TableTennisCoaching.com - - Your worldwide center for table tennis coaching http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/ en January 24, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3348 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">January 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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3347" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Focus on the Next Point</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">Had a pretty busy weekend coaching group sessions with my fellow coaches, Wang Qingliang and Lidney Castro. (Cheng Yinghua and Jack Huang were also there, but doing private coaching.) I had an interesting experience on Sunday. I was only scheduled to coaching one session that day, 12:00-1:30 PM. Afterwards, I went to Panera's to do some writing. I left my playing bag in the trunk of my car. It was cold out, below freezing. At 3:40PM I got a text from Wang, asking if I could come in at 4PM. The problem was that my racket was now ice cold! What did I do? I cranked the heat on full blast while driving back to the club, and held my racket in front of it most of the way! I roasted both sides, and the racket was nice and toasty by the time I got to the club. (A cold racket plays dead.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had an interesting thought. A good coach should be able to name every player's shoes at the end of a session! Okay, not really, since he's not paying attention to that specifically, but we do spend much of our time just watching players' feet to make sure they are moving and moving properly. After thinking about this, I started to notice all the different shoe types and colors. One good thing - there were about 20 kids in the session I was coaching at the time, and every one of them had on table tennis shoes. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Some things I focused a lot on 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">Keep the ball to wide angles. If you do this in practice, you'll do it in games. Some of the players were letting their balls wander in to the middle backhand or middle forehand, which makes things easy for the opponent. Go to the very wide corners on every shot unless you are going for the middle (opponent's playing elbow). </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I reminded several of the kids that you NEVER have to decide whether to move. You only decide where and how far. (Maybe once in a hundred shots you move zero inches, but the key is that you are <i>prepared</i> to move, whether it's an inch or five feet. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">A spinny serve that misses in practice is better than a weak serve that's consistent. The latter is just practicing bad serves, while you can learn to keep a spinny serve on the table. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Teach Beginning Kids</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The question came up on Facebook, and so I wrote the following (with a few minor edits). <span style="color:black">Here's the process I've used for decades with younger beginning kids. </span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Make sure they have a good grip. A bad grip is like twisting a rubber band - it warps everything. </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">Do some ball bouncing on the paddle, to develop hand-eye coordination and control. </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">Shadow practice the shot to be learned, so they can learn the strokes without also trying to hit the ball. </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">Then move to multiball and robot play. Put the ball in the same place over and over and they'll quickly be able to hit it on the table, even as young as age five. (Their arm muscles will tire quickly on backhand, so go back and forth.) </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">Put targets on the table. Watch their eyes light up as they try to hit them. While they are having fun, they are learning the strokes, timing, and ball control. I often use <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/froggy2sm.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Froggy</a> and water bottles. </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">I also like to finish sessions with beginning kids by asking if they like to build things ("Yes!") and asking if they like to destroy things ("YES!"). Then I have them stack paper cups into pyramids and walls, and they take turns knocking them down as I feed multiball. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Some of the current top junior stars who started out in my beginning classes or in my summer camp groups include Stanley Hsu (13, 2400), Mu Du (13, 2289), and Ryan Lin (12, 2216), and many others from the past. </span></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-bob-chen-backhand-switch-down-the-line/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Backhand Switch Down the Line</a> (69 sec) with Bob Chen</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-linda-shu-handspeed-and-forehand-loop-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Handspeed and Forehand Loop Footwork</a> (75 sec) with Linda Shu</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-nandan-naresh-3-point-forehand-loop-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">3 point Forehand Loop Footwork</a> (66 sec) with Nandan Naresh</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-emily-zhao-multi-ball-training-forehand-counter/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Multi-ball Training: Forehand Counter</a> (54 sec) with Wang Hui</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-rachel-sung-full-table-random/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Full Table Random</a> (64 sec) with Rachel Sung</span></span></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-ojo-onaolapo-3rd-5th-ball-attack/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">3rd &amp; 5th Ball Attack</a> (75 sec) with Ojo Onaolapo, commentary by Brian Pace</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>JOOLA Coaching Videos</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://infinity.joola.com/lessons" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the page</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Learn the Basic Backhand Drive Table Tennis Technique</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=IA6WveNDwos&amp;ab_channel=MHTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (1:22) from Matt Hetherington. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ping Sunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/table-tennis-vs-pickleball/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis vs Pickleball: Which One is Better?</a></span></span></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/xu-yingbin-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Xu Yingbin 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/ma-long-fan-zhen-dong-lost-wtt-macao/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ma Long, Fan Zhendong Lost in WTT Macao 2022</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/mistake-forehand-topspin-technique/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Beginners Mistake on Forehand Topspin Technique</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/choose-table-tennis-racket/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">How to Choose Your Table Tennis Racket</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/chinese-table-tennis-equipment/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Chinese Philosophy of Table Tennis Equipment</a></span></span></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-build-table-tennis-racket/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">How to Build Your Own Ping-Pong Racket</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/xu-xin-wife-family-childhood/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Xu Xin's Childhood Wife, and Family</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/chinese-national-table-tennis-team/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Chinese National Table Tennis Team</a> (Full List)</span></span></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/xu-xin-equipment-profile-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Xu Xin 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/pro-equipment-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Pro's Equipment Table Tennis</a> (Full List)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTvcgWMQaG0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="1 in millions moments of table tennis">1 in million moments of table tennis</a> (4:48)</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=B6G_AZFp5Sc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="professional vs amateur 2022: Xu Xin is so fun">professional vs amateur 2022: Xu Xin is so fun</a> (10:36)</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=xIeH-OqiX14" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Snake shot comes to China (ft. Adam Bobrow)">Snake shot comes to China (ft. Adam Bobrow)</a> (1:45)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOEZaOei578" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="professional vs amateur 2022: Liu Shiwen lost">professional vs amateur 2022: Liu Shiwen lost</a> (5:12)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etBQ7oQtSgk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long, Xu Xin at WTT Macao 2022">Ma Long, Xu Xin at WTT Macao 2022</a> (6:27)</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/breathe-man-breathe" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Breathe Man, Breathe!</a></span></span></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/new-coaching-videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">NEW Coaching Videos</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/new-practice-videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">New Practice Videos</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Play Backhand Drive for Beginners</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=292971269387712" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (5:06) from Reynald Table Tennis. </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/watch?v=B6eULS7b4Us" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis. Lower limb. Glycolytic work.">Lower limb. Glycolytic work</a> (51 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=IRx974G-oic" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: pendulum backspin forehand service. Short right side.">Pendulum backspin forehand service. Short right side</a> (2:41)</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" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the latest questions</a> for PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Training Experience in Taiwan</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/training-experience-in-taiwan/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> by Darryl Tsao. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Houston/World Championship 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/sallys-houston-world-championship-report/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">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>Sean O'Neill in Action, 1978 to Present</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/465451725018686" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (4:12) by Jim Butler. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy on TV</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/505182940/videos/2136830206455701" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (9:43) from FOX 8 News. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong Diplomacy Player Discusses Significance of Sports Exchange</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202201/07/WS61d73c72a310cdd39bc7f944.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (3:20) featuring Judy Hoarfrost, a member of the US Team during Ping-Pong Diplomacy in 1971-72. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Coach Jon</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://t3atl.com/its-time-to-change-the-usatt-tournament-rating-system/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">It's time to Change The USATT Tournament Rating System</a> (10:39)</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://t3atl.com/table-tennis-skill-levels/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Skill Levels</a> (8:53)</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/Features/2022/January/18/Updated-Contact-Information-for-USATT-National-Headquarters" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Updated Contact Information for USATT National Headquarters</a>. "USA Table Tennis has relocated its National Headquarters office to the US Olympic &amp; Paralympic Sport House in Colorado Springs, Colorado." </span></span></li> <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/Features/2022/January/19/USATT-Extends-Sincere-Gratitude-for-Dedicated-Volunteer-Service" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Marguerite Cheung of Austin, Texas, Named USATT Volunteer of the Year</a>. "Here's what I wrote about Marguerite in my Dec. 29 blog about the US Open: "However, when problems arise, sometimes a hero emerges. In this case, it was experienced volunteer Marguerite Cheung at the control desk. Many of the volunteers at the control desk were inexperienced, and when things fell behind, they weren't sure what to do. Marguerite is an experienced tournament director, and when things fell behind, she was the one who basically started getting matches out, calling them individually on the loudspeaker. I watched, and she was doing the work of about five others. I told her that, if not for her, instead of four hours behind it would have been eight! (This is not to disparage others, who also worked hard, including some experienced ones. But Marguerite was like Wonder Woman this tournament.)"</span></span></li> <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/Features/2022/January/14/USATT-Announces-The-Everyone-In-Umpire-Development-Program" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Announces the ‘Everyone In’ Umpire Development Program</a>. (This went in late in last week's blog.) One thing I don't get - it says the program encourages everyone to be an umpire "Regardless of Age...." But then it says it's "targeting all genders under age 40." </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/kanak-jha-extends-contract-with-ttf-liebherr-ochsenhausen/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Kanak Jha Extends Contract With TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen</a></span></span></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/changing-of-the-guard-chuqin-and-manyu-win-in-macao/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Changing of the Guard?: Chuqin and Manyu Win 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/upsets-in-macao-as-fan-zhendong-and-ma-long-fall/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Upsets in Macao as Fan Zhendong and Ma Long Fall</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-table-tennis-america-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">WAB Club Feature: Table Tennis America</a></span></span></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/franziska-wins-wtt-feeder-dusseldorf-ii/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Franziska Wins WTT Feeder Dusseldorf II</a></span></span></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/dusseldorf-tops-ochsenhausen-in-ttbl-action/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Dusseldorf Tops Ochsenhausen in TTBL Action</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTTC Interviews</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/wttc-interviews-fan-zhendong/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Fan Zhendong</a></span></span></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/wttc-interviews-suthasini-sawettabut/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Suthasini Sawettabut</a></span></span></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/wttc-interviews-qiu-dang/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Qiu Dang</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/01/24/first-part-2022-world-table-tennis-calendar-unveiled/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">First Part of 2022 World Table Tennis Calendar 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/2022/01/24/educationday-table-tennis-catalyst-education/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Education Day: Table Tennis, a Catalyst for Education</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/latest" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">World Table Tennis News</a> (including WTT Macao results, news, and video)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's their <a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">news page</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ittfchannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">video page</a> ("World Table Tennis") and <a href="https://www.ittf.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">home page</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"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span> </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Come-Back Serve and Cup Smash</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/100055787366677/videos/952741185666080" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (41 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Bob The Ping Pong Hitman</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=glDUzyPkKLs&amp;ab_channel=BadTunaBob" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (3 min)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Great Point with Unbelievable Ending</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/groups/TableTennisWorld/?multi_permalinks=2129680253851732&amp;notif_id=1642045563749591&amp;notif_t=group_highlights&amp;ref=notif" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (29 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Wanna Buy a $7000 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.touchofmodern.com/sales/99248?offer_code=emailonly_iconic_30off_119&amp;open=1&amp;auth=20ce24e8f3869f14eddddfcd1d5e9cf092f5b066&amp;esp=sendgrid&amp;open=1&amp;sid=d1fe2dc4-d613-4672-87e7-e805f3a32f65&amp;utm_campaign=103974&amp;utm_content=6&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=tomomailer&amp;utm_term=https://www.touchofmodern.com/sales/99248?offer_code=emailonly_iconic_30off_119&amp;open=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here you go</a> - with some as cheap as $5115!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Wanna Buy Some Interesting Table Tennis Posters?</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/s/table+tennis+posters" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the Zazzle page</a>! (No, I don't get any percentage from this!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Founding Fathers Were Clear, You Must Win By Two</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://godaddyandthesquirrelmustbothdie.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/june03-the-founding-fathers-were-clear-you-must-win-by-two-new-yorker-cartoon_u-l-po6ffl0.jpg?w=730" 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>You're Not Taking This Policy Meeting Seriously Enough</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/lowres.cartoonstock.com/hobbies-leisure-policy_meeting-meeting-boardroom-board-executive-jnan3634_low.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">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>I Wish This Game Gave <i>Me</i> Some Opportunity for Cardio</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://images.cartoonstock.com/lowres/entertainment-sport-cardio-workout-exercise-table_tennis-CS551147_low.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the cartoon</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 01/24/2022 - 17:46</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 24 Jan 2022 17:46:03 +0000 Larry Hodges 3348 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3348#comments January 17, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3346 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">January 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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3345" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Most Important Reason for a Match Coach</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Junior Ratings and Rankings</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">One of my pet peeves is when the junior rankings include non-juniors because of database mistakes. I don't blame USATT or others for this, but I do like to see them fixed up. When I find them, I periodically email USATT to let them know, and they always fix them up. I emailed about a number of new ones on Dec. 27, and I'm sure they'll fix them up soon. But until then, here's what you find if you do an age search - and what sponsors see when considering sponsoring a junior player. (These mistakes often happen when players or tournament directors mistakenly put in the current date for DOB.) </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Let's start by going to the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/ratings" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Ratings page</a>, and click on <a href="https://usatt.simplycompete.com/userAccount/s2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Browse Individual Ratings</a>. Set Citizenship to USA. Set Gender to Male (for now). Set Max Age to 13. The click on Search. I like this listing - it includes Stanley Hsu, Mu Du, Ryan Lin, and Winston Wu (ranked #1, 5, 6, 12), all from my club. But wait . . . what's Hiep Tran (2136) doing at #8? I know him - he's 50 years old and has played USATT tournaments since 1998!!! (So move Winston up to #11, and everyone else below Hiep moves up a spot.) But how far does this go down? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">ADDENDUM: USATT has acted on some of these. Hiep Tran and some of the others below no longer appear. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Let's set Max Age to 12. Hiep is now #4 in the country! (Take him out, and Ryan and Winston are #2 and #5. Patryk Zyworonek turns 13 in February, Charles Shen in April, after which they move up to #1 and #3 - with Winston one point behind Kef Noorani.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Let's set Max Age to 11. Hiep, it took you five decades, but you are now #1 in the country in Under 11!!! But wait a minute - who is this Wesley Pritchett at #3? He's been playing USATT tournaments since 2012, about the year he supposedly was born!!! (Kef, you are sandwiched by old guys.) So he's not eligible either. Neither is #7, Dmitri Greydinger, who has been playing tournaments since 1995. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Let's set Max Age to 10. Now Hiep, Wesley, and Dmitri are #1, 2, and 4 in the country.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Let's set Max Age to 9. Now Hiep, Wesley, and Dmitri are #1, 2, and 3. #4 is Norman Lehr, whose first rating was 1165 in 2015 when he would have been about two. #5 is Robert Gabay, who has been playing tournaments since 2012. (His first tournament was the 2012 MDTTC October Open, which I ran almost ten years ago.) So the top five boys in the country for Under 9 are all well over age 9. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Let's jump down Max Age at 5. We get five players - Wesley, Dmitri, Norman, Robert, and a new player, Mark Yelavich, who has been playing tournaments since 2010, about seven years before he was apparently born. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Let's do one more test, keeping Max Age at 5. Go back to the top and change Citizenship to Any Country, and set Gender to Any. Click Search. Now we get 21 players, all supposedly under age five, with ratings ranging up to (gulp) 2622!!! (Others have ratings of 2426, 2057, 1952, 1927, and so on.) China may be the best in the world, but USA dominates among four-year-olds!!! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Hopefully USATT will fix these soon. </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 somehow injured my foot while walking down stairs a few days ago. So, on Saturday, I was hobbling about, wearing running shoes for support instead of my usual table tennis shoes. I spent most of each session feeding multiball, which was tricky, since in my running shoes I'm an inch taller and it throws off my control built up from 40+ years of feeding multiball. But I adjusted, and did a wide variety of drills with a multitude of kids. And then the snow came, and the Sunday sessions were cancelled. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>University of Maryland Fundraising for the Nationals NCTTA Championship</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-the-nationals-nctta-championship" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the GoFundMe page</a>. "We are in need of funds to travel to Round-Rock, Austin, Texas during late March-early April 2022 to compete in the NCTTA National Championship."</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"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/January/11/USATT-Announces-2021-Coaching-Excellence-Awards" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Announces 2021 Coaching Excellence Awards</a></span></span></li> <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/Features/2022/January/11/Sean-ONeill-to-Receive-USATT-Outstanding-Teamwork-Award" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sean O'Neill to Receive USATT Outstanding Teamwork Award</a> - "The award presentation comes as O’Neill announced his intent to step aside as USATT’s High Performance Director, a position he has held since September of 2019, to support the creation of the first full-time National Head Coach position [Gao Jun]."</span></span></li> <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/Features/2022/January/14/USATT-Announces-The-Everyone-In-Umpire-Development-Program" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Announces The "Everyone In" Umpire Development Program</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/January/12/USATT-TO-RELOCATE-NATIONAL-HEADQUARTERS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT to Relocate National Headquarters</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Aruna Quadri vs Kanak Jha | German 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=3wcfXseBlLU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (5:47).</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-daniel-gonzalez-handspeed-reaction-exercise/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Handspeed &amp; Reaction Exercise</a> (24 sec) with Daniel Gonzalez</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-edward-ly-backhand-to-backhand-drill/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Backhand To Backhand Drill</a> (61 sec) with Edward Ly</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-jabdiel-torres-stroke-chemistry-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Stroke Chemistry &amp; Footwork</a> (61 sec) with Jabdiel Torres, commentary by 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-edward-ly-3-point-forehand-drill/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">3 Point Forehand Drill</a> (68 sec) with Edward Ly</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-angel-naranjo-forehand-loop-close-mid-range/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Forehand Loop Close &amp; Mid Range</a> (76 sec) with Angel Naranjo</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/optimist-vs-pessimist" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Optimist vs Pessimist</a> (3:26)</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/twiddling" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Twiddling</a></span></span></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/weak-points" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Weak Points</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/tournament-coaching" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tournament Coaching</a></span></span></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/new-coaching-videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">New Coaching Videos</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/new-practice-videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">New Practice Videos</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/morning-news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Morning News!</a> (Fox 8 on Tuesday morning)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Learn the Basic Forehand Drive Table Tennis Technique</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=5awFA4FGD4k&amp;ab_channel=MHTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (1:44) from Matt Hetherington. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Psychology Guide</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://tabletennistop.com/table-tennis-psychology-guide/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the guide</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>Push or Flick?</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/push-or-flick/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article and videos</a> from Tom Lodziak. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Force, Friction, and Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://t3atl.com/force-friction-and-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (6:10) from Coach Jon. "Every shot is a combination of force and friction. Getting the right ratio is a key to consistency."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>4 Steps with Dimitrij Ovtcharov to Learn the World's Best Tomahawk Serve</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHqUS1xCpqU&amp;ab_channel=TTSmashCity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (4:14). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Win Against ANY opponent - Weakness of EVERYONE</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are the videos from Geoffrey Cheng.</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=dkzcScQ57W8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Part 1</a> (24:02)</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=hB0m_ROUZ80&amp;ab_channel=GeoffreyCheng" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Part 2</a> (25:45)</span></span></li> </ul> <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/watch?v=QBhM733BjPs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Slow motion: high speed camera for biomechanical analysis">Slow motion: high speed camera for biomechanical analysis</a> (29:29)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqD3_StQCjs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Table Tennis Tracker.">Table Tennis Tracker</a> (5:29)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ping Sunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/xu-xin-wife-family-childhood/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Xu Xin's Childhood, wife and family</a></span></span></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/xu-xin-equipment-profile-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Xu Xin 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/vladimir-samsonov-equipment-and-profile/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Vladimir Samsonov Equipment and Profile</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/chinese-national-table-tennis-team/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Chinese National Table Tennis Team</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/pro-equipment-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Equipment of Professional Table Tennis Players</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>VLOG - German Cup Finals 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=fItQ7EgoNjU&amp;ab_channel=TimoBoll" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the vlog</a> (5:24) from Timo Boll. </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" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the latest questions</a> for PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Off-Table Backhand Sidespin Counterloops</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=609313866976118" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (9 sec) - why aren't you practicing this?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>A Good Group Warmup Exercise?</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=476145824092173" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (39 sec).</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>NCTTA Singles Registration is OPEN!</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/nctta-singles-registration-open-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the info page</a> from the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTTC Interviews</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/wttc-interviews-kanak-jha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Kanak Jha</a> (USA, world #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://butterflyonline.com/wttc-interviews-kristian-karlsson/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Kristian Karlsson</a> (SWE, world #29)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wttc-interviews-anton-kallberg/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Anton Kallberg</a> (SWE, world #41)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Princeton Pong January Open Post-Finals Match Interview With Nigerian Team's Ojo Onaolapo</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=QMBQ7CWGhfk&amp;ab_channel=PrincetonPongAlhasan" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (11:41). See also <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/aditya-sareen-usatt-rating-2577-at-13-years-and-eight-month/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Aditya Sareen and Ojo Onaolapo dominate at Princeton Pong 2022 January Open</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/ochsenhausen-and-dusseldorf-rough-starts-to-second-half/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ochsenhausen and Dusseldorf Rough Starts to Second Half</a></span></span></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/gardos-and-afanador-headline-at-wtt-feeder-dusseldorf/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Gardos and Afanador Headline at WTT Feeder Dusseldorf</a></span></span></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-featured-club-canadian-elite-table-tennis-training-centre-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">WAB Featured Club: Canadian Elite Table Tennis Training Centre</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New ITTF President Sörling Lays Out Sustainability Vision</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://sustainabilityreport.com/2022/01/13/new-ittf-president-sorling-lays-out-sustainability-vision/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a>.