments October 10, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3414 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">October 10, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3413" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ten Mini-Fixes</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Annexing Moscow</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 the <a href="http://ttfr.ru/eng/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Federation of Russia</a> is in Moscow. While I am sure their players are very good at killing, I'm guessing they are more into killing ping-pong balls than Ukrainians. Therefore, by the power invested in me by USA Table Tennis, I am hereby annexing the city of Moscow. Henceforth, they will be the 51st US state and all residents of the city will be required to join USATT. We will also be granting immediate US citizenship to the 11 Russian men (including world #61 Kirill Skachkov) and 18 women (including #45 Elizabet Abraamian and #49 Polina Mikhailova) who have current <a href="https://www.ittf.com/rankings/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF world rankings</a>. And here's <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/zelensky-smashes-putin.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Zelensky smashing Putin</a>! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We had the MDTTC October Open this weekend (here are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2586" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">complete results</a>), so my only coaching was a 90-minute session with our novice junior class. As usual, the focus at this level was on fundamentals and fun. One thing that's become a fun routine – just before and after class I do my speed bouncing trick, where I bounce the ball really fast on the table with my paddle. The kids try to stop it – and so I have to move the bouncing to the middle of the table where they can't reach it. So they throw ping-pong balls or slide their paddles at it until I miss. They won't let me have any fun! Of course, I also spend some time trying to convince them that there is no smiling in table tennis – ours is a GRIM sport, where we only allow sadness and griminity. Unfortunately, they don't quite get this part yet, but they do like the made-up word "griminity." </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><br /> They were in Chengdu, China, Sept. 30 – Oct. 9. <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/teamseventInfo?selectedTab=Overview&amp;eventId=2535" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the info page</a> where you can find complete results, schedule, news, and video. Spoiler Alert – once again China swept both events. The best match was probably in the semifinals, where China defeated Japan 3-2, with Tomokazu Harimoto (world #4) winning both matches for Japan, upsetting world #1 Fan Zhendong 11-9 in the fifth, as well as Wang Chuqin (world #11). <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uPkcRroNoQ&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Harimoto vs. Fan</a> (11:41) is the match to see – and especially <a href="https://youtu.be/3uPkcRroNoQ?t=396" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">this point</a>! (Besides the coverage below, see the videos in the segment from PingSunday/EmRatThich.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here is coverage from Steve Hopkin from 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-men-top-puerto-rico/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Men Top Puerto Rico</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/world-team-championships-chinese-sweep/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Chinese 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-chinese-women-claim-title-over-japan/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Chinese Women Claim Title Over Japan</a></span></span></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-china-and-germany-advance-japans-harimoto-takes-center-stage/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">China and Germany Advance – Japan’s Harimoto Takes Center Stage</a></span></span></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-portugals-upset-china-rolls-france-over-england/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Portugal’s Upset, China Rolls, France Over 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-neither-us-squad-advances/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Neither US Squad Advances</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are three articles on how the USA team did from the USATT news page.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/30/USA-Begins-World-Teams-with-Victories-Over-Thailand-and-Canada" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Begins World Teams with Victories Over Thailand and Canada</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/October/03/Group-Stages-Take-Shape-for-USA-at-World-Team-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Group Stages Take Shape for USA at World Team Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/October/07/USA-Takes-High-Points-Away-from-Chengdu-Exit" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Takes High Points Away from Chengdu Exit</a> </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dan Seemiller's "Smash! Moments, Memories and Tips" Book</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/B0BHL2XDCF" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">A new version in black &amp; white</a> just came out for only $14.99. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Y4HC7WR" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The other version is full color</a> and costs $30. (Disclosure: I put the pages together for him. I also worked with him on <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> - his autobiography - and recreating his instructional book from 1996, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Revelations-Ping-Pong-Champion-Dan-Seemiller/dp/1537589237" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Winning Table Tennis</a>. Why not get all three?) Here's the back cover text for "Smash!":</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:24px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This is my 50+-year journey in this greatest of Olympic sports – in pictures.