2018 C4NC NY Table Tennis Tournament

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Sign up now for the 2018 C4NC NY Open Charity Table Tennis Tournament benefiting Care 4 Needy Copts

Date and Time: October 20, 2018: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm ET

Location: Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, New York 11362

Format:  All table tennis matches are best 3 out of 5 table tennis games.

Many high rated table tennis athletes will be competing in this 3-star USATT sanctioned tournament including Mohamed El-Beiali (World ranked 112) and El-Sayed Lashin (World Ranked 311), both currently on the Egyptian National Table Tennis Team. Also attending will be the world famous Ibrahim Hamato, the amazing para table tennis player with no arms. 

For more information and to download the entry form, click here.  

Entry Deadline: Oct 13, 2018

Newgy is proud to be one of the sponsors of this tournament along with SATTAPaddle Palace and Donic.

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2018 Knoxville Joseph Newgarden Memorial Open Table Tennis Tournament

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Sign up today! Newgy is proud to be one of sponsors for the Knoxville Joseph Newgarden Memorial Summer Gold Dollar Upset Open Table Tennis Tournament set for August 4, 2018 at the Cecil Webb Recreation Center at 923 Baker Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee 37920. 

The tournament format will be giant round robin and will have two stages. The first stage will be a giant round robin in which 36 table tennis players will be split into two divisions. The top 18 rated players will be in the Upper division and the lower 18 rated players will be in the Lower division.  For each division, there will be two groups of 9 players.  So each player will play 8 table tennis matches within the group.

The top two finishes of each group will advance to the division’s semi-finals and final.  The looser of the Semi-Finals will play for a 3rd place match.  Please note that unrated players will not be allowed to advance to the single elimination stage if the estimated rating is grossly incorrect, i.e. if the highest rated player beaten by the unrated player has a larger rating difference of 200 points.  The next qualified player will take the spot instead.

The Gold Dollar Upset format - the winner of every upset match played between two USATT rated table tennis players will receive Upset Gold Dollar.  The rules for winning the upset Gold Dollar are:

  1. Gold Dollars will be paid to winners of all upsets, regardless of player’s rating.
  2. Winners of each and every upset will receive gold dollars using the following payout schedule:
    1. Rating difference: 100 or less, Gold Dollar reward: $5.00
    2. Rating difference: 101 to 150, Gold Dollar reward: $10.00
    3. Rating difference: 151 or larger, Gold Dollar reward: $15.00
  3. The gold dollars will be paid immediately upon confirmation of match sheets showing upsets on a first come first get paid basis until the funds run out. KTTC reserves $200 Gold Dollars for this payout.  So sharpen your table tennis game and hit the court ready to win!
  4. Rating used to determine the upsets will be the USATT ratings of record as of 09:00 a.m. Friday August 03, 2018. Only USATT rated players prior to the date of the tournament are eligible to win gold dollars.

Entry deadline is August 1, 2018. Early entry discount deadline is July 23, 2018.

To download the tournament blank entry form, please click here.

To sign up online, please click here.

For additional tournament information, please contact Jude Lam at 865-300-4829 or email to knoxvilletabletennisclub@gmail.com.


We look forward to seeing you at this tournament in memory of Newgy's wonderful Founder, Mr. Joe Newgarden, Jr.

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2018 U.S. National Table Tennis Championships

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Register now for the 2018 U.S. National Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada July 2-7.

The main events will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the U.S. Open Final Table Celebration location is still to be determined.

Tournament events include: Men's and Women's Singles, Men's and Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Cadet Boys and Girls, Junior Boys and Girls, Teams, as well as many more including Veterans, Seniors, Legends, Para, Hardbat and Sandpaper.

Entry deadline is May 25, 2018.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Investigating, Implementing, Performing - Developing a Table Tennis Tournament Goal

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One year at the U.S. National Table Tennis Team Trials, I was leading 3-2 against Mark Hazinski* and leading 9-3 in the 6th game.  After a series of aggressive mistakes by me, he closed the gap 9-8.  I simply pushed and blocked the next 2 points to end the match 11-8 in the 6th.  Walking off the court, my coach said, “I would rather have you lose the match than to win it like that.”  I replied, “The goal was to win.”

There are different types of tournaments that I would like to address in this article.

Investigating

Most table tennis players want to improve and break the 1200 rating barrier or 1800 barrier or 2000 barrier, or whatever.  When I ask them what necessary areas of their game they hope to improve, they are often speechless.  If you don’t know what to improve, then play a table tennis tournament to investigate what you need to work on this year.  Record your matches and watch them within 1-2 days of playing.  You should be able to come up with a list of 5-6 things that you need to perfect during the next 12 months.  Investigating tournaments are critically important for long-term planning.