</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/2022/01/11/2022-world-team-table-tennis-championships-finals-confirmed-april/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2022 World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals Confirmed in April</a> (in Chengdu)</span></span></li> <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/2022/01/10/expressions-interest-open-2022-ittf-world-veterans-tour/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Expressions of Interest Open for 2022 ITTF World Veterans Tour</a></span></span></li> <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/2022/01/17/new-continental-council-held-first-meeting/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">New Continental Council Held Its First Meeting</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's their <a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">news page</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ittfchannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">video page</a> ("World Table Tennis") and <a href="https://www.ittf.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">home page</a>.</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=_7Zojy5ge9c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Incredible Plays in Table Tennis [HD]">Incredible Plays in Table Tennis</a> (5:12)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9esBHb7fN9A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Amazing Skills in Table Tennis [HD]">Amazing Skills in Table Tennis</a> (4:30) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7rPaDB4hEE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="1 in a Million Table Tennis Rallies [HD]">1 in a Million Table Tennis Rallies</a> (8:10)</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>U.S. Open Highlights with Rachel Wang</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/u-s-open-highlights-with-rachel-wang/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (1:49). She is a member of the US Under 15 Girls' Team. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Why A Professor Plays 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=61MYOplxips&amp;ab_channel=BeyondTheTable" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (4:34). The video features Dr. Howard Lasnik, a linguistic professor at the University of Maryland, who is asked why he chose table tennis over other sports. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>What Ping-Pong Taught Me About Life</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/2022/01/what-ping-pong-taught-me-about-life" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (12:33) featuring Pico Iyer of England. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Never Give Up - and This Year's Luckiest Shot?</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/groups/TableTennisWorld/posts/2125358447617246/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">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>Can You Succeed in the Table Tennis Challenge?</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=9vG31u7ERDs&amp;ab_channel=%E6%AC%A2%E4%B9%90%E4%B8%80%E5%AE%B6%E4%BA%BA-Funnyfamily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (23 sec) - pie in the face if you miss!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tongue 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/watch?v=251251707083891" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (20 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>A Year of a Ping Pong 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/watch?v=Nm9pbGXx150&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (11:31) from Adam Bobrow! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - Part 2 of Odyssey Interview and Another Science Fiction Story Sale</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was interviewed recently about my science fiction writing by the Odyssey Writing Workshop. I linked to <a href="https://odysseyworkshop.wordpress.com/2022/01/10/interview-graduate-larry-hodges-part-1-of-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Part 1</a> last week (which included my "Twenty-Point Short Story Writing System"). Here's <a href="https://odysseyworkshop.wordpress.com/2022/01/17/interview-graduate-larry-hodges-part-2-of-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Part 2</a>, where I talk about how I came to write a recent story, challenges faced in writing SF, and my biggest weaknesses as an SF writer. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I sold another science fiction story yesterday, "Death Message" to Martian Magazine - where prisoners in a ship use the deadliest form of communication to send a message. It's my 125th short story sale, plus an even 40 resales and four novels. It's also my fifth sale in six weeks, so I'm on a pretty good run. (One strange thing - I'm sometimes asked how much I pay to get these published! It's the other way around - I get paid by magazines for these stories. How much depends on the magazine and the length of the story. Some payments are rather low, but most range from $50 to $500, with my highest payment for a story $1000.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 01/17/2022 - 17:51</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 Jan 2022 17:51:59 +0000 Larry Hodges 3346 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3346#comments January 10, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3344 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">January 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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3342" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Take the Weird Styles Pledge</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Serving Tactics</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One of the things you learn as you play more - assuming you are a student of the game - is to get a feel for what serves work at what times. Someone asked me about this, and I used as an example two serves at a key moment in an international match I recently coached at the America's Hopes in Cuenca, Ecuador. I was coaching Ryan Lin, who was the top-rated 11-year-old in the country at the time. (He's 2176 and recently turned 12.) I will call the other player</span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"> "Doe." Doe was also the best of his age from his country and was rated/seeded higher. At 8-8 in the fifth, with Ryan serving, I called a timeout, both so Ryan could relax and clear his mind, and to discuss what two serves to use. (I initially wrote this calling Ryan as "John," but he and his father said I could go ahead and use his name.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Doe had been a bit passive on his backhand receive, and Ryan and I both agreed we should start out with a slightly long dead ball to the backhand. If Doe pushed or spun it soft, as we expected, Ryan would jump on it. The problem was, what to do for the second serve? If you go long again, Doe would likely jump on it, and he'd been dropping Ryan's short serves back effectively. What to do? Since there weren't any other great options, we decided the second serve would be short no-spin to the middle. This cuts off the angles, and by going no-spin, it's a bit trickier to drop short than backspin. And yet, I wasn't too comfortable with the call - I was pretty sure Doe would drop it short, and Ryan would lose the serve advantage. (The key problem here was Doe's return of serve was very good.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Ryan goes back and does the deep dead ball - and Doe softly spins it off. Ryan now leads 9-8 - and alarms go off in my head. Years of experience tell me that Doe is playing cautious, lifting the ball softly. What does this mean? It means that if we give him another long serve, he'll likely lift it as well. That means no backspin serves. And he'd likely adjust if we give him another slightly long dead ball. But if we serve side-top slightly long, his natural instinct might be to lift it off - except at this point, he's seen all of Ryan's normal serves, and would likely adjust. And then a flashbulb goes off in my head - it's time for Ryan to bring out his not-that-good-yet backhand serve! (It's since improved.) He was just starting to work on it, and didn't have much variation - it was mostly a slightly long side-top. But the two key things were 1) it was side-top, and 2) Doe hadn't seen it. What did the latter mean? It meant that, while the serve itself might not fool him, the very fact that it was new would likely get him to fall into his natural tendency, which at this point was to lift the ball. And if he did that, he'd likely go off. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">If Ryan were on my side of the table, he'd have probably served the short no-spin serve, and Doe likely would have dropped it short. But he was on the far side, facing me, with Doe's back to me. So I waved my arm to get his attention, and did a backhand serve motion. Ryan saw it, stared for a second, then nodded. He did his backhand for the first time in the match - and sure enough, Doe softly spun it off! (I was incredibly nervous as Ryan served - imagine if Doe had looped that serve in!) Even if the ball had hit, it was a soft return and Ryan was ready to rip it. Up 10-8, Ryan won the next point to win 11-8 in the fifth. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">A key thing here is that we didn't call timeout until 8-all in the fifth. Why? Because Ryan, even though only eleven, was already an experienced veteran, and with coaches regularly talking to him about serve selection and tactics, he pretty much knew what serves and tactics to use throughout, though we did discuss them between games. (It's always a threshold moment when an up-and-coming junior begins to really understand these things and learns to play consistently smart - and can even discuss the tactics afterwards.) </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">After a few weeks' break, we started up the new training season this past weekend. For me, it was an extremely multiball-heavy weekend as I fed balls to seemingly every player in the club. Since some had been off for a few weeks, I focused on fundamental skills, especially with the lower-rated players. One focus - I kept harping with several players about having "active feet" - too often they just stood there, and only moved if they had to. The key is to <i>always</i> move - even if it's an inch. Even if you don't have to move at all, you should start to move (with a light flexing of the knees), as it's much quicker to start to move and then see where to move, than to wait to see if you have to move, and then start the process late. I also worked with a chopper, with various topspin feeds to work on his fundamental chopping skills. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Sports Mask</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">A few days ago I ordered a special "sports mask," designed for sports in this age of Covid. It was supposed to make breathing easier. The problem was - it did so by having essentially giving no Covid protection! It was basically a thin mesh, one layer, with holes noticeably large enough to see, and easy to breath through. From a few feet away, it looked like a normal mask for use against Covid, but as protection against spreading Covid, it was useless. I'm not going to provide the link as there might be some tempted to order them just for show!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Five-Star Tournament Task Force</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As noted previously blog, here's the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/December/28/USATT-Announces-Formation-of-Five-Star-Tournament-Task-Force" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT news item</a> on this. They met this past week on Tues and Wed nights. I keep thinking I dodged a bullet here. Since I'm pretty experienced in these matters - I've run 203 USATT tournaments and did operations/scheduling for two US Opens with Donna Sakai - I'm a bit surprised I wasn't asked to serve on the task force. Not only would I have good input for them, but it would have been smart on USATT's part. I've criticized them a lot for what happened at the US Open - and what better way to both silence me and perhaps improve the Open then by putting me on the task force? But since I'm not on it, I'll stay out of it, and just wait and see if they fix the problems when the Nationals come up in July. Why did I dodge a bullet? Because this is the type of thing where, if I'd been asked initially, I'd have felt obligated to join in, since I'd written so much about the problems. And if I had been on the task force, I would have been all in, and would have put in a LOT of time and effort on it. Instead, I can put all that time and effort into other things. So I did dodge a bullet. (No, I'm not interested in being added now - that time has passed.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Announces Coaching Staff</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/Features/2022/January/05/USATT-Announces-National-Team-Coaching-Staff" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Announces National Team Coaching Staff</a></span></span></li> <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/Features/2022/January/10/USATT-Announces-US-Para-National-Team-Coaching-Staff" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Announces US Para National Team Coaching Staff</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Stanley Hsu's Forehand &amp; Footwork</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=1091038388103206" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (19 sec). Note the crossover step to cover the wide forehand, and the fast recovery. (Stanley is #1 in the US in 13 and Under. He started out in my beginning class, and (along with other coaches) I still work with him sometimes in group sessions and at tournaments. But I don't beat him anymore!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Serve Tips No One Tells You</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=7_0mRZhd1Gk&amp;ab_channel=PechPongTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (15:10) from Seth Pech. This is a must see!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Basic Shakehand and Traditional Penhold Grip</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=hkPTz3kQpeY&amp;ab_channel=MHTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (4:04) from Matt Hetherington. They've also launched a new app: "The JOOLA Infinity App has launched, and in these coming weeks I will be uploading some of the basics series of videos from the platform that I created."</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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZC3SV4FTME&amp;ab_channel=samsondubina" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Best Table Tennis Excuses</a> (8:27)</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/winning-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Winning Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/making-peace-edge" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Making Peace with the Edge</a> - Learn to deal with half-long balls</span></span></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/table-tennis-recognition" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Recognition</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New Butterfly Training Videos, Commentaries by Brian Pace</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-estefania-amicus-training-for-forehand-loop-neutral-position/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Amicus Training for Forehand Loop Neutral</a> (2 min) Position with Estefania</span></span></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-falkenburg-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Falkenburg Footwork</a> (1:37) with Jinxin 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-darryl-tsao-2-aspect-level-training-drills/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2 Aspect Level Training Drills</a> (1:46) with Darryl Tsao</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/fan-zhendong-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Fan Zhendong 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/timo-boll-equipment-and-playingstyle/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Timo Boll 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/patrick-franziska-equipment-and-playing-style/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Patrick Franziska 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/score-rule-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Why 21 and 11 points 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/ping-pong-equipment-beginner/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Basic Equipment for Beginners</a></span></span></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/table-tennis-rubber/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">How to Choose Your Table Tennis Rubber</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 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=WUsjlYrGUX4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Table tennis training third ball">Table tennis training third ball</a> (2:08)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuSsfHqQrg0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Table Tennis video analysis for training.">Table tennis video analysis for training</a> (26 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=zBhCu-C9_D0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Table Tennis Waldner VS He Zhi Wen.">Table tennis Waldner VS He Zhi Wen</a> (3:36)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGEiIJE5DJo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Table tennis Stefan and Karlsson AMAZING PARTY SHOW">Table tennis Stefan and Karlsson AMAZING PARTY SHOW</a> (10:04)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Two Easy But Effective Drills</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://t3atl.com/two-easy-but-effective-drills/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (9:31) from Coach Jon. </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" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the latest questions</a> for PingSkills. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTTC Interviews Timo Boll</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wttc-interviews-timo-boll/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the interview</a> with the world #10 (formerly world #1) from Germany. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTTC Interviews Adriana Diaz</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wttc-interviews-adriana-diaz/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the interview</a> with the world #17 from Puerto Rico. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Table-Tennis Player Recounts Pairing with Chinese Team</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202201/03/WS61d27adba310cdd39bc7ec60.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article and video</a> (2:48) from the China Daily (in English). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USA Ping Pong Diplomacy USA-China Pairs Practice Match for Worlds</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fz_W5k9W-8&amp;ab_channel=LeonLibin" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (10:41). At the start, that's Lily Zhang and Lin Gaoyuan on the left facing Kanak Jha and Wang Manyu. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Don't FORGET--NCTTA Eligibility</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/dont-forget-nctta-eligibility" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> from the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association. "Anyone who intends on playing in Regionals must be on this form and have been listed on a roster for the teams that they will play for."</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-broward-table-tennis-club-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">WAB Club Feature: Broward 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/franziskas-saarbrucken-squad-wins-german-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Franziska's Saarbrucken Squad Wins German Cup</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2021 US Open</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/usa-open-2021-las-vegas-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> by Steve Moreno of Puerto Rico.</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/2022/01/06/ittf-group-kick-starts-2022-wtt-events-germany/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF Group Kick-Starts 2022 with WTT Events in Germany</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's their <a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">news page</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ittfchannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">video page</a> ("World Table Tennis") and <a href="https://www.ittf.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">home page</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>Four Saves and a Rip</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/1263673401/videos/350963566428207" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (14 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table 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=4571738262949137" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (25 sec)!</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/1525524977/videos/1970050796508729" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (13 sec) - imagine how good this kid's going to be when he's tall enough to play on a regular table!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Spider-Man vs. Spider-Man</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=3199166930315826" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (3:59)! Here's an entire page of <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/spiderman-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Spider-Man Table Tennis</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Beetle Bailey - "Are You Ready to Get Clobbered?"</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://comicskingdom.com/beetle-bailey-1/2022-01-09" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the Beetle Bailey comic</a> from yesterday (Sunday, Jan. 9)! It joins a long line of other <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/Beetle-Bailey" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Beetle Bailey table tennis comics</a>, which includes an explanation for why there are so many. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Science Fiction and Table Tennis - Interview with Odyssey Graduate Larry Hodges and Other SF Matters</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://odysseyworkshop.wordpress.com/2022/01/10/interview-graduate-larry-hodges-part-1-of-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the interview</a>, Part 1, about my science fiction writing. (Part 2 comes out next Monday.) <a href="https://www.odysseyworkshop.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Odyssey</a> is the six-week science fiction &amp; fantasy writing workshop I attended in 2006. I also attend the annual nine-day writing workshops for graduates every July - I've been to twelve of them, including the last nine in a row. I've actually been interviewed in the science fiction world more often than in the table tennis world - see the interview links after <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/about#About%20Larry%20Hodges" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">my bio</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larryhodges.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">On my science fiction page</a>, I blogged about my science fiction writing year in review. It includes a listing at the end of my table tennis travels in 2021. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On a related note, I have a rather long science fiction story that was making the rounds, "First Galactic Table Tennis Championships." It's literally the story of just that, as the best table tennis players from around the galaxy all compete at these championships, held in Beijing about 200 years from now. It's full of intrigue and betrayals, and lots of crazy aliens. It's 10,000 words, about 40 pages double-spaced. I think I just sold the story - the editor of a SF magazine I submitted it to just wrote me, "We definitely are interested in this story. As long as it is, I will have to decide which issue it can fit into. I'll be back in touch with you most likely long before the end of October. Thank you for sending it to us!" </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 01/10/2022 - 18:41</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 10 Jan 2022 18:41:35 +0000 Larry Hodges 3344 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3344#comments January 3, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3341 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">January 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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3340" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Outcome Versus Process</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Usual USATT Rundown</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Sometimes, when I think about USA Table Tennis, I just want to cry out, "<a href="https://youtu.be/-yZHveWFvqM?t=8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT, USATT, USATT!</a>" :) Here's a quick rundown, hopefully the last one for a while, other than general news. But we'll start with the positive. (Skip ahead if not interested in USATT issues.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>USATT 2021 Year in Review</b>. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/usatabletennis/videos/355468342578959" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (17 min).</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>USATT Athlete Elections</b>. <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/December/31/USATT-Elite-Athlete-Elections-Certified-Nomination-Period-for-Third-and-Fourth-Athlete-Positions" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT First and Second Elite Athlete Elections Certified – Nomination Period for Third and Fourth Athlete Positions Opens</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>USATT Announces 2021 All-American Honors. </b><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/December/28/USATT-Announces-2021-All-American-Honors" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the announcement</a>! Three of the players named are from MDTTC and started out with me, and I still work with them in groups sessions and coach at tournaments - Stanley Hsu, Mu Du, and Ryan Lin. (But they work extensively with the rest of the MDTTC staff.) I've also worked with a number of others in camps and tournaments recently in Ecuador and Jordan, and in past USATT camps. Congrats to all! (Interesting note - I've coached or coached against all 17 of the boys, and 11 of the 17 girls.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>USATT Board Chair of the Board</b>. Back in February, 2020, Richard Char was <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/Tournaments/2020/USATT---Minutes-of-the-Board---20-02-26a.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=66D440B9F8A786D3B618A3A29697BA14BD361527" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">elected chair of the USATT Interim Board</a>. The "Permanent" board took office in January, 2021. At that point, there should have been an election for chair of the board since Char had only been elected chair of the <i>Interim</i> board. However - they didn't hold the election. There were complaints about this, including comments some of us remember (such as by Willy Leparulo, president of NCTTA) in the comment section of USATT Board Zoom meetings. Long-time former Rules Chair and International Referee Kagin Lee emailed the board about this on March 28, 2021, saying, "The chair's term expired at the end of 2020 and there should have been an election of a new/renewed chair at the first meeting of the year." While nothing is in writing, I remember it being explained that Char had been appointed to a two-year term, ending in February, 2022, which is next month. When the athlete elections for four board spots began a few weeks ago, this was a key issue - who should be the next chair, with the upcoming election in February. Many of them were not happy in the direction of USATT and might favor a new chair. With four new athlete reps replacing the two current ones (USOPC required the increase), the board was about to change dramatically. So what happened? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On Dec. 6, out of the blue, there was a notice in the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/USATT/Agenda-and-Notices" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Agenda and Notices page</a> that there would be a USATT Board Meeting <i>that night</i>, with election of the Chair of the Board on the agenda. At the meeting, Char admitted that there should have been an election in January, 2021, but said that he "forgot" - that's a direct quote. (Will it be in the minutes? We'll see. I'm guessing no.) So he, the CEO, and the two USATT lawyers all forgot about this, despite reminders at Zoom meetings and Kagin's email, until they were faced with an election that might bring in four athlete reps who might not support them? Okay. There was little time for anyone else to consider running against him or put together any campaign. He ran unopposed and won, I believe 5-2. (Take out the two current athlete reps who voted for him, add in four athlete reps who likely won't, and suddenly it's 3-6. For further perspective, only one of the five who voted for him was actually elected to the board.) They did make his term only through January, 2023, when his term would have ended if they had held the election in January, 2021. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">So, what are the odds that they really "forgot" about the election, as opposed to interpreting Char's initial term as a two-year term, but changing that interpretation when it became convenient? You can judge for yourself, but there's no way of reading their minds. But let me quote from the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/USATT/Staff-and-Volunteers-Code-of-Ethics" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Staff and Volunteers Code of Ethics</a>: </span></span></p> <blockquote><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Recognize that even the appearance of misconduct or impropriety can be very damaging to the reputation of the USATT and act accordingly."</span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">An argument for holding the election as soon as they "remembered" it was that, until they did so, there was no elected board chair. (I won't get into the legality of nearly a year of board meetings without an elected chair, by this new interpretation.) And so, yes, they should have held the belated election as soon as they "remembered" it - but with one catch. Since it was their mistake, then rather than have outgoing board members choose the chair for the incoming board members, and thereby saddle the board with a chair most did not vote for, they should have simply voted for another "interim" chair, through February (and so after the athlete elections), and then hold a new election for chair at that time. Then, whoever wins - whether it be Char or someone else - would truly represent the board. Isn't that what we want? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>USATT Membership</b>. I keep hearing celebratory talk of USATT having "record membership." They claim membership this past year shot up from 4600 to 8900. <i>That's a good thing!</i> But let's take it in perspective. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">First, the reason membership was down to 4600 was because of the pandemic. It's normally around 8000 or so. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Second, 8900 is not a record. Membership broke 10,000 twice. It did so circa 2005, but then they raised membership rates from $25 to $40, and lost 2500 members in a year. (In 2021 dollars, that's raising the rate from about $36 to $57.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Third, the recent increase is the obvious result from dropping the basic membership rate from $75/year to $25/year, the reverse of what they did in 2005. In 2005, IMHO they raised it too much too quickly; this time, again IMHO, they dropped it way too much. The result is that to get the same revenue at $25/year as $75/year they need <i>triple</i> the membership. Perhaps $40 to $50/year would be a good number for basic membership. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>"Discussions" with Virginia.</b> At the US Open, as I walked out of the playing hall and down the hallway back to the hotel, I was confronted by USATT CEO Virginia Sung on several issues. (This was in a public place, witnessed by one board member who listened in and numerous others who walked by, with neither of us saying it was off the record, so there's no expectation of privacy here.) I'm still debating whether to give the blow-by-blow - but much of it would end up being my word vs. hers. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It all started with her again claiming she wasn't "involved" in the High Performance Committee's change of the Selection Rules, a big issue from a year or so back. She had called me on the phone and convinced me to take out that mention in my blog, saying it wasn't true, that she hadn't been involved in it, and talked me into doing so, despite two people telling me she had. As it turned out, she had argued for it in a Zoom meeting and in an email to the HPC, and after the 3-2 vote, one of the members even emailed that Virginia had convinced her to change her vote - so she was heavily involved, as my initial blog said, and as I wrote in the following blog once I had more info. (I also made a mistake - I thought the video of Virginia arguing for the change was at the meeting where they took the vote, but it was at a different meeting. But that doesn't change the substance of the argument.) She now says that when she said she wasn't "involved," she meant she hadn't voted on it - but of course she didn't vote for it, since she's not on the HPC, but my blog never said she voted on it, only that she was very involved, which she was. (Involved: "having a part in something; actively participating in something.") </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">She also insisted that she had no choice but to get involved in the HPC's discussions on this, that she is required by the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/usatt/bylaws" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Bylaws</a> to do so - and she was surprised, even scornful that I didn't know this. I looked this up in the Bylaws, and later went back to her and pointed out this wasn't true - see pages 33 (Section 9.16. High Performance Committee and Para High Performance Committee) and 45 (ARTICLE XIV CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER). The closest thing is the HPC is required to make recommendations to the CEO, not the other way around. When I pointed this out to her, she quickly changed to saying she felt that, as CEO, she should get involved - which was completely different from what she had been arguing before. (But as I wrote last week, I'd rather a CEO who focuses on the big picture and on raising money, and stays out of these issues.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We discussed other issues - some covered in my previous blog - but I don't think it's going to accomplish anything giving the blow-by-blow. I really don't like writing about these types of USATT issues. Anyone want to talk about ball placement? :)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>US Open</b>. <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3339" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">In my blog last week</a>, I wrote about the problems with the US Open. In the following days I did some updates. The number of confirmed Covid cases is now at 31 (though of course there are actually far more, as these are just those who were tested and who announced they were positive); I added a long paragraph under "Scheduling" on how to stop the cascading effect; and added two segments, "Loudspeaker" and "Event Finishing Day." </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<b>USATT Youth Trials Petition</b>. This morning I was sent the <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/Junior-Trials-Petition-2022.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2022 Junior Trials Petition</a>. When it was sent to me, I did make a few editorial suggestions, but I didn't originate the petition, nor did I see or know about it until this morning. When I got the final copy, I put it online on my own. The petition pretty much speaks for itself - it's unfair that both of the US Junior Team Trials are held in the same area on one coast. IMHO, it would be better to have an annual trials at the US Nationals in July, when kids are out of school and almost all at the Nationals anyway. The petition is in response to the USATT news item of a few days ago, <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/December/28/USATT-Announces-Dates-and-Locations-for-2022-US-National-Youth-Team-Trials" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Announces Dates and Locations for 2022 US National Youth Team Trials</a>. If you agree with the petition, then I'm told you should send it to the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/usatt/board-of-directors" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Board of Directors</a>, the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/usatt/staff-directory" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">CEO and HPD</a>, and to <a href="mailto:admin@usatt.org" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">admin@usatt.org</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'm sure there are arguments for having them this way - but as usual, USATT doesn’t communicate these things as they communicate at the 1000 level. I heard they plan a USATT training camp between the two, for example, but somehow they left that out of the news item. Or perhaps they only hope to run one, and so aren't committing yet. I don't know.  We shouldn't have to ask USATT about these things - they should be telling us. Regardless, I don't think the benefits outweigh the arguments against, as noted in the petition - including the Covid problem. That's a long, expensive 11-day trip to the west coast, with lots of missed school, plus the COVID problem just recently got much worse. (31 known cases from the US Open, and that's likely just the tip of the iceberg.)  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">UPDATE - <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/January/03/USATT-Postpones-2022-US-National-Youth-Team-Trials">USATT has delayed the Youth Trials due to Covid</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Yet Still More Table Tennis Tips</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are the first three books in the series:</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/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> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Notice a pattern? Tentatively, the next two will be "Yet Still More Table Tennis Tips" and "And Yet Still More Table Tennis Tips." One big change - the first three volumes had 150 tips each, but I'm switching over to 100 tips per book. (The Tips are compiled from my weekly Tip of the Week, but put in order by topic.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I thought the next volume would be out this month, but I made a silly mistake. When I do a tip, I put it into a master volume, with a # after each tip. When I want to know how many tips I've done, I just do a count of the #'s. I reached 100 a couple weeks ago - or so I thought. Then I discovered that one tip mentioned a number of world-ranked players with their ranking, and so had 16 #'s in the tip, plus it was used two other times. So there were 18 #'s in the tips themselves, meaning I only had 82 tips!!! I should hit 100 tips on May 2, and the next volume should then come out soon afterwards. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Books I Read in 2021</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/Books-I-Read-2021-Larry-Hodges.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the listing</a>. I ended up with one book per week, at 52. It was a wide range - 21 fiction, 9 science, 13 history, 4 sports psychology, 3 writing, and but only 2 on table tennis. I have a small stack of table tennis books that came out the last two years - I should probably read them this year. But the 52 is a "down" year for me - I usually read more. For comparison, the previous four years, 2017-2020, I read 57, 84 (!), 68, and 67 books. I think I did too many crossword puzzles this year. (Plus I did a lot of science fiction writing.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New Butterfly Training 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://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tip-with-bob-chen-random-forehand-loop-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Random Forehand Loop Footwork with Bob Chen</a> (1:45).</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-truong-tu-tomahawk-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tomahawk Serve with Truong Tu</a> (2:22).</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://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-the-forehand-flip-with-rachel-wang/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Forehand Flip with Rachel Wang</a> (1:35).</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-the-penhold-backhand-flip-with-tian-ye/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Penhold Backhand Flip with Tian Ye</a> (1:14).</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://butterflyonline.com/footwork-with-tashiya-piyadasa-backhand-forehand-middle-backhand-forehand-wide/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Footwork With Tashiya Piyadasa – Backhand, Forehand Middle, Backhand Forehand Wide</a> (65 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/footwork-with-tiana-piyadasa-backhand-forehand-wide/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Footwork - Backhand, Forehand Wide with Tiana Piyadasa</a> (57 sec).</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-linda-shu-linda-shu-2021-us-open-highlights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Linda Shu 2021 US Open Highlights</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://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-top-10-videos-of-2021/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Top 10 Videos of 2021</a> by Steve Hopkins</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>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/cheater" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Cheater</a></span></span></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/11-serving-tips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">11 Serving 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://samsondubina.com/coaching/tactical-mindset" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Tactical Mindset</a></span></span></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/chopper-simulation-training" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Chopper Simulation Training</a> (55 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/videos/healthy-your-mind" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Healthy For Your Mind</a> (article and video 7:33)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/new-videos-10" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">NEW Videos</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/table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">All About Table Tennis: Many Things Have Changed</a></span></span></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/lily-zhang-playing-style-and-equipment/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lily Zhang Playing Style and Equipment</a></span></span></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/jha-kanak-usa-playing-style-and-equipment/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Kanak Jha Playing Style and Equipment</a></span></span></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/best-moments-in-table-tennis-in-2021/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Best Moment in Table Tennis in 2021</a></span></span></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/will-fan-zhendong-surpass-ma-long/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Will Fan Zhendong Surpass Ma Long?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/table-tennis-forum-pingsunday/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Best Table Tennis Forums That You Should Know</a></span></span></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/ma-long-vs-fan-zhendong-who-is-better/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong: Who Is Better?</a></span></span></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/jia-nan-yuan-playing-style-and-equipment/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Jia Nan Yuan Playing Style and Equipment</a></span></span></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/daily-routine-of-table-tennis-player/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Daily Routine of Professional Table Tennis Players</a></span></span></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/top-5-illegal-serve-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">5 Illegal Serves That You Should Know About</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eyKJ01IbE8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="happy new year 2022 (best moment in table tennis)">Happy new year 2022</a> (8:19)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S1pNtpryRM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="how to to read spin and return the serve in table tennis">How to read spin and return the serve in table tennis</a> (15:31)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su_tScXsXPw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Is it too fast ? (Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong)">Is it too fast ? (Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong)</a> (3:57)</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=x_6EAGoENxE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ip man is a master of table tennis">Ip man is a master of table tennis</a> (1:44)</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=TYataYzor3o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Quarantine diary of Chen Meng">Quarantine diary of Chen Meng</a> (3:43)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9A924pZCIU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="hidden serve in table tennis">hidden serve in table tennis</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 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=Lzp5TIBV34w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="How to make Forehand Topspin counter Topspin Loop | Tutorial">How to make Forehand Topspin counter Topspin Loop</a> (6:39)</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=1RN4GiRxmuk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Go for the community #1 | Ti Long friendly and training in Tay Ninh">Go for the community #1 | Ti Long friendly and training in Tay Ninh</a> (5:42)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEM8ZdLzMF0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="How to make Forehand Block against Forehand Loop increase spin">How to make Forehand Block against Forehand Loop increase spin</a> (7:26)</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=wdO6edB_6Tw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="How to make Backhand Block against Forehand Loop increase spin">How to make Backhand Block against Forehand Loop increase spin</a> (8:29)</span></span></li> </ul> <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/watch?v=lfZgXbLCdGg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="table tennis footwork description biomechanics">Table tennis footwork description biomechanics</a> (2:45)</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=TWS1oipzsUA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Biomechanical analysis in table tennis">Biomechanical analysis in table tennis</a> (1:09)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiz1FEENRVw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="table tennis tool basic footwork.">Table tennis tool basic footwork.</a> (60 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's the PingSkills page</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Is Table Tennis Defense Dead?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://t3atl.com/is-table-tennis-defense-dead/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (9:13) from Coach Jon. </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-triangle-badminton-and-table-tennis-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">WAB Club Feature: Triangle Badminton and Table Tennis Club</a> (article and video 31 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/2022-ittf-calendar/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2022 ITTF Calendar</a></span></span></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/new-years-resolutions-ending-the-year-rated-2100/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">New Year's Resolutions: Ending the Year Rated 2100</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2021 U.S. Open – U15 Girls Teams</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/2021-u-s-open-u15-girls-teams/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> by Isabella Xu. </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><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's their <a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">news page</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ittfchannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">video page</a> ("World Table Tennis") and <a href="https://www.ittf.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">home page</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ma Long Guides Children to Play Table Tennis in Macau</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=N5hlYdHfE1k&amp;ab_channel=MALONGFanmadeChannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (2:12). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2021 Table Tennis Rewind</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=KfA9FFIhX5E&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisMedia" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (12 min) from Table Tennis Media. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Certified Ping Pong Champ</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=0jUkEwrkksA&amp;ab_channel=BenGTV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (9:15)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Battle</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/1750586724/videos/935018460769097" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the dramatic video</a> (1:43) from PingSunday/EmRatThich!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Double-Edge Serve</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/TableTennisWorld/posts/2115567021929722/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (20 sec) from Table Tennis World! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis, Archery, and Blondie</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/authoring/2016/08/19/NOKL/ghnewsok_gallery-OK-6034933-6c1f9d1d.jpeg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">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>You Want a Pong Shirt?</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/1129111470/this-is-my-ping-pong-shirt-funny-ping" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">This is my Ping Pong Shirt</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - Another Fiction Sale</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yesterday I sold another story, "Soul Testing in Major League Baseball," to Daily Science Fiction. Forget steroids - what happens when major league baseball players sell their souls illegally to Satan to become stars? Finding ways to test for souls leads to an ever-escalating battle between players and Major League Baseball. It's my 124th short story sale and second sale to Daily SF.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 01/03/2022 - 17:49</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 03 Jan 2022 17:49:42 +0000 Larry Hodges 3341 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3341#comments December 29, 2021 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3339 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">December 29, 2021</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tips of the Week</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">December 06, 2021 - <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3335" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Bring Proper Equipment and Supplies</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">December 13, 2021 - <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3336" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Attacking the Middle is Different and Often Better Than Attacking the Corners</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">December 20, 2021 - <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3337" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">If You Play to Not Lose, You Are Playing to Lose</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">December 27, 2021 - <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3338" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Equally Comfortable Attacking or Defending</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2021 US Open . . . a Fiasco</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">To paraphrase Winston Churchill, this year's US Open, held in Las Vegas, Dec. 17-22, was a fiasco, wrapped in disaster, inside a calamity. It was the third consecutive poorly run US Open or Nationals since USATT CEO Virginia Sung took over as tournament director at the 2019 US Open, which ran many hours behind, though not as much as this year's. After a break in 2020 due to Covid, it was followed by the 2021 US Nationals in July, the worst-run Nationals in USATT history. And now we have the worst-run US Open in history. (More on that below, and why it was worse than the infamous 1990 US Open.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Plus, with the total lack of mask enforcement, it's turned into a "super-spreader," just as I predicted on Facebook on the first day. <strong>As of now, there are 34 confirmed positive tests, including US Open Women's Singles Champion Lily Zhang</strong>. (There obviously are many more - most don't announce on Facebook or even get tested.) See the segment below on this, where I list the positive tests so far. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One piece of breaking news - last night this went up: <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/December/28/USATT-Announces-Formation-of-Five-Star-Tournament-Task-Force" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Announces Formation of Five-Star Tournament Task Force</a>. More on this in the following segment. Also note that this morning I sent an email to Virginia with four questions. She responded that she was driving, and "Will not get back until late afternoon." When/if she does, I may put in an Update. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Before we go further, here are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2058" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">complete results</a>. (I'm not sure why the Men's and Women's Singles are listed as "Prelim Rounds," but if you click on them, you get the full results.) There were 745 players in the tournament, with 83 events played on 78 tables. (Many past Opens and Nationals had far more players and events.) Since I spent most of the tournament waiting for, playing, or coaching matches, I didn't see any of the top matches, so no coverage of those. </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 on the Open:</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/Features/2021/December/27/US-Open-Review-by-Steve-Hopkins" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open Review by Steve Hopkins</a></span></span></li> <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/Features/2021/December/21/US-Open-Day-Four" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 US Open Day Four: Zhang Goes Back to Back, Lei Kou Dominates</a></span></span></li> <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/Features/2021/December/20/2021-US-Open-Day-Three" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 US Open Day Three</a></span></span></li> <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/Features/2021/December/19/US-Open-Recap" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Open Recap: "It's good to be back"</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Throughout the tournament people would come up to me to exchange complaints about it, and each time it would involve a long litany of problems. I finally began to simply call it a fiasco to save time. At one point, someone came over and asked me what I thought of the tournament, and I responded the same way, "It's a fiasco." Then I looked over and saw it was Craig Krum, the hard-working but completely gob-smacked Operations Director, who admitted he was running the Open as "the largest 2-star tournament in history." Well, perhaps I wouldn't have been so blunt if I'd known it was him first, but bluntness is what was needed in such a case. Buttering it up doesn't get the message across of just how bad the tournament was. There are certain minimal expectations for a tournament such as this, and they were not met. I'm sure the USATT board will look into these problems - but only one of the nine board members was present at the tournament. As to Craig, he was highly apologetic, admitting he simply hadn't realized what he was getting into when he went from running four-star tournaments (with perhaps 200 players on maybe 20-25 tables) to five-star ones (745 players on 78) - the complexity goes up exponentially. He said he would be writing a letter of apology - see below from the U.S. Open Tournament Committee. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Writing about this tournament is among the most difficult things I've ever had to write - it makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it. Trying to find the balance between politeness and saying it like it is isn't easy. It would be a lot easier to do what many do, and just smile and say all's well. But all is not well. And I'm not the only one writing about it. Here are two threads on Facebook (there are many more) where lots of people chimed in on their experiences - and they are pretty scathing, including notes from numerous professional coaches, top players, and hall of famers. </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/larry.hodges.5/posts/10158627568973325" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Thread started by me</a> (62 comments)</span></span></li> <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/pingpongmasta/posts/10165787247620162" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Thread started by Dan Seemiller Jr.</a> (124 comments)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">USATT posted two news items on the problems with the tournament:</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/Features/2021/December/27/2021-US-Open-Letter" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2021 US OPEN LETTER By U.S. Open Tournament Committee</a></span></span></li> <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/Features/2021/December/21/USATT-2021-US-Open-Table-Tennis-Championships-Thank-You-Note-from-the-CEO" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT 2021 US Open Table Tennis Championships Thank You Note from the CEO</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The latter states, "active efforts to enforce the mandatory mask rules of Clark County, Nevada." I strongly disagree with this statement. See the Covid section below. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Personally, I was at the tournament to coach and play in two events - Hardbat Singles (where I got second for the third time - I've won it twice) and Hardbat Doubles (which I won for the 14th time at the Open or Nationals, this time with Estee Ackerman). I'm normally a sponge player but play hardbat on the side. Alas, I and my players had to play most of our matches "cold" since they fell so far behind that we never knew when we'd play. I didn't even get to see the men's or women's finals or semifinals - I was at the desk both times, waiting for matches. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There will always be some problems at tournaments. However, it is the responsibility of the tournament director to have a checklist to go through to make sure everything has been taken care of and done properly before the tournament begins. This is tournament 101, and it didn't happen. On the other hand, I'll give Virginia and Craig credit - they literally lived at the control desk most of the tournament, with Craig at the computer and Virginia often looking over his shoulder as they tried to keep the tournament running in some fashion. The tournament staff also did an incredible job in a nearly impossible situation. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Below is a rundown of what we faced as participants in the tournament. I was pretty nice in my writeups for the last two major tournaments USATT ran (2019 Open and 2021 Nationals, both poorly run), and each got progressively worse. So this time I'm putting together a literal checklist of problems, both for USATT and for participants. I debated which aspect to start with but will start with Covid.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Covid</b>. The rules were very clear - everyone must wear a mask unless they were playing, eating, or drinking. But there was no enforcement. Nor was there any social distancing. When I walked in on the first day, I saw all the unmasked people. I did a quick count of the first table area - only 6 of 22 were wearing masks. I checked the arena - only 13 of 29 wore masks. None of the four coaches coaching on the two tables wore masks. <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/2021usopen-mens-final-masks.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here is a picture of the Men's Final</a>, taken from USATT's own news item on day four. I've circled 22 people in the stands who are not wearing masks or have the masks pulled down. <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/December/19/US-Open-Recap" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here is another USATT news item</a> - note the two people prominently not wearing masks. On the second day I did another count of people in the arena at around 6PM. Of those not playing, eating, or drinking, 18 of 43 were not wearing masks.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I checked about this at the registration desk, control desk, and officials area, and all said that mask enforcement was up to the tournament director, which was Virginia. I asked her who was in charge of enforcing the rule, but she wouldn't answer, only saying, over and over, "Everyone must wear a mask." So, there was no enforcement of the rule. After the fact, there have been claims by USATT that there was enforcement, but that's simply not true. (One umpire did take it upon herself to try to enforce the rule and managed to get most of those in the first table area to put on their masks. But she had other duties and stopped after a short time.) Simple reality - if you say everyone must wear a mask but do not enforce it then the mask rule is not being enforced.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There was no serious social distancing. For much of the tournament there was a "mob" at the control desk as huge numbers of players tried to find out about their matches as the tournament fell many hours behind. The people at the control desk were also close together with no social distancing. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">USATT did provide free Covid testing onsite, which was a good thing. I took the test and was negative. But it's likely that only a small minority of the huge number of people at the Open took the free test. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I wrote a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/larry.hodges.5/posts/10158627568973325" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Facebook posting</a> about this the very first night, which starts off, "I'm worried that the US Open Table Tennis Championships here in Las Vegas is going to turn into a super-spreader event for Covid." I was right to be concerned. I know of at least <strong><s>13</s> <s>15</s> <s>21</s> <s>24</s> <s>26</s> <s>27</s> <s>29</s> <s>30</s> <s>31</s> 34 people so far who have tested positive</strong>. The number is obviously much higher, as these are just the ones who posted on Facebook or otherwise let others know, plus most people didn't get tested. Each of them exposed large numbers of others to Covid, further spreading the disease. This is the definition of a "superspreader." Here are the ones I know of (so far) who have tested positive. </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 name="_Hlk91595287" id="_Hlk91595287"></a><a href="https://www.spartansttc.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Spartan TTC</a> in San Jose, CA, posted, "At least three of our students have tested COVID-19 positive after the US Open." (They also had to cancel their training camp.)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Matt Hetherington from Maryland.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Max Nasab from Washington state.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Alireza Hejazi posted that a friend who attended the US Open with him tested positive.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Two adults who wish to remain anonymous.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Two junior players who must stay anonymous.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was told "several" from the Houston International TT Academy have tested positive. So at least three.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Bahram Panahi and his wife tested positive.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Vicky Na informs me that at least six people at the Open from North Carolina and three from Atlanta tested positive.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">At least one junior player from Boston tested positive. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">US Open Women's Singles Champion Lily Zhang has tested positive!!! </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Paul David tested positive.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'm told two more people from Atlanta tested positive. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">A junior from the Lily Yip club tested positive</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Another from Atlanta tested positive</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Three from a CA club, but they don't want to be named</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Scheduling</b>. Just as with the Nationals in July and the last US Open in 2019, they fell way, Way, WAY behind. Each day (especially the first three) quickly became a madhouse as players were forced to wait around the control desk often for 3-4 hours, waiting for their matches. There were no schedules in the player packets; they were not given out until the morning the tournament began - and then it turned out the match slips hadn't even been printed out! So there were delays right from the start, and they only got worse. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a relatively slow first day, didn't have to coach until 5:30 PM. I warmed up my player, and we went to the control desk at 5:30 PM to check in for his round robin event, little knowing what we were in for - over and Over and OVER throughout the tournament. As of 5:30 PM, they were just sending out 2:30 PM matches, so they were three hours behind. Worse, they had no idea when the 5:30 PM matches would go out, and so told us to just "wait around." They were now calling matches one by one over the loudspeaker system, as if it were a two-star tournament. (Many of us, including me, had great difficulty making out what was being said.) Lots of tables were open, but there didn't seem a way for the desk to keep track or to get match slips ready in a reasonable time. The match I coached was finally called at 8:15PM, but of course my player was now stiff as a rock. I had planned on coaching his 5:30 RR and then having a leisurely dinner. We didn't get out until after 10PM. It would be the first of three straight nights where I wouldn't get dinner until after 10PM. Little did we know that day two would be worse, and day three worse still. (Day three started out well, then everything fell apart in the early afternoon.) The following days they also fell behind, but it wasn't quite as bad - I think they had more matches scheduled the first three days. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Imagine warming up for your matches, over and over, and each time you are forced to wait at the control desk for 3-4 hours - and then, when you are suddenly and out of the blue called, you have to play cold, other than the two-minute warmup. This simply doesn't meet even minimally minimal standards. But I wasn't alone in this - the mobs at the control desk were all in the same situation. I could write books about this. Suffice to say this Open was more behind than any US Open or Nationals since or before the infamous 1990 US Open. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One interesting note - I had an argument with Virginia over the software used. I pointed out that there was nothing currently in Omnipong, or any procedure at the control desk, to deal with the cascading effect in large tournaments, where if one event falls behind, it cascades into other events, leading to the entire tournament falling further and further behind - exactly what happened here each day. When I first mentioned this, I got blank stares from Virginia (and later, by others at the control desk) - they didn't know anything about this. Then Virginia insisted they <i>did</i> have a system for this. We argued, and it finally came out that she was referring to conflict resolution, i.e. when a player has two matches at the same time and one has to be rescheduled. That is how you deal with individual conflicts, but not the cascading effect. Alas, at this point in time, the ones running our tournaments were basically oblivious to this problem. For the twenty years before they took over the Opens and Nationals ran on time because NATT, the ones running it (as well as others before them) knew about this problem and how to deal with it - and so, even if one event fell behind, it wouldn't drag the rest of the tournament with it. Omnipong is great for most tournaments - I've run many dozens on it - but for larger ones like the US Open, it might need some upgrading. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I don't know the specifics of how past directors stopped the cascading effect, but I believe the concept is simple. (I </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">was involved in the scheduling of two past US Opens, but it was long ago, plus I've run over 200 USATT sanctioned tournaments.) When an event falls behind, they do two things. First, when there's a conflict, they favor playing the events that are still on time, so other events don't also fall behind, which causes the cascading effect. Second, they quickly reschedule the matches in the specific event that's falling behind, often on tables set aside for this. (This is subtly different from normal conflict resolution, where they reschedule individual matches, as opposed to rescheduling the entire event.) Without this, players can spend hours at the desk waiting for their match to be rescheduled (as at the 2021 US Nationals and US Open) never knowing when they'll be called. With this method, the match might not be played right away, but they are given a specific time when it will be played, and so they know when to warm up and be ready to play. Result - other events do not fall behind, and in the event that does falls behind, matches are quickly rescheduled, and everyone's happy. Note that players accept that an event can fall behind and their matches rescheduled. What they can't accept is an entire tournament falling behind, and having to wait around for hours not knowing when they'll play.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Loss of Experienced Volunteers</b>. One of the reasons they had such difficulty once they fell behind was the inexperience of many of the volunteers. This was the first time in decades where I didn't recognize most of the volunteers, and most of the volunteers didn't recognize me. Normally it's an experienced crew, but this time Virginia decided that there would be no hotel or flight reimbursements for volunteers. Because of this, several regular volunteers told me they decided not to volunteer this year. I told Virginia this, and she exploded, saying that all volunteers got hotel and flight reimbursements, and anyone who said otherwise is lying - and she wanted to know who was saying this. The problem is the <a href="https://files.constantcontact.com/a59bbcdc001/a201162f-c44a-4d05-8687-4c93cb03626b.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Volunteer Form</a> says exactly what the missing volunteers said - "There is No Hotel or Flight Reimbursement." </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">However, when problems arise, sometimes a hero emerges. In this case, it was experienced volunteer Marguerite Cheung at the control desk. Many of the volunteers at the control desk were inexperienced, and when things fell behind, they weren't sure what to do. Marguerite is an experienced tournament director, and when things fell behind, she was the one who basically started getting matches out, calling them individually on the loudspeaker. I watched, and she was doing the work of about five others. I told her that, if not for her, instead of four hours behind it would have been eight! (This is not to disparage others, who also worked hard, including some experienced ones. But Marguerite was like Wonder Woman this tournament.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;CEO/Director Illegally Overrules Referee on Rules Question</b>. This should be a no-brainer - the referee of a tournament is the FINAL authority on rules questions. From the USATT Tournament Guide, 4.4.5a, the referee "Is the final authority on interpretation of the rules and regulations as they apply to the tournament." The ITTF Handbook concurs, saying, "The referee shall be responsible for: 3.3.1.2.10 deciding any question of interpretation of Laws or Regulations, including the acceptability of clothing, playing equipment and playing conditions."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In my 46 years in the sport, I've disagreed with referees, but never thought I could overrule them - and, until now, I've never seen one illegally overruled! I was told about this by a number of witnesses, most of them umpires, and spoke to tournament referee Joe Yick, who verified what happened, as did several umpires and other witnesses. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">He had ruled that a junior player was using an illegal surface. (There were equipment booths where the player could get a legal replacement, though not of the same surface.) CEO/Tournament Director Virginia overruled him, saying the player <i>could</i> use that surface. When the player went out to play, the umpire said the racket was illegal. So the Virginia ordered that there would be no umpires for this player's matches for the rest of the tournament. The player made the final of an event - and again, no umpire was allowed! (The player's mom actually became the scorekeeper for the match. I don't even know who the player is - I intentionally didn't want to know.) I'm sure Virginia (and perhaps the player or her parents) could argue for why they thought the surface should be allowed, though I can't think of an argument for it. But that's a side issue - the issue is that Virginia believed that she, as CEO/Tournament Director, could overrule the referee on a rules question. This is blatantly wrong. The referee said he will be filing a report to the chair of the Umpires &amp; Referees committee. I hope they will make this report public. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Top Seeds Mistakenly Taken Out of Rating Events</b>. Incredibly, about 24 of the top seeds in rating events were defaulted out of their events by mistake!!! For rating events, there are two ratings used: a "qualification" rating (as of Oct. 17) and a "seeding" rating (as of Dec. 1). The qualification rating determines if one is eligible for the event; the seeding rating is used to seed the player in the event, even if the new rating is over the cutoff. This is so players know in advance which events they are eligible for. They used to use just one cutoff, but it always ran into problems, and so years ago they switched to this system, which has worked fine - until now. So, what happened? The tournament director ordered that those over the cutoff in the <i>seeding</i> list were to be defaulted, even though this contradicts the actual rules on the entry form, and how it's been done for the last decade or more. Why have a "qualification" rating if the "seeding" rating is going to be used for qualification? It makes no sense. And so 24 players, all among the top seeds in their rating events, were mistakenly defaulted out of their primary rating event. Lots of very unhappy players. <i>Oops!!!</i></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Men's Quarterfinals (and others?).</b> When I went out to play the semifinals of Hardbat Doubles on table 45, we noticed that Men's #2 seed Eugene Wang (rated 2735) of Canada was playing #7 seed Ju Mingwei (rated 2665) on the adjacent table 44. It was the Men's Quarterfinal - and there was no umpire, no scorekeeper, played on a back table with about five people watching! Wow. There were plenty of open tables, so we moved to another one so as not to interfere. How can a match like that not be highlighted and played on a feature table with an umpire and scorekeeper??? I never did find out about the other quarterfinal matches for men or women, but presumably some or all of them were similarly played - but I don't really know. So unprofessional. <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Email me</a> if you know anything about this. Is it any wonder we no longer get top international players? Anyone in the top 20 in the men's world rankings could have come here and gotten an "easy" $8000, and yet they don't.<br /> <strong>UPDATE 1</strong>: I'm told the two players decided to play this match on their own, on an empty table they found, rather than continue waiting to be called. By the end, about 20 people had found out about it and were watching. <br /> <strong>UPDATE 2</strong>: I was just shown the schedule for #5 seed Nikhil Kumar. He was scheduled to play the Men's Quarterfinals on table 37!!! They later changed it to table 1, where he won to make the semifinals. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Wrong Times on Draw Sheets</b>. The tournament software, Omnipong, automatically put in time scheduling on the draw sheets. However, this didn't always match up with the actual schedule. For example, I was scheduled to play the semifinals and finals of Hardbat Doubles at 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM on Sunday night, Dec. 19. We waited around for hours, and finally was able to play the semifinals at 9:45 PM. We won, and got back to the desk at 10:15 PM, only to find that they still hadn't sent out the other 6:30 PM semifinal, and that they had just told those two teams that they would play the semifinal the next day, at 8:30 AM on Monday. The players hadn't left yet, so we argued to play their semifinal and then the final that night, while we were all available and warmed up. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Tournament Director Virginia, who had made the decision to continue the next day, came out and told me that I had the schedule wrong, that the semifinals and final were scheduled for 10:30 and 11:30 AM the following day, and the final at Noon - and showed me the <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/2021usopen-hardbat-doubles-draw.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Hardbat Doubles Draw</a> from Omnipong. Note how it shows my semifinal match on table 5 at 11:30 AM on 12/20/2021, and the other semifinal on table 3 at 10:30 AM on 12/20/2021? <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/2021usopen-larry-schedule.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">But here's my schedule</a>, showing my semifinal on table 17 at 6:30 PM on 12/19/2021! The draw shows the final on table 1 at 12:00 on 12/20/2021, while my schedule shows it on table 4 at 7:30 PM on 12/19-2021! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had to explain to her that that the table numbers, times, and days on the draw sheet weren't the actual schedule, and we had to show her our schedules to show that the semis and final had actually been scheduled for that night, at 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Alas, she still wanted to play them the next day, since it was getting late. But think about it - if the tournament director is misreading the schedule, imagine the 745 players trying to figure things out!!! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">When the doubles teams arrived the next day and warmed up, they found out one of them had a conflict - and instead of playing the doubles semifinal at 8:30 AM as they'd been told, they sent one of the players out to play singles. (Another amateur mistake - when there's a conflict, you almost always play doubles, both so you inconvenience fewer people, and since it's much harder to later get four players together than two.) The team that had come in at 7:45 AM to warm up and was ready to play at 8:30 AM had to wait several more hours before they got to play - they weren't happy. We finally played our 7:30 PM Sunday final at about 2PM on Monday. (From down match point, we won!!!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Water</b>. This was an athletic event with 745 players, plus about an equal number of family members, coaches, officials, staff, and so on. And NO WATER??? Before Covid, there would have been water fountains or equivalent. Covid, of course, makes that problematic. And the food court, a quarter mile away (so a half mile round-trip journey), obviously would prefer no water be provided so people would have to trek over to them to buy overpriced water at $4.95/bottle. (Multiply that by about eight per day for an active player over six days.) USATT should have insisted that they be allowed to supply water in the venue, and then simply brought in many cases, and sold the water at perhaps $1/bottle, or more if necessary. Let people know in advance it's cash only to keep it simple. As it was, kids were refilling their water bottles in the bathrooms - not sure how safe that is. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Chair Shortage</b>. I complained (and blogged) about the chair shortage at the US Nationals, but once again they had only about half as many as needed. People were forced to stand up or battle for the few available chairs. I spent half my tournament at the control desk waiting for matches, and half roving around the playing hall looking for chairs. Perhaps the worst part was there weren't chairs by the control desk to sit in during the hours waiting for our matches. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Missing Medals</b>. There were 22 doubles events and 6 team events. Amazingly, they only ordered one medal for each team!!! I won Hardbat Doubles, but there was only one medal for my team. I let Estee take it. When we came in to pick up our awards, they took our addresses and will send us the medals later. (It took me 52 minutes to go through this line and get my other medal, second in hardbat singles.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Loudspeaker</b>. Because the tournament ran so far behind and they had no real backup plan to catch up, the control desk resorted to calling individual matches on the loudspeaker system. (They had little choice at that point.) Two problems. First, many, including me, had difficulty making out their names when called on the loudspeaker system. Second, it was very loud and often almost nonstop, and so was a constant interference with matches, where in the middle of points there'd suddenly be these loud calls for players to come to the desk.  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Event Finishing Day</b>. The entry form says, "Events are not guaranteed to be completed on the same day that they begin." The problem is that if a player enters only events on, say, the first day, does that mean he/she has to stay the entire six days of the tournament? Many past Opens and Nationals had a note that events would finish within two days of the starting day, with exceptions sometimes made for major events such as Men's and Women's Singles. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong>=&gt;Tournament Balls</strong>. Nittaku was the tournament ball, but they were not sold by any of the vendors, and the control desk couldn't lend them out since they weren't sure if they had enough. So players often had to warm up with a different ball. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Links on US Open Home Page</b>. Here is the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2021-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">US Open Home page</a>, with six major links. You would think that this would be an important page to maintain, but three of the links are bad - the Results page (!), FAQ page, and Event Format page. All simply take you back to the US Open home page. Unless one just happens to know to go to Omnipong, viewers will get pretty frustrated trying to find those results!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Erratically Sized Courts</b>. There were 78 total courts. Of these, 14 were 35' (too short, six on cement), 41 were 42', and 23 were 56'. Why in the world are there 56-foot courts? That's way too long - even international courts are about 40 feet. It meant long walks to pick up the ball after nearly every point. With a little geometry, perhaps they could have shortened the 56-foot courts, and had rubberized flooring for the six cement courts. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Erratic Table Numbers</b>. Normally, if you have rows of tables at a major tournament, you number them in order. That seems obvious. But not here! They decided to "alternate" the numbers between the rows, leading to confusion. So, for example, one row had table 31, then the adjacent row was 32 and 33, then back to the first row for 34 and 35, then back to the other one. The result is a row that was not in obvious order, where the table numbers were, for example, 31, 34, 35, 38, 39, 42, and so on. Here's the <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/2021usopen-table-layout.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">table map</a> that was taped to one of the posterboards where they had results. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Table Numbers Only on One Side</b>. It's standard, especially when there are a lot of tables, to label them on both sides since people approach from different sides. But they only had the numbers on one side. This, combined with the erratic table numbering (see above) led to headaches as players tried to find their table. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;The Mysterious Tables 77-78</b>. On the first day I had to coach on table 77. I found table 76 on the far side of the hall from the control desk, but the row ended there! Where was table 77? We couldn't find it. There was no table map anywhere we could find. (I think that went up on the second day, and it was just a small piece of paper buried in among all the draws.) We finally had to go all the way back to the control desk to ask where it was. It turned out tables 77 and 78 were across the hall from table 76, so another long walk. (Tables 76, 77, and the control desk roughly were the three vertexes of a very large triangle.) There should have been a note on the wall next to table 76 saying where tables 77-78 were. (Better still, number them in actual sequence - tables 77-78 should have been tables 55-56, with the row ending with tables 77-78.) At some point in the tournament, the small <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/2021usopen-table-layout.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">table map</a> was added to one of the posterboards where they put up the draws, but few noticed it. Normally this would be much larger and more prominent, or in the player packets. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Draws on Posterboards</b>. The draws and results were posted on a number of posterboards near the control desk. But they were posted out of order. If you went to the area for rating events, rather than progressing from high to low, or low to high, they were just posted in the order they were played, leaving players to search all over to find specific draws - tricky to do when there are crowds of other people also looking through the draws. There's a simple way to keep it professional looking and user-friendly. In advance, space out where each draw should be, from high to low. For example, for rating events, start with 2600, then 2400, and so on. Put the RR draw on top, the SE group below (or to the side if more space is needed). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;USATT Assembly</b>. It was scheduled for 7:30 PM on Sunday night, day three. This is where USATT leaders and officials meet with members as required by the USATT bylaws, giving reports and answering questions. I'm sure many would have many questions about the poor running of the tournament. However, there was no notice about this in the player packets, as was the case in the past. There was no notice about this until a few hours before. Few knew about the meeting. I asked the lone member of the USATT board of directors who was present about it, and he didn't know about it - he had to ask Virginia about it. I had to coach a 6:30 PM match and would then be able to attend. Of course the match was delayed - it went out at 10:15PM. So I spent an hour before the meeting, the two hours of the meeting, and 45 minutes after the meeting at the control desk with my player, waiting for his match. If I'd known this, could have attended the meeting and easily gotten back in time to coach the match. Instead, I have no idea what happened at the meeting. If people had been able to attend, I'm guessing there would have been a lot of unhappy ones with pointed questions, both about the tournament and other USATT issues. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Equipment Vendors Facing Wrong Way</b>. The equipment vendors told me they had been told that there would be a walkway that players would have to walk past to get to the playing hall, and to face their booths in that direction. However, it turned out the entrance opened into the playing area, and so players did not have to walk by the booths. This meant that the booths were facing the wrong way! The booths were rather elaborate and difficult to take down and put up again, so they just kept it that way. <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/2021usopen-booths.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here is what we saw from the playing area</a> of the Butterfly and JOOLA booths! Imagine how many more sales they would have made if they were open to where the players were. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;USATT Tournament Committee</b>. They represent a huge amount of tournament experience - that's why they were appointed to this committee, right? But one of them contacted me during the tournament, saying they had never been consulted about the tournament. Imagine how many problems might have been avoided if the relatively inexperienced ones running the Open had consulted with them. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Seemingly Large Number of Controversial Defaults</b>. There were so many problems this tournament, and I was so busy trying to figure out when my next match would be (as player or coach) that I never got to investigate this. But over and over players complained about seemingly unfair defaults. I'd go more into this but I didn't take notes. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;US Open Shirts</b>. There's some confusion on this, and I'm still not sure what's going on. I didn't see any, and others said there were none. One person told me there were US Open shirts. Volunteers were told they would all get free US Open shirts if they worked five shifts or more, but several told me that there were no shirts available. <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Email me</a> if you know anything about this.<br /> UPDATE: I'm told there were no US Open shirts, and that the volunteers who were promised them never got them. This would be the first time we've had a US Open or Nationals since I started in 1976 that didn't have a tournament shirt. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Slanted Surfaces</b>. On the first day I noticed that several tables were slanted, with a "hill" in the middle - if you put a ball on it, it quickly rolled to the end-line. I pointed this out to the officials, who were pretty busy at the time. But eventually they sent someone out to fix it. Things like this should be checked in advance. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;Refund Policy</b>. About two months before the entry deadline I entered three events - Hardbat Singles, Hardbat Doubles, and Sandpaper Singles. Cost was $80 each, so $240. About two hours after entering I realized that I probably couldn't play Sandpaper Singles due to coaching obligations. So I withdrew from the event the very day I entered it - again, two months before the deadline. But USATT has a policy of <i>no refunds</i>, and so they refused to refund the $80. I'm sure others faced the same problem. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">* * * * *</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">So, there you have it, my "checklist" of problems at this US Open. While the 1990 US Open fell behind two days (!), they didn't have all these other problems, plus they were running the Open in conjunction with the World Veterans Championships, and so had about 2000 entries. This year's US Open had so many problems that I think I can safely say it was the worst-run US Open in history. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The frustrating thing is some will think, "All we have to do is address these specific problems, and all will be great!" And the answer to that is - <i>NO!!!</i> If I were hired as a car mechanic and made twenty mistakes because I'm not an experienced car mechanic, the answer wouldn't be to correct those twenty mistakes - it would be to bring in an experienced car mechanic. USATT badly needs to bring in someone with the type of big-tournament experience so that the problems of this Open, and the many similar and different problems from the Nationals, can be resolved, rather than a constant learn-on-the-job while the participants suffer. (Note that they have partially addressed this, with the "Five-Star Tournament Task Force" - see below.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Will there be accountability and repercussions for what happened at this tournament? Or will USATT "circle the wagons"? We'll see. But whether they mostly stick with the same people running these tournaments or bring in new people, they need to completely revamp how these tournaments are run. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'll have more to write about next week. I had three (yes, three) confrontations with Virginia, both on the problems with the US Open and other issues. There was also a controversial election for chair of the USATT board, which I'll also write about. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Announces Formation of Five-Star Tournament Task Force</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/Features/2021/December/28/USATT-Announces-Formation-of-Five-Star-Tournament-Task-Force" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the news item</a>. Finally, some good news! Well, sort of. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But - and I'm writing this through gritted teeth - why did it take three tournament fiascos in a row before they realized they needed help? At this point, it's happening because the outcry is too loud for the USATT board of directors to ignore. Of course, the simplest solution would be to simply bring back the ones who ran it successfully for 20 years - NATT - but I'm guessing that's not even on the table - and that itself is a <i>serious</i> problem. Contacting them and seeing if a deal can be made should have been the first thing they did. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'm suspicious about the effectiveness of a committee made up of 14 people. (See below.) Also, can the USATT CEO give up control to these others? From what I've seen, that's iffy. (Personally, I'd prefer a CEO that stayed out of most issues and focused on the big picture and on raising money.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Rather than a humongously large committee, perhaps it would be better to bring in an experienced person to oversee things. Committees are great for fairness issues, not so great at getting things done. For that, you need a qualified, energized person with vision. A committee will likely come up with a checklist of things to fix - much like I've already done. That's the easy part. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There does seem to be a possible math problem with the news item on this. (Math-phobes, look away now.) The news item lists eight members by name, plus an unnamed USATT staff person. That's nine members before you get to the athlete reps. USOPC requires 33% athlete representation on all committees, and I believe that includes task forces. (Otherwise, we could just call all our committees "task forces" to get around the rule.) The news item says, "A minimum of three Ten-Year and/or Ten-Plus Year Athletes will also be appointed to the Task Force." If you add three athlete reps, then you end up with a committee of twelve, with only 3/12 = 25% athlete reps. If you add four athlete reps, then you end up with a committee of thirteen, with only 4/13 = 30.8% athlete representation. So you'll need to add five athlete reps to get to a committee of fourteen, with 5/14 = 35.7% athlete representation. So that "minimum of three athlete reps" should be a minimum of five. (They also list Will Shortz as one of the "At-Large Directors," but he's actually the Club Representative.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USA at the ITTF Hopes in Jordan: Three in Top Eight!</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/Features/2021/December/18/USA-at-the-ITTF-Hopes-in-Jordan-Three-in-Top-Eight" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the USATT news item</a> I wrote. I was one of the three USA coaches there in Amman, Jordan, Dec. 8-14 for the ITTF Hopes Camp and Tournament, along with Wei Qi and Thilina Piyadasa, and players Ryan Lin, Mandy Yu, and Tashiya Piyadasa. (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/513506755/videos/pcb.10161139725071756/972991213570437" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are some video and photos</a> on Facebook.) It was part of a rather harried schedule for me - I flew to Jordan on Dec. 6, returned on Dec. 15, flew to Las Vegas for the US Open on Dec. 16, flew to San Francisco for Christmas with family on Dec. 22, and flew home to Maryland on Dec. 26, arriving home at 2AM on Dec. 27. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/a.111401751360545/125831879917532/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ryan Lin wrote an article</a> about his experience at the Dead Sea, with pictures. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/269910547_125828016584585_5990102697922759253_n.png?_nc_cat=101&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_ohc=MiYGpk4G1XYAX9OP_Ce&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT9V_wjaoMcf_1C4udBGDiT5lAdNhFYj7wwDTQ7grR0vcg&amp;oe=61D1E656" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">non-Facebook version</a>.) I brought home a hunk of salt and Dead Sea water in a bottle!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>More 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/Features/2021/December/26/2022-National-Team-Selection-Procedures-HPC-Meeting-Minutes" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2022 USATT National Team Selection Procedures HPC Meeting Minutes</a>, for their meeting on Dec. 26, 2021. </span></span></li> <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/Features/2021/December/28/USATT-Announces-Dates-and-Locations-for-2022-US-National-Youth-Team-Trials" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Announces Dates and Locations for 2022 US National Youth Team Trials</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>December News</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Since I've been away a month, rather than link to every news item while I was gone, here are links to the news pages of major sites. </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/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Steve Hopkins and Butterfly</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Samson Dubina</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://edgesandnets.