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Welcome to Newgy’s blog!

Filed under: Newgy/Robo-Pong — by Jena N. on August 10, 2010 @ 9:00 am


Welcome to Newgy’s blog! We are excited to share some interesting articles about the table tennis world as well as valuable table tennis training tips, upcoming tournament information, tournament results and much more. We feature a great selection of blog contributors including some of the top table tennis pros and coaches, as well as recreational ping-pong players and Newgy team members. Thanks for stopping by!

USATT Announces New National Team Coaches

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results,Uncategorized — Tags: , — by Jena N. on May 12, 2016 @ 2:19 pm


Congratulations to the 10 table tennis coaches that were recently selected for the USATT (USA Table Tennis) new National Coaching Program!

Lily Yip (Dunellen, NJ)

Playing Career:  2 time US Olympian; former US Women’s Team Member; former Chinese Professional Player.

Coaching Accomplishments: Coached Lily Zhang to a bronze medal at 2014 Youth Olympic Games; coached 2014 and 2015 US Girls junior team to a bronze medal at the junior World Championships; 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2014 National Coach of the Year.

Barney Reed (Milpitas, CA)

Playing Career:  North American and US Men’s National Doubles Champion; former US National Team member

Coaching Accomplishments: Current coach at Google Inc.; coached top 100 player in the European Olympic Games; coached Kanak Jha to make Pan Am Team.

Teodor Gheorghe (Colorado Springs, CO)

Playing Career: 15-time Romanian National Champion; long-time Professional player in Europe.

Coaching Accomplishments: Romanian Olympic Coach; 4-time US Women’s Olympic Coach; US Women’s National Team Coach since 1998; 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008 National Coach of the Year.

Massimo Costantini (Milpitas, CA)

Playing Career: 1988 Olympian (Italy); National Italian Team Member for 23 consecutive years; reached a world ranking of #39.

Coaching Accomplishments; 2011 and 2015 National Coach of the Year; coaches several current National and Olympic Team Members; former National Team Coach of Italy.

Stefan Feth (Santa Clara, CA)

Playing Career: Former Professional player in Germany; German National Team Member

Coaching Accomplishments: 2012 US Men’s Olympic Coach; US Men’s National Team Coach; primary coach of current Olympian, Kanak Jha; 2011, 2012, and 2013 National Developmental Coach of the Year

Wang Qing Liang (Gaithersburg, MD)

Playing Career: US Open Semifinalist; US Open Finalist (U-21).

Coaching Accomplishments:  Current coach of several National Team players; Head Coach of HW Global Foundation Junior Talent Development Program

Zhou Xin (Milpitas, CA)

Playing Career: Former Chinese National Team Member; professional player in Swedish and Turkish leagues.

Coaching Accomplishments:  2012 National Coach of the Year; current coach of several National Team Players.

Han Xiao (Philadelphia, PA)

Playing Career:  Former National Team member; US Men’s doubles champion; US Men’s singles finalist, Pan American Games Team member.

Coaching Accomplishments: Current coach and mentor to several US National Team players; coach of Timothy Wang at 2016 North American Olympic Trials.

Sean O’Neill (Portland, OR)

Playing Career: Two-time US Olympian, 5-time US Singles Champion; 5-time Men’s Doubles Champion; 6-time US Mixed Doubles Champion.

Coaching Accomplishments:  Three-time US Paralympic Games Coach; 2005 USATT National Coach of Year; 2010 National Developmental Coach of the Year.

Maggie Tian (Milpitas, CA)

Playing Career:  Liaoning Provincial Team Member; top-80 World Ranking (U-21).

Coaching Accomplishments:  Current coach of several National Team Players; Full time coach at ICC Table Tennis Center (Milpitas, CA).

Samson Dubina (Akron, OH)

Playing Career:  US Men’s Singles finalist, former US Men’s National Team member

Coaching Accomplishments:  2015 USATT Doc Counsilman Science Coach of the Year; owner and Head Coach, Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy

2016 U.S. National Table Tennis Championship Schedule Released

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on April 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am


USA Table Tennis (USATT) has just released the preliminary event list and schedule for the 2016 U.S. National Table Tennis Championships, which will be held in  Las Vegas, Nevada on July 4-9, 2016.

The 2016 National Championships will feature over 100 table tennis events. There will be an extensive variety with not only Championship and USATT rated events, but also para, sandpaper and hardbat table tennis events.

According to the USATT, this schedule is subject to change.

Click here for the Master Event Schedule.

$3000 Newgy Ohio Open Table Tennis Tournament

Filed under: Newgy/Robo-Pong,Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: — by Jena N. on April 26, 2016 @ 10:55 am


$3000 Newgy Ohio Open Table Tennis Tournament presented by the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy and sponsored by Newgy Robo-Pong, Paddle Palace, Wil-Cut Engineered Abrasive Solutions, Akron Summit Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and Sports Alliance of Greater Akron.

Tournament Date: May 6 & 7, 2016

Tournament Location: Shaw Jewish Community Center (JCC), 750 White Pond Drive, Akron, Ohio 44320

Format: All events are giant round robin groups of approximately 7 players per group with the top 4 finishers advancing from each group. Each player will compete in about 5-9 table tennis matches per event. All events will be 3-out-of-5 table tennis games.