Implementing

When you are developing new table tennis skills, it is often good to avoid match play and tournaments initially.  After several weeks of training, you need to learn to implement your new skills into club matches, league matches, and tournaments.  The tournaments where you implement new things are usually “bad tournaments” because you need to force yourself to do the right thing, which means sacrificing some matches and often sacrificing lots of rating points. 

Performing

When looking for good results, you need to perform according to what will win.  In the above situation that I mentioned (in the beginning of this article), I hit a rut.  My attack wasn’t working.  I needed that win in order to possibly make the National Team.  I did what was necessary and used pushing and blocking to win the 6th game.  Had my goal been to implement my flip or backhand loop or counterloop, then I played wrong at 9-8.  But my goal for that table tennis tournament was performing and taking the title, so I did what was necessary.

You and your table tennis coach MUST talk about the goal for each tournament. 

What is your goal? 

Many players say they are going to implement new things then are furiously mad when they go down 100 points; instead they need to judge their performance by their ability to implement, not their ability to win.  Others say they want to implement something new but then go back to their old ways.  Others want to perform and have good results, but feel guilty for pushing and blocking.  Regardless of your playing style, age, or level, you MUST have a goal for the tournament.  About 3-4 weeks before the competition, have a discussion with your coach regarding the goal, train according to it, and perform according to it!

*By the way, credit to Mark Hazinski, he has beat me over 50 times in table tennis tournaments.  This article was not meant to be derogatory to him.  I just used a personal example to illustrate my main point.

Samson Dubina

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Devastate the “Cheater” in Table Tennis

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In competitive sports, there are always athletes who want to win so badly, that they will do absolutely anything to accomplish that goal.  Yes, there are cheaters in the sport of table tennis too.  Instead of giving you dozens of examples of how cheaters get away with it, I’m going to give you a more general perspective on how you can properly handle any situation that arises.

The number one most important aspect when dealing with a fair-playing opponent or a cheater, is to give your best!  If you say, “I was playing great until he did this…. or that…”  You need to be mentally strong, shake it off, and re-focus on the task at hand.  If you say, “It was a close battle, BUT when he started cheating, I got mad and crushed him!”  Then you need to have the same level of determination and focus regardless if your opponent is cheating or playing fair, regardless if you are up against a competitor, a practice partner, or a complete stranger.

Here are some closing comments that might help you through the situation.  The first two comments are pre table tennis tournament ideas, the next four comments are in-the-moment ideas, and the final comment is a post table tennis match idea:

#1 Expect Some Drama

As you prepare for a table tennis tournament, just expect some cheating from your opponent.  In the upcoming weeks and months leading toward the U.S. Nationals, you need to mentally be prepared for it.  Like I mentioned (without being specific), there are dozens of different ways to cheat.  You need to expect it and actually ask your coach to apply some of the cheating methods during your table tennis training sessions.

#2 Evaluate Yourself

Sometimes you might not even realize if you yourself are cheating.  Take an hour to read through the official table tennis rules, applying each rule to yourself. 

#3 Stay Calm

During the table tennis tournament, if someone is cheating, try to stay calm.  Most cheaters want you to get worked up, tight, angry, trying to muscle the ball because you are mad.  Go back to your think circle, think about your tactics, and play your best.

#4 Evaluate the Advantage

This is one of the main points.  If the cheating doesn’t give any advantage, then why get all worked up over the cheating?  You are in a match against a 3’ tall kid who is wearing white shorts.  He always stays close to the table and the white shorts are never visible during the point.  Ok, what is the big deal?  Why are you red-in-the-face angry about this six-year-old cheater who isn’t getting an advantage from his white shorts.  Evaluating the advantage is basically stepping back and saying, “Is he getting any advantage to his cheating?”

#5 Seek Help

If your opponent is getting an advantage, then ask for a tournament umpire.  The umpire will know the rules and will deal with the situation.  Please keep in mind that the umpire will be evaluating both of you.  There are many situations where the umpire comes and finds both table tennis players to be cheating.

#6 Agree With the Decision

This is the toughest point.  Once the umpire has made a decision, agree with it.  You might not like it, but agree with it.  If you stay positive and agree with his decision, you will be able to regain your focus and continue playing well throughout the tournament.  If you keep fighting with a bad call in your mind, it will mess up your match and possibly even mess up your entire tournament.  Many bad performances can be traced back to one bad call.  Let it go, agree with it, and perform your best!

