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US Nationals in Las Vegas: Dec. 17-21, 2013

USA Table TennisThe 2013 US Nationals Table Tennis National Championships take place Dec. 17-21st in Las Vegas, Nevada. To avoid late entry fees, enter by October 18th, 2013. Information and Entry information is available in this posting.

Players of all ability levels are invited to enter; there 79 events. The top US players will compete in the National Championships and there will be exciting action for spectators at Center Court.

Lily Zhang Wins Women’s ITTF-North American Cup Title

Lily Zhang US Nat 2012 ALily Zhang won the 2013, ITTF-North American Cup in Westchester NY. Her ICC/STIGA Team mate, Timothy Wang was runner-up to Andre Ho from Canada. Both Lily and Timothy continue to show consistent winning results in major events. Credit goes to these two talented players and their dedication to training, as-well-as to their coaches and to the tremendous support they all receive from the ICC/STIGA Elite Team.

Lily Zhang and Timothy Wang Finish at the top of the US Team Trials!

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Congratulations to Timothy Wang and Lily Zhang for their respective number 1 finishes at the US Team Trials in San Jose, CA. In her charge to the number one spot on the Women’s Team, Lily did not loss a single match, while Timothy finished as number one on the Men’s Team with just one match loss! With these impressive finishes the two US National Champions continue to show why they deserve to be at the top of US table tennis.

Lily Zhang on Mental Toughness

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Lily Zhang won the 2013 US Women’s Singles Championship after traveling from India, where she recorded a personal best finish in the quarters, at the World Junior Championships. Here she talks about the elements of the mental game and how important those elements are to achieving and sustaining a high performance level.

Review of new plastic Table Tennis Ball

Australian Olympian William Henzell received a proto-type of the new plastic table tennis ball at the 2012 World Championships in Dortmund. This excellent video shows his frank and thorough review of his test of the ball. Everyone is curious about the new balls and there are many questions that William addresses such as, “How differently will they play?”, “Will there be less spin?”, “Are they going to be faster or slower?”. Also included in this Paddle Palace blog is a written transcription of his review.

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.

NITTAKU Selected Again as Official Ball of USA Table Tennis

NITTAKU, PADDLE PALACE, and USATT are pleased to announce the selection of the NITTAKU 3-Star Premium Ball as the official ball of USA Table Tennis for 2012-2015. NITTAKU is the exclusive ball for the U.S. Open and the U.S. National Championships. NITTAKU 3-Star Premium ball has long been recognized by top players around the world as the highest quality ball. NITTAKU is the official ball for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Table Tennis Training Stage IV: Putting It All Together

In stage four, I’m planning not to make any major changes to my strokes. It takes about thirty days to permanently change a stroke. If I choose to make a change, my game will progress downward a bit, and I don’t have time for that. By the Olympic trials, my strokes should be completely automatic with no thought about the actual mechanics of the stroke.

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