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The controversial decision by the referee that changed the match with World #2 Cai Zhenhua from China</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The 15-day trip to North Korea for the 1979 World Championships. Very strange indeed</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Defeating the #1 Chinese team 3-0 in doubles at the 1977 World Championships   </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Reeling off eight consecutive U.S. Men’s Doubles titles with brother Rick</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The disappointment of losing in two U.S. Open Men’s Singles Finals</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The miracle comeback to capture U.S. Men’s title #4</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dan’s incredible 66-1 record in World Team 2nd division play</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The thrill of signing a 5-year exclusive racket contract with K-Mart</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The arrest in Yugoslavia for trespassing</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Training and competing all over the world</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Winning five Western Japan Open Men’s Singles titles</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">CBS Challenge of the Sexes and World Racquets Championships</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:32px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And so much more - <i>join me on this tour of a lifetime!</i></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Brian Pace on the Road to Recovery</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/brian-pace-on-the-road-to-recovery" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the GoFundMe page</a>, where Brian's been posting regular updates. I wrote about this in my Sept. 28 blog (third segment). So far they have raised $43,690 of the $100,000 goal.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/ohio-senior-camp-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ohio Senior Camp</a> (yes, a camp for over 40 players!)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/tactical-choooing" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tactical Choooing?!?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/change-your-approach" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Change. Your. Approach.</a> (2:46)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/true-story" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">True Story</a> (2:39)</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">Lots of video from the Worlds!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/best-table-tennis-coaching-manual/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Best Table Tennis Coaching Manual</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kSmO9epOTk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Final Men's Team | China vs Germany | WTTTC Chengdu 2022">Final Men's Team | China vs Germany | WTTTC Chengdu 2022</a> (8:08)</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=fLv-J9LFn30" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Germany vs South Korea | WTTTC Chengdu 2022 (Men's Team)">Germany vs South Korea | WTTTC Chengdu 2022 (Men's Team)</a> (5:30)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxqwbST3n2o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Final Women's Team - China vs Japan | WTTTC Chengdu 2022">Final Women's Team - China vs Japan | WTTTC Chengdu 2022</a> (13:55)</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=Y1I4badiEgI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="China vs Japan | WTTTC Chengdu Men's Team 2022">China vs Japan | WTTTC Chengdu Men's Team 2022</a> (11:02)</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=onmjBO0eJBA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chen Meng practices with coach Ma Lin | Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Chen Meng practices with coach Ma Lin | Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (2:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HLXbnA8WdA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Team China, Sweden, Japan | WTTTC Chengdu 2022">Team China, Sweden, Japan | WTTTC Chengdu 2022</a> (14:40)</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=DFg0K3RPITo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Team France, Germany, Japan and Korea | Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Team France, Germany, Japan and Korea | Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (5:51)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnkgKdyRgg8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Top 4 Best Women Teams at WTTTC Chengdu 2022">Top 4 Best Women Teams at WTTTC Chengdu 2022</a> (9:17)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8HyfJZlFiU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Best 8 men teams at WTTTC Chengdu 2022">Best 8 men teams at WTTTC Chengdu 2022</a> (6:36)</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=RcOaBgjIRpE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long practice his serve with his coach WTTTC Chengdu 2022">Ma Long practice his serve with his coach WTTTC Chengdu 2022</a> (3:27)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1rhgZ3sI7c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How pro players do physical warm up at WTTTC Chengdu 2022">How pro players do physical warm up at WTTTC Chengdu 2022</a> (13:45)</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=sVd-FRRUcfY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Team Japan is in good shape | WTTTC Chengdu 2022">Team Japan is in good shape | WTTTC Chengdu 2022</a> (8:57)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DNCNCx-yvI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Team France vs team England | Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Team France vs team England | Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a>  (5:13)</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=oR73XD6r65U" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Top 16 best teams in WTTTC Chengdu 2022">Top 16 best teams in WTTTC Chengdu 2022</a> (5:00)</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=7suBwJ9RdDs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong selected ball in WTTTC Chengdu 2022">Fan Zhendong selected ball in WTTTC Chengdu 2022</a> (5:18)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34KeXRXC1aU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="team China vs team Slovenia | Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Team China vs team Slovenia | Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (9:25)</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=FUyK7g2dNZg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The legend, Ni Xialian, amazing performance at 59 years old">The legend, Ni Xialian, amazing performance at 59 years old</a> (2:59)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcP5LH1tpac" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long, Fan Zhendong training at Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Ma Long, Fan Zhendong training at Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (2:16)</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=942j6IMp1Jg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="13 min know Backhand Side Serve + underspin Spin | Ti Long corrects German officials">13 min know Backhand Side Serve + underspin Spin | Ti Long corrects German officials</a> (13:45)</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=MsMrHzoK9pA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long instructs and corrects the Forehand Pendulum error for high-ranking German officials">Ti Long instructs and corrects the Forehand Pendulum error for high-ranking German