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Edges and Nets</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://t3atl.com/blog/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Coach Jon</a></span></span></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/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich Video</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpEL8nfTdhqzIR2AFvjdDQA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Looeelooee</a> (Louis Levene)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSkills Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Adam Bobrow</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Stop Losing Doubles after This Guide</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=TxNX_LhIQQw&amp;ab_channel=CoachLin" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (15:05) from Coach Lin. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Film. Analyze. Win!</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=2YPXnr7CwvQ&amp;ab_channel=Betterplayai" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (73 sec) from Betterplay ai. "You can use our AI service to automatically edit your Table Tennis Videos."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Bob Chen 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/channel/UCs4f0he3W2A9Afe5DqUAceg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's his new video site</a> - lots of coaching videos. He's been rated as high as 2768. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>PongNews</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://myemail.constantcontact.com/-Grateful-for-2021---Excited-about-2022---.html?soid=1135000341021&amp;aid=6nPh2UQXdgw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the latest newsletter</a> from <a href="https://pingpong.gives/?fbclid=IwAR0oEl4Zh3VQSpMzeY3UHivVZKl1hW8XbTRF1tQlObl1wCdLFXx3Qb70OhQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingPongGives</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Unparallel Forehand - The Chinese Are Crazy Again! Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin, Fang Bo</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=WpUgm_uaHTM&amp;ab_channel=StreetTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (8:10). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Footwork Drill on Cutoff Table</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/100000207189512/videos/473623447672229" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (15 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Trio Aims to Bring Ping-Pong to Every Neighborhood</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2021/12/17/table-tennis-trio-aims-to-bring-ping-pong-to-every-neighborhood" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> from Spectrum News NY1, featuring Ernesto Ebuen, David Silberman, and Max Kogler from PingPod. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>China Dominates Table Tennis Titles, Earns Points on Diplomacy</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202112/01/WS61a6cba7a310cdd39bc788b4.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> from China Daily. "The Chinese team dominated the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships, which concluded on Monday in Houston, Texas, but the event is just as likely to be remembered for China and the United States' gesture of unity."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Lily Zhang - Richard Bergmann Fair Play Trophy</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=3008277336077973&amp;aggr_v_ids%5b0%5d=3008277336077973&amp;notif_id=1638335076704161&amp;notif_t=watch_follower_video&amp;ref=notif" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (31 sec) of the presentation at the Worlds. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Houston Table Tennis is Aiming for the National Spotlight After Hosting the Historic World Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://tittlepress.com/sports/1383970/?fbclid=IwAR3SPRUohS9EK9tn58tUFp7p6XZUXZNQOJ8oW3fXf3viFZL3B78KLvDxSx8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> from Title Press. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Jimmy Butler's Remarkable Table Tennis Return</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=xGVDdoDLavg&amp;ab_channel=KHOU11" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (3:37) from KHOU 11. "He's one of America's greatest table tennis players and he calls Houston home. How he got here is part of his incredible story."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Christmas 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.google.com/search?q=christmas+table+tennis&amp;sxsrf=AOaemvLTx4ZMeh3BO_vr8fXYP5UXVbtZYg:1640795690254&amp;source=lnms&amp;tbm=isch&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwiUopCiuIn1AhWwTd8KHamRD-8Q_AUoAXoECAEQAw&amp;biw=2560&amp;bih=1329&amp;dpr=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's what you get</a> when you Google these and click on Images! Here's a new one - <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=7071015612916489&amp;set=a.105009189517201" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ninja Santa</a>! (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/269971031_7071015572916493_7823209068008161866_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_ohc=oO00n1iHwmwAX9P_lj4&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT_fzkO79OH7WAvkhb-rl8SIwzkUGB4r6kFUAGgIVOCgbQ&amp;oe=61D0CDBB" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">non-Facebook version</a>.)  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Shark vs. Mermaid</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://youtu.be/hQ4NjdbOZJw?t=628" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> - I have no idea what's going on!!! It seems to be in Hindi. Link should take you to 10:28, where the TT starts. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>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.facebook.com/watch/?v=589137069044056" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (9 sec)! Warning: Strong language.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Pongfinity</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=EHAcsOBsZfo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Funniest Moments 2021">Funniest Moments 2021</a> (8:30)</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=o9_4ZY5fnXU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Best Ping Pong Shots 2021">Best Ping Pong Shots 2021</a> (8:12)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlNO7TnJ2fE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="World's Biggest YouTubers Try Ping Pong">World's Biggest YouTubers Try Ping Pong</a> (8:04)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Science Fiction Sales and Publications</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On Dec. 19, I sold a science fiction story to Stupefying Stories, "The Annual Times Square Paint Dry," which should be coming out soon. Meanwhile, my fantasy story "<a href="https://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmyths56-2021/issue-5657-stories/love-drops" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Love Drops</a>" just came out in New Myths Magazine. I have eight other SF and fantasy stories coming out early next year, along with a feature interview of me coming in January. As you can see, I'm always juggling my TT and SF lives!</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, 12/27/2021 - 16:46</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 27 Dec 2021 16:46:35 +0000 Larry Hodges 3339 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3339#comments November 29, 2021 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3334 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 29, 2021</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Next Blog on Monday, Dec. <s>27</s> 29</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There will be a <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/TipOfTheWeek" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tip of the Week</a> every Monday, but my next blog will be on Dec. <s>27</s> 29. I'm going out of town for three weeks - coaching the ITTF Hopes Camp and Tournament in Amman, Jordan, Dec. 6-15; the US Open in Las Vegas, Dec. 16-22 (where I have to adjust in one day to the ten-hour time difference between Jordan and LV!), and a family gathering in San Francisco, Dec. 22-26. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3333" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">How to Get Lucky</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Christmas Table Tennis Book Shopping</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Don't forget to do your Christmas table tennis book shopping!!! Below are my seven books on table tennis that are in print. You wouldn't want me to go broke and have to live and play ping-pong on the streets? (And note that "And Still More Table Tennis Tips," fourth in the series, will come out early in 2021.) Or, if you are a non-reader, skip this and move on to the sections on the Teams, the Worlds, and so on!</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></span></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></span></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> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>North American Teams</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Just had three exhausting days coaching at the JOOLA North American Teams!!! Actually, five days, since I was coaching at our pre-Teams coaching camp for two days before. This was my 45th consecutive time at the Teams, every year starting in 1976 (excluding last year, which was Covid-cancelled). <a href="https://natabletennis.com/tournaments/results.php" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are complete results</a>. It also signified another milestone. My first 22 years, 1976-1997, the Teams were in Detroit, with the annual Thanksgiving drive there. This makes 23 years in Maryland/DC (where I live), so I've now played more Teams here than in Detroit. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My club, MDTTC, had ten junior teams with about 40 players. Since we only had five MDTTC coaches (myself, Cheng Yinghua, Jack Huang, Lidney Castro, and Wang Qingliang, with Jeffrey Zeng Xun coaching some players), it meant we had a coach for a little over half the team matches. (Since some teams had byes in some rounds, we were able to be there for over half.) A number of the parents are players, and they, along with players on the team, also helped coach, so most players ended up with someone in their corner. It's actually a great learning experience for players to coach their teammates - not only do they learn to be team players, but they learn tactics by watching other players and thinking about what's happening. I'm often amazed at some of the insights kids have - it's often easier to think tactically when watching then when actually playing. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Our kids did really, Really, REALLY well! I can't wait for the new ratings to come out. Coaching was both tactical and psychological - one of the trickiest parts of coaching between games is recognizing which to focus on, and how much. I'm pretty good at pep talks, but they always come at the expense of coaching tips, since you only have 60 seconds - and you often want to emphasize certain things, so you do sort of a recap in the last ten seconds or so. (Or just do what one opposing coach did - I started timing him, and he <i>averaged</i> over 2.5 minutes coaching between games and in time-outs. I actually yelled "Time!" at him a few times, but he just ignored me. I almost called for an umpire.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a good run in close matches, going 5-0 in deuce-in-the-fifth matches that I coached. In three of them, I called a timeout right at the end and called the serves to use - and magically, it worked each time!!! ("Magically" in this case means the kids executed flawlessly.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent a large percentage of my coaching time reminding kids to focus on attacking the "three spots" - wide forehand, wide backhand, and middle (roughly opponent's playing elbow). Next to serve and receive advice, it's probably the thing I emphasize most. Receive advice was mostly about where to play the return, and how aggressive on average. Often the best advice was simply to have them control the serve back to the wide backhand, and then rally. Other times it was important to play aggressive off the serve, though they should always vary it. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached one girl who caused havoc in her division. She played a number of old players who, despite all the experience and having much higher ratings, couldn't play at her pace. The tactic there was simple - serve fast and deep to the three spots, and then keep attacking those three spots. In each match, we'd usually narrow down the two best spots to attack, though we'd make sure to go to all three - and her execution was great. We pretty much put backspin serves on hold. The older players were very gracious about losing to a girl 1/4 their size, helping turn the tournament into a great experience for her. In new ratings, I think she may come out #1 in her age group in the country - she beat at least three players rated higher than the current #1, and I don't think she had any "bad" losses. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One of our juniors played a higher-rated player who blocked with long pips, no sponge. That's a touch match for a junior - this is where older, experienced players do well, while the long pips players feast on less experienced players. But we quickly found the two spots the player had trouble covering - extremely wide backhand and <i>middle</i> forehand, which was his "middle" (since he covered most of the table with his backhand blocks), and went after those two spots. He won, deuce in the fifth! Most players would likely have automatically gone to the wide corners, but he covered the wide forehand well. Many players might have tried to go his "middle," and gone right at his elbow - which was where he blocked best. His "middle" was where most players played their forehand best. Once again, good tactics + good execution = another win!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Meanwhile, I heard rumors there was some other major tournament going on...why in the world were they scheduled at the same time??? </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Championships in Houston</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">USA's Lily Zhang teamed with China's Lin Gaoyuan to reach the semifinals of Mixed Doubles and win a bronze. It's the first medalist at the Worlds for a USA player since Dick Miles made the semifinals of Men's Singles at the 1959 Worlds - 62 years ago!!! We've had a few close calls - Gao Jun (while representing USA) made the quarterfinals of Women's Singles in 2003 and 2005, and Dan and Rick Seemiller once made the quarterfinals of Men's Doubles. Plus, of course, Kanak Jha reach the quarterfinals of Men's Singles <i>this</i> year, the first time a USA player has done that since Miles in '59! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/headervideo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can find videos</a> of the major matches, such as the men's semifinals between Truls Moregard vs. Timo Boll. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Men's Singles Final is tonight (Monday, Nov. 29) at 7PM Houston Time (8PM Eastern Time), between China's world #1 Fan Zhendong (as expected) and Sweden's Truls Moregard (not expected!). How did 19-year-old world #77 Truls get to the final? This is how:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Round of 64: defeats Chuang Chih-Yuan (TPE, world #25), 4-3</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Round of 32: defeats Patrick Franziska (GER, world #14), 4-3</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Round of 16: defeats Lim Jonghoon (KOR, world #71), 4-3</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Quarterfinals: defeats Quadri Aruna (NGR, world #17), 4-2</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Semifinals: defeats Timo Boll (GER, world #11), 4-3</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Now let's look at Fan Zhendong's route to the final:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Round of 64: defeats Amir Hossein Hodaei (IRI, world #165), 4-0</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Round of 32: defeats Emmanuel Lebesson (FRA, world #39), 4-0</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Round of 16: defeats Wang Chuqin (CHN, world #16), 4-2</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Quarterfinals: defeats Lin Gaoyuan (CHN, world #7), 4-1</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Semifinals: defeats Liang Jingkun (CHN, world #9), 4-1</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Notice how Fan coasted to the final, only losing a few games to the three fellow Chinese teammates he played in the last three rounds before the final? Contrast that with Truls, who needed to lose just one more game to Quadri and he'd have made the final with five straight 4-3 wins!!! Plus, of course, Truls didn't have to face any of the Chinese players. Most interesting match was his semifinal win over former world #1 Timo Boll (now #11), who almost reached the final at age 40!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/results?subEvt=WSINGLES&amp;selectedTab=DRAWS&amp;eventId=2346" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Women's Singles</a> wasn't quite so interesting - the four semifinalists are all Chinese. Wang Manyu (world #5) upset Chen Meng (world #1) 4-3 in one semifinals, while Sun Yingsha (world #2) defeated Wang Yidi (world #10) 4-1 in the other semifinals. So the final is between Wang Manyu and Sun Yingsha at 6PM Houston Time (7PM Eastern Time). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">For info on how to watch the finals live, go to the <a href="https://www.ittf.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Where-to-watch-the-2021-World-Table-Tennis-Championships.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">World's Where to Watch</a> page. Here are some links, including daily wraps:</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="•%09https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaF4ImYSpLY&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 World Championships Finals: Behind The Scenes In Houston!</a> (2:18, with Barbara Wei - a former junior star from my club, MDTTC!)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://eventresults.ittf.com/eventInfo?selectedTab=Draws&amp;eventId=2346" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Results</a> - Select one of the five events</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/latest" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">News Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/description?artId=806" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Day 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://worldtabletennis.com/description?artId=811" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Day 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://worldtabletennis.com/description?artId=814" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Day 3</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/description?artId=823" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Day 4</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/description?artId=827" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Day 5</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/description?artId=833" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Day 6</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Houston Vlog #3 - My way to the quarterfinals</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=eP8n-VslMFs&amp;ab_channel=TimoBoll" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (4:20) from Timo Boll.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Championships Coverage by 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/world-championships-focus-kanak-jha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Championships Focus: 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/world-championships-focus-lily-zhang/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Championships Focus: Lily Zhang</a></span></span></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/2021-world-table-tennis-championships-day-6-update/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 World Table Tennis Championships: Day 6 Update</a></span></span></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/2021-world-table-tennis-championships-day-5-update/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 5 Update</a></span></span></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/2021-world-table-tennis-championships-day-4-update/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 4 Update</a></span></span></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/2021-world-table-tennis-championships-day-3-update/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 3 Update</a></span></span></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-championships-day-2-update-jha-advances-harimoto-falls/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Championships Day Final 64 Results: Jha Advances, Harimoto falls</a></span></span></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-championships-update-day-1-kanak-jha-and-three-us-women-advance/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Championships Opening Day Update: Kanak Jha and Three US Women Advance</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Championships Coverage by Amy Karpinski</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/2021-world-table-tennis-championships-day-5-doubles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 5 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://butterflyonline.com/2021-world-table-tennis-championships-day-4-doubles-round-of-16/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 World Table Tennis Championships- Day 4 – Doubles Round of 16</a></span></span></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/2021-world-table-tennis-championships-day-3-doubles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 3 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://butterflyonline.com/2021-world-table-tennis-championships-day-2-doubles-article/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 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/day-1-2021-world-table-tennis-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 1</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>News From the ITTF Annual General Meeting Held During the Worlds</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/2021/11/24/watch-2021-ittf-annual-general-meeting/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Watch the 2021 ITTF Annual General Meeting</a> (5hr 46 min). If you go to 4:46:17, it shows the results of the ITTF Election for Executive Vice President. There were 15 people running for 8 positions, with each country voting for eight candidates. Coming in first was Wahid Oshodi of Nigeria, with 116 votes, with China's Liu Guoliang coming in second with 114. Finishing tenth (and so not getting elected) was USATT CEO Virginia Sung, with 64 votes. Here is a <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/ittf-evp-election-2021.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">screen shot of the results</a>. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2021/11/26/different-experience-annual-general-meeting-gains-universal-approval/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Different experience but Annual General Meeting gains universal approval</a></span></span></li> <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/2021/11/24/petra-sorling-elected-ittf-president-unopposed/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Petra Sörling elected ITTF President unopposed</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6mBpVi4Iew&amp;ab_channel=ITTFWorld" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Petra Sörling Elected as New ITTF President</a> (76 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.ittf.com/2021/11/25/busan-host-2024-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Busan, Korea to Host the 2024 World Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2021/11/28/electronic-table-tennis-review-system-approved-ittf-board-directors/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Electronic Table Tennis Review System Approved by the ITTF Board of Directors</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USA Table Tennis Star Celebrates Thanksgiving Day with Stellar Performances</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/2021/11/26/usa-table-tennis-star-celebrates-thanksgiving-day-stellar-performances/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the ITTF article</a> on USA's Kanak Jha. </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/world-table-tennis-championships-wttc-2021/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Event Recap of World Table Tennis Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/timo-boll-defeated-top-chinese-player-world-table-tennis-championships-houston-2021/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Timo Boll Defeated Top Chinese Player</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/why-tomokazu-harimoto-lost-at-wttc-2021/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Why Tomokazu Harimoto Lost at WTTC 2021?</a></span></span></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/world-table-tennis-rankings/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Rankings</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaoYS1kp2u8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chen Meng at WTTC 2021">Chen Meng at WTTC 2021</a> (16:40)</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=QdkhyxtC3aE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="What happens when you serve without tossing up the ball?">What happens when you serve without tossing up the ball?</a> (4:44)</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=AfDQI45Ivnw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Before the final of the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships (Men's single event)">Before the final of the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships (Men's single event)</a> (3:17)</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=HbnQNT729Po" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Coach said to Liang Jingkun &quot;We must win&quot; [WTTC 2021]">Coach said to Liang Jingkun "We must win" [WTTC 2021]</a> (11:19)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkXSOseoOvU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Can Miu Hirano make a miracle again? [WTTC 2021]">Can Miu Hirano make a miracle again? [WTTC 2021]</a> (12:15)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO5Lk3QXYk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Lin Yun-Ju (Taiwan) vs Lim Jonghoon (South Korea) - 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals">Lin Yun-Ju (Taiwan) vs Lim Jonghoon (South Korea) - 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals</a>(5:40)</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=Q-XFXcJNTko" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Rules of table tennis (ping pong) - Explained by coach EmRatThich">Rules of table tennis</a> (7:34)</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=B3ZH6d3mzMQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Timo Boll defeated top Chinese player [World Table Tennis Championships Houston 2021]">Timo Boll defeated top Chinese player [WTTC 2021]</a> (5:31)</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=nIT04mXr_xA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Why Tomokazu Harimoto lost [World Table Tennis Championships Houston 2021]">Why Tomokazu Harimoto lost [WTTC 2021]</a> (4:48)</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=YnCdEczzAcc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How strong is student's table tennis level in China?">How strong is student's table tennis level in China?</a> (7:27)</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=bHzptzkvxwc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong at Houston WTTC 2021">Fan Zhendong at Houston WTTC 2021</a> (11:52)</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=rOmbNtAhB6A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="China versus America - Ping pong diplomacy">China versus America - Ping pong diplomacy</a> (3:48)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>12 Movement Exercises and Coordination with Table Tennis Training Tool (Part 1)</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=SBlc-rXFIT0&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisTiLong-Pro" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:53) 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">Here's the page</a> at PingSkills. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Learning Spin Through Multi-ball</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://t3atl.com/learning-spin-through-multi-ball/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (4:55) from Coach Jon. </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/watch?v=GxJQ7mrIedU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis teacher method.">Table tennis teacher method</a> (2:53)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1HwMFzHOdE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Stiga CYBERSHAPE with Truls Moregard Show">Stiga CYBERSHAPE with Truls Moregard Show</a> (2:02)</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=R185tgRm9L8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Pingpong learning with pvc tools">Pingpong learning with pvc tools</a> (22 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WAB Club Feature: Alameda Ping Pong Gym</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-alameda-ping-pong-gym-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> by Steve Hopkins. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Reflections of a Legend - Jorgen Persson</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=598145331514618" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (6:30). </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>Man VS Machine: Who Plays Table Tennis Better?</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=3wHbeq61Wn0&amp;ab_channel=TwoMinutePapers" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (6:26).</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>55 Ping Pong Sounds</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=wVoFGHFZvWA&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (9 min) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>aMAZING sKILLS sHOTS iN pING pONG</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU1qjUu3eHM&amp;ab_channel=FunnyDropout" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (26 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - Story Sale to Daily Science Fiction</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Just sold a short story to Daily Science Fiction (one of the major "Pro" SF magazines), "Four Score and Seven Years of the End of America: A Bibliography." It's literally a fictional bibliography of books published from 1953 to 2040 whose titles humorously show the downfall of America. It's my <a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">121st short story sale</a>. Sorry, no table tennis this time!</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, 11/29/2021 - 17:57</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 17:57:09 +0000 Larry Hodges 3334 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3334#comments November 23, 2021 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3331 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 23, 2021</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3332" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">How to Fix a Weakness in Your Game</a><span style="color:black">.</span></span></span></p> <ul> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Classic Hardbat World Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had an adventurous weekend in Sugar Land, TX, just outside Houston, where I played in the first Classic Hardbat World Championships. It was held on Sunday, Nov. 21, just two days before the start of the "Sponge" World Championships in Houston. (Results are not yet online - they may go up later on Omnipong or Facebook.) <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=1986&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Thirty-seven players</a> competed, including nine over 2400. (Draw included Mario Genovese, who flew in from Malta, plus a number of players from other countries who now live in the US.) Prize money was 1st $2000, 2nd $1250, 3rd $750, 4th $500, 5-8 $150. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/257634946_308168397827632_5775804614033276689_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=ae9488&amp;_nc_ohc=NwhulQBI-IEAX-KC7e3&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=d9742f89f1e26878efac4bff0e2c0318&amp;oe=61C4E1D9">single elimination stage</a>; RR group results should go up later.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Special thanks goes to Director Steve Claflin (who organized all this), referee Dan Reynolds, the many sponsors (including sponsor and presenter "We R Table Tennis," a new startup - no web page yet - that "will endeavor to put a FREE ping pong table into every school in America." I had a great time and can't wait to return next year! (Did I mention the free pizza they served for lunch? They also had free shuttle service from the very nice Marriott hotel in the Sugar Land Town Square.