ITTF Level 1 Table Tennis Coaching Seminar

Jena Newgarden
Newgy’s Coach Roger Dickson will be conducting an ITTF Level 1 Table Tennis Coaching Seminar on March 10–13, 2016. The seminar will be held at the Destin Community Center – 101 Stahlman Avenue, Destin, Florida 32541.

The fee for this table tennis coaching seminar is $250, plus a $30 charge for the manual. The fee will be waived for full-time schoolteachers, with the objective that they will start after-school table tennis leagues for kids at their school. The final objective is for intramural table tennis competition with other school systems.

Registration is based on first come, first served, with priority given to schoolteachers. Contact Ray Cavicchio at for more information and to register.

Robo-Pong January 2016 BTTC Open Table Tennis Tournament

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags:  — by Jena N. on January 6, 2016 @ 2:59 pm


The Robo-Pong January 2016 BTTC Open Table Tennis Tournament will be Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Broward Table Tennis Club in Dania Beach, Florida.

This is a 3-Star USATT Event.

$990 in Cash and Prizes!

Entry deadline is January 8.

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Advice for New and Aspiring Table Tennis Coaches

Jena Newgarden
Have you been thinking about becoming a Table Tennis Coach, or did you recently start coaching?

Many new and aspiring table tennis coaches talk to me about improving their coaching skills.  I feel that the most important aspect is developing credibility early on.

So how do you establish credibility if you aren’t the best table tennis player or coach, and haven’t coached any elite students yet? You quote.

Quoting world class table tennis players, world class table tennis coaches, and showing pertinent videos to your students, will help them see you in that level of the sport. For example, if you recently read a coaching article by Liu Guoliang about the forehand drop shot, then consider teaching your students that stroke.  At the end of the lesson, you can read the article to them and possibly show them a video of some top table tennis players performing the forehand drop shot.  Your students will be able to see that you yourself can properly convey the information while validating your sources.

As your students begin to trust you more and more, then you won’t need to quote quite as often.  Just remember that quoting gives you credibility while showing that you are up-to-date with teaching the best table tennis techniques in the world.

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Featured Club: Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy

Jena Newgarden
The Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy is dedicated to bringing the Olympic sport of table tennis to a new level in Ohio through professional coaching, elite tournaments, world class equipment, and promoting sportsmanship on and off the court.

Samson Dubina offers private and group table tennis lessons, as well as Skype coaching.

Samson also coordinates and runs some of the top table tennis tournaments and clinics in Ohio.

About Samson Dubina

Samson started playing table tennis at age 12 in Canton, Ohio. Four years later, his game saw huge improvements under the instruction of Coach Carl Hardin. In recent years, Samson has achieved many titles while traveling the world for table tennis. Currently Samson is training, competing in tournaments, and coaching the top players in the state of Ohio.

  • Ohio’s #1 Table Tennis Player for 14 Consecutive Years
  • Highest USATT rating: 2564
  • World Ranked
  • USATT Junior Advisory Committee Member
  • Sponsored by Newgy, Nittaku, and Paddle Palace

For more information, visit

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Table Tennis Coaches – Avoid This Word

Jena Newgarden
As a table tennis coach, I think it is very important to praise and encourage your students when they have played well. If a coach compliments their student and then follows it with the word “but”, it basically discounts the positive that was just said and can be discouraging to the student.

For example:

My student asks, “So Coach Samson, what do you think about my performance at the last table tennis tournament?”

I reply, “Your looping was very powerful, your footwork was fast, you had good strategy, BUT you missed every smash.”

By using the word “but” it puts the focus on what my table tennis student didn’t do.  In light of all the good things that I said, he will remember that I was focusing on his one weak point.  Instead, here is how I should have worded that sentence.

I reply, “Your looping was very powerful, your footwork was fast, you had a good strategy, AND we need to continue to work on perfecting your smash.”

By using the word “AND” I have not degraded him but instead I show that we have areas to continue improving while building his confidence.

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