officials</a> (9:01)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5XVYvPAUh0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long guides and corrects Forehand Topspin Against Backspin for high-ranking German officials">Ti Long guides and corrects Forehand Topspin Against Backspin for high-ranking German officials</a> </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh1Mw90Sjyk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long instructs and corrects Backhand Topspin Against Backspin for high-ranking German officials">Ti Long instructs and corrects Backhand Topspin Against Backspin for high-ranking German officials</a> </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lekuIwIv4io" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long guides and corrects Forehand Topspin errors for high-ranking German officials">Ti Long guides and corrects Forehand Topspin errors for high-ranking German officials</a> (22:35)</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=YVE-L-TpkL8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="XU XIN DESTROYS LEE SANG SU FROM PERFECT CAMERA ANGLE">XU XIN DESTROYS LEE SANG SU FROM PERFECT CAMERA ANGLE</a> (1:32)</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=_xyXoie9DCA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="LIANG JINGKUN BEAUTIFULLY OUTPLAYS CHO SEUNGMIN">LIANG JINGKUN BEAUTIFULLY OUTPLAYS CHO SEUNGMIN</a> (1:48)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcBDikXEtN4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="SHORT PIPS LEGEND MATTIAS FALCK SENDS ROCKETS FOR 3 MINUTES STRAIGHT">SHORT PIPS LEGEND MATTIAS FALCK SENDS ROCKETS FOR 3 MINUTES STRAIGHT</a> </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxxdnAf0VHQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA LONG “THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME”">MA LONG “THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME”</a> (1:55)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Drupe Pong</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysowexQ4uGg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long taking it up a notch against Qiu Dang's down the line">Ma Long taking it up a notch against Qiu Dang's down the line</a> (1:40)</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=3kc_XRDeStU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Germany : Road to to the finals! (World Team Championships 2022)">Germany : Road to the finals! (World Team Championships 2022)</a> (9:19)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Fan Zhendong Multiball Training Before World Championships</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=DDX3vX0BVjw&amp;ab_channel=TTRomainBern" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (77 sec). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Training Tips with Hammed Taiwo</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-taiwo-backhand-loop-snap/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop Snap</a> (74 sec). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(I've moved his six articles on the World Championships to that segment above.)</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/is-the-future-of-penhold-in-europe/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Is the Future of Penhold in Europe???</a></span></span></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-table-tennis-more/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Table Tennis &amp; More</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USA Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(I moved their three articles on the Worlds to that segment above.)</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/October/07/World-Table-Tennis-Returns-to-the-United-States" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Returns to the United States</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/October/07/World-Veterans-Tour-Makes-Trip-to-California" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Veterans Tour Makes Trip to California</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/October/04/USATT-Seeks-Volunteers-for-the-2022-US-Open-Table-Tennis-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Seeks Volunteers for the 2022 US Open Table Tennis Championships</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/09/china-crowned-champions-curtain-closes-2022-ittf-world-team-championships-finals/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="China Crowned Champions, Curtain Closes at 2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals">China Crowned Champions, Curtain Closes at 2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/08/chinese-women-triumph-home-retain-world-champion-title/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chinese Women Triumph at Home, Retain World Champion Title">Chinese Women Triumph at Home, Retain World Champion Title</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/10/full-house-joyce-oliveira-leading-name-brazilian-para-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Brazilian Para Open</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/09/surprise-winners-brazilians-prominent-home-soil-sao-paulo/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Surprise Winners Brazilians Prominent on Home Soil in São Paulo">Surprise Winners Brazilians Prominent on Home Soil 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/2022/10/08/first-titles-decided-brazil-para-open-gold-host-nation/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First Titles Decided at Brazil Para Open, Gold for Host Nation">First Titles Decided at Brazil Para Open, Gold for Host Nation</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/04/new-destination-splendid-premises-await-sao-paulo/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="New Destination, Splendid Premises Await in São Paulo">New Destination, Splendid Premises Await 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/2022/10/07/one-hundred-days-go-world-veteran-championships-growing-list-players-muscat/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="One Hundred Days to Go To World Veteran Championships: Growing List of Players in Muscat">One Hundred Days to Go To World Veteran Championships: Growing List of Players in Muscat</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/06/impressive-results-ittf-scholarship-holders-make-presence-felt-chengdu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Impressive Results, ITTF Scholarship Holders make their presence felt in Chengdu">Impressive Results, ITTF Scholarship Holders make their presence felt in Chengdu</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/06/liu-guoliang-appointed-ittf-deputy-president/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Liu Guoliang Appointed ITTF Deputy President">Liu Guoliang Appointed ITTF Deputy President</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/05/ittf-fisu-collaboration-shows-commitment-staging-events-china/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF-FISU Collaboration Shows Commitment to Staging Events in China">ITTF-FISU Collaboration Shows Commitment to Staging Events in China</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Shortz's Table Tennis Iron Man Streak Reaches 10 Years</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.theexaminernews.com/shortzs-table-tennis-iron-man-streak-reaches-10-years/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from The Examiner News. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">Ping-Pong Champion Shirts from Amazon</span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/s?k=ping+pong+champion&amp;i=fashion-mens&amp;crid=12EM2ITM4FQ0P&amp;sprefix=ping+pong+champion%2Cfashion-mens%2C78&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss_2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here they are</a>!</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Comic Royalty-Free Images</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/search/table-tennis-comic" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here they are</a>! My favorites are <a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/little-hippo-playing-table-tennis-299921369" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Hippo-Pong</a>, <a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/angry-bunny-table-tennis-bat-sport-2024175713" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Angry Bunny Pong</a>, and <a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/comic-bang-expression-text-pingpong-comics-1892750365" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ping-Pong Explosion</a>. If you have a table tennis webpage, why not add one or more of these to liven things up?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Baby 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=10166852628460716&amp;set=pcb.10166852629850716" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's Baby Ciz</a>! (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/310699488_10166852629985716_7483485465403391556_n.jpg?stp=cp6_dst-jpg&amp;_nc_cat=106&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=3uER3x8dfd0AX-7vrF5&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-qxBk7YNX3Fr9gMy3BTwfQY6TkQE9E8JuKszkCCdtU4w&amp;oe=63488F96" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) He looks <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10166852628500716&amp;set=pcb.10166852629850716" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">pretty hungry</a>! (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/310346584_10166852630000716_5071773691947459856_n.jpg?stp=cp6_dst-jpg&amp;_nc_cat=104&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_aid=0&amp;_nc_ohc=Rrcwp6TSqcoAX9GZqYX&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8VfzXGwo8-Q9m2GPdz0fieXHKVjjuYFm8UO_isppovUg&amp;oe=63484548" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) Note that he's a hardbatter – no looping in his future!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis on the Arctic Ocean</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=rhFPDEHsjoo&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisNorth" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (35 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>1 vs. 2</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFrNpA8zhcM&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (11:49) from Adam Bobrow! "Joanna and Rachel Sung are excellent players and admirable people! After playing them in singles, I had to try DOUBLES!"</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, 10/10/2022 - 17:45</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, 10 Oct 2022 16:45:29 +0000 Larry Hodges 3414 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3414#comments October 3, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3412 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">October 3, 2022</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3411" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Larry Line</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached in four group sessions over the weekend, each 90 minutes long. The kids kept asking me, "Where have you been?" since I'd missed the last two weekends since I was down in Santo Domingo (see segment below on Pam Ams). I quizzed them – none knew where Santo Domingo was, and only about one-third knew where the Dominican Republic was. (This was mostly ages 8-12.) Now they all know. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One drill we did in one session was simple – one player served backspin, other player pushed to backhand, server forehand or backhand looped at the receiver's elbow, receiver blocked or counterlooped, and server just caught the ball or grabbed another from a box and repeated. This allowed the server to rapid-fire work on both looping against backspin and attacking the middle, while the other player worked on covering the middle. Many players, when trying to go to the middle, hit the ball so it goes through the middle of the table, but by the time it reaches the opponent, it's on their backhand side. I explained and showed them how, to get at the opponent's middle (midpoint between forehand and backhand, roughly the playing elbow),  when hitting from the backhand side, the ball had to go through the opponent's forehand side so that when it reached the opponent, it would be at their elbow. (This is for righty vs. righty.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had an interesting speed-walk situation. While doing the above drill I looked across the room and saw a girl who had looped with her <i>left</i> foot back. (She was a righty.) I did sort of a double-take – I knew she was trained better than that, so I thought it was just a fluke shot. She did it again, and I started walking to her table. She did it a third time, and now I basically speed-walked to the table and pointed out the problem. She wasn't sure where she'd picked up that habit, but went back to doing it properly the rest of the session.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">During a multiball session, one kid kept finding chances to practice his backhand serve, but wasn't quite doing it right. So I rearranged the schedule so I could spend a few minutes with him on it. (He was serving too much in front, so not getting the torque you get is you rotate sideways for this serve.) He was fascinated to discover you could do different spins with the same motion – backspin, side-backspin, sidespin, and side-top. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We have one para junior player who uses long pips on his backhand. When we did a backhand pushing drill, the girl he was hitting with had trouble pushing against the no-spin and light topspins that his pips returned when he pushed, and she kept popping them up. At first, I showed her how to chop down on it to keep it low. But then I had a better idea - I had her alternate backhand topspin and backhand push. When she topspinned, she got a backspin ball which she could push; when she pushed, she got a light topspin ball back that she could topspin. This simulated for both of them the type or rallies they might face in a tournament. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Open Entry Form</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here is the 2022 US Open Home page</a>, with the entry form linked. It will be held Dec. 16-21 in Ontario, California, near LA. I will, of course, be there, both coaching and likely playing some hardbat events. (I normally use sponge, but like to play hardbat events at big tournaments.) As I've done with every US Open and Nationals entry form starting in 1999, USATT sent it to me for proofing, and as usual I found a bunch of things to fix. (I'm one of those weird ones who, while reading a book, will on page 200 suddenly exclaim, "But that contradicts what it said on page 10!") My first US Open was in 1976, the year I started playing. I've been to every US Open and Nationals since 1984, and several before that. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Table Tennis Team Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They are taking place right now in Chengdu, China, Sept. 30 – Oct. 9. <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/teamseventInfo?selectedTab=Overview&amp;eventId=2535" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the info page</a> where you can find complete results, schedule, news, and video. The <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT News page</a> is doing coverage of Team USA, with one article up so far, <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/30/USA-Begins-World-Teams-with-Victories-Over-Thailand-and-Canada" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Begins World Teams with Victories over Thailand and Canada</a>. (Also see articles on Worlds in segment below from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pan Am Under 11 &amp; Under 13 Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Below are links to the articles on the Pan Ams by myself and Lifeng Yu. I linked to the Teams articles last week, but the Singles and Doubles articles are new. I was down in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from Sept. 15-25 as one of the USA Team coaches. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/28/2022-Pan-Am-Under-11-and-Under-13-Championships--Boys-Singles-and-Doubles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Boys' Singles and Doubles</a> by Larry Hodges – <i>NEW!</i></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/19/2022-Pan-Am-U11-U13-Championships-Boys-Team-Matches-Days-1-2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Boys' Team Matches, Days 1-2</a> by Larry Hodges</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/22/2022-Pan-Am-U11-U13-Championships-Boys-Teams-Finals" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Boys' Teams Finals</a> by Larry Hodges</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/27/2022-PAN-AM-U11-and-U13-CHAMPIONSHIPS-GIRLS-SINGLES-AND-DOUBLES-EVENTS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Girls' Singles and Doubles</a> by LiFeng Yu – <i>NEW!</i></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/20/2022-PAN-AM-U11-U13-CHAMPIONSHIPS-GIRLS-TEAM-MATCHES-DAYS-1-2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Girls' Team Matches, Days 1-2</a> by LiFeng Yu</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/22/2022-Pan-Am-U11U13-Championship-Girls-Teams-Finals" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Girls' Teams Finals</a> by LiFeng Yu</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Review of Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.samsondubina.com/equipment/tt-tactics-thinkers" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the review</a> by Samson Dubina. "Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers is one of the best table tennis books that I have ever read. I feel that players of all levels can benefit from the details of serve tactics, receive tactics, rallying tactics, doubles tactics, and tactics against various grips, rubbers, and styles."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Best Table Tennis Blogs You Should Know</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/best-table-tennis-blogs/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TableTennisCoaching.com is #2 in the World</a>!!! From PingSunday/EmRatThich</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>First Galactic Table Tennis Championship</b><br /> It has come to my attention that not everyone has bought a copy of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/First-Galactic-Table-Tennis-Championships/dp/B0BCD4ZLKH" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a>, which came out a few weeks ago. What's wrong with you??? C'mon, it's like $5 for a print copy, the minimum Amazon would let me charge for it. It takes place about 100 years from now, and table tennis has spread to the galaxy – and the title pretty much tells you what it’s about. Yes, the aliens are coming! (To Beijing, to be specific, where the Championships will be held.) I had a lot of fun imagining various alien TT players, including the Ith, who are like giraffes but with arms just under their head, so instead of moving to the ball, they just move their heads on their long necks. Here’s the back cover description:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Li Yi is a member of the Chinese National Table Tennis Team and the best woman in the world. She has trained long hours since she was a child. But now she faces her biggest challenge – aliens! Table tennis has spread to the galaxy and alien players now dominate the sport. The best are the giraffe-like Ith, with their dominating champion Egrayu.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But Earth isn't part of it, not since the cowboy Americans colonized a moon in the Ith home system, which led to a blockade of Earth. The Chinese hope to reopen trade with the galaxy by using "Ping-Pong Diplomacy" – by running the first Galactic Table Tennis Championships in Beijing. Li, her teammates, and the American champion Danny See – a literal cowboy –  play aliens of all shapes and sizes, including the seemingly unbeatable Egrayu, as they battle for the biggest cash prize in table tennis history. But Li is drawn into a corrupt conspiracy that will shake the very foundations of honor and sportsmanship. Plus, there's that problem with the Chinese dumplings…</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/communication" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Communication</a> (3:25)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/mental-strength" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mental Strength</a> (8:34)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/dont-make-me-mad" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Don't Make Me Mad...</a> Mentally Strong vs Mentally Weak</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.samsondubina.com/equipment/tt-tactics-thinkers" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TT Tactics for Thinkers</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Backhand Loop</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwcClQZuqYk&amp;t=5s&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the tutorial</a> (37:02) from Seth Pech. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-_z0nHvEtE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long guide and fix Backhand Drive and Serve best for beginners">Ti Long guide and fix Backhand Drive and Serve best for beginners</a> (19:28)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZuCdLhrAOg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long guides the spin variation of the Tomahawk serve (Underspin, Sidespin, Topspin) | Part 8">Ti Long guides the spin variation of the Tomahawk serve (Underspin, Sidespin, Topspin) | Part 8</a> (14:03)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/koki-niwa-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Koki Niwa Equipment and Playing Style</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBwnRvEpHZg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Team France vs. team Germany | Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Team France vs. team Germany | Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (4:58)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVZdTOOSwlw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="(Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha) Chinese women team at Chengdu 2022">(Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha) Chinese women team at Chengdu 2022</a> (10:52)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUyNQaTmYfU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Some upsets at WTTTC 2022 Chengdu">Some upsets at WTTTC 2022 Chengdu</a> (6:32)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wssSkpKBRbw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="(Ma Long) team China vs team USA | Chengdu WTTTC 2022">(Ma Long) team China vs team USA | Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (6:24)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy5PFEZCFjM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Coach Wang Hao and Fan Zhendong very tough backhand training | Chengdu 2022">Coach Wang Hao and Fan Zhendong very tough backhand training | Chengdu 2022</a> (3:11)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3wxLeMfGus" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Team Germany lost to India in Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Team Germany lost to India in Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (1:57)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZZdGrxtAJY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Incredible speed of Fan Zhendong | Chengdu WTTTC 2022">Incredible speed of Fan Zhendong | Chengdu WTTTC 2022</a> (5:30)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C94-wDBMuQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Lin Gaoyuan backhand training at WTTTC 2022 (01 October)">Lin Gaoyuan backhand training at WTTTC 2022</a> (2:30)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uakaL8tywJg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis trick shots. Biomechanics.">Table tennis trick shots. Biomechanics</a> (4:28)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjOVHrMKs6A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis. Multi Balls and training load.">Multi Balls and training load</a> (2:10)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RRYg91yUvg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis. fixed ball to teach the forehand topspin butterfly.">Fixed ball to teach the forehand topspin butterfly</a> (1:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8g5vP9gGiw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis. Fan Zhendong new adaptation for the team world.">Fan Zhendong new adaptation for the team world</a> (50 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How Do You Come Back from a Tough Loss?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://joola.com/how-do-you-come-back-from-a-bad-loss-lily-zhangs-blog/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Lily Zhang.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Surprising Power of a No-Spin Serve</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/the-surprising-power-of-a-no-spin-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Tom Lodziak. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Win the Serve | Trick to know where the umpire has the ball </b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&amp;v=2bq_8TaPXlk&amp;fbclid=IwAR07Fd0T0ABPKtaEuei2gAfrw71O9q3xYGze4cjGZAyjUf26KaZAPeAtao8&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (1:52) from Pingispagarna. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from TacoBackhand</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4fvaOLIAzY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WANG CHUQIN OUTPLAYS HARIMOTO">WANG CHUQIN OUTPLAYS HARIMOTO</a> (1:22)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5sKsyuJZZA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE SHOWMAN DEFEATS SIMON GAUZY">THE SHOWMAN DEFEATS SIMON GAUZY</a> (2:30)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcMuzRwD3Hk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WANG YANG PLAYS BEAUTIFUL DEFENCE">WANG YANG PLAYS BEAUTIFUL DEFENCE</a> (3:44)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0SoEN3oHvo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE FUTURE OF JAPAN (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES)">THE FUTURE OF JAPAN (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES)</a> (2:06)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFigmMZuH6c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="KANAK JHA’S INSANE VICTORY IN FRONT OF THE HOME CROWD">KANAK JHA’S INSANE VICTORY IN FRONT OF THE HOME CROWD</a> (1:47)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Personality Traits and Motives in Table Tennis Players</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/17/10715/htm" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the scholarly article</a> from Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). "This study aims to investigate table tennis players’ personality traits and motives in the frame of the Big Five personality model and the self-determination theory (SDT) of motivation. A total of 447 Italian table tennis players ranging in level of play between the regional and international levels participated in the study."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/world-team-championships-men-top-puerto-rico/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: Men Top Puerto Rico</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/world-team-championships-new-faces-for-teamusa/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: New Faces for TeamUSA</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/world-team-championships-usa-teams-log-early-wins/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Team Championships: USA Teams Log Early Wins</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-silicon-valley-table-tennis-club-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Silicon Valley Table Tennis Club</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/steven-moreno-and-his-teammate-enrique-rios-became-the-u-13-category-pan-american-champions/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Steven Moreno And His Teammate Enrique Ríos Became The U-13 Category Pan American Champions</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/tashiya-piyadasa-won-the-ittf-americas-hope-continental-challenge-2022/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tashiya Piyadasa Won The ITTF Americas Hope Continental Challenge 2022</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Seven Days at the 2022 U19 Pan Ams</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/seven-days-with-sally-moyland-in-the-2022-u19-panam-rosario-argentina/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Sally Moyland.