|July's Winning Entry for Our Contest|
Congratulations to Glenn Wilson of Cleveland, OH for his contributions to the Coaching Forum contest. The winning entry is listed below for your review and implementation into your training program.
Cleveland Heights, OH
"When setting up Robo-Pong 2000 take time to clean the area properly. Block off areas where you might easily lose a ball. If it is a pleasure to use the robot, you will use it uch more often and have a better time, while increasing your skills and improving your health."
Technical note: Another advantage to playing in a clean setting is that maintenance on the machine is greatly reduced. Depending on the amount of dirt in the room with the robot, the robot must be periodically cleaned, in particular, the Ball Discharge Wheel, Friction Block, and the Ball Feed Transfer Gears. The reason these parts get dirty is that when balls roll on the floor they pick up minute amounts of dust and dirt. These particles fall off the ball as they travel through the machine, ending up on one of the parts mentioned above. The worst enemy of the machine is hair (e.g., pet hair), dust balls, and carpet fibers. These can become entangled in the Ball Feed Transfer Gears and stop the machine from pushing balls up the ball chute. In the case of someone playing on the robot in a carpeted room who also has pets running around, that person might have to clean the Ball Feed Transfer Gears once a week. In the case of someone without pets who plays on a tile floor that is mopped weekly, that person may only have to clean the Ball Feed Transfer Gears once a year, or even less!
PLAY PONG & LIVE LONG!