#7 Forget It

After the table tennis match, should you remember it or forget it?  In every match, you need to be able to somewhat remember the main tactics and briefly analyze your performance.  On the other hand, you need to forget about the cheater and forget about the incident.  If you continue racing around the tournament loudly declaring what that guy did to you and how much of a cheater he really is…  then it will not be good for you, not be good for your performance, not be good for the cheater, and really not be good for the sport.  Forget it, move on, and play your best in the next match.

Samson Dubina

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2017 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships – Tentative Event Schedule

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The USATT has just released the tentative event schedule for the 2017 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada scheduled for December 17-22, 2017.

This 5-star ITTF sanctioned table tennis tournament includes events for Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Hardbat, Sandpaper, Teams, Para and more.

For more details on the tentative schedule, click here.

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2017 Newgy and Wang Vision Institute Open Table Tennis Tournament

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Don’t miss the 2017 Newgy and Wang Vision Institute Open Table Tennis Tournament presented by Williamson County Parks & Recreation and the Nashville Table Tennis Club, and sponsored by Newgy Industries, Inc. and the Wang Vision Institute.

This two-star USATT sanctioned event features more than $1000 in prize money and includes both a Round Robin Tournament and a Two-Player Team Event.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 (Round Robin Tournament) & Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 (Two-Player Team Event)

Location: Academy Park Gym 120 Everbright St., Franklin, TN 37096 (just outside of Nashville, Tennessee)

Format: Snake Seeded Robin Groups. All players advance to second stage Group Round Robins. Group winners advance to Round Robin Finals.

Referee: Roger Dickson (CR)

The deadline to enter is October 7, 2017.

This tournament is limited to 64 table tennis players so register today!

 

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Table Tennis Tip ― Devastate the “Top Dog”

Jena Newgarden

Everyone wants to pull off the biggest upset of the tournament – that is everyone’s aspiration when entering a table tennis tournament.  In this article, I’m going to outline some of the major tactics that can turn your dream into a reality.

Forget About It

Forget about winning, just play your best.  You have about 4-7 seconds between points during the table tennis match.  Instead of spending those 4-7 seconds on calculating your new rating with the big rating adjustment you will get, focus your attention on your performance.  Are you moving well?  Are you spinning the ball? Are you adjusting?  Are you making good decisions?

Expect a Fight

You need to expect this table tennis match to be a huge battle.  Hoping that your opponent will be injured or hoping that his racket fails the thickness test won’t put you in the best mindset for an upset.  Of course, things do happen – elite table tennis players get cramps, get injured, get into arguments and have equipment problems – these external factors could seriously help you with a win – but you shouldn’t be hoping for these traumatic events to happen to your opponent.

Take Some Risk

If you play normal and your high-level opponent plays normal, then you will likely lose.  Especially in the beginning of the table tennis match, you must take measured risks to put pressure on your opponent and steal the first table tennis game.

Don’t Be Risky

Ok, I thought that I was supposed to be risky?  I’m going to re-emphasize the point I just said……       …..MEASURED RISK!  MEASURED RISK!  About 90% of elite table tennis players don’t need to perform against the low guy because the low guy goes for too much risk.  Please don’t try to smash every serve, please don’t try to smash every loop.  Don’t be TOO risky!

Continue to Adjust

For sure, the elite table tennis player is smart.  If he starts losing, you might make some adjustments.  As the table tennis match progresses, continue to think of tactics between points and make the necessary adjustments.  Just because a particular tactic won the first table tennis game 11-2, doesn’t mean that it will continue to work.

Remember It

After the upset, you can go back to the table tennis club the following week.  Instead of just remembering the look on your opponent’s face, you should remember the tactics that you used, remember the mindset that you had, remember the aggressiveness or consistency that you played.  My game is structured around my upsets.  When I had my biggest upsets, I was able to mentally list the factors that contributed to the upset and continue to restructure my game around those aspects.  You can do it too – just remember, write it down and train accordingly!

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Another Successful Year for Florida Table Tennis

Jena Newgarden

Brad Woodington, President of the Lakeland Table Tennis Association, and Director of the Florida Orange Blossom Table Tennis Series and the Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour, is excited about the growth and development of the wide variety of Table Tennis activities in Florida, especially in middle Florida. The area stretching from Clearwater, Florida, on the west coast, to the Cocoa Beach, Florida area on the east coast and all the locations in between, has become a hot bed for Table Tennis.

A coalition of Table Tennis clubs have joined together to provide an excellent base for USATT sanctioned tournaments throughout the entire state of Florida and beyond. The wildly popular Florida Orange Blossom Table Tennis Series, held in beautiful Lakeland, Florida attracted almost 500 players from all over the state, several other states and international players for the four excellent tournaments held during the 2015 season.