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly San Antonio Fall Open Results And Tournament Report</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-san-antonio-fall-open-results-and-tournament-report/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Vlad Farcas.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USA Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/30/USA-Begins-World-Teams-with-Victories-Over-Thailand-and-Canada" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USA Begins World Teams with Victories Over Thailand and Canada</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/28/Mark-Hazinski-Named-as-Mens-Coach-for-2022-ITTF-Pan-American-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mark Hazinski Named as Men's Coach for 2022 ITTF Pan American Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/28/2022-Pan-Am-Under-11-and-Under-13-Championships--Boys-Singles-and-Doubles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Pan Am Under 11 &amp; Under 13 Championships - Boys' Singles and Doubles</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/27/2022-PAN-AM-U11-and-U13-CHAMPIONSHIPS-GIRLS-SINGLES-AND-DOUBLES-EVENTS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Pan Am U11 &amp; U13 Championships - Girls' Singles and Doubles Events</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/September/28/USATT-Opens-Registration-for-2022-US-Open-Table-Tennis-Championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Opens Registration for 2022 US Open Table Tennis Championships</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/03/ittf-president-appointed-ioc-gender-equality-diversity-inclusion-commission/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF President Appointed to IOC Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commission</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/02/full-houses-alexandra-saint-pierre-alexa-svitacs-argostoli/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Full Houses for Alexandra Saint-Pierre and Alexa Svitacs in Argostoli">Full Houses for Alexandra Saint-Pierre and Alexa Svitacs in Argostoli</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/02/titles-great-britain-billy-shilton-double/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Titles for Great Britain, Billy Shilton at the Double">Titles for Great Britain, Billy Shilton at the Double</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/02/ittf-publishes-athletes-commissions-election-guide-deadline-candidate-approaches/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Publishes Athletes Commission’s Election Guide as Deadline to Candidate Approaches">ITTF Publishes Athletes Commission’s Election Guide as Deadline to Candidate Approaches</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/02/ittf-world-team-championships-finals-new-standards-chengdu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF World Team Championships Finals: &quot;New standards&quot; in Chengdu">ITTF World Team Championships Finals: "New standards" in Chengdu</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/01/champions-anointed-greek-para-open-surprise-names-clinch-honours/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Champions anointed at Greek Para Open, surprise names clinch honours">Champions anointed at Greek Para Open, surprise names clinch honours</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/01/impressive-medal-haul-british-players-respond-greek-island/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Impressive Medal Haul, British Players Respond on Greek Island">Impressive Medal Haul, British Players Respond on Greek Island</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/10/01/leading-names-impose-authority-medals-decided-success-hosts-argostoli/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Leading Names Impose Authority, Medals Decided, Success for Hosts in Argostoli">Leading Names Impose Authority, Medals Decided, Success for Hosts in Argostoli</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/30/training-focus-september/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Down Under the training focus in September">Down Under the training focus in September</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/30/ittf-executive-committee-thanks-chengdu-outstanding-world-championships-delivery/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Executive Committee Thanks Chengdu For Outstanding World Championships Delivery">ITTF Executive Committee Thanks Chengdu For Outstanding World Championships Delivery</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/30/sarah-hanffou-anna-hursey-short-listed-bbc-green-sport-award/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sarah Hanffou and Anna Hursey short listed for BBC Green Sport Award">Sarah Hanffou and Anna Hursey short listed for BBC Green Sport Award</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/30/world-hopes-qualifiers-decided-africa-americas/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="World Hopes qualifiers decided in Africa and Americas">World Hopes qualifiers decided in Africa and Americas</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/29/andalucia-world-para-table-tennis-championships-2022-media-accreditation-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Andalucia World Para Table Tennis Championships 2022: Media Accreditation Open">Andalucia World Para Table Tennis Championships 2022: Media Accreditation Open</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/29/first-world-team-championships-four-years-declared-open-moving-opening-ceremony/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First World Team Championships in Four Years Declared Open After Moving Opening Ceremony">First World Team Championships in Four Years Declared Open After Moving Opening Ceremony</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/29/2022-ittf-world-team-championships-finals-media-guide-available/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals - The Media Guide Is Available">2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals - The Media Guide Is Available</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/28/kefalonia-hosts-inaugural-ittf-greek-para-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Kefalonia Home for Inaugural ITTF Greek Para Open">Kefalonia Home for Inaugural ITTF Greek Para Open</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/28/commonwealth-champions-spearhead-great-britains-hopes-argostoli/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Commonwealth Champions Spearhead Great Britain’s Hopes in Argostoli">Commonwealth Champions Spearhead Great Britain’s Hopes in Argostoli</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/28/first-stage-draw-completed-chengdu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First Stage Draw Completed in Chengdu!">First Stage Draw Completed in Chengdu!