</span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The final, between top seed Jimmy Butler and current US Nationals Champion AJ Carney, was a classic - an incredibly entertaining and well-played match that got better as it went on. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TriangleBTT/videos/2080193928799807/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's video</a> - go to 2:33:30 for the Final. Jimmy is a steady attacker from both wings, who normally stays relatively close to the table, counter-hitting consistently from both wings. (But late in the match he added in chopping, and played his aggressive forehands more off the table as the rallies got faster.) AJ also mostly attacks from both wings (sometimes close to table, other times backing up), but also chops a lot. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It looked like AJ had it wrapped up in the best of five to 11. Jimmy wins the first, 11-9, but AJ wins the next two at 7 and 6, and leads 7-2 in the fourth. It's over, right? From here on, Jimmy played like a champion . . . and also had a bit of luck. Jimmy switches to a super-steady countering and chopping game, and AJ makes four straight mistakes, and it's 7-6. Then AJ smashes . . . and Jimmy chops back a net dribbler! (AJ lunges for it and pops it up, Jimmy kills.) It's now 7-7. Jimmy misses his own serve, then AJ puts Jimmy's next serve into the net, 8-all. But Jimmy misses a backhand kill, and AJ smashes a forehand, and he leads 10-8 match point. Jimmy hits a forehand off, the match is over - but no, it just nicked the edge! (See it at 3:05:49.)  He then deuces it. AJ has five match points before losing that game, 16-14. The only net/edge point - at 13-all, AJ gets a net, except instead of winning the point, it popped the ball up, giving Jimmy an easy kill. So, we're into the fifth! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">AJ goes up 2-1, and smashes one - but Jimmy chops it back on the edge! Jimmy wins four in a row, 2-5 (AJ missing his own serve at 2-4) - and Jimmy then gets another net dribble winner, and it's 2-6, and then scores a sixth in a row to make it 2-7 - the same score that AJ led the previous game. But no comeback this time. At 4-9, AJ gets a net dribbler (5-9). Jimmy scores the next point to go up 10-5, and yells, "That's it!", just about the first thing he's said all match. He wins, 11-5. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As to me, I was in Group C with five others. I went 4-1, including a win over Randy Hou, a 2125 pips-out penholder, which is almost like hardbat, so very tough. I had a struggle with mostly-chopper Rick Mueller (1880), who caught me off guard early with his aggressive chops, almost chop-blocks but coming fast. After losing the first, I won the next two pretty easily. In the fourth, he began pick-hitting like crazy, but I'm up 10-9 match point - and he pops up my serve on the edge to deuce it! He wins in deuce with more pick-hits, and then - by continuous pick-hitting (should be illegal for choppers!), has me 10-8 match point. But I smack in two winners and win in deuce. <i>Whoo!</i> </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Against the top seed in my group, Vlad Farcas (2450, with a win over Jimmy Butler in sandpaper), I was up 8-4 in the first and had a few game points before losing the first on a net ball, 14-12. I won the next, then he won the third, and the fourth, 11-8. If I'd pulled out that first game, we'd might have been in the fifth!!!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the single elimination, in the round before the quarters, against Mishel Levinski (2576), I had several games points in the second before losing it, 14-12. He won the other two games pretty easily - it's not easy playing all-out forehand attack at age 61 against a near-2600 player!!! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was a great and fun weekend adventure. I initially hoped to stay a few days and tour Houston, but alas, I needed to get back to help prepare our players for the Teams, and so flew back on Monday morning. Steve promises to run it again next year, and so that time I will schedule a Houston tour either before or after. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Table Tennis Championships</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's the <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5298/2021-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF World Championships Page</a>, with schedules, results, and news items. It began today in Houston. (I would be there, but I have to be here in Maryland to prepare and coach players for the North American Teams this weekend.) </span></span></li> <li style="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/WorldTableTennis/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here is the World Table Tennis Video page</a>, where you can watch live videos of tables 3-10. (There doesn't seem to be video of tables 1 &amp; 2 there, but apparently they will start showing those matches on Day 3. <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/livevideo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video schedule</a>. See note below on Tables 1 &amp; 2 videos.) USA's Barbara Wei, Adam Bobrow, Jimmy Butler, Timothy Wang, and Roger Dickson will be doing commentating on some of these tables. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Tables 1 &amp; 2: To see the action on these tables, I'm told you have to subscribe to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WTT/?__cft__%5b0%5d=AZXbsAFBF6M_2XvQALJIgBf0_9uazZi16h-3-YJRN02iEAuekUASe6YZnNaYa7FMjoBL-qqf5pjEYNYWsnqdYB97JCNevaZbQhonvSH-2suLLS0LsQ4RERN5bJg-2QX4KW3VXj2E-1T6Z25asg5zrg6C1nEnbgum0QeGD9HYWM2N_L3DOkcsUVAPGgPrFLJtW30&amp;__tn__=R%5d-R" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis</a>, then click on Live or download the <a href="https://apps.apple.com/.../world-table.../id1543931750" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis App</a>. </span></span></li> <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/Features/2021/November/21/ITTF-Worlds-2021-Watch-the-Draw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF Worlds: Watch the Draw</a> (37:58), in case you want to see how the draws at the Worlds were made. </span></span></li> <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/2021/11/15/houston2021-trophies-landed/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Houston, The Trophies Have Landed</a>.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USA-China Ping-Pong Diplomacy</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/2021/11/22/historical-china-usa-pairs-enter-world-table-tennis-championships-50th-anniversary-ping-pong-diplomacy/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Historical China-USA Pairs Enter World Table Tennis Championships on 50th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy</a>, from ITTF news</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQw8Jo_Sd38&amp;ab_channel=LeonLibin" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Training Match of Joint Chinese-American Pairs</a>: Lily Zhang (USA)/Lin Gaoyuang (CHN) and Kanak Jha (USA)/Wang Manyu (CHN) (11:51)</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://thebaffler.com/latest/great-power-competitions-feldblum" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Great Power Competitions: How ping-pong redirected diplomacy between the United States and China</a>, from The Baffler</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bFDkKx9IIE&amp;ab_channel=CGTNAmerica" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Jeff Moon on U.S.-China ping pong diplomacy</a> (3:04) from CGTN</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/22/world/meanwhile-in-america-november-23-intl/index.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Can the US and China Ping-Pong Their Way to Peace Again?</a>, from CNN</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2021 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/5275/2021-ittf-pan-american-championships/#information" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the ITTF page</a>, with complete results and news for the event held Nov. 13-19, 2021, in Lima, Peru. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>North American Teams and US Open </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://joolateams.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the 2021 JOOLA North American Teams page</a>. The event will be held Nov. 26-28, 2021, in Washington DC. <a href="http://natabletennis.com/tournaments/listentries.php" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">There are 160 teams</a>. I'll be there! My first Teams (then in Detroit) was in 1976, my first year playing. I've been to every Teams since (Detroit, Baltimore, now DC) ever since - this will be my 45th in a row (not counting 2020, when it was cancelled due to Covid). Originally I always went as a player, then as a player/coach, now just as a coach. I'd likely be at the Worlds in Houston except I'm committed to coaching at the Teams. It's silly that USATT/ITTF chose the same time frame to run the Worlds as the Teams, which were already scheduled. </span></span></li> <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/2021-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the 2021 US Open page</a>. The event will be held Dec. 17-22 in Las Vegas. There are currently <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=2058&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">680 entries</a>. I'll be there! My first US Open was in 1976, in Philadelphia, my first year playing. I've been to every US Open and US Nationals starting in 1984. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Timo Boll</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=gRTIfq2i71I" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Houston Vlog #2 - Early Blockbusters">Houston Vlog #2 - Early Blockbusters</a> (3:41)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyOfXrrFqB8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Houston Vlog #1 - Getting ready for the states">Houston Vlog #1 - Getting ready for the states</a> (4:20)</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=tEs_jMvKC0g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank" title="Last live update before World Championships">Last live update before World Championships</a> (34:29)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2 Backhand Loop &amp; 2 Forehand Loops</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-jishan-l-2-backhand-loop-2-forehand-loops/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (1:35) from Jishan Liang.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Game Play Drills</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-ted-li-game-play-drills/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (60 sec) from Ted Li.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Hit the Powerful Backhand Rocket Against Backspin</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=GaKJ34ZM1mE&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisTiLong-Pro" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (10:15) from Ti Long. </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/healthy-your-mind" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Healthy For Your Mind</a></span></span></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/pandemic-robot-training" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Pandemic Robot Training</a></span></span></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/just-play-game-or" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Just play the game! ...OR</a> ...Or call an umpire?</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Tom Lodziak</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.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/that-is-horrific-how-did-players-react-to-my-new-purple-rubber/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">"That is horrific!" How did players react to my new purple rubber?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/interview-with-dave-harvey-7-times-national-veteran-champion/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Interview with Dave Harvey, 7 times national veteran champion</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Coach Jon</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://t3atl.com/learning-to-spin/">Learning to Spin</a> (4:55)</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://t3atl.com/one-joint-one-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">One Joint…One Serve</a>: It’s all about a more focused approach to serving (4:57)</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://t3atl.com/all-about-backspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">All About Backspin</a> (11:18)</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/participants-for-the-2021-world-table-tennis-championships-in-houston/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Who Will Win Gold for the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships in Houston</a></span></span></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/shang-kun-will-be-absent-in-ttbl-2021/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Shang Kun Will Be Absent in TTBL 2021</a></span></span></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/best-professional-table-tennis-coach-in-china/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Best Professional Table Tennis Coach in 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.youtube.com/watch?v=mHhhAP1GRRQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Lin speaks English">Ma Lin speaks English</a> (12 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=tfqEhXFEsao" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Why 0 is called love in table tennis? [table tennis score]">Why 0 is called love in table tennis?</a> (4:30)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZJ9tPdF2CE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long, Xu Xin withdrew from World Table Tennis Championships in Houston">Ma Long, Xu Xin withdrew from World Table Tennis Championships in Houston</a> (8:12)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeQuGAlF-wc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Who will win the 2021 WTTC in Houston?">Who will win the 2021 WTTC in Houston?</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=K3Izkw1Kc-A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="China vs Japan [table tennis] World table tennis championship">China vs Japan World table tennis championship</a> (41 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=WczQzUq6lQA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="What is a let serve in table tennis?">What is a let serve in table tennis?</a> (13:06)</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=fQgnVZmF_ak" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="beautiful girl with hammer forehand (Shanghai transportation university)">Beautiful girl with hammer forehand (Shanghai transportation university)</a> (7:23)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5AlnQRlQxA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Zhang Jike training in 2021">Zhang Jike training in 2021</a> (6:21)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L27RUvyoBs8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="何志文 (He Zhiwen) the legend in table tennis at 59 years old">He Zhiwen the legend in table tennis at 59 years old</a> (45:21)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE0EZ0BC4t8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="[table tennis] Amazing junior level in China">Amazing junior level in China</a> (4:32)</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=dKRoxvpltuA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Choreiking - the smartest table tennis racket in the world">Choreiking - the smartest table tennis racket in the world</a> (7:11)</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=GgjDsa7LfkQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Cao Wei vs Sun Yingsha (Men vs Women)">Cao Wei vs Sun Yingsha (Men vs Women)</a> (72 min)</span></span></li> </ul> <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/watch?v=Ab4-lNHucIQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Team China lineup for world table tennis championships Houston">Team China lineup for world table tennis championships Houston</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=fk_KH2fsatY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Video analysis of the point">Video analysis of the point</a> (1:21)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wECuSr3xPQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Technology in table tennis">Technology in table tennis</a> (6:32)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Worlds Visa Issues</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are three somewhat cryptic ITTF news items involving visa issues at the Worlds and USATT. </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://documents.ittf.sport/sites/default/files/public/2021-11/20211022_EC_on-line_Decisions.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Executive Committee Meeting: Decisions Taken</a> (Oct. 22, 2021)</span></span></li> <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/2021/11/15/ittf-emergency-executive-committee-meeting-called/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF Emergency Executive Committee Meeting Called</a> (Nov. 15, 2021)</span></span></li> <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/2021/11/19/statement-following-ittf-executive-committee-meeting-18-november/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Statement following the ITTF Executive Committee Meeting on 18 November</a> (Nov. 19, 2021)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>RIP: Bill Guilfoil - Memories</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://vimeo.com/647598334" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (6:42). Bill died on Nov. 12, six days short of his 99th birthday. <a href="https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/kansascity/name/martin-guilfoil-obituary?id=31612236" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's his legacy obituary</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Two Sisters Tashiya and Tiana Excel at Pan Am TT Championship</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://epaper.dailynews.lk/Home/ShareArticle?OrgId=bc25ca08" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> from The Daily News ePaper.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping-Pong Phenomenon Estee Ackerman Visits Hempstead Town</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=uQocHaCoL-8&amp;ab_channel=TownofHempstead" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (3:40). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Young Hockey Goalies Tried Table Tennis to Improve Coordination - It Worked</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/young-hockey-goalies-table-tennis-study-1.6221171" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article and video</a> (2:55).</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/world-championships-houston-preview/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">World Championships Houston: 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/world-championships-houston-the-draw/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">World Championships Houston: The Draw</a></span></span></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-gold-coast-table-tennis-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">WAB Club Feature: Gold Coast 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/2021-panam-results-calderano-and-diaz-take-singles-titles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2021 PanAm Results: Calderano and Diaz Take Singles Titles</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Call for Nominations: The Center for SafeSport Athlete Director</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/Features/2021/November/19/Call-for-Nominations-The-Center-for-SafeSport-Athlete-Director" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the USATT info page</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Help Wanted: ITTF High Performance Manager</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://ittf.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=92" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the ITTF help wanted info page</a>. "Main Responsibility: The High Performance Manager will be responsible for the development, management, improvement and monitoring of various programs and projects within the High Performance Unit that aim at establishing a high performance platform within the international Table Tennis community in the pursue of the related strategic objectives set in the ITTF Strategic Plan."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Presentation of the Candidates for the ITTF Executive Committee</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/2021/11/19/presentation-candidates-ittf-executive-committee/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article and video</a> (73 min) from the ITTF. Sixteen people are running for eight positions, including USATT CEO Virginia Sung, China's Liu Guoliang, and French coach Michel Gadal (Jean-Philippe Gatien's coach). </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>Cartoon Ping Pong Paddle Shirt, Anyone</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/435371489059024362/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here it is</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>I Don't Like the Looks of This . . . This is a Ping-Pong Ball!</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/pingpongmancolorado/photos/854278721915620" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the NASA cartoon</a>! (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/258481827_854275441915948_4080648012101081843_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=e3f864&amp;_nc_ohc=nyY7HmPlXVIAX82zlff&amp;tn=QQdrFujAHTtuY7ZA&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=3c199713568be4c366036dceffae612a&amp;oe=61A23A9D" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">non-Facebook version</a>.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Fiery 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/108085761600840/videos/292147385645874" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (50 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Waterbomb Special</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=FMKB3RS9mNs&amp;ab_channel=XOLAY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (3:57) from XOLAY!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Playing Table Tennis With Your Wife - 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/watch?v=VgeoUsQLxao&amp;ab_channel=FUNLAND" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (37 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Superheroes Playing Ping-Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5R_WGgCtEE&amp;ab_channel=puntoSpicos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (3:51), with Batman, Spider-Man, Deadpool, and Wonder Woman!</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, 11/22/2021 - 12:51</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, 22 Nov 2021 12:51:01 +0000 Larry Hodges 3331 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3331#comments November 15, 2021 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3330 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 15, 2021</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/3329" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Don't Give a Quick Player Too Many Short Balls</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>MDTTC Open, Weekend Coaching, and Jordan, Oh My!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was held this past weekend at the Maryland Table Tennis Center, where I coach. Here are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=1988" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">complete results</a>, care of Omnipong. I spent much of Saturday coaching matches, including Stanley Hsu in the semifinals and final of the Open. (I wish I could blog about the tactics used, but alas, that's secret.) Here are the <a href="https://usatt.simplycompete.com/t/pl/14263?embedded=">rating results</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I also helped coach the Novice Junior Class on Sunday, 5:30-7:00PM. Lots and lots of multiball!!! Most of it involved on player on ball pickup, one doing multiball, and one shadow-practicing behind him. I also had them do some two-person multiball drills, so two players could do multiball at the same time. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Meanwhile, I'm preparing to coach for a week at the ITTF Hopes Camp and Tournament in Jordan, Dec. 8-14. (I fly out on Dec. 6.) The top 20 boys and 20 girls from around the world will be there. (Except for China, which doesn't seem to be participating in this.) I'll be coaching Ryan Lin, the US #1 eleven-year-old until he turned twelve a week ago. Also going are Mandy Yu (with coach Wei Qi) and Tashiya Piyadasa (coached by father Thilina). The time-consuming part is that ITTF requires all 37 coaches who are going to take a three-week online course. I did the first week's course already, finishing it yesterday. The next session goes up next Thursday, and the final one the Thursday after that (Thanksgiving). With these courses, the Jordan trip itself, the World Hardbat Championships, the North American Teams, and the US Open, this next month is going to be extremely busy. But thanks goes to USATT, USATT High Performance Director Sean O'Neill, and Director of Para Programs Jasna Rather (who obviously is involved in other activities besides Para) for their help in organizing the Jordan trip!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Joerg Bitzigeio Arbitration</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I've blogged about USATT losing roughly $200,000 in the arbitration case with former High Performance Director Joerg Bitzigeio. USATT should have had a news item on this, where they not only could have been upfront with the membership, but could have given their side. Several people (including USATT board members and committee members) told me they have never heard about this and asked me where I get it from, since there has never been a USATT announcement on it. So here's a public notice from June, 2021, from the law firm of Benezra &amp; Culver, <a href="https://denveremploymentlawyer.com/firm-prevails-in-two-arbitration-hearings-trials/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Firm Prevails in Two Arbitration Hearings/Trials</a> (see paragraph 4). </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In August of 2020, our firm participated in an arbitration hearing for its client, Joerg Bitzigeio against his former employer, USA Table Tennis (“USATT”). Mr. Bitzigeio is the former high performance Director of USATT. During his tenure, the US Table Tennis team experienced unprecedented success. Nonetheless, a new Executive Director essentially forced him from his position and failed to pay him the $90,000 in severance due to him under his employment agreement if USATT materially reduced his job responsibilities. After the hearing/trial, the arbitrator awarded Mr. Bitzigeio $90,000 in severance and $8, 222.57 in prejudgment interest. It also ordered USATT to reimburse Mr. Bitzigeio for the $74, 931.50 in attorney fees and the $7,67.40 in costs that he incurred pursuing his claim.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">If you add up the numbers, it shows that USATT was forced to pay about $174,000. But that doesn't include USATT's own legal fees, which presumably would have been similar to Joerg's - so perhaps about $75,000. So that comes to about $250,000 in all, more than my initial estimate. (Perhaps USATT's legal fees were less, but we have no way of knowing without their telling us. And note that while we would have had to pay the $90,000 fee to Joerg either way, in this case we had to pay it while simultaneously paying the salary of his successor.) Hopefully, nobody is going to get mad at me for publicizing a public matter that's already public about a public organization! </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/5275/2021/2021-ittf-pan-american-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the ITTF page</a> for the event taking place now in Lima, Peru, Nov. 13-19. There have been three ITTF news items so far, all featuring USA players. </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/2021/11/15/unexpected-semi-finalists-no-surprise/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Unexpected semi-finalists but no surprise">Unexpected semi-finalists but no surprise</a></span></span></li> <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/2021/11/14/biggest-upset-since-restart-sarah-jalli-stakes-claim/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Biggest upset since restart, Sarah Jalli stakes claim">Biggest upset since restart, Sarah Jalli stakes claim</a></span></span></li> <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/2021/11/13/defending-champions-face-exacting-times-lima/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Defending champions face exacting times in Lima">Defending champions face exacting times in Lima</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Classic Hardbat World Championship in Houston</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1129-1.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the info page</a> - it's this Sunday! I'm playing in it, along with Jim Butler, AJ Carney, and many others - here's the <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=1986&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">player listing</a>. I'm coaching until 4PM on the Saturday before, then driving straight to the airport for a 7PM flight (arriving at 9:45PM), play on Sunday at 8:30 AM, fly back Monday morning. (So next week's blog will likely be on Tuesday.) Great thanks to Steve Claflin (former junior star) for setting this up. Here's an article on a Malta star flying in for it: <a href="https://hittmalta.mt/hardbat-world-championship/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Mario Genovese Ready for the Classic Hardbat World Championship in Texas</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT to Conduct Elections for Elite Athlete Seats on the Board of Directors</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/Features/2021/November/08/USATT-to-Conduct-Elections-for-Elite-Athlete-Seats-on-Board-of-Directors" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the USATT news item</a>. "Pursuant to Newly Adopted Bylaws, Eligible Elite Athletes Will Choose Four Representatives to Serve on the USATT Board of Directors in Two Separate Elections – Eligible Elite Athletes Are Encouraged to Submit Their Request to Run in Elite Athlete Elections Starting Today." As of now, I know of four players running in the first election for two spots: Lily Zhang, Nikhil Kumar, Tahl Leibovitz, and Jennifer Johnson. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF Emergency Executive Committee Meeting Called [About Worlds in Houston]</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/2021/11/15/ittf-emergency-executive-committee-meeting-called/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the ITTF news item</a>. The main discussion will be related to the remaining entry and visa issues for the Worlds in Houston. But it also has this seemingly cryptic statement: "As USA Table Tennis issued a legal letter to the ITTF insisting that the Annual General Meeting must be held in the United States in accordance with the ITTF Constitution, this therefore also obliges them to perform their duties. The ITTF now must look at measures in the highly likely case that these duties will not all be met."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Hardest Step in Table Tennis - the Step Around</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=cRLoBTb7m6Y&amp;ab_channel=TimoBoll" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (1:26) from Timo Boll.</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/top-rated/lucky-balls" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lucky Balls</a></span></span></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-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Excessive Celebration</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ball Placement</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-brian-pace-ball-placement/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (58 sec) from Brian Pace. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Forehand &amp; Backhand Counterlooping</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-angel-forehand-backhand-counterlooping/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (46 sec) from Angel Luis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Continuous Forehand Loop Development</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-jinxin-continuous-forehand-loop-development/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (1:58) from Jinxin Wang. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Opening Attack &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-wang-hui-opening-attack-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (60 sec) from Wang Hui. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Backhand &amp; Forehand Attack with 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-patryk-zyworonek-backhand-forehand-attack-with-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (65 sec) from Patryk Zyworonek</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Key to Consistency</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://t3atl.com/the-key-to-consistency/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (4:42) from Coach Jon. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Seth Pech vs. Andrew Cao 2021 Edgeball 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=O0c9e4jLaa8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (10:58) from Seth, who gives point-by-point analysis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Felix Lebrun vs Chuang Chih-Yuan Analysis of the Points</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=LQDc92OAXu0&amp;ab_channel=PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (1:54) 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>How to Hit Backhand with Long Pimples Against Backspin</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=5-0CnTZY1cg&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisTiLong-Pro" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (6:49) from Ti Long. </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/doubles-serving-rules-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Doubles Serving Rule</a></span></span></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/final-warm-up-houston-wttc-2021-ma-long-vs-fan-zhendong/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Final Warm-up Houston WTTC 2021 - Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong</a></span></span></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/10-reasons-why-table-tennis-is-a-great-sport/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ten Reasons Why Table Tennis is a Great 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.youtube.com/watch?v=KeQDymBoaYg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Concentration in table tennis with Miu Hirano">Concentration in table tennis with Miu Hirano</a> (3:03)</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=rg_z1nxt64Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Te vs Chen Meng (Men vs Women)">Ma Te vs Chen Meng (Men vs Women)</a> (48:57)</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=QX5KV_TzrhY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong | Final 2021 Warm-up for WTTC">Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong | Final 2021 Warm-up for WTTC</a> (10:21)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St2m__P-j2k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="What is the most important skill in table tennis?">What is the most important skill in table tennis?</a> (14:02)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>15th Si and Patty Wasserman Junior/Open Tournament Results and Photos</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/15th-si-and-patty-wasserman-junior-open-tournament-results-and-photos/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the links page</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Coach Lin: "Get Better with Me"</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/CoachLin%C2%A0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video site</a> I recently discovered. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Portland Ping-Pong Club Needs Better Lighting</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/installing-led-light-bulbs-for-better-lighting" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the fundraiser</a>! Junior star Kevin Nguyen is leading the charge to raise $4000 for the better lighting. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Player Killed In Chicago</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletennischicago.com/table-tennis-player-killed-in-chicago/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article/obit and video</a> (2:35) on Shaoxiong 'Dennis' Zheng.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>FISU World University Games Announcement</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/Features/2021/November/10/FISU-World-University-Games-Announcement-Table-Tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the USATT news item</a>. "With the US Open being just a little over a month away, many athletes will be preparing for one of the biggest events at the Open; the University Games Trials."</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="2021%20PanAm%20Update:%20Lily%20Zhang,%20Adriana%20Diaz,%20Calderano,%20Aguirre%20Advance" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">2021 PanAm Update: Lily Zhang, Adriana Diaz, Calderano, Aguirre Advance</a></span></span></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-featured-club-houston-international-table-tennis-academy/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">WAB Featured Club: Houston International Table Tennis Academy</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/focusing-on-new-players-post-pandemic-rhode-island-club/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Focusing on New Players Post-Pandemic: Rhode Island 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/flipped-script-in-slovenia-four-chinese-advance-to-quarters/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Flipped Script in Slovenia: Four Chinese Advance to Quarters</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Timo Boll: Fan Zhendong is the Favorite, But Other Chinese Look Vulnerable</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://edgesandnets.com/2021/11/11/timo-boll-fan-zhendong-is-the-favorite-but-other-chinese-look-vulnerable/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> from Edges and Nets. </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><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's their <a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">news page</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ittfchannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">video page</a> ("World Table Tennis") and <a href="https://www.ittf.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">home page</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>$120,000 YouTuber Ping Pong Competition!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://youtu.be/gGWc2FfTYSU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (2hr 54min)! Adam Bobrow does some commentating. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Zazzle 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.zazzle.com/s/table+tennis+shirts" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Take your pick</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>TT Trump Shows Different Grips</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=r5GO87bZ2Y8&amp;ab_channel=ldb579932" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (7:57) from Larry "Trump" Bavly!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>No Look Shots from Level 1 to 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=qG749egNMZI&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (3:45) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Adam vs. Toa 2.0</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=xC-7nqiIL0U&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (15:36) from Adam Bobrow! You should see the kid bouncing the ball on the handle of his racket while riding a scooter. </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, 11/15/2021 - 18:01</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, 15 Nov 2021 18:01:36 +0000 Larry Hodges 3330 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3330#comments November 8, 2021 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3328 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 8, 2021</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/3327" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Relentlessly Reliable Receives with Systematic Practice</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and Upcoming Schedule</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It almost didn't happen. On Thursday I took the Pfizer booster shot. Alas, I was one of the small minority to have a bad reaction to it. I spent much of Thursday night shaking in bed, feeling like I was freezing to death and nauseous. It wasn't helped that the heating in my house had broken down and the temperature dropped to around 50 degrees inside! On Friday, I was still nauseous and could only eat cream of wheat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (But I got the heating problem fixed.) By Saturday I was still a bit weak and slightly nauseous (cream of wheat for breakfast and lunch, then a real meal for dinner), but I managed to coach two group sessions at the club. However, having these symptoms is far better than the alternative - having the real thing!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Saturday was "multiball day" - for both the beginning and advanced junior groups I fed multiball nearly the whole session, with a twist at the end of each session. At the end of the beginning class session, I and other coaches hit live with the students, who took turns, staying up until they missed three shots. At the end of the advanced session, we had the advanced kids feed each other multiball. Yeah, I'm training them to take my place, so I'm no longer needed!!!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">For the advanced session on Sunday, I was a practice partner - and this is where I realized those two days in bed from the booster reaction was still affecting me as I struggled to move. But I got better as the session continued. We finished with Brazilian Teams doubles, where doubles teams stayed up until they lost a point or won three in a row. I was with Riley Yang, and we did surprisingly well! I dominated with my serves (not easy in doubles!) and otherwise just kept the ball in play and let Riley do the damage. But I pulled off a nice backhand loop near the end for a winner! (We won't talk about the short serve that I somehow got aced by.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One nice thing is that several of the kids from the recent Ecuador trip have sent me thank you notes and cards. They have no idea how much they are appreciated!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My upcoming table tennis schedule is packed. Here are the highlights, excluding the normal group sessions.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Nov. 13-14: Coaching at the <a href="https://mdttc.com/tournaments/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">MDTTC 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">Nov. 20-22: Competing at the <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1129-1.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Classic Hardbat World Championship</a> in Houston. Here's the <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=1986&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">list of players</a>. I coach two group sessions the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 20, then fly out that night to Houston, compete all day on Sunday, and fly back on Monday morning, Nov. 22, just in time to help prepare our players for the upcoming Teams. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Nov. 26-28: Coaching at the <a href="http://joolateams.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">JOOLA North American Teams</a>. This will be my 46th consecutive year playing or coaching at the Teams, starting in 1976 and excluding 2020, when it was cancelled due to the pandemic. (I've also been to every US Open and US Nationals starting in 1984, and several before that, including the 1976 US Open.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dec. 6-15: Coaching Ryan Lin at the <a href="https://www.ittf.com/hpd/programmes/athletes/hopes-program-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF Hopes in Jordan</a>. This is for the best players in the world under age 12 (as of Jan. 1) - though China isn't participating. Other US players going are Mandy Yu (with coach Wei Qi) and Tashiya Piyadasa (coached by father Thilina). </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dec. 16-22: Coaching and playing hardbat events at the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2021-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">US Open</a> in Las Vegas. (I'm normally a sponge player, but play hardbat on the side and have won a lot of titles.) I'm only entered in Hardbat Singles (which I've won twice at the Open or Nationals) and Hardbat doubles (which I've won 14 times!). Alas, no hardbat age events at the Open - I've won Over 40 Hardbat six times and am the current National Champion in Over 40 and Over 60 Hardbat. Because of school (especially for those who took off up to two weeks for the recent Hopes, Pan Am Youth, and ITTF Contender tournaments in Ecuador), most of the MDTTC juniors are not attending the US Open. But they are all playing in the Teams (above) and attend the Nationals each year en masse. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dec. 22-26: Family gathering in San Francisco.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dec. 27-Jan. 1: I'm toying with taking off a few days and training as a player, possibly at the Samson Dubina camp in Akron, OH. If so, I'd be going up with Ryan Lin and his dad. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Christmas Table Tennis Book Shopping</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It's that time of year again - time to do your Xmas shopping, either for some other table tennis player, or for yourself. (Interesting tidbit - I sell almost as many table tennis books in November and December as the rest of the year combined - lots of Christmas shoppers.) Here are some choices.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;<a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Books by </a><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Larry Hodges</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="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></span></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></span></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/Table-Tennis-Success-Larry-Hodges/dp/0873224035" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis: Steps to Success</a> (out of print)</span></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.usatt.net/organization/instructors_guide.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Instructor's Guide to Table Tennis</a> (out of print)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;Books by Dan Seemiller</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Table-Tennis-Skills-Strategies/dp/B089TZTLKT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Winning Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Revelations-Ping-Pong-Champion-Dan-Seemiller/dp/1537589237" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Revelations of a Ping-Pong Champion</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Smash-Moments-Memories-Dan-Seemiller/dp/B08Y4HC7WR" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Smash! Moments, Memories, and Tips</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;Books by Samson Dubina</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/100-Days-Table-Tennis-Advice/dp/1511643013" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">100 Days of Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Why-Table-Tennis-Aspects-Change/dp/B089M54Z7X" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Why Table Tennis?: 10 Aspects of the Sport That Will Change Your Life</a> by Samson Dubina, Sarah Jalli, and Jacob Boyd</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;Books by Dora Kurimay</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/Stories-Mental-Toughness-Off-Table/dp/1649701519" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">My Stories of Mental Toughness On and Off the Table</a></span></span></li> <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/gp/product/B0073V98C0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Get Your Game Face On!</a></span></span></li> <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/Your-Game-Face-Like-Pros/dp/1499714246" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Get Your Game Face On Like The Pros!: Mental Skills And Lifestyle Choices To Achieve Peak Performance And Play Your Best Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Get-Your-Game-Face-Workbook/dp/1649707819" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Get Your Game Face On Workbook: How to Develop Your Mental Game</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;Books by Tim Boggan</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.timboggantabletennis.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">History of US Table Tennis</a>, Volumes 1-23</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;Books by Graham Frankel</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/Kates-Progress-inspiring-table-tennis-ebook/dp/B09BZ9YDP9" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Kate's Progress: An Inspiring Table Tennis Story</a></span></span></li> <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.co.uk/PING-personal-perspective-table-tennis/dp/B08C7DV88B" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ping! A Personal Perspective on Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;Other Table Tennis Books Published in 2020-2021</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/Peak-Performance-Table-Tennis-Potential/dp/1782552286" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Peak Performance Table Tennis</a>, by Kevin Finn</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://e-campus.trans-faire.fr/presentation-of-the-book-michel-gadal/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Reflections on Excellence</a>, by Michel Gadal</span></span></li> <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/SPIN-Tips-tactics-table-tennis-ebook/dp/B08GH8FP16" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Spin: Tips and Tactics to Win at Table Tennis</a>, by Tom Lodziak</span></span></li> <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/Takes-Balls-Play-Table-Tennis/dp/B08HGPYYK1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">It Takes Balls to Play Table Tennis</a>, by Gerard Desmond Flanagan</span></span></li> <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.co.uk/gp/product/B08F6TXRBM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis From Then Till Now</a>, by Rowden Fullen</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Bylaws</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In my blog last week, I wrote about <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3326#USATTBylaws" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT Bylaws Problems</a>, focusing on the new Bylaw 7.5 that will allow a majority of the board to appoint another board member, thereby further cementing their majority. If they choose to take advantage of this bylaw, I'm not going to hesitate to call it what it is - a power grab. This one is by far the most problematic one. But my idealist side tells me there's no way they can fail to fix this bylaw - right? Seriously, I'll be impressed by the board member who first stands up and proposes fixing it. (And while I may sound critical below, I do appreciate the time and effort spent on redoing all these bylaws . . . again. We do seem to spend a lot of time doing that.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/October/07/USA-Table-Tennis-Board-of-Directors-Posts-Proposed-Bylaw-Revisions-for-Member-Comment" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT news item</a> about the proposed bylaws (since passed). <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/usatt/proposed-bylaw-revisions-october-2021" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the actual revisions</a>. Here are a few problems. (And note that while some of these perhaps could be explained, the simple reality is that they have <i>not</i> been publicly explained to my knowledge - and the idea of "never explain," often cited as a leadership principle, doesn't work in a public organization like USATT, or really any other organization or group with thinking, reasoning members.) The document to go over, comparing the changes to the previous version, is 106 pages, so I haven't even come close to examining it line by line. If someone else wants to do a more thorough analysis and puts it online, and it's done thoughtfully, I'll likely link to it. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In 7.10, it says, "At the end of 2020, the Directors were selected in accordance with these Bylaws and all Directors began their four (4) years terms on January 1, 2021." This does not seem to be accurate. Many of the board actually began their terms in 2020, some as early as February, 2020. While some have made the argument that these board members didn't start their term on the "permanent board" until Jan. 1, 2021, that is not true. For example, in the minutes of the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/BOD/Minutes/2020/USATT---Minutes-of-the-Board---20-06-01c.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=A9016EE714387CAD83FD9DB81F229E5945E1EE56" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">June 1, 2020 board meeting</a>, it specifically states that five people had been appointed to the "permanent board" - and three of them are still on it, with terms that started well before Jan. 1, 2021. (The minutes even say that the USOPC required USATT have a permanent Board in place by June 1, 2020.) By putting in the bylaws that their terms began on Jan. 1, 2021, they seem to have increased their four-year terms an extra seven months. I wish they could have simply put in that the initial terms would be slightly longer so as to get to that nice, tidy Jan. 1 date for terms to begin.  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It says, "all Directors began their four (4) years terms on January 1, 2021," but this isn't correct in another way. As I've blogged about a number of times, initially the board did not allow the National Collegiate Director his position on the board, despite it being required by both the USATT bylaws and the USOPC's Ted Stevens Act, until Feb. 22, 2021, and so he did not begin his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2021. Why put something in the bylaws that is factually incorrect? (And this also doesn't change the problem that for nearly a full year before Jan. 1, 2021, USATT had a board that was setting up procedures for the "permanent board," but did not allow the NCTTA rep to be seated and take part in this.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In 7.13, it says, "Unless otherwise restricted by law, by the articles of incorporation or by these Bylaws, any Director or the entire Board may be removed, with or without cause." It then explains how individual members may be removed. But how would the "entire Board" be removed? It doesn't say who can do this. Twice in the past the USOPC has stepped in and done this, but this doesn't specify they are the ones who can do this. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There is also some confusion about the term "permanent board." For example, in the minutes of the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/BOD/Minutes/2020/USATT---Minutes-of-the-Board---20-06-01c.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=A9016EE714387CAD83FD9DB81F229E5945E1EE56" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">June 1, 2020 board meeting</a>, it refers to the "Appointment of Permanent Board" as taking place by June 1, 2020. While this can be interpreted multiple ways, some believe they appointed themselves as permanent members of the board! However, since they are individually listed as having their terms end on Dec. 31, 2024, they are obviously not permanent. (They simply have longer than four-year terms, since they took office seven months before Jan. 1, 2021.)  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Perfect Receive Position</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=TEj2Dno31SA&amp;ab_channel=TimoBoll" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (1:58) from Timo Boll. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Coaching DURING the Game</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/coaching-during-game" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> by Samson Dubina. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Slow Down! You're Playing Too Fast</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/slow-down-youre-playing-too-fast/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">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>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=_xELEgQ1k-4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to use Backhand against backspin easily">How to use Backhand against backspin easily</a> (8:45)</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=lUTLexlAmSU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Side to Side Footwork from basic to advanced and exercises | Tutorial">Side to Side Footwork from basic to advanced and exercises</a> (8:29)</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/what-is-a-let-serve-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">What is a Let Serve 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI3p6-v3wcA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Perfect synchronization in table tennis: Ma Long, Xu Xin">Perfect synchronization in table tennis: Ma Long, Xu Xin</a> (2:45)</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=3cevaKgGVzQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="4 basic table tennis techniques you should know">4 basic table tennis techniques you should know</a> (18:31)</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=BLz8dhoQ8R8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Aruna Quadri vs Maria Xiao (Men vs Women)">Aruna Quadri vs Maria Xiao (Men vs Women)</a> (23:02)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Executing the Short Forehand Push</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-tip-with-bob-chen-executing-the-short-forehand-push/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (78 sec) from Bob Chen. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Footwork and Stroke Chemistry</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-anav-gupta-footwork-and-stroke-chemistry/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (65 sec) from Anav Gupta.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Serve Attack &amp; Random Play</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-patryk-zyworonek-serve-attack-random-play/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (68 sec) from Patryk Zyworonek.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Counter Topspin</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=fvWyOJNsJHI&amp;ab_channel=eBaTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (49 sec) from eBaTT. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Punny Boy - the Forehand</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/punnyboychannel/posts/4183770351746401" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (3:04). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Why Your Next Table Tennis Racket Should Have a Straight Handle</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://t3atl.com/why-your-next-table-tennis-racket-should-have-a-straight-handle/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (7 min) from Coach Jon. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Reaction and Anticipation Training for Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqiNtQM7JWo&amp;ab_channel=Dr.TableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (6:25) from Dr. Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Train with Multiball Alone</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=gOqAPwhBdiQ&amp;ab_channel=Everythingtabletennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (4:23) from Everything Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>10th Anniversary Westchester Open</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/Features/2021/November/03/10TH-ANNIVERSARY-WESTCHESTER-OPEN" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the USATT article</a> by Will Shortz.</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 TTA</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-holds-world-university-games-trials-us-open" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">NCTTA Holds World University Games Trials at US OPEN!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.com/content/internship-career-advice-11s-and-more" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Internship, Career Advice, 1:1s and 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 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/liang-jingkun-wins-upset-filled-event-in-lasko/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Jingkun and Gerassimenko Top Upset-Filled Event in Lasko</a></span></span></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/following-the-infallible-chinese-in-lasko/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Following the “INfallible Chinese in Lasko</a></span></span></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-austin-table-tennis-club-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">WAB Club Feature: Austin Table Tennis Club</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Inspiring Conversations with Adam Davis of Salt Lake City TTC</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://voyageutah.com/interview/inspiring-conversations-with-adam-davis-of-salt-lake-city-table-tennis-club" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the article</a> from VoyageUta.</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><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's their <a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">news page</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ittfchannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">video page</a> ("World Table Tennis") and <a href="https://www.ittf.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">home page</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Point of the Day!! Champions League Day 1</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/ttsq.fr/videos/343316614221995" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">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>Table Tennis Jigsaw Puzzles</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=table+tennis+jigsaws+puzzles&amp;sxsrf=AOaemvLZQnyZeDfvKAOCd3iYeqgEXV63lw:1636392076434&amp;source=lnms&amp;tbm=shop&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwidgrfDo4n0AhXkhHIEHezQBmMQ_AUoAXoECAEQAw&amp;biw=2560&amp;bih=1329&amp;dpr=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's what my Google Search found</a>! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Best Table Tennis Players in the World</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8HEKLaXXfs&amp;ab_channel=Funny" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (20 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tears of My Opponents</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Funny-Ping-Pong-Mug-Opponents/dp/B078NS94PR" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the must-have table tennis mug</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Funny Serves</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=6XfsbO5ZEfQ&amp;ab_channel=Tabletennisshorts" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (7 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Stereotypes 5</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=ZTGDOLt8xPA&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (3:19) 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, 11/08/2021 - 18:01</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 08 Nov 2021 18:01:23 +0000 Larry Hodges 3328 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3328#comments November 3, 2021 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3326 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">November 3, 2021</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>Back from Ecuador</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was coaching in Ecuador for nearly three weeks, and it's been a month since I last blogged. And boy, is there a lot to cover! Here's a quick <b>Table of Contents</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="#Tip" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tip of the Week: Use Practice Matches to Practice</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="#Ecuador" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">19 Days Coaching in Ecuador</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="#USATTBylaws" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Bylaws Problems</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="#USOpenVolunteers" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Volunteers at the 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="#GeorgeBrathwaite" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">George Brathwaite Tribute</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="#PeakPerformance" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Peak Performance Table Tennis - new book by Kevin Finn</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="#WeekendCoaching" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Weekend Coaching and Halloween Party</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="#EverythingElse" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Everything Else</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a name="Tip" id="Tip"><b>Tip of the Week</b></a></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/3325" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Use Practice Matches to Practice</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a name="Ecuador" id="Ecuador"><b><i>=&gt;START ECUADOR</i></b></a></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>19 Days Coaching in Ecuador</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I returned last week from almost three weeks coaching in Cuenca, Ecuador. I could write a book on it!!! So much happened. For all their help in these events, I want to thank USA Table Tennis, High Performance Director Sean O'Neill, Team Leader Daniel Rutenberg, the players and parents, and my three fellow coaches - Thilina Piyadasa, Qiumars Hedayatian ("Q"), and Wei Qi. I also went to thank Ecuador Table Tennis for the excellent job they did in putting together these events. I also want to thank the umpires and referees for the professional jobs they did - I had no problems with them throughout. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">While in Ecuador, I went on a diet. First, I tried to limit my calory intake. Second, I stopped drinking soft drinks, in particular Dr Pepper, my go-to drink. Result? I lost eight pounds. But Stanley Hsu lost five, and he had less to lose - some of this due to getting sick. More on that below.