In addition to the series, the fabulous Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour was also held in several locations in Florida. Events were scheduled for Clearwater, Lakeland, Orlando, and Cocoa Beach, Florida with several other locations being considered for 2016. The six tour table tennis tournaments also attracted almost 500 players to the events.

Woodington has a vision to include all USATT sanctioned tournaments within the state of Florida into the tour, expanding from the middle of Florida all the way to the far north and panhandle region and also southward to Miami. Players earn Tour Points at each tournament in which they compete. The points are accumulated during the year and prizes are awarded at the end of the tour. Many players attend all the tournaments with the goal of finishing high in the standings at the end of the season.

One of the main sponsors of the Florida Orange Blossom Series and the Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour is the great Newgy Industries. Newgy manufactures and markets an extremely popular line of Robo-Pong Table Tennis Robots and other great Table Tennis equipment. Players at all the various tournaments are acutely aware of the opportunity to win prizes donated by Newgy. Several websites highlight the accumulating Tour and Series points as the season progresses. At the end of the events, the points are totaled and special award ceremonies are held on a rotating basis at the various clubs that participate in the Tour.

Plans are now being made for the special Awards Presentation for the 2015 winners of the Tour and the Series. Woodington is also poised to begin the 2016 season and is lining up clubs throughout the state to take part in the Tour. The Lakeland Table Tennis Club will also hold the Florida Orange Blossom Series in 2016 with four USATT sanctioned tournaments already scheduled.

Woodington is optimistic that several additional clubs may join in the Mid-Florida Tour and thus the need to change the name to the Florida Table Tennis Tour instead of Mid-Florida. At any rate, Table Tennis in Florida is alive and thriving.  Players are already anxious to get started all around the state. It looks to be another exciting year for Table Tennis in Florida.

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The Common Theme of Your Table Tennis Losses

Jena Newgarden
If you are similar to many of my table tennis students, you probably have had really bad losses from time to time.  By a bad loss, I mean that you lose to a much lower-level player during a table tennis tournament match.  Perhaps you play about 12 tournaments per year.  In 6 of the 12 tournaments, perhaps you lose to someone whose skillset is definitely inferior to yours.  Instead of blaming it on “bad luck”, I want you to stop for a moment and consider some possibilities.

Not Warmed-Up

When the upsets happen, is it usually the first or second table tennis match of the day?  If so, it might be due to a lack of warm-up or lack of adjusting to the playing conditions.  Consider arriving one day prior and playing in the facility for a few hours on Friday night.  Also, get a practice partner lined up and know what routine you need prior to your first table tennis match.

Too Fatigued

When the upset happens, it is usually at the end of a long day?  If so, it might be due to fatigue.  If this is the case, then obviously you need to work on your fitness.  Also, make sure that you are eating and drinking a sufficient amount during the day of the table tennis tournament.

Different Playing Style

When the upset happens, is it usually against a particular playing style – chopper, looper, blocker, lobber, lefty, little kid, long pips/anti, short pips, or possibly a penhold table tennis player?  If so, then try your best to figure out the exact elements of the playing style that give you trouble and practice according to your findings.  Do you need to wait on the ball longer because it is slower?  Do you need to fight for the first attack?  Do you need to spin the ball more because your opponent continues to deaden the ball?  You need to understand the problematic playing style and master all the tactics against that particular style.

Wrong Mindset

When the upset happens, is it usually when you least expect it?  Do you often lose to players who don’t “look” like a good table tennis player? That big guy is like 80 years old…  That kid can barely see above the table…  That Canadian player was only rated 100…   If so, then try to take significant time to mentally gear up before the table tennis match, take your opponent seriously, and try to form a game-plan from the very first point.

Poor Pre-Tournament Preparation

When the upset happens, is it usually when you don’t prepare well prior to the table tennis tournament?  Good practice doesn’t always = awesome performance.  Lack of practice doesn’t always = poor performance.  However, you need to know yourself personally and what it takes for you to play your best.

In order to have peak performance, how many hours per week should be training 6 months prior to the table tennis tournament?  How many hours per week should be training on the very week of the tournament?  By detailed analysis of your bad losses, you should be able to identify the common themes for your losses and do your absolute best to perform well at 8 am or midnight, against tiny girls and old men, against defensive lobber and against offensive pips, against low-rated opponents and elite opponents.

Remember, tournament performance starts long before the tournament.  To have the best results possible, develop a good table tennis training routine, know what you need for warmup, develop a good level of fitness, know how to play against all playing styles, mentally gear-up before every table tennis match, and work hard to apply what you learn every day!

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