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/28/education-agenda-match-officials/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Education on the Agenda for Match Officials">Education on the Agenda for Match Officials</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/28/china-telecom-appointed-presenting-partner-2022-ittf-world-team-championships-final/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="China Telecom Appointed as Presenting Partner of the 2022 ITTF World Team Championships Final">China Telecom Appointed as Presenting Partner of the 2022 ITTF World Team Championships Final</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/09/27/2022-ittf-world-team-championships-finals-players-land-chengdu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals Players Land in Chengdu">2022 ITTF World Team Championships Finals Players Land in Chengdu</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Roger Federer Warm-ups with Ping Pong Dressed as James Bond for Laver Cup</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Roger_Federer/121118/roger-federer-warmups-with-ping-pong-dressed-as-james-bond-for-laver-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and video</a> from Tennis World USA! Yes, he has a forehand, and did you see the backhand at the end? And yes, his opponent is faking Rafael Nadal groaning as he hits! (Here's a related story, <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/300699210/why-we-should-all-follow-roger-federers-ping-pong-lead" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Why we should all follow Roger Federer’s ping pong lead</a>, from Stuff.co.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>iPhone 7 vs iPhone 11 Table Tennis Match</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/blog/iphone-7-vs-iphone-11-table-tennis-match" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:50) from PingSkills! (With Panda bear officiating.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Who Needs a Net?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/vus-V__5NKU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (6 sec but repeats)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Return My Serve, Win £100 [London]</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRa_VpMp2ls&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10:09) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pong with Anything</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/erIoqEd8n1I" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (25 sec) as two use whatever's available in the basement as rackets!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tiny Tennis Players on Ping Pong Table</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.art.com/products/p15063505905-sa-i6848925/joseph-farris-tiny-tennis-players-on-ping-pong-table-cartoon.htm" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the cartoon</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>T-Rex Hates Table Tennis T-Shirt, Button, Sticker, Coffee Cup, Mask</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teepublic.com/pin/3701302-t-rex-hates-table-tennis-ping-pong-table-tennis-di" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here they are</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Man The Myth The Ping Pong Legend T-Shirt</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Myth-Ping-Pong-Legend-T-Shirt/dp/B07DD4QSDY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>SF &amp; Fantasy Stories</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I've had a flurry of stories coming out in the world of science fiction and fantasy, my sideline outside table tennis. A common question I get is, "How much do you pay to get them published?" It's the other way around – magazines pay me to publish my stories, with fees ranging from $50 to $500 for a story. (And note the ping-pong ball mention in "Christmas Interrupted"!) </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"<a href="https://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/space-travel/larry-hodges/packing-list-for-the-invasion" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Packing List for the Invasion</a>" came out last week in Daily Science Fiction. The story is literally told through an alien's packing list for the invasion . . . of Earth. (I had another story there on Sept. 9, "<a href="https://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/religious/larry-hodges/soul-testing-in-major-league-baseball" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Soul Testing in Major League Baseball</a>.")</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Christmas Interrupted" in the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Gothic-Short-Stories-Fantasy/dp/1804171646" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Christmas Gothic Short Stories anthology</a>. It's thousands or millions of years in the future and humankind is extinct, but Santa, suffering from Alzheimer's, is still trying to deliver presents to children every year, to the extreme annoyance of his aging elves. A darkly comic story, with a surprise ending that many will find touching. <b>A ping-pong ball</b> has a major impact on the story!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Rationalized" in the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Compelling-Science-Fiction-Gothic-Fantasy/dp/1839649399" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Compelling Science Fiction anthology</a>. A dystopian society requires everyone to have an operation when they turn 13 to remove the parts of the brain responsible for emotion. An underground that avoided the operation fights back - and their leader faces an impossible decision. Probably the best tear-jerker I've ever written.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I have several more coming out this Fall, including "The Vampire on the Tesseract Wall," coming Oct. 11 from <a href="https://darkmattermagazine.com/authors/larry-hodges-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dark Matter Magazine</a>. What happens when 4-D being collects 3-D beings as a hobby – and mistakenly captures a powerful vampire? It's a mashup of SF and dark fantasy. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And, of course, there's <a href="https://www.amazon.com/First-Galactic-Table-Tennis-Championships/dp/B0BCD4ZLKH" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a>, my SF novelette – see segment above! (If you want something a little longer, try <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Pong-Larry-Hodges/dp/1512117080/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Spirit of Pong</a>, my fantasy table tennis novel.) </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 10/03/2022 - 18:31</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 03 Oct 2022 17:31:55 +0000 Larry Hodges 3412 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3412#comments