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's a summary, with great apologies to anyone or anything left out. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>PART 1 - Oct. 10: Arrival.</b> There were a number of complications in getting to Cuenca. I was on a flight with Ryan Lin and his dad, Hung, connecting in Miami. But the flight to Miami was delayed, and we wouldn't have been able to make the flight to Cuenca. So we had to cancel that entire flight and get a new flight - this time connecting in Panama City, Panama!!! I have fond memories of my 61 minutes in Panama - 15 minutes sitting on the plane waiting to get off; 15 minutes speed walking through the airport and barely making it to our connection just minutes before they closed the door; and about half an hour sitting on the plane waiting to take off. Ah, the sites of Panama!!! (I told Ryan the famous palindrome about the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Panama Canal</a> and Teddy Roosevelt: "A Man, a Plan, a Canal . . . Panama!" (Of course, there's a bit more to the story, but I won't get into that.) Here's a good place to thank Steve Hsu (Stanley's dad) and Hung Ling (Ryan Lin's dad) for their help in arranging my flights - which seemingly had to be changed every day due to changing circumstances. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Then it was a 3.5-hour wild ride from sea level to Cuenca at 8400 feet altitude, a roller-coaster ride that went on and On and ON! I got pretty nauseous. Next time, on the way back, I remembered to take <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimenhydrinate" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Dramamine</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>PART 2 - Oct. 11-16: Hopes Week.</b> This involved a four-day camp and a two-day tournament. The camp was run by head coach Zoltan Batorfi and assistant coach Rafael Armendariz - and they did an excellent job. The top ten boys and girls from the Americas (under age 12 as of Jan. 1) took part. The four US players were Ryan Lin, Charles Shen, Manda Yu, and Tashiya Piyadasa. The two US coaches were myself (working with Ryan and Charles) and Thilina Piyadasa (working with Mandy and daughter Tashiya). I could write a book about this week alone!!! They trained six hours/day for four days, training with others in the group and multiball with the coaches. A key thing was adjusting to the thin air, where the ball travels differently than at sea level. (Most players were in this same situation, but some opponents were used to training at high altitude.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One of the boys in the camp wasn't eligible for Hopes (but was allowed to train with them), so there were nine boys and ten girls in the Hopes tournament. On the first day of the camp, I remember the smallest kid in the camp, Emanuel Otalvaro from Columbia, as he went about his training, seemingly always smiling, and often doing "silly" things like throwing weird experimental serves at people, or bouncing the ball against the side of the table over and over. He didn't seem to stand out in practice. But when the tournament began, that's when we discovered how consistent he was. He plays a soft, mostly off-table spinning, fishing, and lobbing game, about 2250 level. He dominated the Hopes on the boys' side, going 8-0. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Finishing tied for second were Enrique Rios of Puerto Rico (with a 2274 USATT rating) and Ryan Lin, both 6-2. (Charles came in fifth, just missing the playoffs.) But since Ryan had defeated Rios head-to-head (deuce in the fourth), Ryan finished second in the RR, Enrique third. However, there was a secondary stage, where the players who finished first and fourth, and second and third, played semifinals. And so Ryan played Enrique again. This time he was down 0-2 in games, but fought back to 8-all in the fifth. We had a timeout, I called two serves - and Enrique missed both! So Ryan won again, 11-8 in the fifth. In the final against Emanuel, Ryan lost the first badly, but made it to deuce the next two games (leading 10-8 in the third), but lost both. <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Hopes2.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's a picture of Ryan and Emanuel</a>. Ironically, they were the two smallest players in the camp. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On the girls' side, coached by Thilina, Mandy Yu came back in the final from down 0-2 to win against Dafne Sosa of Dominican Republic, while Tashiya finished third<a href="https://www.facebook.com/messenger_media/?thread_id=4711813228870353&amp;attachment_id=322614296333888&amp;message_id=mid.%24gABC9XoHBOtGCva9vq18jGnWaUo-o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">. Here's Mandy and Dafne</a>. And so USA came first and third on the girls' side, and second and fifth on the boys' side. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">CHEESEBURGER SPECIAL - Alas, I had made a promise that if a USA player came in first, I'd eat a cheeseburger. (<a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/1657" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the story behind that.)</a> And so, afterwards, they ordered a quarter pounder with cheese from McDonalds, and while everyone watched and cheered, I was forced to eat it!!! Thanks a bunch, Mandy!!! <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHLwiLL1WqI&amp;ab_channel=HungLin">Here's the video</a> (8:19) - <em>don't you dare watch it!!!</em></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Meanwhile, the Pan Am Youth players arrived on Thursday, Oct. 14, and began training on Friday (getting used to the air) for the Pan Am Under 11 and Under 13 Championships. How does the air affect players? On the first day, in the first five minutes of counterlooping, Xianyao broke four balls, Mu Du three, all off the edge of their rackets as the balls came in higher than expected. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>PART 3 - Oct. 18-24 - Pan Am Under 11 and Under 13 Championships</b>. Now USA had 16 players, 4 coaches, a team leader (Daniel Rutenberg), and 17 parents. We went from the 20 players in the Hopes to over 160 players from countries all over the Americas. <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5274/2021/2021-ittf-pan-american-u11-u13-champs/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the ITTF page</a>, with complete results and other info. (<a href="https://results.ittf.com/ittf-web-results/html/TTE5274/results.html#/reports" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">This page is probably better for results</a>.) Here <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5274/2021/2021-ittf-pan-american-u11-u13-champs/#news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">are ITTF News stories</a>, many of them featuring USA players. <a href="https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNrX49-p1JAPEaDCqkroG4D-5cd8RRYXkNaadl4wTCwrsvjl4LY4jotOvxaye0Yrw?key=MEo1NHYyeEYwY19lcnYtU0h6V1FxUzlHdXM4WmZn" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are pictures taken by Daniel</a>. Here's the <a href="https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNrX49-p1JAPEaDCqkroG4D-5cd8RRYXkNaadl4wTCwrsvjl4LY4jotOvxaye0Yrw/photo/AF1QipNjW8p9Mz8c2Z6ZG4t_CgxPOEL16U_rL2OI2Dsl?key=MEo1NHYyeEYwY19lcnYtU0h6V1FxUzlHdXM4WmZn" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">entire entourage</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Officially, I was in charge of Under 13 Boys (Stanley Hsu, Mu Du, He Xianyao, and Krish Gandhi); "Q" was in charge of Under 11 Boys (Kef Noorani, Brian Wu, Max Mouchinski, and Kyler Chen); Wei Qi in charge of Under 13 Girls (Amber Liu, Yishiuan Lin, Mandy Yu, and Aria Shi); and Thilina Piyadasa in charge of Under 11 Girls (Tashiya Piyadasa, Geetha Krishna, Abigail Yu, and Tiana Piyadasa). We each oversaw the training and daily schedule of the four in our charge. But for the tournament, where players in the same event would go out together, we coached players from outside our group. I ended up coaching mostly Stanley, Mu Du, Kyle, Max, Brian, Mandy, and one huge key match for Geetha. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I could write another book on this week. Instead, here are bullet points. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The coaches often worked one-on-one with the players. I had brought along my "racket bag," a huge racket case with four rackets - long pips with sponge (for choppers); long pips without sponge (for blockers); short pips; and antispin. Throughout the tournament I and other coaches would pull them out so players prepare for a player using that equipment. For example, Geetha had to play the second seed in Under 11 Girls' Singles, Paola Zerpa Flores of Venezuela, a chopper with long pips. I brought out the chopping blade and chopped to her for 45 minutes. We devised a tactical plan involving her using her short backhand pips to alternate driving and pushing, with mixed in forehand loops and smashes. Geetha then executed the tactics brilliantly and pulled off the upset, 3-2!!! Which led to her getting the bronze in singles. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the final of Under 11 Girls' Singles, Tashiya was down 1-2 in games and 0-5 in the fourth against Karolayn Maldonado of Ecuador. Tashiya won the next 15 points in a row (!), winning game five 11-4. Fourteen of those points came exactly the same way - she slow looped against a push, and the opponent blocked off. At high altitude, slow, spinny loops are deadly - they just shoot off the end when you block. The irony is that at high altitude, pushes are deadly as they jump at you and have more spin then expected (since there's less air resistance to take off the spin). But if a player just drops the racket and spins, the push becomes a trap, as they have to face that spinny loop. This tournament was Tashiya's coming out party - she swept Under 11 Girls' Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and Teams!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In Under 11 Boys' Doubles, Brian and Max faced the top-seeded and seemingly overwhelming favorites from Columbia, Emanuel Otalvaro and his partner, Juan Mineros. Emanuel swept singles in the Hopes and Pan Am Hopes Under 11. But Brian/Max pulled off the upset in the quarterfinals. Alas, in the semifinals, up 9-7 in the fifth, they lost to a pair from Guatemala. Kyler and Kef won the final over the Guatemalans. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We had downpours nearly every day. This led to some problems with humidity. Most were minor. But just before the Under 13 Boys' Team final (Stanley &amp; Mu Du vs. Puerto Rico), it not only downpoured, but it poured in through leaks in the roof onto the playing area. They postponed the final for an hour. But due to the essentially 100% humidity and the water pouring in, the players found their rackets were slick, and no amount of drying seemed to help more than temporarily. And so ball after ball slid off their rackets. This especially hurt Stanley and Mu Du, who play aggressive close-to-table looping games, and had to change their games dramatically. Stanley barely pulled out his two matches, but we lost the final 3-2. But the conditions simply weren't realistic - you won't play in humidity like that at the Olympics, Pan Ams, Worlds, Team Trials for any of these, the US Open, Nationals, or other major tournaments. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We also had a problem with noise, but that we need to get used to, as that's the norm at many tournaments, including the Worlds. During many matches people in the crowd chanted and played musical instruments during points. This meant the players couldn't hear the ball hit the table, a key part to timing. I'm told this is the norm in Latin American tournaments, and so our opponents were more used to this. It's not the norm in the US, so we weren't as prepared for it. I told the players to focus on watching the ball hit the table, which helped some. As with humidity, the noise affected certain players more than others. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The high altitude also caused problems. While the Hopes players had 24 hours of training to prepare for their tournament, the Pan Am Youth players only had ten hours, since we had to share the tables with other countries and so there was limited table time. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Another interesting dynamic we faced was the language. Latin American coaches called out advise between nearly every point, mostly in Spanish (the Brazilians in Portuguese). We couldn't do the same in English since many of the opposing coaches and players understood English. (I toyed with talking very fast!) Having Wei Qi coach our Chinese-speaking players (10 out of 16!) was an advantage as few, if any of the opponents understood Chinese. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And then the stomach virus struck. It started with Xianyao He, who came down sick just before the singles, with a 102 fever. (A doctor came in and diagnosed it.) He had to drop out of singles. Then we found out several of the parents had also come down with it. Then Stanley Hsu came down with it - not as bad as Xianyao's, but it put him in great discomfort. He tried to play singles - he was likely the favorite - but wasn't able to play effectively and lost to Sebastian Bedoya of Columbia, who Stanley had beaten 3-1 in the Teams. (Sebastian went on to win Under 13 over Enrique Rios.) And then I came down with the virus. I spent three days coaching while grabbing my stomach. It wasn't fun. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">A serious topic of discussion were the many "13-year-olds" who towered over me and looked like high school seniors. But they all had passports that "proved" they were 13. This was ironic, considering the two top Hopes players were the two smallest players, with the smallest winning. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">With all these tribulations, all 16 USA players won a medal! </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>PART 4 - October 25-27: ITTF Contender</b>. Most of the USA contingent left after the Pan Ams. But three players stayed for the final event - Stanley, Mu Du, and Kef. Also joining us was USA's Nathaniel Hwang and his dad, former USA junior star Dennis Hwang, now a medical doctor. Kef was in Under 11 and Under 13 Boys', the other three in Under 13 and Under 15 Boys. <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5318/2021/wttyouthcontender-cuenca/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the ITTF page</a>, with complete results and other info. <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5318/2021/wttyouthcontender-cuenca/#news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the ITTF News Page</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Kef got second in Under 11, losing the final to Emanuel. Once again Stanley seemed the favorite - and now he was healthy and pretty much used to the air! In the quarterfinals, he played Hamilton Hato Yamane of Brazil, a chopper/looper who Stanley and Mu Du had both beaten somewhat easily in the Pan Ams. At the Pan Ams, Hato had played very aggressively - so aggressive that I told Stanley and Mu Du to play him as an attacker who sometimes chopped. However, in the ITTF Contender, he switched to a steadier chopping game, and attacked less - but more effectively when he did. He caught Stanley off guard, winning the first two games at 4 and 8. Stanley won the next two easily at 4 and 5, and led 7-5 in the fifth. But he made some mistakes, and Hato attacked more, and Hato led 10-8 match point. Stanley deuced it but lost 12-10 in the fifth. Hato went on to win the event, defeating Enrique Rios in the final, 3-0. (Hato essentially came out of nowhere - nobody was looking at him as a contender.) There's a key tactical thing we'll need to work on next time the two play, but I can't really go over it here. Mu Du made the quarterfinals of Under 15, losing to Enrique. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And then it was time to leave - or was it? Kef, Nathaniel, and their dads had already left, but Stanley and his dad, Mu Du and his mom, and I were the last to leave, with a 4 AM pickup for the 3.5 hour ride to the airport. A<span style="color:black">t 11:25 PM, there was a knock on my door, the panicked van driver. It turns out a nationwide anti-government protest had just erupted, and that we needed to leave immediately. We quickly got our things together and went to the lobby. Unfortunately, the word came back that all the roads out of Cuenca were blocked by protesters, with fires, barricades, and rioters. We were shown images and video - it was pretty nasty. So, the five of us, and dozens of other players/coaches/parents from all over South America and elsewhere were stranded in the hotel. We couldn't even step outside due to the violence. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN_rW4Ph9ds&amp;ab_channel=T13">Here's video</a> (2:33).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">So we went back to bed and awaited our fate. At about 8AM, there was another knock on my door, and it was driver, saying the roads were now open. So we got into the van and took the 3.5 hour ride to the airport, just making our flight. (Others were not so lucky, and missed theirs.) And then, late that night, I was home!!!</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><i>=&gt;END ECUADOR</i></b></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a name="USATTBylaws" id="USATTBylaws"><b>USATT Bylaws Problems</b></a></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Last week, while I was in Ecuador, the USATT board passed <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/October/07/USA-Table-Tennis-Board-of-Directors-Posts-Proposed-Bylaw-Revisions-for-Member-Comment" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">a series of bylaws</a>. There are a number of problems with them, but I'm going to focus on one of them in this blog, buried in 106 pages of bylaw revisions. (I'll likely write about other problems in next week's blog.) </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">7.5: The Board, in its sole discretion, may also appoint an Interim Director until 2024. The Interim Director shall be either the Chair of the AAC or another member of the AAC as selected by the Board in its sole discretion.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">What does this mean? It means a majority of the board can now pad its majority by simply appointing another voting member (from anyone they choose from the Athletes Advisory Council) who fits in with their majority, thereby increasing their majority (for the next three years) by 1/11, or 9%. This is just wrong.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The US Senate is currently split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris the tie-deciding vote giving the Democrats the majority. Suppose the Democrats decided to appoint nine new members to the Senate (9%), thereby increasing their majority to 59-50. Or if they decided to increase their current 220-212 lead in the House (three vacancies) by 39 (9%), thereby increasing their lead to 259-212. Do you think Republicans would object? The same if the Republicans held the majority and padded their majority. Allowing a majority to arbitrarily increase their majority by 9% changes a small majority into a nearly insurmountable majority. And that's the point! They are literally appointing a majority representative to increase that majority. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Some will try to make the argument that, "We need this person on the board!" You can make the same argument for many people. Since the person they appoint will be an athlete from the AAC, that person will have the opportunity to run for not one, not two, not three, but four athlete rep positions on the board this fall. (See 7.6.4, the election of the four athlete representatives, and the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/November/01/USATT-to-Conduct-Elections-for-Elite-Athlete-Seats-on-Board-of-Directors" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT news item on the elections</a>.) If they need a specific person's advice, that person doesn't need to be on the board for that. But here's the key part - the USOPC has mandated that all Olympic sports have boards composed of at least 1/3 athletes, and so USATT will now have four athletes representing them - and yet, the USATT board wants to appoint another. Does USATT believe they know better than the athletes over who should represent them?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I hope the USATT board will rethink this one, and take out that provision. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a name="USOpenVolunteers" id="USOpenVolunteers"><b>US Open Volunteers</b></a></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/Features/2021/October/28/USA-Table-Tennis-Is-Seeking-Volunteers-for-2021-US-Open" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the USATT News Item</a>. I'm singling this one out for a reason - they no longer are offering hotel or partial air fare for volunteers. Normally, all volunteers get half a room and up to about $250 in air fare, along with two free events. This year - neither, just the two free events and a t-shirt for five days work. Presumably, this is because USATT is nearly broke, due to the pandemic and the roughly $200,000 lost in the (former high performance director) Joerg Bitzigeio arbitration case. But seriously, they really need to offer volunteers more than this. Five days of work, and to do so, you have to pay for your own flight and hotel?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There's another serious problem that I've already heard grumbling about. It says that the two events they play in cannot conflict with their shifts. But since they only know the starting time of their two events, how can they schedule their events and shifts so as to not conflict? This is the obvious question that the Volunteer form should have addressed. USATT needs to have someone oversee this, so volunteers can trade time slots or times so as to complete their events. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a name="GeorgeBrathwaite" id="GeorgeBrathwaite"><b>George Brathwaite Tribute</b></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.georgebraithwaite.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ping-Pong Legend George Braithwaite Honored in New York City Ceremony on Oct. 23, 2021</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTViU-4YLeM&amp;t=157s&amp;ab_channel=JulesApatini" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Documented Clips From The Chief George Braithwaite's Life Celebration Event</a> (6:27)</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=Nwqh9Nl6uKE&amp;t=709s&amp;ab_channel=JulesApatini" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Roosevelt Island Celebration Of The Life Of Chief George Braithwaite</a> (80 min)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a name="PeakPerformance" id="PeakPerformance"><b><span style="color:black">Peak Performance Table Tennis</span></b></a><b><span style="color:black">: Unlock Your Potential and Play Like the Pros</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://peakperformancetabletennis.com/book/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the new book</a> that just came out by <a href="https://peakperformancetabletennis.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Kevin Finn</a>, table tennis player and strength training and nutritional consultant. From the opening of the back cover: "What athlete hasn't become frustrated at losing a game, not because they were outplayed or outmatched, but because they gassed out, had a mental lapse, or just couldn't get in the zone? <i>Peak Performance Table Tennis</i> comprehensively covers those game aspects needed for peak performance and provides actionable steps for athletes to ensure they are in the best possible position to perform at their peak when it matters most."  </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">I haven't had a chance to read it - my reading queue is rather long - but I like the opening to the chapter on Tactical Skills on page 48: "When I first sat down to write this chapter, I unironically explored the possibility of simply making it one sentence long: 'Go buy Larry Hodges' Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers.' If you are at all interested in improving your game via tactics, that book is your one-stop shop!"</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a name="WeekendCoaching" id="WeekendCoaching"><b>Weekend Coaching </b></a><b>and the MDTTC Halloween Party</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">After 19 days in Ecuador, it was great to be back coaching at MDTTC! It took only minutes to adjust to playing at sea level again - going up is hard, coming down is easy. (Of course, I didn't really train much at high altitude, so unlike the players, I didn't really get as used to playing in the thin air.) On Saturday, Oct. 30, we had the Halloween party - not at MDTTC, but at a local park, where we had a barbecue (hamburgers and hot dogs) and a huge number of other food dishes brought in by players and parents, about 70 of us in all. The kids came in costume. Lots of games were played, from beanbag toss to throwing a football and frisbee around. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Then it was back to MDTTC. My first session back was with the Beginning kids, where we did (as usual) lots of stroking and footwork drills. Then came the advanced group (1800-2350), where I fed multiball for about 90 minutes. On Sunday and Monday, I worked with the advanced group again - including much of the sessions as a practice partner. One drill involved a player serving long to backhand, receiver backhand looping it back, and then into a footwork drill - but the kids had a hard time returning my tricky long serves, where I vary the spin and serving motion. I do need to spend some time just serving to some of them. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a name="NewsoftheLastMonth" id="NewsoftheLastMonth"><b>News of the Last Month</b></a></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">If I were to comprehensively cover every table tennis news item that went up this past month, as I often do, this blog would be rather looooong. Instead, here are some links to browse. </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/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Documents/BOD/Minutes/2021/USATT---Minutes-of-the-Board---21-10-19a.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=ECDB01CC1119BB3D8D2AABB870196EA9D88E7943" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Minutes of USATT Board Meeting on Oct. 4, 2021</a></span></span></li> <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/features" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">USATT News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Butterfly News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://edgesandnets.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Edges and Nets</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLWPXg37Nt-R7gmLcVMx0gA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Timo Boll</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Samson Dubina</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/articles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tom Lodziak</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://t3atl.com/blog/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Coach Jon</a></span></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/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">NCTTA</a></span></span></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/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich</a> (news) - of especial interest, "<a href="https://pingsunday.com/is-ma-long-forced-to-retire/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Is Ma Long Forced to Retire?</a>"</span></span></li> <li style="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" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich</a> (video)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Malong Fanmade Channel</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNcZPkCXKQ6ki7-N1gGs1Nw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">eBaTT</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Adam Bobrow</a></span></span></li> <li style="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/Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Pongfinity</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a name="EverythingElse" id="EverythingElse"></a><b>Ma Long Multiball Looping</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=639018754126324" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">He makes it look so easy!</a> (46 sec) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dimitrij Ovtcharov Finding Ways to Play Table Tennis After Surgery</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=_WlldUVKURs&amp;ab_channel=TTSmashCity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (5:53)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Marvel and Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They seem to like table tennis! In Ant-Man, at 1:33:40, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEstuPAV4iQ&amp;t=155s&amp;ab_channel=TopMonkey" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ant-Man swats the evil enemy Yellowjacket</a> with a ping-pong paddle! In Spider-Man: Homecoming, at 34:40, here are two pictures of Spider-Man running past a pair playing table tennis in a garage:</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.larrytt.com/images/spider-man-homecoming-tt-scene-34-40a.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Scene1</a></span></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.larrytt.com/images/spider-man-homecoming-tt-scene-34-40b.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Scene2</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are some others, mostly copied and pasted from a past blog:</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://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdeaacqbQg1qb8kps.gif" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Repeating gif of Loki playing 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.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200738980913732&amp;set=a.1177032002808.20646.1738356991&amp;type=1&amp;theater" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Avengers vs. Chinese National Team</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://img05.deviantart.net/90dc/i/2014/042/5/c/fallout__an_apocalyptic_post_table_tennis_match_by_lionxavier-d75txws.png" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Hulk vs. Superhero</a></span></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.larrytt.com/images/tim_boggan_hulk.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tim "Hulk" Boggan</a></span></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.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/1974" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Spider-man Table Tennis</a> (see last segment)</span></span></li> <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.ca/Marvel-Avengers-Starter-Paddle-Balls/dp/B017IETH4A" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Avengers beginning table tennis set</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.in/Marvel-SSTTR-301-Spidey-Tennis-Racket/dp/B00LA26JPM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Spiderman racket</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.formulasports.co.nz/product/table-tennis-bat-2-star-thor/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Thor racket</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.incrediblehulkonline.com/tabletennisracket.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Hulk racket</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bRj3mOrG0Q&amp;ab_channel=LawrenceBecker" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Spider-Man vs. Ant-Man</a> (18 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>There's No Crying 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.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Funny-Ping-Pong/dp/B07XLV8YDX" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the shirt</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Large Objects for Paddles Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvm1PbP30xg&amp;ab_channel=WooGlobe" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">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>Many Objects Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbHbj42IRhM&amp;ab_channel=AnthonyTocciFinley" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (41 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Other 12 Ways of 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=N3UwumIPbpI&amp;ab_channel=Shorts" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here's the video</a> (69 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - SF Stories</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On November 1 (Monday), I had two new science fiction stories published. (Alas, I think you have to buy the magazine to read them.) With five other stories coming out in December, it's going to be a fun Christmas! Here are the two that just came out:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"<a href="https://darkmattermagazine.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">99 Sextillion Souls in a Ball</a>" in Dark Matter Magazine. What happens if a religious world government (helped by advanced computers) takes "Be fruitful and multiply" to its logical conclusion, ending in the complete conversion of the earth's mass into humans?</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"<a href="https://www.utopiasciencefiction.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Purple Rose of Retribution</a>" in Utopia Science Fiction. What happens when an elderly luddite is forced to live in a virus-filled virtual world?</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">Wed, 11/03/2021 - 19:18</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> Wed, 03 Nov 2021 19:18:33 +0000 Larry Hodges 3326 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3326#comments