Stellan Bengtsson, Observations on the Status of US Coaching

Table tennis coaching in the U.S. doesn’t look like anything else in the world. In all the other countries I have worked in, the National teams practice together and help each other improve. This isn’t the case in America. The National coaches have very little hands-on time to train the players directly. The teams rarely have joint training sessions where the players can challenge each other and work together.

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Ariel Hsing Interview with NPR Reporter Dave DeWitt

Ariel Hsing and her STIGA/ICC Elite Teammates Lily Zhang and Timothy Wang, are on their way to London to play in the 2012 Olympic Summer Table Tennis Games. Ariel Hsing talks about the experience of making the team on NPR shortly after grabbing the first spot on the US Olympic team in Cary, NC

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Coaching Tip: How to Play and Practice with Weaker Players

In some table tennis club in Lake Wobegone, all the players are above average and you never play a weaker player. But the rest of us have to make do playing and practicing with whoever is at our club. And often that means playing and practicing with weaker players.

Some recoil at the idea. It’s almost a mantra for many to say, “I want to play stronger players.” And it helps tremendously to play stronger players if you want to improve rapidly. But you also need to play matches with weaker players, and you can get good practice with them as well. Here’s why.

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JUIC International Junior & Cadet Championship Dates Set for September 15-16

This is the second year for the JUIC International Junior and Cadet Championship tournament. We expect to have a even larger interantional field this year with generous support from the ITTF and JUIC.

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Coaching Tip: Chalk Up Wins with Chop Blocks

What is a chop block? It is a block with backspin. Since long pips and (usually) hardbat automatically returns topspin as backspin, it is the norm for those surfaces. But with inverted (as well short pips to a lesser degree), a topspin ball is normally catapulted back with some topspin.

But what if the inverted blocker were to chop down on the ball at contact, thereby returning the incoming topspin as backspin? That is a chop block, and it can cause havoc with an opponent’s timing.

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Three STIGA / ICC Elite Table Tennis Team Players are Olympic Bound!

The Olympic trials are over and the results are in! All three STIGA/ICC Elite Table Tennis Team champions who competed for a coveted spot on the 2012 Olympic team made the cut. Ariel Hsing, Timothy Wang, and Lily Zhang are all headed to the London games this summer.

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