This 2-Star USATT sanctioned event features incredible playing conditions – wood floor, high ceiling and new table tennis tables, plus $3000 in cash and prizes!

Entry fee includes: Free lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and parking, plus free spectator admission!

The top 4 players in every division receive prizes.
Featured matches are live-streamed on the USATT homepage.
Events are VERY limited so enter now to reserve your spot!

Featured Players:
Bruce Zhao – Rated 2681
Cheng Li – Collegiate National Champion
Yichi Zhang – Collegiate National Champion
Antoine Bernadet – Canadian National Team Member
Samson Dubina – US National Men’s Singles Finalist
Seth Pech – Ohio’s #2 Ranked Player
Lester Lee – Canadian National Junior Team Member
Roger Liu – Ohio’s #1 Cadet

Entry Form

Player Listing

For more information, click here.

Weekly Group Classes at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: — by Jena N. on April 22, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

By Samson Dubina

For the weekend clinics at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy, we usually have a theme such as strokes, footwork, tactics, serving, etc., and each player will do similar drills throughout the weekend that are level appropriate all geared toward the topic.

On Tuesday evening, the kids’ group class goes from 6:00-7:30 pm and the teen/adult group class goes from 7:30-9:00 pm.  For the kids, I’ll be personalizing training programs for them in the future.  But for now, most of the kids are doing similar table tennis drills.

For the teen/adult table tennis class, there is a wide range of levels from 100-2300 USATT rated table tennis players.  Each of these players have different goals and aspirations in the sport – some might want to have fun, others want exercise, others want to play better at the club, while others want to become world class table tennis players.  In order to meet all of these needs, we must personalize the drills specifically for each player.  All of the kids and adults are strongly encouraged to participate in the Thursday night league as well.  Both aspects of improving are important – getting the good foundation in the Tuesday classes and applying the skills in real matches on Thursdays.

Is it more important to work on foundational strokes or to work on game strategies?  How good do your foundational strokes need to be?  It depends.  Imagine that I’m building a very small house.  Does my foundation need to be good – yes, somewhat good.  Now imagine that I’m going to build a skyscraper the size of the Empire State Building.  Does my foundation need to be good – yes, very, very good.  The same is true in table tennis.  The higher the goals, the better the foundation needs to be.

The Benefits of Group Table Tennis Sessions

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tips — Tags: — by Jena N. on April 18, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

By Samson Dubina

In the U.S., most serious table tennis players take private lessons from a professional coach.  Throughout the world, private lessons are a rarity and many players participate in group table tennis sessions.  Regardless if you are 500 or 2500 USATT rated level, I recommend that you take a combination of both.  Private table tennis lessons for specific issues and group lessons for several reasons that I’ll be outlining in this article.  Here are the five reasons that I recommend that you take group sessions.

1.) Teamwork

Practicing together with other table tennis club members on a weekly basis establishes team spirit.  Think about it, when playing competitive club matches, you might view your opponent as an enemy.  However, when training together in a group session, you look at your opponent as a teammate and think more about how to continue the rally longer, how to challenge your practice partner to move wider or faster or possible to spin more or give more variation.  When playing table tennis together in a group session, players are working together to improve together.

2.) Variety

When training in a group, you must always learn to adjust when changing from one practice partner to another.  This is exactly like you must do in a table tennis tournament.  Just because you can loop Betty’s push, doesn’t necessarily mean that you can loop Billy’s and Ricky’s pushes.  Learning to adjust from opponent to opponent is one of the most valuable skills needed to become tournament tough.

3.) Practice Partners

One of the biggest complaints that I commonly hear in the U.S. sounds something like this, “I don’t have anyone in my table tennis club that knows how to do drills.”  At first, it is difficult for anyone to do drills because it requires some patience, persistence and concentration.  However, after learning how to do the drills in a group setting, you will become much more comfortable after a few months.  Once you have been doing drills with other club members for several months, you will then have practice partners who may be willing to come to your home and train with you.  The difficulty is typically in the first few months.  At first, many players get discouraged because they can’t properly control the ball, often give up, and merely play games.  If you can be persistent for doing group training for a few months, you will learn that it pays off big time and you will have practice partners for life.

4.) Cost

Typically, private lessons from a professional table tennis coach cost around $50-$100/hour.  After several months, many players can’t afford this.  Typically, group classes are $10-$20/hour.  This is a bit more affordable.  You have heard of the expression, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and neither is your table tennis game going to be built in a day.  The best improvement comes with consistent training over a 3-5 year timespan.  Be persistent, be consistent and try to make small improvements in each aspect of your game every day.

5.) Social Aspect

I see many players wandering aimlessly around the table tennis club or tournament – they have no friends, they have no practice partners, they have no one to cheer for them, they have no one to share their joys or sorrows with.  It is a general principle that you need to be willing to see your fellow club members as friends, not enemies.  Participating in group sessions is a great way to do this.  Once you develop these friendships, you can then go to table tennis tournaments as teammates, not rivals.

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